Thursday, 19 May 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : D/Supt Arthur Meek

It is with regret that we have to to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : D/Supt Arthur Meek who died in hospital on the 1st May 2022 aged 85 years.

Arthur joined Durham Constabulary in 1959 and was posted to Jarrow.  In 1969 as a Detective Sergeant he served on the Regional Crime Squad and was promoted to uniform Inspector in 1973 serving at Chester-le-Street.
Detective roles followed in Durham City where he was promoted Detective Chief Inspector.  In 1984 Arthur was promoted to Superintendent serving as Sub-Divisional Commander at Consett and this was followed by a period as deputy head of CID until his retirement in 1989.
Throughout his service Arthur was a dedicated detective appearing on Crimewatch in 1984 as OIC investigating a series of arsons in the Wearmouth area of Sunderland. During his service he received six Chief Constable Commendations.
Arthur is survived by his wife Margaret and daughter Jayne .
The funeral will be held at Durham Crematorium at 1.30pm on Monday 23rd May 2022. The service is not private.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Constable George Ernest HEDGES, BEM, QPM, DL

It is with deep regret that we have to advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Constable George Ernest HEDGES,  BEM, QPM, DL who died on the 6th May 2022 in Katherine House Hospice following  a short illness of some seven weeks, aged 80 years.

George Joined Oxfordshire Constabulary in 1957 as a Police Cadet. He passed through the ranks he served at Henley, Oxford, Windsor, Slough, HQ Crime and as ACC Ops and Management Services.
In 1993, he transferred from Thames Valley Police on promotion to Deputy Chief Constable at Durham Constabulary and lastly served as the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary from 1997 until retirement in 2002. 
George returned to his native Oxfordshire for retirement and joined the Oxford Branch of NARPO as a full member and Durham Branch as an additional member. 
He is survived by his wife Pamela and sons Ben and Robert and daughter Joanna.
Cards of condolence should be sent to Mrs P. Hedges & Family,  80, Evans Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 2JB.
The funeral will be held at 13:00 hours on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at North Oxfordshire Crematorium and Memorial Park, Tackley, Kidlington, OXT 3ER.  Officers may wear uniform if desired and medals.
The family request no flowers, but donations in memory of George to the charity ROSY, of which George was Chairman via www.rosy.org.uk or DL  Hancock Ltd, Funeral Directors, 126 London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9ED. tel. 01865 767780,
Afterwards all are invited to North Oxford Golf Club, Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8EZ.  To assist with catering you are asked to notify trevordavis664@hotmail.com of your intention to attend.
Our thoughts are with George's family & friends at this sad time.

Durham NARPO Branch Luncheon to Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

National Association of Retired Police Officers DURHAM BRANCH.

Invite you to a Branch Luncheon to Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


Sunday 12th June 2022

Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
Abbey Road, Durham, DH1 5GE

Doors open 12-00 noon. Dining at 1pm prompt.

Menu Choice

Starter: A. Soup, B. Prawn Cocktail, C. Melon.

Main Course: A. Beef, B. Chicken, C. Pork, D. Vegetarian Vegetable tart.

Served with seasonal vegetables and gravy

Desert: A. Apple Pie, B. Raspberry Pavlova, C. Cheesecake.

Tea / Coffee and mints.

£13-00 per head. Includes a FREE Raffle

Please select your menu and forward it by email to : susan0095@gmail.com 

Payment may be made by cheque made out to Durham NARPO or by bacs to Durham NARPO sort code 20-27-41 account number 30346551

Should you wish to sit with other friends please request this at the time of booking your place so that it can be accommodated on the table plan.

Sue Knaggs
Treasurer – Durham Branch






Death of a retired Police Officer : D/Supt John Sutton Graham

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of a retired Police Officer :  D/Supt John Sutton Graham who died on 4th May 2022, aged 76 years.
John had been suffering the effects of Parkinsons Disease but he died in North Tees hospital as a result of a heart attack.
Born in Chopwell on the 7th September 1945 John was educated locally and on leaving school commenced an Engineering Apprenticeship with the NCB. However in 1968 he joined Durham Constabulary.
After initial training at Newby Wiske he was posted to Gateshead. He served in various divisions and departments within Durham Constabulary and rose to the rank of D/Superintendent. He retired in 1997.
He leaves a wife Janett and three children.
The funeral is to be held at 2pm on Monday 23rd May 2022 at Durham Crematorium followed by a gathering at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite, Shotton Hall, Peterlee. All friends and colleagues are invited to attend.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu may be made on leaving the funeral service to British Heart Foundation and other associated charities.
Our thoughts are with John's family and friends at this sad time.

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Death of Durham Constabulary Support Staff : June FRANKS

It is with deepest sadness that we have to advise you of the death of June FRANKS who died on 24th April 2022. 

June served as support staff with Durham Constabulary for 23½ years, having worked initially in Comms Durham City, then in Force Control Room (LA/PNC) until she left in December 2010.
A funeral service is to be held at 3.30pm on Monday, 16th May 2022 at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham, DH1 3TQ to which friends and former colleagues would be welcome. 
June has requested, if possible, an item in the colour purple or pink be worn.
By request no flowers please.  Donations, in lieu of flowers, in aid of Lymphoma Action, MacMillan Cancer Support and PAWZ for Thought (cat section), will be collected at the crematorium after the service.
All are welcome to meet after the service at Cocken Lodge Golf Club, Leamside, Durham, DH4 6QP

Monday, 18 April 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 980 Neil Rewcastle

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 980 Neil Rewcastle, who died in North Tees Hospital, Stockton-on-Tees, on Friday 8th April 2022, aged 78 years.

Neil joined Durham Constabulary on 3rd April 1967.  He was initially posted to Sunderland and also served at Bishop Auckland, Traffic Patrols (South) and Spennymoor.  His last role was as Firearms Licensing Officer.  In 1997, Neil was nominated by the force for the Police Review Award of Community Police Officer of the Year, which he won.  The award was presented to him by the then Home Secretary, Jack Straw.
After 30 years police service Neil retired, but remained with Durham Constabulary as a Community Safety Officer.  He was involved in the inception of ‘Farmwatch’, which was to compliment the Neighbourhood Watch program.  At the age of 65 years, he finally retired completely after a 41 year association with the force.
Sadly, Neil’s wife Judy died in December 2018; he is survived by son Mark, daughter Joanne, grandchildren David, Philip, Nicola and Matthew, great grandchildren Minnie and Harry, sister Joan and brother Bill.
Neil’s funeral takes place at 9.30am Thursday 28th April 2022 at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE.  Friends and ex-colleagues are invited to meet at the crematorium.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Dementia UK.
Our thoughts are with Neil’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW 160 Margaret Jane Pearson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PW 160 Margaret Jane Pearson, who died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead on 24th March 2022, aged 83 years, following a fall at her home.

