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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.