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Durham Peeler Winter 2018

Still The outstanding Force in the country.

Ambassador Andrea Brown Guard of Honour Police Memorial Day 30th September 2018. Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Recognising courage and dedication

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

Twenty First Century Crime Chief Constable, Mike Barton TWENTY years ago, not a single cybercrime was recorded in County Durham and Darlington. Last year, online accounted for just under half of all crimes committed in the force area and very soon we expect that, for the first time, a majority of the criminal activity we deal with will take place on the internet. Policing has changed almost beyond recognition over those two decades and nowhere has that change been more sharply felt than the policing of cyber space. Fraud; harassment; sexual grooming; the trade in drugs and weapons: all are making the transition from the street to the web. Some of the figures for Durham are simply mind-boggling. In 2015 there were 33 reported cases of malicious communication, by 2017 it was 1,178; a staggering rise of more than 2000% in just two years.  Behind each of those cases is a story of real people suffering real harassment in a virtual world. I recently met Nigel and Paula Burt, whose daughter, Olivia, tragically died in an incident outside a Durham nightclub.  As if that family hadn’t suffered enough, a social media troll posted vile messages on a Facebook page set up in her memory.  The dignified couple described the trolling as a desecration and said their dealings with Facebook had compounded the family’s misery because, as each offensive post was removed, it was rapidly replaced with another. In that case we caught and prosecuted the culprit, but the story is becoming an all-too-familiar tale. Online fraudsters are devising more and more devious ways of parting victims from their money; taunts on social media are fuelling gang-related knife crime in our inner cities and, most odious of all, there are now an average of 15 child sex offences on the internet reported to police in England and Wales every single day. It isn’t a problem we’re able to arrest our way out of.  Crime is changing - we have to change with it! Earlier this summer, I welcomed Home Secretary Sajid Javid to Durham and top of the agenda was the innovative steps we are taking to prevent cybercrime. In the last few months, we have started offering free assessments to businesses to check whether their systems are vulnerable to attack. We’re working with vulnerable people to prevent them becoming repeat victims of online phishing scams and we’re working with young people to prevent them becoming victims or perpetrators themselves. Above all, we’re training our officers that all crimes now have a digital element and it’s no longer a job for the specialist, every officer needs to think digital at every crime scene. That’s why we’ve built a “digital bungalow” – a replica of a two-bedroomed property crammed with all the gadgets found in any modern home. Our officers are trained about some of the devices they are likely to encounter in the real world: from the clues left on games consoles which can help pinpoint missing-from-home teenagers within the “Golden Hour” to the tricks used by registered sex offenders to conceal their visits around the dark web. The training and the equipment gives us an edge - but we cannot police the internet on our own.  Some of the tech giants, the companies who post eye-watering profits while claiming to be too big to regulate their own content, have a responsibility to step up to the plate. The internet’s biggest players are doing some good work in this area, but they aren’t doing enough and should divert a proportion of their income to shining a light on those who lurk in the darkest corners of the web and who use social media to abuse others. Above all we need the willing co-operation of the public in continuing to report the wrongdoing of others and regulation of their own behaviour online. The technology may be new, but harnessing public support is a principle as old as policing itself.

Times They Are A Changing Welcome to the new, winter 2018 edition of the Durham Peeler magazine The Durham Branch of the National Association of Retired Police Officers, extend to one and all, our very best wishes “A Merry Christmas and the prospects of a very happy New Year” and a long, peaceful and contented retirement This year is the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I and the traditional Armistice Day Annual tribute to those who fought for our tomorrow. It is also the 15th Anniversary of the National Police Memorial Day and Durham Peeler pays a special tribute to the respect and memory of valour and prestige selflessly given by our British Police since the early 19th Century. It is the Season of “Peace and Good Will Towards All men”, although it seems a contradiction in terms here in the “real world” as so many of you will unfortunately would agree? Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could, collectively, truly experience peace, harmony, equality and happiness? Well I can dream! No matter how joyous it may be, however, inevitably it is always a very sad time for those unfortunate to have recently lost a loved one. To those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or a dear friend, we extend our N.A.R.P.O. deepest sympathies. You can always rely on the support, good will and companionship of that great ”kinship”, the Police Service, nationwide. Loneliness is one of the sad and often tragic social realities in society. Could we, should we, spare a little time to caring and sharing with those less fortunate to enjoy the comforts and joys of Christmas? We just may make a difference and hopefully, look forward with optimism in anticipation of a brighter and happy New Year. At the end of this year, the Durham

Branch will be losing the services of some of our long serving and hard-working Officers due to retirement, ill health (and old age?): Barry Crawford, who served as Secretary for many years and latterly, Vice President; his wife, Angie Crawford, who has cared for our welfare issues for the same number of years; and our Treasurer, Jim Jennings, who is reluctantly medically retiring, having valiantly battled with Cancer for over a year. “Thank you all for the very real and valuable, high quality service you have given for the benefit of our members” We wish them a long and continued retirement. Once again, to all Police Officers Support Staff and their families: “Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope to write the next issue for you again in the New Year” Alan S. Watson Editor

Durham Branch Committee 2018 Hon President: (Ex Officio) C.C. Mike Barton, Q.P.M.; L.L.B. Chairman: Raymond Jones. Tel No. 01388 663098 Vice Chairman: Retiring PGE Barry Crawford. Tel.No. 0191 5180996 Secretary: Stuart A. R. Ingram. Tel.No. 01388 814768

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Jim Jennings.. Tel. 01913865028. E mail: jimjennings1945@btinternet.com 18, Willowtree Avenue, Gilesgate Moor, DH1 1EB Welfare Officer: Retiring PGE Angie Crawford Tel No. 0191 5180996 Assistant Secretary:

Susan Knaggs Committee:

