Thursday, 30 December 2010

When Bobbies Retire

When a good bobby leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and several who have already retired, just wonder.

We wonder if he knows what he's leaving behind... we already know!

  We know that after a lifetime of camaraderie (that few others  experience) those memories will always remain as a longing for those past times. 

We know in the law enforcement life fellowship lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. 

We know that his old sense of responsibility will remain with him with every step and breath that remains in his life. 

We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

Once a bobby, always a bobby!

You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see (or choose to ignore).

He will always look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a recognition and  respect for what they do- drawing on a lifetime of experiences.. 

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life.  You are only escaping the 'job' - you have only been excused 'active' duty. 

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget: 

'Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,'

After all, you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known..

Friday, 10 December 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt James Robert (Jim) McIntosh

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired officer Mr. James Robert (Jim) McIntosh from Catterick, North Yorkshire who died on 01/12/2010 aged 72 years.
Mr. McIntosh originally joined Durham Constabulary and served at Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland before transferring in the rank of Sergeant to Northumbria Police in April 1974. During his service with Northumbria he was posted to the Regional Crime Squad which was based at Durham at the time. Mr. McIntosh retired from Sunderland (West) in 1988/89.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Volunteers : Prince's Trust Team

I am currently leading a Home Office project to encourage retired police officers to become involved in volunteering with organisations such as The Prince’s Trust. I was wondering if you could send the attached advert to your members locally in any newsletter/e-bulletin you circulate? There is a general ad on the NARPO website but I have found a more direct approach has yielded more interest – it is a really great opportunity for your members. If anyone is interested they can contact me directly for more information.

Are you a retired police officer, or about to retire? Are you interested in making a real and lasting difference to the lives of young people in your local community? If so, The Prince’s Trust has a range of volunteering opportunities available to you.
The Prince’s Trust work with 14 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. They give practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. The Prince’s Trust help 100 young people every day and more than three in four of them move into work, education or training.
Whether you have a few hours a month or are available full-time, there is a rewarding and challenging volunteering opportunity for you. If you can give:
 four hours every month you can mentor a young person and help them to progress in life
 one or two days a week you could help coordinate other volunteers to enable them to support young people
 20 days over a 12-week period you could support 15 young people as they progress through a personal development programme
Opportunities are available throughout Wales and England - from Bangor to Barry and Cornwall to Cumbria.
For more details please contact Zoe Byrne on or call 0207 543 1288.
For more information about the work of The Prince’s Trust please visit the website

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Detective Chief Inspector Zoe Byrne
National Police Liaison Officer
The Prince's Trust
18 Park Square East
T: 02075431288

Celebrating 20 years of Prince’s Trust Team: Changing young lives, strengthening communities

Health & Safety proposed TV documentary - Wanna Be a Star?

Nutopia Television is developing a potential Channel 4 programme about the Emergency Services.

We plan to explore the impact of health and safety legislation on the work of the police and emergency services; to study how both working practice and attitudes to risk taking may have changed over the past few decades.
We want to find out whether, and how, the evolution of health and safety has helped or hindered the work of police, fire and ambulance crews. I am therefore searching for a very broad range of police experiences from different decades to help our early research.
If you would like to contribute please contact: Mora Tel.07966 145 376

Friday, 26 November 2010

IMPORTANT: Please Check your Visa/ Mastercard Receipt before Authorising payment at Retail Outlets.


Anecdotal item from the Internet. Please note, there is no verification that this this story is true (in fact I think it an unlikely tale and wonder if it isn't a send up in itself ?)  Nevertheless a cautionary tale for your consideration. This could happen to YOU!

"I bought grocieries valued at over £150 from a supermarket.  I glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a cash-back of £40. I told her I didn't request a cash back and asked her to delete it. She said I'd have to take the £40 because she couldn't delete it and she was supported by her supervisor. Taking the £40 would be a cash advance against my Credit card and  I wasn't paying interest on a cash advance!
I again refused to accept the advance and the supervisor instructed the the cashier to delete the whole order and re-scan everything!

The second time I looked at the electronic pad before I signed - a cash-back of £20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier, who immediately deleted it. The total came out right. (The cashier agreed that the Electronic Pad must be defective.) Can you imagine how many people went through before me?"

 It was further alleged that a colleague went  to a n unnamed supermarket the same week. She had her items rung up by the cashier, who hurried her along but did not offer a receipt. Only after a specific request did the cashier give it to her. The receipt showed that she asked for £20 cash back. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR CASH BACK!
This is a new scam that is alleged to be going on. It is alleged that the cashier keys in that you asked for cash back and then hands it to her friend, who is the next person in the queue.

Please, please, please check your receipts right away when using credit or debit cards!


Keeping You Abreast of NARPO Developments

EDM 1032 has now been laid and is couched in terms designed to secure maximum cross-party support.
You will see that it does not go as far as supporting the retention of RPI but asks for a proper evaluation before any changes are made. It will not preclude us from continuing our campaign for retention of RPI.
Indeed, it will provide us with another avenue for arguing our case. Therefore, we urge all members to contact their MPs to ask them to add their signatures to EDM 1032.Please see the NARPO website and please, please, print off a copy of the letter concerning "Early Day Motion 1032" which is about the proposed change in Police Pensions from RPI to CPI, and send it properly completed to your MP. I have checked that "outwith" is a proper word so you only need to complete your details and the MP's details prior to sending the letter to him.

I can't stress enough how important it is for you to send the letter because the effect of the change from RPI to CPI will cost you a lot of money over the years. It doesn't just affect police pensions but other pensions and benefits that you or your family may be getting, so prepare letters for them to sign as well.
It is our one chance to do something that may protect our pensions and those of others so PLEASE ACT NOW.
With best wishes
Barry E Evans MBE


The latest inflation figures have just been released and the CPI stands at 3.1% whilst the RPI stands at 4.6% for September. As you will know the September inflation figure determines the increase to police pensions in April the following year.
This Government have in their budget indicated that public sector pensions will rise by the CPI and not the RPI from April next year and whilst NARPO is actively campaigning against this move, together with other pensioner groups, the indication at present is that police pensions will rise by the CPI in April next year.
To see the figures and background information use the link below to the Office of National Statistics.ONS Website
Following the release of the terms of reference for the Hutton Commission NARPO have taken the opportunity to supply an initial response to the Commission. To view the response use the link below.
Following the Emergency Budget delivered by the Chancellor it would appear that this Governernment are seeking to change the up-rating of Police Pensions from the Retail Price Index to the Consumer Price Index from April 2011. Use the links below for further information. ( Due to transcript error, plesse use your internet direct to raise the following topics - if you wish to follow this through).


