Monday, 15 August 2022

Death of Police Widow : Lorna Davison

It is with great regret that we inform you of the death of Lorna Davison, who died peacefully at her Tudhoe home, with her daughters by her side, on 7th August 2022, aged 78 years.

Lorna was the widow of the late retired Sergeant 1289 John Osborne Davison, who died on 9th April 2020, aged 80 years, whose funeral was carried out under Covid restrictions.

Lorna is survived by daughters Susan and Clare, grandchildren Keiran, Jacob, Holly, great granddaughter Sophia also sister Sheila.

A funeral service is to be held at 2.00pm 17th August 2022 at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the lives of John and Lorna at Tudhoe Victory Club after the funeral.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Durham District Nurses

Our thoughts are with Lorna’s family and friends at this sad time. 

Monday, 8 August 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer's Wife - Jacqualine Theresa Graham

 It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of the wife of retired PC 888 Richard (Dick) Graham.  

Jacqualine Theresa Graham died peacefully in Lothian House Care Home, Clyde Terrace, Spennymoor on Wednesday 27th July 2022, aged 83 years. 

Jacqualine is survived by husband Dick, daughters Susan and Helen, grandson Rajan and granddaughter Ania.

A funeral service is to be held at 3.00pm, Wednesday 10th August 2022, at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Lothian House Care Home.

Our thoughts are with Jacqualine’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer: Sgt 573 Ian William Hilton

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 573 Ian William Hilton, who died at his Warwickshire home on Tuesday 26th July 2022, aged 75 years.

Ian joined Durham County Constabulary as a cadet in 1963.

He started his police career in 1966 at Hurworth and also served at Darlington, later becoming a Police Cadet Instructor.  Following his promotion to sergeant Ian, served as Custody Sergeant at Consett and with Traffic Patrols North.  He had also represented the force at Rugby and retired in 1993.

Ian was awarded a bravery medal from the RSPCA, for rescuing cows from a burning barn.  

Ian is survived by his wife Rita, daughter Sally, sons Christopher and Alexander, grandchildren Emily, Owen, Grace, Jamie and Felix and brother Alan.

A funeral service will be held at 1.00pm Monday 15th August 2022 at Wellesbourne Crematorium, Oakley Wood Road, Bishop’s Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9QP.  The service is not private.

Following the funeral, family and friends are invited to meet at The Hall, Pinfold Lane, Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5HG.

Family flowers only please; donations in Ian’s memory to Shipston Home Nursing and Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of the Wife of a Retired Police Officer: Valerie (Val) Walker

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of the wife of retired D/Sgt Robert (Bob) Walker.  Valerie (Val) Walker died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Tuesday 12th July 2022, aged 71 years. 

Val is survived by husband Bob and daughters Deb Walker and Kass Sygrove.

A funeral service is to be held at 12 noon, Wednesday 17th August 2022, at Harrogate Hill Methodist Church, Lowson Street, Darlington DL3 0EY.  Friends are invited to meet the family at the Methodist Church, after the service.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Harrogate Hill Methodist Church.

Our thoughts are with Val’s family and friends at this sad time. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 802 Ian Andrew Whale

 It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  PC 802 Ian Andrew Whale, who died in the University Hospital North Durham on Friday 15th July 2022, aged 68 years.

Ian joined Durham Constabulary on 29th December 1976 and retired in 2006.

He started his police career at Bishop Auckland before moving to Coundon Section, later returning to Bishop Auckland as a Scientific Aids Officer.  Ian also served at Crook, where he took on the role of Tutor Constable; he later moved into Force Control Room at Aykley Heads ending his service at Stanley and Consett Communications.

Ian received 2 commendations during his career.

Ian is survived by his wife Jenn, his two brothers, three sisters and nephews and nieces.

A funeral service will be held at 1.30pm Monday 8th August 2022 at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.  The service is not private.

Following the funeral family and friends are invited to meet at the Marriott Royal County Hotel, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JN.

No flowers please; a retiring collection at the crematorium will be available for donations, which will be given to Durham Wildlife Trust, in Ian’s memory.

Our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Cyprus Emergency 1955 -1959 Memorial Service

Among those to be remembered on the Police Roll of Honour are the following Durham Officers who were attached to the Cyprus Police : 

Sgt James ArthurCOOTE who was killed in road accident on the 9th June 1957 whilst seconded to the British Police Unit Cyprus.

