Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Mr Thomas LOWERY

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Mr Thomas LOWERY, 88yrs who died on 27th January 2019.
Tommy who resided in Whitburn, served in Durham County and Northumbria Forces.
starting in Stockton before moving to Whitburn..
He was a member of NARPO, Sunderland.
His Funeral will take place at Sunderland Crematorium, at 1400hrs on Friday 15th February 2019

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1048 Anthony Bryn (Tony) Stainthorpe

It is with regret that we announce the death of a retired Police Officer: PC 1048 Anthony Bryn (Tony) Stainthorpe: who passed away on the 27th January 2019, he was aged 74 years.
He leaves a widow, Margaret and four sons
Tony initially joined West Midlands Police and after completing his Probation was posted onto their Traffic Branch and Motorway unit.
On transferring back home to Durham he was soon transferred to traffic patrols. Tony also served on the Accident Unit before transferring to CID and the Stolen Vehicle Squad from where he retired on the 11th February 1993.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 14th February 2019 at 12.15pm and will be held at St Cuthbert's Church, North Road, Durham.
The funeral service is not private and everyone is welcome.
Following the service friends and colleagues are invited to the Indoor Bowling Centre at Durham for refreshments
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Marie Curie.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer: D/Sgt Ken Gaffney

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer: D/Sgt Ken Gaffney who sadly passed away on the 17th January 2019, aged 89yrs.
Ken was a police officer in Houghton le Spring ( Durham pre 1974) and retired from Northumbria Constabulary as a D/Sgt based in Newcastle in 1978
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Friday, 18 January 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1422 Raymond Michael Keen

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1422 Raymond Michael Keen.
He passed away on the 7th January 2019. He was aged 55 years.
Ray was a dearly loved husband of Charlotte, loved dad of Megan, dearly loved son of Michael and the late June and loved brother of Carol.
Raymond joined Durham Constabulary on the 16th April 1984 and he retired from the force on the 15th April 2014.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 24th January 2019 at 11.45am at St.Hilda's Chapel, Teesside Crematorium, this will then be followed by refreshments at Middleton St. George Cricket Club. The funeral service is not private and everyone is welcome.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to the British Heart Foundation

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Durham NARPO Annual General Meeting 2019

 AGM 2019
Date for your Diary…….
Monday 14th January 2019 at 1900hrs

The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speakers from Force Executive,PCC and Federation.
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

There is a bar at the premises & light refreshments are provided
The meeting will be held at the Durham Indoor Bowling Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE



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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Death of retired civilian employee 5300 : Gillian Pitcher

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of retired civilian employee 5300 : Gillian Pitcher (Nee Beckett), aged 57yrs,  who died peacefully at home on the 22nd December2018.
Gillian joined Durham Constabulary on the 25th February 1988 and served as a Communications Clerk, Enquiry and Communications Officer, Senior Operator and as a Dispatcher, she retired from the force on the 1st October 2008.
Gillian was the wife of Jim Pitcher (NARPO Member), much loved step-mother to Amanda, Lisa, Samantha and James and their families.
Friends please meet at Wear Valley Crematorium, on Tuesday, January 8th, at 1.30pm. 
No flowers by request, donations in memory of Gillian can be left at the Crematorium for Kidney Research.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Three Tuns pub at Toft Hill after the funeral.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1556 John Charlton Noble

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sgt 1556 John Charlton Noble, who passed away on the 24th November 2018. He was aged 72 years.
He leaves a widow Kim Marie Noble.
Former Sergeant 1556 John C Noble joined Durham Constabulary on 3rd March 1969 and from HQ Training he was posted to Peterlee. There he undertook roles as Area Car Driver and for six weeks he covered Horden area as Residential Beat Officer.
In April 1974 he moved to Horden Section for five months before returning to work on Peterlee Town Section in September 1974. In July 1976 John went back to work at Horden Section for 3 months then in October he moved to Easington Section.
In May 1979 he went back to Peterlee where he worked until he was promoted to Sergeant and moved to Traffic Patrols North. He remained in Traffic as a supervisor and spent 2 years from 1984 - 1986 in Traffic Management . He retired on 26th August 1994.
The funeral took place on the 3rd December at Inverness Crematorium.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Winter 2018 edition of the Durham Peeler now online

DP - Winter 2018Alan Watson,  Editor of Durham Peeler has been hard at work over the last few months producing the Winter 2018 edition of the Durham Peeler. The magazine looks great and is full of interesting stories & info.

If you have any stories you’d like to share in future issues of the magazine, please get in touch with Alan at : suenala7@ntlworld.com

To view this latest edition of the magazine online, please click on the image.
If you would like to view other editions of the Durham Peeler please Click Here
Hard copies of the magazine will be distributed to members soon

Printed copies of the magazine will be sent out to members in the first week of December…

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 110 Stephen Kell

Steve KellIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired  Police Officer : PC 110 Stephen Kell, who died on 22nd October 2018, aged 53 years.
Mr Kell commenced his Police career in 1986 and served at Durham Constabulary, until his retirement in 1995.
Mr Kell leaves a widow Jennifer Kell.
I can confirm that his funeral will take place on Thursday 8th November 2018 at 1:30pm at Durham Crematorium.
This will be followed by a wake at the Blackbull pub, Trimdon.
Neither of these services are private.
Family have encouraged that anybody who would like to attend the wake confirm they are attending by joining the Facebook event on Steve’s Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/events/2020132551363430/)
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Cancer Research.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Constable 1307 Philip Clapham

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Constable 1307 Philip Clapham, who passed away on the 19th October 2018. He was aged 55 years.
He leaves a widow Sharon.
He was appointed with Durham Constabulary on the 19th January 1998 until he left the force on the 31st December 2015. In his career with Durham Constabulary he received two commendations and one bravery award.
He received a commendation for his actions on June 2014, whilst off duty he confronted 4 men who were committing an armed robbery at Shotton, Post Office, DC Clapham chased the offenders but he was threatened with a firearm and they made good their escape, he returned to the scene of the crime to look after the victims.
He was commended for his professionalism and determination during a sensitive investigation which ensured the safeguarding of a vulnerable victim and her baby which resulted in the successful conviction of the defendant who was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for rape.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 1st November at 10.45am at St.Saviour's Church, Shotton Colliery, than 12pm at Durham Crematorium, afterwards at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites for refreshments. Everyone is welcome to attend but Philip's wife Sharon has requested that no-one attends in police uniform.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Alice House Hospice at Hartlepool.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2018 released

pension_830_thumb12The ONS have now released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2018 which shows an increase of 2.4 %. As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 2.4 % as of 1st April 2019.

