Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer: Sgt 1301 Robert Coxon Sheppard

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer: Sgt 1301 Robert Coxon Sheppard, who sadly passed away in North Tees Hospital, Stockton-on-Tees on the 6th August 2019, aged 85 years.
He leaves a widow, Betty.
Bob joined Durham Constabulary on 4th April 1961 and retired on 3rd April 1989; he served at Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle and Traffic Patrols.
He was a keen golfer and later also took up indoor bowls.
The funeral service will take place at 12.45pm on Friday 16th August at Ferryhill Methodist Church, 2 Market Place, Ferryhill DL17 8HX, followed by a service of committal at 1.30pm at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.  Neither service is private.
Refreshments will follow at The Dean Bank & Ferryhill Literary Institute, Ferryhill DL17 8PP.
Family flowers only. Any donations in lieu to Ferryhill Methodist Church.
Our thoughts are with Betty at this sad time.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Superintendent 401 Kenneth Lavery

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Superintendent 401 Kenneth Lavery who died on 30th July 2019, aged 76 years.
Ken Lavery worked most of his 30yrs service with Durham Constabulary at Darlington, until his retirement on 15th August 1993.

Upon retirement Ken was our general manager of Darlington Football Club for several years and guided the club through some testing years in the mid-nineties, until he left in 1999. After leaving Darlington FC, he worked for the Great North Air Ambulance before moving to Lytham St Anne’s.
Mr Lavery leaves a widow, Linda Lavery.
The cremation service will take place on Wednesday 14th August at 2pm at Carleton Cemetery & Crematorium, Stocks Ln, Blackpool, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7QS. The service is not private.
There will also be a memorial at The Mowden, Staindrop Road, Darlington DL3 9BE on Saturday 31st August 2019. This is not private and everyone is welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Trinity Hospice Blackpool.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt.Jeanette Hooper (nee Allen) (ex Durham)

This message has come from Notts NARPO and is for information of members

Back in 1955 Jeanette Hooper (nee) Allen joined the West Riding Police and served at Pontefract and Ripon for approx. two years then she transferred to Durham Police on promotion to Sergeant.
Jeanette died on the 16th July 2019.  I realise it was a long while ago but I thought maybe some of your members would remember her. See details below.
Jeanette Hooper (nee Allen) 
It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Jeanette Hooper (nee Allen), aged 88 years, a retired Police Officer.   She died on Tuesday 16th July 2019.
The funeral is at 11.00am Tuesday 30th July 2019 at Embleton Parish Church, Alnwick, North Humberland NE66 3UW.  The Undertakers is Alister Turner, Garden Lodge, Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB.
Jeanette joined West Riding Police in 1955 and worked at Ripon and Pontefract.
After passing her exams she transferred to Durham Police as a Sergeant. 
Two years later she transferred to Newcastle Police as Inspector and two years later to Hull City Police as Chief Inspector. 
After a further two years she successfully applied to for the post of Superintendent and took charge of the Forces Policewomen Department.    
In 1977 with the disbanding of the Policewomens Department she was appointed the Officer in Charge of Carlton Police Station. 
We do not have her dates for joining or retiring. 
After retiring she moved back to the North Humberland area.


John Kennedy
Secretary, Notts NARPO

NARPO (DURHAM BRANCH) - CENTENARY LUNCHEON

As many of you will be aware, 2019 is the Centenary Year of the National Association of Retired Police Officers.

To celebrate this, the Durham Branch of NARPO held a successful river cruise and barbeque onboard the ‘Prince Bishop’ on the River Wear at Durham on Saturday 22 June 2019.

We also intend to hold our annual reunion luncheon at Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Rylands Way, (behind Abbey Leisure Centre) Durham DH1 5GR.  This is usually held in October, however this year we have brought the date forward to Sunday 15 September.

The luncheon, arranged for 12.30pm for sitting at 1.00pm, consists of a 3-course meal with tea or coffee and is provided at £15 per person (after subsidy by the branch); a free raffle is included.

Please be aware that this IS NOT a closed event and is open to all retired and serving Police Officers, Police Staff and family and friends.

Due to this being NARPO’s Centenary Year, there will be a small exhibition of Durham Constabulary memorabilia, including video photographs coving more than 100 years of Durham Police Transport.  If you have any items of interest and are prepared to have them on display during the luncheon, please contact any Branch Officer or Committee Member.