Police Pensions are currently Index Linked from age 55yrs and are increased in line with the Retail Price Index. Pensions are uprated each April and the level of increase is determined by RPI in September of the preceding year.
For details of the increases applied see below:
Index Linking
Many of you may know pensioners from the UK, who emigrate have their State Pension entitlement frozen in most countries outside the EU.

The International Consortium of British Pensioners is fighting for fairness for all British pensioners, who choose to live abroad, seeking that their pensions be index linked. Currently they are interested in the attitudes of British pensioners still living in the UK. The first link below gives more details on this topic. The second is a survey, which you are invited to complete. This will assist the Consortium to gather further evidence in this campaign.

We would be grateful if as many of you who fit the criteria could complete the survey. Click on the links below for the survey and further inbformation.




We are often asked why the Police Pension reduces when a member starts receiving their State Pension.
Please use the link below to view the explanation.

On 17th March 2009, the High Court announced its decision on the question of the Judicial Review taken by the Police Federation in respect of the commencement date of the new commutation factors in favour of the Police Federation.
The Home Secretary had 14 days in which to appeal this decision. No appeal was made and the new factors were introduced and backdated effective as from 1st December 2006.
To view the full High Court decision use the link below:
Full High Court Decision

Recent questions in the House of Commons and attendant publicity has highlighted an issue of overpayment of pensions to retired public sector employees including those in the police scheme.
This is a complicated issue.
In essence, the problem has to do with the Guaranteed Minimum Pension, its calculation, index linking and impact on the individual's Police Pension index linking.
Guaranteed Minimum Pensions were provided by public service pension schemes between 1978 and 1997. The problem will not affect any pensioner unless he or she is over State Pension age with service in this period and for whom the force have no record of a GMP.
It is estimated that between 1220 and 1830 (1% - 1.5%) police pensioners in England and Wales may be affected by this miscalculation. No overpayments are to be recovered but an adjustment will be made to the pensions of those affected in April 2009.
For those who require more details of the problem and its likely impact we have added a link to the relevant Home Office advice to forces: Home Office Circular 31/2008
To view the National Audit Office Report on errors in the Guaranteed Minimum Pension please use this link NAO report

Overseas Pension and Guaranteed Minimum Income
There has been considerable discussion recently about the question of Guaranteed Minimum Pension and its relationship with the Police Pension. as part of the fall out from the 'overpayment' of pensions recently reported in NARPO News we have been in discussion with colleagues in the Public Service Pensioners' Council. We have been made aware that some public sector pensioners, who retired to countries where the UK state pension is not index linked, have not been receiving the Guaranteed Minimum Pension increases to which they are entitled.
We must make it clear that this situation is only applicable to those in excess of state pension age living in those mostly former Commonwealth countries where the UK state pension is frozen and who have service between April 1978 and April 1997.
If you think this may apply to you use the model letter below:
Formatted Letter


Friday, 19 November 2010

Copper Plate – Nov 2010


Please click on the image to be able to download a copy of the November 2010 edition of CopperPlate

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC 1138 William Sudder

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex PC 1138 William Sudder.  Mr Sudder died on the 3rd November aged 80 years leaving a widow Elsie.
Mr Sudder retired from Sacriston in 1977 following 27 years service.  He had previously served at Durham and HQ CID.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Next Meeting of Durham NARPO – Monday 8th November

Well the fireworks should all be gone by now and so it’s ‘safe’ to go out again !!

So, why not come along to the next meeting of Durham NARPO, which is to be held at Bishop Auckland Hospital Club at 1930hrs on Monday 8th November.

If you are unsure of the location click here to get directions :

Retirement 'Do' - PC 584 Stu Armstrong (Dog Section - Darlington)

PC 584 Stu Armstrong (Dog Section - Darlington), is retiring soon and will be having a retirement do at Darlington Rugby Club on Thursday 27th January 2011, 1930hrs..... All welcome.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Inspector John Goldsborough

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex Inspector John Goldsborough of Chester-le-Street, Co Durham.  Mr Goldsborough died on the 22nd October aged 80 years.  He leaves a widow Joan.
Ex Inspector Goldsborough retired from The Police Training Centre at Dishforth whilst working there on secondment.  He had previously served at Darlington, Park Lane, Boldon Colliery, Castletown, New Durham, Barnard Castle, Stanhope and HQ Control Room.  He was also seconded to The Police Training Centre at Newby Wiske during his service.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Do You Remember Tom Hoggarth (Mounted Branch, Harperley Hall in 1960's?)

Hello Alan,
I was interested in the "Those Were The Days" section and noticed Sgt. Gordon English has departed (Yes 18th. May, 2010). I believe that he was on the Mounted Branch at Harperley Hall in the 1960's with my late husband, Tom Hoggarth. I also noticed my then next door neighbour's photograph, Ernie Burden.
I am now living in Western Australia and would love to hear from anyone who remembers us. Most likely contacts will be from Hartlepool, although we did live in Houghton le Spring, Toronto and Bishop Auckland
kind regards,  Beryl Eissens

Monday, 18 October 2010

CG Annual Reunion

CG Annual Reunion, will be held at Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Pity Me, Durham, on Thursday 9th December, 2010. 12noon for 1pm. Cost is £15.

For further info contact Harry Angus on 0191 3840505 or e mail

Invitations will be circulated 1st November.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Chief Inspector Arthur Harness

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex Chief Inspector Arthur Harness who died on the 7th October 2010 aged 89 years. 
Mr Harness retired from Durham City in 1972 following 31 years service.  Ex Chief Inspector Harness had previously served at Brandon, Middlestone Moor, Tudhoe, Jarrow, Sherburn and HQ Control Room.    
Following his retirement Mr Harness worked as a Clerical Officer at Durham City Police office from 1973 – 1983.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Have you got yours yet?

BalloonRace1 Thousands of injured police officers are set to benefit from a balloon race with a difference; the difference being the fundraising event takes place online, rather than in the sky.

Every day police officers suffer injuries or experience serious illnesses. The Police Treatment Centres charity provides intensive physiotherapy and other services for these officers, and as a result many of them are able to return to work far sooner than expected. While this service is primarily funded by donations from police officers, additional funding is needed to meet the Charity’s running costs. To raise these vital funds, the Police Treatment Centres is holding a virtual balloon race in conjunction with

Balloons can be purchased for £5 each from and the unique nature of the event means the position of the balloons can be followed minute by minute on Google EarthTM. Prizes for the balloons which cover the greatest distance include a 37” full HD television and a 64 GB Ipod Touch.

