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

Please complete form below

Name ..........................................



  • 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.

Any other dietary requirements?........................................
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.....

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