You should have received a flyer advertising the event and showing the menu choice with the last edition of the Durham Peeler, distributed in May 2019.  Please complete the booking form, with your meal selection and forward it with a cheque to Jim Jennings, 18 Willowtree Avenue, Gilesgate Moor, Durham DH1 1EB as soon as possible to aid catering.  If you require additional copies of the booking form please contact one of us:

Jim Jennings 0191 386 5028 Stuart Ingram 01388 814768

Ray Jones 01325 327165 Susan Knaggs 0191 388 4052

I know that some of you have attended our previous luncheons and hopefully have enjoyed the meal and meeting up with friends and ex-colleagues, but haven’t yet returned your forms for ; can I respectfully ask that you check your diaries and book your places.

Many thanks

Ray Jones (Chairman

Friday, 26 July 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : D/Sgt 2024 Geoffrey Lewis

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : D/Sgt 2024 Geoffrey Lewis, who sadly passed away on the 17th July 2019.  He was aged 73 years.
Geoff served at various stations including D/Sgt at Seaham, Peterlee & RCS
Geoff leaves a widow Beatrice and a son Richard who is a serving D/Sgt with Northumbria Police.
Geoff was also keen golfer and member at Ramside Golf Club.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 30th July at 11.45am at Christ Church Seaham,Station Road, Seaham SR7 0BH, this will then be followed by the cremation service at Durham Crematorium at 1pm.  The funeral service is not private.  Refreshments will follow at the Dun Cow pub in Seaton Village.
  Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to St. Cuthbert’s Hospice.
  Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector 232 Kenneth Baillie

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector 232 Kenneth Baillie, who sadly passed away on the 15th July 2019. He was aged 85 years.
He leaves a widow, Avis Marjorie Baillie
Mr Baillie joined Durham Constabulary on the 26th April 1954 and he served at Darlington, Houghton, Jarrow, Byers Green, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, West Auckland, Chester-le-Street, the control room, traffic and Sedgefield. He retired from his post of Chief Inspector, Sub Divisional Commander at Seaham on the 18th March 1984.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 30th July 2019 at 12.00pm at Durham Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Dementia UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

BikeWise 2019 is TODAY


We’ve been counting this down for a while  and now its here….
BikeWise 2019 is on  at the Police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm TODAY -  Sunday (21st 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.

If you are having difficulty due to numbers getting into County Hall then park at Sniperley Park and Ride. There are two free buses running back & forward to BikeWise 2019 throughout the day
We ask for a £2 donation from adults.
Children and parking are free.
Come along today and have a great day.
For further details please visit www.bikewisenews.org.uk where all info about the day is available or search for #BikeWise2019 on Twitter (@durham.bikewise )

Saturday, 20 July 2019

BikeWise 2019 is TOMORROW


The Cricket World Cup has come home, Wimbledon has had its last ‘rally’ and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......
BikeWise 2019 is on though,  at the Police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm TOMORROW -  Sunday (21st 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
(if you park at Sniperley Park and Ride there are two free buses running direct to BikeWise 2019 and returning to Sniperley)
We ask for a £2 donation from adults.
Children and parking are free.
Come along Sunday and have a great day.
For further details please visit www.bikewisenews.org.uk

Timetable of events at BikeWise 2019

Please note that the event timings are approximate and could be altered at short notice in the event of rain showers (although they are not forecast)
TT legend John McGuinness will also be at the show and will be 'based' around the Dick Shepherd Triumph Collection display

Friday, 19 July 2019

Dick Shepherd Triumph Collection at BikeWise 2019

If you like classic bikes the this is a must see. These bikes have never been on public display

Long time BikeWise supporter Dick Shepherd boasts an enviable collection of around 320 Triumph bikes that chart so much of the brand's incredible history. Dick makes the long trek North each year to Durham to let us see these ‘dream’ bikes.

This year Dick is bringing with him :

  1. Buddy Elmore’s Triumph T100R that won the 1966 Daytona 200 starting 46th on the Grid, starting the DAYTONA brand for Triumph!  This bike ended nearly 30 years of US (Harley Davidson) and Canadian leadership at the 200-mile race.
  2. The 500 cc Triumph Tiger 100 Daytona (T100T) was developed by Triumph's Chief Engineer and designer Doug Hele and launched as a production motorcycle the following year.

    The legendary Triumph 500cc racer sacrificed low-speed tractability for a big step up in power at 3,500rpm to deliver arguably the most famous Daytona race in history.

    Elmore sped past the whole field to win by a full minute at an average 96mph, and into Triumph and racing folklore.

    Just as powerful as its rivals but much lighter at just 315lbs, its place in history was officially recognized when the Daytona name again appeared on the Triumph 750 sport bike in 1990-91.