Gemma Pettman, PR and Fundraising Manager for the Police Treatment Centres, said: “This is a really unique event that our supporters can get involved in from the comfort of their own homes; there’s no need to stand outside in the cold for this balloon race. This is the first time we have held an event like this and we hope to raise a significant amount of money to help us support the many police officers who need our help."

The virtual balloon race is an eco-friendly alternative to the more traditional balloon race which can result in harm to the wildlife population, particularly sea birds, if they try to eat real helium-filled balloons when they land back on the ground.

The closing date for race entrants is 29 October. Balloons not paid for by this date will not be entered into the race which gets underway on 5 November.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC 1486 Alan Lunn

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex-PC 1486 Alan LUNN of Winlaton, Gateshead, who died suddenly on 23rd September 2010 aged 73 years.
Mr. Lunn joined Durham Constabulary in 1966 and served in various sections at Chester-le-Street from which he was medically retired in 1988.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Death of a retired Northumbria Police Officer - Chief Inspector Robert Lawson

Chief Inspector Robert Lawson, who died on 4 September at age 80
Mr Lawson retired as Chief Inspector, Traffic in 1980

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC 1105 Albert Sydney Allen

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex- P.C. 1105 Albert Sydney Allen of Lanchester who died on 1st September 2010 aged 66 years.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

This Is Funny....

Sorry.... This has nothing at all to do with NARPO but it is funny !!
The more you watch it the more you'll laugh....

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC 275 Sandra Margaret Forsythe

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex-PC 275 Sandra Margaret Forsythe of Stockton-on-Tees. Ms Forsythe died on 20th August 2010 aged 40 years.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Help support a charity cycle ride in memory of PC 1444 Chris Barber

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The club's 'root's' were laid down in April 2009 to record the 'antic's' of the hardy souls.... who initially rode the Coast to Coast cycle ride on the 11-13th September 2009.
The ride was in aid of St Teresa's Hospice, Woodland Road, Darlington, where Mr 'Absolutely Average' - PC 1444 Chris Barber (firearms) was cared for, by his wife Ann, family members & staff of the hospice before he sadly died, after a short illness on the 5th April 2009.  The ride was a great success and raised £10,254.47.
As a result of this and the friendship that came from within the group it was decided to continue cycling and so ‘The Absolutely Average Cycling Club’ came into being.

(For those of you who new Chris, you will be aware that this was one of his favourite sayings)

This year on the 3rd-5th of September the group are to cycle from Edinburgh to Newcastle on the Coasts & Castles Cycle Route, approx 200mls on a pedal cycle !!

Because we are all ‘absolutely average’ cyclists we decided to rename the route the Coast, CAKES & Castles 2010 route. (as hopefully we’ll be stopping for some Cake to ‘ease’ the saddle sores !!)

Once again the aim is to raise some funds for St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington. Sadly it’s usually only when we are effected by someone being admitted to a hospice that we see the fantastic work that is being done to help families through traumatic times.

St Teresa’s certainly helped Chris & his family when he most needed it.

Please, if you can, visit our Just Giving page and make a donation to the Hospice, making our journey worthwhile and also to remember a first class colleague who was sadly taken away from us with cancer.

Please click on this link to read more and donate :   Just Giving

To keep up to date with how the ride is progressing visit : Coast, CAKES and Castles 2010

B Shift – Darlington July 1974 (Lyke Wake Walk)

Many Thanks to Arthur Proud for sending a couple of photo’s that might just put a smile on one or two faces……
The 'uniform' picture was taken mid- July 1976 in the week that 'B' shift Darlington, set off on an overnight sponsored 'yomp' of the Lyke Wake Walk to raise funds for the Darlington swimming pool and faclities for the disabled. The second picture was taken about three weeks later when a cheque for over £1,000 was presented to the council - no small amount for the time – a PC’s pay was under £60 a month net in those days. Both pictures courtesy of the Northern Echo.
B Shift 1976u
Top l - r. Bill Crosby, Mally Lear, Dave Muckle, Mick Thompson, John Walton
Bottom l - r. Ian Phillips, Ian Storey, Arthur Proud, Mick Martin.
B Shift 1976c 
Top l - r. Eddy Brewster, Mally Lear, Dave Muckle
Middle l - r. Ian Storey, Arthur Proud, Gordon Eddy
Bottom l - r. Mick Thompson, Cheque recipient, Ian Phillips, John Walton.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC 900 James Hunter

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired PC 900 James Hunter from Durham, who died on the 17th August 2010 aged 83 years.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt 16 John Robert Hutchinson

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex Sgt 16 John Robert Hutchinson of Sherburn Village, Durham.  Mr Hutchinson died on the 17th August 2010 aged 87 years.  .

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Death of retired Police Officer - Sgt 54 Cecil McCrickard

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired Sgt 54 Cecil McCrickard from Fife, who died on the 15/08/10 aged 86 years.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Castle Eden Police Division 1957

Castle Eden 1957 Clive Brown

Castle Eden Police Division 1957 :
Back row: Keith Gutteridge; ? ? Joe Carr; Bob Oliver; John George; Jack Blair; Tony?; Bill Younger; Eddie Cooper; Tommy Tait
4th row: ? ? ; Dick Stott; Cyril Pickering;  ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Bob Maughan; ? ? ? ;John L. Jackson
3rd row: Walter Hastings; Dave Douglas; Tommy Judd; Maurice Cluer; ? ? ? ? ? ; Bill Northcote; ? ; Bob Luke; Eric Brown; ? ? ; Dick Oliver
2nd row:  ? ? ?  Sgt. Percy Palin; ? ? C/Insp. Jock McGill; Supt. George Rowell; C/Insp. 'Danny' Kaye; ? ? Sgt? Carter; ? ?
front row: Cadet John Boast; Cdt Clive Brown; Ann Carter (Civ. Typist) ?  P.w. Bernadette Hoole; Edith Gibson  (Civ. Typist); Cdt George Wheatley
If you can identify others, please forward your ideas to the Durham Narpo blog, through the comments column or contact Alan Watson at the Durham Peeler Magazine direct.

Photo was submitted by Clive Brown ex Durham P.C. 821 / ex Sergeant 2821 Northumbria

With a little help from George Wheatley who is also on the photograph, Clive has identified some of the group

Friday, 13 August 2010

Early Motorcycle Section

Honda 750 F1

Norton Commando 750

Two picture’s from Alan Bewley – the one on the left shows Alan (approx 1979) with his Honda F1 750-4  about to escort a monster load at Seaham - this attracted the attention of the local press....hence the photo !!!

