Photo Album

Photo Album

 

Please bear in mind when submitting photographs to include brief details including approximate date taken, location / event and where possible, the names of colleagues appearing in the photograph.

 

CARMARTHENSHIRE CONSTABULARY IN THE 1950’S

Mrs Jean Evans joined Carmarthenshire Constabulary as a WPC in 1953, aged 21. She is the widow of the late Supt Delme Evans and an active member of DPP NARPO regularly attending meetings and social events. Jean has kindly supplied DPP NARPO with several photographs which will be posted on the website in due course.

Unfortunately, there is no indication as to where or when the above photo of Carmarthenshire Constabulary officers was taken but Jean has named them all. Back row (L to R) PS Cyril Davies, Inspector Fox, Dai 101, Inspector BO James, DS Fred Jones. Front: PS Tom Hughes, Don Griffiths, Andy Lewis and PS Dai (Cap) Phillips.

 

THE CARMARTHEN FLOOD OF 1987

In October 1987, homes, businesses and lives were ruined in the worst flooding to hit the Carmarthen  area for more than 100 years - the fire service received around 900 emergency calls in just 36 hours, and more than 50 people were rescued.

A fire chief showing Prince Charles and Lady Diana the scale of the devastation (Image: Ralph Carpenter)

To read the full Wales Online article about the flood and rescue operation go to: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/carmarthen-floods-submerged-1987-13790523

 

INTRODUCTION OF THE MAXIMUM LEGAL DRINK DRIVE LIMIT

The introduction of the breathalyser in October 1967 probably brings back memories to NARPO members of a certain vintage - the following item appeared in the Tenby Observer’s ‘Fifty Years Ago’ feature on Friday, October 20th:

‘The first breathalyser test in Pembrokeshire was given to a man in Milford Haven. The test was positive and he was taken to Milford Haven Police Station where further tests were carried out’

 

 

The first breath testing device – the Alcotest 80

The Road Safety Act 1967 introduced the first maximum legal blood alcohol limit for driving in the UK. The limit was set at a maximum BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood or the equivalent 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine. It became an offence to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration that exceeded the maximum prescribed legal limit.

The introduction of the breathalyser helped to decrease the percentage of road traffic accidents where alcohol had been a factor from 25% to 15% in the first year. This resulted in 1,152 fewer recorded deaths, 11,177 fewer serious injuries and 28,130 fewer slight injuries caused by road traffic accidents.

 

FANCY MEETING YOU HERE!

Fifty two years ago Peter Davies, Gloria Hughes and John (Jake) Williams were young Mid-Wales Constabulary officers stationed at Ystradgynlais on the banks of the River Tawe.

Left to Right: Peter, Gloria and John (about to sample a bottle of the local vintage)!.

Fast forward to September 2017, by sheer coincidence the trio found themselves on a riverboat cruise gliding along the Danube River enjoying the spectacular scenery. All three served in D (Powys) Division up until retirement from Dyfed-Powys Police and are members of DPP NARPO.

Many thanks to Peter for supplying the photo.

 

JBB REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 80’S

The below photo supplied by Phil Addicott was taken probably in the mid to late 80’s (location unknown) and features the majority of DPP Police Federation Joint Branch Board representatives of that era.  

Phil Hopkins and Gloria Hughes managed to identify all but three of the group (marked N/K) namely: (left to right) Peter Evans, Brian Randle, Marie Gardner, Johnny Morris, Colin Peters, Gloria Hughes, N/K, Ian Richards, Delme Evans, Dai Evans, Bill Rowbottom, John Edwards, Howell Williams, Derek Richards, Alan Eastwood (Chair of National Police Federation), Ken Wyburn, Howard Davies, Trevor Millichip, Gerald Jones (JBB Secretary) N/K, N/K (believed to be the female Inspector's representative from Llanelli area), John Webber (solicitor with Russell, Jones and Walker), David Jones, N/K, Eric Davies. Possibly someone can assist with the missing names.

Update 1: Many thanks to Roger Davies of Pembroke who has named the following: John Perkins is stood behind Ian Richards, and Keith Morgan is next to Eric Davies.

Update 2: Many thanks to Roger and Gwyndaf Prosser who agree that the unidentified lady stood between Gerald Jones and John Webber is Kay Thomas.

Sadly, at least seven of those pictured are no longer with us: John Perkins, Trevor Millichip, Gerald Jones, Derek Richards, Johnny Morris, Ian Richards and Eric Davies.

 

FAREWELL TO FRIAR’S PARK

Friar’s Park on the south west fringe of Carmarthen has been the site for Carmarthen Police Station since 1957. In 2015, it was decided by the Police & Crime Commissioner that Friars Park was no longer fit for local policing purpose and the 2.5 acre site was put up for sale.

The imposing building was officially opened for business in July 1957 and shown above is the front cover of the programme kindly supplied by Mr Gareth Evans whose father was DS Ken Evans

.The former Police HQ and Carmarthen Police Station

As well as housing Carmarthen Police Station, the complex was initially HQ for the Carmarthenshire Constabulary and in 1958 was HQ for the newly formed Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary. Upon further amalgamation in April 1968 it housed the first HQ of the Dyfed-Powys Constabulary (later Police). It continued as HQ until 1987, when the current Dyfed-Powys Police HQ at Llangunnor on the outskirts of Carmarthen was opened.

An aerial view of Friar’s Park

(If you have memories of Friar’s Park that you would like to share with NARPO members please send them to Hugh Colley).

 

NO. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1966)

Another course photo taken at Bridgend DPTC – this one has been received from Mr Keith Rees who joined Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary (PC224) and underwent initial training at Bridgend from 25th April to 22nd July 1966.

Keith is stood on the extreme left of the middle row.

Keith’s career details accompanied the photo:

I was interested to see the photographs from Bridgend training school taken in 1966. I also attended between the above dates and was the only officer from Carms and Cards in my class. I was posted to Llanelli and then to Llwynhendy under the supervision of Phil Jones (PS60) with PC Dai Hewitt also in attendance.

I subsequently transferred to the Metropolitan Police in 1970 and was stationed at Kensington for eleven years when I was accepted as a Coroners Officer at Westminster Coroners Court where I was involved in numerous major disasters.

I remained there for over twenty years both as a police officer and a civilian. It was satisfying to see some of my old colleagues in your Photo Album and I wish you and them my best regards. 

Many thanks to Keith for supplying the photo and his kind comments.

 

THE EDMUND-DAVIES REPORT

In 1977, the then Labour Government commissioned Lord Edmund-Davies to inquire into police pay and conditions. The subsequent report concluded that the police had been treated very poorly, suffering years of low pay awards.

The report changed Police pay and conditions like no other before it or since - recommending a completely new system of dealing with police pay. This included an immediate 45 per cent pay rise and a formula under which officers would receive rises in line with the average pay awards for other workers. (For the average constable the recommended basic pay would rise to more than £5,000 a year, an increase of some £1,500).

Jim Callaghan's government agreed with the recommendations but decided to stagger the immediate 45 per cent increase over two years. However, the rest is history - in May 1979 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government came to power and immediately implemented the full increase.

The photograph shows Lord Edmund Davies and his staff officer gathering evidence from officers representing the DPP Police Federation at a meeting held at Police HQ, Carmarthen. From left to right: Howard Davies, Bernard Merchant, Andy Lewis, Rene Soar, Fred Hughes, Eric Davies and Brian Mainwaring.

Many thanks to Mr Fred Hughes (Rtd. C/Insp) for submitting the photograph and the background information.

 

THE BEAST OF LLANGURIG

Over the years there has been a long line of wild feline sightings in Wales with communities across Wales being terrorised by beasts prowling near their homes.

In 1980, the Powys Puma was blamed for killing four sheep on a farm in Llangurig and according to the BBC Wales website, Police marksmen and RSPCA officials armed with tranquiliser guns staked out this creature in a barn, but it evaded them by slipping out of a rear exit!

The above photo shows Police marksman Mr Bob Evans (Rtd. DS 754) of Newtown and Ken ‘Dogs’ in a barn waiting for the Powys Puma to put in an appearance. (Possibly, someone can provide more information about Ken).

Update: Many thanks to Harry Rees who has identified the dog handler as PS Ken Davies who, upon amalgamation became the first Sergeant in the Dyfed-Powys Dog section

Shortly after the unsuccessful ‘stake out’ Bob received an anonymous poem entitled They Lost a Lion but found a Star which is reproduced below.

(Note Dakatari Bound refers to the late Mr Gerald Bound who was a Superintendent based at Newtown during the 80’s and Daktari as many will recall was a TV programme about an animal study centre in Africa).

Many thanks to Bob for submitting the photo and poetic prose.

 

BOB RUNS MARATHONS FOR GOOD CAUSES

Charity marathon runs are not for the faint hearted and are recognised as the most demanding challenge that a runner can undertake. During his Police career, Bob Evans raised thousands of pounds for charity by competing in several marathons including London and Paris.

The above photo probably taken in the mid 80’s, shows Bob being congratulated by the late Mr Pat Molloy, head of DPP CID. Also pictured from left to right are Hywel Rees, Dai Rees and Mike Denyard.  

Photo courtesy of Dai Rees.

 

FINAL ANNUAL REPORT OF PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE

Mr Alan Goodson OBE QPM LLB (pictured) was Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire Police prior to amalgamation in 1968 – therefore the below item is the preface to what was the final annual report submitted by the last Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire.

Mr Alan Goodson (Chief Constable)

Preface to the Annual Report 

THE PENDINE MURDERS

The Carmarthenshire village of Pendine is usually remembered for attempts on the world land speed record by people like Sir Malcolm Campbell and John Parry-Thomas back in the early 20th century. But in the autumn of 1953 the seaside village was in the news again, this time as the scene of a grisly and dramatic murder.

Mr Wynne Evans (Rtd. Insp) of Cardigan was a young Constable at that time and has kindly donated newspaper cuttings relating to the murder trial at Carmarthen Assize Court in 1954 which will appear on the website soon.

 

VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS MARGARET TO CARMARTHEN

On a fine summer’s day in July 1957, Princess Margaret visited Trinity College Carmarthen to open Non's Hostel - the new residence for the first women students. Trinity College was the first training college to become co-educational.

The above photo kindly submitted by Mr Wynne Evans features Wynne as a young Constable in the middle of the picture with Sergeant Rees of Pencader in the foreground.

 

CARMARTHEN POLICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Another photo from the Wynne Evans collection and was taken at a Christmas Party at Carmarthen in the early 50’s. Most of the young children in the photo will now be well into their 60’s!

As well as Wynne, the photo includes Ron Tremlett, David Evans (PS known as Dai Boots), Tom Hughes (Traffic), Gerry Lamford, Willie Lloyd (Supt), Nathaniel Davies (DCC), Bill Knowles and Bryn Smith. Sat in the front row with his arms folded is Mr TH Lewis (Chief Constable) with Mrs Lewis sat next to him.

(Judging by the body language and facial expression, it appears Mr Lewis didn’t exactly enter into the spirit of Christmas)!

 

NO 8 DPTC BRIDGEND

Clive Cowey joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary in 1966 as a Cadet based at Newtown before being appointed PC 115 in 1966. The below course photo was taken at DPTC Bridgend during his thirteen week initial training. Clive is stood on the extreme right of the back row.

Clive recalls, ‘Most of the recruits were from Cardiff City, Monmouthshire and Newport Borough as well as some from the Flintshire, Denbighshire and Gwynedd Constabularies. The forthcoming amalgamations were announced whilst I was at Bridgend and there was a big effort by forces to increase numbers, especially in the City and Borough forces. This was to avoid amalgamating with other forces and Cardiff City senior officers were especially incensed at the prospect of the mergers. They were desperate to reach the magical 800 officer establishment which would have allowed them to avoid merging with the former Glamorgan Constabulary, Swansea Borough Police and Merthyr Tydfil Borough Police'.

The forces amalgated to form South-Wales Constabulary on 1st June 1969. (The name was changed to South Wales Police in 1996).

Footnote: Many thanks to Harry Rees and Roger Davies for identifying one of the instructors. Sat third from the left is Albert Jackson (known as Jacko) who joined Pembrokeshire Police in 1948 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1957. He was a Chief Inspector based at FHQ on his retirement and passed away in July 2008.

 

A PEMBROKESHIRE POLICEMAN 

In 2014, the Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society armed with a laptop, scanner for copying photographs and a sound recorder visited a cross section of Pembroke residents to record their memories of living in the historic town. Forty-five residents took part in the project and retired Chief Inspector, Mr Eric Powling who passed away in April 2016, spoke about the early years of his Police service when he was a young constable stationed at Pembroke.

To view the video ‘A Pembrokeshire Policeman’ which contains excellent photographs of a by-gone era, just click on the arrow in the centre of the  above image.

Our thanks are extended to the Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society for allowing the video to be posted on the website.

 

CODE THREE AT ALPHA LIMA

The below photo supplied by Clive Jones who is now a South Wales Police DC was taken by Raymond Rees in the parade room at Llanelli circa 1992.

Back row (L to R): Pc’s Andy John (Current Detective C/Supt), Phil Morgan, Martin Timbrell, Iwan JONES, Huw Thomas, the late Peter Henshaw, Clive Jones. Front: PC Richard Waters, PS Dick Friend, WPC Debbie Griffiths, PS Phil Jacob (Rtd Supt SWP), PC Alex Coleman (Rtd. Insp. SWP).

Many thanks to Clive for supplying the photograph.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE ASOCIATION

The below photograph was taken at the 2017 Pembrokeshire Police Association AGM / Lunch held at Haverfordwest Cricket Club in June and features several members of DPP NARPO.

Front Row (L to R): Tony Eden, Glyn Daniels, Tom Mathias, Chris James, Middle: Vena Davies, Mrs Rostron, Avril Rees, Val Petherick (Chaplain), Dai Petherick, Ken Mathias, Tony Davies, Brian Dowling, Ron Lloyd,  Arthur Brady, Eric Mullins, Howard Griffiths,  Rear: Dai Phillips, Bert Forse, Bill Rostron, Bobby Reeves, Sandra Hulbert, Harry Rees, Richard Davies, Ron Lloyd. Holding the Pembrokeshire Police flag are Graham Thomas and Billy Stubbs.

 

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT DEPT IN THE 90’S

Mr Nigel Williams recently came across the below photograph which appeared in the 1995 annual report of Dyfed County Council and features the HQ Operational Support Department.

Pictured (L to R): Mark ‘The Bark’ Jenkins (Dog Handler), Andy Evans? (Patrol Car), Dean Richards (Rtd. as C/Supt), John Morgan (Motor Cyclist), Stood by X-99 is Alistair Lindsay with an unidentified crew member.

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY

Mr Bill Smith of Newtown recently came across the below piece of memorabilia from the days of the Mid-Wales Constabulary.

It would be interesting to receive details about the events organised by the MWC  Motor Club.

 

A DOG HANDLER’S STORY

In the early 1960s, Pembrokeshire Police was one of the very few police forces in the country that didn’t have police dogs. In 1963, it was decided that the force would have two dogs and PC Bryn Phillips was successful with his application to become a handler.

Bryn Phillips with his first dog - Abi

Bryn Phillips’ career took him from Pembrokeshire to become a Sergeant in the Dogs Section of Bristol City Police, later becoming Inspector in Charge of the Mounted and Dogs Section of the South Yorkshire Police.

In 1999 he wrote his autobiography ‘A Police Dog- Handler’s Story’ and an extract appeared recently in Pembrokeshire Life magazine. The article is produced with the kind permission of Mr Keith Johnson (Editor). To read the article click HERE

 

OPERATION BACH

A major drug smuggling ring was smashed in November 1986 when Police and HM Customs officers seized cannabis with a street value of nearly £5 million (equivalent of £14 million today) at Aberbach Beach (below) north of Fishguard.

The story of Operation Bach together with photographs provided by NARPO member Mr Ron (Coch) Davies who was involved in the operation, will appear on the website shortly.

 

MONTGOMERYSHIRE CONSTABULARY IN THE 19TH CENTURY

The below photograph taken outside Newtown Police Station in the 19th century was recently posted on Facebook – Virtual Museum of Policing in Wales.

The officer in the centre with two stripes held the rank of Acting Sergeant which was a promotion often made before being made a full and substantive Sergeant. In those days 'acting up' was a cheaper option for the force than pay of a full Sergeant!

 

POLICE TRAINING CENTRE (WALES) BRIDGEND 

The below photo was taken at No.8 DPTC, Bridgend in the summer of 1959 and features five recruits that joined Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary or Pembrokeshire Police

Back Row: Fifth from left is A Pugh (C&C), Middle Row: Fourth from left – D Daniel (C&C), sixth and seventh from left - D Richards and A Bristow (Pembrokeshire). Front Row: Second from RIGHT - T Marshall (C&C).

(NB Possibly former colleagues can provide more information, including career details about those named).

Many thanks to Roger Davies who has identified Eric Thomas (Rtd. DCI) - back row, second from the left.

 

LAST NIGHT SHIFT OF THE 20TH CENTURY AT ABERYSTWYTH

The below photos and article submitted by Mr Brian Wiley were taken on New Year’s Eve 1999 at Aberystwyth Police Station, marking the end of the 20th century.

Many NARPO members will recall that in the final months of 1999, concern grew into panic that the Millennium Bug was going to cause computers to malfunction and potentially endanger everything from tills to power stations. Therefore, all emergency and other essential services prepared action plans to cater for dealing with the aftermath, should such a failure of computer systems actually happen.

 The cover of a eight page guide to the Millennium Bug

Thankfully, the predicted ‘meltdown’ never occurred, but Police forces throughout the country were well prepared, no more so than within Dyfed- Powys and Aberystwyth Police were ready for any eventuality.

Ready for action - Back Row (Left to Right): Robin Mason, Huw Meredith, Brian Wiley, Huw Nicholas, Phil Gower, Peter Williams, Hilton Jones.  Seated: Lisa Wall, Patrick Lawlor, Trystan Smith, Jeremy Lloyd, Owain Richards, Neil Thompson

Standing: Eifion Lodwig, Craig Bannister, Jenny Jenkins, Kevin Pullham, Phil Small, Huw Meredith Seated: Alun Samuel

Standing: Patrick Lawlor, Gwyndaf Lloyd, Colwyn Jones, Chris Hughes, Mark Richards, Simon Griffiths, Pat Jalloal, Keiran Day. Seated: Kevin Davies, Elaenor Merry, Gareth Jones, Matthew Howells

Meanwhile it’s all go in the control room with Graham Jones and Les Davies trying hard to look busy!

Brian and Marie Griffiths prepared a special New Year’s Eve spread for everyone working that night -  Brian and Marie with Craig Bannister, Kev Pullham and Jenny Jenkins.

Following months of planning, the dawn of the new millennium turned out to be one of the quietest ever New Year’s Eve’s throughout our police area!

Many thanks to Brian Wiley for sharing his photographs and the accompanying article.

(Great to receive contributions from the Aber area - more please)!

 

FOUR RANKS AT NEWTOWN

Another photograph from the collection of the late Mr Eric Powling which was taken in 1973 when Eric was an Inspector based at Newtown.

From left to right are: David Hughes (Traffic), Eric Powling, John Owens (Traffic Sgt) and Ron Thorogood (C/inspector).

Both Eric and John joined Pembrokeshire Police while Ron was one of the last officers to join Breconshire Constabulary prior to amalgamation with Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire Constabularies in 1948 to form the Mid-Wales Constabulary. Sadly, Eric, John and Ron are no longer with us.

 

RON AND BOWIE – A PERFECT TEAM!

The following photos and article have been received from Ron ‘Coch’ Davies:

Bowie, a two year old Labrador was recruited into service by Dyfed-Powys Police in 1983 through a gift from a member of the public and he was allocated to me. Bowie was registered with the Kennel Club as Roman Road Bowie (not named after Noir or David).

Prior to being teamed up with Bowie I 'enjoyed' a brief secondment to the Dog Section when the National Police Dog Trials were hosted by Dyfed-Powys. I played the part of a fugitive / bad guy that the dogs had to find, which was quite an interesting experience!

Ron and Bowie

We were trained at the South Wales Dog Training School at Bridgend, the pro-active drugs training was based on the dog receiving positive rewards after making a find. During the course I taught Bowie to respond to commands in Welsh, which raised a few eyebrows but it certainly worked. It was a great privilege and experience to be the first specialist dog handler in Dyfed-Powys.

Bowie at work searching for drugs with Ron looking on

During our time working together, we covered the entire force area which involved a great deal of travelling and long days. One of the best experiences I had with Bowie was during a trial at Mold Crown Court of a drug dealer. During the trial, the judge directed the jury to accept my evidence detailing Bowie's indications to drug stashes as that of an expert witness - the dealer was duly convicted.

Bowie ‘taking a call’ in the Drugs Office at Friars Park, Carmarthen.

In 1987, it was decided to retire Bowie with a recommendation that he be put to sleep. However, I applied to Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) to have Bowie and thankfully he agreed, so my family looked after Bowie as a pet until he died from cancer in 1996.

Many thanks to Ron for the photographs and interesting article.

 

RETIREMENT AT NEWTOWN

The below photo from the collection of the late Mr Brian Stubbs was taken at a presentation during the late 80’s to mark the retirement of the late Mr Peter Guise.

From L to R: John Edwards, John Morris, Richie Thomas, Alec Hughes, Peter Guise, Ralph Rees, Mrs Guise and Brian Stubbs.

