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Durham Peeler Summer 2018

Still The outstanding Force in the country.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Visit and Tour of Durham County

Durham Branch N.A.R.P.O. Magazine

Chief Constable, Mike Barton reflects with pride: Memorable Royal Visit & Even More Force Good News One of the greatest honours of my role as Chief Constable is to welcome special visitors to Durham. Recently, I had the pleasure of accompanying His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales on a tour of County Durham. Two things stood out for me during the day: just how much Prince Charles enjoyed his visit and just how much the public welcomed him. It really was heart-warming to see. From the thousands of families and students gathered on Palace Green, to the schoolchildren lining the streets of Staindrop and the crowds of well-wishers in Barnard Castle, the greeting he received was nothing short of extraordinary. His Royal Highness is famed for his love of architecture, so it was a privilege to be able to join him on a tour of Durham Cathedral, recognised the world over as one of Britain’s greatest buildings, and have a look around its fascinating Open Treasures exhibition. It was also a particular joy to accompany His Royal Highness when he unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the £4m emergency hub in Barnard Castle. It cannot hope to compete with the splendour of Durham Cathedral, but in its own small way the hub is a unique building: a fantastic, state-of-the-art facility which is the only one in the UK to house the fire, police, ambulance and mountain rescue teams under one roof. I’m really proud of the hub. It symbolises our commitment to keeping the residents of Teesdale safe and demonstrates how we do things differently in Durham. It is that Durham difference which goes a long way to explaining our extraordinary achievement in being rated Outstanding by inspectors for the third year running. The results of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services Peel Report were published in March 2018 and they made for very encouraging reading. The Inspectorate praised Durham’s innovation and singled out our effectiveness at preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and dealing with serious and organised crime. Durham was the only force in the country to achieve an Outstanding rating this time around and in doing so became the only police force ever to make the top grade three times in a row. To paraphrase the great Brian Clough, I’m not saying that means we’re Britain’s best police force, but it does put us in the top one! We face the same problems as other forces across the country: austerity, increased demand and having to police the internet. What seems to make the difference is our brilliant people - positive, optimistic, professional staff who are committed to delivering an outstanding service to the people of County Durham and Darlington. It is those extraordinary officers – and ex-officers – who are the greatest ambassadors for the force. Of all the things which make me proud to be Chief Constable of Durham, it is the commitment and outstanding service of those extraordinary officers which tops the list! EVENTS THAT HAPPENED 1918

First World War ends - Germany signs an Armistice Agreement with the Allies in a railway carriage at Compiegne, France The Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 receives the Royal Assent, giving women over 21 years of age the right to stand as a Member of Parliament. The Representations of the People Act 1918 gives women over 30 years of age, the right to vote. The first General Election in the United Kingdom at which women are entitled to vote or stand for election as a Member of Parliament Prime Minister David Lloyd George elected Prime Minister in Coalition Government Ration books introduced for butter, margarine, lard, meat and sugar. The Education Act raises school leaving age in England and Wales to 14 years Nell” Newton was born on 24th March, 1918. Ellen (Nell) Newton 100th birthday 24th March 2018

Prince Charles at Barnard Castle Hub

Prince Charles Meet the ‘cops’ and other uniformed services at Barnard Castle

Prince Charles Visits Durham City and Barnard Castle 15th February 2018

Prince Charles was greeted by huge crowds and winter sunshine for his visit to Durham and Barnard Castle yesterday (February 15). He was looked after by Chief Constable Mike Barton and officers from Durham Constabulary every step of the way. Mr Barton said: “The two things that stood out for me was how much the Prince enjoyed his visit and how much the public welcomed him. It was heart-warming.” During his visit, His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque at St Mary The Less Church in honouring his ancestor Dame Elizabeth Bowes and officially opened the Cathedral’s new Open Treasure exhibition, before meeting the crowds gathered on Palace Green. After lunch, the Prince was shown around the new emergency services hub in Barnard Castle, a shared station which is home to police, fire, ambulance and mountain rescue teams. There he was met by Police Cadets and Mini Police who are “pivotal” in helping the police service at community engagement events. PC Craig Johnson, co-ordinator of the Mini Police, said children from St Stephen’s C. of E. School in Willington, Crook Primary and Wolsingham Primary all attended to show their support. “They were quite overwhelmed by the experience - it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the future king and shake his hand. They couldn’t wait to get back to school next week to tell their friends.” Inspector Kevin Tuck, of Barnard Castle Police, said: “We were thrilled to welcome Prince Charles. It was fantastic to see so many people from the community out in force to greet him. He spent a considerable amount of time chatting with everyone. The emergency services hub is the first of its kind in the country and we are grateful that he took the time to visit our unique facility.” Prince Charles Visit to Durham County

Prince Charles at Barnard Castle, Teesdale

Durham Branch Committee 2018 Hon President:

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N.A.R.P.O. Durham Branch Meetings 2018 / 2019 All NARPO members welcome to attend. All meetings commence at 19.30 hours Monday 9th July 2018

Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club


3rd September 2018

Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club

Monday 12th November 2018

Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club

Monday 14th January 2019

Durham Indoor Bowling Club. (Annual General Meeting)

Monday 11th March 2019

Durham Indoor Bowling Club


13th May 2019

Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club


8th July 2019

Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club


2nd September 2019 Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club


11th November 2019

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Important Announcements

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1. Durham Constabulary Open Day. Sunday, 22nd July 2018. 10am to 5pm at Durham Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham **Open to serving and retired officers, their families & members of the public.**

Durham Constabulary have reduced the number of “OPEN DAY” events to just one for 2018. That event will be incorporated with “Bike Show”, (a particularly popular motor cycle safety display;). This event that has an anticipated “footfall” (attendance) of between.10 and 12 thousand people (in previous years). I’m quite sure that the organisation will be superb, as previous years. We must appreciate and accept that a great deal of effort, endeavour and organisation has been made to facilitate this wonderful and sociable event with YOU in mind. Do come along and support YOUR Force and the continued promotion of the image of the very best in community and Durham Constabulary personnel, past and present. Please come along. Meet your friends and colleagues at the NARPO Stand and enjoy the spirit of this great and eventful day.

