Tuesday, 23 March 2021

National Day of Reflection

Since the first lockdown began in 2020,  hundreds of thousands of people have died. 
Too many lives have been cut short and  millions have been bereaved. 
Behind the statistics and whatever the  cause, every death has been devastating  for the people left behind.
Many have been  unable to properly say goodbye to their  loved ones, comfort or even hug each other. 
As a nation, we need to acknowledge the  millions in silent pain.
So join us on 23rd  March, the first anniversary of the first UK  lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection. 
Let’s come together to reflect on our  collective loss, support those who’ve been  bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.
There are still tough times ahead, as the  death toll continues to rise.
So whatever  your background, whatever your beliefs, and  whatever you’ve been through, please join  us for our first National Day of Reflection. 
This annual day will give us all time to  pause and think about this unprecedented  loss we’re facing, and support each other  through grief in the years to come.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1108 Ian Derek Richardson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1108 Ian Derek Richardson.
Ian died on the 5th March 2021 aged 70 Years.
Ian served with Durham Constabulary initially joining as a Police Cadet in 1965 and then worked across the Force in Jarrow, Newton Aycliffe, Traffic, Darlington and Barnard Castle prior to his retirement on 4th August 1996.
Ian was much loved and will be greatly missed by his wife Judith, two children and friends and family.
The funeral will take place on 16th March 2021 at Wear Valley Crematorium at 15.30hrs.
The service is limited to close family and friends but the Crematorium has advised you may stand outside as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Air Ambulance.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Policewomen Z Car drivers on 90 m.p.h. Motor Patrol Duty (December 1966)

PW’s Jean Peck & Liz Garry (Nickson) with Austin Mini Cooper S Patrol Car

This is the text from a press article dated 22nd December 1966 :

Four policewomen - one of them from Darlington - have just completed a four-week police driving course. And  now they have two months to prove the worth of women
on motor patrol duty.

Elizabeth Garry from Darlington, Stationed at Washington, Jean Peck, stationed at Peterlee, Valerie Welsh, stationed at West Hartlepool, and Mrs. Ann Laing, stationed| at Stockton, all drive the 90-mile|an hour police Mini Coopers.
The idea came from the Chief Constable for Durham County, Mr. Alec Muir. The head of the traffic department, Chief Supt. William Harper, said that if it is a success, |policewomen might be put on motor patrol duty permanently.
“There is a large percentage of woman drivers, and they may feel more at home talking to a police-woman,” he said.
All the girls could drive before they took the Police Course-it was intended to teach them how the experts cope.
They also learnt something of the mechanical side,
If the experiment works, they may go on to take an advanced course at the Sedgefield Motor School.

Monday, 22 February 2021

Death of Retired Police Staff: Elizabeth (Liz) Mitchinson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired member of Police Staff, Elizabeth Mitchinson, who died in Darlington Memorial Hospital on 11th February 2021, aged 90 years.
Liz joined Durham County Constabulary in 1959 and worked at Bishop Auckland Police Station as a typist, with most of her service being involved in the preparation of files in its Court Office.  After 31 years dedicated service she retired in September 1990.
Her funeral is to take place at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon at 3.30pm Wednesday 24th February (Covid restrictions apply). Donations if desired to the Great North Air Ambulance charity.
Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Book of Condolence at Police HQ re Janet Williams

Regarding the death of Police Staff (7947), formerly retired Police Officer (PC 1754) Janet Williams, who sadly passed away on 8th February 2021. (See website entry of the 13th Feb)

Durham Constabulary has set up an internal book of condolence, which is not accessible to anyone outside of the force.  It is therefore requested that if anyone has any messages they would like to be added to the Book of Condolence, they be forwarded either directly to Welfare Department, Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, DURHAM DH1 5TT, or to our Branch Secretary, Stuart Ingram at durham@narpo.org

Please clearly mark the message, Ref: Janet Williams.

First girl police cadets with Supt. Finlay : March 1959

Back Row L to R : Supt. S.M. Finlay, Liz Garry, Sheila Colter, Kath Wood, Val Welsh. Front Row : Sue Tait & Eileen Jackson

Durham County Constabulary's first girl police cadets : March 1959

Picture shows The Chief Constable (Mr A.A. Muir) showing County Durham’s girl police cadets weapons from the force’s Black Museum.

The text below is from the newspaper article with the picture from March 1959

“Six girl police cadets, were the first in the Durham County Constabulary were on parade at the Aycliffe HQ yesterday to meet the Chief Constable (Mr A.A. Muir).
Most of them joined the force last month and they were wearing their new uniforms. These are the same as those of County Durham policewomen except the cadets have berets instead of hats.
Mr Muir joking about the smartness of the berets, said he would probably have to change the policewomen over to them as well. He did in fact have the Durham policewomens uniform changed to a more feminine style about six months ago. The tunic now has fewer pockets and no belt. Later white blouses may replace collars & ties.
The six cadets , all grammar school girls were chosen by Mr Muir and Miss S Finlay the policewoman Superintendant from about 40 applicants.
They are Eileen Jackson from Darlington who is stationed at the Aycliffe Headquarters, Susan Tait from gateshead stationed at Whickham, Elizabeth Garry at Darlington, Kathleen Wood from Wolsingham at Hartlepool, Sheila Colter at Consett and Valerie Welsh, still at school.
Kathleen Wood is 18 and the others 17. Sheila Colter is the daughter of a policeman, Insp. P.H. Colter of Consett
The girls have so far been doing clerical and recording work in the police offices, but later they will be going out with policewomen on visits and interviews. Kathleen Wood said she enjoyed every minute of it. Eillen Jackson said she had always wanted to join the police force since she was ten, anyway "I really like it"
Hitherto a girl wishing to join the police force in County Durham has had to wait until she was 20, and perhaps take another job in the meantime and at 20 the constabulary has been unable to recruit enough girls of the right type. The cadet scheme is intended to fill the gap.”

Police Mobile Column ?

Any information of this photo please email durhamnarpo@gmail.com

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Joseph Spencer and Harry Kirkup who were awarded the George Medal

Photo's of Joseph Spencer and Harry Kirkup who were awarded the George Medal. Text below from newspaper article.

4576 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 20TH JUNE 1961 : Awarded the George Medal:

PC Joseph SPENCER, Constable, Durham County Constabulary.
PC Henry Marshman KIRKUP, Constable, Durham County 'Constabulary.

Constables Spencer and Kirkup were on duty in a Police Patrol car when they received a radio message that three men using a motor
vehicle had. been disturbed while attempting to break and enter a Social Club.
At about 12.30 a.m. they saw the vehicle containing the three men. The officers gave chase and pursued the suspect car for a distance of about five miles at very fast speeds.
During the chase  twelve shots were fired at the Police car. The pursued car eventually crashed in a back street and the three men, each armed with rifles, got out and pointed their rifles towards the Police Officers whose car had drawn up behind. Undeterred, the Officers rushed forward to make an arrest.
A shot was fired directly at Kirkup  and the bullet passed through his uniform cap within two inches of his head. Another man fired at P.C. Spencer.
The 'Constables arrested one man on the spot. The other two men were arrested later.