Peter Rivett John Guise was stationed at Llanbister near Llandrindod Wells, before moving to Welshpool and during his later years was a Sergeant at Builth Wells where he remained until retirement. According to Clive Cowey, who served with Peter at Welshpool, due to Peter’s ancestral roots he is mentioned in Who’s Who. Peter passed away in 2013 aged 84 years.

 

SUPERFUZZ ROMP TO VICTORY

The below photo received from Bill Williams (Rtd. Inspector), features the crew of Superfuzz winner of the Milford Haven Round Table raft race held at Gelliswick Bay just west of Milford Haven in August 1974.

Celebrating their win together with supporters are: Rear (L to R) Mike Davies, Tony Eden, Roger Thomas, Bill Williams, Louis Knight and Brian Bebb. Front: Les Smith, Ron Jones, Ieuan Owen and Mike Lewis.

Many thanks to Bill for submitting the photo.

 

THE GREAT ESCAPE AT FFOS LAS

During a routine afternoon shift in October 1997, NARPO member Ron (Coch) Davies and PC Chris Reynolds attended an industrial accident at Ffos Las colliery, near Trimsaran, Llanelli involving two plant vehicles.

An amazing escape - the remains of the Landrover

When they arrived at the scene they were shown the unrecognisable wreckage of a long wheelbase Landrover that had been run over by a Caterpillar truck. The driver of the Landrover had been released from the wreckage and conveyed to hospital - amazingly he sustained relatively minor injuries!

The above photo shows Ron (right) and Chris standing alongside the Caterpillar Rock Truck.

Some dimensions about the Caterpillar:

Overall Length

36 ft

11 metres

Overall Width

20.6 ft

6.25 metres

Overall Height

19 ft.

5.75 metres

Weight (Empty)

225,200 lb

102 tonne

Payload

300,000 lb

136 tonne

                   

Until its closure, Ffos Las was the largest open cast mine in Europe and after mining operations ceased a racecourse was built on the site. Following his retirement, Ron was appointed Head Steward at Ffos Las when it first opened for racing in 2009.

Many thanks to Ron for supplying the photos.

 

PRESENTATION TO CHIEF CONSTABLE

Mrs Jean Evans of Carmarthen visited FHQ recently (March 2017) when she presented a beautiful embroidered force crest to the Chief Constable, Mr Mark Collins.

Mr Mark Collins (Chief Constable) being presented with the crest by Mrs Jean Evans

The framed crest was originally presented to the late Mr Donald (Gonzales) Griffiths (Rtd. C/Supt) upon his retirement and following his passing, the beautiful item has been held in the safe keeping of Jean. Jean has also donated a number of items for the force museum which is currently in the process of being re-vamped.

WPS Jean Evans No. 5

Jean is the widow of the late Superintendent Delme Evans and is a former Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire officer who became the first female Sergeant in the force. She joined the police in 1953 (Coronation year) and was WPC 5 – today she is a sprightly octogenarian and an active member of DPP NARPO, regularly attending coffee mornings and meetings. 

Many thanks to Gareth Evans for submitting the photos.

 

B DIVISION RUGBY XV

The below photo kindly supplied by Ron (Coch) Davies was taken prior to a match played at Carmarthen Park. Unfortunately, the year and opponents are not known.

Back row: (Left to right) Inspector Alec Hughes, Phil Jeremy, Len Davies, Phil Richards, Noir Bowen, Arwel Evans, Phil Gower, Tim Edwards, Meirion Howells, Wayne Morgan, Wynn John, Brian Phillips, Peter Herbert (Peter is currently director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Trinity University College, Carmarthen and has been fitness adviser to both Llanelli RFC and the Wales Rugby Team). Front: Gary Evans, Stuart Denman, Steve Pike, Dylan Jones, John Morgan, Ron Davies, Dylan Thomas.

 

FORCE CONTROL ROOM 1968

Nigel Williams recently came across this photo taken in 1968 of the DPP Communications Centre at Friars Park, Carmarthen. As Nigel was based in the Control Room for two years, the photo brought back many fond memories!

Pictured: Standing - Chief Supt David Phillips (father of Bob Phillips Rtd DC38) and Mr Cyril Vaughan (DCC). Sitting: Chief Inspector Dan Jones, PC Ken Jones and Inspector Charles Symmonds.

How times have changed - above is a photo of the Force Communications Centre today.

 

ON DUTY AT CARMARTHEN

Another photo from the Eric Powling collection, following amalgamation in 1968, Eric was promoted to uniform Sergeant at Carmarthen and this photo was taken at Friars Park in front of a Austin 1100 Panda car.

Pictured from left to right are: Eric Powling, Terry Griifiths and the late Bill Williams (Rtd. C/Inspector). Many will recall that Terry was a Dog Handler based at Carmarthen for many years, he still lives in Carmarthen and regularly attends NARPO events.

 

FATAL HOUSE FIRE AT NEWTOWN

Statistics show that the number of deaths caused by house fires has fallen significantly since the use of fire alarms and fire retardant materials in homes became widespread.

Pictured carrying out an examination to determine the cause of a fatal house fire at Newtown in the early 80’s are Peter Davies (DC590) and PC Mike Thomas together with members of the local fire brigade.

 

BRIEFING THE TROOPS

Another photo from the Eric Powling collection – unfortunately there are no details regarding the event that led to a large contingent of Pembrokeshire officers being briefed by Inspector John Savage in the early 60’s.

Left to Right: PC John Richards (known as ‘John the Dogs’) and father of the late Mr Chris Richards (Rtd DC782), Dai Phillips, Ceri Parry, Doug Samuel, Derek Davies, Bernie Muckle (father of Ian Muckle), Brian Arran, Lew Davies, John Rees, Peter Eaton. Partially obscured by Inspector Savage is Bill Rostron who later transferred to Gwent where he retired as Assistant Chief Constable.

 

ON PATROL ACROSS THE POND

In 1983, the South Wales Male Choir toured America and during a visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - six choristers enjoyed a day out with an American counterpart which was filmed by SC4. Watkin Lowe (Rtd. Chief Inspector) spent a day with the City of Pittsburgh Police and below he recalls the day. 

'Following a guided tour of HQ, I toured the city in a patrol car with the film crew occupying the rear seat. With the siren blazing away, I interviewed the driver regarding recent incidents he had dealt with and he was pleased to say that during his service he hadn't at any time used his firearm.

We made three journeys before the film crew was satisfied. I returned home with the jacket which I still have, and also the truncheon. Yes, it was a memorable and unforgettable experience'.

Many thanks to Watkin for supplying the photograph and his recollection of the visit.

 

ROYAL VISIT TO NARBERTH
HRH Princess Alexandra visited Narberth on 3rd November 1977 to open the British Legion Housing Association Flatlets known as Williams Court,
 a sheltered housing complex for ex-servicemen and women.

During the visit, the Princess was presented to civic dignitaries and pictured keeping a close eye on proceedings are Chief Superintendent ('C' Division), Lyn Jones (known as EL) and stood behind him is Watkin Lowe who at that time was the Inspector in charge of Tenby Sub-Division. On the far left is Detective Chief Inspector Derek Davies (Rtd. Detective Superintendent). 

Many thanks to Pauline at Narberth Museum for providing information about the purpose of the visit.

The royal entourage travelled to Narberth by a Westland helicopter of The Queen's Flight, landing at the nearby cricket ground.  Alongside the ‘chopper’ are Derrick Richards and Watkin Lowe. Sadly, Derrick passed away in 2003 following a long illness when he was Chief Inspector at Newtown.

Many thanks to Watkin for supplying the photos.

 

HELP WANTED!

Gwyndaf Prosser of Llanelli recently received a batch of photographs from a local photographer with a request as to whether someone can assist in identifying the officers or provide additional information.

Lewis Jones with his son Frank Jones.

Sergeant Lewis Jones sitting third from left - possibly taken at Tumble / Cross Hands.

Believed to be Glamorganshire Constabulary with Lewis Jones sitting right hand side

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE FOOTBALL IN 1938

April 1938, with Europe on the brink of war life went on as normal in peaceful Pembrokeshire. This photograph of teams taking part in the annual Pembrokeshire Police ‘Singles v Married’ football match - within 18 months the country was at war with Germany.

Standing (L to R) PC Cecil Richards, J Williams (Linesman), DC William Glynne Humphries, PC’s Harold  Morris, Percy Teague, William Edward (Ted) John (Retired as Superintendent / DCC), Selwyn Phillips, Vivian Richards, William Isaac Morgan, Benjamin Williams, Jimmy Ford, George Edward Gough, John Savage, William Henry Williams, William Idwal Evans. Kneeling:  PC William George Davies (Referee), Percy Mead, William Glynne Williams, David Henry Parry, Stanley ‘Speedy’ Henton (See below photo), Joe Gough and Winston Jones.

Photo courtesy of the Eric Powling collection. Many thanks to Harry Rees for his invaluable help in identifying the teams.

The Second World War in Pembrokeshire: So much of the action in World War II took place in the air or over the sea that Pembrokeshire with its naturally sheltered waterway was bound to figure in the war effort. It was important as a naval base, convoy assembly point and flying boat station for the whole of the1939-45 war. Small airfields were dotted around the county and camouflaged look-out stations along the coast. It was assumed that Pembrokeshire was sufficiently remote from the action to be a safe haven for evacuees fleeing the blitz. This was not entirely true. Pembroke Dock, in particular, paid a high price in terms of bomb damage. A horrendous fire, which lasted three weeks when the oil tanks in Llanreath Dock were hit, caused the loss of 33 million gallons of oil, killed 5 fire-fighters and stripped much of southern Pembrokeshire of crops and stock.  

 

‘SPEEDY HENTON’

This photo features an immaculate Constable Stanley Henton No.28 of Pembrokeshire Police, stationed at Narberth. He was a Traffic Officer who patrolled the roads of Pembrokeshire on a motorcycle in the 1930/40’s and for obvious reasons gained the moniker ‘Speedy Henton’.

The photo has been posted on Facebook - ‘Virtual Museum of Police in Wales’ which contains numerous items of historic interest relating to the police forces of Wales including the constituent forces of Dyfed-Powys Police. (Note: PC Henton also appears in the above football photo – perhaps he was a Speedy Winger)!

 

DPP FIRST AID TEAM 1982

Pictured training for the final of the Pym Trophy held at Gwent FHQ in January 1982 are members of the Dyfed- Powys First Aid team. The trainer on this day was Mr Gerald Evans (Rtd. Sergeant).

Left to Right:  Dan Jones, Clive Cowey, Peter Evans, Alistair Lindsay, Berwyn Williams and Ted Pugh. According to Berwyn Williams who kindly supplied the photo, the name of the patient is not known but it is believed he made a complete recovery!

(The team was placed third overall with a total score of 306. Winners were Gwent with 326 points, the runners-up were South Wales with a score of 311 points).

 

SOCIAL EVENING IN PEMBROKESHIRE

Pictured enjoying themselves with their ladies are senior officers of Pembrokeshire Police taken at an unknown venue during early summer 1965.

Back(Left to Right): Bill Morgans, Bob James, Ernie Watkins (DCC), Middle: William Edward John, George Terry (Chief Constable), Tom Townsend, John Savage, Einion Richards, Viv Richards, Alan Olson (Force Solicitor),  Merville Richards, Bill Rostron, Arthur Thomas, Bill Davies and Ernie Bright.

Photo from the Ertic Powling collection.

 

DELIVERY OF NEW PATROL CARS

Mr. Emyr Walters (Force Control Room) recently received this photo from a Howards of Carmarthen salesman. It was taken when a fleet of Rover 827’s was delivered to the garage prior to being driven up to the workshop at FHQ for the force’s unique decals of red and blue stripes to be applied.

Possibly, NARPO members who were Traffic Officers in 1994 (M prefix signifies 1994 as year of first registration) can spot their car.

 

MR BRIAN STUBBS - ‘A TRUE GENTLEMAN’

Many NARPO members that visit the website will be saddened to learn that Mr. Brian Stubbs (Rtd. Chief Superintendent), a hugely respected and popular officer, passed away on Monday 13th February.

The above photograph was taken circa 1967/68 when Brian was Inspector (Traffic) at Newtown.

Brian joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary in September 1952 and during his long career served at Newtown, Haverfordwest and Llanelli before retiring in April 1989 as Chief Superintendent, 'D' (Powys) Division at Newtown. Therefore, Brian was always extremely proud of the fact that he commenced and ended his Police career in Newtown – a town he loved. 

Over the years, Brian provided the DPP NARPO website with a large number of interesting photographs taken during his service and his encyclopaedic knowledge of places and events was of invaluable assistance when trying to put a name to a face. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him.

 

'THE ERIC POWLING COLLECTION'

PC Eric Powling at the start of his Police career.

During his Police career the late Mr Eric Powling (Rtd. C/Inspector), amassed a substantial collection of photographs which he subsequently donated to the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society. Many of his collection are now on display at the Pembroke Museum, Main Street, Pembroke. Thanks are extended to Mrs Ann Powling and the Society for allowing Eric's photographs to be reproduced on this website. 

 

TRAFFIC CONTROL IN PEMBROKE

Pictured performing traffic control duty at The Lion Corner, Pembroke in the late 1950’s is Constable David George ‘Shanty’ Evans No. 64 of Pembrokeshire Police.

In those days, Pembroke had its own Police Station with two Sergeants and eight Constables providing 24 hour cover. Lion Corner is situated at a busy road junction and named after The Lion Hotel in the background which sadly called ‘last orders’ for the final time a few years ago.

Photo re-produced courtesy of Mrs Linda Asman (Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society).

 

NEYLAND REUNION AT HAVERFORDWEST

‘Shanty’ Evans joined Pembrokeshire Police on 29th November, 1947 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1955. He was then posted a short distance across the Cleddau estuary to Neyland where he supervised PC’s Ceri Parry and Dai Rees (Rtd. Superintendent). The below photograph of the trio was taken a few years ago during a reunion held at Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

Left to Right: ‘Shanty Evans, Dai Rees and Ceri Parry. Whilst Dai is not 100% as to how the nickname Shanty originated, he believes it stems from Shanty's military service in the Second World War when he served in the Royal Navy with the SIB (Special Investigations Branch).

Many thanks to Dai Rees for supplying the photograph and Harry Rees for the additional information.

 

HOLIDAY HOME FIRES – ASSISTANCE WANTED!

Mr. Emyr Walters, who works in the  Control Room at FHQ Carmarthen, recently came across the below photographs which he believes were taken in the Welshpool area during an investigation into a holiday home fire. (See below).

Possibly a NARPO member can confirm whether the officers are Dyfed – Powys or North Wales personnel (See below).  Note: the registration number of the Mkll Ford Escort - DNT 57T (below) indicates that it was first registered in Shropshire in 1979.

Over a period of 12 years from 1979, the Meibion Glyndwr arson campaign saw 228 attacks, targets were not just properties used as holiday homes, but also estate agents offices, boat yards and caravans. The first attacks took place on 13th December 1979 with four in one night - two in Pembrokeshire and two in north-west Wales. The campaign came to an abrupt end in the early 1990s, as mysteriously as it started, with those behind it still unknown.

Update:The following was received from Roger Davies (Rtd. PC111) of Pembroke within 30 minutes of the photos being posted on the website: ‘These were taken somewhere in Cardiganshire, the officers, from left to right are Jim Meldrum, Brian Edmunds (SOCO), Brian Griffiths, Des Davies and John Thomas’. (The identity of the WPC is unknown).

 

BOYS IN BLUE TURN OUT FOR THE SCARLETS!

Berwyn Williams was given this photo recently of Llanelly RFC taken prior to a match at Stradey Park in the 1949/50 season. Two serving Police officers played for The Scarlets during that era – unfortunately details regarding the opponents and result are not known.

Berwyn has been able to identify the majority of the players: Back Row (Left to right): Dr. Noel Rees, N/K, Ossie Williams, Des Jones, Peter Stone, N/K, Malcolm John, Ray Williams, Llew Jones, N/K. Second Row: Gerwyn Williams, Cyril Higgins, Ken Jones, Dan Christopher, Mel Griffiths, Peter Evans. Front Row: Derek Isles and Wynne Evans.

At that time, Des Jones was a Traffic Sergeant stationed at Ammanford and Mel Griffiths was a Constable stationed at Ystradowen in the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

PRESENTATION IN PEMBROKESHIRE

The below photograph of Glyn Daniels receiving an award (possibly the Long Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal) from Alderman Wade of Pembrokeshire County Council in 1966 at Pembrokeshire Police HQ, Haverfordwest.

Pictured (Left to Right): PC’s Jim Jones, Frank Mills, Halkett Jones, Derek Davies, Harry Dodd, Dai Davies, Mr Alan Goodson (Chief Constable), Delroy Lewis, Cyril Thomas, Bill Lennon, Glyn Daniels, Jimmy James, Reg Scales, Alderman Wade, Jack Parker and Ron Palmer. Sadly, it is believed that only Glyn, Reg and Ron are still alive.

Photograph courtesy of the Mr. Eric Powling collection

 

SUCCESS FOR CARMS AND CARDS FIRST AID TEAM

In 1963, a team representing the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary were presented with the prestigious Devereux Cup after winning the eliminating contest competed for by Police forces throughout Wales and Herefordshire. Team Captain, Ron Callaghan is shown receiving the trophy from Mr JR Jones (Chief Constable)

From left to right:  PC John Ambrose (Ammanford), PC Dan Jones (Carmarthen), Ned (Bach) Griffiths (NCB Trainer), PS Bill Williams (Pencader), Mr JR Jones (CC), D J Jones (DCC), PC Ronald Callahan (Llanelli), PC Gerald Evans (Porthyrhyd) and PC Berwyn Williams (Llanelli).

Photograph submitted by Mr Berwyn Williams. 

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE DEPLOYED TO LONDON

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2nd June, 1953 and became the thirty-ninth Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey. The below photograph of a detachment of Pembrokeshire Police officers was taken prior to leaving Force HQ, Haverfordwest for London.

Harry Rees has managed to identify all members of the group namely: Back Row (Left to Right): PC’s Esmond Phillips, Dilwyn Edward  King, David (Shanty) Evans, Robert (Bob)  James, Elwyn Evans, John Heddwyn Jones, Norman Richards (father of Liliana Evans (Rtd. WDC823), WR (War Reserve) D.T. Roberts. Front: PC’s James Thomas and David Leslie Gronow, Inspector Percy Teague, Chief Constable Alfred Neale Thomas Evans, PS  Trevor Rees and PC Walter James.

Did you know: The 7.2 kilometre route took the 16,000 participants two hours to complete as the procession itself stretched for three kilometres. 1,000 officers and men of the Royal Military Police were brought in to assist the Metropolitan Police with a further 7,000 police drawn from 75 provincial forces. Many people were so keen to see the Coronation procession that they camped for two days along the route!

Photo reproduced from the Mr Eric Powling collection.

 

MAYOR MAKING AT TENBY

The photograph of five smartly turned out officers was taken in 1964 at the annual mayor making ceremony when the newly appointed mayor and civic dignitaries marched through the picturesque seaside town to St. Mary’s Church.

From left to right are Jack Harries, Arthur and Shirley Brady, Dillwyn Richards and Tom Townsend. Sadly, only Arthur and Shirley are still alive. Arthur started his Police career with Pembrokeshire Police at Tenby in 1962 and having served at various stations in Pembrokeshire retired as Inspector at Tenby in 1992. Today, Arthur is a prominent member of Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir, a well respected cricket umpire and Secretary of Pembrokeshire Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association.

Photograph is from a collection amassed by the late Mr. Eric Powling (Rtd. Chief Inspector) - more to follow.

 

GERMAN TANKS ARRIVE IN PEMBROKESHIRE

The following email and photographs have been received from NARPO member Mr. Bill Smith (Rtd. PS627): Looking through the Photo Album on the NARPO website I came across an item about the Police escort / control of arrival of German Panzers arriving in Pembroke in 1961.

Bill operating the radio equipment on board Tank Landing Craft  LCT 4097 in 1961

During my National service I served as radio operator on board LCT tank landing craft. By coincidence I was serving on board LCT 4097 (below) in 1961 when we were one of the ships used to ferry the tanks etc from the larger cargo ships which were too large to dock and off load at Pembroke Dock.

Little did I think then that I would later serve in the same Service as those Police on duty at that time and to view record of it on NARPO website.

(Following his army career Bill joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary and served primarily in north Powys. However, some younger members may remember Bill from his time as an Instructor at Cwmbran PTC in the 80’s).

N.B. Many thanks to Bill for supplying the photos – additional photos and an article regarding the Panzer Regiment arriving in Pembrokeshire will appear on the website shortly.

 

RADIO COMMS AT THE ROYAL WELSH SHOW

The below photograph was taken at the Royal Welsh Show held at Welshpool in July 1960 and shows PC Pat Cochrane of Mid-Wales Constabulary using ‘state of the art’ wireless equipment.

The Royal Welsh Show is the one of the largest agricultural shows in Europe. It is organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, which was formed in 1904, and takes place in July of each year at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. The first show was held in Aberystwyth in 1904 and its success led to the development of the permanent showground at Llanelwedd which was first used in 1963. The show lasts for four days and attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually.

 

TRUNCHEON DANCE AT NEWTOWN IN 1979

The highlight of the annual Children’s Christmas Party saw eight ‘dancers’ perform a Truncheon Dance. The routine, which was met with rapturous applause, was based on Sir Terry Wogan’s The Floral Dance which reached 21 in the UK charts.