Temporary Sgt Stanley Woodward who was shot dead in an ambush near Prodhromas, in the Troodos Mountains on the 13th October 1958 while seconded to the British Police Unit in Cyprus

Blue Light Card

Whilst some retired Police Officers are aware of the existence of the Blue Light Card, I know that many do not, despite it being advertised in previous issues of NARPO News (Page 34 of the May 2022 edition).

The card allows the cardholder to obtain discounts on a whole range of goods and services, some being time limited. Most of the offers are online, albeit some are in-store; one such example is ASDA (10% discount off your shopping bill – certain product exceptions exist) on production of the card and addition ID, such as a bank card or driving licence, when paying at the checkout (this discount end's on 31 st October 2022).

Membership is open to retired offices, via an online application at a cost of £4.99 and is valid for 2-years (renewable); you will be asked for your NARPO membership number.

Visit https://www.bluelightcard.co.uk for more details.

Enquiries from the Durham Branch of NARPO are ongoing to check as to whether the purchase and use of the card extends to our widow(er) members also.

Land’s End to John O'Groats Charity Cycle Ride.

On 24 May 2022, one of our members, retired Motor Patrols Officer Brian Harrison and his cycling buddy, Lynn Johnston, set off on a cycle ride that would occupy their time and test their stamina and endurance over the following 18 days.

Their challenge was to cover the 950 or so miles from Land’s End to John O'Groats and raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

Whilst their cycle ride has been completed, their JustGiving page is still open to anyone who would like to donate and support Brian and Lynn in raising funds for this very worthwhile charity. Donating is quite straightforward and the donating page can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/iamorganisingmyowncycle2021-brianharrison?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=iamorganisingmyowncycle2021-brianharrison&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=e613ac5351084f2f9d33018da0f8db76

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to Alzheimer's Society, so it's the most efficient way to give - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.


Death of a retired Police Officer: DC 1144 Laurie Bawden

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer: DC 1144 Laurie Bawden, who died peacefully on 11th July, 2022. 

Laurie joined the police force in County Durham in 1970 as a police cadet. He served at South Stanley and Stanhope in Weardale, before joining CID in Durham City. He left the police force in 1985. After the police force he relocated to the south, starting a successful guarding organisation, Sirius Security Services Ltd in the city of London. He retired in 2003.

He is survived by 2 children, Mark and Sara. 

Laurie requested a pure cremation and there will be a memorial to remember him at 11:00 on 28th September, 2022, at St Cuthberts Church, Stokesley Road, Marton, Middlesbrough, TS7 8JU.

The family request no flowers but donations in memory of Laurie to the charity Dementia Adventure, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sara-calgie5

Afterwards all are invited to join us in the church hall for refreshments - 1pm, followed by a more relaxed gathering in the Rudds Arms, Marton Road, 

To assist with catering you are asked to notify sara@thestartstudio.co.uk of your intentions to attend.

Our thoughts are with all the family at this time.

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector William (Bill) Hancock

It is with regret  that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  Chief Inspector William (Bill) Hancock, who died on the 22nd June 2022 at the age of 84 years.

Bill was born on the 1st April 1938 had suffered poor health for some years due to crippling arthritis and died following multiple bouts of pneumonia.

On joining Durham County Constabulary, he was posted to Hartlepool. On promotion to Sergeant he was posted to Stanley and then seconded onto the training staff at Newby Wiske. He was then seconded to the Police College at Bramshill and then promoted to Inspector at Peterlee. He was then promoted to Chief Inspector and spent his final years in the Training Departement at Aykley Heads HQ. 

Bill is survived by his wife Marion and their two children Michael and Alison, three Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

The Funeral is to be held at 12-00 noon on Thursday 14th July at Sacriston Methodist Church, Wesley Close, Front Street (B6532) DH7 6JG.  Followed by Cremation at Durham Crematorium.  Friends and former colleagues are very welcome to attend.    Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of floral tributes may be made to Sacriston Methodist Church and will be collected at the funeral.  Following which you are invited to join the family back at the Church for refreshments.