Bill Bramfitt; Ches. Brighouse; Tony Burn; Patrick Farrell; Bob Gadd; Martin Hall; Audrey Ledger; Mel. Davison, Jeff Miller & Alan Watson. Web Site Manager: Bob Brown Tel. No. 0191 3771791. 1093brown@gmail.com Durham Peeler Editor: Alan S. Watson Tel No. 01325 465609 suenala7@ntlworld.com

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N.A.R.P.O. Durham Branch Meetings 2019 It was agreed at the last NARPO Branch meeting to restore the status quo in that we meet on the second Monday in the months of Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept & Nov. Monday 14th January 2019 Durham Indoor Bowling Club. (AGM) @ 19:00 Hours Monday 11th March 2019 Durham Indoor Bowling Club @ 19:30 Hours Monday 13th May 2019 Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club @ 19:30 Hours Monday 8th July 2019 Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club @ 19:30 Hours Monday 9th September 2019 Bishop Auckland General Hospital Social Club @ 19:30 Hours Monday 11th November 2019 Durham Indoor Bowling Club @ 19:30 Hours Bishop Auckland Hospital Club: 32A Escomb Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6TZ Durham Indoor Bowling Club: (Behind) Abbey Leisure Centre, Ryelands Way, Durham DH1 5GR

News in Brief. Events 2018,

reported by Durham Branch Secretary, Stuart Ingram The NARPO National Conference held at Torquay on 7th September 2018 went very smoothly. So smoothly that we were not asked to vote with the electronic gadgets we were issued with. No contentious issues except some raised the point that the expense agreed by the NEC to be spent on the 100 years Celebration was not published until after the closing date for and any questions or amendments to the conference agenda. The indisputable highlight of the Conference was an address given by Ms Anne Widdecombe - Brilliant lady who gained the utmost respect of all who made up the audience. Wonderful speaker when not shackled by party politics. The group also went to the Friday Night supper this year for the first time in – ‘I don’t know how long’. The entertainer at that event was named Arnold Gutbucket. He was on for well over an hour and there was no bad language or smutty blue jokes in his repertoire.  A very talented musician and comedian. Happy 100th Birthday. Mrs Freda Brown (Rtd. Chief Inspector, Douglas “Puffer” Brown’s widow) was 100 years old on the 20th September 2018. My wife, June made a suitable card and forwarded it to the Vice Chairman - Barry Crawford. He and his wife, Angie (Welfare Officer) visited the home in Durham to pass on our best wishes and presented her with a bouquet of flowers and the beautiful 100th Birthday card. Centenary Anniversary of formation of NARPO in 2019. Durham have six people attending the Tower of London 100th Anniversary Celebration of the formation of N.A.R.P.O. There is a “Festival of Police Music” to be held in the Royal Albert Hall, on Saturday 11th May 2019.  Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir is participating in this concert

Durham Branch Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 14th January 2019, starting at 7.00pm, Durham Indoor Bowling Club (See details on Notice Board page.) We are looking out for Durham NARPO Members who may be interested in joining our Committee following the resignations detailed above. If you are interested, please contact our Secretary, Stuart Ingram. N.B. Durham Branch NARPO Subs 2019 A very small increase in subscriptions. w/e 1st January,2019. Revised annual subs are now £21.12.

The ONS have now released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2018 which shows an increase of 2.4%. As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 2.4% as of 1st April 2019. Full details can be found on the ONS website

Durham “Bike Wise” 22nd July 2018.

Stuart Ingram. Durham Branch Secretary

On Friday 20th July a few “Old Faithfuls” of Durham Branch attended the new Police HQ at Aykley Heads, Durham to prepare for the only Open Day scheduled to be held by Durham Constabulary this year. This coincided with the Durham “Bike Wise” event which is now in its 26 year and continues to be very popular with over 12,000 people expected to attend between 10:00 hours and 17:00 hours. The day dawned. Barry and Angie Crawford together with Stu and June Ingram attended just after 8:00 am on Sunday morning to set up the branch Tombola stall and attend the Briefing held by staff member and Event Liaison Officer, Amanda Gardiner. The day was very warm - it was glorious - verging on too hot but no complaints its some years since we all enjoyed a prolonged warm period! As reported in the Northern Echo, some 15,000 visitors came throughout the day. The A167 was blocked solid from south of the Cock of the North roundabout right through to the car parks which were rapidly and constantly filling.  The County Hall car park, to which drivers were being directed, was in fact host to a Brass Band Festival so that coupled with road works at Whitesmocks caused confusion. There were numerous and varied motor cycle clubs in attendance, from the Christian Bikers Association, who had a huge red double decker bus in which to store visiting motorcyclist’s helmets, right through to the Sons of the Widow, and the Blood Bikes were there in force.  Something for everyone with even a slight motor cycle interest. The Chief Constable, Mr Mike Barton and his Deputy Jo Farrell, were on site and made visitors very welcome. Isle of Man TT legend John McGuiness was’ up close and personal’ to chat and sign autographs.  The Dick Shepherd motorcycle collection including the Triumph (which Steve McQueen rode in the film “The Great Escape”). My personal favourite was the 100 years old Brough Superior Mk 1 which was brought to the event by the Grandson of the original owner.  What a tribute to the “Rolls Royce of British Motorcycles”, a workhorse ‘with an oil leak to keep your boots waterproof.’ Darlington based world record stunt rider, Dave Coates and the 3Sixty bicycle stunt team wowed the crowds throughout the afternoon with a full programme of breath taking and spectacular motorcycle and bicycle stunts There were multiple retailers displaying machines and specialist clothing and the Police Helicopter was also on site The Durham Police Band gave a fine musical concert. Some of the force’s police dog sand handlers gave their usual exciting agility display, with Police dog Kaiser making his final appearance before a well- deserved retirement. Stars of the T.V. Channel 5 ‘Police Interceptors’ were kept busy with their many eager fans’ questions. Other attractions included ‘live’ pop music from Red 5. Cyber Crime prevention and Casualty Reduction from our Cybercrime Investigators and a demonstration and guidance to the public by the team from Kaspersky. The event seemed to close down quite naturally, just after 16:30 hours and the public left in droves.  Walking back up the drive to the various car parks. The branch funds were generously increased due in no small measure to the efforts of Barry and Angie Crawford assisted by Stu and June Ingram and Martin Hall. We even had two enquiries regarding NARPO Membership. All in all, a very successful day.  My sincere thanks to all who helped. Two key organisers of the show, Sergeant Ian Rodgers, who has ridden at Bikewise since 2007 and P.C. Tribick have now hung up their motor cycle gloves, joining Bob Brown a stalwart supporter of the Show in retirement. “Thank you to them and all the team involved in ensuring Bikewise is such a success. Motorcyclists remain the most vulnerable users on the roads and we still see far too many riders killed or injured every year. Everyone at Durham Constabulary want to keep people safe on our roads. That’s the message we hope you take away from Bikewise.”