Back Row (L to R): Colin Morgan, Alan Henderson, Gethin Harbour, Alan Jones, Gloria Hughes (Choreographer). Front: Lyn Clark, Henry Jones, John Williams and Peter Davies.

(Photo kindly supplied by Peter Davies)

 

DARTH VADAR AT NEWTOWN

Darth Vader is probably one of the most recognisable characters in cinema history. Actor Dave Prowse, a 6’ 6” body builder, played Vader in all three of the original Star Wars movies.

Prowse also became well known as the Green Cross Code Man - a superhero invented to promote a British road safety campaign for which he was awarded the MBE. In November 1978 he visited Hafren School, Newtown where he is pictured with Peter Davies and two delighted members of the canteen staff.

 

MAYORS’ CIVIC PARADE AT LLANIDLOES

The Mayor of Llanidloes leading a parade as it made its way through the streets of the town en route to a Church Service. The exact date of the Mayoral Parade is not known - believed to be in the 1950’s.

Escorting the civic dignitaries are PC’s Pat Cochrane and Henry Jones. Both are still active members of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association. Pat, who retired as a Scenes of Crime Officer resides in Newtown while Henry who retired as a Superintendent resides in Tywyn. 

Many thanks to Pat for supplying the photo of a bygone era.

 

D DIVISION ANNUAL LEAVE

Many NARPO members will recall that during early December each year, a memo was circulated from each DHQ requiring all officers to submit their Annual Leave requirement for the subsequent year.

NARPO member Bill Smith (Rtd. PS 627) recently came across a D Division Memo dated 10th December 1976 which outlines the arrangements for the 1977/78 leave year. The memo and nominal role which may be of interest to former Mid-Wales / D Division officers and can be found by clicking on ANNUAL LEAVE 

 

The following seven (7) photographs have been transferred from the News section:

NARPO MEMBER APPOINTED MAYORESS

Congratulations to DPP NARPO member, Mrs Sylvia Perkins who was appointed Mayoress of Carmarthen for 2016/17.

 

Councillor Wyn Thomas (Mayor of Carmarthen) with Mr Sylvia Perkins (Mayoress) 

Mrs Perkins is the widow of John Perkins (Rtd. PS198) a popular and highly respected officer who was stationed at Carmarthen for many years.

 

NARPO GOLF DAY 2016

The fourth annual Dyfed Powys NARPO Golf Day was held at Builth Wells on Tuesday 13th September 2016.

On the first tee (L to R): Adrian Evans, Phil Gower, Terry Davies, David Jones, Mike Benbow (winner), Phil Hopkins, Huw Rees, John Williams, Phil Small, Eric Bailey and Dylan Jones.

 

 NARPO MEMBERS HONOURED FOR EBOLA AID WORK

Three Dyfed-Powys NARPO members received a prestigious award in 2016 for their work in Sierra Leone following the Ebola outbreak. Alun Harries, Wayne Morgan and Gareth Jones have all been awarded the Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa.

 

The medal was introduced to honour and recognise the efforts of people who worked in affected areas to stop the spread of the disease.

From left to right: Gareth Jones, Alun Harries and Wayne Morgan

 

CLIVE AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF NARPO

Mr Clive Cowey stood down as Secretary at the 2016 AGM having fulfilled the role of branch secretary / treasurer for the past 16 years.

 

In recognition of the huge contribution that he has made to the ongoing success of DPP NARPO Clive has been awarded Life Membership of NARPO.

From left to right: Chief Constable Mr. Simon Prince, Clive Cowey and Phil Hopkins (Chairman).

 

WELSHPOOL COFFEE MORNING

On Monday, 7th December, 2015, North Powys members held their second coffee morning at the Royal Oak, Welshpool with over two dozen members and wives attending. 

 

Pictured (L to R): Derek Bloomfield, Mrs Edwina Bloomfield, Mrs Joyce Davies, Mrs Myra Williams, Phil Hopkins, Roger Davies, Brian ‘Dinger’ Bell, Charlie Edwards, John ‘Jake’ Williams and Peter Davies.

 

SECOND AWARD FOR TOM (TO) DAVIES GM

A ceremony was held in London in 2015 when recipients of the George Cross and George Medal gathered to mark the 75th anniversary of the honours being created by King George Vl. 

 

Unfortunately, DPP NARPO member Tom (TO) Davies GM was not included in the ceremony as it transpired that the organisers were unable to track down Tom to invite him to the prestigious event.( During his Police career with Mid-Wales Constabulary, Dyfed-Powys and No 8 Regional Crime Squad Tom lived at fourteen different addresses and as a result the organisers were unable to locate him).

Fortunately, this has been rectified and Tom is pictured proudly holding the boxed set of two medals: a new one bearing an image of HM The Queen, the other of her father King George VI. In Tom’s right hand is the George Medal he was awarded in 1962 for his part in arresting Robert Boynton who shot and blinded PC Arthur Rowlands near Machynlleth.

 

NARPO GOLF DAY 2015

For the third successive year the sun shone brightly on the picturesque Builth Wells Golf Course during the third Dyfed Powys NARPO Golf Day.

 

Pictured (L to R):  Derek Bloomfield, Phil Gower, Gary Evans, Phil Small, Phil Hopkins, Adrian Evans (winner), Eric Bailey, Alan Jones, John Williams, Terry Davies, Dylan Jones.

 

SUSPICIOUS DEATHS AT LLANGOLMAN

In December 1976, retired farmer Griff and his sister Patti Thomas, aged 73 and 70, were found dead at their farmhouse Ffynnon Samson in the village of Llangolman, Pembrokeshire. An investigation into the suspicious deaths was launched, led by Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Molloy.

The above photo was taken during the investigation, pictured from left to right are: DCI Derek Davies, PC Bob Morris, PC Gareth Evans and Detective Chief Superintendent Molloy. In February 1977 an inquest returned a verdict of manslaughter in the case of Miss Thomas and an open verdict for her brother.

Photo courtesy of Gareth Evans

 

HO HO HO AT DRUGS SQUAD CHRISTMAS PARTY!

Another photo from the Gareth Evans’ collection – this one was taken at the DPP Drugs Squad Christmas party held at the Priory Guest House, Carmarthen in 1985.

Dave Gorman has identified all the revellers – from left to right: Gareth Evans, Nick O'Brien, Terry Stokes, Roy Gravelle, Tony Brinsden, John Lewis, Dave Gorman, Ritchie Parry, Howard Jones, Ted Pugh, Ron Davies and last but not least ‘Budgie’ Evans.

 

LLANDRINDOD WELLS POLICE WIVES

Another photo from the Phil Hopkins scrapbook, this one features the Llandrindod Wells Police Wives enjoying themselves at the 1983 Christmas Dinner held at Greenway Manor, Cross Gates.

  

Phil and Gill recognise the following ladies: Front row (L to R) Eira Morris, Pat Kelly, Margaret Bevan, Marion Thomas, Evelyn Edwards (we think!), ....Taylor, Mary Price the wives of Johnny Morris, Mike Kelly, Hywel Bevan, Richie Thomas, Malcolm Taylor, Bill Price. Middle and back rows (not able to recognise quite as many): Ann Doughty, Rachel Jones, Helen Morgan, Gill Hopkins, Ann Parkhouse Cynthia Cockwell (Station Admin Clerk). The wives of Charlie Doughty, Howard Jones, Huw Morgan, Phil Hopkins and Terry Parkhouse. Possibly someone can name a few more of the ladies.

According to Phil this was a thriving group which Gill looked forward to attending each month - especially with two young children and her husband on CID working irregular hours.

 

GETTING READY FOR DUTY AT TENBY

The below photo was taken by Gareth Evans when he was a young probationer (No.416) during an informal briefing at Tenby Police Station during the long hot summer of 1976.

Left to Right: Peter Cray (PC267), Viv Owens (PC 502) and Brian James (PS130). Sadly, both Viv and Peter passed away at a young age. 

 

FOOTBALL AT NEWTOWN

The below photo supplied by Phil Hopkins was taken at Newtown in the early 70’s when the local Police played ‘friendly’ Sunday morning matches against local pub sides.

Pictured are: Back row (L to R) Gwyn Hughes, Peter Davies, Dave Gorman and Derek Mills. Front: Alan Jones, Phil Hopkins, Hugh Colley, Geoff Ollin (who had trials with Wolverhampton Wanderers as a schoolboy) and David ‘Spudder’ Davies. Sadly, Derek and ‘Spudder’ are no longer with us. (Not sure how or why the remaining two players were omitted by the photographer)?

 

PEACE DEMONSTRATION AT BRAWDY

The US Navy base, next to RAF Brawdy in Pembrokeshire, was officially an Oceanographic Research Station though it was in fact a processing centre for a network of underwater microphones listening to Russian submarine movements in the Atlantic.

The site was subject to several anti-nuclear protest actions in the early 80’s and a large contingent of uniform and CID officers were deployed to police the event. The photo taken by genial, pipe smoking DC Harry Williams (SOCO) in July 1980 features Reg Scales, Brian John (Dog Handler), Alan Coles, John Harries and Gareth Evans. (On retirement, Harry who was a member of DPP NARPO, relocated to Nerja, Spain where he sadly passed away in 2015).

Photo supplied by Gareth Evans.

 

SPRINGBOK VISIT TO HAVERFORDWEST

The below photograph, kindly supplied by Tom Mathias, was taken in the early 80’s at Haverfordwest Police Station during a visit by a member of the South African Police Service.

Following a guided tour of the building, Ron Lloyd presented him with an IPA plaque as a memento of his visit to Pembrokeshire. Also pictured (left to right) are Derek Davies, Gerwyn Griffiths, Gerard Thomas and Tom Mathias. 

 

HMI AT NEWTOWN IN 1966

The below photo has been received from Mr Peter Griffin who joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary and served with Dyfed-Powys prior to transferring to West Mercia in 1970.

The photograph, which first appeared in the County Times was taken in 1966 during an inspection of the Mid-Wales Constabulary by HM Inspector of Constabulary, Mr Neil Galbraith. Alongside Mr Galbraith is Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable) and the WPC is Megan Owens who later that year became WPC Megan Griffin. Possibly, a former Mid-Wales officers can provide the names of the officers being inspected. 

Many thanks to Peter for supplying the photograph.

Update: Many thanks to Peter Davies who believes the line-up is as follows: WPC Meg Griffin (Owens), PC’s Mike Kelly, Len Davies, Peter Griffin, Dai Lewis, Peter Davies, Alan Jones with Sergeant Les Smith at the end of the line.

NB To read Peter Griffin’s recollections of his time in Mid-Wales go to the Further Articles section.

 

DUTY AT PRESTEIGNE ASSIZES

Many thanks to Dave Gorman (Rtd. DC580) for the below photo of Mid-Wales Constabulary officers on duty at Presteigne Assize Court circa 1953. Dave’s father, Wilf Gorman, was a highly respected Sergeant at Llandrindod Wells where he was stationed for many years.

Back row: Geoff ’Duff’ Edwards, George Jones, Fred Collett and Bill Paines. Front: Arthur Perkins, Bert Hines (Retired as C/Superintendent / DCC), Wilf Gorman, Sgt Cole, Sam Jones, George Hickley and Ernie Herbert.

(Presteigne remained the venue for the Assizes until they were abolished in 1971 and replaced by Crown Courts).

 

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT COURSE

The below photograph was taken at a Management Development Course held at Gwent Police HQ in 1994.

The Dyfed-Powys officers are: Back Row second from left: Dai Gravell, followed by Harry Rees, Terry Davies and Huw Morgans. Front row: 2nd from left is Dean Richards and Hugh Colley is sat on the extreme right - next to him is Chief Inspector John James who was a member of the directing staff.

Photo kindly supplied by Harry Rees.

 

C DIVISION PSU AND THE 1984/85 MINERS STRIKE

The 1984–85 strike began on 6th March 1984 and the C Division Police Support Unit (PSU) was first deployed to Point of Ayr Colliery (North Wales) in early April. It was a relatively uneventful week, but as the strike gathered momentum the unit was deployed during the summer and autumn to support colleagues throughout the Midlands and north of England.

The above photograph was taken in July 1984 whilst deployed to Nottinghamshire. Back row (L to R): Dai Evans, Phil Gale, Paul Wood, Jim Morris, Nigel Stubbins, Clive James, Mal Thomas, Paul Phillips, Tony Evans, Ken Rees and Rod Chamberlain. Front: Craig Morgan, Hugh Colley, Mike Maynard, Gary Marshall, Brian Thomas, Andy Edwards, John Williams, Mike Lewis, Alan Hunter, the late Keith Campion and Martin Spain.

By late October, some striking miners within the DPP force area indicated that they intended returning to work. The PSU was swiftly re-deployed to the Llanelli area where they were accommodated at the Carmarthen Holiday Village, Kidwelly together with the B & D Division units. The strike eventually ended on 3rd March 1985 – almost 12 months after it began.  

 

 PARTY TIME IN D DIVISION

Phil Hopkins has sent the following photos taken at functions held in the 70’s when Phil was a proud member of D Division CID.

The first photo which features the entire Newtown CID team was taken in 1976/77 and may well have been taken at a party to mark the retirement of DS Dai Jones.

From L to R: Phil Hopkins, (DS) Dai Jones and Howell Williams. Incidentally, Phil believes that Howell was the first officer to serve all four divisions of Dyfed-Powys.

The second photograph was taken at the annual divisional CID Christmas dinner held at The Pencerrig Hotel, Builth Wells in November 1978

From the front left moving clockwise around the table: Phil Hopkins, Mrs Gill Hopkins, Terry Parkhouse, Mrs Ann Parkhouse, Philip Price, Mrs Evans (wife of Superintendent Len Evans), Len Evans (Superintendent), Tony Williams (partly obscured), Mrs lris Cochrane, Dai Jones and Mrs Jones.

At that time, Phil Hopkins and Terry Parkhouse made up the CID in Llandrindod Wells. Phil Price was the Divisional Drugs Officer, while Tony Williams and David Jones had both recently retired as Detective Sergeants in Llandrindod Wells and Newtown respectively.

The final photograph was taken at the D Division CID Christmas dinner held at the New Inn, Newbridge on Wye in 1979.

From the left in a clockwise direction: Mrs Ann Parkhouse, Mrs lris Cochrane, Mrs Joyce Davies, Peter Davies, Phil Hopkins, Mrs Gill Hopkins and Terry Parkhouse

Many thanks to Phil for providing the photos and the additional information.

 

POLICE CHARITY AUCTION

Phil Hopkins (left) and Derrick Richards are pictured with items collected for a charity auction which was held at the Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool in 1987.

Flights in a hot air balloon and a light aircraft, meals at local restaurants, driving lessons and a day’s pheasant shooting (this item alone raised several hundred pounds) were among the large number of items auctioned to raise money for doctor’s surgeries throughout Montgomeryshire to provide extra equipment. (Many NARPO members will fondly remember Derrick, a highly respected and hugely popular officer who passed away in 1999).

Many thanks to Phil for supplying the photo which first appeared in the County Times.

 

NEWTOWN CRICKET XI

This photograph featuring a Newtown Police cricket team was taken prior to a match played in the early 80's at Montgomery against a team of local solicitors.

Back Row (L to R): Chris Brennan, the late David (Spudder) Davies, Mike Denyard, Terry Rees, John (Jake) Williams, Dai Lewis. Front Row: Clive Howells, Wyn Rees, Peter Davies, Gareth Slaymaker, Derek Bloomfield

 

TUTOR CONSTABLES COURSE

This photograph was taken during a Tutor Constables Course held at the Friar’s Park HQ in the late 70's or early 80's. As there was no residential accommodation, the northern contingent stayed at The Park Hotel, Llamas Street.

Back Row: Steve Jones, Phil Richards, Derek Bloomfield, Bill Rowbottom, Dai Richards, John Williams. Front: Geoff Roberts, Alwyn Humphreys, C/Inspector John Davies, Inspector John James and Alan Tinnuche.

Many thanks to Derek Bloomfield for supplying the above photos.

 

Retired Inspector Les Clark received the below photographs from Mrs Jean Evans, widow of the late Retired Superintendent Delme Evans. NARPO members who served in Carmarthenshire and Aberystwyth will remember Delme who retired from Dyfed-Powys in the mid 90’s. Incidentally, Delme was PC 657 Les Clark’s Chief Inspector when he was posted to Ammanford in 1977.

 

NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD OF WALES

Delme was a proud member of the Gorsedd and the above shows Delme greeting Mr John Ronald (JR) Jones (Chief Constable) following his admittance to the Gorsedd at the National Eistedfodd. (Possibly taken in 1974 when the eistedfodd was held in Carmarthen).

 

ROYAL VISIT TO COOMBE CHESHIRE HOME

Delme enjoyed a long association with the Coombe Cheshire Home near Carmarthen which provides care for adults with a physical disability. Delme and Jean are shown being introduced to Princess Alexandra when she visited the home (year unknown).

 

RETIREMENT OF WPS JEAN EVANS

Delme’s wife Jean will also be remembered with affection by many retired officers of a certain vintage as she was also a Police officer and retired as a Sergeant  in the late 60's after 17 years service. The above photo appeared in an IPA newsletter.

 

PIG ROAST AT CARMARTHEN

Finally three real characters (From left to right): Ronw James, Brian Edmunds and Delme at a pig roast charity event held in Carmarthen Park (year unknown).

 

THREE OF A KIND!

The below photograph submitted was taken at a recent NARPO coffee morning held at Welshpool and features Derek Bloomfield, Phil Hopkins and Phil Addicott.

What makes the photo rather unique is that during their service all three served as Chair of the Dyfed-Powys Joint Branch Board. Derek was Chair from September 1990 until April 1999 when Phil Hopkins took over the reins. Phil held the post until his retirement in June 2002. Phil Addicott was Chair from March 2008 until December 2013 and is now the DPP NARPO secretary. The missing ‘link’ is Phil Small who was Chair between 2002 and 2008.

 

PS Ian Price, who is currently the Regional Co-ordinator for Dyfed Powys All Wales Go Safe Casualty Reduction Safety Camera Partnership, has provided the following photos featuring his father Alwyn Price (Rtd. PC19) who retired from Dyfed-Powys Police in 1996. 

QUEEN'S COMMENDATION FOR BRAVERY

In 1974, Alwyn was presented with the Queens Commendation for brave conduct by Sir David Mansel-Lewis, Lord Lieutenant of Carmarthenshire.

Alwyn was recognised for his bravery having disarmed a man who had fired a double- barrelled shotgun at another officer.  

 

FIREARMS TRAINING IN 1975

The following were taken circa 1975 during a Close Protection training course, probably held at Dering Lines, Brecon.

Alwyn is on the extreme left of the front row – among those recognised are Geoff Roberts, Phil Rees, Clive (Chopper) Martin, Tony James, Nigel Rogers-Lewis, Brian Griffiths, Bob Evans and Ralph Parsons. Hopefully, someone can identify the entire group.

Alwyn and a colleague during a training exercise.

 

A’ DIVISION RUGBY XV

While no details of the fixture are known, it is believed this photo of the A Division rugby team was taken during the early / mid 80’s

Among those pictured are Gwilym Evans, Dilwyn Augustus, Norman Welch, Roger Anthony, Alan Lewis. Terry Stokes. Alun Williams. Mike ‘POP’. Again, hopefully someone can name all the players and possibly recognise the venue.

Many thanks to Ian and Alwyn for submitting the photographs.

Update: The following update has been received from Mal Thomson (Coroner’s Officer, Carmarthen) and Harry Rees:

Back (L to R): Gwylym Evans, John Davies, Mike Donovan, Howard Davies, Delme Phillips, Dylan Evans, Dilwyn Augustus, Alun Lewis, Meurig Evans?(Believed). Front: Mike (Pop) Davies, Alwyn Price, Alun Davies,Terry Stokes, Geoff Roberts, Norman (Sparky)Welch, Roger Anthony, Mark Williams.

According to Harry Rees, Mark Williams played cricket for Wales and Mike (Pop) played first class rugby for Llanelli and Swansea.

Many thanks to both Mal and Harry for their help in identifying the players.

 

HAVERFORDWEST POLICE MARINE SECTION REVISITED!

Earlier this year Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) submitted a photograph taken in June 1978 of a team representing Haverfordwest Police competing in a raft race as part of the town’s carnival activities.

Peter recently came across the above photo of the intrepid four in action - it appears that while Andy Edwards and Peter did all the hard work, while Mike Lewis and Nigel Stubbins kept an eagle eye on the precious cargo!

 

PRESENTATION TO VICTIM SUPPORT

Another ‘Blast from the Past’, kindly supplied by Berwyn Williams and features Howard Davies making a presentation in January 1994 to Dyfed Victim Support.

(Left to Right): Geoffrey Roberts, Howard Davies, Eirwyn (Curly) Edwards (Support Co-ordinator) and Berwyn Williams (Scheme Assistant). Many will remember Eirwyn (Rtd. Inspector) who is also a member of DPP NARPO.

 

D DIVISION GOLF TOUR 2016

The annual tour to Coleford in the Forest of Dean started with seven NARPO members amongst the group and finished with eight! 

Ready for the first tee (L to R): Colin Finch, Phil Hopkins, Phil Gower, Phil Small, Mike Benbow, Brian Crowdie, Clive Rees. Inset: New NARPO member Howard Jones.

The tour captain this year was serving officer Richard Wilson, son of NARPO member Robin. Robin hopes to re-join the tour in 2017 after work commitments have prevented him attending the last two.