PW 160 Pearson joined Durham County Constabulary in September 1962, and served at Hartlepool and Chester-le-Street.
Margaret transferred to Northumbria Police around 1975, with postings at Birtley, Washington and Whickham. 
She retired from Northumbria Police in 1984, following a serious collision with a lorry the previous year.
Margaret is survived by her brother, Henry (Harry) Albert Pearson, aged 89 years.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am Thursday 14th April 2022, at Birtley Crematorium, Windsor Road, Birtley, Gateshead DH3 1PQ.
A collection plate will be placed at the crematorium for donations to a nominated Police Charity.

Monday, 4 April 2022

Death of Police Widow: Isabel Freda Brown (nee Burdon)

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Isabel Freda Brown, who died peacefully in Hallgarth Care Home, Durham on 19th March 2022, aged 103 years.
Freda was the widow of the late Chief Superintendent Douglas Brown.
Freda was mother to the late Ian (died in 1976) and Judith (died in 2012).
A funeral service will be held at 3.30pm Thursday 7th April at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE. 
Following the funeral friends are invited to meet up at The Manor House, Front Street, West Auckland DL14 9HW.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Downs Society North East.
Our thoughts are with Freda's family and friends at this sad time.

Friday, 18 March 2022

“IT’S BACK! FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY” : Darlington Sub-Division Pensioners Night

After a two year Sabbatical we are delighted to announce the return of the Pensioners Night.

It will take place at Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams, commencing at 7.30pm on Thursday, 12th May, 2022.

The evening is open to all retired Police and Support Staff who served or worked in the sub-division. There will be a free drink on arrival and pies and peas will be served later. There will be a raffle with some wonderful prizes. We hope you will contribute as this will help finance future reunions.
The night will be an opportunity to renew old acquaintances, constantly saying, “I got the last one”, “Who’s that again?” and “Do you remember when……..?”
So that we have an idea how many may be attending, will you kindly reply to Paul Murphy, either by SMS to 07968 246286, or email to murf5573@gmail.com and state whether you will/will not be attending.
If you can think of anyone else who may not read this then please pass on the message.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide transport.
We look forward to welcoming you on the 12th May.
Signed: The Committee
Sean Jackson, Fred Wood, Malcolm Lear and Paul Murphy

CG Reunion Lunch. (Chester le Street)

You are cordially invited to the above function which is being held on Thursday,7th April, 2022. 12 noon for 1pm. Cost £17.50 at Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Pity Me.
Seating, unless otherwise advised, will be based on the format of previous events.
A response is necessary to remain on mailing list.
Donations to support raffle most welcome.

Menu:- Veg. Soup/ Melon:: Beef/Chicken/Mediterranean Tart:: Apple Pie/Gateaux::
(Delete not required).

Please return menu choice with cheque(Payable to CG Fund) to 26 Edlingham Road , Durham, DH1 5YS. By Thursday, 24th March. (Tel. 01913840505).
Alternatively via on line banking. Sort Code 30:92:79. Acc. No 55490960 using surname as reference and advise us of menu choice.
There can be no refunds after Thursday, 31st March.

Sunday, 13 March 2022

The Killing of PC Harper : A Widow’s Fight for Justice

9pm on Tuesday 15th March on ITV

Fronted by Sir Trevor McDonald the documentary sees Lissie Harper allow cameras into her private life for the first time as she talks about how she and Andrew were childhood sweethearts and profound affect his killing has had on her life.  Sir Trevor also meets the lead detective in the case, along with friends, family and press who reported on the case to build the full picture of events.

Just four weeks after his and Lissie’s wedding in 2019, Andrew went to investigate a robbery and never came home.  After getting caught up in the tow rope of a getaway car, PC Harper was dragged for more than a mile at speeds of over 40 mph.  He died at the scene.

Sir Trevor visits the scene of the crime with the Senior investigating officer, DCI Stuart Blaik, who details, along with footage from the night, the horrific events as officers attempted to apprehend the suspects.  Police body cam footage reveals the moment the prime suspects were arrested at a traveller site in the early hours of the following morning.

ITV Reporter, Charlotte Brie Edney recalls being at the crime scene in the immediate aftermath and how the horrific crime dominated national headlines provoking an outpouring of public grief and outrage.  Thames Valley Police’s Chief Constable, John Campbell talks about losing an officer in the line of duty in such tragic circumstances and the impact it had on the force.  

Lissie Harper recalls to Sir Trevor the moment there was a knock at her front door in the middle of the night, and the news that would change her life forever.   And how in the immediate aftermath she had to deal with the death of her husband in the glare of the media spotlight.  

Following an extensive investigation, three weeks after PC Harper’s death police charged three teenagers - Henry Long, 19, Albert Bowers, 18, and Jesse Cole, 18 – with murder. Long admitted manslaughter. Lissie, DS Blaik and other key witnesses talk us through the emotional highs and lows of the trial which took place at the Old Bailey.

Lead Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw QC lays out to Sir Trevor the challenges faced in getting a murder conviction.  Key to the prosecution case, or key to his argument was the expert witness evidence of Simon Hall, a Senior consultant in collision investigation and reconstruction.  Simon recalls how he concluded from the reconstruction that the impact of dragging someone would have had a noticeable impact on the driving of the car both in terms of noise and handling.  The verdict when it came would not be the one the prosecution was looking for as the jury were not convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the defendants knew they were dragging PC Harper.

Lissie reveals the crushing moment the three teenagers were convicted of manslaughter but not murder – and her rage when the killers and their families cheered at the verdict.  Although they were jailed for a combined total of 42 years, the lack of a murder conviction and their apparent lack of remorse, including pictures of them joking outside the trial, pushed Lissie to take drastic action.

Lissie outlines to Sir Trevor how her grief and anger at the sentences evolved into a refusal to be a victim and instead drove her campaign for the introduction of ‘Harper’s Law’ which would see a life sentence for anyone guilty of killing an emergency worker while committing a crime. 

We follow Lissie as she and her campaign manager, Andy Fiddler, a fellow officer of Andrew’s in Thames Valley Police, as they set out to change the law.  There’s a groundswell of support for Harper’s Law including from Government but that is no guarantee of success, and Lissie and her team are frustrated with delays due to lockdown and Cabinet reshuffles.