Durham Police Cadets–Finlay House–March 1972

Photo of Durham Police Cadets, Finlay house from March 1972.

Cadet Commandant Hugh Blenkin (centre front) and the late Liz (Garry) & George Nickson who were tragically killed in a road accident in Scotland in July 1977

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1754 Janet Williams

It is with deepest sadness that we advise colleagues of the death of Mrs Janet Williams (7947) who worked as Resolution Adviser in the Complaint and Internal Investigation Team within the Professional Standards Department.
Janet previously served with Durham Constabulary as a police officer (PC 1754) from May 15th 2000 and served at Peterlee, Seaham, and Durham City retiring September 14th 2015.
She returned to the force in February 2016 initially in Intelligence at Durham City before moving into Professional Standards Dept.
Janet died in hospital on February 8th.
Our thoughts are very much with Janet’s husband John, their wider family, friends, and colleagues at this sad time.

Further to previous messages regarding the loss of colleague and friend Janet Williams who died in hospital on 8th February 2021 funeral arrangements are now confirmed as follows:

A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at Sunderland Crematorium. Due to current restrictions only those invited by family are able to be present for the service.

Any sympathy cards or messages can be sent to John and family via Welfare @HQ.   Janet’s niece has also set up a Just Giving page where anyone who would like to make a donation in memory of Janet can contribute      https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KerryParkin1

Our thoughts remain with Janet’s family and friends during this sad time.

Monday, 8 February 2021

AGM 2021 NOTICE

Due to the current restrictions, brought about by the Covid pandemic, our Annual General Meeting,
usually held in early January was unable to take place. As a result, we have sent out emails to our
entire membership for whom we hold addresses, with details of our Branch Officers, Committee and
vacant roles, together with a copy of the 2020 AGM minutes.
Copies of our annual accounts have not been generally circulated, but I can assure you that we are in
a sound financial position. Any queries regarding the 2020 minutes or accounts should be directed
to the Branch Secretary.
If you have any queries regarding these documents please contact our Branch Secretary at
durham@narpo.org
Vacant Branch Positions are for an Assistant Secretary, Welfare Officer (1 nomination has been
received for this role) and 2 Committee Members.
The names of all Branch Officers and Committee can be viewed on page 4 of the Winter 2019 edition
of the Durham Peeler.
The current Officers and Committee, with the exception of Paddy Farrell (died 10 December 2020)
and Ches Brighouse (standing down), are willing to serve a further term.
The closing date for nominations for the vacant positions is Sunday 21 February 2021.
Hopefully all vacant positions will be filled and it is proposed that, subject to objection, all current
Officers and Committee will be re-elected en bloc.

Friday, 29 January 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : 1685 John James Woodward

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : 1685 John James Woodward.
John died on 21st January 2021 after being ill for some time.
John James Woodward served Durham Constabulary prior to his retirement on 20th January 1989.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions on 15th February 2021.
Our thoughts are with his partner Maureen at this sad time.

Death of retired Police Officer : PC Gordon Galley

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of retired Police Officer : PC Gordon Galley, who died on the 19th January 2021 aged 90 years.
Gordon was appointed on 5th July 1952 serving at HQ training, Darlington, Easington Colliery and Peterlee Traffic/Motor Patrols in 1957. He went on to the dog section initially at Chester-le-Street in 1961, then Darlington and from 1967 at Harperley Hall. In November 1979 he moved into the Control Room at Darlington then in 1980 he moved to Darlington Town Office before retiring on 4th July 1982.
Gordon was a much loved Father to Bryan and Jill. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A private family funeral will take place due to the current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of Gordon Galley)

Friday, 22 January 2021

Death of Police Widow : Joan Wood (Wife of the late Sgt 2312 John Wood)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Joan Wood, who died on the 31st December 2020, aged 72 years.  Mrs Wood is the wife of the late Sgt 2312 John Wood, who retired from the Custody Suite at Durham City Police Station in 1997.
A private funeral, due to current restrictions, took place at 11.00am Friday 22nd January 2021, at Durham Crematorium.
Mrs Wood is survived by her two daughters, Lindsay and Catherine and granddaughter, Cecilia and will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers has been requested to Age UK, County Durham.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector William Maurice Kennedy

It is with regret that we have too inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector William Maurice Kennedy, who died on the 3rd November 2020 aged 89 years.
Mr Kennedy joined Durham Constabulary on 30th August 1954, having spent 3 years serving in the RAF and having worked as an Apprentice Draughtsman.
From HQ training Mr Kennedy served at Stockton, Norton, Stockton CID, Stanley CID and HQ CID Northern Crime Squad.
Promoted to Sergeant in Sept 1967 he served at HQ CID Admin then at Crook CID for 5 years.
In July 1975 he was promoted to the rank of inspector and served in Control Room, Crime Prevention, Durham City where he was Deputy to the sub divisional Commander.
In Sept 1982 he was promoted to Chief Inspector and served as Deputy Sub Divisional Commander at Wear Valley, then as Chief Inspector (Admin) at Durham.
In January 1984 he joined Community Relations Branch until January 1985 when he transferred to Derwentside, he medically retired on 13th March 1985
William will be sadly missed by all his family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this sad time.
A private Funeral was held due to current restrictions.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Cancer Research.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Death of a retired Police Officer : Mr Arthur Newsome (Ex Durham)

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Mr Arthur Newsome aged 83yrs, who died on 31st December 2020.
Arthur served in the Sunderland Borough, Durham and Northumbria Forces until his retirement in 1989. 
He retired to the Whitley Bay area of the north east.
Details were forwarded by the Sunderland NARPO Branch Secretary.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Christmas Greeting From The Chairman

As we near the end of a year that has seen the entire global population affected, to varying degrees,
by the pandemic virus Covid-19, we also near Christmas and the start of a New Year.
I am sure that the majority of us have heard of someone who has contracted this virus, with some
not surviving its devastating effects. Let’s hope and pray that the introduction of the vaccination
program provides a prompt stabilisation and reduction in infections, in the not too-distant future.
Whilst Christmas lock-down restrictions have changed a number of times recently due to the
increase in infections, let us all abide by the governmental advice and stay safe and well during this
very different festive season.
May I take this opportunity to wish all Durham NARPO Officers, Committee and Members, together
with prospective members, a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthier New Year.
Raymond T Jones