The photo on the right is from 1976 and shows Alan’s Norton Commando 750

Click on the photograph to view the ‘Those were the (Durham NARPO) days’ photo album

More Motorcycle Section photo’s can be viewed at :

Syndicate 299 (B) - Spring 1966


Syndicate 299 (B) taken Spring 1966.

Durham Officers are Back Row 2nd from left Derek Rodgers,2nd from right Barry Wood end of row right Colin Rutherford. Middle Row 3rd from left Geoff Perry, end of row right Gordon Wilson. Centre seated Instructor Jack Goldsborough. (Many Thanks to Barry Wood for providing the photo)

Click on the photograph to view the ‘Those were the (Durham NARPO) days’ photo album

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Death of retired Police Officer (ex. Durham & Northumbria)

Retired Police Constable Michael BAXTER, 67 years, of Houghton le Spring,  died on Friday, 6th August, 2010.
Mr Baxter served in Durham Constabulary  prior to the amalgamation in1974, before transferring to Northumbria for the rest of his service. Details of his career are not known.

Monday, 9 August 2010

PLEASE READ. Have your say - Give Us Your Views for Conference in September.

Dear Colleague,


This years NARPO Conference at Torquay on the 10th September will feature a panel debate with questions from delegates focussed on the ‘Future of NARPO’. The panel of HMIC Bernard Hogan – Howe, Vice Chairman Police Federation Simon Reed, NARPO President Eric Evans and NARPO CEO Clint Elliott will respond.

Conference will be looking at every aspect of the organisation and asking ‘are we fit for purpose?’ Topics under discussion will include:

  • Is the current Branch structure suitable for the future? There are currently 111 Branches throughout England and Wales; some are more active than others. Some Branches respond to NARPO requests others do not.
  • Are we as efficient and financially sound as we should be? Maybe the amalgamation of Branches is not the answer but we need to look at ways of improving our effectiveness in providing a standardised level of service to all our members. Should we have larger hub branches covering, for example, a Force area that deals with all membership, financial and logistical matters, with smaller social and welfare groups sitting underneath it?
  • How do we attract volunteers to fulfil local branch functions? If we move to larger branches would it be appropriate to pay a salary to compensate for the demands that would be placed upon some roles.
  • Are our local welfare arrangements fit for purpose? How could they be improved?
  • How do we extend our membership base? There is evidence that  some Branches do not fully utilise the rules on membership and as a result potential members are missed simply because they haven’t served long enough to be a ‘full member’, when they could have joined as an ‘associate member’. Should the membership rules be relaxed?
  • Should we encourage police staff, community support officers, special constables and all former police employees to join NARPO?
  • Do we have sufficient representation on pre-retirement courses? Is the input we are giving relevant, up to date and delivered in the right style and by the right person? What other recruitment methods are appropriate
  • Image is important to prospective members and is the use of the word ‘retired’ still relevant? Many officers leave the police service and continue working in other employment – does the word ‘retired’ give them wrong impression? Would we be better using a different word? For example ‘former’ and should we consider changing the name of the organisation?
 It is hoped that delegates attending Conference will enter into the debate and that they will be honest and frank about their views.
Of the 111 branches that were asked to nominate, a staggering 31 branches will not have delegates at Conference, 11 branches declining to send any delegates with a further 20 failing to respond to the request at all!
We are anxious to get all views on this important matter and if you or your Branch is not being represented at Conference please send any questions for the panel or comments on the future to NARPO HQ. We will endeavour to put your questions to the panel on the 10th September.
If NARPO (or whatever we choose to call ourselves) is to survive through 2019 and the next 100 years, there will be many more questions, more changes and perhaps some pain, but it is vital that we all play our part now and take steps to ensure that however we approach the future it is done in best interest of current and future members and in a concerted manner.

Yours sincerely,
Clint Elliott QPM
Chief Executive Officer

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Letter of appreciation

My mother suffered a stroke in December 08 and eventually resided at Tenlands Care home Ferryhill. However, her condition began to deteriorate earlier this year and she eventually transferred to the EMI (elderly,mentally.infirm) unit at Defoe Court in April.
In view of her condition with dementure I do not see any advantage to be gained by continuing her membership of NARPO. However, I would just like to say thank you to you and your members who have been so supportive to Nellie since my dad Mick Thornton died in 1992. I cannot think of another profession where such support is sustained throughout a lifetime.

Best wishes,
Mike Thornton             01388  777357

Can you help? Research information required. Gateshead Borough Police

I am writing to you to enquire if any of your readers could help me with my project.
I am an ex Gateshead Special Constable (1976 - 1989) and joined the Met in 1989, where I am now a Sergeant based at Peel Centre, Hendon.
During my time at Gateshead I took a great interest in the local history of the old Gateshead Force. Since my time with Northumbria in the 1970's and 80's I have managed to collect a vast amount of information about the Gateshead Force between 1836 up to it's amalgamation in October 1968 with Durham.
The information I have includes information about officers who joined the force going back to 1836, therefore I do quite a bit of research for people who's relatives have served in the force. I have a web site at :

I am now in the process of bringing that information together as a History book about the Gateshead force.
Does any of your readers have any old photographs, memorabilia, stories or other information that could help me ? If so, could they contact me as follows:
George Marshall - Telephone 07957 408 337 or by email at:
Kind regards,
George Marshall - Sergeant 517CC - Metropolitan Police

Saturday, 7 August 2010

New photo’s courtesy of the North East Police History Society

These are some photos, sent by Barry Wood and donated to the North East Police History society by the brother of John Luke who helped set up the Underwater search Unit. We would like to share them and ask if anyone might be able to name names. The photo’s have been added to our ‘Those were the (Durham NARPO) days’ photo album…..

Double click on each image to go to the album and view them larger and also to get info as to who was in the picture, If you can add any more info then please leave a comment next to the photo within the album. PLEASE remember to send any any photo’s you might have for the album - at the highest resolution you can scan them at to

Castle Eden1952

John Lowes

Syndicate 1950

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Closure of Sports Complex Aykley Heads, Durham.

On behalf of the Chief Constable, Jon Stoddart, I regret to inform you that the Aykley Heads Sports Complex is to be permanently closed in the very near future.

I realise that many of our members will feel put out at the loss of this facility but with the stringent cuts imposed on the Police Budget for the ensuing year(s), drastic savings must be made!

Mr. Stoddart wishes it to be know that there are stark and obviously not very popular choices to be made. Cutting maintenance costs (i.e. imminent and essential extensive essential repairs to the Sports Complex) is a primary choice There will be many other reductions in service areas which may mitigate the necessity of in direct cuts to police and support staff personnel. Watch this space!