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Durham N.A.R.P.O. Annual Reunion Luncheon Sunday 14th October 2018. 12.30pm for 1pm. You, your family & friends are invited to join us: Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham DH1 5GE Four course Meal + Free Raffle. Tickets £15.00 per person

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From My Point of View. (The Way I See it) Police Crime & Victims Commissioner

The Cost of Policing - My Fight for Fair Funding You will have noticed that you are about to pay considerably more for your policing. To date the Government has capped precept levels at 2%, however, year on year since 2010, it has been inflicting massive cuts to the central Government grant to police forces. Between 2010-15 every force had its grant cut by 5%. Durham Constabulary received 77% of its funding from Government grant, unlike other Forces such as Surrey who only receive 50% from the Government. Thus, Durham was disproportionately affected. Indeed, the National Audit Office Report, Financial Stability of Police Forces in England and Wales (published June 2015) stated that only four Forces had been more adversely affected. You will hear the Government wax lyrical about the high level of police force reserves, well, that same report noted that Durham carried below average reserves. When one also considers that Durham has been rated the most efficient Force in the country the injustice of these cuts is further exemplified. The consequence of these cuts has been the loss of 25% of your police officers, with numbers falling from 1510, to 1140. As your PCVC I am unable to rectify the irreparable damage done to local police funding since the Constabulary area realises the lowest yield on council tax of any force in England and Wales - over 80% of our households are Band D and below. For example a 1% precept rise here will realise approximately £250,000, whereas the same rise in Surrey attracts 4 times that amount. In 2015 George Osborne promised to protect the police budget, and in global terms that has been done - however money has been taken from local Forces to support counter terrorism and firearms uplifts in large forces. In effect, our local budget has been cut by 1.4% per annum since George’s promise. This year the Government have given all forces a flat cash settlement. However, in the light of inflation and wage increases of about 2% (above what we were told to budget for, yet below inflation), this flat cash settlement is in real terms a 2% cut. Same old Tories! They tell us that they are protecting the police budget, and in fact that they are increasing it. This is simply untrue. PCCs are being permitted though to raise the precept by £12 per annum on a Band D property. This represents a 7.1% increase locally, but the increase will vary across the country. This will raise about £2m. Of this £0.8m will come from Band A properties, and a paltry £62,000 from Band H, this latter sum barely pays for the on-costs of one officer. This precept rise will benefit rich Tory areas and punish most Labour areas of high deprivation. The Prime Minister has spoken about helping those who are ‘just about managing’, and Nick Hurd when talking of wage settlements spoke of affordability. I have taken both points on board and have written to the Chancellor seeking flexibility in how I raise my £2m. Fundamentally, I would wish to charge more of Band E and above, so that I can reduce the burden on Bands C and below. Such a move would be just, and perhaps reflects how our approach to local taxation should be amended, especially since the Government is placing ever increasing emphasis upon it. I await a response, but why are you paying more - simply put, the Government is washing its hands of ITS responsibility to protect our communities.

Mrs. Ellen ‘Nell’ Newton Celebrates Her

100th Birthday 24th March 2018

One of our best known and loved N.A.R.P.O. widows celebrated her 100th Birthday in style at the Grange Nursing Home, Darlington on Saturday, 24th March 2018. Her only son, Jeff Newton and his family organised a wonderful celebration with her family and many friends present’ A very happy and memorable day for one and all. NARPO Chairman, Ray Jones presented a bouquet of flowers and birthday card on behalf of her friends in N.A.R.P.O. and Durham Constabulary. Alan Watson gave birthday greetings on behalf of Chief Constable, Mike Barton, Commissioner Ron Hogg and her many friends in Durham Constabulary. She was totally overwhelmed with joy and pride when she received the delivery of a very special Royal Birthday and Congratulations card from Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II. Nell was married to Chief Inspector Charlie Newton in 1940, enjoying many happy years together. She was sadly, widowed some 40 years ago. She still has a marvellous memory, a warm smile and forever proud to he a member of the Durham Constabulary family.

Congratulations Nell

World Events:

Zimbabwe aka Rhodesia. The Rocky Road ? By John Curry

The Zimbabwe Army’s dramatic and historical intervention in Zimbabwean politics led directly to the political downfall of President Robert Mugabe in late November 2017. Alan Watson asked me to put together some recollections of the time - 37 years ago, when some Durham Officers played a part in the creation of the new Zimbabwe from the former Rhodesia It raised an awful lot of thoughts and memories of a time when the world seemed a much simpler place. Preamble. Funny what occurs on nightshifts, that leaves an indelible impression on your life? In January 1980, I was on night shift, minding my own business, walking back to Spennymoor Police Station for refreshments. As I came through the front door, Ernie Fairlamb told me to read a teleprinter message (a Zebra 206 for those that can remember both teleprinters and the Zebra Codes). This was an all stations message inviting officers of all ranks to apply for temporary duties as part of the British Police Contingent, which was being assembled to oversee the forthcoming elections in Rhodesia. Durham Constabulary was allocated five places. Officers were asked to express their interest via a short report to the Inspector. It being night shift, Spennymoor and wet, cold weather – who wouldn’t have put a report in? Never expecting anything to come of it, I immediately forgot about it. There is an old saying – be careful what you wish for. I was contacted by the, then Divisional Commander, Derek Harrison, personally – always an unsettling event - to inform me that I had been selected. I, of course, then began to take an interest in what was happening in Rhodesia. The BBC evening news, World in Action and Panorama were full of bombings, war scenes, battles between “terrorists” and the Rhodesian Army, only calming down after the Lancaster House Agreement, which paved the way for the elections to take place. I had volunteered for this…! In the best traditions of the Press Office, Durham’s 5 chosen men for the British Policing Unit (Rhodesia) were introduced to the Journal and the Northern Echo – fame at last! Dave Hutchinson, Alan Saddler, Alan Hutchinson, John Curry, John Hedley, with Chief Constable Arthur Puckering. The next few weeks flew by in a flurry of preparation information from the Home Office, form signing, vaccinations, well meaning briefings on who and what not to trust; primarily based on memories of Durham Officers, who had some knowledge of Cyprus secondments in the fifties. On 22nd February 1980, we were all on the train to London where we assembled in Westminster Hall and had our final pep talks from anonymous civil servants (to whom we paid little notice); the anticipation of getting on the plane at Terminal 1 Heathrow was our main focus. In between Heathrow 2045 GMT and arriving in Salisbury (Harare 1120 RST) 0920 GMT, only two very real memories come to mind: flying over Mount Kilimanjaro, its peak covered in a ring of cloud and listening to Lionel Richie singing “Still” on the plane sound system and then, landing at Nairobi for a pit stop to refuel. Everyone was required to get off while they sprayed the cabin with pesticide to fulfil some aviation regulation on the transmission of infectious diseases – coincidentally the toilets in Nairobi were only a slight improvement over sharing four facilities on the jumbo jet with a full plane of other “coppers”.