Finally, after months of pushing, Lissie gets another meeting with the Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary, who confirm that the Government still support the Law and want to attach it to an upcoming Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill.  For Lissie it’s the news she’s been waiting for, confirming the legacy of her husband.  

 

Monday, 28 February 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 881 Christopher Arran Field

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 881 Christopher Arran Field, who died in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle on 18th February 2022, aged 59 years.

Arran joined Durham Constabulary on 3rd June 1985, retiring on 3rd June 2015; he was promoted to Sergeant in 1996.  Arran served at Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Consett, Durham, Pelton and Chester-le-Street and also a period as Custody Sergeant at Peterlee.
Arran is survived by wife Kate, daughters Lauren and Rebecca, younger brother Glenn and parents Margaret and Gordon.
His funeral service will take place at 12:50 Monday 14th March 2022 at St Patrick’s R.C. Church, Victoria Road, Consett DH8 5AX, followed by a private committal service at Mountsett Crematorium.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the ‘Thin Blue Line UK’ charity.
Our thoughts are with Arran’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Memorial service for DC James Brian Porter : Important Update

At 11:30 on Friday 4th March 2022, a memorial service will be held in the force’s memorial garden at the front of Durham Constabulary HQ, Aykley Heads and is expected to last approximately 40 minutes.

The following important information finalises the procedure and arrangements for this event:

In order to maximise the safety of everyone attending, it is requested that a lateral flow test be taken the night before.

Those testing positive or experiencing any symptoms should not attend.

Please be in position for the service by 11:15 and have some form of ID with you, ideally photo ID.

Only limited seating will be available during the service.

Those attending should feel free to wear medals or decorations.

After the service, you are invited to attend County Hall, where 3 short addresses will be given by Deputy Chief Constable David Orford, Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen and Force Chaplain Rev. Adrian Gatrill, within the ‘Durham Room’.   

Limited car parking is available at both Police HQ and County Hall.

The allocated parking area at Police HQ has moved to the main car park to the right-hand side of the building, through the gated entrance.

Limited disabled parking is available to the front of Police HQ.

Wherever possible and if comfortable doing so, please consider car sharing in order to reduce congestion at both Police HQ and County Hall.

If anyone has any queries regarding the event, please continue to contact Ray Jones (Durham NARPO Chairman) via rayjones2341@gmail.com  or  07535261063 

Monday, 21 February 2022

AGM of the Durham Branch of NARPO : Monday 14th March 2022

 


Date for your Diary…….

Monday 14th March 2022,  7.30pm,  Spennymoor Masonic Hall, Dundas Street, Spennymoor, DL16 6AS

The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, The following speakers have confirmed their attendance.  The Chief Constable, The PCC, Police Federation rep.  Our local NEC member from Northumberland Bob Watson and hopefully out new National President - Richard Critchley.
All members welcome to attend and participate
Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.
Please try and see if you can attend, meet / vote for who you want on the committee and see the hard work they are doing throughout the year on your behalf

MOST IMPORTANT - Catering Numbers

Please text Sue Knaggs on 07932 613 031 if you are attending the Buffet

Parking : The Masonic hall adjoins Wilson’s Vet’s ( which is in the premises of the old Pit Laddie PH). There is a small council car park at the rear of the vets, however the best parking is in the Town Hall / Aldi car park which has CCTV surveillance and is approx a 60yards walk to the Masonic Hall

Sunday, 13 February 2022

Memorial service for DC James Brian Porter

At 11:30 on Friday 4th March 2022, a memorial service will be held in the force’s memorial garden at the front of Durham Constabulary HQ, Aykley Heads. This is to mark the 40th anniversary of the fatal shooting of DC James Brian Porter at Woodhouses, Bishop Auckland.  The service is expected to last approximately 40 minutes.

Parking will be available at HQ (old all-weather pitch to the right-hand side of the drive, before the right-hand bend) and will be signposted.  A limited number of disabled parking bays are available at the front of the building.
Would those wishing to attend the service please contact Ray Jones (Durham NARPO Chairman) via rayjones2341@gmail.com  or  07535261063 as soon as possible; if accompanied, please also provide their names.  This will enable HQ personnel to be advised of the expected attendance.

Monday, 7 February 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Insp Wilfrid (Wilf) Lavery

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Insp Wilfrid (Wilf) Lavery, who died at home on 23rd January 2022, aged 75 years.

Wilf joined Durham Constabulary on 20th May 1974; he was promoted to Sergeant in November 1985 and then to Inspector in June 1992.  He served around the county, including Traffic Patrols, finishing his service at Headquarters and retiring on 19th May 2004.
On 4th July 1978, by the Queen’s order, Wilf’s name was published in the London Gazette as commended for brave conduct, charging the Prime Minister to express her high appreciation of his rendered services.  This followed the apprehension of an armed robber for which he was also awarded the Matt Wilkinson Trophy.
Prior to his appointment, Wilf served in the Royal Navy from 4th May 1965 to 3rd May 1974 as a Leading Steward and Ship’s Diver; his longest draft was onboard HMS Eagle in the Far East for 18 months.
Wilf is survived by wife Claire, daughter Catherine and husband Matthew, son Dominic and wife Demi and grandchildren Ross and Christopher.
A Requiem Mass will be held at 10.00am Saturday 12th February 2022 at St Patrick’s RC Church, Goatbeck Terrace, Langley Moor DH7 8JJ, followed by a private interment in Meadowfield Cemetery.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to the RNLI or the Northern Centre for Cancer Care Centre (Freeman Hospital).
Our thoughts are with Wilf’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 639 Terence (Terry) Joseph CORRIGAN

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer, Sgt 639 Terence Joseph Corrigan, who died in the ITU of Darlington Memorial Hospital on 22nd January 2022, aged 70 years.

Terry joined Durham County Constabulary in 1972 and served at Darlington, Hartlepool, Stanley, Shotley Bridge and Durham and retired in 2002.
For a period of time Terry was also a representative of Durham Police Federation Joint Branch Board.
Terry is survived by wife Margaret, daughter Vikki and her husband Ian, Stepdaughter Catherine and her husband Ian, grandchildren Eleanor, Deborah, Joshua and Heidi.
A funeral service will be held at 10.30am Thursday 10th  February 2022 at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to the ITU of Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Following the funeral family and friends are invited to meet at The Navy Club, Bluebell Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 7PW.
Our thoughts are with Terry’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Death of Police Widow: Marjorie Johnson (nee Paxton)

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Marjorie Johnson, who died peacefully on 20th November 2021, aged 97 years. Marjorie was the wife of the late Sgt 184 Fred Johnson.