Full details can be found on the ONS website

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1539 Stephen Craigs

Steve CraigsIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1539 Stephen Craigs who passed away on the 26th September 2018 aged 59yrs.
Mr Craigs leaves a widow, Karen and children Christopher, Matthew and step son Daniel.
Mr Craigs was appointed to the force in 1979 where he worked at Darlington and Peterlee.
In 1986 he joined the dog section where he worked until he retired in 2009 as a police dog trainer.
Mr Craigs then returned to work as Police Staff for the Youth Offending Service , a role he enjoyed greatly.
The funeral will be held on Monday 22nd October 2018 at 11.30 at Durham Crematorium. Please note this service is not private and afterwards at the Beefeater Broomside Park Pub, Belmont Industrial Estate, Broomside Lane, Durham,
DH1 1GG
Family flowers only , donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to MacMillan Cancer Support or the Butterwick Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 360 Keith (Shep) Shepherd

ShepIt is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 360 Keith (Shep) Shepherd, who passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 26th August, aged 62yrs.
Keith was the cherished son of Dorothy and step son of Ruth. Much loved husband of Alison, devoted and loved Dad of Vanessa Jane and Andrew Keith, and step father of Hannah Jo.
Also dearest father in law and much loved Grandad.
Keith joined Durham Constabulary on the 31st December 1979 and retired on the 30th December 2009.
Family and friends please meet for a funeral at Sunderland Crematorium on Wednesday 12th September at 10.30am.
Everyone is welcome to join the family at Lumley Snooker Club after the Crematorium.
Family flowers only, charity donations in lieu if so desired to the charity 'Mind' a donation box will be available on the day.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Thursday, 9 August 2018

PSUK Fly Fishing

I’ve been approached by Tony BARCLAY who is the new PSUK north east regional secretary for the PSUK fly fishing section.
He has asked me to forward an email to all in the hope of raising a Durham Team. We currently don’t have one and he says as such, missing out on regional/national comps, 35% discounts on Aiflo Tackle and discounts on various lakes, ponds, hotels around the country.
Serving officers, support staff or retired are all welcome to take part in the comps but we would need a formal Durham Club.
Please come back to me, Kev Woodcock, if interested or forward if you are aware of Durham police fly fishermen past and present.

Please reply to : kevinwoodcock722@btinternet.com

Death of an ex Police Officer : PC 1946 Jeremy Guy Ashcroft

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of an ex Police Officer : PC 1946 Jeremy Guy Ashcroft who passed away on the 24th July 2018, aged 50.
Mr Ashcroft does not leave a widow.
PC 1946 was appointed on the 4th March 2002 and resigned on 30th November 2005.
The funeral service was held on 2nd August 2018.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1407 Clive HALL

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1407 Clive HALL, who passed away on the 26th July 2018, aged 76.
Mr Hall leaves a widow, Mrs Barbara Hall.
Clive was appointed on 21st February 1966 having served at HQ training and Control Room at Stanley in Enquiry/Communications. He then retired on pension on 20th February 1996 from Control Room.
He also returned to work in Communications as a temporary member of staff.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 11:00 at Durham Crematorium.
Please note the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Tom Walker Whitton

Tom WhittonIt is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Tom Walker Whitton who died on 26th July 2018 aged 78.
Tom served in the Coldstream Guards as a Dispatch Rider before  joining Durham Constabulary as a PC on 28th January 1962 and was initially stationed at Hartlepool. During his service Tom had various postings including being Chief Constable’s P.A, Firearms Team , Regional Crime Squad and Special Branch.  He retired on 31st March 1997 as Chief Superintendent of Operations Dept. .
Mr Whitton leaves a widow Mrs Anne Whitton and two adult children Sandra Whitton and Nigel Whitton.
The funeral will be held on Friday 10th August at Durham St Cuthbert’s Church at 12:00, the funeral is not private.
Refreshments will be available after at Ramside Hall in the Foyer of the Ball Room at 13:30hrs
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1273 Ralph Graham Suddick

Graham SuddickIt is with deepest sadness that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1273 Ralph Graham Suddick, who passed away on the 18th July 2018, aged 84 years.
Mr Suddick does not leave a widow.
Graham Suddick joined Durham Constabulary on 3rd April 1956. From HQ Training he began his service at Darlington where he spent two years before moving to Jarrow for a year. In April 1959 he joined the motorcycle unit and after six months moved into traffic patrols working throughout the Durham and Stockton area in 1966 he became an instructor in motor school, instructing on advanced driving courses before retiring medically on 16th January 1985.
The funeral service will be held on Monday 30th July 2018 at 10:30 at Durham Crematorium. Please note the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Stroke Association.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Prisoner Transfer to Parkhurst , Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Prisoner Transfer 1Isle of Wight Prisoner Transfer 2









The above pictures turned up recently on Facebook with Ian Dickinson asking if anybody could help identify the officers & what they were doing as it was thought that they were on an escort to the Isle of Man.

John Andrew Bell & Gordon Bacon ‘came to the rescue’ and put the names to the faces.

On the photo to the left, the three officers standing in front of the Westminster car are Norman Cuerdon, Dave Kilner and Billy Hall (Malcolm Hall's brother) formerly all stationed at Hartlepool.

Gordon Bacon spoke to Dave Kilner and they believe it was a prisoner escort from Durham to Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight.

Gordon remembers a number of Cat A prisoners were moved at short notice following the escape from Durham Prison of John McVicar in '68.

The photo on the right is from the same escort  shows Dave Kilner & John Tait is standing in front of Westminster and to the left of them is Gordon Balderstone & Ken Garbutt.

Death of a retired Police Officer : 288 Ernest William (Bill) Midgley

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : 288 Ernest William Midgley (better known as Bill), who passed away on the 16th July 2018. He was aged 88 years.
He does not leave a widow.
Mr Midgley retired from Durham Constabulary on the 22nd May 1977.
The funeral service will be held on the 27th July 2018 at 1.45pm at Darlington Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

BikeWise 2018 is on TODAY (Sunday 22nd July)

Bikewise Countdown Poster (Today)
The Tall ships have sailed and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......
BikeWise 2018 is on,  at the police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm TODAY (Sunday 22nd July).
Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.
FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, on site for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride

Air Ambulance will ask for a £2 donation from adults, children and all parking is FREE
Come along Sunday and have a great day.
For further details please visit : https://bikewise2018.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Three days to go to BikeWise 2018

Bikewise Countdown Poster (3 days)

The World Cup didn't come home, The Tall ships have sailed and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......

BikeWise 2018 is on,  at the police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm THIS Sunday (22nd July).

Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.

FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, onsite for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride


We ask for a £2 donation from adults and kids are free.

Come along Sunday and have a great day.