Cards of condolence would be very much appreciated at the home address, however if you are not in possession of that address, they can be forwarded to "NARPO Durham Branch, 2, Whitworth Close, Spennymoor, DL16 7LH."   Please mark your envelope clearly FAO  Hancock family.


Friday, 1 July 2022

Big Little Crimes

 Bob Productions are seeking contributors for a brand new BBC1 series titled Big Little Crimes. The show will focus on successfully concluded police investigations where an approach/arrest for one offence leads to a major prosecution for another more serious one. This will take many forms – there are no limits on the category of cases we will feature – but could, for example, be a traffic stop that leads to the arrest of a drug kingpin, a stop and search that leads to the discovery of a serial burglar, or a house call for low level fraud that develops into a murder inquiry.

Brown Bob enjoyed an excellent working relationship with some fantastic retired officers for our hit BBC1 show Moment of Proof and would love to continue that for this new series. Anyone interested who believes they have a story to share should contact the show’s Producers on kieranagnew@brownbob.com or 0161 6678035.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : D/Supt Arthur Meek

It is with regret that we have to to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : D/Supt Arthur Meek who died in hospital on the 1st May 2022 aged 85 years.

Arthur joined Durham Constabulary in 1959 and was posted to Jarrow.  In 1969 as a Detective Sergeant he served on the Regional Crime Squad and was promoted to uniform Inspector in 1973 serving at Chester-le-Street.
Detective roles followed in Durham City where he was promoted Detective Chief Inspector.  In 1984 Arthur was promoted to Superintendent serving as Sub-Divisional Commander at Consett and this was followed by a period as deputy head of CID until his retirement in 1989.
Throughout his service Arthur was a dedicated detective appearing on Crimewatch in 1984 as OIC investigating a series of arsons in the Wearmouth area of Sunderland. During his service he received six Chief Constable Commendations.
The funeral will be held at Durham Crematorium at 1.30pm on Monday 23rd May 2022. The service is not private.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Constable George Ernest HEDGES, BEM, QPM, DL

It is with deep regret that we have to advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Constable George Ernest HEDGES,  BEM, QPM, DL who died on the 6th May 2022 in Katherine House Hospice following  a short illness of some seven weeks, aged 80 years.

George Joined Oxfordshire Constabulary in 1957 as a Police Cadet. He passed through the ranks he served at Henley, Oxford, Windsor, Slough, HQ Crime and as ACC Ops and Management Services.
In 1993, he transferred from Thames Valley Police on promotion to Deputy Chief Constable at Durham Constabulary and lastly served as the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary from 1997 until retirement in 2002. 
George returned to his native Oxfordshire for retirement and joined the Oxford Branch of NARPO as a full member and Durham Branch as an additional member. 
He is survived by his wife Pamela and sons Ben and Robert and daughter Joanna.
Cards of condolence should be sent to Mrs P. Hedges & Family,  80, Evans Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 2JB.
The funeral will be held at 13:00 hours on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at North Oxfordshire Crematorium and Memorial Park, Tackley, Kidlington, OXT 3ER.  Officers may wear uniform if desired and medals.
The family request no flowers, but donations in memory of George to the charity ROSY, of which George was Chairman via www.rosy.org.uk or DL  Hancock Ltd, Funeral Directors, 126 London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9ED. tel. 01865 767780,
Afterwards all are invited to North Oxford Golf Club, Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8EZ.  To assist with catering you are asked to notify trevordavis664@hotmail.com of your intention to attend.
Our thoughts are with George's family & friends at this sad time.

Durham NARPO Branch Luncheon to Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

National Association of Retired Police Officers DURHAM BRANCH.

Invite you to a Branch Luncheon to Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


Sunday 12th June 2022

Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
Abbey Road, Durham, DH1 5GE

Doors open 12-00 noon. Dining at 1pm prompt.

Menu Choice

Starter: A. Soup, B. Prawn Cocktail, C. Melon.

Main Course: A. Beef, B. Chicken, C. Pork, D. Vegetarian Vegetable tart.

Served with seasonal vegetables and gravy

Desert: A. Apple Pie, B. Raspberry Pavlova, C. Cheesecake.

Tea / Coffee and mints.

£13-00 per head. Includes a FREE Raffle

Please select your menu and forward it by email to : susan0095@gmail.com 

Payment may be made by cheque made out to Durham NARPO or by bacs to Durham NARPO sort code 20-27-41 account number 30346551

Should you wish to sit with other friends please request this at the time of booking your place so that it can be accommodated on the table plan.

