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.
Arthur is survived by his wife Margaret and daughter Jayne .
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

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