At 1300 hrs on 23rd, Salisbury time, we arrived by bus at Police HQ where we were issued with a kit bag full of army gear and rations, including sleeping bag, camp bed and mosquito net then shown to a concrete storage hut where we erected a sleeping space, very cosily together, and then provided with a proper meal before retiring for the night. At 1230 24th, following a briefing and issue of briefing documents, along with malaria and salt tablets, John Hedley, Alan Hutchinson and I were taken to a military airport, had to load our own bags onto a twin prop British Air Ferries Herald and were flown out to Gwelo in the Midlands Region. Coincidence can be disturbing, sitting in the front seat just behind the aircrew curtain I was asked by the co-pilot, “Where you lads from then?”. It turned out he was from Sunniside near Whickham and hearing our accents decided to introduce himself before we landed. Arriving in Gwelo, we were taken to the Midlands Hotel for an overnight stay. Our arrival did not go unappreciated by the locals who bombed the local newspaper office just before we got there! 25th February, we were up and assembled at the Gwelo District Commissioner’s Offices where we were introduced to our local working partners. I was to work in the outlying rural areas on a mobile column whilst John and Alan were given different duties and areas. My Presiding Officer was a man called Mike Straker who worked for an import/export company in daily life but was as “game” as they came and would adapt to take on anyone and anything. His use of the on-site amenities revealed how creative and adaptable he was. He had the responsibilities of maintaining local trust in the voting arrangements, as well as managing the political and tribal tensions amongst the party representatives who would be in our convoy. It was an entertaining first meeting for me as I was expecting the usual Home Office briefing we had already been given. Instead I was taken in his Peugeot pick up to a nearby rendezvous point where I was introduced to Louis and the military detachment and Rich Dewey from the BSAP and his constables who made up our unit. I was asked whether I preferred to shoot a rifle or pistol and I told him a pistol. Without hesitating, he shoved a 9mm automatic pistol with a 20 shot magazine into my hand and said “you’ll maybe need that before the week’s out. You don’t need a licence- but you need to be able to protect yourself if the last polling day, (where we’re going) was anything to go by”. When we got to our operating base in Chiwundura Province I saw that it wasn’t a wind up either. The test of a good plan is first contact with the public: Setting out at 0530 on 27th February our convoy, despite some mishaps, reached the Baptist Seminary at Traveller’s Rest some 15 miles away. We were then joined by polling agents from ZDP, Zanu (PF) and undertook the ceremony of sealing and signing of the ballot box. This sounds grander than it was - the box was an old Ceylon tea chest with a hastily made plywood lid and secured by a hasp and staple locking mechanism. The sealing method was the licking and covering of each opening joint with Home Office gummed brown paper roll, which was then signed by each participant across every potential access point. “send for the A.A.”

I was aware of a lot of tension and mistrust in the room but, in typical Durham fashion, overplayed the honesty and integrity card until tensions abated! I had to agree to sleep with the box by my bed; have it with me at all times- including eating and other functions, before they would agree to go ahead. The irony of having a tea chest “chained” to you at all times seemed to escape everyone but me. I started to call it ‘Ethel’ which was quickly taken up by the Presiding Officer who shared sleeping quarters with me and eventually by the rest of the Unit which made us both the butt of much banter. Polling began real time on 28th February, the first one opening at Gambiza Rest