Sue Knaggs
Treasurer – Durham Branch






Death of a retired Police Officer : D/Supt John Sutton Graham

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of a retired Police Officer :  D/Supt John Sutton Graham who died on 4th May 2022, aged 76 years.
John had been suffering the effects of Parkinsons Disease but he died in North Tees hospital as a result of a heart attack.
Born in Chopwell on the 7th September 1945 John was educated locally and on leaving school commenced an Engineering Apprenticeship with the NCB. However in 1968 he joined Durham Constabulary.
After initial training at Newby Wiske he was posted to Gateshead. He served in various divisions and departments within Durham Constabulary and rose to the rank of D/Superintendent. He retired in 1997.
He leaves a wife Janett and three children.
The funeral is to be held at 2pm on Monday 23rd May 2022 at Durham Crematorium followed by a gathering at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite, Shotton Hall, Peterlee. All friends and colleagues are invited to attend.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu may be made on leaving the funeral service to British Heart Foundation and other associated charities.
Our thoughts are with John's family and friends at this sad time.

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Death of Durham Constabulary Support Staff : June FRANKS

It is with deepest sadness that we have to advise you of the death of June FRANKS who died on 24th April 2022. 

June served as support staff with Durham Constabulary for 23½ years, having worked initially in Comms Durham City, then in Force Control Room (LA/PNC) until she left in December 2010.
A funeral service is to be held at 3.30pm on Monday, 16th May 2022 at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham, DH1 3TQ to which friends and former colleagues would be welcome. 
June has requested, if possible, an item in the colour purple or pink be worn.
By request no flowers please.  Donations, in lieu of flowers, in aid of Lymphoma Action, MacMillan Cancer Support and PAWZ for Thought (cat section), will be collected at the crematorium after the service.
All are welcome to meet after the service at Cocken Lodge Golf Club, Leamside, Durham, DH4 6QP

Monday, 18 April 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 980 Neil Rewcastle

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 980 Neil Rewcastle, who died in North Tees Hospital, Stockton-on-Tees, on Friday 8th April 2022, aged 78 years.

Neil joined Durham Constabulary on 3rd April 1967.  He was initially posted to Sunderland and also served at Bishop Auckland, Traffic Patrols (South) and Spennymoor.  His last role was as Firearms Licensing Officer.  In 1997, Neil was nominated by the force for the Police Review Award of Community Police Officer of the Year, which he won.  The award was presented to him by the then Home Secretary, Jack Straw.
After 30 years police service Neil retired, but remained with Durham Constabulary as a Community Safety Officer.  He was involved in the inception of ‘Farmwatch’, which was to compliment the Neighbourhood Watch program.  At the age of 65 years, he finally retired completely after a 41 year association with the force.
Sadly, Neil’s wife Judy died in December 2018; he is survived by son Mark, daughter Joanne, grandchildren David, Philip, Nicola and Matthew, great grandchildren Minnie and Harry, sister Joan and brother Bill.
Neil’s funeral takes place at 9.30am Thursday 28th April 2022 at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE.  Friends and ex-colleagues are invited to meet at the crematorium.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Dementia UK.
Our thoughts are with Neil’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW 160 Margaret Jane Pearson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PW 160 Margaret Jane Pearson, who died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead on 24th March 2022, aged 83 years, following a fall at her home.

PW 160 Pearson joined Durham County Constabulary in September 1962, and served at Hartlepool and Chester-le-Street.
Margaret transferred to Northumbria Police around 1975, with postings at Birtley, Washington and Whickham. 
She retired from Northumbria Police in 1984, following a serious collision with a lorry the previous year.
Margaret is survived by her brother, Henry (Harry) Albert Pearson, aged 89 years.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am Thursday 14th April 2022, at Birtley Crematorium, Windsor Road, Birtley, Gateshead DH3 1PQ.
A collection plate will be placed at the crematorium for donations to a nominated Police Charity.