Everyone had encountered heavy rain as they made their way to the tour venue from various parts of the force area and were fully expecting a soaking on Tuesday afternoon when the first round of four was played.

After observing a minute’s silence for the late Malcolm Taylor, who passed away shortly after last year’s tour, the twenty keen golfers played their round in miraculously fine weather. Short sleeve order (there’s a phrase from the past!) being the norm for many of the group. Phone calls home that evening revealed that Coleford was extremely fortunate to escape the torrential rain in the afternoon which seemed to have fallen in most other areas.

The forecast for the following day was not good and this time the forecast was true! Incessant heavy rain fell during most of Wednesday morning, causing a variety of scenarios.  Six hardy golfers decided to brave the elements and play the full eighteen holes (none of whom I may add were NARPO members – we’re too old and wise for any of that nonsense!). A few decided not to venture out at all, a couple left the tour early and went home and the rest played a maximum of three holes before succumbing to the elements – your Chairman (Hoppy Senior) and son (Gareth) included!

What a difference a day makes?

The morning was spent in the clubhouse reminiscing over previous tours and swapping stories over a coffee (the bar was not yet open!). I decided to take some positive action and recruited (press ganged) a new NARPO member, who through an oversight had never joined our organisation.

The weather improved late morning, meaning that for the majority, the day’s play was reduced to one round. The last day (Thursday), brought a complete contrast in the weather, with wall to wall sunshine (see above).

A good time was had by all but sadly, none of the major prizes fell into NARPO members hands as only the hardy souls that had completed the full three rounds by Wednesday afternoon were eligible to win these prizes.

Article and photographs submitted by Phil Hopkins

 

ON DUTY AT LLANI’ CARNIVAL

Each year, many towns and villages across Wales hold a carnival. Both the below photographs feature officers on duty at Llanidloes Carnival which was initially held in 1932 to raise money for Llanidloes Hospital. Over 80 years later the event is still as popular as ever raising money for local charities and good causes.

The above photograph was taken in the 1950's and features the newly crowned Carnival Queen with a smartly turned out Mid-Wales Constabulary officer (identity not known) looking on. 

The second photograph shows a jovial Peter Davies (Rtd. PC/DC 590) on duty, possibly during the early 70’s, at his home town carnival. However, Peter was no longer smiling shortly after the photo was taken as a group of Llani' revellers crept up and emptied a bucket of cold water over him! 

 

JOINING INSTRUCTIONS FROM 1966

Jim Honeybill joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary as PC 116 in September 1966 and on amalgamation on 1st April 1968 became PC 716. Jim recently came across correspondence relating to his appointment and also his Joining Instructions for the Initial Course at No. 8 District Police Training Centre, Bridgend. To read the documents (PDF) click HERE.

 

WHY NO ROCK IN MILFORD?

In 1992, local reporter Jim Hughes ran an article querying why it was not possible to purchase Milford Haven rock. After all, Milford is a renown sea faring town and many famous people have been moved to praise the Milford Haven Waterway. William Shakespeare was so inspired by its beauty he used it as one of the settings in his play Cymbeline and  Admiral Lord Nelson called it ‘one of the greatest harbours in the world’.

Peter Evans who kindly supplied the above photograph recalls, I was on duty one morning when Jim called into the station to check the Press Book and to speak to the Inspector (possibly Cyril Hendy). Jim told him about the light hearted ‘investigation’ that he was conducting and as the Local Beat Officer, it was my job to pose for a photo which appeared in the following week’s issue of the Western Telegraph.

Footnote: Almost 25 years later and there's still no sign of Milford Rock appearing on the shelves anytime soon! 

 

THE FIRST ROYAL WELSH SHOW AT LLANELWEDD

The Royal Welsh Show came to Llanelwedd, Builth Wells for the first time on 23 July 1963. Before then it had led a nomadic life, the show being held at no fewer than 37 different locations, alternating between north and the south Wales.

The above photograph has been posted on Facebook by the widow of the late Mr Ralph Rees (Rtd. Superintendent) and features Ralph (shirt sleeved), stationed at Welshpool at that time, on duty at the first show to be held at Llanelwedd. 

Update from Mr Brian Stubbs: The Sergeant speaking to Ralph Rees is the late Sgt Vaynor Evans (ex Breconshire Constabulary) then stationed at Talgarth

 

THE LOSS OF HMS ARDENT

HMS Ardent, a Royal Navy Type 22 frigate was Milford Haven's adopted warship when it was sunk by Argentine aircraft during the Falklands conflict in May, 1982 (see footnote).

The below photograph kindly supplied by Peter Evans was taken in June 1982 when Vice Admiral Sir Simon Cassels (centre) visited the town to sign the Book of Remembrance.

The officers pictured with the dignitaries are Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) extreme left and Keith Jones (Rtd. PC73) extreme right. In addition, the Town Clerk to Milford Haven Town Council at that time was the late Mr. Frank Parry (Rtd. Superintendent) standing extreme left of the top row.

On 19 April 1982, HMS Ardent set sail for the Falkland Islands and on Friday 21st May 1982, whilst covering the British landings at San Carlos, she was bombed and sunk in Falkland Sound with the loss of 22 lives. Her sinking had a profound effect on her affiliated town, Milford Haven – eight days later, 600 people attended a service of remembrance at North Road Baptist Church.

 

POLICE CARS IN THE 80’S

Many thanks to Sam Williams for the photographs of two immaculate patrol cars based at Llandrindod Wells in the '80s. According to Sam, both photos were taken on a Sunday morning after they had been washed, polished and hoovered!

Ford Cortina 2.3GL KDE539X

 

Austin Montego 2.0 C968BBX (this car started life as T42 but was renamed when Force call signs were changed and became B39) 

Sam recalls that the call sign reorganisation was a really confusing time and there are stories of Brecon Division cars with their new Bravo call signs being directed to calls in the Aberystwyth area, where the old Bravo call signs were now Alpha call signs. Also Aberystwyth cars with their 'new' Alpha call signs were being directed to incidents at  Ammanford where the old Alpha call signs were now Romeo call signs!

 

D DIVISION CID SAY FAREWELL TO PAT

Many former D (Powys) Division officers will fondly remember Pat Cochrane (DC761) who retired from DPP in 1982. Pat joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary on 16th March 1950 and was stationed at Llanidloes and Trefeglwys before being transferred to HQ at Newtown and was subsequently appointed Scenes of Crime Officer where he remained until retirement.

The above photograph was taken at his retirement party held at The Greenway Manor, Crossgates, near Llandrindod Wells and features: Back Row (L to R): Richard Williams, Phil Hopkins, Terry Parkhouse, Phil Price. Middle: Hywel Rees, Richie Thomas, Brian ‘Budgie’ Evans, Dave Gorman, Paul Bennett, Mike Denyard, Mark Cox, Tony Williams, Brian Oakley. Front: Les Griffiths, Pat Molloy, Pat Cochrane, Dai Rees, Bob Evans. Sat at the front is Peter Davies who succeeded Pat as SOCO in Newtown.

 

ANOTHER FAREWELL TO PAT!

Dolforwyn Hall, Abermule, near Newtown was the venue for another retirement party to mark Pat’s retirement. This one was attended from colleagues and Support Staff past and present, who worked with Pat during his long service in north Powys.

Front to back (L to R): David Jones, Glyn Evans, Pat Cochrane, Ricky Williams, Emrys Morgan, Dai Williams, Mrs Dorothy Williams (Support Staff), Sam Jones, John Haines and Ray Holly. 

 

‘HAPPY’ DAYS AT BRIDGEND

Many thanks to Berwyn Williams for supplying the following three photographs taken during his thirteen week Initial Course held at No. 8 DPTC, Bridgend between 29th January and 27th April 1962.

The course photograph includes the following officers who later became Dyfed-Powys colleagues in 1968 following amalgamation: Back row: (1) Arthur Brady (Pembrokeshire) (2) Dulais Williams (Carms/Cards) (3) Brian Griffiths (Carms/Cards) (4) Gareth Jones (Carms/Cards) (5) Berwyn Williams (Carms/Cards) (8) Peter Jones (Glamorgan) later transferred to Dyfed-Powys. Centre Row: (6) Dennis Roberts (Pembrokeshire) (7) Richard Morgan (Mid-Wales). Front Row: (3) Jim Howells (Instructor - Carms/Cards).

NB The number indicates the position of the officer taken from the left.

 

GARETH READY FOR ACTION!

This photo was taken outside the rather basic facilities at Bridgend DPTC with Gareth Jones (Rtd. Inspector) giving Berwyn a quick demonstration of how not to hold a truncheon.

 

WHAT’S GOING ON ‘ERE THEN?

Anyone’s guess what’s going on here – the final photo from Berwyn’s reminder of his days at Bridgend was taken in the dormitory and features: Back: (L to R): LA Sparrow (Hereford), M Williams (Glamorgan), Dennis Roberts (Pembrokeshire), Gareth Jones (Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire). Front: Berwyn Williams (Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire) and DK Davies (Denbigh).

 

STANDARD DRIVING COURSE (1)

Up until 1987 when the new HQ with residential accommodation opened at Llangunnor, Standard Driving Courses were held on division. All four divisions had a pool of Advanced Drivers that had successfully completed the Instructors’ Course at Bridgend.

The above photo taken at the rear of Newtown Police Station (date not known), features Clive Cowey (Instructor) wearing shades, with students. Hopefully, someone can identify the officers.

Update from Clive Cowey: Looking at the car, it is a W registration plate that means it was registered between Aug 1980 and July 1981. I remember getting that car new during a course, when it arrived I checked it over and found that the coolant bottle was full of oil and the cylinder block was porous. I refused to accept the car and it was relayed back to FHQ by the AA on a recovery truck where a new engine was fitted. Good old British Leyland – I would say that the date of the course is 1981/2 or possibly1983.

UPDATE:

The following has been received from Nigel Earle (Rtd. PC218): Regarding the photo taken during a Standard Driving Course. The date was April / May 1982 – I was on the same course out of ‘B’ Division and the instructor was PC Dai (Doc) Thomas No. 180. I remember the date well as Argentina had just invaded the Falklands! 

The D Division students were (L to R) Tracy Walker, Mark Hilton, both of whom were in Cwmbran with me. Not entirely sure of the young lady stood next to Clive, but I think it could be Euronwy Hughes.

 

STANDARD DRIVING COURSE (2)

In addition to learning sections of the Highway Code word perfect, Roadcraft and most importantly being trained how to drive safely, students also received an introduction to basic vehicle maintenance.

This photograph also supplied by Clive, was taken at the Newtown workshop with Clive explaining the importance of conducting  'daily checks'. Pictured with Clive are Fiona O’Brien, Nick O’Brien, Wayne Matthews and Tony Brick (Mechanic) in the background..

 

FORD CORTINA ON PATROL IN ‘POOL

During the late 70’s / early 80’s the Ford Cortina 2.3 v6 was used extensively by Dyfed-Powys for traffic patrol duties.

The above photo was taken at the rear of Welshpool Police Station possibly 1979/80 and the below photo was taken of the same car being driven by Clive Cowey along Berriew Street, Welshpool.

 

NEWTOWN POLICE WIVES CLUB

This photograph of an elegant group of ladies supplied by Pat Cochrane was taken at the annual dinner of the Newtown Police Wives Club held at The Elephant and Castle Hotel, Newtown in 1966.

The lady pictured in the front middle of the photograph is Mrs Thomas, the wife of Mr Richard (RB) Thomas, Chief Constable. Also included are Mrs Iris Cochrane, Monica Jones and Joan Rees. If anyone can identify other members of the group please email Hugh Colley.

 

LLANIDLOES POLICE IN THE 50’S

In 1954, a professional photographer from Southampton travelled around the country taking photographs of Police Stations.

The photograph was taken outside Llanidloes Police Station with a smartly turned out Pat Cochrane (left) who supplied the photo and Sergeant Doug Davies stood either side of the photographer (name unknown).

 

POLICE COMMUNICATIONS IN 1970

Many retired officers will recall that as recently as the early 1970’s, the sole means of communication for officers consisted of VHF radio and public phone boxes.

This photograph was taken on the Abergwesyn to Tregaron road and features the late Tony Williams (Rtd. Detective Sergeant) about to use a rather unique public phone box. The phone being located in a disused shed which was previously owned by the Forestry Commission. With today’s use of smart phones, hand held computers etc. how times have changed!

Photo courtesy of Pat Cochrane.

 

DULAIS TO THE RESCUE

Another ‘blast from the past’ – this photo was taken in 1988-89 with Dulais Williams (Rtd. PC 273) coming to the rescue of a motorist by helping to change a wheel in Carmarthen town centre.

Photo courtesy of Berwyn Williams.

 

 PIM TROPHY FIRST AID COMPETITION

This photograph supplied by Peter Davies appeared in the County Times in 1968 and features the Mid-Wales Constabulary First Aid Team that competed for the All Wales Pim Trophy competition held at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.

From left to right: Mike Kelly, Peter Davies, Geoff Price, Dave Gorman, Jim Murphy and Ted Pugh.

Peter recalls, ‘We trained for the keenly fought competition in the court room above Newtown Police Station (above) where Inspector Murphy put us through our paces being trained to deal with various scenarios with Cadets acting as casualties. We gave a good account of ourselves in the final but didn't come home with the trophy'.

 

ADVANCED DRIVING COURSES AT BRIDGEND

The below photograph was submitted by Nigel John (Rtd. PC South Wales Police) who is a regular visitor to the DPP NARPO website.

The photograph was taken in February 1990 during an Advanced Refresher course at Bridgend – the only Home Office approved Police driving school in Wales. From Left to Right: Nigel John (South Wales), Dai Conqueor (Instructor, South Wales), Phil Gibbs (Gwent) and Steve Burson (Dyfed-Powys).

The second photograph was also taken at Bridgend, this time in 1977/78 during an Advanced Driving course and features Back (L to R): Geraint Phillips (DPP), Bev Edwards (SWP), Keith Lewis (DPP), C/Inspector Mansel Abraham (Head of Driving School) and PS Peter Jenkins (Instructor). Geraint recalls 'GTX 1N was a Jaguar 4.2, one of three vehicles used at the time for Advanced Training. The other two cars being a Ford Granada 3ltr and a Rover 3.5 SD1. I recall being a rear seat passenger travelling from Merthyr to Brecon and when near Libanus, we had a garden fork thrown at us having passed and startled a couple of farmers who were 'trashing' at the side of the road. Thankfully, at 130mph, they narrowly missed us'!'

Many thanks to Nigel and Geraint for supplying the photographs.

 

THE DIXON MURDERS

In June 1989, Tim Dixon reported that his parents, Peter (51 yrs) and Gwenda (52 yrs) had failed to return to their Oxfordshire home after a camping trip to Liitle Haven, Pembrokeshire. As this was completely out of character, a large scale search took place along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

Pictured taking a refreshment break at the Mobile Control, Marloes during the search are (right to left): Phil Gale, Peter Evans, Jon Ross and Nigel Lewis.

On 5th July 1989, the search turned into a murder enquiry led by Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Jones when the bodies of Mr & Mrs Dixon were found concealed close to the coastal path. Both persons having died from shotgun wounds, their bodies having been screened from view with hazel twigs and bracken. The horrific murders remained unsolved despite conducting house to house enquiries on every door within ten miles of the murder, tracing witnesses all over Britain and Western Europe. Over 6,000 statements were taken and the case broke the record for the most phone calls ever provoked by a BBC Crimewatch programme.

In 2005, a cold case review was commenced into the murders of Mr & Mrs Dixon and also the December 1985 murders of Richard and Helen Thomas (Scoveston Murders). John William Cooper was finally apprehended and charged with the four murders thanks to developments in forensic science, relying on minute DNA samples that provided a ‘golden nugget’ of evidence for detectives.

On 26th May 2011, after a lengthy trial at Swansea Crown Court, John William Cooper was given four life sentences for the 1985 double murder of brother and sister Richard and Helen Thomas, and the 1989 double murder of Peter and Gwenda Dixon. Full details of the enquiry are contained in a book entitled The Pembrokeshire Murders – Catching the Bullseye Killer written by Steve Wilkins and Jonathan Hill a HTV Wales reporter.

Many thanks to Peter Evans for supplying the photograph and Harry Rees for the additional information.

 

KBX158G RIDES AGAIN!

In 2012, Mr Geoff Holman a keen motor bike enthusiast from Hayle, West Cornwall, purchased a BSA motor bike and embarked on a project to restore the machineto its former glory. As a result of some astute detective work, Geoff discovered that the bike was initially owned by Dyfed-Powys Police. To read about the project and view more photos, go to the Further Articles section.

                         

MONTGOMERYSHIRE CONSTABULARY(FOR UPDATE SEE BELOW)

The below photograph and enquiry has been received from Mr Jonathan Davies who is in the process of researching his family tree. It transpires that relatives of Mr Davies served in the Montgomeryshire / Mid- Wales Constabulary.

‘I came across a picture you I thought you might be interested in. I'd say that sat in the front (3rd from right) is PS William Thomas Edwards (b.1893) and that 2nd from the left in the back row is his younger brother PC David Richard Edwards (b.1901), both of Montgomeryshire Constabulary and later Mid-Wales Constabulary.

As William Thomas Edwards is greying slightly, suggesting he might be 50, I would estimate the date as 1943. If there's anything you can add about the date or location of the photo I'd be glad to hear of it’.

(The doorway at the rear of the group indicates that the photograph was taken in front of the Police HQ in Severn Place, Newtown).

Update: The following has been received from Mr Brian Stubbs: I was very interested in this photograph and can identify the majority of the group. Unfortunately, the others I recognise but cannot identify by name. They are as follows (rank shown on retirement): Back: Sergeant DCJones, N/K, Sergeant Dick Davies, N/K, Superintendent Kinsey Jones, Superintendent H.A Edwards. Front: Sergeant Ingram, Inspector Digger George, Detective Inspector JH.Jones, Superintendent DR Edwards, Sergeant  Arthur and Sergeant PS WT (Bill) Edwards 

DR Edwards and WT Edwards were brothers and hailed from the Llansantffraid / Llanfyllin Area. Sergeant WT Edwards was stationed at Newtown throughout WWll.  He had very few officers to assist him but he did an excellent job and was highly respected. Superintendent DR Edwards was a highly intelligent and shrewd individual who was Superintendent (Administration) in Mid-Wales Constabulary for many years and was regarded as Captain HC Lloyd’s (Chief Constable) right hand man.

 

NEWTOWN POLICE CRICKET Xl

Newtown Police has always enjoyed an excellent relationship with local organisations and for several seasons played friendly cricket matches including ‘999’ fixtures against the Ambulance and Fire Service with the ‘Boys in Blue’ generally coming out on top!

This photograph supplied by Peter Davies, was taken in 1994 and features, standing (L to R): the late Derek Richards, Ian John, Steve Lewis, Brian Watkins, Derek Bloomfield and David Steer. Front: Jonathan Davies, Peter Davies (Captain), Sean Westlake, Andy Meek, Darren Davies and Craig Davies.

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Following on from the team photo, Peter is currently club chairman of Newtown CC who compete in the Shropshire League. Peter is pictured with his sons Jonathon (left) and Craig, both have captained the Newtown first team and also represented Montgomeryshire in the North Wales County Championship.

 

REGIONAL SERGEANTS COURSE

The below photo was taken during a Welsh Region Sergeants Course held at Gwent Police HQ, Cwmbran in 1978.

The Dyfed-Powys officers are: Mike Thomas (Back row 3rd from left), Terry Marshall (back row 5th from left), Phil Lloyd (middle 2nd from left), George Phillips and Hugh Colley (7th & 8th from left) and Ron Lloyd (middle row, 2nd from right) and among the Directing Staff (front) is the late Mike Gage (2nd from left).

Mr William Farley (Chief Constable, Gwent) is sat fourth from the left. Mr Farley was a troop commander in Normandy and received the Military Cross after his tank was hit in Germany in 1945. He joined the police in Durham, arriving in Monmouthshire in 1958 and became chief constable in 1964. He remained head of the Monmouthshire / Gwent force until 1981. Sadly, Mr Farley and his wife both lost their lives in a fire at their home in 1984.

Update: Well done to Clive Cowey for identifying the Sergeant in the back row, 4th from the left as Roger Morgan of Gwent Police, formerly PC 704 Morgan, Dyfed-Powys, (possibly Mid-Wales Constabulary). Roger was stationed at Newtown and Welshpool before moving to Brynmawr (his home town) in 1972. He transferred with that station when it was relocated into Gwent Constabulary in 1973 as part of the boundary changes.

 

DPP LOSE THEIR COOL (AND THE GAME)!

In 1983, Dyfed-Powys played a stylish and skilful West Mercia team in the PAA National Football competition at the British Steel ground, Trostre, Llanelli.

Back (L to R): Geoff Roberts (Trainer), Peter Dickinson, Clive Rich, Mark Williams, Howard Jones, Tony Evans, Phil Gale, Norman Minchin, Tony Evans (Referee) and Barrie Davies. Front: Neville Evans, Wyn Evans, Norman Welch, Paul Phillips, Richard Evans and Barrie Harrison.

According to Barrie, the DPP team held their own until a controversial decision saw them lose their composure, allowing West Mercia to take the lead. A quickly taken corner kick, following an extremely dubious decision, resulted in a goal for the visitors and left the home side fuming! Despite remonstrating with the officials, the goal was allowed to stand and West Mercia progressed to the next round.

Photo and article courtesy of Barrie Davies.