For further details please visit : www.bikewise.org.uk

Death of retired Police Staff : 5778 Brian Donkin

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of retired police staff member 5778 Brian Donkin, who passed away on the 24th April 2018. He was aged 73 years.
He leaves a widow, Kleophatty and a son Chris.
Mr Donkin joined Durham Constabulary on the 29th July 1996 where he served as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator at Consett, he was then posted as a Community Liaison Officer where he served at Consett and Stanley. He retired from Durham Constabulary on the 12th November 2009.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 26th July 2018 at 1pm at St. Aidan's church, Brunton Park, Gosforth this will then be followed by refreshments at Northern Rugby Club.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Death of retired Police Officer : DC 340 Kenneth Thomas Parkin

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of retired Police Officer : DC 340 Kenneth Thomas Parkin, who passed away on the 27th June 2018. He was aged 72 years.
He leaves a widow Susan and a daughter and son, Catherine and Andrew and four grandchildren.
Mr Parkin joined Durham Constabulary on the 7th October 1974 and he retired on the 4th November 2003.
The funeral service will take place on the 6th July 2018 at 10.30am at Durham Crematorium. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Alice House Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Death of retired Police Officer : Inspector Howard Hudson

Howard HudsonIt is with deepest sadness that we have to announce the death of retired Police Officer : Inspector Howard Hudson. He passed away on the 22nd May 2018, aged 78.
Howard leaves a widow Dorothy Hudson.
He retired from Durham Constabulary as an Inspector in Traffic on 30th September 1988.
Howard joined Durham Constabulary on 4th August 1959 and from HQ training his first posting was to Stockton where he served for 2 and a half years and then moved to Barnard Castle. In February 1963 he moved to Eldon Lane and in June 1963 to Byerley. He became a Divisional Car Driver in February 1965 based at Bishop Auckland then went on to Traffic Patrols from October 1969. In October 1974 he took up the first of three secondments to the Police Training Centre at Dishforth and during his second secondment in February 1975 he was promoted to Sergeant.
Returning from Dishforth, Howard was posted to Newton Aycliffe moving into training in July 1980. On promotion to Inspector on 16th January 1984 he served at Darlington for 14 months before moving back to Traffic where he retired on 30th September 1988.
The funeral will be taking place at 10:30 on Thursday 7th June 2018 at Wear Valley Crematorium. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to The North East Air Ambulance Service.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1230 Edward Minchell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1230 Edward Minchell. He passed away on the 19th May, he was aged 80 years.
He does not leave a widow.
He retired from Durham Constabulary on the 6th June 1986.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 4th June 2018 at 1pm at Durham Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Society.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Summer 2018 edition of the Durham Peeler now online

DP - Summer 2018Durham Peeler editor Alan Watson has been keeping himself busy over the last few months to produce the Summer 2018 edition of the Durham Peeler.
To view this latest edition of the magazine online, please click on the image.
If you would like to view other editions of the Durham Peeler please Click Here
Hard copies of the magazine will be distributed to members soon.

Please note on page 4 of the magazine it states that the November NARPO  meeting (12.11.2018) is at Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club when in fact it should read Durham Indoor Bowling Club.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : 101 Maurice Kay

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : 101 Maurice Kay, who passed away on the 6th May 2018. He was aged 86 years.
He does not leave a widow.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 22nd May 2018 at 1pm at Durham Crematorium. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Cancer Nurses.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : 1433 Joseph Downing

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  1433 Joseph Downing, who passed away on 5th May 2018 aged 83 years.
Joseph does not leave a widow.
Joseph joined Durham Constabulary on 25th June 1962 and served at HQ training, Consett, Chopwell and Chester-le-Street. He retired from traffic patrols on the 7th February 1985.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 29th May 2018 at 11:45am at Mountsett Crematorium, Dipton. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the University Hospital of North Durham, Chemo Unit.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC Bert White

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC Bert White, aged 90 years, of Bowes, died peacefully in Richardson Hospital, on May 7th.
Beloved husband of the late Ann, dearly loved father of Philip and Barbara, loving grandad of Callum and Sarah.
Sadly missed by all family and friends.
Would friends please meet for funeral service at St. Giles' Church, Bowes, on Friday May 18th, at 11.00 a.m, followed by interment.
Family flowers only please, donations if desired, may be given in Church to Church Funds and Friends of the Richardson Hospital.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Richard ('Dick') Hadlow

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Richard ('Dick') Hadlow, 87 years of Windy Nook, Gateshead a former member of Durham County Constabulary who died on the 24th April 2018.
Dick served as a uniform Constable from 1950 at Dunston, Felling, Hebburn and Jarrow, then Sergeant at South Shields.  At the 1974 amalgamation he opted for Northumbria and retired as Inspector at Whickham in 1979.
A keen sportsman in his younger days, he was a very good golfer.
The funeral will be held at South Shields Crematorium, John Reid Rd at 2.45pm Monday 14th May, 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant Eric Raymond Smith

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sergeant Eric Raymond Smith, who passed away on the 12th April 2018. He was aged 87 years.
He leaves a widow Sheila.
He retired from Durham Constabulary on the 11th July 1967.
The funeral service took place on the 8th May at St Joseph's Church, Norton.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Death of a retired Police Officer : 209 Ronald Willis

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : 209 Ronald Willis, who passed away on the 25th April 2018. He was aged 91 years.
He leaves a widow Alice.
Ronald retired from Durham Constabulary on the 11th August 1972.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 14th May at 12.30pm at Hurworth Church, this will then be followed by the cremation service at Darlington.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Constable 1835 John Darwin

John DarwinIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Constable 1835 John Darwin who passed away on the 30th April 2018. He was aged 62 years.
He leaves a widow, Lynn
John joined Durham Constabulary on the 12th March 1979 and had various postings including Durham City, HQ Drugs Squad and Durham CID, from where he retired on the 29th March 2009
The funeral service will be taking place on the 16th May at 10.30am and it will be held at St. Cuthbert's Church, Durham.
This will then be followed by the cremation service at 11.30am. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the University Hospital of North Durham - Chemo Unit
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Superintendent 239 William Percy Tate,