Monday, 4 April 2022

Death of Police Widow: Isabel Freda Brown (nee Burdon)

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Isabel Freda Brown, who died peacefully in Hallgarth Care Home, Durham on 19th March 2022, aged 103 years.
Freda was the widow of the late Chief Superintendent Douglas Brown.
Freda was mother to the late Ian (died in 1976) and Judith (died in 2012).
A funeral service will be held at 3.30pm Thursday 7th April at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE. 
Following the funeral friends are invited to meet up at The Manor House, Front Street, West Auckland DL14 9HW.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Downs Society North East.
Our thoughts are with Freda's family and friends at this sad time.

Friday, 18 March 2022

“IT’S BACK! FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY” : Darlington Sub-Division Pensioners Night

After a two year Sabbatical we are delighted to announce the return of the Pensioners Night.

It will take place at Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams, commencing at 7.30pm on Thursday, 12th May, 2022.

The evening is open to all retired Police and Support Staff who served or worked in the sub-division. There will be a free drink on arrival and pies and peas will be served later. There will be a raffle with some wonderful prizes. We hope you will contribute as this will help finance future reunions.
The night will be an opportunity to renew old acquaintances, constantly saying, “I got the last one”, “Who’s that again?” and “Do you remember when……..?”
So that we have an idea how many may be attending, will you kindly reply to Paul Murphy, either by SMS to 07968 246286, or email to murf5573@gmail.com and state whether you will/will not be attending.
If you can think of anyone else who may not read this then please pass on the message.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide transport.
We look forward to welcoming you on the 12th May.
Signed: The Committee
Sean Jackson, Fred Wood, Malcolm Lear and Paul Murphy

CG Reunion Lunch. (Chester le Street)

You are cordially invited to the above function which is being held on Thursday,7th April, 2022. 12 noon for 1pm. Cost £17.50 at Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Pity Me.
Seating, unless otherwise advised, will be based on the format of previous events.
A response is necessary to remain on mailing list.
Donations to support raffle most welcome.

Menu:- Veg. Soup/ Melon:: Beef/Chicken/Mediterranean Tart:: Apple Pie/Gateaux::
(Delete not required).

Please return menu choice with cheque(Payable to CG Fund) to 26 Edlingham Road , Durham, DH1 5YS. By Thursday, 24th March. (Tel. 01913840505).
Alternatively via on line banking. Sort Code 30:92:79. Acc. No 55490960 using surname as reference and advise us of menu choice.
There can be no refunds after Thursday, 31st March.

Sunday, 13 March 2022

The Killing of PC Harper : A Widow’s Fight for Justice

9pm on Tuesday 15th March on ITV

Fronted by Sir Trevor McDonald the documentary sees Lissie Harper allow cameras into her private life for the first time as she talks about how she and Andrew were childhood sweethearts and profound affect his killing has had on her life.  Sir Trevor also meets the lead detective in the case, along with friends, family and press who reported on the case to build the full picture of events.

Just four weeks after his and Lissie’s wedding in 2019, Andrew went to investigate a robbery and never came home.  After getting caught up in the tow rope of a getaway car, PC Harper was dragged for more than a mile at speeds of over 40 mph.  He died at the scene.

Sir Trevor visits the scene of the crime with the Senior investigating officer, DCI Stuart Blaik, who details, along with footage from the night, the horrific events as officers attempted to apprehend the suspects.  Police body cam footage reveals the moment the prime suspects were arrested at a traveller site in the early hours of the following morning.

ITV Reporter, Charlotte Brie Edney recalls being at the crime scene in the immediate aftermath and how the horrific crime dominated national headlines provoking an outpouring of public grief and outrage.  Thames Valley Police’s Chief Constable, John Campbell talks about losing an officer in the line of duty in such tragic circumstances and the impact it had on the force.  

Lissie Harper recalls to Sir Trevor the moment there was a knock at her front door in the middle of the night, and the news that would change her life forever.   And how in the immediate aftermath she had to deal with the death of her husband in the glare of the media spotlight.  

Following an extensive investigation, three weeks after PC Harper’s death police charged three teenagers - Henry Long, 19, Albert Bowers, 18, and Jesse Cole, 18 – with murder. Long admitted manslaughter. Lissie, DS Blaik and other key witnesses talk us through the emotional highs and lows of the trial which took place at the Old Bailey.

