National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018. 

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Northumbria NARPO relies entirely on information provided to us to compile the obituaries. They are provided for the benefit of friends and colleagues and are not designed nor intended to replace full obituaries published elsewhere.

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

Keith Palin

Keith died on the 21st May, 2022 aged 65 years. He leaves a widow, Jackie. Keith's funeral will be held at 1 pm on Friday, 27th May 2022 at Saltwell Crematorium. Keith joined Northumbria Police in the late '70s serving in the Sunderland area.

David Moffat

David died on the 11th May, 2022 aged 70 years. He leaves a widow, Joan. David's funeral will be held at 1.30 pm on Tuesday, 7th June, 2022 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Nothing is known of his service history

Margaret Elizabeth Hastie

Liz died on the 6th March, 2022 aged 77 years. Her funeral will be held at 12.15 pm on Monday, 4th July, 2022 at Blyth Crematorium. Liz is believed to be survived only by a distant cousin. Liz, who spent some of her service in the East End of Newcastle City retired as a uniformed sergeant in 1991.

Robert William Arthur Brown

The death is reported of retired sergeant Arthur Brown, 78 years who died on the 6th June, 2022. He leaves a widow, Barbara. Arthur's funeral will take place at 2.30 pm on Monday 20th June, 2022 at Cowpen Road Crematorium, Blyth. Joining Northumberland County Constabulary in the early '60s as a cadet, he was stationed at Wallsend. On appointment to the regular force, Arthur was a constable at Hexham in the late '60s and later on the detached beat at Blanchland. Later in service, he was a uniformed sergeant and served in the Newcastle sub divisions as well as being involved in the Car Crime Initiative at HQ. He retired in 1993.

Stanley Hughes

Stan died on the 26th June, 2022. He leaves a widow, Margaret. Stan's funeral will take place at 1 pm on Thursday, 21st July, 2022 at Sunderland Crematorium. Stan who served in the Sunderland area will also be remembered for his time with USU and the Marine Section. He retired as a uniformed inspector in 2003.

Gillian Hunter

Gill died on the 18th June, 2022. Her funeral has already taken place. Gill retired as a uniformed constable in 2004 to live in the Berwick area. Gill first found out about life in the job by quizzing officers from the nearby Park Terrace section station as she was working nearby in the students' halls of residence as a domestic bursar. She followed up her interest and in the 1970s was a police officer at the West End. In the late 1980s, Gill was a member of the Newcastle Child Protection Unit. Later in her service, she moved to Berwick where she was the area crime prevention officer

David Routledge

Dave died on the 15th June, 2022 aged 86 years. He was predeceased by his wife. His funeral will be held at 10.45 am on Wednesday, 13th July, 2022 at Cowpen Crematorium, Blyth. Dave joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1958 and was stationed at Berwick. Later in service, he was a uniformed sergeant when, in the early 1980s, he was stationed at Blyth. He retired as a uniformed sergeant in 1990.

Peter Foster

Peter died on the 23rd June, 2022 aged 88 years. His police service saw him stationed at Hartlepool, Evenwood, Gateshead, and Sunderland. He retired as a D/S in 1983. It is believed that the funeral service is private -family only.

Norman Lewis

Norman died on the 4th July, 2022 aged 66 years. He retired as a constable in 2016. Nothing further is known of his service history. The funeral is to be private.

James Raymond Watson

Jim died on the 4th July, 2022 aged 77 years. His funeral will take place at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 20th July, 2022 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Jim joined Northumberland County cadets in the early 1960s, when was appointed as Cadet No.9. Later in service, Jim worked in both CID and uniform, serving at Market Street. In the early 90s, Jim was a shift sergeant in the City Centre and later, station sergeant in the Bridewell. He retired as a uniformed sergeant in 1995. Jim joined NARPO in retirement and had only recently been elected on the Northumbria NARPO branch committee.

Michael Common

Mike died on the 4th July, 2022 aged 85 years. His funeral will be held at 1.00 pm on Monday, 25th July, 2022 at Cowpen Crematorium. Blyth and, thereafter, at Seghill Rugby Club. On leaving school, Mike joined the Metropolitan Police Cadets, followed by 2 years national service with the Royal Military Police. Mike joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1956 and in 1962 was a uniformed PC at Whitley Bay, spending the early years of his service between Whitley Bay and Blyth. Thereafter, Mike was stationed at Cramlington and, finally Accident Records, retiring as a uniformed constable from the Accident Prevention Department, Cramlington in 1987.

Andrew Kinnear

Andrew died on the 27th June, 2022. His funeral will be held at 3.00 pm on Tuesday, 12th July, 2022 at Whitley Bay Crematorium.  Constable 819 Andrew Kinnear joined Tynemouth Borough Police with his twin brother Albert in 1961. After amalgamations, Andrew was posted to Whitley Bay and Cullercoats. He retired as a constable in 1988'

Alan Younghusband

Alan died on the 13th July, 2022 aged 91 years. He leaves a widow, Pat. Alan's funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Friday, 5th August, 2022 at Weston Super Mare Crematorium. Alan joined the police service in the 1950s serving in both uniformed and CID roles. He was stationed at Wallsend, Forest Hall, Byker and Market Street. He also spent time as a member of the Fraud Squad and on secondment to the RCS. He retired as an inspector in 1984'

Peter Smith

Peter died on the 9th July, 2022 aged 81 years. He leaves a widow, Carol. Peter's funeral has already taken place. Serving with both Durham and Northumbria Police, Peter worked at Wrekenton in the early '70s  was a tutor at Felling in 1983. He retired as a uniformed sergeant in 1991.