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Superintendent 239 William Percy Tate, who passed away on the 11th April 2018. He was aged 87 years old.
He does not leave a widow but leaves two children and three grandchildren.
Mr Tate joined Durham Constabulary on the 26th April 1952 and from HQ training he took up his first post at Crook then moved to Shildon in 1953, Chester Le Street in 1955 and Houghton in 1956 where he performed beat duties.
In July 1956 he became Detached Beat Officer for New Lambton area before performing the role of Scientific Aids Officer at Chester Le Street from January 1959 and he joined CID at Chester Le Street in 1962.
In October 1965 he was promoted to Sergeant 1521 and promotion saw him transfer to the role of Town Sergeant based at Bishop Auckland. In May 1967 he became Section Sergeant for Langley Park until his promotion to Control Room Inspector in October 1968.
September 1977 saw him promoted again becoming Chief Inspector 239 and becoming Deputy to the Superintendent, Comms. In September 1979 he became Deputy Sub Divisional Commander at Peterlee, later to move into the Sub Divisional Commander role at Chester Le Street in December 1980.
On Promotion to Superintendent in September 1982 he moved in to a role in Complaints and Discipline and he retired from this post on 30th April 1984.
During his service, Mr. Tate received 4 Chief Constable Commendations:
In 1957 – for persistent and intelligent enquiries resulting in the conviction of a man for larceny.
In 1961 – for efficiency and persistence which resulted in the conviction of 4 juveniles for offences of breaking and entering and receiving stolen goods. Also commended by Magistrates.
And in 1962 – for persistent enquiries resulting in the arrest of 5 men for shop breaking. Factory breaking with intent, grievous bodily harm and receiving. Also commended by Magistrates.
He was awarded the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in July 1974

The funeral service will take place on the 27th April 2018 at 1.30pm at Durham Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the St.Cuthbert's Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 9 April 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant John LOWES (MBE)

John LowesIt is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sergeant John Lowes (MBE),  who died on the 4th April 2018, aged 70yrs.
John initially joined Durham Constabulary and he served there from 1967 until he moved to Northumbria in 1974, retiring in 1994. During his service John served in various departments, Marine Division, Ashington, Newby Wiske DPC as a PTI before finishing his service in Training where those who used the law library at Ponteland found him a mine of information.
  Despite suffering from  a debilitating illness, osteoporosis, John battled on relentlessly to everyone's great and sustained admiration.
  In retirement, John supported his community with a spell of civic duties and was a regular and solid supporter of NARPO.
  He did voluntary work for the National Osteoporosis Society for which he was awarded the MBE.
John leaves his wife, Liz,  his son  Johnathon,a serving officer, Jane his daughter and four grand children.
His funeral will take place at 11.30am on Monday, 16th April, 2018 at St James' Church, Newgate Street, Morpeth followed thereafter by cremation at Blyth Crematorium at 1pm.
This will then be followed by refreshments at the Morpeth Rugby Club, Mitford Road, Morpeth Northumberland NE61 2UJ
No flowers by request. Donations if desired to the Osteoporosis Society and RSPCA
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 30 March 2018

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Traffic Officers reunion

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.Following on from the reunion events in 2017,  we are now going our first informal reunion of 2018 and hopefully capture the ex colleagues who were unable to attend in the past.
It's going to be at the same venue as the last time, the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Willington (thanks to Ian Hirst for making the place available for us.) and will be on Wednesday 25th April 2018 from 10.30am.
Can I ask that you spread the word to any ex colleagues you are in touch with so we can renew friendships and have a good chinwag about times past. 

Look forward to seeing you there - hope you can make it.
Regards
Jim Holmes

Spectrum Leisure Complex
Hunwick Lane
Willington
Co Durham
DL15 0JA

Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir – Annual Concert 2018

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Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 115 George Dent Barnes

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sergeant 115 George Dent Barnes, who passed away on the 23rd March 2018. He was aged 89 years.
He leaves a widow, Joan
George joined Durham Constabulary in 1949 and served at West Hartlepool, Eighton Banks, Chester-Le-Street, Darlington, Houghton, Ryhope, Leechmere, Cherry Knowle, HQ Admin and CID Admin. He retired from the force in 1974.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 10th April at 11.30am at Durham Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Marie Curie.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 543, Alfred Derek Newton Addison

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 543, Alfred Derek Newton Addison, who passed away on the 15th March 2018. He was aged 85 years.
Alfred retired from Durham Constabulary on the 1st January 1984.
He does not leave a widow but leaves three daughters and a son, Diane, Dale, Angela and Ross.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 5th April at 11am, which will be held at the Grove Methodist Church, The Grove, Consett. All are welcome to the funeral service. A burial will then follow on the 6th April in Yorkshire where Alfred will be laid to rest alongside his wife who passed away 11 years ago.
Donations have been requested to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Death of a retired Police Officer: Superintendent James Arthur HOPPS

Supt HoppsIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer: Superintendent James Arthur HOPPS, 89 years, who died unexpectedly in hospital on Saturday 17th March 2018.
Arthur joined Durham Constabulary on the 3rd October 1955, and was posted to uniform patrols in Consett.
He joined the CID in 1960, and served in Consett and Lanchester before being promoted to Detective Sergeant in Stockton in 1967.
He then moved to Durham CID and was appointed as uniform Inspector at Peterlee in 1974.
This was followed by postings as a Detective Inspector in Consett and Stanley before promotion to Detective Chief Inspector at Chester-le-Street in 1979.
In 1984, Arthur became Superintendent at Bishop Auckland prior to his retirement on pension in October 1985.
His late wife Nancy passed away in 2016. He leaves two sons – Philip (retired Sergeant who also served in the Durham Constabulary) and Geoffrey, along with 2 grandsons and 2 great granddaughters.
The funeral will take place on Friday 6th April 2018 at 2.45pm at St Michael & All Angels Church, Witton Gilbert.
The funeral service is not private. This will be followed by cremation at Durham Crematorium. Refreshments afterwards at the Travellers Rest, Witton Gilbert.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to The British Lung Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 2194 Norman Bell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC 2194 Norman Bell, who died on the 30th January 2018. He was aged 92 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a son David George Bell.
Norman joined Durham Constabulary on the 8th May 1950 and he served at South Shields Scientific Aids, he also served in the royal navy from 10th May 1944 to 13th December 1946 and also served at Sunderland police from 13th January 1947 to 7th May 1950.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 14th February 2018 at 13.15pm at South Shields crematorium, this will then be followed by refreshments at Cleadon Club at South Shields. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Marie Curie.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 298 Michael Wharton

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 298 Michael Wharton, who died on the 23rd January 2018. He was aged 54 years.
He leaves a widow Susan.
Mr Wharton joined Durham Constabulary on the 12th August 1991, he was posted to HQ, Bowburn, Durham City before he retired from Bishop Auckland.
The funeral service will take place on the 21st February 2018 at 11am, to be held at Mountsett Crematorium. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK

Police chief's U-turn over speed blitz

Anthony BanghamAfter he admits plans to punish drivers who are 1mph over the limit would not be achievable.

