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.

John Leslie Dixon

John died on the 20th January, 2021 aged 77 years. His funeral arrangements are for a private ceremony. John initially joined Tynemouth Borough Police in 1964 as Police Constable No. 129. Following the subsequent amalgamations, John served at Whitley Bay, Blyth, Ashington CID North Shields, and Newcastle West End CID. He retired as a sergeant.

Stuart Robinson

Stuart died on the 20th February, 2021 aged 59 years. He leaves a widow, Patricia. He retired as a sergeant in 2013 to live in the Morpeth area. Stuart's funeral will be held at 2.30 pm on Wednesday, 10th March, 2021 at Blyth Crematorium. Covid-19 restrictions will apply. Currently, nothing further is known of Stuart's service history.

Ronald Young

Ronnie died on the 3rd February, 2021 aged 84 years. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Mavis and his funeral is private, with family only. Ronnie served in Newcastle City, Newcastle West End, Newburn, and Westerhope. It is believed that he retired somewhere around 1991 when he went to work at Newcastle International Airport. He was a regular attender at the Northumbria Branch Christmas Social evening.

Albert Clark

Nobby died on the 26th February, 2021 aged 75 years. It is thought that his funeral has already taken place. Nobby retired as a uniformed inspector in 1996 after 30 years, having served at Blyth, Newcastle, Gosforth, Kenton, and South Shields.

Paul Brogan

Paul died on 8th March, 2021 aged 72 years. His funeral will take place on Monday, 22nd March, 2021. Paul retired as a uniformed constable in 1997 after service in the Newcastle area, particularly the West End. 

Albert Gibson

Bert died on the 7th March, 2021 aged 75 years. He was predeceased by his wife. Bert's funeral will take place on the 24th March, 2021. Bert was an ex-Northumberland County officer, joining in 1964, latterly as a member of Northumbria Crime Squad/Serious Incident Squad. Bert left the job in 1977 and became a solicitor but never forgot his relationship with the organisation. He was a keen footballer playing for Norpol Traffic and the Over 40s teams.

Joseph Corkhill

Joe died on the 6th March, 2021 aged 90 years. He leaves a widow, Annie. His funeral will be held at 12.30 pm on Friday, 19th March, 2021 at Sunderland Crematorium. Joe was an ex-Sunderland Borough officer who retired as a uniformed constable. For part of his service, he was the F Panda driver in the Grangetown area of Sunderland.

Thomas Laidler

Tommy died on the 25th February, 2021 aged 81 years. He retired in 1993 to live in the Fenham area. For many years, in retirement, Tommy performed the duties of a school crossing patrol and was well-known and respected in his area. His funeral has already taken place.

Michael Stephenson

Mick died on the 2nd March, 2021 aged 84 years. He leaves a widow Joan. Serving in a number of posts throughout his service, at one time Mick was a  divisional training sergeant and retired in 1990 as chief superintendent i/c Community Services Department. His funeral has already taken place.

Douglas Pickering

Doug died on the 21st March, 2021 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Brenda. A family-only funeral will be held on the 15th April, 2021. Doug retired as a constable in 1992, initially living in Northumberland before moving to live in the Leeds area.

Hector Goodfellow Clark

Hector died on the 5th April, 2021 aged 87 years. He was predeceased by his wife. Hector's funeral will take place at 2.15 pm on Monday, 19th April, 2021 at Tynemouth Crematorium when current Covid-19 restrictions will apply. The service can be followed online at:          Username: fege 4961           Password: 190143

Hector joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1955 and was posted to Whitley Bay. He transferred to Lothian and Borders Police in 1983, as deputy chief constable,  having risen to the rank of ACC in what had by then become Northumbria Police following two amalgamations.

Hector will be remembered, however, for his time as a detective and SIO, when he led a number of prominent murder enquiries, the most notorious of which might be the Suan Maxwell case and was one which saw cross-border co-operation, between England and Scotland, as the enquiry grew to embrace the Caroline Hogg murder in Portobello, Edinburgh,  and, later,  also the Sarah Harper murder in Leeds. Eventually, the murderer responsible,  Robert Black, was arrested in Stow follow a failed further abduction attempt.

Alan Purvis

Alan died on the 7th April, 2021 aged 82 years. He leaves a widow, Sheila. Alan's funeral will take place at the West Raod Crematorium at 2.15 pm on Tuesday 20th April, 2021 with the usual Covid-19 restrictions applying. Alan retired as a chief inspector in 1990 and will be remembered as a detective for some of his service when he was in the CID at Byker, Walker, Blyth, Newburn and Sunderland.

Keith Fox

Keith died on the 25th April, 2021 aged 79 years. He joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1961 and was posted to Wallsend. Amongst other postings, he worked as a member of No. 2 RCS and retired as a detective sergeant in 1990. His funeral arrangements, whilst currently unknown, will follow the Covid-19 protocols.

Brian Hamilton Wright

Brian died on the 24th April, 2021 aged 87 years. He joined Gateshead Borough Police in 1954 and, later, became a member of Durham Constabulary from which force he retired in 1984 as a uniformed inspector. During his service, Brian was a police photographer, later becoming the Durham Constabulary Crime Prevention Officer. At the time of his retirement, Brian was in charge of the Criminal Records Department.

George Henry Reid

George died on the 29th April, 2021 aged 76 years. He leaves a widow, Sandra. George served in the Newcastle Divisions especially as a member of the CID in the West End before retiring as a detective sergeant in 1994. George's funeral is to be private.