 

LIAISON VISIT TO RAF BRAWDY

Situated overlooking St Bride’s Bay, the airfield at Brawdy (between Haverfordwest and St. Davids) was opened in 1944 and initially used by RAF Coastal Command. Part of its war time role was to act as a base for meteorological crews which flew out across the Atlantic to report on approaching weather patterns.

Photographed during a liaison visit to RAF Brawdy in 1984 are Superintendent Gerwyn Griffiths (2nd left), Chief Superintendent E.L. Jones (4th left) and Chief Inspector Tom Mathias (3rd right). The remainder are MOD Police / RAF personnel.

During peacetime, Brawdy took on a vital training role with cadets receiving advanced flying training mainly in Hawker Hunters. It also became home to a flight of Search and Rescue helicopters which were often called into action around the Pembrokeshire coast. Brawdy also housed a top secret United States Navy Facility which tracked the movement of Russian submarines in the north Atlantic.

In 1996, the army took over the facility and it became home to 14 Signals Regiment, being re-named Cawdor Barracks.

Photo courtesy of Tom Mathias - additional information by Hugh Colley.

 

CODING FOR KEEPS AT AMMANFORD

During the 80’s, cycle owners were strongly encouraged to have their postcode stamped underneath the frame with details of the bike held on a database.

Dulais Williams (Rtd. PC273) is pictured marking a Raleigh Chopper with a post code during a Crime Prevention campaign at Ammanford in January 1985. Also in the photo is Glyn Jones (Rtd.PC119) together with the Mayor of Ammanford. 

Photo courtesy of Berwyn Williams

 

C (PEMBROKESHIRE) DIVISION RUGBY XV

The below photograph supplied by John Stretton was taken before a match against RAF Brawdy played in the early 80’s (possibly 1983) at Brawdy.

Back (L to R): Rowland Powell, Phil Ingram, John Stretton, Wyn John, Nick Davies, Alfor Evans, Mal Thomson, Jeff Davies and Jeff Jones. Front AN OTHER, Chris Richards, Wyn Evans, Dai Jones, Bill Horne (later ACC Gwent) and Steve Doyle.

Update: From Mal Thomson (Coroner’s Officer, Carmarthen), who is stood between Alfor Evans and Jeff Davies and stationed  at Fishguard at that time, ‘I can't remember much about the game but I think we lost. If I remember correctly the hospitality in the Mess after the game was great and I'm sure many of the players will remember the bad heads the following morning!

 

SUPERSTARS CELEBRATE AN EMPHATIC VICTORY

Further to a photograph posted on the website towards the end of 2015, taken at the Superstars competition held at Carmarthen in 1978. Del Phillips has kindly supplied a photograph of the jubilant members of the A Division team.

L to R: Geoff Roberts, Terry Stokes, Robert Jones, Gwilym Evans, Norman Welch, Phil Thomas, Ann Lewis, Del Phillips, Jayne MacKintosh, Peter Dunkley, Janet Jenkins, Mike Gage, Barrie Davies and Ken Evans. Crouched at the front holding he prestigious trophy is Eirwyn (Curly) Edwards (Team Manager).

The overall scores were: A Division: 106 points, C (Pembrokeshire) Division: 80 pts. Headquarters: 76 pts. B (Aberystwyth) Division: 71 pts. D (Newtown) Division: 66 pts.

 

FUND RAISING FOR A SPECIAL CAUSE

In the summer of 1987, several events took place throughout the force area to raise money to help send  athletes to the Special Olympics held in Indiana USA. The Special Olympics is a competition in a variety of sports for people with learning disabilities.

 

The events included a 30 mile hike over the Preseli Hills by C (Pembrokeshire) Division, a 30 mile cycle ride around the division by A (Llanelli) personnel and a Duck Race at Aberystwyth.As part of the fund raising efforts, thirty members of Llandrindod Wells Section held a seven hour Cyclethon. Members of the public were invited to guess (for a donation) the total distance pedalled by the participants. Seen leading by example is Alan Harding with (left to right): Brian Watkins, Clive Howells, Tony Phillips (Special Constable) and Mike Kelly.

 

A change of shift with Geraint Rees, the late Russell Morgan, Alan Harding, Huw Morgans, Diane Evans (Support Staff), Front: Diane Pugh, Hywel Bevan, Brian Mumby and Brian Watkins.

Twenty seven UK forces raised a grand total of £42,000 with Dyfed-Powys leading the field by raising £8,150, beating the might of the Metropolitan Police into second place by £300! Note, the equivalent value today of £8,150 is approximately £16,000 – a tremendous effort by all concerned.

Photographs courtesy of Alan Harding.

 

CARDIGANSHIRE CONSTABULARY

The below photograph has been kindly supplied by Mr Berwyn Williams, it is believed to have been taken in the 1840’s and features members of the Cardiganshire Constabulary.

Berwyn received the photograph from Mrs Ann Davies whose great grandfather Constable Joshua Lewis is stood 7th from the right. Note: Cardiganshire Constabulary was formed in 1843 with an original establishment of just 18 officers

 

ON PATROL AT PONTYBEREM SQUARE

Another nostalgic photo taken in the early 1960's supplied by Mr Berwyn Williams, this one was taken in Pontyberem Square in the Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire.

 

Stood in the centre of the photo is Berwyn’s father-in-law in law, William Bowen, a local fruiterer and on the right is Bill Davies (Rtd. PC30). The identity of the officer on the left is not known, possibly someone may be able to identify him.

Update: Many thanks to Roger Davies for identifying the officer on the left of the picture. He is the late Phil Jones (PS60) or Phil 60 as he was known and in 1960 when Roger joined as a cadet, Phil was stationed at Llwynhendy.

 

FAREWELL TO DPP AIR SUPPORT UNIT (ASU)

In October, 1989 the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority approved an application by Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) for the purchase of a Bell Jet Ranger 206B helicopter which was the first X-Ray 99.

The above photograph kindly supplied by Alan Harding (Rtd. Superintendent), shows X-Ray 99 at FHQ shortly after the formation of the ASU - the first Police ASU in Wales.  Left to Right: Alan Harding, Alistair Lindsay, Tony Williams, Bob Campbell, Capt Ian Neilson (Pilot) and Ellis Evans. During its first year of operation X-Ray 99 was put to good use with 94 searches for MISPERS, 91 photographic tasks and provided assistance with the arrest of 79 persons.

As many will be aware, the Dyfed-Powys Police  Air Support Unit ceased to exist on 31st December 2015 after 25 years invaluable service to the residents of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, saving many lives and assisting in bringing numerous offenders to justice. The helicopter (above) has recently been handed over to the National Police Air Service whose purpose is to provide a national, borderless air service to all police forces in England and Wales.

 

HAVERFORDWEST POLICE MARINE SECTION

In June 1978, a team representing Haverfordwest Police competed in a raft race as part of the town’s carnival activities. The raft constructed from empty beer kegs and inner tubes was sponsored by a local brewery.

Left to right: standing: the late Brian Mainwaring (Coach), Nigel Stubbins, Andy Edwards. Front:  Mike Lewis, Peter Evans, Angharad Phillips (Mascot), now the wife of Aldwyn Jones (Rtd. Detective Chief Superintendent).

Peter Evans, who supplied the photograph, recalls that on race day the finished craft required ten people to lift it into the water. The boys put up a good show despite being bombarded with bags of flour and over ripe fruit. The generous sponsors also donated a complimentary crate of Newcastle Brown Ale and for obvious reasons the fore-runner to the DPP Marine Section did not win the race.

 

A DIVISION RUGBY XV

Roger Anthony (Rtd. PS137) who after retiring rejoined the force as a PCSO based at Llandeilo / Llandovery, has submitted three photographs taken of A Division rugby teams taken in the early 80’s. Sadly, due to the passage of time only vague details of the games are known. However, Roger is able to put names to the players.

No details of fixture available. Back row (L to R): Alun Williams, Terry Stokes, Dilwyn Augustus, Keith Jones, Bob Jones, Peter Evans. Owen Jones, Jeff Evans, Tom Edwards. Front: Paul Jewell, Stuart Denman, Alan Lewis, Norman Welch, Roger Anthony and John Davies.

A Division v B Division played at Carmarthen. Back row; John Davies, Terry Stokes, Peter McGarrigle, Bob Jones, Howard Davies, Delme Phillips, Geoff Roberts, Dilwyn Augustus, Mike (Pop) Davies. Front row: Alan Lewis, Norman Welch, Gwilym Evans, Alun Williams and Roger Anthony.

A Division v C Division played at Haverfordwest. Back row: Wayne Evans (Referee), Alun Williams, Dai (Alpha) Thomas, Tom Edwards, Meurig Evans, Dilwyn Augustus, Gavin Davies, Bob Jones, Owen Jones, Cerith Bevan, Keith Jones, Nev Evans, Terry Stokes. Front: Stuart Denman, John Davies, Paul Jewell, Norman Welch, Roger Anthony and Keith Turner (later Chief Constable of Gwent Police).

Sadly, Norman Welch who appears in all three photographs is no longer with us.

 

MONTGOMERYSHIRE CONSTABULARY – HELP WANTED

The below photograph and enquiry has been received from Mr Jonathan Davies who is in the process of researching his family tree. It transpires that relatives of Mr Davies served in the Montgomeryshire / Mid- Wales Constabulary.

‘I came across a picture you I thought you might be interested in. I'd say that sat in the front (3rd from right) is PS William Thomas Edwards (b.1893) and that 2nd from the left in the back row is his younger brother PC David Richard Edwards (b.1901), both of Montgomeryshire Constabulary and later Mid-Wales Constabulary.

As William Thomas Edwards is greying slightly, suggesting he might be 50, I would estimate the date as 1943. If there's anything you can add about the date or location of the photo I'd be glad to hear of it’.

(The doorway at the rear of the group indicates that the photograph was taken in front of the Police HQ in Severn Place, Newtown).

Update: The following has been received from Mr Brian Stubbs: I was very interested in this photograph and can identify the majority of the group. Unfortunately, the others I seem to recognise but cannot identify by name. They are as follows (rank shown on retirement): Back (L to R) PS DC. Jones, NK, PS Dick Davies, NK, Supt. Kinsey Jones, Supt HA Edwards. Front: PS Ingram, Insp Digger George, DI JHJones, Supt DR.Edwards, PS Arthur and PS WT (Bill) Edwards, NK.  

DR Edwards and WT Edwards were brothers and hailed from the Llansantffraid / Llanfyllin Area. Sergeant WT Edwards was stationed at Newtown throughout WWll.  He had very few officers to assist him but he did an excellent job and was highly respected. Supt DR Edwards was a highly intelligent and shrewd individual and was Supt Administration in Mid-Wales Constabulary for many years and was regarded as Chief Constable Captain Lloyd’s right hand man.

 

D DIVISION GOLF SOCIETY

 

With so many picturesque golf courses set in the heart of mid Wales, it’s no wonder that so many D Division (Powys) officers take up golf. While no-one is able to place an actual date as to when the D Division Golf Society was formed, it is believed that the first annual tour took place in the mid 80’s.

According to Phil Hopkins, the society was the brainchild of Terry Parkhouse and Coleford Golf Club in the Forest of Dean has been the venue for the majority of tours with Bransford GC, Worcester being the alternative venue.  The below photographs submitted by Phil were taken during the visit to Bransford in May 1991.

Some of the tour members stood on the first tee, eagerly waiting to hit their first drive. L to R: Malcolm Taylor, Phil Hopkins, Simon Brady, Wyn Edwards, Kevin Owen, Bryan (Dinger) Bell, Brian Oakley, Don Jenkins.

Members reliving their round at the 19th hole - left side (Front to Back): Brian Oakley, Malcolm Taylor, Bill Pugh, Ralph Ford, Don Jenkins and Wyn Edwards. On the right (front to back): John Jones, Phil Hopkins, Colin Perrier and Kevin Owen. Sadly, Brian, Malcolm, Bill, Ralph and Wyn are no longer with us.

The late Brian Oakley (Rtd, PS390) presenting Deri Evans (Rtd. PC 771) with the Brian Oakley Trophy which he kindly donated to the society and is competed for annually during the D Division tour. Note: The 2016 tour to Coleford GC will take place from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th May (further details to follow).

(Did you know that a recent study found the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year? Another study found golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon which is about the same as a Volkswagen GOLF!) 

 

PAA CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING COMPETITION

The below photograph kindly supplied by Geraint Phillips was taken during the PAA Welsh Clay Pigeon Championship held at Llandegla, Denbighshire (year not known).

Back row (Left to Right): Lyn Moss, Jeff Pillar and Richard Hunt. Front: Geraint Phillips and Nigel Earle.

Geraint recalls ‘That was quite a proud moment, although I was in the team at the last moment as first reserve. This competition was followed by a three day national event held in Yorkshire in the presence of Princess Anne. Over 200 Police Officers from throughout the UK competed, including some top marksmen from what was then the Royal Ulster Constabulary’.

 

TOM’S A HIGH FLYER AT ST. ATHAN

The below photograph was taken in 1974 during a Home Defence Air Observer Course held at RAF St. Athan. Tom Mathias is about to act as an Observer aboard a Scottish Aviation Bulldog aircraft (see below) during a reconnaissance exercise above the Vale of Glamorgan.

Following a nuclear attack, the police would be expected to continue their normal operations. In addition, it was envisaged that they would have a much wider role including: 

  • Reconnaissance immediately after an attack to determine the extent of damage and radiation.
  • Assisting in the marshalling and direction of the homeless.
  • Control of essential service routes.

With road networks destroyed, it was deemed that aerial reconnaissance would be the most effective way of performing these important roles and a number of officers were trained as Air Observers. Thankfully, due to the end of the Cold War in 1991 they were never deployed!

Note: The Scottish Aviation Bulldog is a British two-seat side-by-side training aircraft designed by Beagle Aircraft as the B.125 Bulldog. The largest customer was the RAF, which placed an order for 130 Bulldogs in 1972, It was used extensively by the Royal Air Force as a basic trainer, in particular as the standard aircraft of the University Air Squadrons. 

 

FAREWELL DINNER FOR JR

Mr John Ronald (JR) Jones retired as Chief Constable in February 1975, to mark the occasion a formal dinner was held at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen

Mr Jones is pictured receiving an engraved silver salver from Miss Mollie Phillips JP. Also pictured are the incoming Chief Constable, Mr RB Thomas (extreme left), Mr Bob Wildblood (partly obscured – 2nd left) and Mr Cyril Vaughan (extreme right).

Photograph coutesy of Mr Peter Jones.

 

SILVER JUBILEE PLATE

In 1993, Silver Jubilee plates were produced to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the formation of Dyfed-Powys Police on 1st April 1968.

The limited edition plate pictured above incorporates the helmet plates of the constituent forces i.e. Carmarthen & Cardigan Constabulary, Mid-Wales Constabulary and Pembrokeshire Police.

Note: This will be the last photo to be posted on the DPP NARPO website during 2015 in which over 140 photographs have been posted. Many thanks to members that have submitted such a wide variety of interesting photographs throughout the year and to those members that have assisted by supplying additional information. 

An index giving brief details all 144 photographs can be found by clicking on INDEX

 

FISHGUARD AND GOODWICK POLICE

The below picture taken of Goodwick (near Fishguard) Police Division in 1910 has appeared previously on the website (Fishguard Police Station was not built until the late 1960s).

The photograph features an Inspector, three Sergeants and thirteen Constables, all wearing the distinctive black badge of Pembrokeshire Constabulary. Martin Spain recalls seeing the original in an antique shop in Fishguard in the early 1980's and the late Winston Jones (Rtd. Inspector) had managed to identify all the officers. (It would be interesting to know where the original photograph is today).

By coincidence, ninety years later (2000), Fishguard Section assembled for a group photo and there is one Inspector, two sergeants, 11 Constables, one Detective Constable and two support staff members making a total of seventeen personnel i.e. the same as in 1910!

Pictured are: Front (L to R): PC Bob John, PC Jim salmon, Nicky Brooks (Cleaner), PS Dave Sweet, Inspector Martin Spain, WPS Christine Miles, Mrs Caroline Tinnuche (Station Clerk), PC Mike Jones and DC Steve Jones. Back: WPC Karen Jones, PC’s Paul Phillips, Huw George, Paul Hunt, Tony Evans, Gareth Clements, Dai Guy and Eryl Harries.

Both photographs and article kindly submitted by Reverend Martin Spain

 

CARDIGANSHIRE CONSTABULARY POLICEWOMEN

Brian Willey has submitted the below photograph which was sent to him by Mr David Rowlands, a native of Aberystwyth who now lives in Canberra, Australia. The photo features what is believed to be a police recruitment event that took place in Aberystwyth in 1947 with Constitution Hill in the background.

In 2008, Mr Rowlands received the following information from Cardiganshire Archives regarding the recruitment of Police Women within the county:

In the minutes of a meeting held on 30th September, 1947 of the Standing Joint Committee of the Quarter Sessions and the County Council under the heading of Recruitment is the following entry:

The following Police Women have been given probationary appointments, namely: on 18th July 1947 - WPC 1 Catherine Thomas and on 26th September 1947 - WPC 2 Doreen Morris

The police officers featured in the photograph are Mr Steven Jones, (Chief Constable of Cardiganshire Constabulary). Stood behind the Chief Constable is WPC Catherine Thomas (mother of Mr Rowlands) together with Dorothy Morris. Sat second from the right is Kenneth George Williams (known as KG) who was then a DI and head of CID for the county. Following the amalgamation of Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, KG was transferred to Carmarthen where he became a Chief Inspector until his retirement. The sergeant stood on the extreme left is Bryn Davies, who following retirement was elected Mayor of Aberystwyth. The PC on the extreme right looks like Vernon Thomas who later became a Sergeant in Aberystwyth (possibly someone can verify this and also identify other members of the group.

 

THE SCOVESTON MURDERS REMEMBERED

Thirty years ago, on a wet and windy Sunday evening - three days before Christmas 1985, Scoveston Manor, Steynton near Milford Haven started to burn. Inside, Helen Thomas had been bound and gagged before being shot in the head at point blank range. Her brother, Richard Thomas had a fatal gunshot wound to the right lower abdomen, again fired at point blank range.

A 100 strong team led by Detective Chief Superintendent David (DM) Davies was assembled in a bid to catch the killer but it would take more than a quarter of a century before John William Cooper was brought to justice.

The photograph supplied by Harry Rees was taken at a morning briefing session led by ‘DM’ held at The Masonic Hall, Milford Haven. Among those pictured are: Front (L to R): the late Alun Pritchard, Chris Pope, Harry Rees, the late Huw Williams and Mike Donovan. Others included in the photograph are: Tony Eden, Alan Hunter  the late Malcolm Miles, Steve Jones, Alun Davies, Mike Cox, David Jones, Neil Bulley, Phil Gale.

(An article relating to the Scoveston murders will appear in the Further Articles section).

 

LLANELLI PSU – MINERS STRIKE 1984/85

Pictured are members of the Llanelli Police Support Unit (PSU) that performed duty at the main entrance to Cynheidre Colliery, Llanelli during the year long industrial dispute.

Pictured at the entrance to the colliery are: Back (L to R): PC's Geoff Roberts, David Williams, Gareth James, Dennis Thomas, Alan Lewis, Mike Price and PS Hywel Davies. Front: Inspector Barrie Davies, PC's Stuart Denman, John Davies and Roger Anthony. The work was long, tedious and often performed during wet, bleak and extremely cold weather conditions. Despite the cramped conditions within the personnel carrier, there was an excellent camaraderie within the group with every member playing their part.

Sadly, Dennis passed away some years ago and he is still remembered with affection. Up until his untimely death he worked as a local beat Officer at Felinfoel, Llanelli where the children in the schools and village affectionately knew him as just ‘PC Den’. Dennis was a keen supporter of Llanelli Scarlets RFC and members of the team were among the mourners at his funeral held at Llanelli Crematorium.

Photo and article supplied by Barrie Davies.

During the summer of 1984, the unit was deployed to provide mutual aid throughout the Midlands and north of England. The above photograph of Llanelli PSU taking a refreshment break was taken at shirebrook,Derbyshire in June 1984.

 

TENBY POLICE BALL

The annual Tenby Police Ball, held in early December was one of the highlights of the Tenby social calendar and marked the start of the festive season.

Pictured with the ladies at a ball held in the 1960’s are: Mel Williams, Jack Harries, Guest, Brian John, Eric Mullins, Alan Bristow, Tom Mathias and Bill Price with his wife WPC Hilda Price on his left.

Photo courtesy of Tom Mathias

The prestigious event was normally held at The De Valence Pavilion and remained popular until the end of the last century when support declined. Sadly, the last South Pembrokeshire Police Ball was held in December 2000 – gone but certainly not forgotten by many!  (Hugh Colley)

Update: Following email received from Mrs Gill Hopkins: Just catching up on the wonderful website you run for NARPO - I saw the Tenby Police Ball photo. Brought back memories of the time Phil and I attended the 1973/74 ball. I left school at 4:00pm (teaching in Kerry, near Newtown at the time) and we sped down to enjoy a wonderful night there with Hugh and Libby. At midnight we drove back home to Newtown and I was back in school fresh as a daisy by 8:00am!

The madness and energy of youth!!

 

OPERATIONS ROOM & HEADQUARTERS STAFF

This photo taken in 1992 includes staff based at the FHQ Operations Room and helps to put faces to some of the familiar R/T voices heard throughout the Dyfed-Powys area.