Raymond Joseph Coull

Ray died on the 21st July, 2022 aged 81 years. He leaves a widow, Heather. We understand, via Ray's friend, that the funeral is to be private. Originally a member of South Shields Borough Police, via amalgamations, Ray served with both Durham and Northumbria police forces. Ray was a full-time firearms instructor in the late '70s and early '80s with Northumbria Police. Operationally, as a foot patrol officer, he always served in South Shields. He retired as a constable in 1994.

Nigel Duffy

Nigel died on the 18th July, 2022 aged 63 years. He leaves a widow, Clare, His funeral will take place at 3 pm on Wednesday, 3rd August, 2022 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Amongst other postings, Nigel worked on the SPG and at the West End, retiring as an inspector in 2011 to live in the Shuremoor area.


John Gooch

John died earlier today, 27th July, 2022. He leaves a widow, Yvonne. We are advised that John's funeral will be private. During his service, John was a member of Traffic Department and of Training Department. He retired as a uniformed sergeant in 1990 to live in the Blyth area.

David R. B. Johnson

David died on the 3rd August, 2022. His funeral will take place at 11 am on Monday, 22nd August, 2022 at the West Road Crematorium.  David was a superintendent in Personnel Department in the early '80s and retired in that rank in 1985 to live in the Wylam area.

Edward O' Reagan

Edward died on the 30th July, 2022. He retired in 1979 as a sergeant. Funeral details are not to hand. Nothing is known of Edward's service history.

Ian Williamson

Ian died on the 25th July, 2022. He leaves a partner, Gillian. Ian's funeral will take place at 2.15 pm on Thursday, 18th August, 2022 at the West Road Crematorium. Ian retired as a constable in 2008 after service at the West End and the NAOR. He was also a tutor constable.

John Fawcett

John died on the 15th July, 2022. His funeral has already taken place.  Originally, A member of the Durham force, John joined Northumbria as the result of the amalgamation. In 1974 he was a D/S on the Drug Squad and, later, following promotion, a uniformed inspector at the West End in the late 70s. He retired in 1985 as an inspector after which he spent some time in the private security industry.

Alan Miller

Alan died on the 12th August, 2022 aged 89 years. He leaves a widow, Sandra. Alan's funeral will take place at 1.30 pm on Wednesday, 31st August, 2022 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. A member of both Borough and County forces, Alan served at Morpeth, Newcastle West and East and Crown Courts before retiring as a constable in 1984.

Les Herbert

Les died on the 31st August, 2022. He leaves a widow, Eileen. The funeral will take place at 1.30 pm Wednesday, 7th September, 2022 at Sunderland Crematorium. Les was a Sunderland constable who worked also on Traffic South and the SPG. He was a keen member of Sunderland Police Club where he was a committee member, and also a keen SAFC supporter.

Enoch Forster

Enoch died on the 22nd August, 2022 aged 93 years. He leaves a widow, Betty. His funeral will take place at 4 pm on Monday the 5th September, 2022 at Sunderland Crematorium. Enoch was a former Durham officer who served at Houghton Le Spring and joined Northumbria on amalgamation. He spent a number of years as a scientific aids officer. Following retirement, he was employed as a civilian operator at Houghton and, later, in the SAOR.

Geoffrey Berry

Geoffrey died on the 11th August, 2022 aged 77 years. He leaves a widow, Vera. Geoffrey's funeral will be private, family only. It is believed that he retired in 1995. We are not aware of his rank on retirement nor his service history.

Thomas Charlton

Tommy died on the 25th August, 2022 aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Jennifer. Tommy's funeral will take place at 11.30 am on Wednesday, 7th September, 2022 at Cowpen Crematorium. Tommy served in various departments in the force, particularly in Newcastle, before retirement in 1993 when he moved to Berwick. He was a member of Northumbria NARPO branch.

Leslie Harrison

Les died on the 15th September, 2022 aged 79 years. He leaves a widow, Linda. Funeral details are not yet to hand. Our limited service history suggests that Les may have worked in Morpeth.

Matthew Walker

Mattie died on the 17th September, 2022 aged 89 years. He was pre-deceased by his wife. Mattie's funeral will take place at 11.15 am on Thursday 29th September, 2022 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Mattie joined Northumberland County Constabulary as PC 419 in 1954 after service with the RAF. Initially, he served at both Newburn and Blyth before a posting to Wallsend in 1962, where he would spend most of his service. before a posting to North Shields where he spent his last two years, retiring as a constable in 1984.

Kenneth Jane

Kenneth died on the 24th September, 2022. He leaves a widow, Anne. Kenneth retired from the Dog Section in 2022 as a constable. His funeral will be held at 11 am on Friday, 14th October, 2022 at Durham Crematorium

John Hope

John died on the 2nd September, 2022. He retired as a sergeant in 1978. John's funeral will be held at 1.15 pm on Monday, 17th October, 2022 at St Peter Church, Harton followed by cremation at South Shields Crematorium.

Philip Robertshaw

Philip died on the 30th September, 2022 aged 60 years. He leaves a widow, Lynn. Philip's funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Monday, 10th October, 2022 at South Shields Crematorium. Philip spent much of his service in the Sunderland area working at Southwick, the Wheatsheaf, and Gilbridge Avenue before spending the last few years of service at Washington. He retired as a constable in 2010