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 875 Patrick “Paddy” Joseph Farrell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 875 Patrick “Paddy” Joseph Farrell, Paddy died on the 10th December 2020 aged 88 years.
Patrick Joseph Farrell joined Durham Constabulary on 7th June 1952 and served at Consett, Birtley, Seaham Harbour, T&C Motor Patrols, Houghton Motor Patrols, Jarrow SIS, Sunderland SIS, HQ SIS, HQ CSU, Durham CID and Peterlee CID prior to his retirement in September 1978.
He also previously served as a Cadet Clerk with Durham Constabulary from the 9th September 1948 to the 30th April 1950 when he left to join RAF. Paddy was a NARPO member and served on the committee of the Durham Branch of NARPO for a number  of years up until his death.
Paddy was the much loved Father of Katherine and Paul and an adored Grandfather and Great Grandfather who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at St Charles RC Church, Tudhoe on Wednesday 23rd December 2020 at 09:30.
Friends are invited to stand at the back or outside of the church to pay their respects but must adhere to current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Charles RC Church, Tudhoe
Any condolence cards are welcome and can be sent to 14 Alnwick Drive, Spennymoor, DL16 7GE

Friday, 11 December 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 26 Stephen (Steve) Joseph Regan

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 26 Stephen (Steve) Joseph Regan, who died on the 30th November 2020, aged 90 years.
Stephen joined Durham Constabulary in 1948 and served at Billingham, Tantobie and Gilesgate, when he transferred to the Dog Section in 1956.
In 1964 he was promoted to Sergeant and became a Dog Training Instructor at Harperley Hall, where he remained until his retirement, together with his Police Dog ‘Heidi’ in 1978.
From the early 1960’s he was involved in dog training across the North East of England.
After retirement he worked for a short time at Minsteracres, Derwentside, supervising young offenders sentenced to ‘Community Service’.
In the early 1980’s Stephen went over to Saudi Arabia, where he worked in an administrative position with the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), dealing with animals going into the country.  He also set up a type of ‘Kennel Club’ process enabling the registration of pedigree dogs.
Upon his return to the UK in 1986 he set up his own Dog Training business, before selling it on in the mid 1990’s.
Stephen became a resident of West Lodge Care Home, Billy Row, Crook some 4 years ago, with the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and died of Covid related symptoms.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Stella; sons, Philip, Stephen and Stewart and daughter Clare and their respective spouses, Mary, Eleanor, Nicola and Marcus; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren and brother, John.
A funeral service will be held at 11.15am Monday 14th December 2020 at St Cuthbert’s RC Church in Crook but due to the current restrictions this will be held for Family only.
The family have requested that no flowers are sent, any donations in lieu to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Our thoughts are with all the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 6 December 2020

Newly promoted Sgts Course 1988/9

Many Thanks to Paul Goundry for this photo of his newly promoted Sgt’s course from 1988/9

L to R : Insp. Gordon Smith (Instructor) , Sgt Max Newby, Sgt Tim Wilson, Sgt Paul Garfoot, Sgt Barry stainthorpe, Sgt Bruce Turnbull, Sgt John Watts, Sgt Paul Goundry, Sgt Eddie Bell, Sgt Graham Hall, Sgt Rick Wood, Sgt John Todd & Sgt Jamie McAloon (Instructor).

HQ Transport Pool 1972 ?

HQ Transport Pool (Believed 1972)

Can anybody help out with names please. (Email to : durhamnarpo@gmail.com)

Front Row L to R : Jack ?  (was the PC who went with the Prison Van round Div Offices picking up prisoners on remand to be taken to Durham Prison.) Supt Bill Askew, Ch Supt Bill Harper (in civvies) Sgt Rowell (i/c Transport Pool) PC Billy Hall.

Middle row L to R is : Joe Duningham, ?????

Back Row : Ozzie , ???

Friday, 4 December 2020

HQ Traffic Branch 1972

HQ Traffic Branch 1972

L to R : Back Row : Sgt Errington, Sgt Hillary, Sgt Colgrave, Sgt Jones, PC Dent, PC Scot, PC Naylor

L to R : Centre Row : Sgt Smith, Mary French, PW Fraser, G Smith, N Parkinson, A Daglish, PW Bartley,Audrey Fidiam, PC Hall

L to R : Front Row : Ch Insp Kirkup, Supt Thompson, Supt Askew, C/Supt Harper, Supt Usher,Ch Insp Rutherford, Insp Dent

Names were taken from the rear of the photo which are faded so if anybody can correct or add first names please email durhamnarpo@gmail.com and well be able to update the info.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Scam Alert from Durham County Council

!! SCAM ALERT !!

Durham County Council have received reports of residents receiving a text message advising that they may be eligible to claim a Covid-19 grant. The message contains a link to a website which looks very similar to a Durham County Council webpage. The page has information on different support you can apply for but each leads to an application form which requests your personal details, card details and even information like your mother’s maiden name.

Durham County Council will never ask you to share these details and will never contact you by text regarding support payments.

You may receive a letter or email from Durham County Council offering support in response to your application for Covid-19 support payments. Further information about support related to Covid-19 is available at: www.durham.gov.uk/article/22971/Covid-19-support-for-residents.

If you receive any contact that claims to be from Durham County Council that you are unsure is genuine, please contact us on 03000 260 260.

More information on our Corporate Fraud Team can be found at: www.durham.gov.uk/counterfraud and the team can contacted by email at corporatefraudteam@durham.gov.uk

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 120 Randolph Ripley

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 120 Randolph Ripley.
Randolph died on the 6th November 2020 aged 97 years.
Randolph served with Durham Constabulary as a Sergeant before his retirement on 31st August 1977.
Randolph was a much loved Father to Michael and Pauline, grandfather to four and great grandfather to seven who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A funeral will take place at Stanhope Methodist Church on 25th November 2020 at 1230pm.
All are welcome to attend but must remain outside of the church and meet the current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to The British Heart Foundation.

Link to subscribe to Durham NARPO email list

If you happen to accidently unsubscribe from The Durham NARPO email list. ( or already have done so)

We cannot then add you back on the list ( To prevent you from receiving unwanted emails from us)

If you have took yourself off the list for whatever reason you can subscribe again, by clicking on this link : http://eepurl.com/sEmiX

You will then be presented with a web page similar to the picture. All you have to do is enter your email, First name, Last Name and then press the subscribe button and you’ll be back on the emailing list

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Winter 2020 Newsletter

Due to restrictions with Covid 19  The Peeler magazine was unable to be published and distributed.

The Durham Branch committee therefore decided to publish a Winter 2020 Newsletter which members will be receiving through the post together with a 2021 diary & Durham NARPO Branch pen.

To view this newsletter online please click on the picture which will allow you to read it online.

