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"I have today received the sad news from Dave Breen (Via Facebook) that Betty Nuttall has passed away in the Nursing Home that she has been in for a number of years. I am advised that she was taken ill and admitted to hospital but was later returned to the Nursing Home. Betty was on the same recruit course at Tadworth with me in 1961 and she spent her whole career until retirement, in Manchester. She was a regular attender at the NW Retired Officer lunches in Liverpool until she took ill and was admitted to the Nursing Home. As soon as I have any further details I will let you know."

I have today recieved a letter from the wife of Geoffrey SCAMBLER to say that he sadly passed away after a short illness  at Lancaster Royal Infirmary on 7th November 2019, aged 93 years. He retired in 1985 as an inspector at Manchester Piccadilly. Rest in Peace Geoffrey.


Mark Birch's funeral takes place at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium on Monday 9th November.
Obviously in view of the current restrictions the number of attendees is limited to 30, the majority of whom will be family members, but a few serving officers (including Chief Constable Crowther) and retired officers/staff will also attend - including Dave Jones and Paul Majster.
It is a continuing shame that former colleagues who knew and worked with Mark cannot attend his funeral but such are the times in which we live.
RIP Mark
For those who knew Mark, I understand that his funeral service will be streamed live by the crematorium at Sutton Coldfield on Monday next.  Log in details are
Password :  B12020    Time 3.15p.m.
Mark Birch funeral today: live stream
The live stream event has now been set up for the service at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium on Monday 9th November at 3.15p.m.
The password is:  BI2020  (The password is the first two letters of the surname followed by the current year).
Email states to press F5 to refresh if you login before the live stream has started.


The NPMD was founded in December 2000 following the brutal killing of a Kent Police Officer. It has become an official national day to provide a dignified and sensitive service of remembrance to honour the ultimate sacrifice of Police Officers throughout the UK. The first service was held on 30th October 2004 at St. Pauls Cathedral. It now rotates around each of the four nations of the UK and is held annually on the nearest Sunday to 29th September. The Patron of the NPMD is HRH the Prince of Wales.

In 2020, owing to the Covid-19 restrictions the event had to be held virtually. This can now be viewed on the NPMD website where all other information may be found. The website address is

Saddened to hear of the loss of our BTP colleague, Mark "Birchy" Birch.
A former PC at Birmingham New Street from 1981-2011, latterly a member of police staff in the property store from 2012.
Our thoughts are with Mark's family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.
Chief Constable, Paul Crowther stated “Deeply saddened by the death overnight of colleague Mark Birch. He was very much part of the BTP family and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his wife, family, friends and colleagues.”
R.I.P. Birchy

Date: Friday, 16th October
Time: 15.10
Venue: Rawdon Crematorium, Leeds Rd, Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6JP
Following the service, we have made a reservation at Murgatroyds, Harrogate Road, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7BN for 16.00.
Can you please let me know if you'll be joining us at Murgatroyds?
Also, I have created a Tribute Page for Roger, where you are able to view and upload photos, videos, stories, memorable accolades of any kind and of course donations to the British Heart Foundation, which was his chosen charity.

In the Spring of 2020 there was a period of time during which travel by train was for essential journeys only.
A decision has been made that the Staff Travel Card issued to Safeguarded Staff for the year 2020/21 which is printed with an end of validity date of 30 June 2021 will be extended to 30 September 2021.
This will give holders an additional 3 months in which to use the allocation of date boxes for free travel on National Rail services only.
In this 3 month extension period the Staff Travel Card dated boxes will not be valid for free travel on London Underground inter-available routes, nor for use on any of the other reciprocal carriers.
The 2020/21 Staff Travel Cards will not be re-issued with a new end of validity date. National Rail TOC ticket inspection staff will be briefed of this change to allow you to use dated boxes until 30 September 2021.
Staff Travel Card 2020/21 summary of validity:
  • 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2021. Use on all services as shown in the Where Can I Go guide for Safeguarded Staff.
  • 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021. Remaining dated boxes can be used for free travel on National Rail services only.
All usage is subject to any Staff Travel Restrictions published on the RST website.

"This morning Cyril WARWICK passed away, he was 95 years of age. Cyril's service was all in Southampton Docks and Rail from 1947 until retirement in March 1982. He leave a Son and a Daughter. I have opened a Condolence list. RIP Cyril."
Information came from Ian Oliver, via Facebook
No information about the funeral as yet.

Death of Charles Raymond Webster dob 20/01/24 on Friday 25th September 2020,

Occurred in a Nottinghamshire  Nursing home where had been resident.

Ray served Nottingham Victoria & Midland Stations.

Life Member of NARBTP.

We do not have any information about a funeral at present