Lead Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw QC lays out to Sir Trevor the challenges faced in getting a murder conviction.  Key to the prosecution case, or key to his argument was the expert witness evidence of Simon Hall, a Senior consultant in collision investigation and reconstruction.  Simon recalls how he concluded from the reconstruction that the impact of dragging someone would have had a noticeable impact on the driving of the car both in terms of noise and handling.  The verdict when it came would not be the one the prosecution was looking for as the jury were not convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the defendants knew they were dragging PC Harper.

Lissie reveals the crushing moment the three teenagers were convicted of manslaughter but not murder – and her rage when the killers and their families cheered at the verdict.  Although they were jailed for a combined total of 42 years, the lack of a murder conviction and their apparent lack of remorse, including pictures of them joking outside the trial, pushed Lissie to take drastic action.

Lissie outlines to Sir Trevor how her grief and anger at the sentences evolved into a refusal to be a victim and instead drove her campaign for the introduction of ‘Harper’s Law’ which would see a life sentence for anyone guilty of killing an emergency worker while committing a crime. 

We follow Lissie as she and her campaign manager, Andy Fiddler, a fellow officer of Andrew’s in Thames Valley Police, as they set out to change the law.  There’s a groundswell of support for Harper’s Law including from Government but that is no guarantee of success, and Lissie and her team are frustrated with delays due to lockdown and Cabinet reshuffles.

Finally, after months of pushing, Lissie gets another meeting with the Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary, who confirm that the Government still support the Law and want to attach it to an upcoming Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill.  For Lissie it’s the news she’s been waiting for, confirming the legacy of her husband.  

 

Monday, 28 February 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 881 Christopher Arran Field

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 881 Christopher Arran Field, who died in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle on 18th February 2022, aged 59 years.

Arran joined Durham Constabulary on 3rd June 1985, retiring on 3rd June 2015; he was promoted to Sergeant in 1996.  Arran served at Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Consett, Durham, Pelton and Chester-le-Street and also a period as Custody Sergeant at Peterlee.
Arran is survived by wife Kate, daughters Lauren and Rebecca, younger brother Glenn and parents Margaret and Gordon.
His funeral service will take place at 12:50 Monday 14th March 2022 at St Patrick’s R.C. Church, Victoria Road, Consett DH8 5AX, followed by a private committal service at Mountsett Crematorium.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the ‘Thin Blue Line UK’ charity.
Our thoughts are with Arran’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Memorial service for DC James Brian Porter : Important Update

At 11:30 on Friday 4th March 2022, a memorial service will be held in the force’s memorial garden at the front of Durham Constabulary HQ, Aykley Heads and is expected to last approximately 40 minutes.

The following important information finalises the procedure and arrangements for this event:

In order to maximise the safety of everyone attending, it is requested that a lateral flow test be taken the night before.

Those testing positive or experiencing any symptoms should not attend.

Please be in position for the service by 11:15 and have some form of ID with you, ideally photo ID.

Only limited seating will be available during the service.

Those attending should feel free to wear medals or decorations.

After the service, you are invited to attend County Hall, where 3 short addresses will be given by Deputy Chief Constable David Orford, Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen and Force Chaplain Rev. Adrian Gatrill, within the ‘Durham Room’.   

Limited car parking is available at both Police HQ and County Hall.

The allocated parking area at Police HQ has moved to the main car park to the right-hand side of the building, through the gated entrance.

Limited disabled parking is available to the front of Police HQ.

Wherever possible and if comfortable doing so, please consider car sharing in order to reduce congestion at both Police HQ and County Hall.

If anyone has any queries regarding the event, please continue to contact Ray Jones (Durham NARPO Chairman) via rayjones2341@gmail.com  or  07535261063 

Monday, 21 February 2022

AGM of the Durham Branch of NARPO : Monday 14th March 2022

 


Date for your Diary…….