Back: (L to R): Jane Sear, Joanne Taylor, Julie Morris, Michelle Bessent,Pat Davies, Karen Evans and the late Ken Evans. Middle: Gareth Williams, Glenda Pryor-Morgan, Maria Davies, Helen Howell, Kevin Evans, Derek Edwards and Martin Henry. Front: Graham Miles, Alun Rees, Nigel Williams, Bill Kirke, the late Mike Gage, Peter Williams, Nigel George and Victor Morris. (Photo courtesy of Nigel Williams).

N.B. Some of the surnames of the female staff have changed on marriage.

 

SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE FOOTBALL Xl - JUST LIKE WATCHING BRAZIL!

Showing off their new vivid yellow strip are a team representing South Pembrokeshire Police taken before a match against local opposition played at Lamphey in the mid 90’s.

Pictured: Back (L to R): Jeff Hurford, Steve Cole, Andrew Miles, Paul Morris, Ken Rees, and Richard (Butch) Wilkins. Front: Reg Bevan, Neil Bulley, Gareth Russell, Dai Clegg and Dai Walters.

Photo courtesy of Steve Cole

 

JR AWARDED THE CVO AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

In 1970, the Chief Constable Mr John Ronald Jones was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by HM The Queen in the New Year Honours List.

Pictured outside Buckingham Palace in February 1970 following the investiture ceremony are Mr JR Jones with his son Peter (Rtd. PS109) and Mrs Marjorie Jones. 

The CVO is normally awarded by the Sovereign to recognise distinguished personal services to the Monarch or members of the Royal family. For seven weeks during the previous summer, Mr Jones was responsible for security during the Prince of Wales stay at Aberystwyth University and the award was made in recognition of the excellent work by a large team of Dyfed-Powys personnel. 

Photo courtesy of Peter Jones

 

OPERATION SEAL BAY

On Wednesday 11th July 1984 at Swansea Crown Court, The Honourable Justice Leonard passed prison sentences totalling 40 years and eight months on eight defendants, thereby bringing to an end what was the biggest and most complicated enquiry carried out by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Derek Davies (Rtd. Detective Chief Superintendent) and Don Evans (Rtd. Chief Superintendent) at Seal Bay.

On Monday 20th June 1983, a cache of marine equipment and stores were discovered by a member of the public on a beach known as Seal Bay, just north of Newport, Pembrokeshire. On the same day and about a mile further north a large underground cavern thickly coated with fibreglass was discovered.

It was these discoveries which triggered off Operation Seal Bay - the plan was relatively simple.

A yacht was to bring three tons of cannabis resin with a street value of £6 million to a point off Strumble Head near Fishguard where the consignment would be transferred to a very large inflatable dinghy. From there, the drugs would be loaded onto a closed van and taken direct to London. However, any hitch in the transfer then the cannabis would be concealed in the underground chamber and taken to London at a later stage.

Subsequent enquiries by a large team of Dyfed-Powys officers assisted by forces in the UK and overseas led to the arrest and conviction of eight defendants in connection with the conspiracy.

 

NEWTOWN POLICE HELPING GOOD CAUSES

This photo was taken in January 1991 at a function to present the proceeds of Police functions held during the previous year to raise money for local charities.

Included in the group are Des Parkinson, Peter Davies, Sue Poston Gloria Hughes and Owen Durbridge.

Photo courtesy of Peter Davies.

 

DYFED-POWYS v NORTH WALES POLICE

Another photo from the Barrie Davies collection – this one was taken in 1981 before a match played against North Wales Police at People’s Park, Llanelli in a preliminary round of the PAA football cup.

Back (L to R): Geoff Roberts, Barrie Harrison, Peter Dickinson, Aneurin Evans, Paul Jewell, Paul Phillips, Clive Rich and Norman Minchin. Front: Norman Welch, Barrie Davies, Peter Davies, Brian Mumby and Wyn Evans.

The North Wales team included players with Football League experience and despite a valiant effort by DPP they ran out narrow winners.

 

PEACE MARCH TO BRAWDY

In June 1982 a march by Women for Life on Earth from Cardiff to Brawdy, Near Haverfordwest ended in the creation of a peace camp at the gates of the United States Navy Facility to coincide with the four day visit of US President Ronald Reagan to Britain.

A large contingent of officers escorted the march on a hot afternoon during the latter stages. The photograph shows Tom Mathias leading the group with Geraint Griffiths (Rtd. DS620) enjoying an amicable discussion.

Photo courtesy of Tom Mathias.

 

POLICE VEHICLES IN PEMBROKESHIRE

The following photographs were taken outside the vehicle workshop at Haverfordwest Police Station prior to amalgamation (pre 1968).


 

Above: John Owens (PS510) and Dai Davies (PC491) dressed in his motor cycle kit. The number plate on the Zephyr 6 patrol car would be worth around £1,500.00 today as Pembrokeshire registration plates (DE) are keenly sought after.

 

Again, another photo at the same location with John Owens and an Austin 110 patrol car which was renowned as a really superb patrol car in its day.

Both photographs supplied by Roger Davies.

 

A FOND FAREWELL TO MIKE

This photograph which appeared in The County Times was taken in 1993 at a function to mark the retirement of Mike Evans (PS672), a highly respected and popular officer who sadly passed away in 2011.

Mike is pictured (extreme right) with his wife Diana, receiving gifts from Carolyn Morris, Owen Durbridge and Lyn Clark on behalf of colleagues and support staff at Newtown Police Station.

In 1964, Mike followed in his father’s footsteps by joining Mid-Wales Constabulary as a Cadet based at Newtown and in 1966 underwent initial training at No. 8 DPTC Bridgend. He served as a beat officer at Ystradgynlais and Welshpool before moving to Newtown (Traffic) from where he was promoted to Sergeant. Many D Division NARPO members will be aware that Mike was the brother-in-law of Peter Davies (Rtd. DC590 SOCO)

Photo courtesy of Mrs Pat Cowey

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE RETIREMENT

This photograph was taken at The Nant-y-Ffin Motel, Llandissilio, Near Narberth in August 1967 at a function to mark the retirement of Inspector Arthur Thomas (Tenby) who is sat 4th from the right.

Pictured with their ladies are (back row left to right): Vivian Richards, Frank Parry, Bob James, Bill Price, Elwyn Edwards, Einion Richards, Ernie Bright, Bill Davies, Albert Jackson, Tom Townsend, John Savage, Ernie Watkins, Graham Murphy and Merville Roberts (DCC). Seated are Mr Alan Goodson (Chief Constable) Arthur Thomas and Miss Eileen Davies (2nd from right) who was the first female Inspector in Dyfed-Powys.

Upon amalgamation in 1968, Mr Alan Goodson OBE QPM LLB was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Essex Constabulary and subsequently became Chief Constable of Leicestershire Constabulary. In addition, Ernie Bright transferred to City of London Police and on his retirement held the rank of Assistant Commissioner.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Mathias.

 

POINT DUTY AT ABERYSTWYTH LEADS TO LIFE SENTENCE!
This photo of a by-gone era features a very smart young Constable Watkin Roy Lowe (PC22) of Cardiganshire Constabulary taken in 1956 during a four hour stint of point duty at North Parade Square, Aberystwyth.

According to Watt, now a sprightly octogenarian, ‘It was at this point I first saw Sheila and shortly afterwards we enjoyed a period of courtship. In 1959 we married, I arrested her and she has been refused bail for the past 56 years! I spent a very happy eight years in Aberystwyth where both Judith & Robert were born, before transferring to CID at Llanelli in 1964’.

 

MILFORD HAVEN FOOTBALL TEAM

Another football team! This photo supplied by Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) was taken in the early 70’s at Marble Hall, Milford Haven.

The team representing Milford Haven Police features (Standing L to R): Dennis Thomas, Roger Thomas, Dai Bebbington, Keith Pyett, Brian Bebb. Front: Nigel John, Tony Eden, Dai Guy and Mike Lewis. Sadly Dai Bebbington and Brian (Rtd. Chief Inspector) are no longer with us.

(As the eastern part of the DPP force area is recognised by many as the spiritual home of Welsh rugby, it’s strange that photos of Police rugby teams are conspicuous by their absence on the website. So, if anyone has photos of rugby sides please send them in).

 

RETIREMENT PARTY AT WELSHPOOL FOR SPORTING SUPERSTAR

This photograph and article supplied by Phil Hopkins was taken at a function held at The Raven Inn, Welshpool in July 1999 to mark the retirement of PC Dai Richards.

Back row (L to R): Sam Jones, Dai Williams (both no longer with us), Andy Gozzer, Roger Davies, Rob Gallier, Steve Greenwood, Dai Richards, Matthew Thomas. Front row: Phil Hopkins, Richard Law. (Andy, Rob, Steve, Matthew and Richard are still serving).

Many will know that Dai was an accomplished sportsman, excelling at snooker, billiards and golf. In addition, he also threw a mean dart and represented Dyfed-Powys for several years in golf and indoor games. Dai was Welsh regional PAA snooker and billiards champion many times and was crowned national PAA snooker champion on at least one occasion.

One year for various reasons, Dai was the sole D (Powys) Division representative at the DPP indoor games finals held at Carmarthen. Never one to shirk a challenge, Dai competed in every event (apart from the darts doubles) and was so successful that he managed single handedly to bring the team trophy back to mid Wales!

 

BARRIE BOXING BEFORE BEAT DUTY AT PEMBROKE DOCK

Many NARPO members will know that Barrie Davies (Rtd. Chief Inspector) was a skilful footballer who represented DPP on many occasions. He also played Welsh League football for Pembroke Borough AFC when he was stationed at Pembroke Dock in the late 60’s. However, some may be unaware that in his younger days Barrie was also a formidable exponent of the noble art - boxing.

The photograph taken on Tuesday 19th March 1968, shows Barrie in his bout against a strapping and hard hitting opponent at a tournament held at the Albion Hall, Pembroke Dock. Shortly after the end of the epic contest, Barrie paraded for duty at 10:00pm for a eight hour night shift at nearby Pembroke Dock Police Station. More details about Barrie’s boxing career and the result of the above bout will appear soon in the Further Articles section.

Photograph courtesy of Barrie Davies.

 

ROYAL VISIT BY THE QUEEN MOTHER (1964)

The below photograph shows Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother being introduced to Mr JR Jones (Chief Constable) of Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary at Whitland Railway Station in 1964.

Whilst there is no additional information to explain the reason for the visit, research shows that The Queen Mother visited Pembrokeshire that year to officially open the newly built Pembroke Refinery (now owned by Valero). Therefore, it’s possible that the photograph was taken en route to Pembrokeshire having arrived at Whitland by Royal Train.  

Photo courtesy of Peter Jones.

 

ROYAL VISIT BY PRINCESS MARGARET (1972)

Unfortunately, again there is very little information known about the visit to the DPP force area by Princess Margaret in September 1972.

The above photograph was taken somewhere in Breconshire and pictures Mr JR Jones (Chief Constable) on the left with Mr Mervyn Morgan (Chief Superintendent) of D Division on the right. Perhaps someone can provide more details about the royal visit.

 

Update: Many thanks to Tom Mathias who was a Traffic Inspector based at Newtown at that time and was tasked with compiling the Operational Order. During the visit to Breconshire, Princess Margaret had a full itinerary, in addition to visiting a water treatment plant at Erwood, she visited the newly built Archdeacon Griffiths School in Lyswen and also the Cambrian Woollen Mill at Llanwrtyd Wells.

Photo courtesy of Peter Jones.

 

 

ROYAL VISIT BY HM THE QUEEN (1982)

On Maundy Thursday 1982 (Thursday before Easter), Queen Elizabeth II distributed the Queen’s Maundy money (see below) during the Maunday service held at St. David’s Cathedral. This was the first occasion that the ceremony had taken place outside of England.

Ahead of the royal process and looking upwards (possibly for divine intervention) is Tom Mathias (Rtd. Chief Inspector) and the late Pat Molloy (Rtd. Detective Chief Superintendent) and Tony James (Rtd. DS) can be seen behind the Lord Lieutenant.

At the service, the British Monarch or a royal official ceremonially distributes small silver coins known as Maundy Money as symbolic alms to elderly recipients. The coins are legal tender but do not circulate because of their silver content and numismatic value.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Mathias

 

A (LLANELLI) v C (PEMBROKESHIRE) DIVISION CUP FINAL (1983)

By coincidence, both Barrie Davies and Steve Cole (Rtd. PC 214) have recently supplied photographs that appeared in the Western Telegraph of the teams that played in the high scoring final of the Inter-Divisional Cup Final played at London Road, Pembroke Dock in 1983.

Pictured above are the victorious A Division team: Back (L to R): Neville Evans, the late Norman Welch, Mark Jones, Geoff Roberts, Gareth Jones, Mike Donovan, John Davies and Roger Anthony. Front: Barrie Harrison, Richard Evans, Mark Williams, Barrie Davies and Steve Burson who later transferred to West Mercia Police.

 

The photograph of the gallant losers supplied by Steve Cole features: back (L to R): Tony Evans, Steve Cole, Neil Bulley, Dai Evans, the late John Lynch, Phil Gale. Front: Eifion Thomas, Brian Mumby, Bob John, Paul Phillips, Hugh Colley and Clive Rich.

According to Barrie, Neil Bulley pulled off a string of fine saves and was indisputably his ‘Man of the Match’ and by saving a fiercely struck penalty taken by skilful Barrie Harrison he kept his side in the game. The Pembrokeshire outfit (with Hugh Colley having a good game in midfield) were still in contention until the final minute when A Division grabbed a late winner winning by the odd goal in seven.

 

WELSHPOOL SUB – DIVISION SOCIAL EVENING

In the autumn of 1981 Welshpool officers and staff together with their partners, enjoyed a Supper Evening at The Royal Oak, Welshpool.

Pictured above are (l to R): Bob Price, Bill Smith, Chris Brennan, Mrs Linda Brennan (Administration / CID Clerk at Newtown and Welshpool) and Mrs Pat Price. In the background are Dai Williams (Llanfair Caereinion) and Brian Watkins.

The bosses also attended  what was an enjoyable get together – pictured are  Mrs Jean Lightfoot, Keith Lightfoot (Rtd. Chief Inspector), Mrs Celia Crowdie, Brian Crowdie (Rtd. Superintendent) and the late Gerald Bound (Retd. Superintendent). At the rear right of the picture is Mike Markham.

Photograph courtesy of Bill Smith (Rtd. PS) and thanks to Phil Hopkins for naming the group.

 

POLICE CARS FROM YESTERYEAR

Hugely popular Open Days were held at FHQ for a number of years which gave the public an opportunity to learn more about ‘the job,’ including visiting various departments, watch Police dog displays and learn all about flying X-Ray 99.

Many of the older generation spent hours perusing the display of Police vehicles and the above photographs taken by Geraint Phillips includes four Police cars from the past. Perhaps someone can provide some details about the history of these classic cars?  

 

DMW DEEMSTER - HELP WANTED
The following email has been received from Tony, a member of Merseyside NARPO, and relates to the motor cycle shown on the right of the photo. (The photograph was posted in the Photo Album earlier this year). Possibly a retired Mid-Wales officer can assist Tony with his research, if so please email Hugh or Clive.

‘For the last 8 years I have been a volunteer archive researcher with Merseyside Police and deal with enquiries regarding historic police vehicles. As a member of the Society of Automobile Historians I specialise in the research of vehicles owned, used, or operated by the police service in the UK.

Therefore I was pleased to read through your excellent website and especially the vehicle photographs contained therein. One photograph interested me very much and that was the one at the 1966 Crime Prevention Exhibition at the Royal Welsh Show. At the right hand side of the image is a DMW Deemster and although a few forces bought them but I was unaware that Mid Wales Constabulary had done so.  

The registration number is AEP 80 D and I would be extremely grateful if any of your members know anything about it and if the force purchased just this one machine’?

 

A FOND FAREWELL TO 'WILL' OLLIN

The late Tony ‘Will’ Ollin, with his marvellous sense of humour, was one of the most popular Traffic Wardens to patrol the streets of Tenby. This photo was taken outside Tenby Police Station in the summer of 1986 as Tony (TW14) clocked off for the last time.

Pictured behind Tony are: Denise Cousins (TW), Mrs Gladys Luly and Miss Avril Rees (Support Staff) and Yvonne Price (TW), Back: Unknown (Summer Posting), Ted Nicholas (Rtd. DC 570), Llynwen Davies (later Evans, who retired very recently), Brian James (Rtd. PS130), Alan Tyrer (Rtd. PC650), Steve Cole (Rtd. PC 214), Peter Dickinson (Rtd. PS 687), Watt Lowe (Rtd. C/Inspector), John Rees (Rtd. PC372).

Incidentally, Tony’s son (Geoff) joined Dyfed-Powys Police and was stationed at Newtown prior to his transfer to Greater Manchester Police.

Photo courtesy of Watt Lowe - many thanks to Harry Rees and Steve Cole in helping to identify some of the group.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE – CAN ANYONE HELP?

Unfortunately, very little background information is known about this iconic photograph taken of immaculately turned out members of the Pembrokeshire Police (note no female officers).

The Chief Constable (sat 6th from left) is Captain ATN Evans who was head of the force for 25 years from 1933 to 1958. Possibly former Pembrokeshire officers can provide more information by identifying some of the officers and the occasion.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Mathias.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE MEDALS – ANYTHING KNOWN?

Staying with Pembrokeshire Police, Roger Davies recently came into possession of the below commemorative medals.

Possibly a former Pembrokeshire officer can throw some light on them?

 

FAREWELL AND THANKS TO GLORIA AND CLIVE

The below photograph was taken at a function held during the annual Police Federation Conference at Scarborough in May 1996 to mark the joint retirement of Clive Cowey (Treasurer of the Joint Branch Board) and Gloria Hughes (Women's National Sergeant's representative on the Joint Central Committee).  

Pictured (L to R): Lorna McQuilliam, Gloria Hughes, Derek Bloomfield (who was later appointed the Constable's representative on the JCC), Clive Cowey and the late Gerald Jones. Gerald was Secretary of the Joint Branch Board at that time and was Chair of DPP NARPO until his untimely death. Lorna is still serving, but due to retire shortly and we look forward to her joining NARPO.

Photo and article supplied by Phil Hopkins

 

WELSHPOOL POLICE STATION – BEST KEPT ‘NICK’?

A general photograph of staff on duty at Welshpool Police Station around 1995 and pictured (L to R) are: Rob Gallier (still serving), Andrea Foulkes (Counter Clerk), Iris Ward (Station Cleaner), Huw Williams, Richard (Charlie) Edwards, Phil Addicott, Phil Hopkins and  Dai Hughes.

Phil Hopkins recalls, Iris prided herself on the cleanliness of the station and was always told that Mr Haydn Davies (DCC) commented during his visits to Welshpool that it was the cleanest station in the force. When Iris retired in the early 2000's, the cleaning of the Station was taken on by contractors who didn't have the same pride in their work. Shortly afterwards, I was at home when I received a telephone call from a Swansea number. It turned out to be the contractors who had dialled the wrong number - during our conversation they enquired whether I was interested in the position of cleaner at Welshpool Police Station. Needless to say, I wasn't tempted!

Photo and article supplied by Phil Hopkins

 

DAWN OF A NEW ERA

The Dyfed-Powys Constabulary (later changed to Police) was formed in April 1968, with the merger of the Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire  Constabulary, Pembrokeshire Constabulary and the Mid Wales Constabulary.

The Chief Constable of ‘Carms & Cards,’ Mr John Ronald Jones (JR) was appointed by the Police Authority as the first Chief Constable of the new force. The above letter outlines his terms and conditions for the new post. (The annual salary of £4,800 is the equivalent of approximately £75,000 today). The document is contained within a folder that has been kindly loaned to DPP NARPO by Mr Peter Jones (Retd. PS109) of Freshwater East who is the son of JR.

 

LONG SERVICE MEDAL PRESENTATION

The two photographs were taken at a presentation ceremony held at Friars Park HQ, Carmarthen in the mid 70’s with officers receiving their medals from Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable).

From Left to Right: David Charlton (Rtd. DS415), Ken Davies (Rtd. PS 110 Dog Section), Ray Holly (Rtd. PS401), Alex Jenkins (Rtd. PS420), Morgan Lewis (Rtd. PS187), Len Ley (Rtd. PS601), Eric Mullins (Rtd. PS435). The partially obscured officer with only his cap and sideburns visible stood to the right of Ray Holly is the late Geoff Richards (PS 426 - C/Inspector).

From Left to Right: Alex Jenkins , Morgan Lewis, Len Ley, David Warmington (Rtd. PS189), Noir Bowen, John (Hendy) Davies (Rtd.. PS 91), Frank Donnelly (Rtd. PC 455). Assisting with the presentation are Terry Stone (Rtd. PS 292) and Tom Mathias (Rtd. Chief Inspector). Hopefully, someone will identify the missing names.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Mathias and thanks to Roger Davies and Harry Rees for their assistance.

 

FOOTBALL AT WREXHAM (1)

In 1957/58, a regional North v South match was played at The Racecourse, Wrexham the home ground of Wrexham FC – the oldest club in Wales.

According to Watt Lowe who supplied the photo, (front row – far left), the match ended in a 1 – 1 draw with a certain PC Watkin Lowe of Cardiganshire Constabulary scoring the opener by firing home a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Also included in the South team were two Mid Wales Constabulary officers, namely Gwyn Hughes (back row – far right) and Brian Oakley (centre of front row). The remainder of the team consisted of Glamorgan Police and Swansea Borough officers.