Camp at 0800hrs. following a two hours long journey to get there. The Zanu (PF) polling agent insisted on signing the box seals again before we closed the poll at 1200 hrs, before moving on to Chiwundura Council building for a 1330 hrs. start. This poll started with a real argument between Mike Straker and the three polling agents regarding many issues. They were obviously looking to make things as difficult as possible. The election outcome at that stage was very much uncertain, so every complaint possible was being made. Mike was able to satisfy them on all points, but it was obvious the squabbles were about their own party differences, not the running of the poll! To make sure they could see how much we cared about ‘Ethel’, and their role as polling agents, they were invited to watch me put her to bed on the first night! I got on ‘really well’ with them, but they still had problems understanding the difference between my role and that of the BSAP officer who was also a police officer. Trust had to be earned and I worked hard on them to make sure things remained uneventful. 29th February. Day two of the poll, when we opened the poll at Gunde School after a 90 minutes journey at 0730. None of the polling agents were present. Only a UANC candidate, Mutasa, turned up. The poll was closed at 1130. At 1500 hrs we opened the next poll at Chiwundura School where only the PF candidate, Mazondawi, turned up. It was obvious by this time that predictions on election outcomes were occupying the main parties and that polling agents were distancing themselves from the potential outcome(s). The poll closed at 1630 and we returned to our operating base. After such a few days it was time to have a celebration and that was easy. Richard Dewey knew where there was a source of Lion Beer and Castle Lager, Louis’ wife was a cook at a boy’s school in Gwelo. I had money and boxes of army ration packs which, in the main were uneaten. In a sort of barter fest, Rich and I went to the beer source in the armoured land rover, clutching money. Louis headed home to collect a box of steaks from the school accompanied by the chocolate bars from the ration packs for his children. The remainder of the unit collected uneaten vegetables and fruit tins from the remainder of the ration packs as well as local maize “donations”. We then had the most memorable meal I have ever known. Steaks cooked on shovels over an open fire. Maize cooked in an iron pot to become “Mealy Meal” – a sort of solidified porridge resembling mashed potatoes. Vegetables warmed in their tins on the edge of the open fire. Fruit cocktail from the remaining tins, washed down with bottles of beer and lager, chatting in good company and becoming slightly giddy as we watched the sun go down as we sat on tree trunks which had, until then, been part of our perimeter defence. 0500 hrs. on March 1st. We broke camp and journeyed back into Gwelo where ‘Ethel’, Mike and I made our farewells as ‘she’ was handed over to Harry Rogers, the returning officer, to be opened and counted. We were given some time to do some souvenir hunting and to meet up with others after the handover. I met up with Louis and his family in Gwelo, outside Meikle’s store which is/was a big store brand then. Altogether, it was something of an anti climax as I had, at least, expected to see more input from the polling agents. The polling stations and the apparently neverending lines of voters had left me with an impression of people, warm and friendly who were desperate for a new future and independence. After fighting for several years against white rule they had endured bad times, hardship and real effort to walk long distances with their families to vote and seek a democratic resolution. I felt no apprehension, just hope for them and their descendants. The local police club in Gwelo hosted an evening for us on the same day and after luxuriating in a hot bath for most of the afternoon turned out with the “other lads”, where John Hedley and I derided Alan Hutchinson for spending his time with the old ladies’ afternoon tea clubs whilst we were out on the front line. A lot of the discussion with the white population was about plans by the “Selous Scouts” (Their version of the

SAS) to assassinate Mugabe if he won. An alternate view openly discussed was that many had converted their assets into convertible currencies such as gold, precious stones etc. so they could “Gap It” if Mugabe won. (‘Gap it’ was a term used to describe escaping Rhodesia via Beitbridge, which is a border town in the province of Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe. The name also refers to the border post and bridge spanning the Limpopo River, which now forms the political border between South Africa and Zimbabwe). The next day, we were gone. ‘Back to Salisbury’. Many of us had wanted to stay on longer and accept invitations we had been given by many of the people we had met and worked with – not all of them white. However, we weren’t important enough to know that at the time, that political negotiations were taking place behind the scenes to achieve the smooth handover of power and prevent any actions against Mugabe which might represent government failure or prolong the agony in the country. We were subject to a government mandate to get out and by midnight and we were on a 747 bound for home. The atmosphere on the plane home was unreal. Many travellers had purchased copious amounts of cane liquor (Bacardi copy) in the duty free before boarding, whilst others preyed on the good nature of the cabin staff to ply them with travel comforts. Either way, by the time we reached the Alps the plane was “bone dry”, even in the first class “hump” where there was known to be litre bottles in the bar. Typical of the humour of the British Police Service, it was decided to have a “whip round” for the driver. The cabin crew were asked to find suitable receptacles, which ended up being large stainless steel coffee urns and pouring jugs. Escorted by some of the ‘larger’ and more unattractive cops, the young ladies did a roaring trade in donations, having to go back and empty the receptacles to make room for more donations. Drink and a sense of occasion is what helps in these situations. As we flew over the English Channel, the pilot announced over the intercom that this was a first for him and his crew, if he’d known about the tips he might well have been a coach driver instead!’ Nice to know at the end of a momentous period in our lives we had an influence on someone else – as if… The British Police Service has an obsession for striking a tie for everything, courses, crime operations and major incidents. And so it was that shortly after coming home, someone proposed a national tie to commemorate the event. This was before we knew we were to receive a medal (or 2 as it turned out) so we all went along with it. It turned out to be a nice tie with a Zimbabwe eagle and roman numerals for 381 our BPU strength. Zimbabwe withdrew from the Commonwealth in 2003. The new President Mnangaga has formally informed the British Government of Zimbabwe’s desire to re-join the Commonwealth. Diplomatic meetings and talks are currently ongoing.

Fred Farley entertaining at Charity Evening. Darlington Police Club 1960s Remember Sid Coxon (carrying the bucket)?

First Woman Chief Inspector. Durham County Constabulary 1948 Sybil Maud Finlay. B.E.M. by Teresa Ashforth Photos (courtesy, Malcolm Smith, Archivist. North Eastern Police History Society).

It is worth noting that it wasn’t until 1914 and the outbreak of the First World War that the ideas of women being involved in practical policing even became a reality! During my research, I stumbled across a remarkable woman. Sybil Maud Finlay who was considered a “pioneering policewoman”, particularly during a time when numbers were few and duties were limited. Sybil joined the police in the early 1930s with Bolton Borough Police, soon transferring to Sunderland Borough in 1932, where she served as Woman Constable and Sergeant until 1945. The following year, 1946. She was appointed Durham County Constabulary in the rank of Inspector – the first senior female police officer in the force. Where she was held in highest esteem and always known as “Miss Finlay” She was tasked with recruiting and organising the newly formed Policewomen Department of Durham County Constabulary.  In the early stages of the department, the strength was: one Inspector, two Sergeants and ten others ranks.  In 1948 she was promoted to Chief Inspector, becoming the first female police officer to hold that rank outside of the Capital. She was awarded the British Empire Medal. During her tenure of office, she gained high respect nationally for her work on improving uniform (the picture top left photo opposite page shows the cap that she designed) and dramatically expanding the responsibilities and status of policewomen. Miss Sybil Finlay retired in 1964 in the rank of Superintendent, leaving behind a supportive and practical department of Policewomen. As modern history has shown, enlightened thinking has now revolutionised and advanced attitudes, equality in responsibilities advancement and control of many of our 43 Police services of England and Wales. In 2017, Cressida Dick was appointed as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner – the most powerful policewoman in the country (photo with Mike Barton lower right opposite page)

