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.

Help Neil change the world! Make a donation now. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilMalkin/1?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage

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

Friday, 14 February 2020

Death of a former Police Officer : PC 1521 Michael (Mike) Heslop

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a former Police Officer : PC 1521 Michael (Mike) Heslop who died peacefully on February 10th,aged 75 years.
Mike was the loving husband of Barbara, dearly loved dad of Mike, Simon and Christopher, dear father-in-law of Claire, Adele and Katy, also a devoted grandad of Oliver, Tom, Nina, George, Poppy, Finley and Darcey.
Mike initially joined Durham Constabulary in the early 60's as a police cadet. On appointment as PC 1521 he served in Durham and eventually became a Traffic Patrol officer.
Mike left Durham Constabulary to become a publican, initially at the Seven Stars at Shincliffe and in later years at the Coach & Horses on the A167 at Butchers Race,Spennymoor.
Mike was extremely proud of his time with Durham Constabulary and held many friendships with ex colleagues over the years. He was also a well respected within the establishments where he was landlord.
Will friends please meet for service at Wear Valley Crematorium, on Thursday February 20th, at 12:30pm.
Family flowers only, donations in memory may be left at the crematorium for Macmillan Cancer Care.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Friday, 31 January 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1639 Alan Reed

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1639 Alan Reed, who passed away on the 17th January 2020. He was aged 81 years.
He leaves a widow Ann, daughter - Andrea and granddaughter – Frances.
Alan joined Durham Police as a Cadet before being called up for National Service (Military Police), he was appointed Constable approx.1958 and served at British West Hartlepool, Old Hartlepool, CID, Kelloe (Village Bobby), Traffic Patrols, Consett, Lanchester (Village Bobby) and he retired from Durham Constabulary as the Crown Court Officer in Durham on the 31st January 1988.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 4th February 2020 at 15.30pm at Mountsett Crematorium, refreshments will follow at Lanchester Club.  The funeral service is not private.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Willow Burn Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 1420 Alan Kingston

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 1420 Alan Kingston, who passed away on Sunday 26th January 2020 following a short illness, aged 76 years.
Alan joined Durham (County) Constabulary as a Police Cadet in 1960 and was
appointed Police Constable 1420 in 1962 and posted to Hartlepool. In 1964 he moved to
Durham Division working in the City and Nevilles Cross Section before transferring to HQ
Administration where he worked in recruitment and accident prevention. On promotion to
Sergeant he was posted to Durham City and between 1974 and 1976 was seconded as an
Instructor to the District Police Training Centre, Dishforth. On returning to Force he policed
Bowburn and Framwellgate Sections before transferring to the Traffic Dept where he was
promoted Inspector. He subsequently returned to a Training role at HQ providing support to
the newly created overseas training programme where he was closely involved in the
training of senior police officers from Qatar. Alan returned to HQ Operations Dept where he
subsequently took up duties responsible for the Force emergency planning. He retired in
February 1997.
He leaves a widow, Barbara who he married in 1964, son Michael, daughter-in-law Marie and
granddaughter Sarah.
The funeral, which is not private, is at Durham Crematorium 13:30hrs on Friday 7th February 2020 and afterwards at the Honest Lawyer, Croxdale.
Family flowers only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 27 January 2020

A trip down memory lane

A lovely family portrait of Eric & Kath (O’Connor) Brown who met( & married) whilst serving at Seaham in the mid 70’s.

Also in the picture is Kathy’s dad, PC Hugh O’Connor who joined Durham Constabulary after serving as a commando in the army. Hugh was stationed at Hartlepool & stayed there when the amalgamation took place in 1974 subsequently serving with Cleveland till his retirement. Kathy sadly passed away on the 3rd January 2020.