Monday 14th March 2022,  7.30pm,  Spennymoor Masonic Hall, Dundas Street, Spennymoor, DL16 6AS

The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, The following speakers have confirmed their attendance.  The Chief Constable, The PCC, Police Federation rep.  Our local NEC member from Northumberland Bob Watson and hopefully out new National President - Richard Critchley.
All members welcome to attend and participate
Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.
Please try and see if you can attend, meet / vote for who you want on the committee and see the hard work they are doing throughout the year on your behalf

MOST IMPORTANT - Catering Numbers

Please text Sue Knaggs on 07932 613 031 if you are attending the Buffet

Parking : The Masonic hall adjoins Wilson’s Vet’s ( which is in the premises of the old Pit Laddie PH). There is a small council car park at the rear of the vets, however the best parking is in the Town Hall / Aldi car park which has CCTV surveillance and is approx a 60yards walk to the Masonic Hall

Sunday, 13 February 2022

Memorial service for DC James Brian Porter

At 11:30 on Friday 4th March 2022, a memorial service will be held in the force’s memorial garden at the front of Durham Constabulary HQ, Aykley Heads. This is to mark the 40th anniversary of the fatal shooting of DC James Brian Porter at Woodhouses, Bishop Auckland.  The service is expected to last approximately 40 minutes.

Parking will be available at HQ (old all-weather pitch to the right-hand side of the drive, before the right-hand bend) and will be signposted.  A limited number of disabled parking bays are available at the front of the building.
Would those wishing to attend the service please contact Ray Jones (Durham NARPO Chairman) via rayjones2341@gmail.com  or  07535261063 as soon as possible; if accompanied, please also provide their names.  This will enable HQ personnel to be advised of the expected attendance.

Monday, 7 February 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Insp Wilfrid (Wilf) Lavery

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Insp Wilfrid (Wilf) Lavery, who died at home on 23rd January 2022, aged 75 years.

Wilf joined Durham Constabulary on 20th May 1974; he was promoted to Sergeant in November 1985 and then to Inspector in June 1992.  He served around the county, including Traffic Patrols, finishing his service at Headquarters and retiring on 19th May 2004.
On 4th July 1978, by the Queen’s order, Wilf’s name was published in the London Gazette as commended for brave conduct, charging the Prime Minister to express her high appreciation of his rendered services.  This followed the apprehension of an armed robber for which he was also awarded the Matt Wilkinson Trophy.
Prior to his appointment, Wilf served in the Royal Navy from 4th May 1965 to 3rd May 1974 as a Leading Steward and Ship’s Diver; his longest draft was onboard HMS Eagle in the Far East for 18 months.
Wilf is survived by wife Claire, daughter Catherine and husband Matthew, son Dominic and wife Demi and grandchildren Ross and Christopher.
A Requiem Mass will be held at 10.00am Saturday 12th February 2022 at St Patrick’s RC Church, Goatbeck Terrace, Langley Moor DH7 8JJ, followed by a private interment in Meadowfield Cemetery.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to the RNLI or the Northern Centre for Cancer Care Centre (Freeman Hospital).
Our thoughts are with Wilf’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 639 Terence (Terry) Joseph CORRIGAN

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer, Sgt 639 Terence Joseph Corrigan, who died in the ITU of Darlington Memorial Hospital on 22nd January 2022, aged 70 years.

Terry joined Durham County Constabulary in 1972 and served at Darlington, Hartlepool, Stanley, Shotley Bridge and Durham and retired in 2002.
For a period of time Terry was also a representative of Durham Police Federation Joint Branch Board.
Terry is survived by wife Margaret, daughter Vikki and her husband Ian, Stepdaughter Catherine and her husband Ian, grandchildren Eleanor, Deborah, Joshua and Heidi.
A funeral service will be held at 10.30am Thursday 10th  February 2022 at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to the ITU of Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Following the funeral family and friends are invited to meet at The Navy Club, Bluebell Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 7PW.
Our thoughts are with Terry’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Death of Police Widow: Marjorie Johnson (nee Paxton)

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Marjorie Johnson, who died peacefully on 20th November 2021, aged 97 years. Marjorie was the wife of the late Sgt 184 Fred Johnson.

She is survived by sons, Ian, Brian and Neil and their families.
Prior to her marriage in April 1950, Marjorie worked as a clerk in the Magistrates Clerk’s Office at Bishop Auckland.
A Private Interment for Marjorie took place prior to a Service of  Thanksgiving in Elvet Methodist Church on 3rd December 2021.
Donations in lieu of flowers were directed to North Road Methodist Church.
Our thoughts are with Marjorie’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer’s Wife: Ann Watson

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Ann Watson, who died on 27th November 2021, aged 83 years.