Genesis of Motor Patrols. Durham County Constabulary (Part 4) The Technological Revolution continues… by Ray Jones and Martin Hall

1974/5: Two traffic patrol officers, Bert Forrester and Insp. Alan Campbell, together with Police Workshop Foreman Dennis Williams travelled to Essex Constabulary to learn about and receive instruction in the use of ‘VASCAR’. (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) by the firm ‘TSS’ (Traffic Safety Systems) introduced, from the United States. The device was designed to be vehicle mounted. It was an average speed calculator and used a computer to display speed, based on the time a vehicle took to travel known distance. The speed was computed from ‘VASCAR variables, distance the target vehicle travelled and the time it took to travel that distance. Following two days of instruction in its principles and operation, the officers returned to Durham where they carried out intensive practice in the various methods by which a vehicles speed could be checked. They then returned to Essex where, following rigorous testing, they were deemed proficient in the use of ‘VASCAR, with the ability to instruct other Police Officers. Before any prosecutions took place for offences detected using ‘VASCAR’, the device was fully explained and demonstrated to all Magistrates in the Durham Force area. 1977: In the continuing search for the ideal Traffic Patrol car, a Ford Granada MK I, 3 litre V6 (Reg. No. WUP 978R) was purchased for trials and evaluation. The car, based in Darlington, achieving very good comments from the crews. Around this time, motor manufacturer, Rover also introduced its SD1 model. A Police variant powered by a 3500 c.c. V8 engine, understood to have been produced to Metropolitan Police specification, was offered around police forces for evaluation. The car itself was a large five door car, of ideal size, both in body and performance and received extremely good evaluation from the patrol officers. The Durham Force opted for the 2600 c.c., straight six version. This however, proved to be nowhere near as good as the V8 version! Ford Motor Company went on to introduce their Ford Granada MK II, 2.8 litre V6. This was a large ‘boxy’ type saloon car, which had quite good performance, with good accommodation for both crew and equipment. The car went on to provide good service to the Traffic Department. 1978: Rover SD1 2600 c.c. and Ford Granada 2.8 litre cars were taken up by Durham (a small number of the SD1’s, with the smaller 2300 c.c. engine were also acquired for use by supervision). Up until around this time, Ford had more-or-less taken a strangle hold on police fleets in many other forces. ‘A MAN FROM MARS?’This picture was taken during winter conditions on the A66 at Bowes Moor in December 1978. The suit (as worn by PC Richie Gibson) was on trial due to the severe weather conditions, but I recall it was not very successful. It was bright orange in colour; but the material was quite thick and stiff, making it uncomfortable and working in it was impractical. 1980: Traffic Patrols were centralised to Headquarters at Aykley Heads with a branch office at Newton Aycliffe. 1986: After several good years with the Ford Granada and indifferent years with Rover SD1, both Ford and Rover changed their model line-up. Rover introduced the Rover 825, which was large four door saloon with a Honda-Sourced 2.5 litre V6 engine, one being obtained for long term evaluation and allocated to the Motorway. The crews using this vehicle gave very good recommendations for this vehicle. Ford, after a short break between models, introduced their Mk. III, a large five door hatchback, still using a 2.8 litre V6 engine; one of these vehicles was purchased, however it was no match for the Mk. II. In vehicle terms there was a significant change in the choice of vehicles available...

After a number year away from producing a motor car with a large engine, Vauxhall Motors introduced the Senator 3 litre straight, six-cylinder. This again was a large four door saloon car, ideal for Traffic Patrols. The performance was very good - far out performing the previous Ford Granada and the Rover. 1986/87: Three Vauxhall Senators were taken up straight away, one to the motorway and two for general Traffic Patrol work. The vehicles performed extremely well,with the exception of the headlights. It was thought that for the high-speed capability of the car, the headlights could have been better. This was quickly remedied by the fitting of auxiliary driving lights. By this time, Rover had lifted the engine size to 2.7 litres and a number were obtained to run alongside the Vauxhalls. The Rover 800 series brought a new dimension in a Police patrol car. Being front-wheel drive the car could produce quite a lot of ‘steering torque’ due to the high output of the 2.7 litre engine. Along with the new models adopted by the Force, there came some important additions to the equipment, notably the end of the single ‘dome’ blue light. They were replaced by light boxes containing twin lights and rotating reflectors; these were later replaced by lighting bars. New signage was used on the bonnet and front matrix Blue-light boxes replaced the single beacons display; which was the mirror imaging of ‘POLICE’ and became known as ‘ECILOP’.

Wonderful Traffic Tale

Mirror image ‘ECILOP’ bonnet and matrix signage & introduction of light bars

Police Officers are trained in “law court procedure” at their initial and subsequent refresher courses. Inevitably some officers fall foul of a smart solicitor or barrister by simply forgetting or ignoring the “Golden Rule” - when giving evidence in court, never give an opinion unless Express Permission of the Judge, Coroner or Magistrate has been given for you to do so. You are generally not considered an “Expert”. Your answers will be “Yes”, “No” or “I don’t know” unless your answer is an absolute fact. A Police Vehicle examiner was giving evidence relating to his examination of a vehicle after an accident. The vehicle in question had been driven into the back of another vehicle, when the defendant braked a little too late. The defending solicitor suggested that his client had braked softly and in good time, but due to build-up of brake dust in the brake drum, the braking efficiency was therefore increased. He contended that this may well have accounted for the vehicle skidding on a very wet surface and the dust “locking” the wheel drum. Defending Solicitor: “Officer, are you aware of the fact that witnesses heard the squeal of brakes as my client braked prior to the impact with the other vehicle?”. Vehicle Examiner: “Yes”. Solicitor: “Is it not a fact squealing brakes is indictive of brake shoe dust inside of a brake drum?” Vehicle Examiner: “Yes”. Solicitor: “It is so, is it not, that some of the large ‘bus companies and haulage contractors, when replacing brake shoes, take care not to blow the dust out of the drums as they believe it helps increase braking efficiency? Vehicle Examiner: “Yes.” Solicitor: “If there is dust in the brake drum, it would, would it not, even if the Shoes were worn a little, still increase the braking efficiency, perhaps to such an extent that was normally considered to be gentle braking, into what we may term as hard, late braking.” Vehicle Examiner: “Yes.” Solicitor: “Was there any dust in the brake drums on my client’s car?” Vehicle Examiner: “No.” Solicitor: “Did you take the trouble to remove the brake drums on my client’s vehicle and examine them for dust?” Vehicle Examiner: “No” Solicitor: “Officer, how on earth can you stand in this Court and say there was no dust on my client’s brake drums, when by your own admission, you did not take the trouble to remove them?” Vehicle Examiner: “The vehicle was fitted with disc brakes to all four wheels...!” Terrific ?

