National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018. 

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During the currency of the Covid-19 crisis, funeral details are not being published on a regular basis. Regulations relating to the conduct of funerals,  imposed by HMG, continue to be relaxed but 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 Winter 2020 Northumbria Bobby

James Davison

Jim died on the 1st June, 2020 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Maureen. He retired in 1993 as a constable.Jim was a well-respected officer and a fine swimmer.

Alan Barber

Alan died on the 22nd May, 2020 aged 67 years. He leaves a widow, Sue. Retiring as an inspector in 2004, Alan was a Northumbria Police officer who worked at Blyth and Morpeth during his service.after commencing his police career at Ashington. He also served at Newcastle West, North Shields, Gateshead the Fraud Squad and Professional Standards

Shaun Eke

Shaun died on the 21st May, 2020 aged 63 years.He retired as a constable in 2008.Nothing further is known of his service history.

Charles Russell

Charles died on the27th April, 2020 aged 79 years. He retired as a constable in 1997 to live in the Sunderland area. A widower, Charles is survived by his daughter, Amanda. Nothing is known of his service history.

Derek Copeland

Derek died on the 22nd June, 2020 aged 63 years. He leaves a widow, Gillian.Derek, who was stationed at Whitley Bay for some of his service, retired as a constable in2006.

Simon Little

Simon died on the 14th June, 2020 aged 46 years. He leaves a widow, Louise. Simon retired as a constable in 2013. Whilst highly regarded by his friends an colleagues, unfortunately not details are known of his service history.

Leslie Montague

Les died on the 15th June, 202 aged 90 years. He leaves a widow, Margaret. Les retired as a chief inspector in 1985 after which time he worked for the Crown Court.

Keith Brown

Keith died on the 25th June 2020. His funeral will take place at 10.15am on Friday, 10th July, 2020 at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. The service can be relayed  outside the chapel for those intending to attend in accordance with current HMG guidelines. Keith's initial posting was to Wallsend before moving to the Dog Section where he remained for the rest of his service.

John Gerald Boyd

Gerry died on the 31st July, 2020 aged 73 years. He is survived by his widow, Audrey. An ex-Newcastle City officer, Gerry retired in 1998 after service in both uniform, CID  and Drug Squad. During his service, Gerry was stationed throughout the City, Gateshead and Prudhoe before retiring as a sergeant from Gosforth.

Allan McCowie

Allan died on the 26th July, 2020 aged 71 years. He leaves a widow, Judith. Allan retired as a sergeant in 1995 after serving as a constable on Traffic at Hexham and a sergeant  in North Tyneside during the Prison Strike of the 80s, in addition to other postings.

David Pattison

David died on the 6th August, 2020 aged 75 years. He retired as a constable in 1994 after service with Newcastle City and Northumbria Police.

Peter Blacklock

Peter died on the 25th August, 2020 aged 71 years. He leaves a widow, Sally. Peter started as a police cadet with Northumberland County Constabulary and was appointed to the regular force as a constable in1968. During his service, he was stationed at Wallsend, Morpeth and Ponteland. In the late 70s, Peter was struck by a vehicle whilst he was at the scene of an RTA near Belsay and spent a long period in recovery and recuperation before returning to duty in the NAOR and, later, the PNC Bureau. He retired in the mid 90s.

Malcolm Bennett

Malcolm died on the 22nd August, 2020 aged 59 years. He leaves a widow, Deborah. Malcolm retired from Northumbria Police as a constable in 2018. Nothing further is known of his service history.

William Colin Cole 

Colin died on the 26th August, 2020 aged 73 years. After joining Northumberland Constabulary in the early '70s, Colin had a variety of postings including Newburn, West End CID, RCS, Regional Drug Squad and National Crime Intelligence.On his return to Northumbria Police, he was a member of the Force Intelligence Department from which post he retired as a DC.

Graham Cummings

Graham died on the 29th August, 2020 aged 63 years.He leaves a widow, Sue. He worked in the East End before retiring as a constable  through injury in 1989.The funeral will take place at 12.15pm on Friday, 11th September, 2020 at Blyth Crematorium where both sides will be open permitting mourners up to HMG Covid-19 maximum to attend.

William Raymond Layton

Ray died on the 12th September 2020, aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Marion. He retired as a superintendent in 1991 after service, amongst other postings, in Traffic Department and sub divisional commander at Wallsend. Ray's funeral will be held at 1pm on Tuesday 22nd September, 2020 at St Mary's Church, Ponteland subject to the then current Covid-19 restrictions.

Brian Wright

Brian died on the 8th September, 2020 aged Dennis died on the 20th October, 2020 ages 67 hyearsyears. He leaves a widow, Esther. There are no funeral details to hand. Brian retired as a constable in 1985 but nothing is known of his service history.

Tom Nichol

Tom died on the 18th September, 2020 aged 89 years. He leaves a widow, Audrey. Funeral arrangements are not yet in hand. Tom started his career in 1952 as a member of the River Tyne Police. When the River Police became part of South Shields Borough force in 1968, Tom transferred to Northumberland County Constabulary as a town inspector, stationed at Whitley Bay. Later in service, Tom was a member of Prosecutions Department at Bank House and retired from his post as superintendent, Gosforth Sub Division.

Robert Thew

Bob died on the 24th September, 2020 aged 87 years. A former Royal Marine, Bob retired from Northumbria Police in 1987 as a constable. During his service he was statioined in Sunderland finishing at the Wheatsheaf. His funeral, with the currect restrictions applying, will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday, 1st October 2020 at Sunderland Crematorium.

David Armstrong

David died on the 29th September, 2020 aged 74 years. He leaves a widow, Elsie. His funeral will take place on Monday, 12th October, 2020 at Blyth Crematorium (The time has not been notified) with the usual Covid restrictions in place. David retired as a detective sergeant in 1996 after service in the Northumbria forces in Ashington, Morpeth, Walker and Blyth, the station from which he retired as a member of the CID.

Kenneth Short

Ken died on the 2nd October, 2020 after feeling unwell whilst out and about. He was 74 years. He leaves a widow, Avril. Ken's funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Friday, 23rd October, 2020 at Sunderland Crematorium. Covid-19 restrictions apply. Ken, who started as a cadet with Sunderland Borough Police, retired as a uniformed inspector in 1999. He served with Traffic Department and was also posted as a uniformed officer to Gillbridge. He was an enthusiast of local railways and, it seems, he was following his passion on the day he passed away.  

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Ernest Dennis Haswell

Dennis died on the 20th October, 2020 aged 67 years. He leaves a widow, Marie. The funeral will take place at 10.00am on Friday, 6th November, 2020 at St Mary's Church, Blackhill, DH8 8LP. Dennis joined Northumbria Police in May,1974 and spent some of his service at the Wheatsheaf and 9 Box, Sunderland North. He also served at Washington.

Nigel Work

Nigel died on the 22nd October, 2020 aged 66 years. He leaves a widow, Sandra. Nigel retired as a constable in 2005. Nothing further is known of his service history. The funeral is private.

David Pearson

David died on the 28th October, 2020 aged 79 years. He leaves a widow, Helen. It is thought that David joined Northumbria Police in the late '70s after service in the police overseas, particularly Papua, New Guinea. His funeral is to be private.