The photo is now in the ‘Those Were The (Durham NARPO) Days…’ photo album on this webiste (Many Thanks to Eric and their children Sean, Erica & Siobhan for allowing us to use the photo)

Death of a retired Police Officer : Det. Supt. Brian Hunter Turner

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  Det. Supt. Brian Hunter Turner,  85 years, who died on the 20th January, 2020 at Darlington Memorial Hospital.(after a long illness)
He leaves a widow Doris and two married daughters, Deborah and Fiona and he was the loving grandfather of four grand children and one great grandchild.
Brian became a Police Cadet with Durham Constabulary in 1950, serving with the H.Q. Traffic Department, Aycliffe Village.
In 1951, he became the first serving police cadet in England to receive a Judges commendation at High Court Assize for his part in the arrest and conviction of two men who had attacked and robbed a nurse at Dryburn Hospital. He also received a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his actions.
He did National Service in the Royal Military Police and posted to the Suez Canal Zone , saw active service and selected for 615 Special Mobile Provost Section -Bodyguard & Escort to the General Officer Commanding British Armed Services in the Middle East discharged with “Exemplary Service”
He joined Durham County Constabulary in 1957 initially stationed at Jarrow; He later served at Stockton, then Crime Cars, Motor Patrols. And then C.I.D.
1965 promoted to Traffic Sergeant and then Detective Sergeant. Brian was promoted to Inspector (Staff Officer at Police College Dishforth until 1972),  before returning to Darlington as D/Insp..
1978 promoted to Chief Inspector Traffic (South) and then DCI at Bishop Auckland and then Detective Superintendent in 1982 at Headquarters, Aykley Heads.
Brian retired from Durham Constabulary in 1985 and then joined The Gaming Board for Great Britain, becoming Gaming Inspector for Tyne to Humber area. In 1998., he received a commendation from the Chief Constable of Humberside  Police for his work in connection with Gaming activities.

The funeral service will be taking place on the 11th February 2020 at 13.00pm at All Saints Church, Blackwell, Darlington.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW Kathleen Mary (Kathy) Brown (nee O’Connor)

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PW Kathleen Mary (Kathy) Brown, who passed away on the 3rd January 2020. She was aged 65 years.
Kathy joined Durham Constabulary in 1975 and retired in 1983
Kathy leaves a widower, Eric  who is also a retired Durham Police officer, a son Sean & daughters Erica & Siobhan
Kathy & Eric met whilst stationed at Seaham Harbour , married in 1980 and lived for some time at Murton. Eric subsequently transferred and retired from Derwentside
The funeral service will be taking place on the 21st January 2020 at 2.30pm at Birtley Crematorium.  The funeral service is not private.
  Donations have being requested in lieu of flowers to the Salvation Army and Marie Curie.
  Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC Frank Hope (Ex Durham & N/Yorks)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  PC Frank Hope, aged 90 years who died on Saturday 11th January, 2020.
Frank had joined Durham Constabulary in 1951 and transferred to the West Yorkshire Constabulary in 1967.
He lived in Harrogate with his wife and family and joined the newly formed North Yorkshire Police, which included Harrogate, in 1974.
Frank and a colleague were both badly injured in a road accident one New Year’s Eve and he retired from the police in December 1977.
In retirement Frank lived contentedly in Shadforth, County Durham for many years. In recent times he moved to Sedgefield to live with family members.
After a brief spell in hospital being treated for cancer he returned home to spend his final few weeks living with his family.
The funeral service will be at St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth, Co Durham, at 1pm on Wednesday, 29th January, 2020.
A service will follow at 2pm at Durham Crematorium.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Ch/Insp. Alan Rutherford (Ex Durham)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Ch/Insp. Alan Rutherford (Ex Durham)
Alan died on the 30th December, 2019 aged 85 years.
Alan began his career in the police service with Durham County Constabulary where, for a number of years, he was a member of the serious incident squad.
On promotion to uniformed sergeant, he was posted to Spout Lane, Washington.
Following amalgamation, Alan served as an inspector at Sunderland. He retired in the rank of chief inspector from Wallsend in 1985 to live in the Washington area.
His funeral will be held at 1pm on Friday, 17th January, 2020 at Sunderland Crematorium.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Annual Subscription Remind and Request.