LETTERS to the Editor Hi Alan Who remembers this?Article in Daily Star 28th September 1999:

So pigs do fly…

A POLICE pig proved he can be a real swine… when he bit two fellow bobbies. Piglet, is used by the County Durham force to help train officers in animal behaviour But the two-year old South American peccary porker took an instant dislike to Inspector Colin Nixon and Sgt Arran Field. The pig- no longer than a Cocker Spaniel- took one look at them and flew at them., shredding Insp Nixon’s trousers as the terrified cop desperately tried to shake him off his leg. Then he turned to Sgt Field - stood nearby howling with laughter- and took a chunk out of his calf as he dived over a fence. It could have meant the chop for Piglet but the kind-hearted bobbies let him off with a caution. Insp Nixon said: “We’re too embarrassed to press charges.” Arran Field 881

Hi Alan, WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? Nearly 50yrs ago this motley crew were Cadets at Sedgefield. They have remained friends ever since and have a regular get together at locations to suit all, that’s apart from the big reunions organised by various ex cadets. If you were at Sedgefield or like myself part of the first to go to Aykley Heads, why not attend one of our “get togethers’ ”and reminisce about the good old days. George Storey usually arranges the venues and lets everyone know via facebook or e-mail or the good old telephone. If you would like to be included please contact me at pcdog1202@gmail.com.

Hi Alan, Well here we are into the year 2018. Time has just flown past. We are into January,2018, and I have just had my 77th Birthday !!!!! I have just broken another category record in the 5k Park Run series. My 100th. Park Run was done in January 2018, and out of those 100 runs I have broken 37 age category records. Unfortunately for me now, I hold all the age category records, and so this year I have to concentrate on breaking my own records that I have set in the past (not an easy task !!!!). Judy and I flew back to Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, to continue with my sub-aqua diving and do not return to the UK until June 2018.  This will give me time to get in some warm weather training ready for my return to continue with my running. Best regards, Laurie Cummings.

Dishforth Police Training Course. October? 1975. Syndicate No? (photo Bob Brown) Note: Found this photo on Facebook Group: Pannal Ash Dishforth P.D.T’s (closed group) Sorry. haven’t seen this photo since end of course! Only names known: Back row: Bob Brown (Durham) (4th right). Front row: Sgt Dick Treece (Humberside) & Sgt Howard Hudson (Durham), (Course Instructors.) Seems like yesterday?

Newby Wiske Police Training School Syndicate Number ?/74. Pass Out Photo, October 1974 (photo. John Curry) Back Row:. L to r.: John Curry (Durham);?(Northumbria); Ashley Fitzhugh (North Yorkshire) Les Port (Humberside); ? (BTP); ? Crawford, (North Yorkshire); Jeff Miller, (Durham) Middle Row l – r;;John Hedley (Durham); John Sanderson (Humberside); Steve Barlow,(North Yorkshire); Fraser (Jock) Gill (Northumbria); Tommy Trotter (Northumbria); Ian Drake (North Yorkshire) Les Matthews (Humberside or North Yorkshire?). Front row. l– r:; Judith Clark (Durham);John Lowes (Northumbria); Bill, Hancock (Durham); George Soppitt (Cleveland); John Reed (Durham); George Stobbs (Cleveland); Jimmy Tulip, (North Yorkshire); Kath. Wells (Northumbria)

Haughton le Spring Cup Winners League 2. 1970 (photo Des Elston) (captions) Left to right Barry Bell; Malcolm McGee; David Surtees; Des Elston; Bobby Allan; ’?’; George Lear; ‘?’; Ivor Hird; Jack Carrol; Bill Jeffries; Charlie Moore

Newby Wiske Police Training School Syndicate 231. October to December 1960 (Photo Ken Barker) Back row ‘?’; Ken Barker (Sunderland); Baker (Middlesbrough); Fred Thompson (S/land); Albert McCombe (S/land); J ohn Seath (S/land) Middle row Glanville (Hull City); ?; ? : ? ; Demis Mitford (Northumbria) Front row; Tyson (M/bro); James Gwyndyr Trefor Hood (North Riding) Sgt Jeff Santon (Durham); Brian Gent (N. Riding) ?

Newby Wiske Training School Syndicate 320(B) (photo Des Elston). back row 2nd left Brian Wiley. Middle row: 2nd and 3rd from right Ian White(Durham);Des Elston (Durham)

Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct. Police Constable Arthur Hughes Harris

