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Fiona NAPIER( nee Clark) passed away suddenly but peacefully at Medway Maritime Hospital, Chatham on 13 October 2021.Fiona was a Clerical Officer at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow whilst with BTP.

She was also the wife of retired Supt Alistair NAPIER.

No other details at present I'm afraid.

We have been notified  by Jayne Gilbert the daughter of  Cyril Willmore that her father, formally S150. DOB 29/10/31, passed 08/10/21 from 110 Lynwood, Folkestone, Kent. CT195DD. Sadly, as yet we have no further information.

Information that Gordon Blake has passed away earlier in September. He worked at Euston and St Pancras. He also served in the Ticket Section at Euston.
His funeral is being held on 13th October at 11am The Vale, Butterfield Green Road, Luton LU2 8DD
Message originated from Dave Humpryes.

From Viv Head

PC Graham Alan Jennings retired from Birmingham New Street in 1986 and went with his family to Orkney to live. He had recently been suffering from Cancer, but on the 7 September he suffered a stroke and died later that evening. As it happens I was in Orkney at the time and met with his wife Lynne and Daughter Alison. I was not able to see Graham. He had is 86th birthday four days earlier.
RIP a fine upstanding gentleman.
No details regarding his funeral

Sorry to report that Steve Woodcock succumbed to Covid on 8 September. Steve was a retired officer at Birmingham and continued his service in a communications capacity and was still serving when taken ill. His funeral details are shown below. It is being co-ordinated by Chief Inspector Chris Hodgkiss and there will be a uniformed guard of honour.
 An estimated number of those attending has been requested so if you are intended to do so, please let me know and I will pass the number on.
Please note: If you have indicated an intention to attend via the Whats App Group, there is no need to respond here as well.

The funeral will take place at Sandwell Crematorium at 1300 hrs Friday 1st October.

Death of former colleague ex DS Ray Kelly
I have some sad news to pass on to you all especially the ones who knew him. Ex Det. Sgt. Ray Kelly died on Monday 24th August 2021 in Winchester hospital. Ray had suffered a massive stroke on the previous Thursday at home and another stroke on the Friday morning in hospital, he wouldn’t recover from those and sadly passed on the Monday.
Ray served in Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol and London. His last position was as D/S on the Channel Tunnel planning group under the late Inspector Alister McQueen.
Ray had been diagnosed with Cancer and was battling that for the previous 2 years plus. His wife a former BTP PW Valerie Moore died some years earlier. They have a son Michael.
Funeral details:

Death of former colleague ex DS Ray Kelly
I have some sad news to pass on to you all especially the ones who knew him. Ex Det. Sgt. Ray Kelly died on Monday 24th August 2021 in Winchester hospital. Ray had suffered a massive stroke on the previous Thursday at home and another stroke on the Friday morning in hospital, he wouldn’t recover from those and sadly passed on the Monday.
Ray served in Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol and London. His last position was as D/S on the Channel Tunnel planning group under the late Inspector Alister McQueen.
Ray had been diagnosed with Cancer and was battling that for the previous 2 years plus. His wife a former BTP PW Valerie Moore died some years earlier. They have a son Michael.
Funeral details:  I have been given the date and time for the funeral of Ray Kelly. Raymond was a catholic and as such will be having a Requiem Mass. This Mass will be held at 12.00 Wednesday 29th September at Holy Cross RC Church, 53 Leigh Road Eastleigh SO50 9DP.

Ray's coffin will be taken to Eastleigh Cemetary 52 Brookwood Avenue, Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9EN.

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I would like to inform you that, John Frank Palmer DOB 19/04/1935, passed away peacefully on 21/08/2021.

He served in the British Transport Police in Plymouth. I believe he was a member of NARBTPO, he also a member of the federation.

No information yet about funeral arrangements

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Pension scams have risen by 34% in the last 4 years. The nearer retirement you are the more likely a scammer is to try and contact you.  Anyone can be the victim of a pension scam, no matter how financially savvy you think you are.

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Sadly John died in hospital on 5th August 2021after a long battle with lung disease. He was 78 years old.

UPDATE

John WARNERHarwood Park Crematorium, Watton Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG2 8XT                                Thursday 2ndSeptember 2021 at 13.15hrs

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Paul MORSE

More sad news ; Paul  passed away in the last few weeks ,believed to be from sepsis. No other details are known at present apart from funeral arrangements below for those who wish to attend.

Funeral arrangements:

1400hrs Friday 27th August 2021 at Thornhill Crematorium, Thornhill Road, Cardiff ,

This will be followed at 1500hrs Manor Park Hotel, Thornhill Rd, Thornhill, Cardiff (just up the road from Crematorium.)

Family wish loud ties/shirts to reflect Paul’s character

Further to the earlier announcement of the passing of Paul Morse.

Paul was part of the BTP family for 28 years and is probably best remembered as a dog handler. He was well respected and liked by all those who worked with him. He was seen as a fountain of knowledge when it came to police dogs and was often contacted by younger serving officers from across the country for advice. He retired from BTP in September 2017 and his colleagues remember a man who was a real larger than life character.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Pauls funeral service will be held on Friday 27th August at 2pm. The service will take place at Thornhill Crematorium. I can be viewed online at

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All non-uniformed female officers attending the funeral are asked to wear bright colours and male officers are asked to wear bright/colourful ties as a reflection of Pauls personality and a celebration of his life.

A book of condolence has been opened to share stories and tributes to Paul. All messages will be shared with the family and can be found at: -                                    www.dilwyn.lewis9355@btp.police.uk

In lieu of flowers, the family have asked that anyone wishing to donate to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) can do so in Pauls memory at www.paulmorse.muchloved.com