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OPS (Care of Police was charity, founded incelebrating 1994 by Christine Fulton povides after the deathaid of and her Lewis Fulton. This Survivors) national registered now its 15th Anniversary, financial th support to bereaved families, leftnational behind after an officer ischarity, killed in now the line of duty. The event by the sband, PC Lewis Fulton. This registered celebrating its 15is supported Anniversary, Federation. videsPolice financial aid and support to bereaved families, left behind after an officer is killed in the ne of duty. The event is supported byand themany Police Federation. Throughout the country, Police Forces other organisations nominate a ‘Wainwright peak’ in the Lake

District which is to be climbed at night and at 03:00hrs, beacons are lit on the selected summits. At the summit, a minute’s silence is held in memory thosemany officersother who we have known and unfortunately are no longer with hroughout the country, Police Forcesof and organisations nominate a ‘Wainwright us. It is our respect of and for them that drives us to climb in their honour. This makes for an spectacle ak’ in the Lake District which is to be climbed at night and at 03:00hrs, beaconsamazing are lit on the as you look out and see the peaks ‘light up’ before you and physically enhances the reason you have taken part lected summits. At the summit, a minute’s silence is held in memory of those officers who we in the event.

ve known and unfortunately are no longer with us. It is our respect of and for them that drives us ‘Light theThis Lakes’ event took over the weekend of 22nd/23rd Juneout with over 400the participants climbThis in year’s their honour. makes for place an amazing spectacle as you look and see peaks andbefore 92 Wainwrights selected. enhances the reason you have taken part in the event. ght up’ you andpeaks physically Since 2014 our team, (one of several representing Durham,) has now climbed over 11 thousand feet in participation

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nce 2014 team, (oneWindermere. of severalArepresenting climbed over 11 thousand feet on theour shores of Lake beautiful settingDurham,) and a good has placenow to link in with colleagues from all over participation the country.of the Light the Lakes, reaching the summits of Grasmoor, Bowfell, The Fairfield orseshoe, Greatend and this year, Red Screes. This year, the Chief Constable of Leicestershire, Simon Cole, a new COPS trustee, took part in the event and gave a speech at the barbecue supporting the COPS charity and outlined how great the Light the Lakes event was and Lighting of thetheLakes is followed byWAGJIANI. an organised BBQ at Brathay Hall, on the outskirts of also thanking organiser, D/Sgt Vinny

he mbleside and on the shores of Lake Windermere. A beautiful setting and a good place to link in You are welcome to join us in year’s event on 21st/22nd June, which will be our teams 5th anniversary and th colleagues from all over thenext country. we are hoping to be successful in nominating Helvelyn as our chosen summit or if you prefer you can organise your own team participation-by contacting the organisers by e mail: LightTheLakes@surrey.pnn.police.uk.

his year, the Chief Constable of Leicestershire, Simon Cole, a new COPS trustee, took part in the ent and gave a speech at the barbecue supporting the COPS charity and outlined how great the ght the Lakes event was and also thanking the organiser, D/Sgt Vinny WAGJIANI.

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N.B. Please be warned that the event carries all the dangers of climbing high mountains in the lake the lake district with the added danger that the climb occurs through the night. district with the added danger that the climb occurs through the night.

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The lightingof of flares flares onon the the summit of Red Screes. The lighting summit of Red Screes. Our team this included: Our team thisyear, year, included: Ch/Supt Graham Hall(retired), hisJamie son,andJamie and friend James, Ch/Supt Graham Hall(retired), his son, friend James, Serving: PC,Helen Helen Ingliss and and husband, Alan, D/Sgt. Steve D/Sgt. Smyth andSteve son, Kyle, Det. Insp Shields,Det. DC Ins Serving: PC, Ingliss husband, Alan, Smyth andCaroline son, Kyle, Gordon Reid, PC Janice Price (retired) and DC, Nev Price & Richard Standen Caroline Shields, DC Gordon Reid, PC Janice Price (retired) and DC, Nev Price & Richa Latest news from Detective Sergeant Vinny Wagjiani. (Contact telephone No. 0788002392) Standen

Light the Lakes, 2018 was amazing and has raised approx. £12,000 for Care of Police Survivors (COPS). from Detective Sergeant Vinny Wagjiani. (Contact My impatience has already prepared us for LTL2019, with the help of some very skilled and talented telephone people we have streamlined the process this year. Thank you for your Support 0788002392)


I am pleased to announce that people seeking to take part in this event can now secure their peak online atwww.