    After the 67 Daytona win the bike was bought by an American collector and eventually Dick traced it an bought it for his collection twenty five years ago. Since the race this bike has never been seen in public so for classic race fans and any motorcycle enthusiast this is a must see. The only picture we have ben able to find is of Buddy Elmore crossing the finishing line at Daytona i 1966 (Above)

  3. Original 1958 1st pre production Triumph Bonneville in a special Blue & White colour scheme. Again this bike has not been on public viewing

Get a good look at the bikes on Sunday at Bikes 2019 …. and bring your camera’s along to get some special photos of rare classic bikes

For more info on BikeWise 2019 please visit : www.bikewisenews.org.uk

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Three days to go…. till BikeWise 2019


The Cricket World Cup has come home, Wimbledon has had its last ‘rally’ and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......
BikeWise 2019 is on though,  at the Police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm THIS Sunday (21st 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
(if you park at Sniperley Park and Ride there are two free buses running direct to BikeWise 2019 and returning to Sniperley)
We ask for a £2 donation from adults.
Children and parking are free.
Come along Sunday and have a great day.
For further details please visit www.bikewisenews.org.uk

Parking Arrangements for BikeWise 2019

Access
We have been receiving a few enquiries about parking arrangements for BikeWise 2018, so please read below and we’ll hopefully clarify the situation :


MOTORCYCLE PARKING – At Police HQ (All weather pitch at Police HQ) See above

DISABLED PARKING – This will be at the Rivergreen Centre at the bottom of Aykley Heads Drive(Police HQ)

(You will only be allowed to proceed to this area after speaking to BikeWise staff who will be on the main access road in the area near to the motorcycle parking)

CAR PARKING – We have two main area’s of car parking :


1 – County Hall  As in previous years the car parks at County Hall will be utilized – access to the show is then via a series of steps up to the Police HQ


2 – Sniperley Park & Ride Car Park

Vehicles can be parked in this car park & we are providing Two FREE Park & Ride Bus service to and from Aykley Heads. The Park & Ride service will run regularly throughout the day and the journey should only take approx 5minutes. The bus will drop you off at Trinity School on the HQ drive and you will only have a short walk, without any steps, to the BikeWise show entrance

For more info about the show please visit :www.bikewisenews.org.uk

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Volunteer drivers needed for Shildon Community Bus

Any Retired Police Officers in the Shildon/Newton Aycliffe under the age of seventy who would be interested in being Volunteer drivers for Shildon Community Bus?
They would need to be Midas trained which would be sorted out by the Community Bus itself.
They are soon going to be very short of drivers as a couple of the present drivers are reaching the age of seventy and will  no longer be abe to drive the community bus.
If you are interested in this role please contact Kath Wilkinson (ex Control Room) on k.wilkinson24@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 944 George Jones

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 944 George Jones who died on 29th June 2019, aged 71 years.
George commenced his Police career as a Police Cadet on the 31st August, 1963. On the  22nd August, 1966 he was appointed as a Police Constable and from HQ training he was posted to Consett. 
In April 1969 he moved into the Control Room and was there until February 1972 when he then joined Motor Patrols.
George later returned to the control room and also served in Annfield Plain.
He was then promoted to Sergeant in July 1982 and went to serve in the Peterlee, Horden Section.
He was later promoted to Inspector based at Newton Aycliffe, George then moved to  worked as part of the Project Team based at HQ which is where he served until retiring in September 1993. 
The funeral service will be taking place on Thursday 11th July, 2019 at 1.10pm at St Lukes Church, Ferryhill, then Durham Crematorium for 2pm.
Following the services, refreshments will be served at the Masonic Hall, North Street, Ferryhill DL17 8HX, where parking is available at the rear.
The funeral service is not private and everyone is welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Death of Dorothy Appleby : (wife of Durham NARPO member Colin Appleby)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Dorothy Appleby : (wife of Durham NARPO member Colin Appleby)
Dorothy died on June 16th, aged 75 years.
Dorothy was the dearly loved mother of Katherine and Malcolm, daughter in law Jom & granddaughter Jasmine.
The funeral service will be held at the Durham Crematorium at 11.30 am on Monday 1st July 2019 followed by refreshments at the Brambles Cafe, Poplar Tree Garden Centre at Shincliffe.
The funeral is not private and all friends and former colleagues of Dorothy and Colin are welcome to attend the service and the refreshment venue.
Our thoughts are with family at this sad time.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 434 Malcolm Hall