The newsletter will also be available to view from the Peeler page of this website

Death of a Retired Police Officer : PC 867 Fredrick McHenry (Mac)

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a Retired Police Officer : PC 867 Fredrick McHenry who died peacefully in hospital on 7th November 2020 aged 89 years.
'Mac' served Durham Constabulary as a Dog Handler prior to his retirement on 18th January 1980.
Fredrick was a dearly loved husband to Kathleen, much loved father of Peter and Sharon and a very proud Grandpa.
The funeral service will be taking place at Darlington Crematorium on Thursday 19th November, at 1.45pm but due to current restrictions will be a private service for family only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to The British Heart Foundation.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

New Police HQ in autumn

An autumn shot of the Police HQ taken by drone.

Picture shows the old HQ radio mast still lying on the left of picture and the new housing estate where the original Aykley Heads was situated.

S.I.O Course at HQ (August 2007)

S.I.O Course held at HQ in August 2007.

L to R : Ken Pullan, Joanne Malkin, Laz Szomoru, Stu Exley, Bill Bentham, Lee Morris, Alan Hutchinson, Paul Goundry, Andy Huddleston, Jonathan Morgan, Martin Peace, Ian Dey (Northumbria), Vicki Martin, Dave Gibbs.

View more Durham NARPO photos at :

Those were the (Durham NARPO) days.....

A motley crew from about 2003



One from Dave Vickers from about 2003 he believes. Taken outside the Traffic block at HQ: L to R :

Colin Mortimer. Dave Vickers. Jeff Miller. Alan Humphreys. Mick O’Hanlon. Paul Wood.


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 Those were the (Durham NARPO) days.....

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1313 Francis (Frank) Dowdle

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1313 Francis (Frank) Dowdle aged 80 years, who died due to a short illness with Covid, on Tuesday 3rd November
Frank Dowdle was appointed on 10th April 1961 where he served Durham Constabulary at HQ in training, he also worked in Stockton, Stillington, Chester le Street, Sacriston, Pelton and Seaham prior to his retirement on 7th February 1991.
Francis will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
The Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 2pm at St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church, Ropery Lane,  Chester le Street,  DH3 3PH,  followed by a cremation at Durham Crematorium at 3.30pm.
Family have stipulated you are welcome to attend to pay your last respects to Francis but must adhere to social distancing guidelines outside of the Church and Crematorium.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Cancer Research.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

A time to reflect on Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance 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.

In Flanders Fields

The poem by John McCrae

In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

September CPI Published

The ONS have now published the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2020 and this stands at 0.5%.

As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 0.5% as of 1st April 2021.

Full details can be found on the ONS website

Monday, 19 October 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt. 94 Raymond Brammer

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Supt. 94 Raymond Brammer who died on 13th October aged 89yrs.
Raymond commenced his Police career in May 1956 with Lincoln Police where he worked until he joined Sunderland Borough Police in 1960.
Raymond’s career saw him working in various divisions and after the amalgamation in 1974 he remained in Durham and was promoted to Sgt,  serving as an Instructor at Harperley Hall before being transferred after eighteen months to the  District Training Centre at Newby Wiske.
After two years he returned to Durham as a Section Sgt. On promotion to Inspector he was posted to Peterlee. His next move was into HQ Training where he was promoted to Ch Insp and returned once again to Peterlee/Seaham.
Promotion to Supt. followed with a move to Darlington from where he retired in February 1985.
Raymond’s beloved wife Anne also worked for the Force as staff for 20 years in the old Police HQ prior to her retirement in 1990. They were married for 65 years.
The funeral service will be taking place on Thursday 22nd October,1130am at St Johns Church in Seaham.
Due to the current restrictions numbers are limited in the church but those who wish to pay their respects are welcome to stand outside as long as the social distancing guidelines are met.
Our thoughts are with Anne and all the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to The Coldstream Guards.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1378 George Michael (Mick) Keen

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1378 George Michael (Mick) Keen, who died on the 26th September 2020 aged 82 years.

Mick joined Durham Constabulary on the 1st April 1962 in HQ Training. He was then posted to Stockton for 6 months before moving to Darlington in January 1963. 

From February 1965 to May 1984 he covered the detatched beat at Middleton St George and then to Darlington, working in Enquiry/Comms and as a Jailer.

He retired from the Force on 29th June 1998. 

Mick was the dearly loved husband of the late June, much loved Dad of Carol and the late Raymond, dear father-in-law of Charlotte and loving grandad of Megan.

Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington.

A service will take place at Darlington Crematorium on Thursday 8th October 2020 at 13:45.

Due to Covid-19, the number of people able to attend the service is restricted to 30.

If you would like to pay your respects you are invited to stand outside of the crematorium. Please adhere to social distancing restrictions.

Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of Mick or George Keen).

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC1762 William Cuthbertson Maltman

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC1762 William Cuthbertson Maltman. William died on the 15th September 2020 aged 86 years.

William served in the Royal Military Police and then moved to work in Sunderland.

He started with Durham Constabulary on the 15th August 1955 and served on Mounted Branch at Harperley Hall for many years prior to his retirement on 23rd November 1980. 

He leaves two sons, Craig and Trevor.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Weardale Community Hospital.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1551 Barrie Cowey

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1551 Barrie Cowey.
Barrie died on the 6th September 2020.
Barrie was appointed on 28th December 1965 and retired on the 26th October 1993.
Barrie served at Peterlee, Hartlepool, Houghton le Spring, Motor Patrol retiring from Peterlee Town Office.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions, at Durham Crematorium 16th September at 14:00pm. 
You may pay your respects from outside the crematorium as long as social distancing rules are adhered to.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Macmillan’s.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO family of Barrie Cowey)

Friday, 11 September 2020

Death of a Retired Police Officer : Insp 182 Edward Jackson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a Retired Police Officer : Insp 182 Edward Jackson.
Edward died on the 7th September 2020 aged 91 years.
Edward served Durham Constabulary at Bishop Auckland and Peterlee for the years prior to his retirement on 31st December 1982.
Edward was a much loved husband and father and will be sadly missed by his wife Violet and daughters Susan and Helen.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham.

Death of a Retired Police Officer : Sgt 1097 Colin Barnes

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a Retired Police Officer : Sgt 1097 Colin Barnes.
Colin died on the 1st September 2020 aged 84 years in hospital.
Colin started his career at Durham Constabulary on 2nd June 1958 and worked at Bishop Auckland, West Hartlepool, Stainton, Bishop Auckland CID, Crime Prevention, Wear Valley Enquiry/Comms and Bishop Auckland Town Section.
Colin Retired from Barnard Castle as Sgt 1097 on 2nd June 1988.
Colin was a much loved husband to the late Jean, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
The Funeral will take place on Monday 14th September 2020 at Wear Valley Crematorium Coundon at 1430pm.
Those wishing to pay their respects to Colin may stand outside the Crematorium as long as social distancing restrictions are adhered to.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1929 Michael James Alder

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1929 Michael James Alder, who died peacefully at home on the 7th September 2020, aged 59 years.
Michael  joined Durham Constabulary as a cadet in January 1978. On appointment in 1979 he initially served at Bishop Auckland and then Crook before transferring to HQ motorcycles (M64N) continuing to serve there until retirement after completing thirty years service in June 2009.