A police chief backtracked yesterday after calling for motorists who break the speed limit by just 1mph to face punishment.
Anthony Bangham admitted the proposal would not be ‘proportionate or achievable’. He said he never advocated a draconian nationwide crackdown and wanted to ‘clear up the misunderstanding’.
The officer, who is Chief Constable of West Mercia police and responsible for Britain’s roads policing, added: ‘I now want to be clearer on this point – our aim is not to be pursuing drivers 1mph over the speed limit and putting them through the courts. This would not be proportionate or achievable.’
Mr Bangham’s call for the abolition of the 10 per cent ‘buffer’ over the speed limit would have led to thousands more drivers facing punishment for marginal offences.

In a backlash, officers of all ranks, campaign groups and lawyers branded it unenforceable ‘madness’.
However, the police chief yesterday insisted frontline officers must not ‘apologise’ for enforcing the law and should act ‘based on the circumstances’.
He added: ‘There may well be occasions where someone is speeding a couple of miles over the limit outside a school and an officer could reasonably decide it is proportionate to stop them.’
AA president Edmund King last night welcomed the ‘clarification’.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Great site for Dishforth / Pannal Ash PTC photos

Dishforth Police Training Centre - Oct 1975

My own (Bob Brown) syndicate photo from initial training August - October 1975 at Dishforth,  which I hadn't seen for over thirty years.

Found on a Facebook Group named Pannal Ash Dishforth PTC's .....its a closed group.. If you are a Facebook user you will need to answer three questions to be approved to get access to the group.

Loads of photos.

Sgt Howard Hudson from Durham & Sgt Dick Treece from Humberside were the instructors on the course.

Seems like yesterday !!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector John Malcolm CRAIG

It is with regret that we have to report the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector John Malcolm CRAIG, 75 years of age, who died in hospital on Thursday, 18th January, 2018 after a long illness.
Malcolm was appointed to Durham County Constabulary in 1961, serving at Chester le Street & Edmundbyers. He then served on Motor Patrols at Hartlepool and later in the Special Incident Squad based at Aycliffe and Sergeant on Motor Patrols.
He transferred to Cleveland Police with the reorganisation on 1st April, 1974 , retiring on medical grounds in the rank of Inspector in 1987/8.
He does not leave a widow.
He has two sons Andrew & Ian and two grandchildren.
Malcolm was the elder brother of Alan Craig, who also served in Durham Constabulary.
The ceremony of cremation on is to take place at Stranton Crematorium, Hartlepool (postcode : TS25 5DD) at 2.30pm on Friday, 2nd February, 2018.
No flowers by request.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the Hartlepool Hospice.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Durham Constabulary set to recruit new police call handlers

supporting-images-staffrole2_origDO you have what it takes to make critical decisions in emergency situations?

Think you could be the reassuring voice at the end of the phone for people during their hour of need?

Want a career at the frontline of policing? One which will challenge you, excite you and where no two days are the same?

Durham Constabulary are recruiting new police call handlers to work in the Force Control Room answering both 999 and 101 calls.

Applications open at 9.30am on Monday, January 15 and close on Tuesday, January 30. If a sufficient number of applications are received prior to the closing date the advert will be closed.

Following a paper sift, successful candidates will be provided with a detailed information pack. This will include guidance on the assessment centre process and interview skills and techniques.

Assessment centres will be held between February 12 and March 2, followed by interviews which will take place week commencing March 5.

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “Our police call handlers are at the very heart of Durham Constabulary – they are the first point of contact for people in their hour of need, and deal with some of the most harrowing and distressing situations people will ever face in their lifetimes.

“To be a police call handler you need to be confident, hard-working and have a real desire to make a difference to people’s lives.

“You’ll also need to be able to think on your feet in a fast-moving and high pressured environment, and will have the ability to remain calm and composed when making critical decisions in emergency situations. The role is challenging, but extremely rewarding.

“If you think you’ve got what it takes to become a police call handler at one of the country’s best performing police forces, we want to hear from you.”

Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, said: “This is a really important role. Police call handlers are the first voice from the Constabulary that many people speak to. It’s a rewarding role and I encourage people to apply.”       

To apply, visit durham.police.uk/join-us

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Traffic officers dream car ?

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A couple of photos sent in by Robin Dodd... Slightly better than the old Rover SD1's ?

PCVC to increase Police element of Council Tax by less than £1 a month on average

Police officersIn response to pressure from Government, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg has decided to increase the amount of Council Tax which goes to the police service, known as the precept, by 7.09%. This equates to an increase of £8 a year, or 15p a week for a property in Council Tax Band A. Members of the public are being asked to comment.

Ron Hogg said: “The Government has reduced the funding for policing in Durham and Darlington every year since 2010.   We now have around 360 fewer officers than in 2010 – a reduction of 1 in 4.”

“I have been lobbying the Government for some years, to fund policing fairly. I did not expect the Government to respond by placing an additional burden on Council Tax payers. However, in my view they are abdicating their responsibility to protect our communities. This has put me in a position where, if I do not introduce this increase, I will be reducing the income of Durham Constabulary this year, and for every year afterwards.  It will inevitably mean fewer Police Officers in the community, preventing and solving crime.  I cannot do that without risking the safety of the community. The Government’s decision to relax the cap on the precept equates to an extra 15p per week for a property in Council Tax Band A.”

“Durham Constabulary is already the most efficient force in the country according to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services. That’s a consequence of the force’s commitment to innovation, making the very best use of the money available. We continue to challenge every facet of our business in order to find further efficiencies, but this gets harder every year. I welcomed the Government’s recent announcement of pay rises for Police Officers, but they have not provided me with the funding for this.”

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Chair of the Police and Crime Panel said:

“Panel Members understand current financial pressures placed on policing budgets and support the Commissioner’s approach to seek comment from residents on this proposal”

The public are able to comment on this proposal until Wednesday 31 January 2018. Residents are can provide their views in a number of ways, including:

  • Through the website www.durham-pcc.gov.uk
  • Through Facebook or Twitter (search for Durham PCC)
  • On telephone on: 0191 375 2001
  • Through the online survey available here: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4083427/Tell-me-what-you-think-Policing-Funding-for-2018-19
  • At the AAP Boards during January 2018
    • 10 January 2018 - 4together AAP Board
    • 10 January 2018 – Mid Durham Rural AAP Board
    • 16 January 2018 – East Durham Rural Corridor AAP Board
    • 18 January 2018 – Spennymoor AAP Board
    • 22 January 2018 – Chester Le Street AAP Board
    • 24 January 2018 – Teesdale AAP Board
    • 24 January 2018 - Derwent Valley AAP Board
    • 24 January 2018 – Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP Board
    • 30 January 2018 – GAMP AAP Board