Lightlightthelakes.org.uk. the Lakes, 2018Come was on amazing andlean hasonraised £12,000 for Care of Police Sur pick a peak, like andapprox. send a share. (COPS). We look forward to keeping you posted on all the plans as we begin to prepare for LTL2019 My impatience has already prepared us for LTL2019, with the help of some very skilled and talen

“Oh No, Not Another Marital Dispute?” Attempted Robbery, Bishop Auckland 1980. by Raymond Jones

In May 1980 I was crewed with PC Frank Hewson. During one late shift we were on Motor Patrol duty in Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, checking the shop fronts and admiring many lighting units in the window of Warrens Electrical. All was quiet, the pubs had closed and there was hardly anyone about, when suddenly we were confronted by a hysterical woman, who indicated to a car parked in nearby Chester Street. There we were faced by two men who were involved in a very heated argument, almost coming to blows. It transpired that the husband of the woman suspected her of having an affair and had followed her that night to find his fears realised, leading to the scenario before us. Following some marriage guidance from Frank and I, the situation was defused without the need for any further action – all was well, and the remainder of the shift passed without incident. Some weeks later I was single crewed on an 8am-4pm shift, covering the Bishop Auckland area. Needing to visit a business premises at the bottom end of Newgate Street, I parked my Rover SD1 patrol car in George Street and began walking down Tenters Street. On reaching Newgate Street I turned left, walking northward, towards the Market Place, when suddenly ‘Déjà vu’. I was approached by a hysterical woman, who gestured and directed me in the direction of Durham Chare. Surely this couldn’t be another interrupted clandestine meeting of lovers in Bishop Auckland! On the corner of Newgate Street and Durham Chare stands the National Westminster Bank. A Bedford CF van was stationary in the narrow street and group of people had begun to assemble at the junction. Other persons were to the offside of the van, one of them, a mature male person was holding a hand gun. It felt like a ‘Tom & Jerry’ scene, with everything happening in slow motion and me trying to rapidly get my legs to propel me rearward. A voice shouted from those near the van, suggesting that the gun had been taken from a robber, who was in the driving seat of the van, with its engine running. I attempted to open the sliding driver’s door but found it locked; the driver, possibly in panic, then stalled the engine. Realising that the passenger door was open, I ran around the front of the van, entered through the open door and arrested the male driver, who was wearing a black ski mask! Hindsight later told me that I should have handcuffed the prisoner whilst he was still in the vehicle, but I think adrenalin took over and I pulled him out of the van and placed him against the wall of the Bank. He was well built and over 6 feet tall and began to struggle as I tried to place handcuffs on him. These were the shackle type cuffs, which snap locked, had no adjustment and required a threaded key to unwind the lock to release them. Unfortunately, in the violent struggle I dropped the handcuffs and they fell to the ground causing one of the shackles to lock. I managed to pull the ski mask from his head and force him to the ground. During the arrest, struggle and mask removal, I became aware that the mask and wearer’s head were covered in blood, as was my uniform shirt. I knew this wasn’t my blood, thankfully, and honestly the prisoner’s heavily bleeding head wound was not caused by me, I swear! With the help of a bystander I retrieved my handcuffs and placed the one available shackle around one of my prisoner’s wrists. Ideally, I would have used my handcuff key to open the locked shackle, however, I was in shirtsleeve order and my key, attached to my whistle chain was in the breast pocket of my tunic, which was hanging

in my Patrol Car, some streets away. I also nervously took possession of the weapon. I say nervously, as I had had no firearms training whatsoever and wasn’t even authorised for a catapult! The incident had been reported, by those in the vicinity, as ‘a firearms incident with a police officer being shot.’ Further Police assistance arrived, no Armed Response Officers or Vehicles in those days, although it is fair to say that such incidents were nowhere as frequent or common as they are today. The male prisoner was securely handcuffed and due to the initial reports, an ambulance also arrived together with several Senior Divisional Officers, including Inspector Janice Robson and Superintendent Alice Harding. Due to his head wound the prisoner was taken to Bishop Auckland General Hospital, under police escort. The van driver was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. I was taken to Bishop Auckland Police Station for a debrief with Divisional Chief Superintendent Archie Campbell and Detective Inspector Ted Jackson. To the credit and sincere welfare concerns of Mss’ Robson and Harding, they made sure that as soon as I arrived at the Police Station I rang my wife, who was at work in Evenwood, to let her know that I was well and uninjured. They feared that she may have been informed, via ‘Chinese Whispers’, that I had been shot or, even worse, fatally injured. The story behind this incident was that a serving soldier had come home on leave from Cyprus, two days earlier and learned of accumulated debt incurred by his father. To pay off this debt, he decided to carry out a robbery, using a pistol, which had been kept in the loft of his home. He had allegedly learned of this ‘easy job’ in Bishop Auckland, from his brother, some time ago. The brother provided him with detailed information of a payroll collection by a local clothing company. In fact, his brother had planned to carry out the job himself upon his release from one of Her Majesty’s accommodations, where he was staying on a ‘full board’ basis. Having no transportation, he persuaded his cousin to help him out, using a stolen car. On the day of the offence with no such car acquired, his cousin agreed to use his own car, an Austin 1800. The journey to Bishop Auckland had not been trouble free; as the car was driven towards Bishop Auckland via the A689, at some roadworks near Rushyford, the vehicle’s engine overheated. Assisted by a council workman, they obtained water to top up the radiator before driving off. After dropping the passenger off in Bishop Auckland, the car was driven towards Rushyford and parked up between Coundon and Leasingthorne crossroads, where a rendezvous of the two vehicles had been arranged. However, when the van failed to turn up and the get-away plan was abandoned! He and the first offender drove home, alone. Following further enquiries, DC Clive Auld and I visited this man at his Washington home, where he was arrested by DC Auld. For the targeted victims of this crime the day began with the van, driven by an elderly male employee, accompanied by the wife of the company owner and another female employee, travelled to the bank, to collect cash to make up the factory worker’s wage packets. Upon arrival at the Bank, the vehicle was left unattended and insecurely parked in Durham Chare - a side street adjacent to the Bank. All three occupants went into the Bank and left together, a little later with the payroll of some £8000, which had been placed into a shopping bag.