Police Constable Alfred Hughes Harris (fondly nicknamed “Bomber” Harris),

joined Durham County Constabulary in 1955, following National Service with the R.A.F. At the age of 26 years, he was the detached beat “bobby” stationed at Hart Village in West Hartlepool Division. He was seen regularly patrolling the outlying villages on his police motor cycle, A series of “break ins” at the isolated and vulnerable Sheraton Cross Roads Garage, adjacent to the busy A.19 road (known locally as ‘Sheraton Lane Ends), resulted in the installation of an ingenious but simple burglary alarm/ warning to the local bobby, P.C. Fred ‘Bomber ‘Harris: With the co-operation of the owner of the premises, at the termination of each day’s business, the garage was secured (having manually pre-dialling the telephone base to a number, (with the final digit on the dial engaged but not released). This simple but highly inventive ‘trigger’, held in place by a peg and a delicately tensioned, strong, almost invisible ’trip wire’. In the event of a forced entry. In the darkness, the disturbance of the wire would theoretically dislodge the peg, allowing the last digit to activate the completion of the telephone call to P.C. Harris’s Police home in nearby Hart Village. In the event of this call, the officer was to immediately notify the Divisional Office and alert back up officers to attend the potential scene of crime. On this occasion, in the early hours of the morning, having heard the alerting telephone call, P.C. Harris alerted Div. H.Q. and then immediately rode to the scene on his motor cycle, ’killing’ his lights and engine – coasting silently to the scene of crime. He was the first officer in attendance. Being the brave impetuous young officer, he entered the attacked premises in complete darkness (fortunately wearing his regulation “Corker” Police crash helmet). As he passed through the door, the burglar, a well- known and violent criminal, who was hiding in the shadows, struck him a violent blow to the top of his head with a heavy electric lamp. Such was the force of impact that Fred’s helmet was split open but saved him from serious injury or likely fatal injuries! A violent struggle between the officer and the criminal ensued - the man was arrested! At his trial, the man was sentenced to eight years in prison. P.C. Frederick Hughes Harris, Constable in the Durham County Constabulary was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct and the citation published in the London Gazette on 13th October 1959. He was later officially presented with the citation, together with the silver laurel leaf badge by the Queen’s Representative, Durham County’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant at County Hall, Durham. His proud mother and father were present as were Chief Constable, Mr. Alec A. Muir; Alderman J.W. Forster, Chairman of the County Police Authority and, Alderman J. Goodwin, Chairman of the County Council Note: The first Queen’s Commendation award for Brave Conduct was announced in the London Gazette, on 14 March 1952. The award had been previously named The King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct honour/award during the reign of King George VI with the last awards in the London Gazette on 12 February 1952, six days after the death of the King.

Monopoly: WW II

( from the Internet. Author unknown)

Starting in 1940, an increasing number of British & Canadian Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape... Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of ‘safe houses’ where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and shelter.   Paper maps had some real drawbacks -- they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush. Someone in MI5 got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It’s durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.   At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort. By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game Monopoly.  As it happened, ‘games and pastimes’ was a category of item qualified for insertion into ‘CARE packages’ dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.   Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington’s, a group of sworn-tosecrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany, Italy and France or where ever Allied POW camps were located. When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.   The clever workmen at Waddington’s also managed to add:   1.    A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass   2.    A two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together   3.    Useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!  British and American air crews were advised, before taking off on their first mission- how to identify a ‘rigged’ Monopoly set, by means of a tiny red dot, cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square. Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another future war.   The story wasn’t de-classified until 2007, when the surviving craftsmen and Waddington’s firm itself, were finally honoured in a public ceremony. It’s always nice when you can play that ‘Get Out of Jail’ Free’ card! Many of you are (probably) too young to have any personal connection to World War II (Sep. ‘39 to Aug. ‘45), but this is still an interesting bit of history for everyone to know. .            

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Answers on page 23 Across 2 Not an old drone 7 You don’t go down to this church 8 Scottish football 9 BBQ’s in field 12 The end otherwise 14 A castaway’s ball

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Pout in a circle He’s in his den Holly, box you Aka George Orwel Mix Angels, Saxons and Jutes The worker walks in protest Steam man’s boy Solomon “born on Monday”

Down 1 A Sandinavian resting 3 Inclined to invest 4 Sun sets over the fold 5 The nearest telephone 6 He’ll make sure you’re seated 8 You and the KFC man 9 An imposter misses the point 10 “This sceptred isle” 11 Was sought after with barrow 13 Cliff’s offspring 17 Eating with one of the poles 20 Last Durham Exit 22 Say hello to the horse 24 Crushed Pears

Tribute to fallen Durham County Police officers in Great War (W.W. I). Menin Gate (Ypres) Officers and staff from Durham Constabulary travelled to Ypres, in Belgium, to take part in The Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in a poignant remembrance ceremony in honour of ‘fallen’ police officers who served in the First World War.

Assistant Chief Constable, Dave Orford; P.C. Glen Henderson: P.C. Dave Cuthbertson (rtd.) standard bearer; Chief Inspector Catherine Clarke; Inspector Ed. Turner.

The Last Post ceremony has taken place every evening since November 1929. From 7.30pm, the roads surrounding the Menin Gate come to standstill and the area falls silent as people gather to pay their respects to those who fell in battle. At 8pm, the Last Post sounds before a minute’s silence is held. In the ceremony on Friday 6th April 2018, Chief Inspector Catherine Clarke, Inspector Ed Turner, PC Glen Henderson and retired PC Dave Cuthbertson paraded the force standard during the event and laid a wreath to remember those police officers who lost their lives during the war. Over three days, they will also visit the graves of 20 former Durham Constabulary officers who are buried or remembered in memorials in the Ypres, Somme and Arras sectors, where individual tributes will be left to each of the officers. The trip was planned and based on extensive research into fallen Durham Constabulary officers carried out by former police officer John Grainger. (past Secretary, North Eastern Police History Society)  Ch Insp Clarke said: “As this year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, we wanted to pay tribute to those who made an extraordinary sacrifice” “In the 100th anniversary year of the end of the Great War we feel a huge sense of pride and gratitude to our former colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice.”.“In addition to laying a wreath on behalf of the constabulary in the Last Post ceremony, this research has enabled us to plan our battlefields tour, to take an individually named tribute to as many former colleagues as possible who were laid to rest or commemorated in the”area” cemeteries and memorials” Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford said: “It is extremely important that we remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for our freedom. The Last Post ceremony is a very poignant and emotive event and I know our officers feel extremely humbled to be taking part” The Durham County Constabulary officers who were remembered during the visit are: William Ashburn 28/7/1885 - 26/9/1917. 22 years. Bluet Farm Cemetery. York and Lancaster Regiment. Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action Battle of Passchendaele.  Bertie John James Ball 25/9/1888 – 8/11/1916. 28 years. Thiepval Memorial. 2nd Bt’n Devonshire Regiment.   Awarded 1914 – 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. killed in actionin France. George Brown. Menin Gate. 7/6/1890 – 11/11/1914. 24 years. The Scots Guards. Awarded 1914 Star with clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action in Belgium.. Thomas Brunskill 20/5/1889 – 4/12/1917. 28 years. Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres Military Foot Police. Awarded 1914 – 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action at Asylum Corner, Ypres  

Ralph Carrol 23/3/1886 – 19/8/1916. 30 years Thiepval Memorial. Royal Garrison Artillery. Awarded 1914 – 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He died from his wounds in France.