Sunday, 7 January 2018

AGM of Durham NARPO – Monday 8th January 2018

 AGM
Date for your Diary…….
Monday 8th January at 1930hrs

The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speakers from Force Executive,PCC and Federation.
The National President of NARPO is attending along with Regional and Area reps.  The CC is unfortunately busy but his Deputy Jo Farrell is attending along with the PCC Mr Ron Hogg.
The Federation JBB Secretary will also be in attendance
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

There is a bar at the premises & light refreshments are provided
The meeting will be held at the Durham Indoor Bowling Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE



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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Raymond Thompson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Raymond Thompson who was an Additional Member of the Durham Branch and a Full Member of the Gateshead Branch of NARPO.
Mr Thompson died peacefully on Thursday 28th December 2017. aged 87yrs.
He retired from Northumbria in 1987 having first served in Durham prior to the 74 boundary changes.
The funeral will take place at 10am on the 22nd January at Fellside Methodist Church, 54 Ancaster Road, Whickham, NE16 5BJ  followed by cremation at 11am at Mountsett Crematorium, Ewehurst Road, Dipton, DH9 9JP.
Light refreshments will be available at Sunniside club after the service.
All his old friends and colleagues are welcome to attend. Family flowers only please with any donations to Alzheimer's uk.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 385 Henry Henson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 385 Henry Henson, who passed away on the 18th December 2017. He was aged 91 years.
He does not leave a widow but he leaves a son Michael
Mr Henson joined Durham Constabulary on the 30th November 1953 and from HQ training he served at Blaydon, Horden, Dene House and Peterlee. On June 1969 he was promoted to Sgt and he went on to serve at Durham City, Meadowfield and then Framwellgate Moor.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Blind Veterans UK
The funeral will be taking place on the 10th January at 10am at Durham Crematorium, this will be a private service only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 767 David Souter

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 767 David Souter, who passed away on the 5th December 2017. He was aged 77 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a son Richard.
David retired from Durham Constabulary on the 8th August 1986.
The funeral service is taking place on the 22nd December at 11.30am at Sunderland Crematorium. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Cancer Trust.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 707 David Moralee

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 707 David Moralee who passed away on the 4th December 2017. He was aged 63 years.
David leaves a widow Dorothy and daughter Helen.
DC Moralee joined Durham Constabulary on the 4th March 1974 and he retired from the force on the 31st March 2004.
The funeral service is taking place on the 14th December at 11am at St. Catherine's Church, Crook. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 69 Robert Storey

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 69 Robert Storey, who died on the 22nd November 2017. He was aged 96 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a daughter Barbara.
Mr Storey joined Durham Constabulary on the 28th December 1946 and his first posting was at Consett, then Shildon, Willington then Toronto. In 1955 he spent 5 months at Newbottle and then in 1959 he went to motor schools, he was then promoted to Sergeant in 1966 and then in 1969 he transferred to Bishop Auckland. Mr Storey was promoted to Inspector in 1973 where he continued to serve at Bishop Auckland until his retirement.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 5th December at 9.30am and will be held at Canford Crematorium, Bristol. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Arthritis Research UK
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector 1310 John Raymond Albert (Ray) Richardson

Ray RichardsonIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector 1310 John Raymond Albert (Ray) Richardson, who died on the 9th November 2017. He was aged 76 years.
He leaves his widow Sheila Richardson and daughter Rachel Slater and son Stephen Richardson.
Ray retired from Durham Constabulary on the 26th August 1992.
The funeral service will be taking place on Tuesday 28th November at 11am at Kettering Crematorium, Edgar Newman Chapel, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8XE.
This will then be followed by a reception at The Falcon Hotel, Market Place, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to either the Blue Lamp Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society and the donations can be sent to E M Dorman Funeral Directors.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Durham Peeler : Winter 2017

DP - Winter 2017Durham Peeler editor Alan Watson has been keeping himself busy over the last few months to produce the Winter 2017 edition of the Durham Peeler.
To view this latest edition of the magazine online, please click on the image.
If you would like to view other editions of the Durham Peeler please Click Here
Hard copies of the magazine will be distributed to members soon

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1298 Joseph Peter Harrison

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1298 Joseph Peter Harrison who died on the 3rd November 2017 aged 83.
He leaves his wife Marie Harrison, 5 children, 5 grand-children and 2 great grand-children.
Joseph served with the Merchant Navy as 3rd Officer from 14th July 1952 - 28th August 1960. He then joined Durham Constabulary on 4th April 1961 and from HQ training was first posted to Jarrow where he served for 4 years. He then moved to Stanley before joining motorcycle patrols working first at Whickham then HQ. From 1967 to 1978 he served in various roles within motor patrols including working both North and South of the county. In August 1978 he transferred to Consett where he spent 4 years on the town patrols before moving into enquiry/communications. PC Harrison retired on pension on the 3rd April 1991.
The funeral service is taking place on the 16th November 2017 at 11.00am at All Saints Church, Lanchester.
The funeral service is not private and any friends/colleagues are welcome to attend, there will also be a gathering shortly afterwards at the Lanchester Cricket Club.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Cancer Care.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A time to reflect as we approach Remembrance Sunday

Flanders FieldRemembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day.

It was first observed in 1919, however until 1945 it was called Armistice Day. Traditionally there is two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month because that was the time (in Britain) when the armistice became effective in 1918.
Today, in the UK Remembrance Sunday is also observed on the Sunday nearest to November 11th. So, in the United Kingdom, two minutes' silence is observed on November 11 itself, and on the second Sunday of November. Remembrance Sunday, ceremonies are held at War Memorials, all over the UK and over the years it has become a day to commemorate not just the sacrifice of servicemen and women but the suffering of civilians in times of war.

Remembrance Sunday is commemorated by church services around the UK and a parade of ex-service personnel in London’s Whitehall. Wreaths of poppies are placed on war memorials from the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, to the tiniest war memorials in villages all over Britain. Small wooden crosses are placed in Gardens of Remembrance as private acts of remembering individual losses and suffering and people pin poppies to their coat or jacket.

History states that it was the poem 'In Flanders Fields' written in 1915 by Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer, that captured the imagination of the British people in the dark days of trench warfare on the Western Front when so many young soldiers failed to return. Six months before the Armistice, McCrae was brought on a stretcher to a big hospital on the French coast and saw the cliffs of Dover from his room. He died that night and was buried in a cemetery above Wimereux. Before he died, he said to the doctor: "Tell them this . . . If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep." An American woman, Miss Moina Michael, wrote a moving poem in reply and bought 25 red poppies, wearing one herself as a way to keep faith with the war dead; a French woman, Madame Guerin, came up with the practical idea of making and selling artificial poppies to help ex-service men and their dependents in need.