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 434 Malcolm Hall who died on 14th June 2019, aged 70 years.
Malcolm commenced his Police career on 14th April 1975, serving in various posts including Traffic, Motor School, Chester le Street & Easington Sub Division until his retirement on 2nd March 2001.
Malcolm was the much loved dad of Julie and Lisa, son-in-law Steven and a devoted grandad of Alex, Sophie and Oliver.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday 27th June at 2pm at St Andrews Church Blackhall, interment to follow at Blackhall Cemetery.
Refreshments will be available afterwards at Acre Rigg Club, Peterlee.
The funeral service is not private.
As Malcolm was a keen motorcyclist the family have requested an escort from any motorcyclists attending the funeral, Alan Bewley can provide details on 07581 293047
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool and Macmillan Nurses Peterlee
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Durham River Cruise (NARPO 100year celebration) next Saturday, 22nd June

The Boat Cruise and Bar-be-cue on Saturday 22nd June is now open to all, not just NARPO members.
The function is very heavily subsidised by a grant from NARPO to ensure that we can all celebrate the Centenary of NARPO in our own areas.
To that end the function has been advertised in the Peeler and on the website.
To date the organising committee only have 43 people attending, sad really after all the effort that goes into the organisation of things like this.
The branch have therefore decided to open it up to all and have asked that it be circulated again to perhaps try and 'jog a few memories' and spur some members into action.
It is appreciated that June is holiday time for some, but surely not all the other 700 NARPO members in Durham Branch.
If you and your friends or family can spare the time for an evening cruise in Durham next Saturday night and in doing so help support your local Durham Branch NARPO and meet some ex colleagues then please contact the Branch Secretary :
  Stu Ingram to book your tickets which are £10 per person on 01388 814768. or email him on sji1179@btinternet.com.
Cheques to be made out to "Durham Branch - NARPO" and sent to 2, Whitworth Close, Spennymoor, DL16 7LH. or speak to Stu to arrange payment by bacs.

Click this link for original posting : https://www.durhamnarpo.org.uk/2019/03/durham-river-cruise-to-celebrate-100.html

Friday, 7 June 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer: PC 1049 Norman Hughes

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer: PC 1049 Norman Hughes who died on 31st May 2019 aged 64 years.
PC Hughes was appointed on 28th July 1975 and served at various postings including Seaham, Traffic motorcycles ,Control room, Lanchester, Consett ASU until his retirement on 24th May 1998.
Mr Hughes leaves a widow, Dianne Hughes.
The funeral service is on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at 12:00pm at St Michael and All Angels Church, Hawthorn, Seaham followed by the burial in the Hawthorn Cemetery at 12.45 p.m. 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 Village Nursing Home in Murton.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Death of a retired Police Staff member :Stephen Mann (6068)

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Staff member, Stephen Mann (6068). Who passed away on the 31st May 2019. He was aged 58 years.
Stephen leaves a widow, Rita Mann. 
Stephen joined Durham Constabulary on the 24th January 2000 and he retired from the post of Forensic Information Officer on the 29th November 2018.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 17th June 2019 at 11:30am at Durham Crematorium, followed by refreshments at Langley Park Sports and Social 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 St Cuthbert’s Hospice

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Job Advert - ISO Technical Manager

Please find attached the advert for ISO Technical Manager which is currently being advertised on behalf of Durham Constabulary. I would be grateful if this could please be circulated to your members and also be placed on your website if possible.

The link to our force website which includes more information on this role is: https://www.durham.police.uk/Join-us/Pages/Recruitment.aspx

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : 208 Alison Pattison

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : 208 Alison Pattison who died on 7th May 2019 aged 56 years.
Mrs Pattison commenced her Police career on 15th April 1985 and severed at Durham Constabulary, until her retirement on 17th January 1996.
Mrs Pattison leaves a widower Dean Pattison.
This has just been notified to NARPO from HQ and they have confirmed that Mrs Pattinson's funeral has already taken place however any donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Dogs Trust.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Traffic Officers Reunion – Wednesday 12th June 2019

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 of 2017 & 2018 ,  we are now going for our first informal reunion of 2019 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 12th June 2019 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

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Death of Joan Charlton: (wife of Durham NARPO member Alf Charlton)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Joan Charlton, (wife of Durham NARPO member Alf Charlton)
Joan died peacefully in Picktree Court, Chester le Street on May 4th, aged 89 years.
Joan was the dearly loved mam of Geoffrey and the late Gillian, loving gran of Daniel and Philip.
Friends please meet for service in St. Cuthbert's Church, North Road, Durham, Monday, May 20th, at 1.30pm cremation to follow.
Family flowers only please.
Our thoughts are with family at this sad time.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Summer 2019 edition of the Durham Peeler now online

Alan Watson,  Editor of Durham Peeler has been hard at work over the last few months producing the Summer 2019 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 next few days …