Stephen Coulson Clarke 7/6/1887 – 14-16/9/1916 29 years Thiepval Memorial. Coldstream Guards. Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal. He was involved in the Battle of Ginchy Killed in action . during the Battle of the Somme between September 14th and 16th Frederick Hazell. Aug 1885 – 18/8/1916, 31 years Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Awarded 1914 Star & clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action near Lebuterne.

John William Hunter 15/12/1891 – 31/7/1917 25 years. Buffs Road Cemetery. Royal Engineers 234th Field Company. Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action in Flanders. Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Alexander Johnston 3/5/1891 – 25/3/1918. 26 years. Arras Memorial. Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, East Yorkshire Regiment. Awarded 1914 – 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action France.

Thomas William McGuire 9/9/1881 – 26/3/1918 .36 years Pozieres Memorial Durham Light Infantry. Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal. Involved in heavy fighting in Rosieres area where they suffered more than 400 casualties. McGuire’s body was not found! John Fletcher Nicholson 29/1/1885 – 31/7/1917. 32 years.Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. Royal Engineers 225th Field Company. Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action. Battle of Pilckem Ridge  

James William Noutch 18/5/1884 - 30/10/1914. 30 years. Menin Gate. Grenadier Guards. Awarded 1914 Star and clasp, British War Medal & Victory Medal. Killed in action near Polygon Wood, France

Thomas Nugent 7/1/1888 – 1/11/1914 26 years Menin Gate. Irish Guards. Awarded 1914 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal. Reported missing- declared killed in action. Belgium. Hugh Laing Ritson 12/2/1893 – 9/4/1917. 24 years Bailleul Road East Cemetery. Northumberland Fusiliers. Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action in France on April 9 1917.   William Stevenson 29/11/1883 - 2/3/1916. 32 years Sanctuary Wood Cemetery. Gordon Highlanders, attached to the 3rd Battalion. Awarded 1914 – 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action in Flanders..  

James Turnbull Tracey 5/5/1889 – 2/11/1914. 25 years. Menin Gate. 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Awarded 1914 Star and clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action. Rental, Belgium..

Joseph Trotter 22/10/1879 - 27/3/1918. 38 years. Arras Memorial. (Served in the Boer War. the Grenadier Guards). 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Awarded Queen’s South Africa Medal, 1914 – 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. (Twice wounded in action in France, 1915). Killed in France. Heavy shelling & machine gun fire. Joseph Turton 29/2/1884 – 21/3/1918. 33 years. Arras Memorial. Durham Light Infantry. Twice promoted in the field for gallant conduct. Awarded Military Medal, 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Killed in action in France Barnes Usherwood 21/7/1889 – 9/11/1914. 25 years. Menin Gate. Grenadier Guards. Awarded 1914 Star and clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Died from shrapnel wounds sustained during a bombardment in Belgium

Henry Ward 21/3/1874 – 23/10/1914. 40 years. Perth Cemetery. Coldstream Guards. Awarded Queen’s South Africa clasp Cape Colony and South Africa 1902, 1914 Star and clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He received a head wound during fighting at the Aisne in October 1914 and was admitted to a base hospital in France. He had just returned to the trenches when fatally wounded a few days later.

Obituaries Durham NARPO. From 1st November 2017

Joseph Peter Harrison

83 years

died 3rd November 2017

(‘Ray’) John Raymond Albert Richardson 76 years

died 9th November 2017

Robert Storey

96 years

Lanchester Oakham, Rutland

died 22nd November 2017 Bristol

Mrs Nancy Middlemiss (widow of the late Jack Middlemiss)

David Moralee

63 years

died 4th December 2017

77 years


91 years

died 18th December,2017 Peterlee

David Souter

Henry (Harry) Henson

Raymond Thompson (Northumbria and Durham)

87 years

died 23rd November 2017 Spennymoor

William (Bill) Cram (Northumbria & Durham) J William ‘Bill’ (‘Budgie’) Laws (Northumbria and Durham)


5th December 2017 Seaham

died 28th December 2017 Whickham died 11th January 2018


83 years


17th January 2018 Ryhope

John Malcolm Craig (Cleveland & Durham)



18th January 2018 Hartlepool

Michael Wharton,

54 years


23rd January 2018

Norman Bell (Northumbria and Durham)

92 years


30th January 2018 South Shields

Mrs Irene Hutchinson (widow of the late Matt Hutchinson)

99 years


6th February 2018 Darlington

Leslie Maw (Cleveland and Durham))

97 years

died 13th February 2018 Hartlepool

88 years

died 10th March 2018

Alfred Derek Newton Addison

85 years

died 15th March 2018

James Arthur Hopps

89 years

died 17th March 2018

George Dent Barnes

89 years

died 23rd March 2018.

Mrs. May Leng (Wife of Brian Leng)



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John Lowes (M.B.E.) 70 years died 4th April 2018 (In hospital) Morpeth (Northumberland & Durham) (Good friend to everyone who met him) William Percy Tate 87 years died 11th April, 2018 Durham Across 2. Newby 7. Kirkup 8. St Johnston 9. Cooksley 12. Taylor 14. Wilson 15. Puckering 16. Farmer 18. Hedges 19. Blair 21. English 23. Marchant 25. Watson 26. Grundy Down 1. Finlay 3. Banks 4. Westgarth 5. Boothby 6. Usher 8. Saunders 9. Charlton 10. England 11. Parker 13. Richardson 17. Dinning 20. Barton 22. Hogg 24. Perry

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