This was a weekly practise, without any security measures…. Whilst the unattended vehicle was parked, the awaiting thief secreted himself beneath some fabric in the rear of the van Returning to the vehicle, the van driver placed the shopping bag into the rear of the van before he and the female passengers got into their respective seats. Just as the vehicle was being driven away, the man, wearing the ski mask, revealed himself and pointed a hand gun at the head of the driver, telling him it was ‘a hold-up’ and ordering him to drive on. Believing that he would be forced to drive to some unknown destination, (presumably where he and the women would be shot and possibly killed!), he was determined not to give in to the assailant’s demand or give up without a fight. The driver stopped, turned around and began to fight with the armed robber. Probably due to what must have been an enormous element of total surprise; the van driver managed to pull the gun from the assailant’s grasp and used it to forcibly strike him over the head. As the driver and the two women made their escape, the robber jumped into the driver’s seat and tried to make off, still with the cash in the rear of the vehicle, when I apprehended him after a violent struggle. The weapon, following expert examination, turned out to be an extremely realistic imitation Colt pistol. At their trial at Durham Crown Court on charges of Attempted Robbery, both men received custodial sentences. The serving soldier had previous convictions for larceny, burglary and taking vehicles without the owner’s consent and received 4 years imprisonment. His cousin, who had been on parole, having received a 2-year prison sentence in April of the previous year, received a seven years imprisonment. Upon conclusion of this investigation and convictions DC Auld and I received a Chief Constable’s commendation and I was also awarded the Matt Wilkinson Memorial Trophy Award. I humbly accepted both but would emphasise that the true real ‘hero’ of the day was the driver of the payroll van. In line with the practice of the day the only recognition of my commendation other than a record on my personal file, was a mention in General Orders. General Order No. 43/1980 – Week ending 27th September 1980 stated: COMMENDATIONS. PC 2341 Raymond T. Jones, H.Q. (Traffic Department), is commended by the Chief Constable for bravery and quick thinking in tackling an apparently armed man without thought for his own safety and D.C. 1522 Clive S. Auld, “A” Division, together with P.C. Jones, for intelligence and persistence which resulted in the arrest and subsequent conviction of two men on a charge of attempted robbery. I later received a framed commendation certificate, in line with current policy.

National police Memorial Day 30th September 2018 From My Point of View... Ron Hogg. Police Crime & Victims Commissioner I was delighted to attend this event, yet again accompanied by my wife, Maureen. This year’s hosts were Northern Ireland. The ceremony was held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. This was our second trip to Belfast and the venue is splendid. It is in sight of the Harland and Wolffe docks, famous for its aircraft, a bombing target during World War Two, and of course the birthplace of the Titanic. As any inhabitant of Belfast will tell you in relation to the Titanic, “It was alright when it left here”. Thus, the history of the venue adds poignancy of the event itself. The ceremony rotates annually around the four home nations and commemorates those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty during the previous year. I yearn for the day when we can go for twelve months without any officer having to make the ultimate sacrifice, but I guess that I hope in vain. Durham Constabulary was well represented as usual. Chief Constable Mike Barton was accompanied by his wife, Maggie, Force Chaplain Adrian Gattrill, and those two stalwarts of the local Federation, Andy Jackson and Kev Wilson. However, I gained immense pleasure from meeting retired colleague, Tom Urwin and his wife after the ceremony. Security was tight with our PSNI colleagues in evidence before, during and after the ceremony - sadly, with firearms on their hips - a reminder that despite massive progress, this low crime capital still faces its challenges. The National Memorial Day Orchestra were supported by choirs and the Pipes and Drums of P.S.N.I. As a former piper myself I always find the pipes especially moving, a sentiment not shared by Alun Michael PCC for South Police, who was sat next to me.! These ceremonies always bring a lump to my throat, but this year the most moving aspect was Samantha Dixon, wife of Thames Valley motor cycle officer, PC James Dixon, killed on duty in a road traffic collision. Samantha displayed phenomenal courage appearing with her young son who will never know his father. This year, as we approach the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One, it was impossible, as the petals; blue, (representing mainland forces, green for the R.U.C., (over 300 lost their lives), G.C. and P.S.N.I and red petals to commemorate officers who did as soldiers having been ‘called to the colours’ jn the Great War, fell on our heads, (making the connection between the sacrifices made one hundred years ago and the sacrifices that men and women continue to make in the service of others whilst proudly wearing their police uniform. Each year as I attend these ceremonies I feel immensely proud to have worn that uniform for thirty years, immensely proud to still be associated with the police family, and very humbled by the sacrifices made by those representing our wonderful police service. Such days serve to remind me of the importance of NARPO, where our camaraderie and care for each other, and family dependents, quite properly and magnificently continue long after retirement.

I thank you one and all- for all that you do.

Ron Hogg

Genesis of the National Police Memorial Day. Alan S. Watson

N.B. Special thanks are extended to the Reverend Canon David Wilbraham (NPMD Co-ordinator) and the Trustees of the NPMD for permission used in the publication of extracts and official photographs on the front cover and in this article in our Durham Peeler magazine. Alan S. Watson

British Police Memorial Day was founded by a serving officer with Kent Police, Inspector Joe Holness, following the brutal and tragic death of fellow Kent Police officer, Jon Odell, who was brutally and unlawfully killed whilst on Road Safety Traffic duties in Margate on 19th December 2000. The inaugural National Police Memorial Day service was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday, 3rd October 2004. (and again in 2016). Families, friends, colleagues, senior officers & representatives from each force in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and uniformed police officers from overseas forces attended. At long last, National tributes, were made to over 4 thousand police officers who, over the past 180 years, had died or been killed in the line of duty They have leave a legacy of courage, self-sacrifice and above all, supreme valour, that makes us all so proud to have been serving Police Officers and staff. The National Police Memorial Day has grown from strength to strength and celebrated at venues co-ordinated and rotated throughout the four Home countries of the United Kingdom on the nearest Sunday to 29th September - St. Michael’ s Day, the Patron Saint of Police: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff (2005,2013 and 2017); the Waterfront Hall, Belfast (2006,2010, 2014 and most recently, 30th September 2018); the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (2007, and 2015); Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral (2008); the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011) and York Minster2012). This great charity is recognised as an official national day and is honoured by the patronage of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. The Reverend Canon David Wilbraham, National Police Chaplain, (a former Police Officer in Merseyside), was appointed as National Police Memorial Day Co-ordinator in 2017. If you wish to be in contact with David, please e- mail via the National Police Day Memorial address: nationalmemorialday@polfed.org. Joe Holness was awarded the O.B.E. in the New Year honours in 2017, for the faithful and ongoing hard work leading to the establishment of this national treasure. His wife Sharon had previously received the M.B.E. for her support and involvement in the establishment of this greatly respected annual national memorial-day. The next annual NPMD event will be held on Sunday 29 September 2019 at The Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. Full details will be published on the official website www.national memorialday.org.

