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Information from Tony Haigh.

I am sorry to tell you that David Stearman-Smith died just before mid-night last night. He had been suffering with cancer for some time.

I was advised of his death by a former colleague who is not a member of the History Group or the Retired Officers Association. He is advising the History group

At this early stage I have no information about his funeral.

(See below as of 26 Jan 2022)

David's funeral cortege will leave his home on Friday, January 28th at 11.00am (approx), travelling via Gougane Barra, to St. Finbarr and St. Ronan's Church, Ballingeary for Mass and Service at 12.00 noon. Funeral afterwards to The Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy at 2.00pm.

David's Mass and Service will be live-streamed on the following link

We have been informed today by Duncan McCREANOR of the sad passing of Terry LAWSON who died on Xmas Day 2021, aged 81 years.

Terry served as a DC at Leeds and later as a Sgt at York. 

Terry will be cremated at Pontefract Crematorium, Wakefield Rd, Pontefract WF8 4HA, at 2pm on Tuesday 8th February 2022 and the family will be pleased to welcome ex colleagues at the service.

Joined the BTP in 1979 and served between 1982 to circa 2000 at Leeds as a dog handler' He passed away on 19th December 2021 after suffering for many years with Parkinson's disease and latterly Dementure.

His funeral is on Monday 17 Jan 2022 at the Lincoln Crematorium Sunningdale Drive  Boultham Park Road Lincoln LN6 7UD.

Afterward meet at the 5 bells P/H, Bassingham, LN5 9JZ

Any donations in memory to the Thin Blue Paw Foundation which is a National Charity supporting serving and retired police dogs across the UK. Their address is on their website.

It has been proposed the 1st  reunion since Covid is to be held on Wednesday 27th April 2022. (Covid situation depending.) Start as usual 2pm in the downstairs bar at Pendrells Oak pub, Holborn.

Watch this space for any updates.

Detective Sergeant Andy Winters awarded Queen’s Police Medal in 2022 New Year Honours
Andy, who has incredibly not taken a day off due to sickness in 38 years, is a renowned team player whose tenacity and drive as an officer is infectious amongst his colleagues.
He was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant in 1990 before being selected to manage a surveillance team, a pickpocket team and thereafter the Organised Crime Team.
As part of the Organised Crime Team, he worked in close partnership with key stakeholders as he led an international operation which resulted in the arrest of 17 individuals and the recovery of £500,000 worth of criminal assets.
He was also instrumental in investigating the murders of Lee Pomeroy and Tashan Daniel, who tragically lost their lives in 2019. In both cases, his contribution resulted in two violent thugs removed from society and subsequently being sentenced to substantial jail terms.
To this day he serves with BTP and continues to show the same enthusiasm and determination to ensure the railway is a safe environment for passengers as he enters his thirty-ninth year with the force.
Detective Sergeant Andy Winters said: “I am humbled and extremely grateful to be recognised by Her Majesty in her New Year Honours awards, especially given the great people that have been recognised in previous years.
“My dad also worked for BTP – his passion was unrivalled, and he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the force. If he was alive today, I know how immensely proud of me he would be.
“I would like to sincerely thank my current colleagues and those I’ve worked with in the past, as without them I would not be receiving this prestigious accolade.
“My appreciation extends to BTP for providing me with opportunities that have led me to this honour. I have enjoyed every minute of my 38-year career with this fantastic force.”
Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson said: “Andy is a very deserving recipient of this policing award, he reflects the definition of a proactive officer.
“He has a long history of successful policing operations and is highly respected by his colleagues who always look to seek his guidance and support.
“Over the years he’s worked with numerous other forces and agencies, both nationally and internationally, and always represents BTP to the highest standard and professionalism."

Just received a call from Terry Fleetwood that her husband ex Inspector Keith Fleetwood who served at Waterloo, Weymouth, Southampton and Bournemouth passed away in Southampton General Hospital on 1st December from COVID related illness following back surgery.

No information as yet, about funeral arrangements

We have just been advised that Alan passed away yesterday. He served at Crewe, Chester, and Liverpool. We do not have any further information as yet but the entry will be updated when we do.


The funeral of Alan Sourbutts will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at Blacon Crematorium, Chester CH1 5BB

Following the funeral a gathering will be held at the Royal Oak, Little Neston, CH64 4DE where all are welcome.