 

FOOTBALL AT WREXHAM (2)

This photograph was taken some 30 years later at the same venue with DPP losing narrowly to North Wales Police in the final of the No 8 Welsh Region Football competition (score not known).

Back (L to R): Morlais Evans, Steve Cole, Peter Huge, Howard Jones, Rod Bowen, Peter Dickinson, Paul Phillips and Barrie Harrison. Front: AN Other, Mark Williams, Eric Bailey, Paul Jewell, and Barrie Davies who supplied the photograph.

 

LLANELLI CID CHRISTMAS PARTY  

Another photo from the Watt Lowe scrapbook – this one was taken in 1969 at the Llanelli CID Christmas Party held at The Sticks, Felinfoel.

Pictured in the front are David (DM) Davies (Rtd. Detective C/Supt), G. Bennett (Rtd. DS) and guest. Enjoying themselves at the rear are: Colin Jones, Richard Parry, Brian Davies, Chris James, Alan Nurton, Alan Davies, Tony Brinsden, M.Williams and Watt Lowe. Sadly of the group six members are no longer with us.

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY JBB

The Mid Wales Constabulary was created in 1948 and this photograph taken circa 1950 shows members of the newly formed Joint Branch Board.

Brian Stubbs has kindly identified them all and denoted them by their rank on retirement.  Back (L to R): Cotte Morris (Inspector at Builth Wells), Dems Williams  (Superintendent -  Admin), JH Jones (DCI), Wilf Gorman (PS), Arthur Newman (Inspector),  Glynn Thomas (C/Inspector), Len Evans (Superintendent), Front: Sybil Jones (WPC), Bob Wildblood (ACC), Haydn Griffiths (Superintendent / DCC) JR Jones (Chief Constable), Wyndham Slee (Chief Inspector), Arthur Price (Inspector), Doreen Lewis (WPS).

According to Brian, Haydn Griffiths was an outstanding member of the Police Federation and during his time as Sergeant at Welshpool was elected Chairman of the Joint Central Committee which he served with great enthusiasm and was commended by the then Home Secretary, James Chuter-Ede for his eloquence and fairness in his overall approach to federation matters. He was an outstanding personality and a gifted speaker. Due to the passage of time, only Bob Wildblood who resides in Cardiff, and Mrs Doreen Lewis who resides at Leighton near Welshpool are still alive.

Many thanks to Peter Jones for the photograph and to Brian for identifying the group.

 

GETTING READY FOR THE LUFTWAFFE

This photograph taken outside  Montgomeryshire Constabulary HQ in August 1939 as the country prepared for war and serves as a poignant reminder of those dark days.

Photograph from the Geoff Charles collection.

The photograph shows sand bags being filled by workmen outside the Police HQ in Severn Place, Newtown. Unfortunately, the officers looking on in the background have not been identified. While Newtown was not a bombing target of the Luftwaffe, a factory on the outskirts of the town manufactured tubular steel which was sent to aircraft assembly lines and used to cradle engines on planes such as the Barracuda. Other components for the famous Spitfire and Hurricane fighter aircraft were also produced, along with rifle barrels for the Sten submachine gun. The factory was top secret and hidden from Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe in the heart of the countryside.

 

HORSE POWER MEETS PEDAL POWER AT SUNNY TENBY

Tenby is probably the most picturesque seaside town in Wales - this was taken in the mid 80’s with the stunning harbour providing a beautiful backdrop.

According to Watt Lowe (pictured) who was the Tenby Inspector at that time, all stations had been issued with pedal cycles for general patrol duties and rather surprisingly, many PC’s were reluctant to be seen pedalling around Tenby's narrow streets. (One exception being John Stretton, pictured on the carriage). The bike developed various mechanical issues which rendered it unroadworthy and prevented it being used, including flat tyres, missing tyre valves / brake pads and broken chains!  

Photo courtesy of Watt Lowe.

 

LLANELLI POLICE BALL (2)

Another photo taken in the mid 60’s at the Llanelli Police held at The Glen Ballroom. Flanking their wives are David Walters (left) and Hywel (Tin Ton) Lewis (Retd. PC 55) who was Best Man at David’s wedding.

According to Berwyn Williams, the name ‘Tin Ton’ came from the family shoe shop in Tumble near Llanelli – possibly someone can elaborate.

Photo courtesy of Berwyn Williams.

 

DUBIOUS DECISION DENIES NIGEL!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Police Athletic Association, an inter-divisional ‘Superstars’ competition was held at Carmarthen on Sunday 17th September 1978. In addition to track and field events, various competitions took place on a sunny afternoon including Tug o’ War, football, golf pitching, obstacle race and welly throwing.

The photo shows a close finish to the 100 metre sprint with Nigel Williams breaking the tape ahead of Barrie Davies. However, after much deliberation, the judges awarded Barrie first place and 38 years later Nigel is still considering lodging an appeal! The late Norman Welch is second from the left, followed closely by Terry Davies. The identity of the runner bringing up the rear is not known. Watching on are the late Mike Gage (Rtd. Superintendent) and John Daniels (Rtd. C/Superintendent) on the right. For the record, the overall winners were A Division with 106 points.

Photo courtesy of Nigel Williams (Rtd. Inspector)

 

ROYAL VISIT TO PEMBROKE

Pembroke is a town with great royal connections through its very prestigious past and King Henry VII was born in Pembroke Castle in 1457.

In 1955, a young Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh concluded their visit to Wales with a visit to the birthplace of Henry Tudor. This photo from the Roger Davies’ postcard collection, shows HM The Queen and Prince Philip about to enter Pembroke Castle. The WPC is Hilda Joycelyn Hughes (No 103) who married the late William Osborne Price (Retd. C/Inspector), a highly respected and unassuming officer who passed away in 2014. The identity of the Constable alongside Hilda is not known.

 

FISHING TRIP TO THE EMERALD ISLE

Another photo from Tony Eden’s collection, this one was taken in the early 60’s when Pembrokeshire Police organised an outing from Fishguard to Rosslare, County Wexford where the party was entertained by Garda Síochána and Tourist Board personnel.

Pictured with their hosts are: Byron John, Ian Richards, Tony Eden, Royce Howells, Dai Rees, John Gettings, Ray Holly, Ron Palmer, Dai Williams, Albert Jackson, Ben Jones, Ted Martin and Chris James.

Tony recalls, 'Following a reception in White’s Hotel we enjoyed a few hours boat fishing in ideal weather conditions off Tuskar Rock where everyone had excellent catches. The boat load of cod was taken back to Pembrokeshire the same night by mail boat from Rosslare Harbour. It was a very long, enjoyable day with very pleasant memories of the first of a number of meetings with our colleagues from across the Irish Sea'.

 

SOUTH AFRICAN BARBARIANS RUGBY TEAM VISIT LLANELLI

In October 1979, a multi-racial South African rugby team was invited to play matches in Britain and Ireland. Protests were held with anti-apartheid organisations demonstrating on the grounds that the team was selected on a racial basis. During the evening of Wednesday 24th October the Barbarians played Llanelli at Stradey Park and anti-apartheid organisations had given prior notice they would march from People’s Park to Stradey Park. The march would culminate in an attempt to dissuade supporters in attending the match and disrupt the game.

To prevent public disorder, there was a huge Police presence in and outside the ground and the above photograph supplied by Barrie Davies shows officers forming a cordon to hold back a group of demonstrators. Pictured are (L to R): Les Clarke, (not known), Peter Henshaw, Inspectors Jim Meldrum and Barrie Davies. Sadly, Peter and Jim are no longer with us.

 

By coincidence, Hugh Colley recently came across his copy of the Operational Order (above) for that match which makes interesting reading. The Policing operation was under the overall command of Mr CD Vaughan, QPM (Deputy Chief Constable) with 563 officers from throughout the force area deployed for duty at Llanelli. With such a huge contingent, the day was relatively peaceful and for the record the score was Llanelli 6 Barbarians 15!

 

CAROL CONCERT AT MILFORD HAVEN

This nostalgic photograph kindly supplied by Tony Eden (Rtd. DS441) of Milford Haven takes us back to Christmas 1962 when the Pembrokeshire Police Choir performed at a concert held at The Seamen’s Mission, Milford Haven.

Due to the passage of time, Tony is unable to identify every chorister, among those identified are: Back Row (L to R) Tom (Book and Pencil) Evans, Arthur Brady, Esmond Phillips, Tony Eden, Chris James, Bert Rowlands, John (John the Dogs) Richards, Ray Holly, Shanty Evans, Don Evans, Clive (Chopper) Martin. Front: John Savage, Doug Samuel, Jack Phoenix, Brian Manwaring, Harry Williams (conductor), Howard Griffiths, Jack Parker, Graham Murphy, Dennis Hughes, Tom Townsend and Dai Rees (pianist). Sadly, many of the choir are no longer with us.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE Xl

During the 60’s and 70’s, a team representing Pembrokeshire Police entered The Alma Cup football tournament organised by The Alma Inn, Pembroke Dock.

Back (L to R): Don Evans, Tony Eden, John Gettings, Harry Dodd (Trainer), Gerald James (Coach), David Guy and Barrie Davies. Front: Brian Mainwaring, Tony Whitfield, Meurig Rees, Brian Dowling, John Parsons and Ed Morris. Sadly, Harry, Brian Mainwaring, Tony Whitfield and Ed are no longer with us.

Teams from local companies and organisations entered the keenly fought competition and this photo was taken in 1971 before the cup final played at Bush Camp, Pembroke Dock. Their opponents were ‘The Turbine Boys’, a strong team from Pembroke Power Station who lifted the trophy, winning by the only goal of the game.

Photograph courtesy of Barrie Davies (Retd. Chief Inspector) who has sent me a number of photographs which will appear on the website during the next few weeks.

 

INITIAL TRAINING AT BRYNCETHIN

This photograph of new recruits was taken on 14th August 1947 at Bryncethin which at that time was the Wales (No 8 District) Training Centre.

Pictured in the centre of the middle row is Norman Richards (PC / PS 63) of Pembrokeshire Police. Many thanks to Mrs Liliana Evans of Milford Haven (Retd. WDC 823) who kindly supplied the photograph of her late father.

Update: According to Roger Davies, the officer 3rd from the left in the back row is John Jennings who joined Pembrokeshire Police on the same day as Norman.

 

ABERYSTWYTH CHRISTMAS PARTY

This photograph was taken at a Christmas Party held at Aberystwyth in 1958/59 where it looks as if the adults enjoyed themselves as much as the youngsters!

Front centre: Vernon Thomas (Ex PS 218) and sat on his right is PC Ben Davies (stationed at Llanarth / Drefach). On the left are: PC John Jenkins (23 - Llannon), DC David Jones, (later transferred to West Mercia), DC Watkin Lowe (22), PC Evans (243). On the right: PC’s Ken Edwards (24 - Cwmanne), H Davies (260), D Davies (264) and Emyr Daniel (194). Those sat at the far end are not identified by Watt Lowe who kindly supplied the photograph.

Update: From Roger Davies, David Jones transferred to Staffordshire Police (not West Mercia) and retired as a Chief Inspector. In November 1985, John Gettings and Roger were part of a contingent that represented DPP at the Remembrance Service in London. At Hendon Training College they met up with Dai Jones who was delighted to meet up with his former colleagues. In addition to Roger and John, the following represented DPP at the same ceremony: John (Hendy) Davies, Derrick Thomas (Retd. PS 113), Dai Williams and Clive (Chopper) Martin.

 

LLANELLI POLICE BALL

This photograph of Llanelli CID personnel and their ladies was taken at the annual Police Ball held at The Glen Ballroom in 1965.

Pictured are (L to R): Watkin (Watt) Lowe (DC 222 – retired as Chief Inspector), Gethin Morgan (DS 147 – retired as Superintendent) and extreme right is David Walters (Ex DC 29). According to Watt, the unidentified gentleman second from the right was a local solicitor who regularly attended Police functions.

Photo supplied to Berwyn Williams by Mr Craig Walters – many thanks.

 

MAYORS’ PARADE AT ABERYSTWYTH

The following photographs supplied by Watt Lowe, were taken at the annual Mayor's Parade in Great Darkgate Street, Aberystwyth in 1956/57 when local organisations accompanied the incoming Mayor through the seaside town.

Watt has identified the following, on the left: Inspector IJ Havard, PC’s James (Bow Street), WR Lowe (22), Ken Owens (24) and Harold Davies (260). Right: Superintendent Evans, PC’s H Jones, Joe Davies (Llannon), N Meigh, and E Hughes (261).

The above photograph was taken at the same ceremony with Sergeants Lloyd and Forsyth stood on the steps behind the group of civic dignitaries. Possibly, someone can provide more information regarding the contingent of Cardiganshire officers. 

Update: Many thanks to Roger Davies for helping to identify the officers and also informs us that the Constable on the right of the steps is Harold Davies who was last stationed at Cardigan as a Sergeant. He was known as Harold Llangeitho as he was stationed there for many years.

 

FAREWELL TO RENE

Another photograph from Watt Lowe’s album, this one was taken at a retirement party held at The Royal Gatehouse Hotel, Tenby to mark the retirement of the late Superintendent Rene Soar.

Watt is pictured presenting Rene with a fishing rod and judging by her expression, Mrs Soar narrowly avoided being struck in the face by the rod!

Pictured are (Back L to R): Graham Murphy (Ex Chief Superintendent), Mrs Murphy, Gerwyn Griffiths (Ex Chief Superintendent), Front: Mrs Griffiths, Watt Lowe (Ex Chief Inspector), Rene Soar, Mrs Joyce Soar and Mrs Sheila Lowe.

 

RETIREMENT OF FIRST CHIEF CONSTABLE OF MID-WALES

Captain HC Lloyd MC, MVO, Gentleman Usher to HM The Queen retired as Chief Constable of the Mid-Wales Constabulary in April 1959.

Captain Lloyd was appointed Chief Constable of Montgomeryshire in 1937 and following a compulsory amalgamation in 1948 became head of the Mid-Wales Constabulary.The photograph shows Captain Lloyd being presented with a retirement gift and pictured from left to right are: JH Jones, Trevor Davies (DCC), Arthur Newman, JR Jones (later to become first Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys), Captain HC Lloyd, Nev Walters, DR Edwards, M Thomas, Kinsey Jones, Doreen Oliver, Douglas Davies and John Haines.

Photograph kindly supplied by Mr Brian Stubbs.

 

CROWD CONTROL IN LLANIDLOES (1946)

Another nostalgic photograph from the Brian Stubbs collection, this one was taken in Great Oak Street, Llanidloes in 1946. There is no indication on the photograph as to the event that attracted such a large crowd to the quiet mid Wales market town – possibly a parade to commemorate the end of World War ll? 

The officer stood in front of the vast crowd is John Huntley Swabey (Ex PS 145 Montgomeryshire Police) who was last stationed at Montgomery. The identity of the mounted officer (single stripe so either Acting PS or qualified by examination) is unknown. The piebald horse was unlikely to have come from the local undertakers as they are usually black!

 

INITIAL TRAINING AT BRIDGEND IN 1957

Mr Berwyn Williams (Ex PC261) recently received the following three photographs from Mr Craig Walters, son of the late Mr David Walters and Mrs Mavis Gillian Walters (nee Griffiths).

The above photo was taken at Bridgend DPTC in 1957 and David is stood 4th from left in the back row while WPC Walters is pictured below. According to Mr Roger Davies (Ex PC 111) judging by the helmet plates, among the group is another ‘Carms & Cards’ officer together with possibly four Pembrokeshire officers. The class leader seated on the far left is Trevor Bowen (Ex PC53) stationed at Carmarthen, Traffic and later Ops Room. The Sergeant on the extreme right of the front row is Billy Ware, Glamorgan Police who was Roger’s class instructor in 1964 and sat next to him is later promoted Inspector Thomas.

WPC Mavis Gillian  Griffiths (later Walters) joined 1958 stationed at Llanelli.

Both parents served in the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary from the late 50’s to the mid 60’s. While Craig has no knowledge of their Police careers, it appears that DC David Walters was a very good Detective Constable who left the force in 1966 when the children were very young.

 

A SAFE RECOVERY AT GOLDEN GROVE

This photograph was taken at Golden Grove in 1964 with a sub-aqua team (possibly Glamorgan Constabulary), salvaging a stolen safe from the river for Llanelli Police.

Standing on the extreme left is DC David Walters. Roger Davies is almost sure the man in the trilby is DS Ken Watkins and the officer wearing a pullover closely resembles Arwyn Williams (Ex PC286) who was later was promoted to Sergeant (Operations Room).

Update: It was initially believed that David Walters’ force number was No. 13, however, Roger Davies, who was a young Police Cadet stationed at Llanelli in the 60’s, has pointed out that this number was allocated to David (Dai Tec) Thomas and David Walters was No. 29. It has also been confirmed that Ken Watkins who retired as Detective Inspector at Llanelli is the officer wearing the trilby hat.

 

Update: From Nigel Williams (Ex Inspector Ops Room), regarding the officer wearing a pullover, it looks more like Arwyn Hughes (Ex PC 286) who retired as a PC from the Ops Room while he (Nigel) was based there.

Many thanks to Berwyn for supplying the photos and to Roger and Nigel for helping to identify those pictured. 

 

Please note: The following batch of photographs have been scanned from a folder of The County Times newspaper cuttings compiled by the late Mrs Betty Lloyd of Welshpool, the mother of Mrs Pat Cowey. Many thanks to Pat for allowing us to look back at events from the 80’s and 90’s (more to follow).  

 

ON YER BIKE!

In 1992, a local company helped saddle up Newtown Police by handing over four British Eagle Cycles which were hand-made in Newtown.

 

The photo shows Sergeant Granville Clayton reminding officers of the Highway Code before they start out on their patrol. From left: Glanville Clayton, Colin Morgan, Andy Jones, Sharon Lewis and Alan Henderson.  

 

CHEQUE PRESENTATION AT WELSHPOOL

Proceeds of the 1992 Police Ball were presented to local charities at a presentation ceremony held at Welshpool Police Station.

Pictured are (L to R): Gwilym Rippon, Adrian Antrobus and Alan Jones (far right)

Update from Adrian Antrobus: As far as the picture of me receiving proceeds from the Welshpool Police Ball. This was for the benefit of the Shrewsbury Hospital CT scanner fund of which I am a trustee. I attended a meeting earlier this month (October 2015) in respect of this fund which is still running but which is soon to be ended. Monies remaining handed over to the RSH radiology unit to contribute to what is now their brand new state of art scanning facility.

The fund will have been running for 26 years and purchased two CT scanners for the hospital in that time apart from contributions towards maintenance.This appeal was hugely popular in its time and was born out of two tragedies both RTC originated and I am very proud to have been a part of it.

PS I love the NARPO page and look forward to the photographs – thanks for your time.

 

DPP 25TH ANIVERSARY FUND RAISING

1993 marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of Dyfed-Powys Police and during the Silver Jubilee year numerous fund raising events were held throughout the force area to raise money for local charities.

Officers from Welshpool and Newtown swapped their truncheons for bicycle pumps when they took to the road to cycle around the six stations throughout Montgomeryshire. Whilst I recognise John Stretton and Andy Phillips, hopefully, someone can put names to the others.

Update: the following has been received from Adrian Antrobus (Ex PS) who was stationed at Welshpool at that time:

The picture showing fund raising cycle ride with John (Stretts) Stretton included Colin Astley, the late Rob Large, Steve Hughson, Darren Brown Andy Gozzer and Diane Davies.

The Wheelers led by 'Stretts' had many a misadventure on their often frequent outings almost all ending in the consumption of a little falling off water!

!In addition to the above, Phil Hopkins has also identified Andy Gozzer and Roger Eagles.

 

DUKE’S CANCER FIGHT

Twelve year old retired Police dog Duke developed cancer after hurting his leg when it helped to foil a raid in Carmarthen.

Following retirement, Duke was owned by Dog Handler, Terry Griffiths (pictured) who covered the cost of the life saving treatment and drove Duke to London for treatment which meant making the 400 mile round trip three times a week.

 

REGIONAL POLICE DOG TRIALS WINNER

Newtown Police Dog Handler PC Derek Morris and his German Shepherd ‘Flash’ became the first in Dyfed-Powys to win a trophy in the Regional Police Dog Trials.

They took part in the trials for Wales and the South West of England held over three days in Devizes during the summer of 1993. Flash was Derek’s first dog and was trained to sniff out drugs.

 

GERARD’S READY FOR THE OFF

Newtown Superintendent Gerard Thomas retired from DPP in October 1993 after a 31 year career in the force based at Pembroke, Welshpool, Newtown and Aberystwyth.

On retirement, Gerard and his wife Betty returned to his home town of Pembroke where they still live. (Gerard is actively involved with Bowls both in a playing and administrative capacity. In 2014 he was elected President of the Welsh Bowling Association, both he and Betty are Life Members of Pembroke Dock Bowling Club).

 

LONG SERVICE PRESENTATION

This Police Long Service and Good Conduct for Powys officers was held in 1991/92 at Newtown Police Station and shows a proud Phil Hopkins (Ex PS 336) receiving his medal.

Update: From L to R: Mrs Doreen Hawkins (Support Staff), Bill Williams, Nesta Davies, Mr Austin Pritchard (Police Authority), Dave Hughes, Mike Denyard, Mr Mervyn Bourdillion (HM Lord Lieutenant), Mr Ray White (Chief Constable), Phil Hopkins, Clive King, Noel Penny and Mr Ian Gray (High Sheriff). Incidentally, as many are aware, Dave and Nesta are brother and sister.