Looking Back with Laughter


John Morley

I was cadet 30, York and North East Yorkshire Police at Hardwick Camp 1969 to 1971, then PC1010, which was reorganised into North Yorkshire Police. I started looking at your website after hearing of the death of a former Durham/Teesside/Cleveland police officer whom I had worked alongside in the RCS 1978 to 1981. I came across the photo of the entire Cadet School taken in 1971 and remembered that I have a copy in the loft with all the names on with a request for £2.50p from Hugh Blenkin, the Camp Commandant) I have to say I really enjoyed the Cine film taken at Hardwick camp which was taken before I arrived there. It was good to see some of the faces of instructors Like Insp “Blooch” Hardman and Sgt John Thompson, both firm but very fair, nice guys. My wife was wondering what I was laughing at whilst seeing the Parade Square and Drill Hall…. As most forces had more modern overcoats, York and North East Yorkshire Cadets had trench coat type overcoats and it seems mine was an older version of that!  Insp Hardman many times told me, “Clean and well brushed son but you look like a “Tzar’s Hussar!” Northumberland Cadets had modern uniforms with fantastic hats with the smaller (smart) guardsman peak whilst the rest of us, especially the Y & N.E.Y Police and the Junior Firemen had peaks that ‘kept your feet dry in the rain’! , Many cadets “slashed” the peak to dip it). My cap was only “half slashed” so I could flick it back up for parade. One wet morning in early 1970 we were on parade in the drill hall when Insp Hardman came in to carry out the inspection. He seemed in a good mood until he got to the Junior Firemen at the front. He went along the line and pulled many peaks out and threw them to the floor leaving them standing there looking like German sailors. That prompted what you would now call a Mexican wave of hands darting up to flick peaks back up to normal. Quite a few of those assembled had to pay for new hats! A lot more were lucky to get away with it. When he got to me, his mood had lightened somewhat, He just looked at me in my wet glistening trench coat, smiled, turned the peak of his cap over his right ear, shook his head, then walked off chuckling and putting has cap back straight. He used to do the drill until we all got a rude awakening one Saturday morning when a certain Cpl Taylor from the RMP turned up instead. He called the parade to attention and was clearly unimpressed by the “mistimed patter of tiny feet”. As he walked past me shouting “he could make more noise rattling (a certain part of his body) in a tin can!” I just could not stop myself laughing. Big mistake, but at least by owning up to be a “giggler” I only ran twice around the parade square! I am unable to print what Cpl Taylor shouted at us, and the girl cadets to get us into a smart unit. It did us no harm.

Newby Wiske Police Training School. Syndicate 375B. June 1972 Photo John Morley

Back row John Morley; M. Nevin; G Codling; (All North York & North East Yorkshire police)

Middle row C. Dobbie? (Durham); G. Culling? (Durham); M. Meadley (Humberside); C. Mitchell (Durham); D. Foley (Durham); D. White (Durham); W. Railton (Durham) Front row D. Cook (Teesside); P. W. Forsyth; Insp. Richardson (Teesside) Sgt. Ashwell (Northumberland); Sgt J. Walton (Durham) P.W.S. Tate (Durham); P.C.?

Letter to the Editor (Fred Farley, Myanmar) Hi Alan, Every hour of every day is of vital importance for me as I strive as usual to leave our orphanage and our mission in as pristine condition as possible. Thank God that Ma Lay is here to continue our work.

Eleven mature students have now left us  to find their own way in life, supported by the fact that they have been given the opportunity to survive one hundred percent more than had they been left in their isolated villages, ‘plodging’ through life; just taking whatever was on offer.   To replace the eleven, along   came another sixteen with many more seeking help and residence at our place. We can only take what we can afford and rely on our own judgement to do the best we can. Our joint responsibility is enormous and in a similar sort of way to supervising those seeking political asylum in this everchanging world.  In our ministry we are experiencing continuing to help those seeking a life, free from poverty, thirsting for security and education. It is sad to say the least!  We cannot do it on our own, without our donors and the publicity generated by your good selves, it wouldn’t happen. I can give you many examples of family situations that continue to multiply and exist on a daily basis and here is just one of them, an example of what we have to cope with. A desperate mother loses her husband and has six kids to feed and care for. Amongst the six are twin girls aged eight years.  The mother tries to place some of the kids at our orphanage without any sort of financial assistance because they are poorer than church mice.   We just had to say sorry as we cannot just keep on taking kids without some financial support. Two days later one of the twin girls managed to borrow a mobile phone and rings Ma Lay. She asked for the great teacher called Ma Lay. Ma replied accordingly. The girl then revealed her identity and that her father had passed away and asked Ma Lay how much money it would cost for her to be accepted at our orphanage as her mother wouldn’t tell her. After a continued conversation, she told Ma Lay that her mother had no income but asked if she could come to our place to be educated. After great deliberation, Ma Lay accepted both girls. These are the heartaches we endure. Just think of the determination and initiative of a kid like this, eight years of age, searching for help in this way. Tears fill my eyes as I type this example. If you remember, the little 4 years old boy Joby, who wants to be a pilot, learn English, and one day wants to take his mother and himself to heaven to see his father. Well, he no longer includes his mother in his wish as he doesn’t approve of her marrying another man.   At the moment we are still concentrating on the completion of our orphanage nursery school program.  The construction and furnishings are now complete and the local government officers have been invited to see and inspect our work and program. A few kids have now been accepted with hopefully many more when the new school year opens on the first of June. The local government have been concerned that we Christians are trying to provide a service that include evangelism. They now know that this is not included in the syllabus, so they are very happy and content that we are reaching out to their people with our educational program.  