The most practical choices of cuts have been carefully costed, considered and instituted to minimise effects on the efficiency of the continuing fine service we to the public . I'm sure that you all have the interests of our Service at heart and will accept the cuts as outlined. If you have any queries, observations, suggestions or simply wanting to " rant", please forward your thoughts to the blog under 'comments' following this article.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC1056 Barry Purdy Simpson

PC 1506 Barry Purdy Simpson It is with regret that we announce the death of ex PC 1506 Barry Purdy Simpson. 
Mr Simpson died on the 27th July 2010 aged 73 years.  He leaves a widow Marian.

Ex PC Simpson retired from Wear Valley Division in 1984 following 21 years service. 
He had previously served at Castle Eden, Addison Colliery, Sedgefield, Harperley Hall Mounted Branch and HQ Training.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

DDC (Durham Dining Club) – Wednesday 29th September

Durham Dining Club
Bowburn Hall Hotel
Wednesday 29th September,2010. 7 PM for 7:45 PM
Cost £25:00 includes 5 course meal,wine and raffle
You are cordially invited to the inaugural meeting of the Durham Dining Club which is open to all who have served and those who are serving.
Seating will be round tables of 8. Guests more than welcome.(Sorry,no spouses).
There will be no "top table".Dress:- Black tie.
Payment to be received by Saturday 11th September,2010.
There can be no refund after 12 noon on this date.
Prompt replies appreciated. Please forward your application and choice of order, together with cheque (payable to Durham d.c.) to address below

Kind regards, Harry

H. Angus
26 Edlingham Rd:
Durham DH1 5YS
Tel : 01913840505
28th July 2010

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  • Chicken Liver pate.
  • Melon cocktail.
  • Cream of veg soup.

  • Chicken in white wine sauce.
  • Roast pork/Yorkshire pud.
  • Vegetable goulash with rice.

  • Strawberry cheesecake.
  • Sticky toffee pudding.
  • Profiteroles/choc. Sauce.

  • Cheese & biscuits.Coffee/tea with mints.
  • Iced water at each table.

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PS.To those who have already paid a deposit,the cost is £23:00

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Traffic Control in the sixties in Durham City

This is a one you might find amusing from the 'Good Old Day's'......
Click on the image to view a short video of Durham City Centre Traffic control in the sixties


Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Now There's a Great Idea !

Let's put the infirm seniors in jail, and the criminals in a nursing home.
This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks, they'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they'd receive money instead of paying it out.They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly ,if they fell, or needed assistance.
Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.
A guard would check on them every 20 minutes, and bring their meals and snacks to their cell. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight room,spiritual counselling, pool, and education.
Simple clothing , shoes, slippers, P.J.'s and legal aid would be free, on request.
Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard with gardens. Each senior could have a P.C. a T.V. radio, and daily phone calls.
There would be a board of directors , to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct, that would be strictly adhered to.
The "criminals" would get cold food, be left all alone, and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.
Live in a tiny room, and pay £600.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.
Justice for all ?

Monday, 19 July 2010

Copper Plate – July 2010


     Here is the latest edition of Copper Plate :

    Click on the image to download a pdf version :

Does the Truth Hurt? Time to raise a wry smile .

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Bourne almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the county of Lincolnshire ? They even tracked her calves to their stalls.
But they are unable to locate 2,500,000 illegal immigrants
 wandering around our country! Maybe we should give each of them a cow?

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq ...Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 300 years, and we're not using it any more.. ....


The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse or Parliament is this: - you cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal','Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of Lawyers, judges and politicians ..... It creates a hostile work environment....... 

This should bring some response from the politically correct brigade!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Death of retired Police Officer - Supt. 253 William T. Forrester

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired Superintendent 253 Mr William Thomas Forrester from Durham.who died on the 14/07/10 aged 75 years.
Mr Forrester retired from HQ in 1990 following 34 years service. He had previously served at Stockton, Billingham, Consett, HQ Traffic Patrols, HQ.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Inspector 481 Gary Waine

It is with deepest regret and sadness that we announce the death of ex Inspector 481, Gary Waine, aged 72 years, who died in Darlington Memorial Hospital on Wednesday 14th July, 2010.
Gary was the Chairman of the S.I.S. Association and a very active and passionate Chairman of the Durham Branch of the I.P.A. He will be sadly missed.
(The photograph shows Gary at the recent Garden Party held at Police HQ on Sunday 13th June)

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

An American Tale....

One from 'across the pond' that might make you chuckle......

If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the policeman's credibility...

Q: 'Officer -- did you see my client fleeing the scene?

A: 'No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.'

Q: 'Officer -- who provided this description?

A: 'The officer who responded to the scene.

Q: 'A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?

A: 'Yes, sir. With my life.

Q: 'With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?

A: 'Yes sir, we do!

Q: 'And do you have a locker in the room?

A: 'Yes sir, I do.

Q: 'And do you have a lock on your locker?

A: 'Yes sir.

Q: 'Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?

A: 'You see, sir -- we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year's 'Best Comeback' line -- and we think he'll win.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Staying at a Hotel ? (this is worth reading)

Always take a small magnet on your holiday, they come in handy at the end of it.
Thought you all needed to know this
This is pretty good info. Never even thought about key cards containing anything other than an access code for the room!

Hotel Key Card
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card?
a. Customer's name
b. Customer's partial home address
c. Hotel room number
d. Check-in date and out dates
e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner.. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense.
Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically 'overwritten' on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process.
But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. You'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader.
For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!
If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the card.
Information courtesy of: Metropolitan Police Service.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt 31 John Scott Anderson

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex Sgt 31 John Scott Anderson of Cleadon, Sunderland. Mr Anderson died on the 24th June aged 94 years. He does not leave a widow.
Ex Sgt Anderson served with South Shields Borough for 26 years before retiring in 1962.
The funeral service has already taken place but donations in lieu of flowers may be forwarded to The Parkinson's Disease Society, c/o The Treasurer, PO Box 748, Wallsend, NE28 5DE.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Police Benefits Portal

The Police Federation of England and Wales have recently updated their website. The home page now includes a link to the new Police Benefits Portal at which is organised by us. We are the independent financial advisers endorsed by PFEW to provide services to their members. The Benefits Portal is also available to retired officers and some of your members may find the facilities useful. Please look around the site when you have a moment.

As well as providing investment advice to individuals we run a number of workshops aimed at helping those preparing for retirement. We include topics such as Long Term Care, Inheritance tax, reducing tax on retirement income amongst other things

Friday, 2 July 2010

Retired PC 995 Bob Mace - Contact details

Retired PC Bob Mace who is now living in Scotland on Lewis has contacted Durham NARPO and asked the following :
"Should anyone wish to keep in touch they may be given the email address ( or my telephone number which is: 01851 810149. It would be good to hear from old colleagues. Bob."
So if you remember Bob from his days in control room etc then drop him a line and see what life is like, as a crofter, in the Scottish Isles.....