She is survived by sons, Ian, Brian and Neil and their families.
Prior to her marriage in April 1950, Marjorie worked as a clerk in the Magistrates Clerk’s Office at Bishop Auckland.
A Private Interment for Marjorie took place prior to a Service of  Thanksgiving in Elvet Methodist Church on 3rd December 2021.
Donations in lieu of flowers were directed to North Road Methodist Church.
Our thoughts are with Marjorie’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer’s Wife: Ann Watson

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Ann Watson, who died on 27th November 2021, aged 83 years.

Ann is survived by husband Frank Watson, a retired Superintendent (ex Durham and Cleveland), sons Frank, Carl, Gary and Andrew and seven grandchildren.
Ann’s funeral service was held at Sunderland Crematorium at 11am on 15th December 2021.
Our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Death of Police Widow : Mrs Sandra Margaret Smith

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Sandra Margaret Smith, who died peacefully in Willow Green Care Home on 4th January 2022, aged 77 years. Sandra is the widow of the late PC 1383 Eric Smith, who died in 2001, aged
58 years.
Sandra was dear partner to Ken and survived by her son Jon, his wife Tracy, granddaughters Lucy and Phoebe and also by her sisters Susan and Gloria.
A funeral service will be held at 10.00am Friday 28th January 2022 at the West Cemetery Chapel, Darlington Crematorium, Carmel Road North, Darlington DL3 8RY.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to the Dogs Trust, Sadberge.
Our thoughts are with Sandra’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 653 Colin Dixon

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 653 Colin Dixon, who died in North Durham Hospital on 5th January 2022, aged 84 years.

Colin joined Durham County Constabulary in January 1959 and served most of his police career at Chester-le-Street, with occasional spells at Stanley; he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1974 and retired in November 1985.
Colin is survived by wife Mary, son Phillip (retired Northumbria Police Officer) and grandson Will; he was also stepfather to Stephen, Tammy and grandson Anthony.
A funeral service will be held at 12.30pm Thursday 27th January 2022 at Mountsett Crematorium, Ewehurst Road, Dipton, Stanley DH9 9JP.
Following the funeral family and friends are invited to meet at Pelton Community Centre, Front Street, Chester-le-Street DH2 1DE.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to the Bobby Robson Foundation.
Our thoughts are with Colin’s family and friends at this sad time.

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Death of Police Widow : Dorothy Cowey

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Dorothy Cowey, who died in Cramlington hospital on 26th December 2021, aged 79 years. Dorothy was the wife of the late PC 1551 Barrie Cowey, who died 6th September 2020.
Dorothy is survived by sons, Graham and wife Amanda, Neil and wife Sharon and daughters, Tracey and partner Harry, Cathryn and wife Debbie, grandsons, Daniel and wife Lottie, Joseph and wife Holly and Joseph and great granddaughter Morgan.
A funeral service will be held at 11.30am Monday 17th January 2022 at Blackhall Methodist Chapel, Middle Street, Blackhall Colliery, TS27 4ED.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to a cancer charity.
Our thoughts are with Dorothy’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 1342 Ian White

 It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC 1342 Ian White, who died at home on 24th December 2021, aged 80 years.

Ian joined Durham County Constabulary in 1967 and retired in 1995.
Ian is survived by wife Sheila, daughter Michelle, sons Christopher and Philip and grandchildren Tom, Rhys, Daniel, William, Abbi, Sophie and Charlie.

A funeral service will be held at 1.30pm Monday 10th January 2022 at All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road, Blackwell, Darlington DL3 8DT.
Following the funeral family and friends are invited to meet at Darlington Cricket Club, South Terrace, Feethams, Darlington DL1 5JD.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington & MacMillan Nurses.
Our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of Police Widow: Mary Isabella Forrester (nee Jeffery)

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Mary Isabella Forrester, who died in University Hospital Durham on 5th November 2021, aged 87 years. She was the wife of the late Superintendent 253 William (Bill) Thomas Forrester, who died in 2010, aged 75 years.
Mary was a policewoman in Durham County Constabulary and worked in Stockton, where she rode a Police motor scooter; she was also stationed at Durham City. She resigned from the Force after her marriage, due to the personal restrictions in place at that time, when it was not acceptable for a serving Policewoman to raise a family.
Mary is survived by brother Fred, daughters Lynn Bushell and partner Peter, and Jill McArthur and husband Angus, and grandchildren Hannah, Hamish and Isobel.
A funeral service for Mary took place on at Durham Crematorium on 18th November 2021.
Our thoughts are with Mary’s family and friends at this sad time.

Durham NARPO : AGM Cancelled

 The AGM of the Durham Branch of NARPO, scheduled for Monday 10th January 2022 has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Committee are looking at alternative dates and will advise when a suitable venue /date are confirmed

Saturday, 25 December 2021

Christmas Greetings from the Chairman

After a long period of isolated contact, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we eventually resumed our bi-monthly Branch Meetings in September this year, at Bishop Auckland and in November, at Durham.  We also managed, albeit later than expected, to resume publication of the 'Durham Peeler'; if you haven't received your copy and the accompanying 2022 diary and pen, it is winging its way to you.

As Chairman of the Durham Branch, I would personally like to wish our membership a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

I extend this specially to the dedicated team of Officers, Committee and Delivery Volunteers, without whose efforts the Branch would not function.

Take care and look after yourselves and others.

Ray Jones

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Durham Peeler : Winter 2021

Last year the Durham Peeler was not published due to problems with printers etc due to Covid. 

An A5 newsletter was published and circulated to members last November.

Ray Jones (Durham NARPO chairman) has took over the role of Editor of the magazine from the founder of the Peeler, Alan Watson and has put together a Winter 2021 edition of the magazine which will be distributed to members in the near future.

If you cannot wait for copy of the Peeler to drop through your letterbox (together with your 2022 diary & pen) then you can view the magazine, in all it's glory, online by clicking on the image.

Ray is always looking for interesting articles for the magazine so please get in touch with him if you have anything you can share

If anyone is able to help hand deliver any of the magazines to fellow NARPO members in their area would they please contact Ray Jones (Durham NARPO chairman) ASAP.