Since our return in April, we have both designed, overseen the construction and furnishing of the whole nursery school and the newly built annexed outdoor play area. The kids now have the use of the extra sand pit, water pool, rope climbing and slide.   Our newly certificated nursery school teachers, Zeh Mie and Yar Gi Mie have taken up their responsibility with great enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunity to add yet another string to their bow.   I have taken photographs as usual to show the work we have done and hope that this program becomes the foundation of our desire to go that step further by providing junior school education.   All for now, looking forward to seeing you on our return. God bless Fred and Ma Lay.Farley       

Dear Alan, Just searching for a photo of my aunt Sybil Finlay and came across Teresa Ashforth’s wonderful summary of her on pages 12-13 in the Summer 2018 issue of your Durham Peeler. https://issuu.com/durhamnarpo/docs/dp - summer_2018 Please pass along my best wishes to Teresa and thanks for writing this article. I remember at the age of 12, after my father Joseph, had died, visiting his parents (my grandparents) who Sybil lived with at 21, St. John’s Terrace, East Boldon. Aunt Sybil took me to her office in Durham, where I met a number of her policewomen - they seemed to be a great team. As an interesting post-retirement photo, here is a photo of Aunt Sybil in 1980, with my wife and our 3 children (grandchildren of her brother, Joseph, my father) After Aunt Sybil retired there was a police residence that was named after her. I remember her proudly sending a photo of the name ”Finlay” on the front of the building. I was told years later that the name had been removed to the disappointment of Aunt Sybil. Perhaps the building s were taken down? Best wishes, Bryan Finlay.

Dear Alan, Momento from the A66 Reading the article from Martin Hall and Ray Jones in respect of the Ford Granada’s purchased by the force in 1977 (Summer issue of the Peeler) it reminded me of a momento from that period that has adorned a beam in my garage for many years! The working of the A66 in those days, fell to the traffic crews operating mainly in the south of the Durham Force and it was a very different road then from the dual carriageway it is today. Two shifts operated, 8am ‘til 4pm, and 4pm to midnight. Permission to leave “The Strip” (as the A66 was known), had to be obtained from control room or traffic supervision even to take a meal break either in Bowes Moor Hotel or Barnard Castle Police Office. The winter months could be particularly difficult as the road had a habit of snowing in and steps had to be taken to close it from both sides. As usual this was open to confusion the result being that Durham closed it and Cumbria leaving it open. On a 4pm to midnight shift with PC Eric “Von” Brown, the road had been closed by Durham and we were on standby in a very snowy Bowes Village. Eric always had cut outs of the Northern Echo crossword which he kept in his motor patrol cap for occasions such as this. Cumbria in their wisdom had opened the road with the result that a loaded cattle truck had got as far as Bowes Moor Hotel and was stuck fast in a snow drift. Eric said “bollocks” which I thought was a clue in the crossword! Off we went, the Granada pitching and sliding up to the summit, hitting drift after drift until we eventually reached the stranded vehicle. Fortunately, we managed to get him turned around and back the way he had come. Both frozen and exhausted we battled our way back down to Barnard Castle office for some warmth. Only when we inspected the Ford did we realise the front registration plate was missing. Returning to the A66 later in the week after it had reopened I drove to the summit and noticed, lying at the side of the road, battered but still recognisable the car’s registration plate. So, the WUP 974 R reminds me of the snowy night on Bowes Moor. (By the way the answer to the crossword was Bullocks) Alan Gardner (ex PC 1148 traffic South)

Dear Alan, The time has flown by since our last correspondence. (It will be my 78th birthday in January 2019! (Yes, and even after all those years you’re still two months older than I am…! Alan W.) I have continued taking the 5k Park Runs, but unfortunately, I have had to spread my wing to other parts of the U.K. in search of more category records to break! One of them I broke the record by 5.5 minutes in the Yorkshire area. To date I have taken part in 110 5K Park Runs. Of these, I hold 41 age category records Unfortunately, after the Yorkshire runs I had to have Blood Tests, MRI and CT Scans as it was suspected that I had stomach cancer. However, after several tests and treatments, it was declared that I did NOT have cancer, but a rather large Ulcer in my stomach which had now healed thanks to prescribed tablets and treatments. Since the “all clear” I have continued to take part in more Park Runs, but the time out of training took its toll and slowed me down a little Having said that I have still been first in every race in my age category. Judy and I returned to Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt on 20th September, where I will continue running, diving and cycling, underwater photography/videoing and of course, sun bathing!

Best Wishes Laurie Cummings

(Group photo)” Harperley Hall 1958. New Recruits post Training School Course”. (Photo Penny Atkinson)

HMI Inspection Peterlee 1973 “ Sgt” with “ P.W”.Penny” Atkinson.