Upon retirement Michael continued to do voluntary Road Safety work as leading member of the BikeWise team during which time they were recognised nationally with a Prince Michael of Kent Road Safety Award,  Auto Cycle Union Commitment to Coaching Award and locally with the Durham County Council Chairman's Medal.

Michael leaves a wife Karen, sons James and Tom
The Funeral service will take place at Coundon Crematorium on Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 3.30pm
Due to Covid restrictions only thirty family members and close friends are allowed
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to go to Macmillan Cancer Care
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Cancellation of Branch Meeting & Annual Lunch

REMINDER:
Our next Branch Meeting was scheduled to be held at Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club on Monday 14th September 2020.
Please note that meeting WILL NOT take place, due to the current pandemic.
We have a further meeting scheduled in November, at Durham Indoor Bowling Club.
It is unlikely that this meeting will be held, however if the position changes a further notice will be issued.
If you or someone else in our Police Family have fallen ill, had an accident or need help with welfare matters please let us know.
In the meantime take care and stay safe

NARPO (Durham Branch) Annual Luncheon
I am sure that you will all be aware that we were unable to print the Summer Edition of the Durham Peeler this year and that the Annual Luncheon Menu and Order Sheet would have been delivered along with the magazine.
Whilst we had made arrangements for the luncheon prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we have been monitoring the position ever since.
As I am sure that you will all expect we have made the decision to cancel this year’s luncheon.
Our paramount concern was for the safety of our loyal members, who support the event. 
Other considerations were the uncertainty of a venue that would be available on the day for the number of attendees, given the ever changing government guidelines and able to comply with all social distancing and sanitising.

Ray Jones (Durham NARPO Chairman)

Friday, 21 August 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 242 Graham Johnson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 242 Graham Johnson, who died on the 9th August 2020, aged 62 years.
Graham joined Durham Constabulary in 1987 and initially served at Seaham.
He then served at Peterlee in CID and Crime Prevention for many years and served at Teesside Airport as a Counter Terrorism Officer for the years prior to his retirement in 2011.
Graham was very proud to be a representative for Durham and British Police at cricket.
Graham leaves a wife, Joanne and was a loving father, father in law and brother and an all-round good family man and a loyal friend to many.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to go to the Brain Tumour Trust.                                                                                                                      
Joanne has a tribute and donation page for Graham on her Facebook page if anyone would like to contribute.

The Funeral service took place at Sunderland Crematorium on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at 1pm
Due to Covid restrictions only thirty family members and close friends were allowed.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer: Insp. 109 Henry (Harry) Rogers

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer: Insp. 109 Henry (Harry) Rogers, who died on the 5th August 2020 aged 89 years.
Harry joined Durham County Constabulary on 18th October 1952 having previously served with HM Forces for 2 years with the Royal Horse Guards.
From Training Harry was posted to Stanley, before moving to Seaham Harbour then Eppleton, before he was promoted to Sergeant in October 1965 and he moved to Motor Patrols at Whickham.
In July 1966 he moved to Jarrow, then in September 1969 he became an Instructor at Harperley Hall. 
From July 1972 he served at Durham City until he moved into the role of Chemist Shop Liaison from October 1975 until he was promoted to the rank of Inspector in April 1976 and moved to Peterlee then later to Durham.
In February 1979 he returned to Training for two years before being posted to Stanley for 9 months. In October 1981 he moved into Control Room for 4 months before returning to Peterlee.
Harry retired on 15th September 1983.
A family Funeral will take place on Thursday 20th August 2020 11:30 at Durham Crematorium.
Due to the current restrictions only Harry’s direct family will be able to attend. Friends are invited to stand outside of the Crematorium to pay their respects but must adhere to current restrictions.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Our thoughts are with Harry’s family and friends at this sad time.

Harry’s daughter Tracy would love to hear from anyone that could share their memories of him. As well as being special for the family to hear, some words they could share in tribute at his funeral would be wonderful. Tracy can be emailed on : tracy_stead@yahoo.co.uk

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt.2197 James (Jamie) McAloon

It is with regret that we have announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Supt.2197 James (Jamie) McAloon who died on Wednesday 5th August 2020 aged 62 years.
Known to colleagues as Jamie, Mr McAloon joined Durham Constabulary on 30th July 1979 and from HQ Training he served at Durham then Peterlee. 
Promoted to Sergeant in January 1985 he returned to Durham then Peterlee before joining Training Department before being promoted to the rank of  Inspector in February 1990. 
He went on to serve at Aycliffe, Consett and Durham before taking on the role of Staff Officer in Force Executive Department.  From there he returned to Durham for a while before moving into Resourcing and leading force recruitment. 
In October 1997 Jamie was promoted to Chief Inspector and was initially Operations Manager based at Chester-le-Street before moving into Corporate Development. 
In December 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and became Head of Training, serving next within the Personnel Department before retiring on 2nd August 2009  from the post of Operations Commander in OSD.
Jamie leaves a wife Linda, who is a former Durham Constabulary police staff colleague, and a grown up family. 
Our thoughts are with Linda and Jamie’s children – Jamie, Heather and Karen (who is a police staff colleague) and also Linda’s children Glen and Jill.
Due to Covid the number of people able to attend the service is restricted to those who have been invited which will include representation on behalf of Durham Constabulary.
Nobody else can be allowed in the church. 
Anyone who would like to pay their respects by taking part in a Guard of Honour as Jamie is taken to the Crematorium, should meet outside of Durham Crematorium no later than 9.20am on Saturday 15th August. 
Please adhere to social distancing restrictions.
Should anyone wish to send messages of condolence to the family then these can be directed via Occupational Health at Police Headquarters who will pass these on to the family.
If anyone wishes to make a donation in lieu of flowers in memory of Jamie then they are asked to consider making this to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, as Jamie was involved in supporting the work at the Hospice.
Our thoughts are with Jamie’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Death of Elsie Richards, 69yrs, the wife of John Richards, a Durham NARPO member.