NARPO Membership Subscriptions are due on 1st January each year, however, those who pay their subscription by Direct Deduction from their pension will have the deduction taken from their May pension payment.
There is still a number of our full members, widow(er) members and additional members who pay their annual subscription by either cash or cheque.  We would urge anyone paying in this way to consider paying by BACS transfer, an electronic transfer of your subscription directly into the account of your Durham NARPO Branch.  This is not a Direct Debit scheme but a transfer of funds, actioned annually by the member.
All you need to carry out the BACS transfer is the Sort Code and Account Number of the Durham NARPO Branch.  If you contact either Susan Knaggs on 0191 388 4052 or susan0095@gmail.com or Ray Jones on 01325 327165 or rayjones2341@gmail.com we will provided you with these details.

Subscriptions for 2020 are :

Full Member: £21.48
 
Additional Member: £7.00
(Full Member of another Branch)

Widow(er) Member: £5.00

Death of a retired Police Officers wife : Marjorie Little (Widow of PC Albert Rodger Little)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officers wife : Marjorie Little (Widow of Retired Police Officer – PC Albert Rodger Little, ex Durham Police ), who died 0n December 26th, aged 78 years.
Marjorie was the beloved wife of the late Rodger, dearly loved mam of Linda and Mandy. A dear mother-in-law, grandma and great grandma.
Funeral service and committal to be held at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon on Monday January 20th at 12.30p.m.
Will family and friends please meet at the crematorium Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if so desired to Motor Neurone Disease.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Service of thanksgiving for Ron Hogg

The funeral of Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington was held on Tuesday 7th January 2020

Ron lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease in December, aged 68.

His family were joined by hundreds of colleagues, friends and well-wishers as they said farewell to the father-of-two at a poignant service of thanksgiving at Durham Cathedral.

Ron made his final journey from his home in Newton Aycliffe to Palace Green, in Durham, with a motorcycle escort before being led to the cathedral by four Northumbria Police horses.

The sound of his beloved bagpipes rang out around Palace Green as he was brought into the cathedral on the shoulders of his police officer colleagues.

An address was made by Canon Adrian Gatrill, the senior force chaplain, and there were readings by Chief Constable Jo Farrell and Sweety Sahani, Ron’s principal private secretary.

Ron’s son, Alexander Hogg, also paid an emotional tribute to his father, as did former chief constable Mike Barton who honoured his “far-reaching and illustrious” career in policing, as well as his sense of humour, engagement with the local community and ability to challenge the status quo.

With his voice breaking, he said: “We are the poorer for losing you Ron, but the richer for having been one of your friends.

"The world will miss your compassion, vision and passion. But we will not miss your inspiration, because it will live on.”

The service was followed by a private service at Durham Crematorium for family and close friends.

Photos from the service of thanksgiving can be seen by clicking here

Update for AGM on Monday 13th January

Please let us know, as soon as possible, if you intend coming along to the AGM by contacting either:

Secretary - Stuart Ingram via email at sji1179@btinternet.com or telephone on 01388 814768, or

Chairman - Raymond Jones via email at rayjones2341@gmail.com or telephone on 07535 261063

This will enable us to ensure there will be sufficient seating and buffet refreshment.

It will also allow the Bowling Club to assess the number of staff required to cater for our needs.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Death of Janet Anderson, wife of retired Police Officer and NARPO member Barry Anderson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Janet Anderson, wife of retired Police Officer and NARPO member Barry Anderson who died on Tuesday 31st December 2019, aged 60 years.
Janet was the the dearly loved wife of retired , much loved mam, mother-in-law, grandma, sister and aunt.
Janet's funeral service will take place at 1.00pm Thursday 9th January 2020 at St Andrew's Church, St Andrew's Road, Spennymoor DL16 6NE, followed by interment at York Hill Cemetery, Spennymoor.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Annual General Meeting of the Durham Branch of NARPO

Date for your Diary…….
Monday 13th January at 1900hrs

The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speaker from Force Executive, DCC David Orford and a representative from Durham Police 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 (behind Abbey Leisure Centre)  Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE

Death of one of our widow members : Sybil Amos

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of one of our widow members, Sybil Amos, who died in Westfield House Care Home, Lockerbie on Thursday 26th December 2019, aged 94 years.  She was married to the late Derek Amos, a Superintendent at Darlington, who died in service in 1973.
At the end of the war she was a WREN, working with radar and married Derek in 1949.
Sybil was the much loved mother of Christopher, Martin and Mark, mother-in-law to Helen, Julie and Karen and grandmother to 6 grandchildren.
Sybils funeral will take place at 1.00pm Tuesday 7th January 2020 at Rouchan Loch Crematorium, Collin, Dumfies and Galloway DG1 4JF.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Arrangements for the funeral of Ron Hogg

This statement comes from the Office of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner on behalf of the family of Ron Hogg.

