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Friday, December 21, 2012

Pc Diederik Coetzee

Please see my previous in November 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting Diederik and his wife today for the first time whilst they were at a local supermarket. From the horrific injuries he suffered, his progress in recovery, guts and determination, combined with his beaming smile are a pure inspiration. What more can I do than reiterate my admiration and again wish him and his family all the very best for the future, including  'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'. With the hope that he may read this 'blog' I would invite all other readers to also send him their good wishes via 'comments'.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Nottinghamshire Police Dogs

Taken sometime in the 1960s at Plessey Communications in Nottingham. 
The Notts Police Dog team that day were.......

Left to right. PcJohn Coulson with Solo. Pc Dick Binch with Baron. Pc Ted Johnson with Saton. Pc 'Dixie' Dean with Shadow, and Pc Geoff Tindle with Rusty.

Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police recruiting brochure from the early 1960's featuring Pc John Coulson and Police Dog 'Solo'

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nottinghamshire Police Horses

Sadly they have now been confined to 'history'.

This was my only experience of being sat astride one in the 80's. I was okay until it moved!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Derbyshire Police Dog Section

More from Don

1982. Don with Rock 11

 Dog Demonstration at Elvaston Castle Steam Day    1981 or 2       
Left to right  PC K Scott-  PC  T Young  - PC Batterham  -PC T Bennett -  Pc A Shepley

Skegness beach 1963    
Pc Ken Rollin's (Nottinghamshire) dog  Silver pictured with Rock.  
 The lady on the left at the breakwater is Mrs Rollin        
(Don) Centre my mother and right my wife.  
(Don and Ken behind the camera)


Pd Rinty  was handled by Pc Glossop from Chesterfield - Rinty was suited to trials work being of a very steady nature.          
After a stifle joint injury on Cromford Meadows he sadly was destroyed.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Police Dog Training Course, Staffordshire 1964

Front row, far left, Pc 1385 John Coulson with PD Solo. Sgt Jack Howell centre.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pc John Coulson

Pc 1385 John Coulson (Nottinghamshire) and Police Dog Sam at the National Trials 1974. Trophy for the Best Searching Dog.

Monday, November 26, 2012

70's Derbyshire Police Dog Section

Another from Don.
Constable Leslie Newton who served on the Dog Section in the mid 70's pictured with Police Dog Czar (re handled from Pc John Glossop)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Police Dog search in Nottinghamshire

Pc Hagen at the front the PD Flack and Pc Wallace with PD Brett, 16 October 1981. Part of a search in north Nottinghamshire.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Searching Saddleworth Moor 1965/66?


Pc Don Batterham is seen here on Saddleworth Moor in 1965/66? assisting neighbouring forces during the 'Moors Murders Searches' with his Police Dog Rock 1 

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Derby County and Borough Police Dog Trials 70/80's

 Some of the officers are unknown  The Supt is James Reddington next to him is Inspr Malcolm Chappel – behine him is Const. P.Hallam    - to the right of Barbara Woodhouse in overalls is Const.K Scott next to him in overalls is Const. Ray Denning and on the end is Sergeant Derek Heal.    
The photo was taken on Cromford Meadows.

Derbyshire Police on a PR visit

Keith & Alex 11 was a popular visiter to the local Schools. The other handler on the left is Const. Steve Swain with a young dog name not known.

Derbyshire Police Dogs

More of the dogs from Derbyshire and their handlers of course. Thanks to Don Batterham.

Sergeant J Watson with PD Prince who was rehandled by Const. Hollands within months of the Section being formed.            
Centre – Const. J Glossop with PD Rock      -   Rock was rehandled by Const. Batterham  also within months of the section being formed.           
Right -   Const.  K. Scott with PD Alex   
Photo taken by the force photographic section at Matlock Police Headquarters.

Constable 142 Keith Scott with Alex 11

Another of Pc Scott and Alex

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Border Terrier

In 2006 I posted details about Harvey our new addition to the family dog tree. An update is the fact that he still has an ASBO and his aggression towards other dogs has not ceased, although under control. This was noted by an 'old lady' (well older than myself) who stopped me in my tracks and suggested that, having seen the problem, suggested that I go down the the Police Station and ask to speak to a Police Dog Handler who would show me how to train him. I stood there rather meekly and agreed to her advice!!!
Having spoken with other owners of this breed, it would appear to be a common problem. Love people and children but hate other dogs.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ged Walker Memorial show

Please see the following website for further information which was held on 9 September 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Derbyshire Police Dog Section

More from Don Batterham

The first photo is Sergeant Jack Watson with PD Prince – Jack was asked to form the section  by the then Chief Constable William Pitts whilst he was serving as a Section offier at Glapwell     Sergeant  Watson had served on aDog Section in the military police out in the middle east in the 1950s  

David Hollands with Sergeant Jack Watson and Prince on of the original three Police Dogs.
Photo taken at HQ Matlock  l963

Left to right   Pc Skip Horsley -  Pc Derek Heal  -Pc Rodger Labram -Pc Les Newton-Sergt Woolley  centre of photo  Pc Trevor Young -bottom right Pc Don Batterham -  Photo taken by unknown person on a search at Glossop for a 5yrs old boy who was found drowned two days later.