Ray is available on : 07535 261063 or via email : rayjones2341@gmail.com

Death of Police Widow : Audrey Wood

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Police Widow, Audrey Wood, formerly of Carrville, who died in Belmont Grange Care Home on 13th November 2021, aged 87 years.
Audrey (nee Brown) was the widow of retired Police Sergeant 559 Mick Wood, who died in May 2017, aged 76 years.
Audrey was also a Policewoman, joining Durham County Constabulary in 1958, undergoing her initial training at No. 4 District Police Training Centre, Mill Meece, near Eccleshall, Staffordshire.

She is survived by her daughters Karen and Joanne, sons-in-law Patrick and David, and granddaughters Kristen and Stephane.
A funeral service is to be held at 11.15am on Thursday 2nd December at Carrville Methodist Church, followed by committal at Durham Crematorium.

Due to the current Covid situation, these are restricted to family and close friends.
Family flowers only, if desired donations in lieu to Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Our thoughts are with Audrey’s family and friends at this sad time.

 

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Christmas Charity Concert 2021

 Unfortunately, due to bereavements and Covid confinements by several members, the Constabulary Choir has had to withdraw from this concert. 

HOWEVER the Band has invited "Stanhope Silver Band" and  the chorus group "Bon Accord" to perform in their stead.

Death of a retired Police Officer, Detective Inspector 415 John Michael (Mick) Burdess

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of a retired Police Officer, Detective Inspector 415 John Michael (Mick) Burdess, who died at home on Tuesday 9th November 2021, aged 73 years.

Mick joined Durham Constabulary on 6th October 1969 and was initially posted to Hartlepool, then Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Durham and Chester-le-Street.
He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on 1st December 1977 and to Inspector on 16th January 1984.
In 1985 he served as a Detective Inspector in Durham City before moving to No.2 Regional Crime Squad, before returning to Durham City.
Mick finally moved to HQ Intelligence, setting up the surveillance team and staying there until his retirement on 18th July 1996.
Mick is survived by wife Susan, son David and daughter Jayne, son-in-law Graeme Hoseasons and grandchildren Sophie, Jack, Ellie and Morgan.
Jayne, a former Police Officer with Northumbria Police, transferred to Durham Constabulary in 2006, taking over her father’s Police No. 415 before she retired in December 2020.  Police No. 415 was proudly worn by the Burdess family during the period between 1969 and 2020.
All are welcome at the funeral service, which will take place at 12.30pm Wednesday 24th November 2021, at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE.
Following the funeral, the family invite Mick’s ex colleagues, friends and family friends to join them for refreshments and to share in one of his social activities by raising a glass, or two, at Bishop Auckland Hospital Club, 32 Escomb Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6TZ.
Those attending the Hospital Club are asked to notify Jayne in advance so that she knows who to expect ( 07790 012350 or coco8284415@gmail.com )

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC John Alfred Davies

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC John Alfred Davies, of Catchgate, Consett,  died 28th October 2021 aged 84 years. 

John served 25 years retiring in 1986 when he became a Coroners Officer for 5 years. 
Mr Davies was a widower and he leaves a son Ian and daughter Jill Graham. 
Funeral at Mountsett Crematorium at 11.45 hrs on Tuesday 23rd November 2021.
Our thoughts are with John's family at this sad time

Monday, 1 November 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : Ch/Supt Raymond Norman Dinning

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer, Ch/Supt Raymond Norman Dinning, who died suddenly in the University Hospital of North Durham on 13th October 2021, aged 87 years.

Ray joined Durham County Constabulary, as a cadet in July 1950 before being called up for National Service with the RAF in 1952.  He then returned to the Durham force in 1954, where he commenced his initial training and probationary period; some 21 days later he was transferred to CID at Chester-le-Street.

In 1963 he was promoted to D/Sgt at Police HQ, then posted to Regional Crime Squad in 1965 and appointed Designated No. 2 Regional Squad Murder Room Administrator.  Ray was promoted D/Insp at Gateshead in 1970 and to Detective Chief Inspector / Commanding Officer of No 2 Regional Crime Squad in 1972.

4-years later he was recalled to the Durham Force and took command of the Discipline and Complaints Department, where in 1977 he was promoted to Superintendent.  In 1980 Ray became Deputy Departmental Head of the Force CID.  In November, 1981 he was again seconded to No. 2 Regional Crime Squad, with the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and Regional Commander of the Squad.

Ray retired from the Police Service in June 1989, however, for many years after he retained the position of President of No2. Regional Crime Squad Association until it was disbanded.

He will also be remembered for his dedicated and charitable work in Freemasonry, in which he had held a considerable number of senior positions.

Sadly, Ray’s wife, Margaret Rose Dinning (nee Dawson) also a retired Police Officer, PW48, passed away in April 2017.

Ray is survived by son Steven and wife Jennifer, daughter Tracey and wife Joanne,

grandchildren Kirsty and Andrew, Kirsty’s husband Alex and Andrew’s partner Jill.

The funeral is to take place at 11.30pm on Friday 12th November 2021, at St Mary and St Cuthbert’s Church, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street DH3 3QB, followed by a Private Committal Service at Durham Crematorium.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu to the British Heart Foundation.

Our thoughts are with Ray’s family at this sad time.

Monday, 25 October 2021

Death of Police Widow: Winifred Gettings

 It is with regret that we announce the death of Police Widow, Winifred Gettings, who died in Shotley Park Care Home, Shotley Bridge on 22nd September 2021, aged 93 years.

Mrs Gettings was the widow of the late Sgt 154 Thomas Gettings.
She is survived by daughter Colette Faill, son-in-law, Michael and granddaughters, Emily and Victoria.  Winifred and Thomas were also the parents of the late Ian, who died in 1980.
A funeral service for Winifred was held on Monday, 11th October 2021 at St Patrick’s RC Church, Consett.
Our thoughts are with Winifred’s family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

September CPI Published

The ONS have now published the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2021 and this stands at 3.1 %. As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 3.1% as of April 2022.

Full details can be found on the ONS website

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Death of Retired Police Officer: DC 425 Alan Courtney

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer, DC 425 Alan Courtney, who died, with his wife at his side, in Darlington Memorial Hospital on 9th October 2021, aged 74 years.

Alan joined Durham Constabulary on 31st March 1969 doing his initial training at the District Police Training Centre, Newby Wiske, North Yorkshire.
He served in uniform at Washington, Tyne & Wear before transferring to Darlington & Newton Aycliffe.  In 1973 Alan joined the Scientific Aids Department, and then CID, both at Bishop Auckland.  In the 1980’s he moved to the Chemist’s Shops Department, before joining the Crime Support Unit where he was an integral team member, investigating two long running enquiries into the murders of Daphne Torok and Ann Heron.
In 1991, he served as Field Intelligence Officer & CID at Newton Aycliffe up to his retirement on 4th August 1996.
Alan is survived by his wife Marjorie, daughter Alyson, son-in-law Michael and granddaughters Chloe and Evie.
A funeral service will take place at St Clare’s Church of England Church, St Cuthbert’s Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 5NT at 2.15pm Friday 22nd October 2021. 
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to St Teresa’s Hospice, Butterwick Hospice and Marie Curie.

