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We received this today regarding an old colleague:-

 today we received your Retired Lines for Leonard Boughton who used to live at Bickerley Green. Sadly he passed away over a year ago on 1st December 2019. Sorry to give you sad news, and please cancel the newsletter.

Sarah Anstey

Bickerley Green Nursing and Residential Home

Kingsbury Lane


BH24 1EL


Hi All please see below

I have been informed via NARPO of the passing of the below :

Peter John CAIN, who served at Garston Dock and Liverpool, sadly passed away on 9th November 2019 believed aged 94.

No other details are known at this time.

Please see below message from Elaine  Derek, PA to the CC



BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther retires in early February and I have started a retirement messages book for his current and ex colleagues who have worked with him over his 40 years’ service. I think it would be a great memento, and he would also be extremely touched, if the book contained messages from colleagues who have worked with him during his service, PC, DC and as he worked his way up the ranks. I am sure many NARBTPO members will have some great memories. If any would like to share them in a message to Paul can I ask they email them to me and I will arrange for them to be transferred into the messages book. I will need these by 10 January. My email is

Information from John Bryant

Good Morning all.

I have been advised by FHQ that the new Chief Constable to replace Paul Crowther will be Deputy Assistant Commissioner MPD Lucy D'Orsi..
If you log onto the BTP website there is a entry about the new chief constable which has a full resume of the appointment.

"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.