Thursday, 26 July 2018

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1273 Ralph Graham Suddick

Graham SuddickIt is with deepest sadness that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1273 Ralph Graham Suddick, who passed away on the 18th July 2018, aged 84 years.
Mr Suddick does not leave a widow.
Graham Suddick joined Durham Constabulary on 3rd April 1956. From HQ Training he began his service at Darlington where he spent two years before moving to Jarrow for a year. In April 1959 he joined the motorcycle unit and after six months moved into traffic patrols working throughout the Durham and Stockton area in 1966 he became an instructor in motor school, instructing on advanced driving courses before retiring medically on 16th January 1985.
The funeral service will be held on Monday 30th July 2018 at 10:30 at Durham Crematorium. Please note the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Stroke Association.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Prisoner Transfer to Parkhurst , Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Prisoner Transfer 1Isle of Wight Prisoner Transfer 2









The above pictures turned up recently on Facebook with Ian Dickinson asking if anybody could help identify the officers & what they were doing as it was thought that they were on an escort to the Isle of Man.

John Andrew Bell & Gordon Bacon ‘came to the rescue’ and put the names to the faces.

On the photo to the left, the three officers standing in front of the Westminster car are Norman Cuerdon, Dave Kilner and Billy Hall (Malcolm Hall's brother) formerly all stationed at Hartlepool.

Gordon Bacon spoke to Dave Kilner and they believe it was a prisoner escort from Durham to Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight.

Gordon remembers a number of Cat A prisoners were moved at short notice following the escape from Durham Prison of John McVicar in '68.

The photo on the right is from the same escort  shows Dave Kilner & John Tait is standing in front of Westminster and to the left of them is Gordon Balderstone & Ken Garbutt.

Death of a retired Police Officer : 288 Ernest William (Bill) Midgley

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : 288 Ernest William Midgley (better known as Bill), who passed away on the 16th July 2018. He was aged 88 years.
He does not leave a widow.
Mr Midgley retired from Durham Constabulary on the 22nd May 1977.
The funeral service will be held on the 27th July 2018 at 1.45pm at Darlington Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

BikeWise 2018 is on TODAY (Sunday 22nd July)

Bikewise Countdown Poster (Today)
The Tall ships have sailed and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......
BikeWise 2018 is on,  at the police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm TODAY (Sunday 22nd July).
Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.
FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, on site for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride

Air Ambulance will ask for a £2 donation from adults, children and all parking is FREE
Come along Sunday and have a great day.
For further details please visit : https://bikewise2018.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Three days to go to BikeWise 2018

Bikewise Countdown Poster (3 days)

The World Cup didn't come home, The Tall ships have sailed and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......

BikeWise 2018 is on,  at the police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm THIS Sunday (22nd July).

Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.

FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, onsite for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride


We ask for a £2 donation from adults and kids are free.

Come along Sunday and have a great day.

For further details please visit : www.bikewise.org.uk

Death of retired Police Staff : 5778 Brian Donkin

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of retired police staff member 5778 Brian Donkin, who passed away on the 24th April 2018. He was aged 73 years.
He leaves a widow, Kleophatty and a son Chris.
Mr Donkin joined Durham Constabulary on the 29th July 1996 where he served as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator at Consett, he was then posted as a Community Liaison Officer where he served at Consett and Stanley. He retired from Durham Constabulary on the 12th November 2009.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 26th July 2018 at 1pm at St. Aidan's church, Brunton Park, Gosforth this will then be followed by refreshments at Northern Rugby Club.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Death of retired Police Officer : DC 340 Kenneth Thomas Parkin

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of retired Police Officer : DC 340 Kenneth Thomas Parkin, who passed away on the 27th June 2018. He was aged 72 years.
He leaves a widow Susan and a daughter and son, Catherine and Andrew and four grandchildren.
Mr Parkin joined Durham Constabulary on the 7th October 1974 and he retired on the 4th November 2003.
The funeral service will take place on the 6th July 2018 at 10.30am at Durham Crematorium. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Alice House Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

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