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Death of Jean Exley : (wife of Durham NARPO member Keith Exley)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a Durham NARPO members (Insp. Keith Exley) wife, Mrs Jean Exley.
Jean died on March 31st, aged 76 years.
Jean was the dearly loved mam of Russell and Andrew, much loved gran of Joshua.
Funeral service and committal to take place at Wear Valley Crematorium, on Tuesday, April 16th at 11.30a.m.
Family and friends welcome, donations in lieu of flowers, if so desired to Cancer Research UK.
Our thoughts are with family at this sad time.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Ignore any – ‘Group Life Assurance - reply before Friday’ emails

The Federation Computer at Leatherhead has been the subject of an attack. It is not believed that any personal information has been obtained BUT The Durham Federation Office has had over ten enquiries recently  from Retired Officers about an email headed "Group Life Assurance - reply before Friday". This is not from the The Police Federation or from the Insurance provider.

Any person in receipt of such an email is advised to delete it immediately.

Death of a retired Police Officer: PC 661 Neville Burdon

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer: PC 661 Neville Burdon. He passed away on the 21st March 2019,  aged 89 years.
Neville retired from Barnard Castle  on the 7th March 1984.
The funeral service will be taking place on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 3:30pm at Coundon Crematorium.
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.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 469 William(Bill) Fenwick Littlefair Simpson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 469 William(Bill) Fenwick Littlefair Simpson, who died peacefully on the 8th March 2019 after a short illness in Durham University Hospital. He was aged 78 years.
Bill joined Durham Constabulary on the 26th November 1961 and retired as Inspector 469 on 31st December 1989.
He was the widower of Ann and leaves son Martin and daughter Claire, grandchildren Tom and Millie.
The family will be having a private family only cremation, but friends and colleagues are welcome to join the family at the Duke of Wellington, Nevilles Cross on the 27th March 2019 at 2.00pm for a celebration of his life.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Durham Wildlife Trust.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Info required on ex Durham Vauxhall Victor FE Reg.No JGR 687T


Info required on  ex Durham Vauxhall Victor FE  Reg.No JGR 687T
It is believed it was used from 1978 until December 1980 but it is not known where or what its call sign would have been.
It was then used on the skid pan for about ten years.
The owner of the car, Mr Paul Stokes has owned it for ten years and has almost finished its restoration and wondered if any members would know its history or actually drove it in service.
Mr Stokes would be grateful of any info. Please reply to Paul via email :   papasierra999@yahoo.co.uk

Death of a Durham NARPO widow : Mrs Ann Stephenson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a Durham NARPO widow : Mrs Ann Stephenson, who died peacefully on the 28th February aged 78 years.
Mrs Stephenson was the wife of the late Thomas (Tom) Graham Stephenson who was a detective at Stanley.
Please meet for funeral service at Mountsett Crematorium on Wednesday 13th March at 2:45pm.
Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Willow Burn Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Durham River cruise to celebrate 100 years of NARPO

At the AGM of the Durham NARPO Branch held in January,it was decided to celebrate the 100 year  anniversary of NARPO by booking a river cruise/ barbecue on the Prince Bishop at Durham on the evening of Saturday 22nd June 2019. (Daylight till late)
The cruise will cast off from Browns Boat Yard about 7pm and enjoy a gentle cruise to a point opposite Fulling Mill where the anchor will be dropped and there will be a barbecue prepared for us on board.
The cruiser has a well stocked bar and toilets.
Parking is easy. The lower level of the multi story adjacent to the Boat Yard is normally for disabled parking only BUT after 6pm it is open to all and access to the Boat is almost level.
Please contact Stu Ingram to book your tickets which are £10 per person on 01388 814768. or email him on sji1179@btinternet.com.
Cheques to be made out to "Durham Branch - NARPO" and sent to 2, Whitworth Close, Spennymoor, DL16 7LH. or speak to Stu to arrange payment by bacs.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Hugh Blenkin QPM

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Hugh Blenkin QPM, aged 78 years who  died peacefully at home 13th February, 2019 after a long illness.
Mr Blenkin was an ex Durham senior officer and one time head of Cadet Training  and  later a Commander in the Metropolitan Police
A Thanksgiving service will be held on 9th April, 2019 at St. Mary the Virgin Church in  Ashforth, Kent TN23 1QG.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 612 Frank Charles Reeves

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  PC 612 Frank Charles Reeves, who passed away on the 9th February 2019. He was aged 92 years.
He does not leave a widow.
The funeral will be taking place on the 27th February 2019 at 13.45pm at Peterlee Methodist Memorial Church. 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.

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

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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

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