Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 2194 Norman Bell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC 2194 Norman Bell, who died on the 30th January 2018. He was aged 92 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a son David George Bell.
Norman joined Durham Constabulary on the 8th May 1950 and he served at South Shields Scientific Aids, he also served in the royal navy from 10th May 1944 to 13th December 1946 and also served at Sunderland police from 13th January 1947 to 7th May 1950.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 14th February 2018 at 13.15pm at South Shields crematorium, this will then be followed by refreshments at Cleadon Club at South Shields. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Marie Curie.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 298 Michael Wharton

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 298 Michael Wharton, who died on the 23rd January 2018. He was aged 54 years.
He leaves a widow Susan.
Mr Wharton joined Durham Constabulary on the 12th August 1991, he was posted to HQ, Bowburn, Durham City before he retired from Bishop Auckland.
The funeral service will take place on the 21st February 2018 at 11am, to be held at Mountsett Crematorium. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK

Police chief's U-turn over speed blitz

Anthony BanghamAfter he admits plans to punish drivers who are 1mph over the limit would not be achievable.

A police chief backtracked yesterday after calling for motorists who break the speed limit by just 1mph to face punishment.
Anthony Bangham admitted the proposal would not be ‘proportionate or achievable’. He said he never advocated a draconian nationwide crackdown and wanted to ‘clear up the misunderstanding’.
The officer, who is Chief Constable of West Mercia police and responsible for Britain’s roads policing, added: ‘I now want to be clearer on this point – our aim is not to be pursuing drivers 1mph over the speed limit and putting them through the courts. This would not be proportionate or achievable.’
Mr Bangham’s call for the abolition of the 10 per cent ‘buffer’ over the speed limit would have led to thousands more drivers facing punishment for marginal offences.

In a backlash, officers of all ranks, campaign groups and lawyers branded it unenforceable ‘madness’.
However, the police chief yesterday insisted frontline officers must not ‘apologise’ for enforcing the law and should act ‘based on the circumstances’.
He added: ‘There may well be occasions where someone is speeding a couple of miles over the limit outside a school and an officer could reasonably decide it is proportionate to stop them.’
AA president Edmund King last night welcomed the ‘clarification’.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Great site for Dishforth / Pannal Ash PTC photos

Dishforth Police Training Centre - Oct 1975

My own (Bob Brown) syndicate photo from initial training August - October 1975 at Dishforth,  which I hadn't seen for over thirty years.

Found on a Facebook Group named Pannal Ash Dishforth PTC's .....its a closed group.. If you are a Facebook user you will need to answer three questions to be approved to get access to the group.

Loads of photos.

Sgt Howard Hudson from Durham & Sgt Dick Treece from Humberside were the instructors on the course.

Seems like yesterday !!

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