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Hi everyone,
Some very bad news, Eddie Heron passed away this morning. (6th August 2021) I have known about this for several weeks but am still devastated by his passing much quicker than expected. He was a Special friend and an excellent cop. As you know, he did a stack of secretarial work for the Scottish Retired Officers and he
will be dearly missed by all. I will inform you all further of any updates on the funeral etc. when his daughter, Jennifer, has that information.
Please do not send any correspondence to his e-mail address because it was
Eddie's wish that I did not tell anyone of his Illness.

From Eddie's Daughter

I wanted to let you know that my Dad passed away early this morning. As
you know he’s been battling cancer and having been into the hospice for a
couple of weeks, he came home on Tuesday like he wanted. In his words ‘get
me out the bloody Vic!’ and that’s what we did.

He went through a list with me some weeks back and he said I was to
contact yourself and let you know and that you’d be able to let others
know. I hope that’s ok. He said if I could ask you to do one job for him - to do ‘death retired notice’ and if you could ‘tell Elaine in Glasgow to advise pension and
HR Please’

If you need any more detail or information please just ask me.

Apparently Dunfermline Crem is still closed for services and so it will be
Kirkcaldy Crem I think I’m told there’s a 2-3 week wait but I should have
some details confirmed early next week and will let you know.

Thank you very much. My Dad said he really enjoyed doing the retired BTP
stuff with you and I know he appreciated your support about his illness. I
know the years of you all in the Waverley back in the day were full of

Funeral Arrangements

Funeral details are now confirmed by his Daughter, Jennifer 
Kirkcaldy Crematorium.
Monday 30th August at 3pm.
Then The Hillend Tavern to have a drink and celebrate his life with fond memories.

The Tavern is right next to Dalgety Bay train station.

I have just been advised by Hilly Kendrick, the wife of Phil KENDRICK, that he passed away in the early hours of this morning, (28/07/21).

Phil was diagnosed with an inoperable aggressive brain tumour only a couple of weeks ago and was being cared for at the James Padgett Hospital in Great Yarmouth.



Phil KENDRICK—Memorial service to be held at Hemsby Methodist Church, Martham Road, Hemsby,

Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4LS

Wednesday 1stSeptember 2021 at 14.00hrs

Information from Bob Richardson


From Jim McKelvie

I have just been advised that Jimmy McMenemy has passed away no details yet re funeral arrangements; Jimmy served in a number of Uniform and CID roles in the Scottish Area retiring as DCI in 1991.





The funeral of Jimmy McMenemy will take place on the 27th August at 09.30am in St Marys Church 163 George Street Paisley


Information from Bob Richardson.

I have been informed by Gavin CLARKSON (ex BTP) of the sad passing of his father Frederick 'Derrick' CLARKSON on 23/05 2021

Derrick who served at Manchester, FHQ and Carlisle was 81 years old and had been suffering with bowel cancer.

Dear NARBTPO member

Please see the below regarding a TV series on Railway Murders which you may find of interest.

Thanks to Tony HAIGH for bringing this to our attention.

This coming Sunday (2nd May) there is a series of programmes on the Yesterday channel (freeview 26 and Sky 155). It is titled RAILWAY MURDERS and comprises six episodes:-

1) 11:00hrs - The murder of Thomas Briggs in 1864.

2) 12:00hrs - Body in the Tunnel.

3) 13:00hrs - Police Killer the story of the first Railway Police Officer to be murdered.

4) 14:00hrs - The Newcastle train murder in 1910.

5) 15:00hrs - Guardsman murder of Jimmy Alcott in 1952.

6) 16:00hrs - Death on the Underground in 1957.


Bob Richardson

From John Bryant.

Can you please advise the members of the passing of Kevin Colgan.  Kevin retired as an Inspector on the LU Area in the late 90's He was promoted to Inspector LU from Uniform Sergeant Southampton, and I believe he was Paul Crowther's first duty officer. Kevin died peacefully with his family around him yesterday.

We have no further information.

We have been informed that ex Detective C/Inspector Victor Michael MILLER passed away on 28th February 2021 after a lengthy illness.

He was 76 years old and retired in 1996.

I have no other details at this moment and will be updated later.

For the first time an ex BTP officer has been appointed as the Surveillance Camera Commissioner AND as the Biometrics Commissioner. Both posts were created under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and are high profile public appointments. Dr Fraser Sampson will take up his work later in March 2021. The Home Secretary said: “It is vital the government works to empower police to use technology to keep the public safe while maintaining their trust and Fraser Sampson’s extensive experience in law and policing makes him the right person to take up this role.”

Fraser joined the BTP in the early 1980s and served in the North East Area. He was later seconded to the Home Office Central Planning Unit at Harrogate (now the College of Policing) where he worked as a legal researcher specialising in the application of the criminal law in operational circumstances. He returned to the force and later, in 1992, became an inspector at Tadworth FTC. His work included introducing many innovations in training as well as leading the training team in their own development. His time at Tadworth coincided with a particularly active PIRA campaign so he led operational deployments in the south east when required. He returned to Leeds as an Inspector and was later seconded back to central service. He left the force as a superintendent in 1996. After BTP he qualified as a solicitor working in the area of police law. He wrote several of the Blackstones Police Promotional Manuals and is a prolific author. He became Director of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority and went on to carry out similar roles with West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Police. During his time at Tadworth he offered support to officers who were working to preserve and collect material relating to the history of the force. We wish him well in his new job.