Following the sad news that Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Co Durham and Darlington, lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease on 17th December, arrangements are being made for Ron’s funeral.

The funeral service will be held to celebrate Ron’s life on 7th January 2020 at Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EH, starting at 11.00am.  The service will be followed by a private ceremony for family and invited friends only.

This will be a full ceremonial Police funeral to honour Ron. Road closures will be in place in the city centre and localised congestion can be expected. Pedestrians should be able to have good visibility of the event.

Acting Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Steve White said “Ron was extremely popular and very well-respected by Police officers, staff, politicians and others.  The funeral will be a celebration of the life of someone who was committed to making a real difference to society.”

Books of condolence are available at the reception desks of Police HQ, Durham County Hall, Durham Town Hall (in the Market Place), and Darlington Town Hall.  A facility to leave comments for inclusion in the book, electronically, is on the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner website at https://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx

The family have requested that no cards or flowers are sent. A donation can be made to St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington, at this page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ron-hogg

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Death of retired Police Officer : PC 2369 James (Jim) Kenneth Jennings

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of retired Police Officer : PC 2369 James (Jim) Kenneth Jennings, who died peacefully at home on Saturday 14th December 2019, aged 73 years.
Jim joined Durham Constabulary on the 9th July 1973 and served at Durham City, Sherburn Road Estate and Peterlee CID before retiring as a Communications Officer on 22nd December 2000.
Jim was the treasurer of Durham Football Club for some time and willingly took up the office of Treasurer to the Durham Branch of NARPO, which became vacant in 2016.  He stepped down from that post in March 2019 due to ill health, but wishing to continue to help and support the branch, he took up the position of Welfare Officer, which he continued to do up to his death.
Jim was a much loved husband to Eileen, father to Vicky, Emma and Katy, and grandfather to Matthew, Joseph and Luke.
Jim will be sadly missed by his family and friends as well as the officers, committee and members of the Durham Branch of NARPO.
Jim’s funeral will take place at 11:00am Thursday 2nd January 2020 at Durham Crematorium.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Marie Curie.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer and Durham's police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer and Durham's police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg, aged 68yrs
Mr Hogg passed away peacefully on Tuesday 17th December after a short battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Steve White, Mr Hogg's chief executive, said in a statement he had never known someone in policing who was so universally respected.
In my 30 years of policing, I have never known someone so universally liked and respected as Ron was by officers, staff, politicians and officials. He will be greatly missed and leaves a lasting legacy.
Chief constable Jo Farrell said: "Durham Constabulary and the people of County Durham and Darlington have lost a great colleague and friend.
"Ron was a radical thinker, an inspiring leader and a lifelong public servant who wasn't afraid to tackle head-on some of the most difficult issues facing society.
"I would like to offer Maureen and the rest of Ron's family my deepest sympathies and the condolences of everyone at the Durham Constabulary."

Mr Hogg's family are said to be very grateful for the messages they have received although are asking that no cards or flowers are sent.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Death of a retired Police Officer : 945 Maurice Douglas Cluer

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : 945 Maurice Douglas Cluer, who passed away on the 8th December 2019. Aged 97 years.
He was appointed to Durham Constabulary on the 5th July 1947 and served at Plawsworth, Durham, Meadowfield, Annfield Plain, Horden, South Hetton and Peterlee.
He retired from the force on the 30th November 1973.
Mr Cluer was the beloved husband of the late Audrey, loving dad of Peter, Maureen, Patricia and the late Maurice, dear father-in-law of Alyson, Jim, Ian and June, also a devoted grandad and great-grandad.
Friends please meet for service at Peterlee Methodist Chapel, at 10.00am,Monday December 23rd followed by cremation at Durham.
Family flowers only, donations if so desired to Dr Barnardo's.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 821 William (Bill) Sample