Screams in the night

by George Hartley

When the Durham Peeler arrives (thanks to the editor, Alan Watson), I read it from front to back—sometimes more than once, especially the Obituaries In the summer 2017 Peeler I was moved by the story about the murder of P.C. William Ralph Sheill at the Co-operative Store at Coxhoe. It triggered a memory in my mind, so long ago that I had to ring Dave Cromarty to check thad.t my memory wasn’t playing tricks on me. Dave reassured me that the following incident had occurred sometime in the 1960’s. It was certainly after 1966. I’m sure of this because I was reading John Dean Potter’s book “The Monsters of the Moors” about Ian Brady and Myra Hindley As in the P.C. Shiell story, I relate to the very same words, “Co-operative Stores represented rich pickings for burglaries and police officers gave them special attention” There was a spate of such burglaries in the Durham area and the police responded by ‘observations’ i.e. designating two men inside each Co-op store. In this case, one from the days. Section (Dave Cromarty) and a Dog Section man (me). I can’t recall the hours we spent there, but in those days there was no paid overtime, so it didn’t matter. We waited in an internal room without windows, so that we were able to have a light on to read a book. I also had an empty sugar sack on the floor where my little grey bitch “Lassie” was able to lie down quietly, watching and listening. Sure enough, later in the night, came the sound of breaking and entering. We waited until the noise abated. We switched off the light, torches in hand and opened our room door. Lassie was gone—a silent streak of greyness, which we followed. Then the screaming started! I followed the sound into the large garage where the mobile shops were stored. I found a man trying to do a ‘chimney climb’ up the wall between one of the mobile shops. He was screaming because ‘Lassie’ was jumping up and tearing strips off him! He was pleased. to be arrested… and taken to Durham police station where he was handed over to the C.I.D. (a young D.C. Atkinson) I was later told that the burglar had been very ‘co-operative’ as at the time of his arrest. He thought that the Devil had come out of the ground and got him (Actually he wasn’t far wrong…). He turned out to be a farm worker with a gang of young boy followers. A huge haul of cigarettes, spirits and other goods were found on a farm at Quarrington Hill. Well that’s what I recall. Dave Cromarty may have additional recollections. Happy days.

Altogether Better Policing

Durham Constabulary Band & Male Voice Choir Spennymoor Town Hall, Friday 21st December 2018, 7pm


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These “glorious” insults are from an era before the English language was infiltrated by four-letter words. 

“He had delusions of adequacy .”  Walter Kerr    “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”  Winston Churchill    “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”  Clarence Darrow    “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”  William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)    “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”  Moses Hadas    “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”  Mark Twain    “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”  Oscar Wilde    “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”  George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill    “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one.”  Winston Churchill, in response    “I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”  Stephen Bishop    “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” John Bright    “I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.”  Irvin S. Cobb    “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.”  Samuel Johnson    “He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”  Paul Keating    “In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.”  Charles, Count Talleyrand    “He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.”  Forrest Tucker    “Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”  Mark Twain    “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”  Mae West    “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”  Oscar Wilde    “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination.”  Andrew Lang (1844-1912)    “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”  Billy Wilder    “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I’m afraid this wasn’t it..”  Groucho Marx   

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PSUK Fly Fishing Section I’ve been approached by Tony BARCLAY who is the new PSUK north east regional secretary for the PSUK fly fishing section. He has asked me to forward an email to all in the hope of raising a Durham Team. We currently don’t have one and he says as such, missing out on regional/national comps, 35% discounts on Aiflo Tackle and discounts on various lakes, ponds, hotels around the country.  Serving officers, support staff or retired are all welcome to take part in the comps but we would need a formal Durham Club.  Please come back to me, Kev Woodcock, if interested or forward if you are aware of Durham police fly fishermen past and present.

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Aykley Heads. Police Headquarters 1973

Inspector Fred Harris and Sergeant Harry Napier manning the Durham Divisional Display as part the Royal Visit by H.R.H. Prince Charles to Aykley. All Divisions provided aa display as part of the visit. The Durham Division display included a large-scale model of the R.N.L.I. Lifeboat “George Elmy” that capsized during the Seaham Storm Disaster on 17th November 1962 with the loss of its entire crew and only one survivor from the capsized fishing cobble ‘Economy’ which they were trying to rescue!

Syndicate 91 Plawsworth. (photo courtesy Jennifer Scott) Alan Alderson (Durham) 2nd from right. front row

Durham N.A.R.P.O. Annual Reunion Luncheon

Sunday, 14th October 2018 Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Abbey Road, Durham Another lovely, friendly and memorable “get together” of Durham Branch N.A’R.P.O. members, family and friends with guests of honour, Our Hon. President, Mike Barton, his wife Maggie, Commissioner Ron Hogg and his wife Maureen. A very happy and surprised widow member, Penny Atkinson (nee Clark) celebrated her 90th birthday with friends singing “Happy Birthday” to her. All ladies who attended received a specimen carnation flower. And everyone enjoyed the free raffle. Chairman, Ray Jones gave a special thank you‘ to Barry & Angie Crawford for once again organising the day and wishing them well on their retirement, together with the Treasurer Jim Jennings from the Committee at the end of the year.

Obituaries Durham NARPO. From 15th April 2018

Eric Raymond Smith

87 years

died 24th April 2018


John Darwin

62 years

died 30th April 2018


Ernest Joseph (Joe) Downing

83 years

died 5th May 2018

Chester le Street

Robert (Bob) White

90 years

died 7th May 2018


Maurice Kay

86 years

died 6th May 2018


80 years

died 19th May 2018

Chester le Street

78 years

died 22nd May 2018

Kenneth Thomas Parkin

72 years

died 27th June 2018


Ernest W’m (Bill) Midgley

88 years

died 16th July 2018

School Aycliffe

84 years

died 18th July 2018

Brandon. Durham

died 26th July 2018

Aykley Heads, Durham

86 years

died 27th July 2018

Barnard Castle

62 years

died 26th August 2018

Edward Minchell

Howard Hudson

Ralph Graham Suddick

Thomas (Tom) Walker Whitton 78 years Mrs Mary Burton


(widow of Neville Burdon) Keith (‘Shep’) Shepherd Kenneth Thomas Parkin

72 years

died 27th June 2018


Stephen Craigs

59 years

died 26th Sept 2018


Mrs Reene Marshall (widow of George W. Marshall)


died 10th Oct. 2018


Philip Clapham Stephen Kell

55 years 53 years

died 19th October 2018 died 22nd October, 2018

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