Britain's first Poppy Day was held in 1921 and the money raised helped children in war-devastated areas. The Royal British Legion opened its own poppy factory in London in 1922 to give practical help in time of need to all who have served in the armed forces and their widows and dependents. The paper poppies that are worn today are made by ex-service personnel and are sold by representatives of the Royal British Legion, an organisation of ex-servicemen and women. Today, they make more than 35 million poppies and 65,000 wreaths for the annual poppy appeal. Poppies grew in great abundance in the shell-torn fields of Flanders during the War. Because of its abundance it became the symbol of remembrance of two world wars.

Friday, 27 October 2017

September CPI Released

pension_830The ONS have now released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2017 which shows an increase of 3%. As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 3% as of 1st April 2018.

Full details can be found on the ONS website

HoggWatch - Summer 2017

HoggWatch Summer 2017The Summer 2017 magazine HoggWatch, published by Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner (PCVC) for County Durham and Darlington.

Please click on the image to view the magazine

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Alfred Hughes (Bomber) Harris

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Alfred Hughes (Bomber) Harris, who died peacefully on the 23rd October 2017 at Aldbourne, Wiltshire, cared for by family and the wonderful staff at Aldbourne Nursing Home. He was aged 84 years.
He does not leave a widow, but has a son David & daughter Lynda
Alfred served in the RAF between 1951-1954 before he joined Durham Constabulary on the 24th January 1955.
He was posted to HQ training before getting posted to Hartlepool then Hart before joining CID at West Hartlepool then Belle Vue. In October 1965 he was promoted to Sergeant and moved to Jarrow then in July 1969 he was promoted to Inspector and moved to Peterlee. In 1972 he spent a further 2 years at Hartlepool he then returned to Peterlee in 1974. In 1980 he was appointed Deputy Sub Divisional Commander at Seaham. He retired from Durham Constabulary on the 31st January 1981.
The funeral service is taking place on the 10th November 2017 at 2.30pm at Birtley Crematorium. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the RNLI.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 136 George Henry Aitchison

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sgt 136 George Henry Aitchison. Who died on the 11th September 2017, he was aged 94 years.
Mr Aitchison does not leave a widow.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 26th September 2017 at 11.30am at St Mary's Church, Chester. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Hospice of the good shepherd.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 1391 Basil Burton

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 1391 Basil Burton, who died on the 30th August 2017. He was aged 81 years.
Basil leaves a widow Judith and two sons Timothy and Andrew.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 13th September 2017 at 11.15am at Darlington Crematorium, the funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association (PSP)
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector 309 Thomas Charles Tipler

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Chief Inspector 309 Thomas Charles Tipler, who passed away on the 22nd August 2017. He was aged 86 years.
He does not leave a partner but leaves a daughter Lynda.
Thomas retired from Durham Constabulary in 1985
The funeral service will be taking place on the 8th September 2017 at 1.45pm at Portholme Church, Selby. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cystic Fibrosis Trust or to the Alzheimer's Society.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW 520 Karen Pigford (Nicholson)

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PW 520 Karen Pigford (Nicholson), who passed away on the 15th August 2017.
She was aged 66 years.
She does not leave a partner.
Karen served with Durham Constabulary from Sept 1967(Police Cadet) and then as a PW from 1969 until she left Durham Constaublary in 1979, in that time she was a Police Cadet as well as a Police instructor at the cadet school.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 5th September 2017 at 1pm at Durham Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 319 John Dryden Kendrew

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 319 John Dryden Kendrew,  who died on the 7th August 2017, he was aged 91 years.
He does not leave a widow but a son David.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 21st August at 11.30am at St.Andrews Church, Roker. The service is not private.
The family have now advised that donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Informal Traffic Reunion – TONIGHT (Wed 9th Aug)

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.Following on from the two successful reunion events earlier in the year we are now going for an evening meet at 6.30pm, Wednesday 9th August and hopefully capture the ex colleagues who were unable to attend in the past.
It's going to be at the same venue as the last time, the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Willington (thanks to Ian Hirst for making the place available for us.)
Can I ask that you spread the word to any ex colleagues you are in touch with so we can renew friendships and have a good chinwag about times past. 

Look forward to seeing you there - hope you can make it.
Regards
Jim

Spectrum Leisure Complex
Hunwick Lane
Willington
Co Durham
DL15 0JA

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Last chance to see the White Helmets (Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team)

White HelmetsThe Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team  will be appearing at BikeWise 2017  at Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham… TOMORROW (Sunday 23rd July)

This will be one of their last appearances as shortly after they confirmed their attendance at BikeWise 2017 it was announced the team will be disbanded after this summers performances. 

This will be a unique opportunity to see the White Helmets who have been acknowledged as the oldest, best known and most accomplished motorcycle display team in the country, if not the world. 

Formed in 1927, this season marks the 90th anniversary of the Team performing displays of motorcycling skills and whilst horses gave way to motorcycles in the display in 1937, many of the tricks they perform today are similar to those of the original riders. Based on their iconic helmets the Team adopted the world famous name ‘The White Helmets’ in 1963.  This coveted and prestigious item is an honour to wear and marks the riders out as one of the few able to perform such acts of skill.

The Team’s 23 riders on classic 750cc Triumph Tiger machines provide a fast paced, action packed display.  Wearing the full dress uniform of the Royal Signals along with their famous White Helmets the riders will perform a combination of high speed crossovers, spectacular jumps, skilful feats of balance as well as numerous reverse rides.

The Royal Signals has come a long way since those formative days using motorcycles to carry messages across the battlefield and are now modernising their image to show they truly are ‘Leaders in a Digital Age’.  Whilst this is the last year of entertaining and thrilling crowds with their dazzling arena displays, the Team’s excited to be performing one final season; demonstrating the teamwork, discipline and courage of the Royal Signals soldier.

Rain or shine the team will be performing so come along and cheer them on and see one one the final performances of this historic armed forces display team.

Entry to BikeWise 2017 is £2 for adults & children under 16 are free.