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 821 William (Bill) Sample who died peacefully at home on Monday 25th November aged 71yrs.
Bill joined the Police service (Cumbria) on the 4th October 1976 and served at Alston before transferring to Durham Constabulary where he was initially stationed to Peterlee sub division, serving at Horden,CID, ASU & Crime Support Unit.
Bill retired on the 5th August 2001
Bill  was a much loved father, father-in-law, grandad and after the death of his wife Muriel he subsequently found great friendship with close friend Sandra and her family.
Bill will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.
Family & friends please meet for service at St Mary's Church, Easington Village on Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 11.00am followed by private interment at Easington Colliery Cemetery.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu of flowers to the district nurses, Macmillian and Marie Curie.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Durham County Constabulary area pre 1974

1974 Durham County Constabulary Parade on Palace Green

Inspection Parade by Chief Constable Mr AG Puckering on Palace Green in 1974.

Under the Local Government Act 1972, in 1974, the northern area of the force (including Gateshead, Sunderland and South Shields) became part of Northumbria Police, with Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees in the south-east going to Cleveland Constabulary and Durham County Constabulary became Durham Constabulary

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Death of a retired Police officer : Ch. Insp. David Martin (Ex Durham cadet & PC)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police officer : Ch. Insp. David Martin who died at home on Saturday 26th October 2019.
David Martin became a cadet with Durham Constabulary in 1964 where he met cadet Margaret Quarton, whom he later married.
He was appointed into Durham County Constabulary as a PC in 1966.
As a Constable he served at Stockton, Felling and then Peterlee. David transferred to Northamptonshire Police in 1976 on promotion to Sergeant. 
He remained in uniform for his entire police career, specialising in the traffic department, including the motorcycle branch. His postings included Corby, Kettering and then County-wide, retiring as a Chief Inspector in 1996.
David leaves a widow, Margaret, and three children Vicki ( a serving Police officer in Durham Constabulary), Ian and Gary.
The funeral will take place at 1pm on Thursday 14th November at Kettering Crematorium.
Family flowers only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Bryan Leng

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Bryan Leng who died on 15th October 2019, aged 90.
Bryan served the latter part of his service within Traffic and retired on the 3rd July 1981.
There will be a cremation service at Darlington Crematorium on Monday 28th October 2019 at 11:45 followed by tea at All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road Darlington, DL3 8DT.
The service is not private and everyone is welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Parkinsons UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 21 October 2019

Durham Peeler–Winter 2019 now online

Alan Watson,  Editor of Durham Peeler has been hard at work over the last few months producing the Winter 2019 edition of the Durham Peeler. The magazine looks great and is full of interesting stories & info.

This is the last edition of Durham Peeler that Alan will produce as he is ‘handing over the reins’ to Ray Jones (although Alan will still be helping Ray). Alan has been the Editor & publishing manager of the  magazine for twenty two years (22years), a fantastic achievement and the Durham NARPO branch has been so fortunate to have had the benefit of Alan’s skills portrayed in 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
Printed copies of the magazine will be distributed to members soon

Residential Security Officer Opportunity

Residential Security Officer Opportunity
Salary £22,000
Are you trustworthy and discreet?
Are you confident and flexible?
Do you delight customers with your service?
Can you deal with pressurized situations?
Are you a team player who can also work independently?
We are recruiting a full-time residential Security Officer based at the Abbeystead
Estate near Lancaster to work alongside the existing team. The post holder will work
seamlessly with other estate staff and the Security Manager.
The main purpose of the job will be day-to-day security as well as cultivating a
security culture in the area. The post holder will be an ambassador for the
Abbeystead Estate and be expected to deal effectively and appropriately with any
security situation.
It is expected that the security officer will work a 40 hour week but it is vital to
demonstrate flexibility as significant work will be outside of ‘business working hours’
such as emergency callouts.
The officer is required to live on site as he/she will be a key holder and first
responder. A two bedroomed detached house is provided rent free as well as
uniform, equipment and a vehicle for business use. Full SIA (static guarding and
CCTV) training and support will be given.
Application by CV to recruitment.eeo@grosvenor.com by Thursday 31 October
2019.
www.grosvenorestate.com

September CPI Published

pension_830_thumb12The ONS have now released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2019 which shows an increase of 1.7 %. As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 1.7 % as of 1st April 2020.