 Constable Keith Scott with PD Alex     Sergeant Watson   and Constable John Glossop station at Chesterfield with PD  Rinty

Pc Scott and Alex 1964

PD's Rock and Alex

At  the Derby Borough PD competition----  Prince won award for the highest scale with a scramble of just over thirteen feet - handler D. Hollands'

Monday, August 13, 2012

Stafford Initial Police Dog Training Course 1971

Standing back row left to right – number two is Ex Notts Sergeant Beeney MOLLER one of the instructors,     In the centre is Inspr. Jack Howells.        The seventh man is another course instructor Constable Derek Smith (Staffs)     Front row  left to right first man in is Peter Hallam with Police Dog Blue.  
Once more, thanks to Don and Peter Hallam for this photo.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Ged Walker Memorial Dog Show

A DOG show in memory of a Notts Police dog handler has been postponed.
The Ged Walker Memorial Dog Show was to be staged for the ninth time at West Park, Long Eaton.
  1. Memorial show postponed:    PC Ged Walker and dog Kai
    Memorial show postponed: PC Ged Walker and dog Kai
But organiser Janet Wesley said an inspection of the field with Erewash Borough Council has deemed the ground too wet to use safely.
The show is now booked for Sunday, September 9.
PC Walker died in 2003 as a result of injuries he suffered while on duty.
The officer, who worked for Notts Police's dog section, was attempting to stop a thief in a stolen taxi and was dragged along the road.
He died in hospital two days later.
Andrew Parfitt, of Wareham Close, Aspley, was found guilty of manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court the following year and was jailed for 12 years.
The show will raise money for PC Walker's family, as well as for the families of two Royal Army Veterinary Corps soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
Proceeds will also be donated to Help for Heroes. To enter the show call Janet Wesley on 0115 8462031 for more details.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Origins Derbyshire Police Dog Section

With permission of Don Batterham


Morris 1000 Traveller 570 URB (Buxton)

Police Dog Demonstration Ashbourne, Derbyshire 1976

Published again with the kind permission of Don Batterham

Left to right:     Constable Keith Scott  (now deceased) Constable Don Batterham.     Sergeant Derek Heal. Constable Malcolm Campion.  Constable Alan Shepley

Friday, July 20, 2012

Police Dog Section Derbyshire, Donald Batterham

Published with the kind permission of Don Batterham

Left to right ;- Back row standing  Pc Alan Shepley-PcAlan Mousley-Pc Colin Maltby-Pc Kelvin Boam-Pc Keith Scott-Pc Pete Hallam-Pc Don Batterham-Pc Adrian Deegan Chief  Inspr M Chappel-PcRay Denning.       Kneeling- Sergeant Derek Heal- Pc John Ellis noe deceased-Pc Derek Woolley-Pc Brian Holbird- Pc Dick Walker.

The Stafford Course of 1975
Don Batterham sat to the right of Bryn Phillips

The Stafford Course of 1969

   Back row - left to right-PC Derek Heal Derbys.      Sergeant Ray Jones- Staffordshire.     PC Don Batterham- Derbyshire.    PC (name unknown)   PC George Addersley (Staffordshire)     Sergeant Beany Moller ex Notts transfered to Staffordshire.       PC Pat Long Staffordshire.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Seated- left to right-PC Jock Devine (Staffordshire.     PC George Roberts -Devon and Cornwall.      PC John Raphael (Avon and Somerset)             Centre seated  Chief. Inspr. Jack Howells     PC   Unknown ( Staffordshire) Two further Staffs officers Pc Alan Machin and Pc David Carter.        


This has nothing to do with Police Dogs, but such a great photo from Don I just cannot resist posting it, and his comment

The officer on the right of the photo is my Grandfather William DOBB born Eakring Notts 1875.  He joined Derbyshire Constabulary in Jan 1900 and was kept on to serve through the war years.  The driver is Constable Don Macallam.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Edmund (Ted) Johnson

It is with sadness I have to again record the death of a former colleague on the Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section.