For further details of PARKING etc… please visit www.bikewise.org.uk

Friday, 14 July 2017

Durham Constabulary is recruiting 80 new officers

20045299_1370934219651858_792576328422790648_oDo you have what it takes to join the best police force in the country?
Durham Constabulary is recruiting 80 new officers and you could be just the person we are looking for.
Due to a glitch on the website, it did say applications had closed – but we can assure you this is not the case.
The deadline to apply is Friday, July 28, or when 1,000 applications are received.
You can apply here: www.durham.police.uk/Join-us/Pages/Recruitment.aspx
Completed applications can be returned to the HQ in Aykley Heads – but if delivering in person please note that the front desk is only open from 7.45am to 5.30pm – and we will not be able to receive them outside of these hours.
Good luck!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 371 Ian McGregor Mackay

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 371 Ian McGregor Mackay, who died on the 26th June 2017. He was aged 67 years.
Mr Mackay joined Durham Constabulary on the 3rd August 1970 and he retired as a Station Enquiry Officer at Peterlee on the 2nd August 2000
He leaves a widow Eileen.
The funeral service will be taking place on Friday the 14th July 2017 at 12.00pm, the service will be taking place at Elvet Methodist Church, Durham. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Police Treatment Centre C/o Seaton Leng & Son Ltd, 59a Bondgate, Darlington, DL3 7JR
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Leslie Newton

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Leslie Newton, who died on the 17th June 2017. He was aged 92 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a son Ian.
Mr Newton retired from Durham Constabulary on the 28th February 1974
The funeral service has taken place in Cyprus.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Traffic reunion : Wednesday 9th August

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.Following on from the two successful reunion events earlier in the year we are now going for an evening meet at 6.30pm, Wednesday 9th August and hopefully capture the ex colleagues who were unable to attend in the past.
It's going to be at the same venue as the last time, the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Willington (thanks to Ian Hirst for making the place available for us.)
Can I ask that you spread the word to any ex colleagues you are in touch with so we can renew friendships and have a good chinwag about times past. 

Look forward to seeing you there - hope you can make it.
Regards
Jim

Spectrum Leisure Complex
Hunwick Lane
Willington
Co Durham
DL15 0JA

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 270 Derek Sayers

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 270 Derek Sayers, who died on the 27th June 2017. He was aged 87 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves two sons.
Mr Sayers retired on the 22nd February 1989.
The funeral service will be not be private, however details have not been finalised yet.
The family will circulate the funeral details in the Northern Echo around the 19th or 20th July.

( Funeral details : 1pm Tuesday, 18th July, 2017, at Elm Ridge Methodist Church, Darlington. Private cremation. Reception Blackwell Grange)
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – The White Helmets


White HelmetsThe Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team  will be appearing at BikeWise 2017…….

This will be one of their last appearances as shortly after they confirmed their attendance at BikeWise 2017 it was announced the team will be disbanded after this summers performances. 

This will be a unique opportunity to see the White Helmets who have been acknowledged as the oldest, best known and most accomplished motorcycle display team in the country, if not the world. 

Formed in 1927, this season marks the 90th anniversary of the Team performing displays of motorcycling skills and whilst horses gave way to motorcycles in the display in 1937, many of the tricks they perform today are similar to those of the original riders. Based on their iconic helmets the Team adopted the world famous name ‘The White Helmets’ in 1963.  This coveted and prestigious item is an honour to wear and marks the riders out as one of the few able to perform such acts of skill.

The Team’s 23 riders on classic 750cc Triumph Tiger machines provide a fast paced, action packed display.  Wearing the full dress uniform of the Royal Signals along with their famous White Helmets the riders will perform a combination of high speed crossovers, spectacular jumps, skilful feats of balance as well as numerous reverse rides.

The Royal Signals has come a long way since those formative days using motorcycles to carry messages across the battlefield and are now modernising their image to show they truly are ‘Leaders in a Digital Age’.  Whilst this is the last year of entertaining and thrilling crowds with their dazzling arena displays, the Team’s excited to be performing one final season; demonstrating the teamwork, discipline and courage of the Royal Signals soldier.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1849 Ralph Shaw

It is with regret that I we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1849 Ralph Shaw, who died on the 20th June 2017. He was aged 80 years.
He does not leave a widow.
The funeral service will be taking place on Friday 7th July 2017 at 2pm at Mountsett Crematorium at Dipton.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Parkinson UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1063 Osmund (Ossie) Outterside

It is with regret that we have announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1063 Osmund (Ossie) Outterside, who died on the 17th June 2017 in Bradbury House (Leonard Cheshire Home), Crook. He was aged 70 years.
Mr Outterside joined Durham Constabulary in September 1966 & initially served at Darlington, followed by Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Coundon Section and finally Barnard Castle from where he retired from in 1994.
He leaves a widow Marjorie and two sons, Mark and Stuart.
The funeral service will be taking place on Monday 26th June 2017 at 12pm at St. Wilfrid's RC Church, Hexham Street (off Etherley Lane), Bishop Auckland DL14 7PU, followed by cremation at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1177 Albert John Franks

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1177 Albert John Franks, who died on the 18th June 2017. He was aged 81 years.
Mr Franks joined Durham Constabulary on the 24th January 1966, he served at HQ Training, Jarrow, Chester le street, he was initially in uniform before joining CID in 1974 and then from 1986 he joined HQ crime support unit. He retired from Durham Town section on the 25th June 1987.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a daughter Glenda.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 29th June 2017 at 11.15am at Saint John's Church, Birtley, which will then be followed by the cremation service at 12pm at Birtley Crematorium. This will then be followed by refreshments at Washington Cricket Club. The funeral service is not private.
Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the Bobby Robson Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW Gillian MILLER (nee Fullick)

It is with regret that we have to notify of the death of a retired Police Officer : PW Gillian MILLER (nee Fullick) aged 65 years, who died peacefully at Sunderland Royal Hospital following a short illness.
Gillian served with Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police between 1971 and 1978, stationed at Sunderland, Washington and Houghton-le-Spring.
She then spent 22 years working as a senior social worker for the elderly in Durham and Chester-le-Street.
Gillian is survived by her husband Colin Miller (Ret’d Sgt Northumbria) and much loved sons, Steven and Paul.
Funeral to be held at Sunderland Crematorium at 10.00am Monday 3rd July 2017.
Family flowers and any donations to Cancer Research UK.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Part time Gardening…. Darlington area

GardeningCan anyone help out with this one or know somebody who could ?

Hi
I have been given your details by my local Narpo secretary in Lancashire as I'm trying to help my mum and dad.
My parents live at Darlington and have been trying to get a local Gardner to come in and look after their garden, which is not a large area but they do like to keep it well.
However my dad and mum are both becoming frail with various joint issues and not able to do so now.
The problem they have had is that they have contacted a number of workmen who advertise in the Darlington area and they have all failed to turn up to see them.
Down here in the local area, the Narpo branch has a list of retired officers who have started various businesses and can be called on to undertake work and I wondered if you have something similar or know of a retired officer who would like to contact them to be paid to undertake the work.
As I mentioned before it is not a large area and would probably involve one day or so a week, but my parents would discuss and agree what needs to be undertaken.
Are you able to assist me, any help would be much appreciated and I would forward my parents contact details if you can.
Kind Regards
Kevin Hall (kevin.hall1@talk21.com)

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