Full details can be found on the ONS website

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Insp.1463 Gordon Williams

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Insp.1463 Gordon Williams, who passed away on the 3rd October 2019. He was aged 77 years.
He leaves a widow Patricia  (and was father of Joanne, Lesley and Paul)
Gordon retired from Durham Constabulary on the 23rd February 1994 and served predominately within CID but also served on Traffic and on secondment to Hong Kong
The funeral will be taking place on the 17th October 2019 at 2pm at All Saints’ Church , Ravensdale Road, Darlington.  The funeral service is not private
Followed by Private Family Cremation.
No flowers by request.
Donations in lieu to Cancer Research and Alzheimers Society.
Friends reception after funeral service at Stresholme Golf Club, Darlington.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Wilfred McGorrigan

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Wilfred McGorrigan, who passed away on 1st October 2019. He was aged 94 years.
He does not leave a widow.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 17th October 2019 at 1.30pm at Wear Valley Crematorium, the funeral service is not private.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Alzheimer’s and Dementia UK

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Durham Constabulary recruitment information

Recruiting new JP's in the adult Criminal Courts for North and South Northumbria areas.

The Ministry of Justice are currently looking to recruit forty new JP's in the adult Criminal Courts for North and South Northumbria areas.


For information on what is required please visit the website - GOV.UK/become-magistrate


For further info contact :

Mr G Garbutt c/o Northumbria Judicial Support Unit on 0191 4407210

Closing date 31st October.


It's a very rewarding role, no qualifications needed

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector Ronald Dawson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector Ronald Dawson, who passed away on the 16th September 2019. He was aged 95 years.
Ronald does not leave a widow.
He joined Durham Constabulary on the 23rd March 1946 and retired from the force on the 14th December 1975, having served at Darlington, Hebburn, Seaham Harbour, Houghton, Annfield Plain, HQ CID, British Police Unit Cyprus, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Control Room, Serious Incident Squad, he was then seconded to Staffordshire Constabulary and also the Home Office based at Stafford as an instructor and member of the directing team regarding crime prevention training.
There will be no funeral service as Ronald has donated his body to medical science.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Salvation Army.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Charity Event in memory of Philip Clapham

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 298 Ronald Pinkney

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Inspector 298 Ronald Pinkney, who passed away on the 5th September 2019.  He was aged 87 years.
Ronald was partnered to Dorothy and was father to sons Ian, Colin and the late Alan.
Ronald retired from Durham Constabulary on the 31st December 1986.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 24th September 2019 at 11.30am at Wear Valley Crematorium.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Great North Air Ambulance.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1423 George Ronald Cook

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1423 George Ronald Cook, who passed away on the 19th August 2019.  He was aged 84 years.
He does not leave a widow but he leaves a son Paul and 2 daughters, Patricia and Angela, a grandson Joel, granddaughter Lauren and a great granddaughter Yvie. George was pre-deceased by his wife Betty & daughter Heather.
Prior to joining the police service, he was a Royal Marines Commando for 3 years, he then joined Durham Constabulary on the 27th May 1962, he served at HQ, Stockton, Easington, Gainford, Barnard Castle and he retired from Staindrop on the 26th May 1992.  After his retirement he was employed for 5 years with the North East ambulance service.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 5th September at 12.30pm at Wear Valley Crematorium. 
The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Death of Mary Burdis, wife of retired Police Officer and NARPO member Eric Burdis

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of Mary Burdis, wife of retired Police Officer and NARPO member Eric Burdis. Mary passed away at home on the 14th August 2019, aged 75 years.

The funeral service, which is not private, will take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday 27th August at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only; any donations in lieu to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Our thoughts are with Eric and his family at this sad time

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Thomas William Hillery

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Thomas William Hillery, who passed away on the 17th August 2019.  He was aged 85 years.