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Elsie Richards, 69yrs, the wife of John Richards, a Durham NARPO member.
Elsie died suddenly at home on Monday 13th July 2020 (13th July was also Elsie's birthday).
Elsie was the wife of John, devoted mam to Victoria, precious grandma to Jack and Poppy, loyal and caring sister and aunt.
Funeral service to be held at Wear Valley Crematorium on Tuesday July 28th at 2.30 p.m.
To celebrate a truly beautiful soul, please can all attending wear something Pink and if you would like to send flowers please could they match the Pink and White theme.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Request for info. re death of a retired Durham/Cleveland officer : Leslie George Fleming

Cleveland NARPO have taken a report of the death of one of their members : Leslie George Fleming, 93yrs, who died on 26th June 2020, peacefully in hospital after a fall at home.
Mr Fleming served between 1956 – 1986 in Durham, Teesside and Cleveland Constabulary’s so may be known to some of Durham Branch members.
He leaves a widow Irene, three children, grand children and great Grandchildren.
His funeral is to be held at Stockton crematorium on Friday 10th July 2020, restricted to close family only due to current restrictions.
The family would be interested in information regarding four commendations he got during his service, which force is unclear, it is believed he generally worked Stockton, Norton and Billingham areas
If anybody has any information with regards to Mr Fleming,  please could you email : cleveland@narpo.org

Death of a Durham NARPO committee members daughter : Lesley Shaw (nee Brighouse)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a Durham NARPO committee members daughter : Lesley Shaw  (nee Brighouse)who passed away peacefully on June 24th, aged 56 years.
Lesley was the dearly loved wife of Tony, precious mam of Katy & treasured daughter of Ches and Maureen Brighouse.
Ches & Maureen said that Lesley  died in St Cuthbert’s Hospice and the family wish to express their gratitude to all of the staff at the hospice for the care, comfort and compassion given to Lesley during her stay.
A private Funeral will take place.
Donation in lieu of flowers, to make it to St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 29 June 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 435 Ian Thew

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 435 Ian Thew, who died on the 18th June 2020, aged 78 years .
Ian served Durham Constabulary at Consett in the years prior to his retirement on 30th August 2001.
Ian will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with Valerie Ian’s wife and all the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Information needed

Qatar Officers trained at Durham in the 80's
Russ Robson is presently working in Qatar on a security project in relation to the 2022 World Cup.
Russ is attending a meeting in Qatar  this week with a person who's father was a Qatar police officer who was trained at Durham in the 1980's.
If anybody has any photos or info from when the Qatar officers were at Durham please can you email :  durhamnarpo@gmail.com

Det Sgt Dennis Scaife   (d.o.b. 25/08/1925)
Andy Scaife is looking for any history or photos of his Dad – Dennis Scaife
Dennis was stationed at Spennymoor CID for many years as a DC, then Aykley Heads on fraud squad as a DS followed by light duties post illness, as chemist shops inspector, still holding the rank of DS.
Dennis retired late 1970s (mid 77?) and deceased Good Friday 1986.
If anybody can help with any info, photos or stories,  please email Andy at : borntoolate@hotmail.co.uk

Monday, 8 June 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 414 Stephen Bell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 414 Stephen Bell who died peacefully at home on the 29th May, aged 68 years.
Stephen  served with Durham Constabulary for 32 years and was a Sergeant in Newton Aycliffe before his retirement on 30th May 2007.
Stephen is survived by his wife Linda, Martin, Alex, Matthew & their families
A private family funeral will take place due to the current restrictions on 9th June in Gainford Cemetery at 12:30pm.

A Memorial will be arranged at a later date to celebrate Stephens life.
Our thoughts are with Linda and all the family at this sad time.

Friday, 5 June 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1531 Stewart McDade

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1531 Stewart McDade who died on 30th May aged 73 years.
Stewart served in Murton, Darlington and Barnard Castle until his retirement on 5th August 1994.
The funeral service will be a private service held at Durham Crematorium on Thursday 11th June for family members only due to the current restrictions in place.
Our thoughts are with Stewart’s wife Elaine and all the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre, Seaham.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 23 Katherine Beryl Sparrow (Callander).

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC 23 Katherine Beryl Sparrow (Callander).
Katherine sadly passed away at St Cuthbert’s Hospice on the 23rd May after a 7 year battle with cancer.
Katherine served Durham Constabulary for many years starting her career on the beat in Durham and later worked in Safeguarding before her retirement in July 2013.
A graveside service will take place at Earsdon Village Cemetery in Whitley Bay on Friday 5th June at 11am.
Due to current restrictions the graveside service is limited to family but others are welcome to attend and pay their respects as long as current distancing restrictions are met nearby.
For those attending please park in the Cannon Inn Pub carpark, the Cemetery is opposite then located behind St Albans Church.
Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Maggie’s Newcastle.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Death of a retired Police Officers wife : Linda Ann Knevitt (Wife of Supt. Barry Knevitt)

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officers wife :  Linda Ann Knevitt, aged 64 years, the wife of retired Superintendent Barry Knevitt  who died on Friday 1st May 2020 after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage.
The funeral will take place at Wear Valley Crematorium at 1.30 pm. on Tuesday 19th May 2020.
Current guidelines require social distancing resulting in 10 people in the main room, 10 in the entrance hallway and the remainder, providing numbers are not excessive may remain outside, keeping at least 2 metres apart
The service will be streamed live for the many friends and relatives that may not be able to attend due to the Covid-19 situation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pioneering Care Partnership at Newton Aycliffe.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Death of a NARPO member’s wife : Dorothy Farrell (wife of DC Paddy Farrell)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a NARPO member’s wife :  Dorothy Farrell, who died in Tenlands Care Home, Ferryhill on 4th April 2020, aged 89 years. 
Dorothy was married to retired Police Officer DC Patrick (Paddy) Farrell, one of our NARPO (Durham Branch) committee. 
Paddy’s last posting was CID Durham City prior to his retirement in 1979.
Dorothy had been in ill health for sometime and was cared for at home by Paddy, then with the assistance of carers prior to necessitating a move into the care home.
In line with current funeral arrangement and attendance restrictions, Dorothy’s funeral service was held at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, followed by interment at York Road Cemetery, Spennymoor on 22nd April 2020.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Workshop Staff 1994

Many Thanks to Anthony Loughlin, the son of Audry & Tommy Loughlin.  for sending in the picture of HQ Workshop staff on the retirement of Alan Hodgson in January 1994.
From L to R : Gary Gilmore. (Apprentice), Tom Cowan (Driver Handyman), John Morley Hope. (Bob Hope to everyone), Dennis Williams.  Stephen Layton,  David Heightley, Geoff Iceton, Ian Morgan, Barry March, Neil Shingleton, John Knill (in front of Neil), Audrey Loughlin with Margaret short in front of her, Neville Scott, George Walker, Keith Maddison (next to Neville), Trevor Coad, Lynne Scott, Reg Stobbs (Driver Handyman), Bryan Booth, Ian Nicholson, Neville Richardson, Chris Carmichael, Ian Graham.
Front row : Tommy Chaplow, Alan Hodgson, Eric Slater.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Durham NARPO Branch - information on planned events

Durham NARPO Branch Meetings

Although stating the obvious, due to the current position with regard to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Branch Meeting due to be held at Bishop Auckland Hospital Club on Monday 11th May 2020 is cancelled.  It may well be that we may also have to review the July meeting, again due to be held at Bishop Auckland.