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Understanding the future of Police Pensions. N.A.R.P.O. update & views


As a result of numerous enquiries at Head Office following the Chancellors Emergency Budget last week I thought it prudent to update you on our current understanding of the implications of the budget on Police Pension increases.
Police Pensions are increased under the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971 and Section 59 of the Social Security Pensions Act 1975. The latter provides for public service pensions to be up-rated at the same time and by the same percentage as the increase in the additional pension provided under the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS), which has traditionally been based on the September to September increase in the Retail Price Index (RPI).
In the Emergency Budget the Chancellor announced that the Government will use the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the indexation of benefits and tax credits from April 2011, but more significantly for police pensioners, the Chancellor also announced that the change would also apply to public service pensions through the statutory link to the indexation of the Second State Pension (which replaced SERPS in 2002).

What does this mean to police pensions?

In our view this means that in April 2011 police pensions will increase by the same percentage as the RPI increase from September 2009 to September 2010.
Thereafter the indication from this budget is that police pensions will increase annually in April by the same percentage as the CPI increase from September to September.
This in real terms reduces the value of police pension increases as the RPI is generally higher than the CPI and when calculated over a period of over 20 years would amount to a significant amount of money.
We are currently discussing with other public sector pensioner organisations the full implications of the emergency budget and are considering a response and any future course of action we may consider taking, bearing in mind the assurances given in April 2010 by all three major political parties, that there were no plans to change the current index-linking of pensions in payment.

The Garden Party

Hi Alan
Firstly can I offer my congratulations to you, your Committee, Durham Executive, volunteers and all who gave up their time to make the reunion so memorable. Mine was a flying visit from Cyprus as you know, but I'm so glad I made it. To see and chat to so many people from the past was great. Shame the weather was inclement but it didn't spoil the day. On a bit of a downside Alan I was somewhat disappointed that so many of our peers from the early sixties to the late nineties didn't turn up. Given the success of your occasion, is there anything you and your colleagues think can be done to encourage their attendance next time around - I'm sure it was their loss and not ours. Brilliant day and thanks to all those who put in the effort to make it a success. Your efforts in updating the 'blog' with all the photos etc must take you well into the night !! I'm still commiserating with the Military community here over our PATHETIC performances in South Africa - my annual pension doesn't even equate to one weeks wages for most of them. Prima Donnas - go home in shame !! You and your colleagues efforts would eclipse theirs. Well done all.

Kind regards,
Robin & Margaret Dodd

Thanks very much Robin and Margaret - delighted you made such a Herculean effort to fly across to meet old friends. Perhaps those who 'couldn't be bothered' were the ones who missed out? Next year maybe we may get a lot more support? The Garden Party I mean not our " Prima Donnas"... I believe that England are to get a new dual management team imported from China - names? "We Won Once" and " How Long Since". I'll never watch them again - after all they didn't come to see me when I was bad.....!

Alan Watson

Further praise for the Garden Party

Dear Alan

Many thanks to you and all involved in the organisation of the Party which Maureen and I thoroughly enjoyed. It was so good to re-visit the familiar Headquarters and to meet the serving officers and old friends and colleagues.
What a good idea to wear our name tags to remind us of who we are and who "what's ' is/'er name is!
Three hours passed far too quickly. The choir and the band were excellent. I have many happy memories of the band in the '70s when I marched in front at the many public performances of those years. Not having had time due to gossiping so much ( I think we occupied the same bit of floor all afternoon) to see much of the exhibits or even buy a raffle ticket....

yours sincerely,

Maureen and Dave (Cromarty (Senior))

WE ACKNOWLEDGE A FURTHER DOZEN SIMILAR LETTERS OF APPRECIATION (also many telephone messages) RECEIVED Thank you one and all for making it such a great day.

Make a note in your diary for our N.A.R.P.O. Re-Union Luncheon on Sunday, 26th September, 2010. Full details in your copy of the Durham Peeler - or contact Barry & Angie Crawford Tel. No. 0191 5180996

Thoughts on the Spectacularly Successful Garden Party 13th June, 2010

This was the showcase of the new relationship between Durham Constabulary and its many retired employees both police and support staff. We had retired officers and staff from as far afield as Cyprus, Scotland, Gloucester, Oxford (Retired Chief Constable George Hedges - a keen supporter of the Force and in particular, our Durham Branch N.A.R.P.O) and many others too many to mention. Remember this is just a new beginning. Look out for even greater things.

Thanks must be given for the extensive hard work and close cooperation between leading members of the Durham N.A.R.P.O. Committee and Durham Constabulary's Planning Team/ Corporate Communications Officers. The 'coming together' was made possible by the dynamic organisational skills afforded through Chief Constable Jon Stoddart and Deputy Chief Constable Mike Barton- who pledged themselves to show that we truly are a 'family Force' once again. The holistic exercise was a demonstration of what can be achieved if all parties are really committed.

' Well done everyone' on behalf of all retired members and serving officers (both on and off duty) who were privileged to share in such a wonderful day. With grateful thanks to all actively involved in making the day so memorable.

Alan S. Watson Chairman Durham Branch N.A.R.P.O.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Some photo's from the Garden Party

Click on any of the images shown below to go to the album. If you have any photo's from the day please can you help us out and send us them to :

Update on Jeff Miller

We told you in May that retired PC 431 Jeff Miller had been rushed to Newcastle General hospital after suffering brain hemorrhage. (
We're pleased to report that Jeff has been discharged from hospital and is now recovering at home under the watchfull eye of his wife Eunice. They would welcome a call or visit to help Jeff along with his rehabilitation. If you want to get a hold of Jeff's number or address email and we will get back to you with the details

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers..

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him..
When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else---the small stuff.
'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you..
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.
Spend time with your parents.
Visit with grandparents.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your spouse out to dinner.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.
Set your priorities.
The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.
The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'
The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend. (Next NARPO meeting - 12th July !!)
Please share this with someone you care about. WE JUST DID!

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC 480 Robert Bristowe Bennett

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex PC 480 Robert Bristowe Bennett of Wigtownshire, Scotland. Mr Bennett died on the 10th May 2010 aged 89 years.
Ex PC Bennett retired from Sunderland in 1973 following 26 years service. He had previously served at Washington, Sedgefield, Jarrow, Seaham and Castletown.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Death of Retired NARPO member (Gateshead Branch)

I have been informed by Bill Hardman (ex Durham police officer in the mid 1960s) of the  the death of his father, Colin Bowes Hardman who died on 31st May, 2010 aged 85 years.

