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From Bob Richardson

I am sorry to announce the sad passing of Clifford HARDCASTLE on Saturday 20 July 2019 after a short illness, at the age of 84.

Clifford served at York, Doncaster and Hull and retired in 1986 as a DI

The funeral will be at York Crematorium, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 2QD  on Monday 19th August at 12.20, and afterwards at the Middlethorpe Hotel Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 2GB  .

All are welcome to attend.


Information from Trevor Steward.
It is with regret I have to tell you that Jon Longstaff passed away in hospital in the early hours today. He was in hospital. he was 81 yrs old with not long to go intil his 82nd He joined BTP in the 1950 and was a great friend and confidant.
Details of his funeral arrangements will be posted when known.

The funeral of Jon LONGSTAFF will take place on 22nd August 2019 at 3.30pm at

Chelmsford Crematorium
Writtle Road

Devolution of Railways Policing

As the proposals for the enhanced the accountability and transparency of railways policing in Scotland are finalised, I wanted to write to thank you for the contribution you, and all key stakeholders, have made.

At the stakeholder event I held in November 2018, I asked stakeholders to work together to explore options for the devolved accountability and responsibility in the delivery of railway policing.  We listened to the findings and since December, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) have been working together to develop robust proposals for a new Scottish Railways Policing Committee.

I am pleased to tell you that the Authorities have reached agreement on Terms of Reference for the Committee and a supporting Memorandum of Understanding.  I have approved the proposal and I have written to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee setting out the details of the arrangements.  It is important to note that under the new arrangements the pension, terms and conditions of BTP officers and staff will be unchanged. Retired officers will similarly be unaffected.

The Authorities will now work together on plans for implementation, with the intention of holding the first meeting of the new Committee in September.  The Committee will meet in Scotland, in public, and you would be welcome to attend as an observer.

The new arrangements will of course need a significant bedding in period and be subject to rigorous review. The Authorities are currently working on plans for evaluating the proposal against the agreed design principles. We will therefore continue to keep the commencement of the Railway Policing (Scotland) Act 2017 under review. As always, I value the input and expertise of all our partners and stakeholders. By working together I am confident we will continue to deliver a railway policing service which provides enhanced accountability while continuing to keep the travelling public and our communities safe.

Humza Usaf

Cabinet Secretary for Justice.


The details for the Funeral of Michael John Barry are as follows:-

It will take place at 11.15 hours on Monday 1st July 2019 at the:-

The West Berkshire Crematorium

Bath Road

Thatcham RG19 4LD

Those of you who are attending are invited to join the family after the service at:-

The White Hart

2 High Street




Thatcham Railway Station is approximately a mile and a half from the Crematorium and The White Hart is about a mile from the Crematorium

A local taxi firm is CABCO Tel 01635 33333

If anyone would like to be a pall bearer please contact John BRYANT. :

There is a new section entitled 'Members Benefits' which was created today. It can be found on the extreme right hand side of the 2nd line of the title page on the front of the website. At present there is only one but there are another two waiting to be uploaded when I get the details..

Michelle, the daughter of Ivor Kerslake, on behalf of herself and family has asked for a message of thanks to be passed to all retired officers and everyone who attended her father's funeral, also for the kind messages of support received. A similar message has been sent to the uniformed officers for their smart turnout at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium on 14th May 2019


From John Bryant.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Ex Det Insp Mick Barry died this morning.
DoB 08.03.1946
DeS 07.02.1966
Retired 1997
Former committee member of NARBTPO and long standing treasurer, membership secretary & web site manager.
A full obituary will be published for the membership in September edition of the newsletter.

Information from Eddie Heron, I am advised that Raymond Kerr Ex P.C. BTP Glasgow passed away at home on 18th May.

Funeral arrangements to follow when known.

"Ray" was a well known member of NARBTPO in Scotland.

RIP Ray.


The funeral for ex inspector John SHEA will be held on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at 10:30 hours at St Edwards Church, Windsor followed by refreshments at the Royal Adelaide Hotel In Windsor.

If anyone wishes to attend they are welcome. Please let the below mentioned know so she can pass on numbers to the family There will be a number of ex Heathrow officers attending.

Tara Doyle Chief Inspector