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Mrs. Maureen CRANKSHAW (Widow of Les CRANKSHAW)
Information from  Derek Wiggins
I am obliged to inform you of the passing of a member of our organisation as above. I have today been in contact with each of Maureen and Les's daughters who told me that Maureen passed away in hospital in Worthing earlier today.
She had been in hospital for some weeks with heart and kidney problems, but sadly, as with so many currently, contracted Coronavirus but surprisingly appeared to survive it whilst pre-conditions persisted.  She was in her mid. eighties, and will be remembered by many colleagues. of Les's era  as being very outgoing and fun company at the Waterloo Club gatherings.

We have been advised that Barrie Reynolds, an ex BTP Officer has  passed  away recently. Little is known about him apart from he joined BTP sometime before 1969 and was stationed at Cardiff as a DC. He then moved to Kings Cross as a DS followed by Liverpool Street as an Inspector finishing up at FHQ as a DCI .

Post BTP he was a member of Basildon Rugby Club serving as their Vice President. We have no further information about him concerning funeral arrangements etc..

Passed to me by Dave Hoare that Malcolm 'Timber' Wood passed away this afternoon in Northampton General Hospital. It was as a result of a sudden illness and death. We have no further information.

Malcolm   AKA 'Timber' served in BTP from 1971 until his retirement in 2000 at: Euston, St Pancras, Paddington and Kings Cross. On retirement he took up coach driving and his main interest was watching rugby.


This came from Viv Head, BTP History Society.

I have learnt from the website of Basildon Rugby Club (where Barrie was Vice-President) that he has recently died. There are no contact numbers on the site and the club is currently closed.
  I have been trying to contact the family by getting in touch with the five Basildon funeral directors as well as the crematorium. None have any record. I will try again towards the end of the week.
  If anyone does have any information to help please let me know.
Any information to me via my E Mail please
John K

The SE Reunion which was to be held on the 29th April 2020 has had to be cancelled. It is hoped, providing the virus has subsided and the situation is resuming some sort of normality, to hold the next one on the 18 November 2020 at the Pendrells Oak, Holborn.

Passed to me By Dave Hoare who received the news from various sources, that on 1st April 2020 retired dog handler Brian Reynolds passed away. In his service he was stationed at Victoria mainline then as a dog handler on the LT area. He went on to become one of first dedicated Bomb Dog handlers for FHQ and was based at Stratford with his Golden Labrador 'Royal'. If more information is received it will be updated.

Information from Frank Loftus, that Dave Tucker, a PC formerly stationed at Crewe and later as a dog handler has passed away. Sadly no further information is available at present but will be updated if received.

Update for Dave Tucker

Dave had been ill for about six years and had been transferred to a Care home nearby, where he sadly died on  Tuesday 24.03.2020
David Roy Tucker, 71yrs Born 09.12.1948.
Dave entered service 1974 serving Stoke on Trent, Crewe, Bangor/Rhyl,  Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and latterly served as PCSO on Welsh Coast/Cambrian Coast lines, believed until about 2015.  Known as the 'Sheriff of Stoke' whilst serving there, he has been described as 'warm and fearless'. He was professional footballer before joining the force.
  It is understood that due to the current pandemic, Dave will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in their favourite spot in North Wales.
  Glyn Thomas is in touch with the family should any personal message wish to be delivered.



This was published on the BBC News this morning in what was the CEFAX News section.  It concerns a video linking service called ZOOM.

Zoom for those who do not know, is similar to Skype, it is a free service and is based in America. I don't know how serious this could be, but the warning I think is justified. The wording below is as it appeared on the Television.


Zoom is now being used by millions of people for work and leisure as lock-downs are imposed in many countries. But it's data security and privacy measures have been called into question.

John King