Please note that a video link is being made available for Alan’s committal service only, which is to be held at 3.30pm at Durham Crematorium (family & invited guests only) 
Those wishing to access will need to use the following link and log in details:
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Our thoughts are with Alan’s family at this sad time.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 505 Frederick Hewitson Gill

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 505 Frederick Hewitson Gill, who died on the 9th September 2021 aged 80 years.

Fred joined Durham Constabulary on 31st October 1966 serving at HQ Training, West Hartlepool, Hartlepool Central, Stanley, Darlington, Barnard Castle, Staindrop, Darlington and Middleton-St-George prior to him leaving the Force on 30th June 1990.
Frederick was the much-loved father of his son Peter and daughter Anne-Marie, he will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

A private family Cremation will take place.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Alzheimer’s Society.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of Frederick Hewitson Gill)

Monday, 6 September 2021

Death of a retired Police Officers Wife : Denise Forrest (wife of Sgt 2422 Mike Forrest)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officers Wife :  Denise Forrest (wife of Sgt 2422 Mike Forrest) who died peacefully in hospital on Friday August 13th aged 71 years. 
 Denise worked at Dryburn for over 25 years retiring in 2012 & was the loving wife of Mike, mum to Simon and David, mother-in-law to Marcia and Louise, Grandmother to William, Olivia, Alice and Joseph and loving sister to Sheila and Marie. 
 A service will be held at Durham Crematorium on Thursday September 9th, at 10.30am. 
 Family flowers only, donations in lieu to SMA UK.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : D/Sgt 1140 Keith Mitchell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : D/Sgt 1140 Keith Mitchell who died on 20th August 2021, aged 65 years.

Keith served Durham Constabulary joining in May 1977, initially serving in uniform at Consett and then Catchgate section. In June 1983 he was posted to CID at Consett and subsequently to Crime Support Unit at HQ then FIO at Consett.
Keith was promoted to uniform Sgt at Crook moving on to then work in Intelligence at Bishop Auckland.
In later service Keith ran Crimestoppers from Sacriston.
After Keith retired in 2007 he did return to Durham Constabulary in a civilian role as crimestoppers co-ordinator then moving onto a role within the Crime Scene dept based at Peterlee Warehouse when the crimestoppers role was centralised - retiring from that role in 2017.
Keith is survived by his wife Sheila, son Stephen & daughter in law Emma.
Keith was well known for his love of holidays and his dry sense of humour and he will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all those who knew him.
The funeral will be held at Mountsett Crematorium Dipton Stanley on Monday 6th September 2021 at 1015am.
Those who are unable to attend the funeral will be able to access via a link on livestream – if you wish to have this link please contact Carla.Sayer@durham.police.uk.
All are welcome at Lanchester Cricket Club after the funeral to share memories of Keith.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Ward 18 ITU RVI Newcastle NE1 4LP.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Next Meeting of NARPO (Durham Branch)


The first meeting after Lock-Down  of NARPO (Durham Branch) will be held on Thursday 16th September at 7.30pm at Bishop Auckland Hospital Club.

 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE from the Monday as the club no longer opens on Monday evenings

All members or prospective members are invited to come along & enjoy

In order to facilitate catering, would anyone intending to come along please let us know by contacting Sue Knaggs susan0095@gmail.com or either Durham@narpo.org or Durham2@narpo.org 

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 220 Norman Lee

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 220 Norman Lee, who died on the 7th August 2021 aged 87yrs.

Norman joined Durham Constabulary in 1952 and served for 35years at Darlington, Consett, Bishop Auckland, Whickham Traffic, Traffic Patrols & Accident Unit Supervision. He retired on 31st May 1987.
Following his retirement from the police service he was employed as Gate Security at HMP Durham.
Norman is survived by wife Lilian, daughters Barbara and Jayne, 4 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.
A funeral will take place on Tuesday 31st August 2021, 13:00hrs at Durham Crematorium.
After the funeral service all are welcome at Chester-Le-Street Old Cricket Club, Ropery Lane, Chester le street.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Alzheimer’s Society and The British Heart Foundation.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Death of retired Police Officer : PC 1282 Graham Hall

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of retired Police Officer : PC 1282 Graham Hall, Graham died on the 3rd August 2021 aged 62 years.

Graham Hall initially joined Durham Constabulary on 26th August 1975 as a cadet and became a police officer on 6th February 1978. From HQ training he served at Stanley, Stanhope, Crook/Willington & Newton Aycliffe. He later transferred to Seaham and worked both the Town Section and Northlea Beat prior to his retirement on 15th February 1990.
Graham was the much-loved husband of Susan and father of John. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A private family Funeral will take place.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers. Graham’s wish was for anyone who would like to make a donation to donate to a charity of their choice.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of Graham Hall)

Friday, 13 August 2021

Death of a retired Police Officers Wife : Eunice Miller ( Wife of PC 431 Jeffrey Miller)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Eunice MILLER (nee Gibson) the wife of Branch Committee member & former PC 431 Jeffrey MILLER and Mother of Scott.  Mother-in-law of Lindsay and Grandma to Scarlett, Logan and Kaden.

Eunice died in the North Durham University Hospital on Wednesday 11th August aged 67 years following a long illness of respiratory and circulatory problems.
Her funeral will take the form of a "Celebration of Life" and will be held at Durham Crematorium on Wednesday 25th August at 11:30 hours.
The family have requested that bright clothing be worn by those attending if possible.

Eunice Miller's funeral is to be webcast live on the day and will be available for 14 days. This is especially helpful for those unable to attend in person for various reasons.

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Death of a retired Police Officer : Det.Supt. 1504 Robert “Bob” Hall

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Det.Supt. 1504 Robert “Bob” Hall, who died on the 30th July 2021 aged 77 years.

