Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Death of a retired civilian employee : Kath Harland

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired civilian employee : Kath Harland who died peacefully at home on the 18th December, aged 71yrs.

Kath worked as a typist for Durham Constabulary for many years, working with the Traffic Department at Newton Aycliffe during the 1970's-80's.

The funeral service will be held at St. Andrews Church, Aycliffe Village, at 11.45am on Friday January 3rd, followed by cremation at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, at 12.30pm. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu in aid of the Butterwick Hospice may be given or will be accepted by Whitehouse Funeral Service, Surtees House, Hilton Road, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6EN. Tel. 01325 318600.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 378 Edward William Russell Brewster

Photo's080It is with regret that we have to announce the death of retired Police Officer : Sgt 378 Edward William Russell (Ted) Brewster who died on 24th December 2013 aged 88 years.

Mr Brewster was appointed in 1949 and he retired from Motorcycles in 31/5/75, having previously served at Darlington, Blackwell and Motor Patrols.
Mr Brewster leaves a widow Hilda.
The Cremation service will take place at the Crematorium, Acklam Road, Middlesbrough on Monday, 6th January 2014 at 1.35pm.
This service is not private.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Diabetes UK if so desired.

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Xmas to all our readers

snowman12Yes it is that time of year already and our fourth Christmas providing you with update information, topics and photographs.
We are delighted to let you know that our fame is certainly spreading, both on the web and in the Durham Peeler Magazine. We are now reaching Afghanistan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, U.S.A., Chile, Israel and even British West Hartlepool! You will be delighted to know that we have now had more than 174,000 ‘hits’ on the web page’s and over 200 regular recipients of death notifications of serving and retired officers. These recipients also receive advanced notice of up to the minute events. If you’d like to join the list, let us have your email details and specific points of interest. It always pays to be informed. (send email to Bob Brown at durhamnarpo@gmail.com)

If you have recently retired on pension, why not take up membership of N.A.R.P.O. and receive the Durham Peeler Magazine (Twice/year), the National NARPO News magazine  (4 times/ year) Social Events, really competitive Insurance rates  and opportunity to attend the 6 bi-monthly meeting where you enjoy a great atmosphere, meet old friends and colleagues and keep up to date with things that affect your pension. Enough?  Well when the meeting ends, have a drink and light refreshments. Not only all this but you also get the Annual NARPO Diary
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HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone may it be a prosperous, healthy and successful New Year. And above all…..Keep smiling


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

Friday, 6 December 2013

Miners Strike Documentary

Message from NARPO HQ
See below message from TV Company requesting experiences from the Miners’ Strike.

“I am currently working on a documentary for ITV about the Miners' Strike. The programme is due to broadcast next March for the 30th anniversary of the strike. It will contain a mixture of archive and people’s personal stories, looking back at what happened.
I would really love to talk to any police officers who were involved in the policing of the strike, both from the local mining areas and also those who were drafted in from further away. It really helps with my research to be able to speak to as many people as possible.
If anyone is interested in chatting to me they can email me their details to helen.soothill@itv.com or they can ring me on 0113 222 8364.
Thank you for your help.
Best wishes
Helen”

Computer Virus–Zeus

Message from Welfare Department :

The following message has been circulated in Force by the Information Security Officer.
We were particularly thinking about the number of people who skype family and over the festive period this might even increase and include people new to the service and less familiar with spotting anything unusual.
We hope you feel it is worth sharing via your circulation as we think we all know someone whose had problems with a computer virus and it just might help save even just one person from this misery!
There is currently an email based malware campaign where the victim is sent an email with an attachment claiming to be a Skype voicemail message.
The purpose of the email is to get you to download the 'voicemail' file, which is actually a piece of malware called 'Zeus'.
Zeus is pretty nasty in that it logs your keystrokes in an attempt to obtain banking details and log-ins.
It is difficult to detect even with up to date Anti-Virus software so the best bet is not to click on the link in the first place!
Usually Zeus targets computers with Microsoft Windows operating systems, however some variants will infect Blackberry and Android phones too (Mac and Linux systems appear not to be infected).
If you get one of these emails to your personal address, don't open the link - just delete the email.

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