National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018. 

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Northumbria NARPO relies entirely on information provided to us to compile the obituaries

The obituaries appearing below will be published in the Summer 2022 edition of the Northumbria Bobby

John Chilton

John died on the 9th November, 2021 aged 73 years. He leaves a widow, Ros. John's funeral will be held at 10.30 am on Friday, 26th November, 2021 at the West Road Crematorium. An ex-Newcastle City officer, John worked in both uniform and plain clothes. He was a member of Scientific Aids working out of Market Street in the '70s.

John Michael Chambers

Mick died recently aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Rose. His funeral will take place at 1.30 pm on Wednesday, 1st December, 2021 at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham. Mick joined Durham Police in 1962 and was posted to Darlington. He moved to Jarrow, prior to the '74 amalgamation, where he was promoted to uniformed sergeant, serving in Traffic South and, later, as custody sergeant at Gateshead. He retired as a sergeant in 1992 to live in the Chester le Street area.

William Leonard Graydon

Bill died on the 15th November, 2021, aged 67 years. He leaves a widow, Allison. Bill's funeral will be held at 2.00 pm on Wednesday, 1st December, 2021 at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. Retiring as a constable, Bill served at Newburn, Westerhope, Blyth, Morpeth, Ponteland, and Bedlington.

Nigel Beattie

Nigel died on the 23rd November, 2021 aged 60 years. His funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Wednesday, 8th December, 2021 at Sunderland Crematorium. Nigel worked in the Sunderland area and, on attachment, with the Drug Squad.

Arthur Bilton

Arthur died on 22nd November, 2021 aged 82 years. He was predeceased by his wife. Arthur's funeral will take place at 2.00 pm on Wednesday, 15th December, 2021 at Sunderland Crematorium. Arthur retired as a constable after serving In Sunderland West 'K' Unit and, later, in the Courts' Office.

Jillian Gibson-Stephenson

Jillian died on the 22nd November, 2021 aged 79 years. Her funeral details are not yet known. Jillian served in Sunderland, Durham, and Northumbria Police where she was a uniformed officer, a member of the CID and SB. In retirement, Jillian was an active member supporting charities in Durham and Sunderland. Her funeral will take place at 1.30 pm on Monday, 13th December, 2021 at  Coundon (Weardale) Crematorium DL15 9UU.

Les Orange

Les died on Thursday 25th November, 2021. He leaves a widow, Eileen. The funeral will take place at 2.15 pm on Wednesday, 8th December, 2021 at the West Road Crematorium. Les joined Newcastle City Police in 1961, working in uniform at Headlam Street. He was appointed to the CID and worked as a DC at Market Street in the early to mid '70s before promotion to sergeant and a move back to Byker. He was a D/S in the Drug Squad and, later, promoted D/I to Blyth. Les was posted to the Fraud Squad and, then, as a uniformed chief inspector, to head M & PSU in Training Department. During this period, he was seconded to work on the Susan Maxwell murder enquiry, before, on promotion to superintendent, becoming Force Training Officer. His next operational posting was as sub divisional commander at Sunderland West and he finished his career as chief superintendent, Divisional Commander South Tyneside.