Bob Hall joined Durham Constabulary on 1st April 1963. From HQ Training he was posted to Durham, West Hartlepool and Hartlepool Central. In February 1968 he moved onto Motor Patrols and worked out of Durham until March 1970 when he joined CID at Durham, then Meadowfield.
In 1972 he was seconded to No2 Regional Crime Squad (Teesside) until he returned to Peterlee CID in 1976. In December 1977 he was promoted to Sgt and moved to Sedgefield CID for 2 years. Bob then moved into uniform at Spennymoor and Newton Aycliffe. In June 1982 he was promoted to Inspector in the Computer Project Team before moving into Crime Support Unit then at Peterlee CID.
In February 1988 Bob was promoted to Det. Ch/Inspector initially based at Durham then HQ CID. Bob retired as Det.Supt. on 28th September 1997.
Bob was the much-loved husband of Brenda, father to Jeanette, Christopher and Jonathan and devoted grandfather and great grandfather who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Bob's funeral was held at St Charles RC Church, Tudhoe on Tuesday, August 10th at 10.am  (Durham NARPO was not officially notified of Bob's death by HQ, until today 13/08/2021)
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Cancer Research UK.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of Bob Hall)

Friday, 30 July 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC Peter Norman Willis

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer  : PC Peter Norman Willis, who died on the 20th July 2021 aged 83 years.

Peter Norman Willis joined Durham Constabulary as a cadet and served for many years at Quarrington Hill, Lanchester and Meadowfield before his retirement in the mid-1980s.
Peter combined his policing job with football refereeing. Peter began officiating in the Football League in 1972, spent 18 years as the national president of the Referees’ Association and refereed the 1985 FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Peter was the much loved father to Susan and Peter. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A funeral will take place on 5th August 2021, 13:30 at Wear Valley Crematorium. All are welcome.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Marie Curie.
Any condolence cards are welcome and can be sent to 24 Leesfield Gardens, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8NQ.

Hardwick Camp Cadet Reunion

This is for the information of any ex Police cadets who were at Hardwick Camp, Sedgefieldduring the 60's. The message is from George Storey who is organizing the reunion : 

I have just spoken with Dawn the Secretary of the Sedgefield Cricket Club who informs me that we are safe to go ahead with the reunion.
Saturday 11th September 2021 at 7pm
I make no apologies for reposting my original blurb for those who missed it and ask that if you are interested in attending you get in touch with myself ASAP
Sedgefield Cricket Club, Sedgefield Village, Co Durham TS21 2BY
Admission by Ticket Only
If you worked as a Police Cadet, Junior Fireman, Cadet Instructor or member of staff at the Police Cadet Training School at Hardwick Camp, Sedgefield in the 1960’s then this reunion is for you!
1970 marked the last intake of cadets at Hardwick Camp ,last year marked the 50th Anniversary and we thought it was a good time to have another reunion following our last successful event in 2016.
We would like to invite ALL who attended the camp during its tenure from the early 1960’s until its closure. Please come along, there will be someone you remember! Large name labels will be available on the night!
We have a new venue this time, Sedgefield Cricket Club, TS21 2BY. The location of the venue will provide the opportunity for a nostalgic visit to where you spent your teenage years!
A buffet will be provided together with an audio-visual show of pictures from your life at Hardwick Camp along with other memorabilia.
Tickets are £10.00 each and are limited to ex cadet, junior firemen, instructors and staff simply due to the restriction on numbers for the venue. Order soon to avoid disappointment.
Tickets available by cheque to G. Storey 47 Greystoke Avenue, Whickham, Gateshead, NE16 5HR. (email gstorey52@hotmail.com)
Please let us know your full name, the years you were at the camp and your House. I will note your number and during the evening there will be a number draw with prizes
Photographs
Send us your photos for the audio-visual show.
For digital images please email:- peterwalton69@btinternet.com
For prints please post to P Walton 69 Hillcrest, Middle Herrington, Sunderland, SR33NN. Write the information on the back please! You can collect the prints on the night or include a SAE for return.
I will attach a list of those persone who have already paid either by cheque or bank transfer

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1879 David Steel

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1879 David Steel, who died on the 17th July 2021 aged 70 years.
David joined Durham Constabulary in 1970 and served at Hartlepool, Darlington and Bishop Auckland. David also was a Sergeant at Barnard Castle from January 2000 until his retirement on 31st January 2002.
David was the much-loved husband of Valerie, father to Sarah and Mark and grandfather to Poppy and Penelope.
He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A funeral will take place on Wednesday 4th August 2021, 10:00 at All Saints Church, Ravensdale Rd, Blackwell, Darlington.
People are invited to attend, social distancing and face masks are requested.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of David Steel)

Thursday, 8 July 2021

One from the Miners strike 1984-1985

Many Thanks to Ian Bestford for sending this picture from the miners strike.

Back Row L to R : Barry Knevitt, Ivan Wood, Colin Crathorne, Ian Bestford, Sgt Eric Brown & Terry Ditchburn.

Front Row : Tom Fortune & Mick Forrest
 

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Insp. John “Jack” Johnson (Ex Durham)

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Insp. John “Jack” Johnson, who died on the 3rd July 2021, aged 83 years.

Jack initially joined Durham Constabulary and served at West Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland, Bowburn and Newby Wiske for many years until he  transferred to Northumbria Police during the amalgamation of 1974.
He continued to serve in Northumbria until his retirement as a Chief Inspector in 1993.
Jack was the much loved husband of Eunice, father to Susan, Karen, Richard and Michael and grandfather to six grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A funeral service will take place on the 19th July 2021, 11:30hrs at St Roberts Church Morpeth, following the service there will be a private cremation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to the Stroke Association.
Any condolence cards are welcome and can be sent to 59 Abbey Meadows, Kirkhill Est, Morpeth, NE61 2AZ.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Death of retired Police Officer : DC 923 George William Storey

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired Police Officer : DC 923 George William Storey, who died at home in Darlington on the 13th May 2021, aged 85 years.
George joined Durham County Constabulary on the 5th March 1956 and retired on the 5th March 1985.

George was a Police Cadet with Durham prior to 2-years National Service in Egypt. He then joined the regular force as a Police Constable and following initial training at Plawsworth, he was
stationed at Darlington and Newton Aycliffe.
George is survived by his sister Margaret, daughters Caroline and Christine, son-in-law Derek, daughter-in-law Glenda, 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by wife Ruth (2016) and son Charles (2011).
A funeral service was held at Darlington Golf Club on Thursday 27th May 2021, where he had been a past Captain(1978) and President since 2007.  He also wrote a book on the history of the golf club.
Any donations to The MS Society.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 4 June 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 820 Alfred Brown

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 820 Alfred Brown, who died on the 24th May 2021 aged 81 years.
Alfred served with Durham Constabulary at Easington/Hetton, Wingate, Edmondbyers, Durham and he also worked at Dishforth for many years prior to his retirement on 14th August 1987.
Arthur was the much loved Husband of Roslyn and Father to Randall, Ken and Melanie, he will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A family Funeral will take place on Wednesday 9th June 2021, 12:30 at South Shields Crematorium.
People are invited to stand outside of the crematorium to watch the service via a webcast to pay their respects. Please ensure social distancing guidelines are met.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ros-brown3

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 1665 David Ripley

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Constable 1665 David Ripley, who died on the 27th May 2021 aged 63 years.

