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  • The following information has been received from Glyn Thomas.
    Retired PC 1073 Trevor Nigel Bromell, age unkown, who lived in Nuneaton, Warwickshire sadly passed away on Sunday 1st September, 2019, after a short illness. He died at Myton Hospice, Walsgrave, in the presence of his wife Maxine.  Trevor started with BTP at Birmingham in 1985 and served also at Coventry until retirement in 2010, re-joining as Part time for about 12 months.
    Trevor was a member of both NARBTPO (51000) and NARPO.
    Funeral arrangements in hand and will be advised in due course.

From the Chief Constables Office:-

Railway Workers WW1 Centenary Memorial Service at Southwark Cathedral London on 6th November 2019.

On 14 May 1919, in the presence of His Majesty King George V, over 7,000 railway people and families attended a service of remembrance in memory of the railwaymen of Great Britain and Ireland who died in the service of their country during WW1. Now, a century later, the railway industry of Britain and Ireland will come together again in a service at Southwark Cathedral, London, to remember those that fell in the "Great War". As well as remembering those that fell, we will celebrate our great industry as it is today, and look forward together.

You can register your interest in attending this service at

Many thanks for considering this.

Details of Fair's funeral are :

Tuesday 3rd Sept, 11.30am for 11.45 service at Weeley Crematorium,
Colchester Rd, WEELEY, CO16 9JP. Funeral Directors Lesley BARLOW,
CLACTON, 01255 222899. Flowers may be taken to crematorium or delivered
to undertakers before 9 am on the day. A wake has not yet been arranged
but is to be so arranged on 19th August.

For those attending and intend to travel by train, Weeley station is about 10 mins walk from the Crematorium.

From: Catherine McEwan (via Bob Richardson)
Sadly,  Boyd Hilton,  who served at Southampton died yesterday. He had been suffering from dementia for several years.
At present we have no further information.

I have just been advised by an ex BTP officer (Not in NARBTPO) that Fair Blunn (Margaret)  has passed away yesterday in a nursing home in Essex. I do not have any information concerning dates of the funeral so any more information would be appreciated.

John King




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.