NAME                           EDMUND JOHNSON (TED)

RANK                 Pc 1028                                            FORCE      County                                                     
BORN               21 December 1930                          DIED     3 July 2012

APPOINTED    1 October 1954                                RETIRED     16 December 1984

FUNERAL           2.00pm. Tuesday 17 July 2012 at Grantham Crematorium                                                                                                      

UNDERTAKERS   E. Gill & Sons, 55 Albert Street, Newark, NG24 4BQ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

      OTHER INFORMATION    Ted joined the County Force and began his career at Mansfield.  He later joined the Dog Section at Newark and then as Crime Prevention Officer there.   There is to be a wake afterwards at the Conservative Club at Newark at 3.00pm.     

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Notified funeral arrangements for Steve Abott

UFuneral Arrangements for
PC 240 Stephen Nigel Abott (retired)
U1111Friday 6th July 2012

Service details:
11:00hrs        Full Police Funeral Procession from Bulwell Bus Station (Main Street / Vere Street junction
11:15hrs        St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Church, Bulwell, Nottingham for church service
12:15hrs        Depart Bulwell
12:45hrs        Private ceremony at Bramcote Crematorium followed by a small reception at The Belfry (family & invited friends only)

Exact details of the Funeral Procession and church service follow.
If you would like to participate (either serving, retired or civilian) you are all welcome and will be fitted into the procession accordingly.
Please muster at the Bus Station no later than 10:45hrs.

Donations in lieu of flowers, which will be divided between Labrador Rescue, the RSPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind may be given by retiring collection or sent to:

Kimberley Funeral Service
35 Main Street, Kimberley
Nottingham NG16 2NG
Tel: 0115 938 6720

(Please make cheques payable to :-
Kimberley Funeral Service Donations Account)

Dress code:
Serving officers that are attending the service are kindly asked to attend in full number 1 uniform with medals and headgear. It is hoped that the short processional route between Bulwell bus station and the church can be lined with officers who then join the group of mourners at the rear of the cortege.
If you are on duty but able to attend,  then normal operational uniform is more than acceptable.

Cards of Sympathy:
If you wish to bring a card of sympathy these will be collected and forwarded to Mary and Steves family.

  • Church car park
Parking at the church is very limited and reserved for the family cars following the cortege.

  • Church Lane
Parking for remaining family members and close friends has been arranged on Church Lane and will be facilitated by the Bulwell Beat Team who are on hand to provide assistance.

  • Spring Lane
A large car park is available off Spring Lane, (4-5 minutes walk from the church) this car park is a public car park which services the large supermarkets in Bulwell town centre.

Travel Arrangements:
Bulwell Tram Station
The Bulwell tram stop is also extremely close to the church should you wish to travel from Hucknall or the Wilkinson Street car parks, the City centre or Nottingham Midland train station where there is a Tram Link.

Cortege arrives at Bulwell Main Street, junction with Vere Street (Bulwell Bus Station) where the cortege will temporarily halt.
Police Escort group will join the cortege
At the direction of the Escort Chief, the funeral procession will commence at a steady walking pace. Officers in uniform will line the street and join the cortege as it passes. Retired and civilian mourners are also welcome to participate in this act of respect should they so wish.
Mounted officer in lead position to take control of departure.
On first sight of the arriving cortege a lone piper will begin to play.
He will pipe the hearse into position and play until it halts in position at the church.
Piper to begin playing from top of the steps.
Pall Bearers will escort the coffin followed by mourners into the church and the service of Thanksgiving will commence.

During the service Ch Supt Phil Oddie (retired) will read a tribute to Steve and PC Ian Key (retired) will undertake a bible reading.
A member of Steve’s family will also read a tribute to him and Bestwood Male Voice Choir will assist mourners with the hymns.
Phil Oddie has known and worked alongside Steve for many years, including time on Force Support as PC’s.

John Wharvell (retired Dog man) will be singing with the choir.

The service will conclude and the family cortege will be escorted to Bramcote Crematorium for a private service.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

National Police Dog Trials 1988 and 1989

The winner of both Trials Pc Alan French with Police Dog Khan

Friday, June 22, 2012

Steve Abott - funeral arrangements


RANK                 Pc 240                                              FORCE    Nottinghamshire                                                        
BORN                 1 January 1950                                 DIED     15 June 2012

FUNERAL           11.15am, Friday 6 July at St Mary’s Church Bulwell, Nottingham
                              Followed by a private cremation at Bramcote                                                                                                    

UNDERTAKERS   Kimberley Funeral Services, 35 Main Street, Kimberley, NG16 2NG                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

DONATIONS    Via the undertakers or at the Service for a charity to be named.                                                                                                                            

OTHER INFORMATION  Steve served at Bulwell, Hucknall, S.O.U., Mounted Section and the Dog Section.   He retired a year ago but was then taken back as a civilian instructor.