David joined Durham Constabulary in 1985. In 2000 he went onto be an Investigative Officer which lead him to serving as a Detective in CID and the Serious Crime Team at Aykley Heads and Darlington for many years.
David retired in 2014 but he continued to work in Safeguarding at Bishop Auckland and then moved to Cleveland Police as a Police Staff Investigator.
David was the much loved husband of Clare, father to Grace, father figure to Jonathan, Molly, Michael, Freddie and also Grandpa to Emelie. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A family Funeral will take place on Tuesday 15th June 2021, 13:00 at St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington.
People are invited to stand outside of Darlington Police Station where a guard of honour will take place or are welcome to stand outside of the church to pay their respects.
Please ensure social distancing guidelines are met.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Newcastle RVI, The Great North Children’s Hospital.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of David Ripley)

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Death of retired Police Officer : PC 1249 Robert (Bob) Samuel Wombwell

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired Police Officer : PC 1249 Robert (Bob) Samuel Wombwell, who died at home on the 10th May 2021, aged 92 years.

Bob joined Durham County Constabulary on 28th June 1952 and retired on 31st August 1977. 
Following initial training at Plawsworth, he served at Stockton, Hartlepool (3 postings), Durham City, Broompark, Darlington and latterly at Bishop Auckland (Town Office and Court Clerk).
During his career, Bob received commendations from H.M.I., the Chief Constable and Quarter Sessions Judge.
Bob is survived by wife Jean and was father to Steven, Sandra, Stuart and the late Ian.
A funeral service is to be held at 12.30pm on Friday 28th May 2021 at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8NR.
Any donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care
Following the funeral, family and friends are invited to Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club, 32 Escomb Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6TZ.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Death of a Police Widow - Mrs Georgina Scrafton

It is with regret that we report the death of Mrs Georgina Scrafton, the widow of the late PC George Scrafton of Chester-le-Street.

Mrs Scrafton died on 17th April 2021 aged 95 years.  The funeral took place at Durham Crematorium under Covid restrictions

Friday, 7 May 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector Arthur Gill

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector Arthur Gill, who died on 1st May 2021 aged 77 years.
Arthur served 30 years with the Durham Constabulary.
He joined the Force on the 25th July 1966.
On completion of his initial training he was posted to Jarrow as a uniformed constable.
In 1968 he transferred to Darlington and then in 1970 he joined Darlington C.I.D. as a detective.

In 1977 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was initially transferred to traffic patrols before moving to the fraud squad as a detective sergeant.
He remained with the squad until 1984 when he was promoted to uniformed inspector, serving at Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and then Darlington.
In 1989 he transferred as an investigator to the complaints and discipline department at police headquarters.
In 1993 he was promoted to chief inspector and remained with the department until his retirement on the 25th July 1996.

Arthur will be greatly missed by his wife Maureen and all his family and friends.

Funeral to be held on Monday 17th May at 12.00hrs at St Augustines RC Church, Darlington
Family and close friends only inside the church – you may stand outside the church to pay your respects but current guidelines must be adhered to.
Donations in lieu of flowers to British Heart Foundation

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 870 Graeme Raper

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 870 Graeme Raper,who died on the 3rd May 2021 aged 58 years

Graeme joined Durham Constabulary in 1987 working as a PC at Aykley Heads, Bishop Auckland, West Auckland and Crook for many years.

Graeme went on to be a Detective in 1995/6 and then became a Source Handler before retiring in 2013. 

Graeme was the much loved husband of Susan and father to Sam. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions.

As Graeme was a proud volunteer at Spennymoor Football Club, people are invited to pay their respects by being present outside the football ground on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 14:10hrs. Please ensure social distancing guidelines are met.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Solan Connor Fawcett Trust.


Saturday, 1 May 2021

Drug & Alcohol sample Collection Officer Vacancies – Randox Testing Services

Randox Testing Services is a leading provider of workplace drug and alcohol testing services within the UK and Europe.
We are currently looking for a suitable candidate in the Durham area to carry out Drug & Alcohol testing at our clients premises. The testing consists of collecting samples from our clients employees of urine, oral fluid or hair for drugs sample analysis and breath samples for alcohol in line with Randox Testing Services procedures.
Our service is available 24/7, 365 days of the year of which Collection Officers will be offered either scheduled appointments, being given advance notice or unscheduled appointments where you will be required to attend our client site within a target time of 2 hours.
Full training is given and all equipment supplied. The role is self-employed, very flexible and ideally suited to retired Police Officers.
If you wish to have an informal chat or require any further information please contact:
Ian Tew
Collection Service Manager
Email:  ian.tew@randox.com
Mobile: 07436 589439 

DURHAM CONSTABULARY CREDIT UNION LTD AND SERVE AND PROTECT CREDIT UNION MERGER

Members of the Credit Union may recollect that a decision taken at the  Durham Constabulary Credit Union AGM on 21st November 2019 was in essence to progress a merger with a larger Credit Union in order that benefits for members would be greatly enhanced and Succession Planning was assured.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic progress has been slower than anticipated. After a scrutiny of the major Police Credit Unions it was decided that the Serve and Protect Credit Union was the most appropriate. We have visited the Serve and Protect Offices at Guardians House, Birmingham met with the Chief Executive Officer, Directors and Staff and have satisfied ourselves that this is a most efficient and professionally run business.

It is our intention that the full merger will take place on 1st September 2021. Prior to this two virtual Special General Meetings will be held, the first one being between 2.0pm and 3.30pm on Monday 17th May 2021. Any member of the Credit Union may request a Registration Form from ourselves to receive the link to join in the SGM. Members will be kept updated on the progress of the merger.

For further information in respect of “Serve and Protect” please see the attached flyer or you are able to visit their website at:-www.serveandprotectcu.co.uk

Once the merger takes place Gillian Robinson will still be the Durham Administrative link to give direction and assistance to Members.

Any local queries in respect of the merger please don’t hesitate to contact me at :-david.robinson2@durham.police.uk  or 07974213690

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