Ann is survived by husband Frank Watson, a retired Superintendent (ex Durham and Cleveland), sons Frank, Carl, Gary and Andrew and seven grandchildren.
Ann’s funeral service was held at Sunderland Crematorium at 11am on 15th December 2021.
Our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Death of Police Widow : Mrs Sandra Margaret Smith

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Sandra Margaret Smith, who died peacefully in Willow Green Care Home on 4th January 2022, aged 77 years. Sandra is the widow of the late PC 1383 Eric Smith, who died in 2001, aged
58 years.
Sandra was dear partner to Ken and survived by her son Jon, his wife Tracy, granddaughters Lucy and Phoebe and also by her sisters Susan and Gloria.
A funeral service will be held at 10.00am Friday 28th January 2022 at the West Cemetery Chapel, Darlington Crematorium, Carmel Road North, Darlington DL3 8RY.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to the Dogs Trust, Sadberge.
Our thoughts are with Sandra’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 653 Colin Dixon

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 653 Colin Dixon, who died in North Durham Hospital on 5th January 2022, aged 84 years.

Colin joined Durham County Constabulary in January 1959 and served most of his police career at Chester-le-Street, with occasional spells at Stanley; he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1974 and retired in November 1985.
Colin is survived by wife Mary, son Phillip (retired Northumbria Police Officer) and grandson Will; he was also stepfather to Stephen, Tammy and grandson Anthony.
A funeral service will be held at 12.30pm Thursday 27th January 2022 at Mountsett Crematorium, Ewehurst Road, Dipton, Stanley DH9 9JP.
Following the funeral family and friends are invited to meet at Pelton Community Centre, Front Street, Chester-le-Street DH2 1DE.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to the Bobby Robson Foundation.
Our thoughts are with Colin’s family and friends at this sad time.

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Death of Police Widow : Dorothy Cowey

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Dorothy Cowey, who died in Cramlington hospital on 26th December 2021, aged 79 years. Dorothy was the wife of the late PC 1551 Barrie Cowey, who died 6th September 2020.
Dorothy is survived by sons, Graham and wife Amanda, Neil and wife Sharon and daughters, Tracey and partner Harry, Cathryn and wife Debbie, grandsons, Daniel and wife Lottie, Joseph and wife Holly and Joseph and great granddaughter Morgan.
A funeral service will be held at 11.30am Monday 17th January 2022 at Blackhall Methodist Chapel, Middle Street, Blackhall Colliery, TS27 4ED.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to a cancer charity.
Our thoughts are with Dorothy’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 1342 Ian White

 It is with regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC 1342 Ian White, who died at home on 24th December 2021, aged 80 years.

Ian joined Durham County Constabulary in 1967 and retired in 1995.
Ian is survived by wife Sheila, daughter Michelle, sons Christopher and Philip and grandchildren Tom, Rhys, Daniel, William, Abbi, Sophie and Charlie.

A funeral service will be held at 1.30pm Monday 10th January 2022 at All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road, Blackwell, Darlington DL3 8DT.
Following the funeral family and friends are invited to meet at Darlington Cricket Club, South Terrace, Feethams, Darlington DL1 5JD.
Family flowers only please, any donations in lieu to St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington & MacMillan Nurses.
Our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of Police Widow: Mary Isabella Forrester (nee Jeffery)

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Mary Isabella Forrester, who died in University Hospital Durham on 5th November 2021, aged 87 years. She was the wife of the late Superintendent 253 William (Bill) Thomas Forrester, who died in 2010, aged 75 years.
Mary was a policewoman in Durham County Constabulary and worked in Stockton, where she rode a Police motor scooter; she was also stationed at Durham City. She resigned from the Force after her marriage, due to the personal restrictions in place at that time, when it was not acceptable for a serving Policewoman to raise a family.
Mary is survived by brother Fred, daughters Lynn Bushell and partner Peter, and Jill McArthur and husband Angus, and grandchildren Hannah, Hamish and Isobel.
A funeral service for Mary took place on at Durham Crematorium on 18th November 2021.
Our thoughts are with Mary’s family and friends at this sad time.

Durham NARPO : AGM Cancelled

 The AGM of the Durham Branch of NARPO, scheduled for Monday 10th January 2022 has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Committee are looking at alternative dates and will advise when a suitable venue /date are confirmed

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