The Prince Bishop river cruise that was to be considered in June 2020 has also, at this point, been postponed.  This will be reviewed as and when circumstances permit.

The Summer 2020 edition of the Durham Peeler is currently postponed and depending upon changes that would allow us to progress this we may, at present, have to dispense with the Summer edition all together and resume publication once facilities allow.

Annual Luncheon

Obviously we are not, at present, in a position to say whether or not we will be able to hold our luncheon in October.  There are a number of factors beyond our control, which will determine our final decision.  It would be great to think that some normality resumed, which would allow our annual gathering to proceed; please do not hold your breath for such news.

Advice and Assistance

Please keep up to date via the Durham NARPO website, stay safe and feel free to contact us if you have any issues that you feel we may be able to assist with.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Death of a Widow Member : Ethel Ruth Turnbull

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of one of our Widow Members, Ethel Ruth Turnbull, who died on 11th April 2020, aged 82 years. 
She leaves daughter Claire and her husband Neil and daughter Julie and her husband Brian.
Ruth was the widow of DC Harry Turnbull who retired from the force about 1989/90, after 32 years service. 
His last posting was Police HQ, Aykley Heads; unfortunately Harry died from cancer in 1993, aged just 58 years.
After the onset of Alzheimer’s, Ruth was initially cared for at home but when her condition became unmanageable she became a resident of Stanley Park Care Home, Stanley, Consett in September 2017.
Sadly when Covid-19 struck the care home, Ruth was unable to fight the symptoms.
Due to current restrictions a private family only funeral was held on Tuesday 28th April 2020.
A fund raising page has been set up in honour of Ruth at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ruthturnbull-alzheimers
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Lyke Wake Walk - information needed

Retired Policewoman and ex-cadet, Sheila Mulgrew (nee Richardson), has been contacted by the reformed Lyke Wake Walk Club to assist in the update of the records of those who have completed the 40-mile challenging walk across the North Yorkshire Moors between Osmotherley and Ravenscar.
Sheila, like many other Police Cadets and Police Probationers, endured this ‘walk’ on more than one occasion, however, it is not just Police personnel that are being sought; anyone who completed the course with any group or organisation such as youth clubs, scouts, guides etc., are asked to provide details.
The collator is keen to know the likes of the date, direction, organisation and leader in addition to any other detailed information as can be recalled.
The information can be forwarded by email, either directly to Gerry at tiredlegs2017@gmail.com or to Sheila at sheilamulgrew@gmail.com who will pass on the information provided.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1939 John Wilson

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1939 John Wilson,  who died on the 26th April 2020 aged 74yrs.
John (aka Big John) commenced his police career with the Metropolitan Police in 1963 , first as a cadet and then as a Police Officer.
John returned to the North East in 1967, transferring to Sunderland Borough Police which was then absorbed into Durham Constabulary in the same year.
John spent most of his service with Durham based at Ferryhill Section, until his retirement in 1991.
The Funeral Service will be held at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, on Friday 8th May at 11.30hrs, this will be a private service due to current restrictions.
In lieu of flowers if anyone wishes to make a donation, the family have asked that these be made in John’s name to either: The British Heart Foundation or Diabetes UK.
John’s wife Ursula and children, Sue and Mark, hope to arrange a memorial event at a later date, to allow everyone to celebrate John’s life with family, close friends and ex-colleagues.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of John Wilson)
Ours thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Death of a Widow Member of the Durham Branch of NARPO : Mrs Jessie Hunter Gray

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a Widow Member of the Durham Branch of NARPO : Mrs Jessie Hunter Gray, who died on the 21st April 2020 aged 104 years.
She leaves a daughter, Christina (Rina). 
Jessie was the widow of the late PC James (Jim) Spiers Gray (PC 188, which was later changed to PC 686), who had served at Crook, Horden and latterly Stanhope from where he retired in the late 1960’s.
After Jim’s retirement they both became involved in local activities and rural matters. 
Jessie was a very keen photographer and a member of the local photographic society.
A caricature of Jim Gray appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of the Durham Peeler (Page 20).
A private funeral due to current circumstances takes place on Wednesday 29th April at 12 noon
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 241 Arthur James Smith

It is with regret that we announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 241 Arthur James Smith, who died on the 16th April 2020 aged 87 years.
Arthur James Smith served Durham Constabulary at Aykley Heads for many years and in Chester le Street and Stanley for the years prior to his retirement on 20th February 1986.
Arthur was a much loved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham where Arthur spent his final days.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of Arthur Smith)

Monday, 27 April 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1289 John Osbourne Davison

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sgt 1289 John Osbourne Davison who died on 9th April 2020 aged 80 Years.
John was a much loved Father, Grandad, Great Grandad, Son, Brother and a great friend to many.
John joined the Force in November 1961 and retired in March 1984 after working across South Durham.
The funeral service took place on Friday 24th April at 17:30pm at Durham Crematorium.
Due to the current restrictions this was a private cremation for family only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1041 Philip Grieveson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  PC 1041 Philip Grieveson who died on 10th April aged 71 years.
Phil initially joined Durham Constabulary as a police cadet and served from 30th November 1964 until 18th February 1968.
On 19th February 1968 he was appointed as constable and from HQ training he went on to serve at Jarrow, Chester-le-Street and Sacriston.
During this time he undertook a number of temporary attachments at the Technical Equipment Centre and CID Technical Aids Department.
In August 1980 he moved into photography and in January 1984 into Major scenes of crime. From 30th January 1989 he moved into technical aids training, retiring on pension on 4th May 1997.
Phil then worked with the College of Policing as a Forensic Trainer at Harperley Hall from January 1998 till retirement in September 2014.
Phil leaves a widow Lesley who have been together since they were 15 years of age.
We can confirm the funeral will take place on the 28th April 2020, at 2.30pm at Durham Crematorium but due to current restrictions this is limited to family only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust- which will go to the Cramlington Critical Care Unit where Phil was treated.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt William Simpson

It is with great regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt William Simpson who died on 6th April aged 93 years.
Mr Simpson joined the Force in November 1948, he was later promoted to Sergeant in 1967 and retired on 31st March 1974.
William served at Harperley Hall, Newton Aycliffe, Darlington and the Dog section.
The funeral has taken place at Gloucestershire Crematorium on 17th April at 11am but due to the current restrictions was for family only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 177 Geoffrey Hall

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 177 Geoffrey Hall, who sadly passed away on the 21st February 2020. He was aged 78 years.
Geoffrey started his career with the Police at Warwickshire Constabulary and later transferred to Durham Constabulary, working in both Durham and Chester le street.
Before his retirement he worked as a Custody Officer.
The funeral service will be taking place on Wednesday the 11th March 2020 at 13.45pm at Darlington Crematorium.
The funeral service is not private and all are welcome to attend.
Donations in lieu of flowers to St Teresa’s Hospice.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Geoffrey’s family at this sad time

Friday, 28 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 2368 Gordon Eddy

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 2368 Gordon Eddy, who passed away on the 24th February 2020, he was aged 70 years.

