A former police chief inspector from Bonnybridge recalls his many years in the Force in his soon to be published book, The Fearn Bobby. The thinking-man’s Billy Connolly is how Ian McNeish was once described. Having spent three very entertaining hours in his company, it’s not hard to understand why. Brutally honest, with a wealth of stories which he tells with a mixture of humour and pathos, Ian also goes off at tangents like the Big Yin, but returns to the original story eventually. Little wonder, then, that Grangemouth man Dr Tom Christie, who runs Extremis Publishing in Stirling with his sister Julie, approached Ian about writing a book. The pair knew each other from Rotary and Tom had been keeping an eye on Ian’s blogs on his other passion – mountaineering. But Tom didn’t want him to write a book about that; instead, he asked Ian to reveal all about his many years in the police force. After a month chewing it over, Ian (71) agreed. Explaining why, he … [Read more...] about Former Falkirk police officer’s book about the Force
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A police officer with one of the highest consistent arrest rates in the Nottinghamshire force has retired. Sergeant Bob Godber — a familiar face on the beat in Newark and Sherwood — is returning to civilian life, having dedicated his career to taking the criminal element off the streets. Sergeant Godber described himself as an old-fashioned cop with an eye for detail — pulling over the right vehicle, chasing down a suspect, and, with his team, arriving with a warrant to arrest unsuspecting criminals in the early hours. “For me, it was about coming into work to see who I could catch and take off the streets — the people who were wanted, particularly those who had been wanted for a long time and who had proved difficult to catch,” said Mr Godber, 48. “The vast majority of people I came into contact with were decent, honest, law-abiding people. It was that tiny percentage I dedicated my time to catching.” Sergeant Godber was known for … [Read more...] about Police officer known for high arrest rates is finally off duty
A candlelit parade and ceremony took place to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Hertsmere Borough Council leader, Morris Bright MBE, the Mayor of Hertsmere Cllr Charles Goldstein, and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Robert Voss CBE were joined by a number of residents and council officers for the march through Radlett on January 25. Hertsmere Volunteer Police Cadets were on hand to support the parade along with the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade. The group walked from Radlett station, down Watling Street, to the Radlett Centre, where a ceremony took place. This included a two-minute silence, speeches from the Mayor and Cllr Bright, videos, Joanna Millan's life story, candle lighting and performances from Elissa Street and Yavneh College. Mrs Millan was born in Berlin in August 1942 as Bela Rosenthal. When she was just six months old, her father was taken to Auschwitz where he was murdered. Bela, with her mother in June 1943, were sent to the Terezin ghetto, north of Prague. But … [Read more...] about Borough marks Holocaust Memorial Day with candle-lit march
PUBLISHED: 21:56 26 January 2018 Katie Mercer Police unveil plaque dedicated to previously unknown war heroes Archant A plaque to the memory of three officers from the former West Suffolk Constabulary who were killed in the First World War has been unveiled at Bury St Edmunds Police Station. A short service of dedication on January 17, led by force chaplain Jeanette Gosney, paid tribute to PCs Thomas Christopher Reeder, Charles Albert Capon and Frederick Arthur New who died while serving abroad. Speakers included chief constable Gareth Wilson, police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore, supt Kim Warner, and Lord Phillips of Sudbury, with serving constables and PCSOs from the West also in attendance. A minute’s silence was held after Kim Warner read the Ode to Remembrance. Lord Phillips of Sudbury, described it as an honour to be asked to speak and said: “A minute’s silence is such a small thing when you consider why we are here and what we are honouring. You … [Read more...] about Museum curator discovered three west Suffolk police officers were killed in world war one. Police have mounted a plaque to honour them.
PUBLISHED: 13:06 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 26 January 2018 A maquette of the National K9 Memorial. Picture: K9 MEMORIAL FUND Archant A national memorial for police dogs is to be installed in an Essex park after a campaign spearheaded by a former Chelmsford police officer – and donations are needed to see the project finished. Pc Paul Nicholls and Fidget the police dog Retired Pc Paul Nicholls launched the K9 Memorial Fund after the loss of his first canine partner. Mr Nicholls from Colchester, who was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the 2017 birthday honours for his work as a dog handler, got a plaque installed at Essex Police headquarters, but is now working with others on a national memorial. Planning permission has been given for the honour to be installed in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, and top sculptor John Doubleday has been commissioned to create the piece. A maquette of the final design has been drawn up, depicting a dog handler with a German Shepherd and a … [Read more...] about Retired Essex Police dog handler close to realising dream of national police dog memorial in Chelmsford park