Colin Hardman was a Chief Inspector in Gateshead Borough, transferring to Durham Conmstabulary in 1968 with the incorporation of the Borough Forces  and serving thereafter as Superintendent at Whickham. In 1974, he became a Northumbrian officer and served as Chief Superintendent at South Shields.

For information only: William(Bill) Hardman  joined Durham Constabulary in 1965 , transferring on promotion to Sergeant in 1973 to Hertfordshire. He went on to retire as Superintendent in 1995

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Garden Party - a 'big' success...

The Garden Party took place on Sunday 13th June, as a result of the hard work put in by members of Durham NARPO's committee (shown above)  and was a resounding success.
After opening addresses by Chief Constable Jon Stoddart and NARPO Chairman, Alan Watson, the guests were treated to entertainment from the Constabulary choir & band, together with displays from the dog section, firearms unit and motorcycle section. There were many static displays to look at and some excellent food. A great afternoon's entertainment with a real 'family' feel to it, giving everybody the chance to  'catch up' with old friends and colleagues.
All the current Durham Executive, Heads of departments and members of the Police Committee,  were in attendance together with retired Chief Constable George Hedges, who returned 'home' from Oxford to Durham for the day....
 Ray Basham made the long journey from Scotland, Robin Dodd from Cyprus and Gordon Bacon even got his feet back on home soil, to be at the event.
Photo's will be uploaded onto the site soon, but the burning question most of us will want to know is, what is the date of next years event  ?? (please)
PS : and a little bit of sunshine /dry weather on the day as well :-)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Have you checked your driving licence lately? IMPORTANT reminder

Renewing Your Photo Driving Licence every 10 years
If you didn`t know that you need to renew your photo card driving licence after 10 years, then you may well be one of the 40,000 drivers across the UK who are breaking the law-many of whom are doing so unwittingly.
Many motorists believe that their photo card licence-like the old style green paper licences-are valid right up until they turn 70 years of age. In actual fact they expire after a 10 year period. The reason this has come to light recently is because the photo cards were first introduced in 1998, and so 2008 saw the first ten year expiry dates come up and catch thousands of drivers out. Since July 2008, around 170,000 UK licences have expired and by the end of January 2009, more than a quarter of those motorists who are due to renew their licences with the DVLA, hadn`t done so.
Qualified drivers are still entitled to drive a vehicle if their photo card licence has expired, but what they must be aware of is that they could be charged with the offence of failing to renew their photo card licence. If the matter went to court you could end up with a £1000 fine.
Implications on your vehicle insurance if you are fully comprehensive
You may find that if your photo card licence has expired, then your insurance company will refuse to pay up for any claims you make. If this happens, you will be able to appeal, and if your photo card licence is being processed (i.e. you’ve actually applied for renewal) you will usually be ok. However this decision will be down to the insurance company themselves and what their individual policies are for this type of situation. However if you were involved in an accident you will still be covered for third party claims, regardless of whether your photo card licence was still in date.
A check with the Force insurers has confirmed that the insurance cover provided to all police staff whilst driving police vehicles under such circumstances would not be effected.
Please take the time to check the expiry date of your photo card driving licence, and if it is out of date renew it now to avoid inadvertently falling foul of the law and potentially jeopardising the status of your personal vehicle insurance!!
Your expiry date is to be found at section 4b on the front of the photo card licence.
DVLA should send you out a renewal pack a couple of months before the expiry of you photo card licence-so if they do, complete it and send it off to DVLA. Be careful not to disregard or discard this as `junk` mail. If you don`t receive a renewal pack, get a D1 form from the post office or from the DVLA online form ordering services.
To renew the photo card licence will cost you £20.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - DC 538 Peter A Eddy

It is with deep sadness that we must inform you of the death of former DC 538 Peter A EDDY who died on 5th June 2010 aged 49 years.
Peter was appointed to Durham Constabulary on 18th May 1981 and served at Durham Darlington and Wear Valley, joining CID in 1985. 
He went on to serve at Darlington CID, Drug Squad and at HQ CID (Intelligence).  He retired medically, from HQ CID Economic Crime Unit on 11th March 2010.

Golfing Offer : NARPO members

A colleague of mine recently attended a conference and had a conversation with a delegate from the NARPO organisation. It was mentioned that golf days play a big part within various regions throughout the year. Historically St Mellion have always supported the services in this area and we would like this to continue. I have two discount offers for golf at St Mellion that may be of interest to golfers within your branch.
If you would like further information on these please contact me, either by email or phone and I would be happy to discuss this further.
Kind regards
Tom Francis
Golf Days Advisor
Tel: 01579 352072
Fax: 01579 352046

St. Mellion International Resort - Home of The English Open

Reunion Party 13th June, 2010. - Almost There !!!

Reunion Garden Party Sunday, 13th June, 2010.
Programme of Events
Just in case you've been on another planet in recent weeks, please note that the first, all new Reunion Garden Party jointly organised by Durham Constabulary and the Durham Branch of the National Association of Police Officers ( N.A.R.P.O.) will be held at Durham Police H.Q. Aykley Heads on Sunday, 13th June, 2010. 2pm - 5pm
N.B. Admission strictly by ticket only (FREE but applied for in advance)

Programme of events :-

2.00pm. : Reception .Glass of Cava & Strawberries.
2.15pm : Welcome address by Chief Constable Jon Stoddart and NARPO Chairman, Alan Watson
2.30pm : Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir.
3.00pm : Dog Display
3.30pm : Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir.
4.00pm : Durham Constabulary Brass Band.
4.45pm : Raffle and Closing Speeches
5.00pm : Event Close
High Tea will be served in the canteen throughout the event.
Individual photographs will be taken upon arrival and at the end of the event you will be able to collect your own personal photo  from a board as your own personal momento before leaving.

Static Displays on site:-
Magenta  - Motor bike Section
Car Park  - A.N.P.R. Demonstration
Gun Car
Canteen  - Beamish Museum Exhibition
North east Historical Society Exhibition
Durham Constabulary Archive Display
Entrance to Canteen  - Durham Constabulary
Durham Police Authority
P.M.A.S. & Roland Smith Insurance Displays.