Gordon leaves a widow Glynis, son Paul and grandchildren

Gordon joined Durham Constabulary on the 4th May 1970, serving at Darlington, then Ferryhill. He then served the majority as a Detective on CID, Force Crime Squad and Regional Crime Squad in Gosforth. He retired on the 3rd May 2000

The funeral service will be taking place on the 4th March 2020 at 2.45pm at St Paul’s Church, Spennymoor then afterwards at Durham Crematorium. The funeral service is not private. Refreshments will be held at Tudhoe Victory Club in Spennymoor.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Death of Joyce Wilson, the widow of Ex-NARPO member DC 1102 Kenneth Wilson.

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Joyce Wilson, who passed away peacefully in University Hospital of North Durham on Thursday 20th February 2020, aged 93 years, following a short illness.

She was a resident of Mulberry Court Care Home, Durham; formerly of Newton Hall, Durham.

Joyce was the widow of Ex-NARPO member DC 1102 Kenneth Wilson (Died 1999).  She is survived by sons Kevin and Ian (retired DC 1688), grandsons Mike and Timothy and great granddaughter Heidi.  Grandson David Wilson, Mike’s twin brother was killed during active service in Basra, Iraq in 2008.

Friends attending the funeral service should meet at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ at 10.00am Thursday 5th March 2020.

No flowers please, donations in lieu to Cancer Research please.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 2330 William Finnigan

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 2330 William Finnigan, who passed away on the 11th February 2020. He was aged 50 years.
William leaves a widow Sally and two sons Jack and Niamh, he is the son of Elizabeth and Patrick and brother of Patrick.
William joined Durham Constabulary on the 5th April 2004 and left the force on the 18th February 2019.
The funeral service is taking place on the 26th February 2020 at 2pm at St. Bede’s RC Church, Sacriston this will be followed by the burial. 
The funeral service is not private. 
Refreshments will take place afterwards at the cricket club in Chester-le-Street.
A special request from the family is that anyone wishing to attend the funeral, if they could wear something green.
Donations are requested in  lieu of flowers to alcohol change org uk
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Mount Toubkal trek 2020 Butterwick Hospice (Neil & Angela Malkin)

Dear Narpo colleagues,
My wife Angela and I have signed up to this fundraising challenge in memory of loved ones who have been helped by the Butterwick Hospice at the end of their lives.
This charity provides its services free of charge to all of its patients and their loved ones.
However the charity survives only on donations from contributors.
May we ask for your support in this venture, about which you can find details in the link below.
Any donation would be gratefully received.

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Regards
Neil Malkin QPM BA(Hons)

Police Care UK–volunteers needed

Dear Colleagues,
As you know Police Care UK is the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families, who have suffered harm as a result of policing. We are independent of any police forces, so we are funded entirely by donations and fundraising. We receive no money from government or forces for our work.
Potential Beneficiaries can access practical, emotional and financial support that is confidential and impartial by submitting a referral. We can provide confidential care - for life. We have helped more than 10,000 serving and veteran police colleagues, and their families, come to terms with their situation, and rebuild their lives.
In 2019 alone, we have helped 502 families this year through our support services. We published the research from The Job and The Life in May, the UK's first force wide policing survey to assess trauma management and working conditions. We facilitated training in Suicide Awareness and Prevention for over 300 serving police officers and staff. We designed, developed and delivered our first Trauma Impact Processing Techniques course. We have provided £68,000 of funding to forces for small Wellbeing Grants. We established our strategic partnership with the Police Treatment Centres.
As a charity, we rely on assistance form our volunteers, but we need more help!
If you care about police our colleagues, please consider a volunteering opportunity which will fit around you, and in your area, by visiting our website. There’s no obligation, and we don’t pressurise our volunteers to do any more than they want to. Any out of pocket expenses are paid.
There’s nothing to lose by simply finding out more about our volunteer roles, below.

Police Care Champion
1hr a month
Promote Police Care UK within their team, station, or community, highlighting what help is available and how to access it.

Force Ambassador
4-5hrs a month
Be a point of contact for Champions with questions, hold awareness stands, and provide briefings to teams and shifts about Police Care UK.

Support Volunteer
6-8hrs a month
Be a point of contact for the people we care for, checking to see that they're ok, and supporting them to access support from Police Care UK.

All you have to do, is visit our website here;

https://www.policecare.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

Dave Blundell
Engagement Officer
dave.blundell@policecare.org.uk
    
0300 012 0030
07971 760 122

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

One from 1973

This photo was sent in by retired PC Alan Humphreys
The photo was taken in the summer of 1973 and show PC Michael Straugher with his patrl car at Consett Show.
The newspaper quote that was attached to the photo reads
"Thank You for your help” says Councillor Ted Humphreys, Chairman of Consett DC  to the police patrolman who conveyed the Consett Show Queen and her attendant to the showfield when their own car broke down.”
The chairman of the council was Ted Humphreys, Alan's father.
Alan later became became Michael's crew mate in December 1979.

Many Thanks to Alan for sending in the photo

Death of Durham NARPO Police Widow : Elizabeth Jane Baines (widow of the late Ch/Insp Albert Baines)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Durham NARPO Police Widow Elizabeth Jane Baines (widow of the late Ch/Insp Albert Baines), who died in the University Hospital of North Durham on the 12th February 2020, aged 92 years.
Elizabeth is survived by sons, Philip and Paul and daughter Sheila.
Friends please meet at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ for the funeral service, which takes place at 1.30pm on Thursday 27th February 2020.
Family flowers only, any donations in lieu to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 372 Cyril Hind

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 372 Cyril Hind, who passed away on the 3rd February 2020. He was aged 88 years.
Cyril joined Sunderland Borough Police on the 11th November 1957 after service in the RAF Police and served on patrols and in Traffic Department.
When Sunderland Borough Police became part of Durham Constabulary in 1967 Cyril remained in Traffic and was a Motorway Patrol Officer.
In March 1973 he was promoted to Sgt initially in motorcycle section then on traffic patrols. 
In 1976 he returned to motorcycles supervision then from 1979 he served as transport officer. 
Cyril retired on the 29th February 1984.
He was married to his first wife Rose for 55 years prior to her death in 2011. 
He is survived by his second wife Mary whom he married in 2013, son David and daughters Linda, Karen and Susan, stepsons Richard and James and stepdaughters Julie, Kathleen and Annette, 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.
Friends are invited to meet at Durham Crematorium at 1.30pm on Thursday 20th February 2020 for the funeral service, which is NOT private. 
Following the service refreshments will be served at Brandon Cricket Club.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK

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