He leaves a widow Eileen , a daughter Sharon and a son Ian.

Mr Hillery was appointed to Durham Constabulary on the 31st May 1954, he served at training, West Hartlepool, Durham, Hesleden, motor patrol from 1963 where he was promoted to sergeant in 1968.  He then joined Traffic admin from 1971 then motorcycles supervision from 1973. He joined traffic patrol from 1974.  On promotion to Inspector he joined traffic management where he spent 7 years, retiring from traffic patrols on 31st May 1984.

The funeral service will be taking place on the 16th September at 11.15am at Darlington Crematorium.  The service is not private.

Donations have been requested to St. Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Tasers are to be made available to every frontline officer in Durham Constabulary

Tasers are to be made available to every frontline officer in Durham Constabulary who wishes to be equipped with one.

In a move designed to offer more protection to both the public and the police, all frontline officers are being offered upgraded Tasers and given intensive training in the safe use of the devices.

Over the next 12 months, the new X2 model will be rolled out across the force, replacing the original X26 which has been used for the last 14 years.

Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “Sadly, there are situations in which police officers need to take immediate action to subdue violent suspects to protect the public.

“Tasers allow us to do so swiftly and safely, without causing lasting injury and are an extremely effective means of dealing with the many dangerous situations officers find themselves in.

“Too often our officers are subject to assaults in the line of duty, simply for doing their job.

“We need to make sure that our officers have the tools they need to protect the public and protect themselves”.

Tasers were first introduced into Durham in 2005, when they were issued to a handful of authorised firearms officers to provide a “less lethal” option in situations where lives were potentially at risk.

The device works by firing two small barbed darts up to a range of around 10 metres, which deliver an electrical current and temporarily incapacitate the suspect until they can be restrained.

The more powerful X2 model Taser features a number of improvements on earlier versions of the system, most notably the capacity to fire a second cartridge if the first misses its target.

Andy Jackson, chairman of Durham Police Federation, said: “I strongly support the wider roll-out of Taser to all frontline officers should they wish to be equipped with it.

“Taser is an extremely effective means of dealing with the many dangerous situations that officers often face on the streets and is a less lethal option than more conventional firearms.

“In a number of cases where Taser is drawn, it is not fired as the deterrent is enough, which helps protect communities as well as protecting officers from assaults”.

End Single Crewing and roll out TASER to all POLICE OFFICERS

This petition has been started on Change.org :

“We are your police. Since the inception of a professional police force, the object has been that the police are the people, and the people are the police. We are you. We are your children, your brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, parents and grandparents, friends, neighbours and colleagues. We go out to work every day to make you feel safer, and to try to make your life better. When you call, we come. We have families too. We care. We protect you and we deserve to be protected. We can do this more effectively if we are double crewed, and if Taser is rolled out to all officers. Serious assaults are increasing on officers. This can be prevented or reduced, with two simple changes. Please support us to create a safer country. Thank you.”

To support this campaign please click on this link : https://www.change.org/p/uk-govt-end-single-crewing-and-roll-out-taser-to-all-police-officers?recruiter=143107165&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition&use_react=false

Dave Orford appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary

Dave Orford, 49yrs, has spent 24 years with Durham Constabulary and has has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Constable.
Dave is a former army officer who served in the Bosnian War and achieved the rank of lieutenant during his career with the Royal Engineers and completed a six-month tour in Bosnia protecting the besieged enclave of Gorazde.
Mr Orford joined the police as a beat PC in Consett, but his experience in the former Yugoslavia shaped his view of policing throughout his career.
He said: “I saw what can happen when law and order completely disappears and an entire country is torn apart”.
Promoted first to Sergeant at Peterlee and then Inspector at Darlington, in 2003 Dave became the first head of the pioneering Cleveland and Durham Police Tactical Training Centre at Urlay Nook, delivering firearms training for both police forces.
As chief Inspector, he was appointed deputy head of the force’s Professional Standards Department and, after a variety of headquarters roles, was appointed to the position of Assistant Chief Constable in 2014.
He has held the position of Deputy Chief Constable temporarily for the last three months, has now been appointed to the post on a permanent basis.

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

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