Please feel free to view these displays at your leisure throughout the afternoon.
Remember, this has been very carefully planned to ensure a great afternoon out for you, your family & friends, where you can meet up with past friends and colleagues too.
Be sure to obtain your ticket in advance from :
Angie Crawford (NARPO) Welfare Officer. Tel. 0191 5180996;
Colin Appleby (NARPO Treasurer) Tel. 0191 5846178;
Jayne Swinburne Tel. 01913752273;
Amanda Dodds 01913752276 or
Anna Malkin 01913752071
Can you afford to miss it? Be there.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - D/Sgt 1358 Steven Kitching

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex-D/Sgt 1358 Mr Steven Kitching of Shotton Colliery who died on 30th May 2010 aged 53 years. Mr Kitching leaves four children Emma, Stephen, Adam and Nick.
Mr Kitching served with the Royal Marines before joining Durham Constabulary in 1978. He retired from Durham City in 2007 having also served at Consett, Darlington, Spennymoor, HQ CID, Easington, Regional Crime Squad and Chester-le-Street.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - P.C. 584 Mr William Terence Callaghan

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex P.C. 584 Mr William Terence Callaghan of Chester-le-Street who died on 24th May 2010 aged 76 years.
Mr Callaghan joined the Constabulary in 1955 and retired from Chester-le-Street in 1982, having previously served at Consett, Ryhope Colliery, Bishop Auckland and HQ.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt 1386 Allen George McGranaghan

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired Sgt 1386 Allen George McGranaghan who died on 19th May 2010 aged 70 years.
Mr McGranaghan retired from HQ Comms in 1995 following 33 years service. He had previously served at Darlington, Durham, Croxdale and Meadowfield.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Death of retired Police Officer - Sgt 344 Edward Gordon English

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired Sgt 344 Edward Gordon English from Durham, who died on the 18/05/10 aged 83 years.
Mr English retired from HQ in 1983 following 30 years service. He had previously served at Hartlepool, T & C, Blaydon, Dunston Hill, Cyprus, Darlington and Eastbourne.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt 2312 John Frederick Wood

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired Sgt 2312 John Frederick Wood, who died on 15/05/2010 aged 64 years.
Mr Wood retired from Chester-le-Street in 1997 following 28 years service. He had previously served at Durham, Consett, Wolsingham, Wear Valley and HQ traffic.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Photo's from the CG Spring Lunch

Photo's by Cynthia Angus from the CG Spring Lunch, held at Durham Indoor Bowling Centre on Sunday 9th May 2010. Cynthia said "Previously the photographs have been in The Peeler,but I am delighted that they can have instant circulation on the Narpo Blog."
To view the photo's and leave comments on them, doubleclick on the album below

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Copper Plate - April 2010

Here is the latest edition of Copper Plate : Click on the image below to download a pdf version :

April 2010

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Hospital Visits - Jeff Miller

NARPO member, Jeff Miller (ex PC 431 Traffic) recently (2nd April) suffered a brain hemorrhage and was rushed to Newcastle General where he underwent emergency surgery.
Jeff has subsequentley been transferred for rehabilitation to Ward 17 of Bishop Auckland General Hospital.
I have spoken to Jeff's wife Eunice and she would be glad if anybody who know's Jeff could drop in and spend a few minute's with him.
Visiting is all day but if you could avoid meals times it would be appreciatted.
Jeff is suffering from short term memory loss and Eunice has a book in the room where you can write down your name etc so that she can talk to Jeff about your visit to help with his rehabilitation (long term memory is excellent)
So... if you're over in the Bishop area and have a few minute's to spare (and help out a fellow NARPO member) then call in and give Jeff a visit and 'catch up' on old times etc...
(Please pass this on to any of your friends who might have worked with Jeff)

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Death of retired Police Officer - Ch/Inspector John Gordon Brown

Ch/Inspector John Gordon Brown, from Chester-le-Street, died on 21/04/10 aged 76 years.
Mr Brown retired from Aycliffe in 1988 following 34 years service having previously served at HQ, Chester-le-Street, Birtley, Traffic Patrols, C.I.D, Darlington, Crook, South Durham, Silksworth, Sunderland, C.I.D Drug Squad and HQ Comms.

Death of retired Police Officer - Ch/Inspector Neville Johnson

Ex. Ch/Inspector Neville Johnson, who died on 25/04/10, aged 82 years. He retired from Chester-le-Street in 1982 following 34 years service. He previously served at HQ, Thornley, Bishop Auckland, Wingate, Edenhill, Peterlee, Castle Eden, Butterknowle, Cockfield, Tow Law, W. Hartlepool, Tudhoe, Spennymoor, T & C Control Room, Durham, Peterlee; HQ Comms.

New Members

Durham NARPO extends a warm welcome to the following new members :

Gillian Linda Airey
Alan Briggs
Wendy Aspey
Malcolm Pugh
Thomas Coates
Robert Gadd
David MG Davies
James Fiddaman
David Surtees
Camelia Prendergast
Ian Doran
David Cromarty
Brian Ruddick

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt Harry Jacobs

Retired Sgt Harry Jacobs of Perthshire, Scotland. Mr Jacobs died on the 14th April 2010 aged 86 years.
Mr Jacobs retired from Newton Aycliffe CID in 1976 following 28 years service. He had previously served at West Hartlepool, Belle Vue, Ushaw Moor, HQ CID, Darlington, Roseworth and Peterlee.

The Durham Constabulary & Durham Branch of N.A.R.P.O. present the All New Reunion Garden Party

Durham Constabulary H.Q., Aykley Heads
Sunday, 13th June, 2010 2pm - 5pm.  The event is admission by TICKET ONLY ! 
 Tickets are FREE of charge BUT you must have your ticket with you on the day
(Tickets are for security and to organise catering and seating arrangements)
Don't leave it till the last minute be sure to apply for your ticket(s) NOW  to:-

Mrs. Angie Crawford Tel. No. 01915180996
email :
Mr   Colin Appleby     Tel. No. 01915846178
email :
Ms.  Jayne Swinburn   Tel. No. 0191 375 2273 
email :

This is the first joint social venture the service in this County has seen. 
A Disabled person's chairlift will be  installed to assist those who cannot climb stairs to the Dining Area
We want to make this a great success and an annual even to bring together the " New and the Old"
An afternoon of fun and entertainment - meet old friends and make new friends too. High Tea !
 So make sure you are there ( with your ticket! ) to enjoy a great day out.       

More information in the summer edition of the Durham Peeler - (due out mid May)  and the next issue of the Copperplate.

Don't forget No Ticket
No Admission!
Oh yes, did I mention it? Tickets are FREE!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Inspector 125 Derrick Richardson

 Ex-Inspector 125 Derrick RICHARDSON died on 13th April 2010 aged 83 years. He joined Durham Constabulary on 4th November 1950 and retired on 31st August 1981having served at Stockton, Bishopton, Oxbridge, HQ Welfare, Cadet Training, Southmoor, Chester-le-Street, Seaham, HQ Communications and Seaham.

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