Wednesday 27 August 2014

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 156 Robert Elleanor

It is with regret that we have to advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 156 Robert Elleanor who died on 10th August 2014, aged 95 years.
Mr Elleanor retired from Durham Constabulary on 14th March 1973. 
He does not leave a widow but will be much missed by family and friends.
The Funeral service is to be held at 1.15pm on Thursday 28th August 2014 at St Luke’s Church in Ferryhill.  This will be followed by Cremation at Durham Crematoruim at 2pm.  The service is not private & all are welcome to join family & friends following the Crematorium at St Lukes.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday 21 August 2014

Widow’s Pension for Life

An enduring injustice in the 1987 Police Pension scheme is that those in receipt of a widow or widowers’ pension under those scheme rules lose their pension if they remarry or cohabit. Although improvements have been made to this aspect of the police pension in subsequent schemes, the provisions were not made retrospective in their affect so most police widows are still in the position of losing their pension in these circumstances. We believe this provision is demeaning and not an appropriate condition in a modern age and it should be abolished.

The link below is to a petition seeking a change to this provision and we would encourage members to sign it. 


Friday 15 August 2014

Death of retired Police Officer - PC 1646 Eric Alderton

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of retired Police Officer - PC 1646 Eric Alderton, who died on the 9th August 2014, aged 82 years.
Mr Alderton leaves a widow Anne Alderton and a son Eric.
The funeral service is taking place on Monday 18th August 2014 at 1530hrs at Durham Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC 1275 Arthur Soppitt

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer - PC 1275 Arthur Soppitt, who died on the 7th August 2014. He was aged 78 years.
Mr Soppitt was medically retired from Durham Constabulary on the 2nd June 1984.
Mr Soppitt leaves a widow and a daughter.
The funeral service will be taking place on Monday 18th August 2014 at Durham Crematorium at 1300hrs, the service is not private.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Former policeman from Crook with multiple sclerosis to be pushed round BUPA Great North Run for charity

Ossie OutersideA FORMER policeman who developed multiple sclerosis after running the first ever Great North Run is tackling this year's race in a wheelchair.
Ossie Outterside, 67, completed the Newcastle to South Shields half marathon in 1981 with pal Norman Clarke.
They were two of the 12,000 runners to cover the 13.1mile course while raising funds for charity.
Mr Outterside succumbed to multiple sclerosis 21-years ago. He is now in a wheelchair and is a resident of Bradbury House, Crook, County Durham - run by Leonard Cheshire Disability.
He is part of a team, which includes staff members and fellow resident John Broadley, 49, who has spina bifida.
The pair will be pushed round the half marathon course in their wheelchairs by care home staff on September 7 as part of the race.
Mr Outterside spent 26 and a half years as a police constable covering Darlington, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle.
He said: “I liked running when I did the first race and we raised quite a lot of money for good causes.
“It was hard but there was a great atmosphere. I ran the Great North Run twice. I’m looking forward to this year’s race and I’m especially looking forward to the finishing line.”
Michelle Cooper, Debi Parker, Carol Carr and Sarah Bowes who work at the home, on Worthington Close, will push the wheelchairs.
Care home volunteers Jason Bailey and Glyn Burlingson and Mrs Parker’s husband, Steven, will also help.
Fellow staff member Olena Rusa is also running the race but not as part of the wheelchair team.
They are all aiming to raise £2,500 for Leonard Cheshire Disability to use to help Bradbury House patients.
Mrs Parker said: “We’ve been to Hamsterley Forest to do some training. We pushed the wheelchairs for about five and a half miles.
“We’re going to do some more training. It will be hard but we will be taking turns with the pushing and we’re excited and looking forward to it. We hope to take three hours.”
To sponsor the runners visit or text LCDB69 plus a cash figure to 70070.

Who is the Sgt ??

PC Jack Blair & Sgt ??

Photo shows PC Jack Blair on his Norton motorcycle (JPT404) but who is the Sgt next to him on the Norton (RPT156)

If you can help, please leave a comment below or email us at

Saturday 9 August 2014

One for the Police Women

‘If Not Us Films’ are making a landmark and definitive feature length documentary for BBC FOUR that will celebrate 100 years of  women in the police to coincide with the centenary next year. They are currently looking to speak to police women who: Were the ‘first’… be it in the mounted branch, traffic officer, WPC to carry a gun, female police officer in their regional force, female police officer of an ethnic minority, to wear trousers, on a bomb disposal team etc.
Any retired policewomen who were part of the Women's Auxiliary Police Corps
If you were any of these things we’d like to hear from you.
You can reach the team on 01273 322717 or email :

Any volunteers to help with SSAFA

I am a volunteer organiser with SSAFA, The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens Families Association (the oldest Military Charity in the world) While SSAFA nationally has a wide remit of services caring for those who are still serving or who have served in any of our armed forces, in County Durham we are mainly concerned with the welfare of ex-service personnel and their dependants.
We have a pressing need for volunteer caseworkers to visit our clients and identify their needs and then work to procure the resources necessary to meet that need.
We are particularly short of volunteers in the Durham and Derwentside areas.
Given the ethos of service within the emergency services and the fact that many of your members are likely to be ex-service  personnel, I therefore request that you might include an appeal for volunteers for SSAFA, in any NARPO circulations you may have.
While everyone in SSAFA Durham is a volunteer (we have no paid staff) we do pay out of pocket expenses and we give full training for any role undertaken (usually in our central office in London).
Our Address is SSAFA, RFCA, 53 Old Elvet, Durham City DH1 3JJ Tel. 0191 383 9452  (24 hr. answerphone)
Our office is open Monday and Thursday 10 am - 12.30 pm.
Thank you so much for your consideration
Kind Regards
Terry Walton

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