National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018. 

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During the currency of the Covid-19 crisis, obituaries are not able to be published in the same detail as usual, as Pensions Department, who supply the information, are mainly home-working without access to records to supply additional background information and service histories.

Regulations relating to the conduct of funerals,  imposed by HMG, dictate that services are still not open to the public. Some locations provide a streaming service for those unable to access the chapel.

All obituaries published below will appear in the Summer 2021 Northumbria Bobby

Ian Watson Davies

Ian died on the 17th November, 2020 aged 74 years. He leaves a widow, Hazel. Ian retired as a constable in 1994 with ill health after 27 years' service and lived, thereafter, in the Penrith area. During his service, Ian was stationed firstly at Morpeth then at Ashington in the '70s. Thereafter he was stationed at Amble for the remainder of his service. Ian was a keen fell walker along with his Rough Collie dogs.

Norman Robson

Norman died on the 21st November, 2020 aged 83 years. He retired in 1992 as a constable and former member of Newcastle City Police. During his service, Norman worked from Pilgrim Street and was also a member of the Summons and Warrants Department.

Brian 'Percy' Pegg

Brian, known almost universally as 'Percy', died recently aged 82 years. He retired in 1993 after 32 years service. Percy was an ex-Newcastle City officer who spent much of his service as a member of scientific aids. He also worked in the West End in the 1970s. The funeral will take place at the West Road Crematorium at 1.30 pm on Thursday, 17th December, 2020 under the current Covid restrictions. Details of a live streaming will be found online nearer the funeral date.

Reginald Nesbitt

Reg died on the 12th December, 2020 aged 89 years. He leaves a widow, Lou. Originally joining Northumberland County Constabulary, Reg had various postings in the County retiring in 1988 as a uniformed chief inspector from Northumbria Police whilst stationed at Morpeth. His funeral will be private.

Anthony Strathmore Jameson

Tony died on the 23rd November, 2020 aged 86 years. He leaves a widow, Kathleen. Tony was a member of Newcastle City, Northumberland County Constabulary, and Northumbria Police. His posting included the City, Berwick, Lemington, Bedlington, and Seaton Sluice. Tony retired as a uniformed inspector in 1989. His private funeral has already taken place.

Arthur Newsome

Arthur died on the 31st December, 2020 aged 83 years. He retired as a uniformed sergeant in 1989. Originally a member of Sunderland Borough Police, Arthur later served with Durham and Northumbria police forces and retired from the Wheatsheaf Police Station, Sunderland. He was an accomplished badminton player, representing teams in the Northern Lague and Northumbria Police.

John McAllister Potts

Jacky died on the 23rd December, 2020 aged 86 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Elsie. An ex-Newcastle City officer, Jacky worked in both uniform and CID in the East End and was a detective at Market Street in the early '70s. Renowned equally for his sartorial elegance and his tenacity as a police officer, Jacky retired as a constable in 1989. His funeral is private.

Paul Heslop

Paul died on the 29th December, 2020 aged 76 years. He leaves a widow, Kate.  His funeral will take place on Tuesday, 12th January, 2021, and details of the streaming facility appear at the end of this obituary. Paul was an ex-Newcastle City police officer working in A Division in both uniform and CID. He was a detective at Market Street in the early '70s and also a member of the RCS. He moved to Hertfordshire on promotion to uniformed sergeant in the late '70s and saw out the remainder of his service with that force, retiring as a detective inspector. During his time as a detective in Hertfordshire, Paul worked divisionally and with the RCS. His funeral, which takes place at Bierton Crematorium, Herts. at 10.00 am on Tuesday, 12th January, is available by following: 

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Robert Henry McNaughton

Harry died on the 24th December, 2020 aged 87 years. He leaves a widow, Evelyn. His funeral, which was private, was held on 13th January, 2021. Harry joined Hartlepool Borough Police and was later posted to Consett before joining the Special Incident Squad at Jarrow. He was later posted to Washington CID and retired as a detective sergeant in 1986 from Northumbria Crime Squad.

George Brown

George died on the 25th December, 2020 aged 96 years. He was predeceased by his wife. During WWII, George served in the RAF, flying Spitfires and Hurricanes in Egypt, the Far East, and his final posting was Rhodesia. After demob, he joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1949 and was posted to Blyth, Wallsend, and Morpeth where, in 1955 as a uniformed sergeant, George joined the Traffic Department. Later in service, George was posted to the Traffic Department once again though, on this occasion as a chief inspector and he remained in that post until his retirement in 1983. Following his retirement from the regular force, George became the Deputy Force Welfare Officer. When he finally retired from formal employment, George continued his connection with the force in a voluntary capacity with the Benevolent Fund. He was a loyal member of his NARPO Branch and the holder of a Life Membership awarded to him by NARPO in 2014. George's funeral will take place at 215 pm on Monday, 18th January, 2021 in line with the current Covid regulation. There will be live streaming and details will be posted once they are available.

Ronald Truby

Ron, who was predeceased by his wife, died on the 13th January, 2021 aged 90 years. He joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1957 and in 1960 was a member of Berwick Traffic Section. During his service, he was posted to Bedlington, Newcastle, Sunderland Whickham, and Traffic Management. He retired in 1987 as a uniformed superintendent. A private funeral service will be held on Friday, 22nd January, 2021.

John Thompson

John died on the 15th January, 2021 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Mavis. John joined Northumberland Constabulary before transferring to Dorset Police in 1973. John retired as a constable and returned to the northeast with his family to live in the Morpeth area. The funeral has been held.

Keith Henderson

Keith died on the 18th January, 2021 aged 60 years. He retired as a sergeant to live in the Morpeth area. No further details are to hand.

William Angus Kennedy

William died on the 21st November, 2020 aged 93 years. He retired as a constable in 1973 to live in the Westerhope area and became a member of the Northumbria branch of NARPO.His funeral has already taken place.

John Hart

John died on the 2nd November, 2020 aged 66 years. He retired from the police service as a warranted officer in 2005 and returned as a member of staff in Scientific Support before retiring from that role in 2015. John is survived by his widow, Eileen. The funeral has already taken place.