 

STANDARD MOTOR CYCLE COURSE

This photograph was taken during a Standard Driving Course held in 1971 and features Dai 'DOK' Thomas (Ex PC 180), Vic Morris (Ex PC 316) and Lawson Morgan (Ex PC 491).

Photo kindly supplied by Vic Morris and thanks to Roger Davies for helping with identifying the officers. 

 

MOTOR CYCLES AT THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD

Another photograph from the Vic Morris collection, this one was taken at the 1974 National Eisteddfod held at Carmarthen.

The officers are Keith Morgan (Ex PC 20), Vic Morris and Mike Coulthard (Ex PC 314)

 

100 YEARS OF WOMEN IN POLICING - PEMBROKESHIRE’S FIRST POLICEWOMEN

Further to the recent query about the first Policewomen within the DPP force area. This photograph which appeared in the May 1982 issue of Off Beat, was taken at Haverfordwest Castle in October 1942 (then Pembrokeshire Police HQ).

The photograph shows the first nine members of the Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps, the predecessors of Policewomen in Pembrokeshire. Acting in an administrative role, they provided invaluable assistance as the Police service was hard pressed for manpower during WWll.

According to the article the names are back row (L to R): WAPC Hughes, Jenkins, King (see below), Morgan, Hosker, Thomas and Hardacre. Front row: WAPC Davies, Captain A T N Evans (Chief Constable), Inspector Jones (later DCC) and WAPC Davies.

The original article and photograph was provided Mr Peter Dunkley (Ex PC) - his mother being Miss King (later Dunkley).

 

100 YEARS OF WOMEN IN POLICING

Regarding the recent query regarding the first Police Woman within our area, Mr Berwyn Williams has been informed that the first Police Woman for Carmarthenshire Police was Miss Mary Ann Daniels, known as Marian, who was stationed at Llanelli.

Miss Daniels passed away seventeen years ago at the grand age of 83 and the above photograph appeared in the Carmarthen Journal with an article stating that she was Carmarthenshire's first Police Woman.

 

AN ACT OF GREAT BRAVERY

Mr Tom (TO) Davies GM (Ex Superintendent) has provided DPP NARPO with a personal account of the arrest and trial of Robert Boynton in 1961 for the shooting of PC Arthur Rowlands near Machynlleth.

The above photo taken recently shows Tom proudly holding the George Medal which he was awarded for his part in arresting Boynton who was armed with a loaded sawn off .410 shotgun. The George Medal was instituted in 1940 by King George Vl and is awarded to civilians for acts of great bravery.

The article together with photographs will appear soon on this website. 

 

NEW CARS FOR MID WALES

New Police cars supplied by the Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells being collected by Mid Wales Constabulary officers in 1960/61.

The cars are (L to R):  BFO381/ BFO382 are Austin A60 Farina’s and BFO 383 / BFO384 are Austin A110’s. The officers are (L to R): Ted Jacobs (Brecon Traffic) who was the last person to join the Breconshire Constabulary and now resident in Llandrindod Wells, Ken Lloyd (Newtown Traffic), Neville Walters (Traffic Inspector HQ), John Tutty (Traffic Sergeant, Newtown) and Geoff ‘Duff’ Edwards (Traffic Sergeant, Llandrindod Wells).

Photo supplied by Mrs Janet Parsell (daughter of the late Mr Ken Lloyd and information supplied by Brian Stubbs

 

A LOOK BACK AT BRECON - BRECON POLICE Xl

Over the past twelve months, many photos of Police sports teams have been posted on the website, but this photo is most definitely the oldest ‘Blast from the past’!

The photograph of Brecon Constabulary football team was taken in 1920 and the gentleman on the extreme right is the Chief Constable – Colonel Toby Cole-Hamilton who ran the force on very strict military lines. As the photo was taken just two years after the end of World War l, it can be safely assumed that some of the players saw active service in ‘The war to end all wars’.

Upon the retirement of the Chief Constable on 30th June 1947, efforts were made by the Home Office to amalgamate the Breconshire force with Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire Constabularies. The Breconshire Standing Joint Committee threw a spanner in the works when they appointed Major W Ronnie as their Chief Constable. This delayed matters for a while, but a compulsory amalgamation took effect on 1st April 1948 when the Mid-Wales Constabulary was created.

 

BRECONSHIRE CONSTABULARY REUNION

This photograph was taken at the final reunion dinner held at the Wellington Hotel, Brecon in 1983.

Pictured are former members of the Constabulary with their guests. Standing  (L to R); Ralph Rees, N/K, Ted Jacobs, Bill Gliddon, John Thomas, DM Davies, Bill Jones, Jim Murphy, G Edwards, Roy Gant, DB Jones. Seated: John Tutty, Stan Austin, Les Allan, Brian Stubbs, Tom Lewis (DCC), Mervyn Morgan, Ron Thoroughgood and Wyndham Slee.

 

JUDGES ESCORT AT BRECON

The beginning of the new Victorian era was marked in Brecon with the building of the grand new Shire Hall in the town. This opened in 1842 and also housed the Police Station until 1969 when a purpose built station was opened in nearby Lion Street.

The below photo taken in 1950, shows the judge with his escort about to leave the Judges Lodgings in The Struet for the Shire Hall. The smartly turned out officer on the extreme left is Inspector Stephen Stubbs, father of Brian Stubbs who kindly supplied the photograph.

The Courts of Assize were periodic courts held around England and Wales  and presided over by visiting judges from the higher courts based in London. The assizes exercised both civil and criminal jurisdiction, though most of their work was on the criminal side. The assizes heard the most serious cases, which were committed to it by the Quarter Sessions while the more minor offences were dealt with summarily by justices of the peace at magistrates' courts. Assizes and Quarter Sessions were abolished by the Courts Act 1971 and replaced by a single permanent Crown Court.

 

RETIREMENT PARTY AT NEWTOWN

This photograph was taken at a party held at The Black Boy Hotel, Newtown in 1984 to mark the retirement of Terry Rees (Ex PS 615).

Terry was a popular, well respected officer who served at Trefeglwys (near Llanidloes), Llandrindod Wells (Traffic) and Newtown where he and his good lady still reside. Pictured (L to R): Mrs Joan Rees, Terry Rees, Richie Thomas (Ex Chief Inspector), Brian Stubbs (Ex Chief Superintendent) and Gloria Hughes (Ex WPS).

Photo kindly supplied by Peter Davies

 

NIGHT OUT AT MILFORD HAVEN

This photo of Milford Haven (Code 3) officers was taken during a function held at the Royal Naval Armament Depot (RNAD) Milford Haven in the late 70’s.

Standing (L to R), Pc's Mike Calas (697), Malcolm Thomas (652), Patrick ‘Paddy’ Loam (381), Mike Lewis (574), PS Les Smith (721) and DC Tony Eden (441). Seated: WPC Liliana Evans (823) and PC Peter Evans (366). Sadly, Paddy and Les are no longer with us.

Photo kindly supplied by Peter Evans

 

NIGHT DUTY AT MILFORD HAVEN

Two Pembrokeshire Police officers on night duty in the 1950's, namely WPC Mary Morris (sister of Ex PS Tom Morris) and the late Norman Richards (PC / PS 63).

The photograph and following information about her late father, has been kindly supplied by Mrs Liliana Evans (Ex WDC 823) of Milford Haven:

My father was stationed at Milford Haven from 1947 to 1954 and Lydstep, near Tenby from 1954 to 1956. He then returned to Milford Haven as a Detective Constable and served there until 1964 when he was posted to Pembroke Dock CID.  In February 1968, he was promoted to uniform Sergeant. In 1964, he lifted a gaming machine into a police vehicle and suffered a strain to his heart. He was off duty for some six months, but was never the same health wise after that and sadly suffered a fatal heart attack on 23rd April 1968 aged 43 years. 

 

INITIAL TRAINING AT DPTC BRIDGEND (1)

This photograph kindly supplied by Roger Davies was taken during his 13 week initial course held at Bridgend District Police Training Centre in 1964 (pre-amalgamation)

Those with a DPP connection are: back row, third from left, the late Ray Lewis (Pembrokeshire) and extreme right of the same row is PC Tony Davies (Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire), who later transferred to South Wales Police. Roger (Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire) is sat third from the left in the middle row.

 

INITIAL TRAINING AT DPTC BRIDGEND (2)

Another photograph taken at Bridgend, this one was taken in January 1969 during the final week of initial training and features three DPP officers who all completed full service.

Back row extreme left is Phil Hopkins (336) - current Chair of DPP NARPO, 4th from left is Phil Richards (313) and 4th from the right of the middle row is Hugh Colley (144). Included among the instructors (front row) are Sergeants John Ambrose (extreme left) and Tom Mathias (2nd from left).

Sat 2nd from the right of the front row is the legendary Drill Instructor, the late, PS Glyn Michael, a native of North Wales. He was renowned for addressing recruits with some wonderful terms of endearment – one of his favourites (and printable) being ‘Get a move on, you dozzzzzzy, little pongo’. (Happy days)!

Photograph supplied by Hugh Colley

 

ONE CAREER - THREE FORCES

Many former members of the Mid – Wales Constabulary will recognise this photograph of Mr Ken Lloyd (ex PC) who passed away on 10th August 2015.

Due to amalgamation and boundary changes Ken served in three forces i.e. Mid Wales, Dyfed-Powys and South Wales.

Ken is pictured with framed memorabilia from his 32 year Police career and his daughter Mrs Janet Parsell, has written an interesting article about her late father which can be found in the Further Articles section.

 

CARMARTHEN NIGHTSHIFT BRIEFING

This photograph was taken at Carmarthen Police Station at the start of a night shift in the early 80’s, possibly 1982.

Shown are from left to right: PS George Phillips (Retired Superintendent), PC’s Dylan Jones (Ex PS 764), Gerry Hughes (Ex PS 409), Unknown Special, WPC Jane Wherle (later Randall - Ex PC 864).

Photo kindly supplied by Dylan Jones

 

SERGEANTS COURSE

Another photo from the Dylan Jones collection, this one was taken at a Regional Sergeants Course at Gwent Police HQ, Cwmbran in 1987.

Included  are the following Dyfed-Powys officers: Middle row:  Extreme left PS Arfon Jones (Ex Supt), 4th from left PS Mark Hamblin (Ex PS 477) and extreme right is PS Dylan Jones (Ex PS 764) Back row: The officer in the centre is PS Les Clark (Ex Inspector).

 

TRAFFIC OFFICERS COURSE 1981 (UPDATED)

Another photo of officers attending a Traffic Officers Course, this course was held sometime in 1981. Among those recognised are: Back row: PC’s Jeremy John, Richard Williams, Tommy Davies, John Kilcoyne and Ellis Davies.

Front: PC’s Clive King, Chief Superintendent Mike Cronin, the late Sergeant Geoff Richards (later achieved the rank of Chief Inspector and father of Ex Chief Superintendent Dean Richards), Mike Lewis.

Perhaps someone can assist in identifying the remaining officers?

Update:

Some more names for you from the Traffic Officer's Course 1981 photo: 

Back row: Far right - Elwyn Pugh (PC 591?), 5th from left Malcolm Davies (PC 530), 4th from right John Wilding (Brecon), 6th from right John Thomas (Cardigan) and far left of back row is Ron 'Coch' Davies with Neville Evans (Ammanford) standing next to him.

Front row: Extreme left is PC John ‘Bach’ Davies (Llanelli) and 2nd from the right is Haydn Davies (PC 360).

Update (26th August 2015)

An email received from Dylan Jones suggests the following: Back row: 4th from the left is PC Sandy MacLennan 332 (Carmarthen).

Many thanks to Dylan Jones,Sam Williams, Geraint Phillps & Roger Davies for their help

 

 

OPERATION JULIE (PART 2)

A major part of the evidence gathering process involved maintaining 24/7 surveillance on isolated farmhouses at Tregaron, Llandewi Brefi and Carno, near Llanidloes which were being used to manufacture LSD - a psychedelic drug, well known for its psychological effects.

On 1 December 1977, officers searched the Tregaron farmhouse and dug up an Elsan caravan toilet that contained 1.3 kg of LSD crystal - enough to create 6.5 million doses.

Pictured with the cache are (L to R): Roy Shipway (Avon & Somerset). Richie Parry, Noir Bowen, Gwyn Jones, Detective Chief Superintendent Dennis Greenslade (Avon & Somerset) who led the operation, and Dai Rees.

As a result of the seizure it was estimated the price of LSD tabs rose from £1 to £5 each and that Operation Julie had removed 90% of LSD from the British market.

 

NEWTOWN SUB-DIVISIONAL POLICE BALL

This photograph supplied by Brian Stubbs, was taken at the annual Police Ball held at Pryce-Jones Ballroom, Newtown in the early 60’s (possibly 1960/61).

Pictured with their ladies are (Left to Right): Eric Davies, Joe Price, Glanville Clayton, Bob Wildblood, ‘Dems’ Williams, Haydn Griffiths (DCC) Brian Stubbs, Guest and David Jones.  

(Did you know that Pryce-Jones set up the first modern mail order in 1861? He hit upon a unique method of selling his wares by distributing catalogues of his wares across the country, allowing people to choose the items they wished and order them via post. He would then dispatch the goods to the customer via the railways).

 

D DIVISION CHRISTMAS DINNER 1988

This photograph featuring D Division senior officers and wives was taken at Builth Wells on Wednesday 21st December 1988 (see below).

Pictured (Left to Right): Ron Thoroughgood, John Morris, Peter Evans, Francis McCormick (partly obscured), DB Jones, Brian Crowdie, Eric Powling, Keith Lightfoot, Dai Rees, Richie Thomas, John Edwards and Gerald Bound.

Dai Rees who kindly supplied the photo is specific about the date as he recalls that during the evening, news broke that a plane had crashed at Locherbie, Scotland.

(Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a terrorist bomb on Wednesday 21st December, 1988, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew on board. Large sections of the aircraft crashed onto residential areas of Lockerbie killing 11 more people on the ground).

 

A LITTLE BIT OF MOTOR CYCLING HISTORY

Ken and Mollie Craven were seasoned motorcycle tourers who in the 1950's used to take like minded souls on tours to Spain and other European destinations. At that time there was little, if any, luggage equipment available for motorcycles other than ex-WD panniers. Ken, an engineer, realised that there was a demand and came up with designing and making luggage equipment to do the job. Ken Craven Paniers are still used on Police motor cycles today.

In the 1980’s, Geraint Phillips (Ex PC 388) met up with Ken Craven and the two of them are pictured at Cenarth Falls. Geraint recalls ‘It was a very proud moment for this gentleman to see that what he had designed and to see his name displayed on the panniers: KEN CRAVEN PANIERS. He told me that the design work began in his shed at the bottom of the garden at his home in Dorset.

I was privileged to be granted a day to spend with Ken and a group of very talented engineers who had formed a  motorcycle club for those who had worked for Triumph, Norton, B.S.A., Sunbeam and other British companies.

It was a fantastic day out travelling on our bikes through Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion and as luck would have it, the weather was fine’.

 

OPERATION JULIE (PART 1)

Operation Julie was a 2 ½ year investigation into the production of LSD by two drug rings during the mid-1970s. The operation, involving numerous UK forces with Dyfed-Powys playing a major role, resulted in the break-up of one of the largest worldwide LSD manufacturing operations.

A job well done - this informal photograph of the Operation Julie team was taken in 1978 on the steps of Bristol Crown Court at the end of the trial when the 15 ring-leaders received a total of 120 years imprisonment.

Dyfed-Powys officers are Dai Rees (bottom left), Mike Clifford (centre with red tie), Noir Bowen (back row, third from right), Terry Stokes (second row – looking to the right), Richie Parry (stood on third step, extreme right).

The first name of PS Julie Taylor (third from left in light blue) was used as the operation’s code name.

More Operation Julie photos to follow - many thanks to Dai Rees for his his assistance.

 

LORD EDMUND-DAVIES VISITS LLANELLI

Lord Edmund-Davies (Chairman of the Police Pay Review Body) leaving DHQ, Llanelli in 1978/79 following a meeting with the late Chief Superintendent Graham Murphy (left), Superintendent Brian Stubbs and other officers.

In 1977 it was announced that Lord Edmund-Davies would head an independent inquiry into police pay and that the government would accept its findings. The Edmund-Davies Report subsequently announced a substantial pay increase, including an unspecified amount to take account of the absence of the right to strike. The report also proposed linking future pay rises to an index of all non-manual workers. The Labour government accepted the findings, but insisted on staging the pay increases over two years.

At a Special Conference, the Federation accepted the Edmund-Davies Report and abandoned the policy of seeking ‘free association’ and the right to strike.

In 1979, following the Conservative victory in the General Election, the incoming government immediately implemented the Edmund-Davies award in full, and pledged itself to honouring the pay standards in the future.

 

CRIME PREVENTION AT THE ROYAL WELSH SHOW

With the hugely popular Royal Welsh Show over for another year, this photograph is of the Crime Prevention exhibition staged by Mid-Wales Constabulary officers during the 1966 or 67 show.

During the 1960’s, the Home Office Crime Prevention display vehicle was allocated to forces in England and Wales on request. Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable), authorised approved for a display to be staged at the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells, but stressed in a memo that the exhibition and surrounds ‘should be as good, if not better, than adjacent exhibitions and stands’.

The exhibition was subsequently managed by Crime Prevention Sergeants namely Don Jenkins, Bill Pugh, Henry Jones and Brian Stubbs.

 

CONTROL ROOM UNDER WATER

Sergeants Les Smith (nearest to camera) and Cleaton Gregory starting the ‘clear up’ in the Mid- Wales Constabulary HQ Control Room, Newtown following the 1964 flood.

If you were to ask anyone who lived or worked in Newtown during the 60’s what they remembered most about that by-gone age they would probably reply ‘the floods’. During the first weekend of December 1960 and 1964 the River Severn burst its banks sending water cascading through the town centre causing serious damage to properties in the town centre.

The force HQ and nearby Newtown Police Station suffered considerable flood damage and a future article will contain photographs and personal recollections of the floods.

 

MANHUNT NEAR CRICKHOWELL

Chief Superintendent Brian Stubbs and DCI Dai Rees de - briefing Firearms Officers and others outside Crickhowell Police Station in 1986/87 following the successful arrest of an armed man who had committed a serious firearms offence in the South Wales Police area. 

The fugitive was followed into the Llangynidr / Llangattock and Crickhowell areas and subsequently arrested near Bwlch. The search was a joint operation involving officers from Dyfed - Powys, Gwent, and South Wales forces. 

 

FISHGUARD POLICE BALL

Another photograph from the Dai Rees collection – this one was taken in 1965 at the Fishguard Sub-Division Police Ball held at The Fishguard Bay Hotel.

Pictured with their ladies are (L to R): Royce Howells, Phil Evans, Winston Jones (Ex Inspector), Ken French (BTP), Dai Rees and Tom Morris.

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY ASSOCIATION

Following on from the photographs taken at the recent reunion of the association, this photograph supplied by Pat Cochrane (Ex DC – SOCO) was taken at the inaugural dinner held at The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells in 1981.

Pictured (L to R): Meurig (Mike) James, Gwilym Jones, Pat Cochrane, Len Evans, Gerald Bound, Enoch Davies and Victor Davies. Many thanks (again) to Peter Davies for his help in putting names to some of the faces.

 

TANK ESCORT DUTY

Proudly sitting astride a Norton Interpol motor bike (P33) is Geraint (Twrci) Phillips about to provide a Police escort for a convoy of tank transporters en route from Castlemartin, near Pembroke to Bulford Camp. The convoy normally consisted of a lead Land Rover, 15 - 20 Thornycroft  Antars, 2 X Bedford rigid lorries containing REME personnel (and much needed spare parts) with a Landrover bringing up the rear together with two out riders.

During the summer months, tank escort duty was a regular task for Pembroke Dock Traffic Officers when the range was used by both British and German tank regiments. Units from all over the UK and NATO have trained on the ranges including taking part in live firing exercises prior to deployment to Afghanistan.

The German Army Panzer Regiment started to use the range in 1961 and after uncertain beginnings, remained in Pembrokeshire for 35 years.To accommodate the guests, local road signs became trilingual (Welsh, English and German)

Some 84,000 German troops passed through Castlemartin, firing about 270,000 rounds and there were around 140 “Panzer bride” weddings between German soldiers and Welsh girls.

 

RETIREMENT OF ‘DAI TEC’

Another photograph taken at the party held at Llandrindod Wells Golf Club to mark the retirement of Detective Superintendent David Thomas (Dai Tec). Dai Rees is pictured presenting Mr Thomas with a decanter on behalf of D Division CID.

Pictured are Bob Kelly, Phil Price, Bill Smith, Dai Rees, Pat Cochrane (top of head only!), Brian (Budgie) Evans, Brian (Dinger) Bell, Phil Hopkins, Paul Bennett, Les Griffiths, Mark Cox, Brian Oakley, Bob Evans

 

RETIREMENT OF DM

Llandrindod Wells Golf Club was the venue for a party held in 1987 to mark the retirement of Detective Chief Superintendent David Davies (DM).

Among those pictured are (L to R): Wyn Davies, Dai Lewis, Mike Denyard, Dave Gorman, ?, Colin Perrier, Bryan (Dinger) Bell, Dai Rees, Paul Bennett, Colin Evans, DM Davies,  John Lewis, Ian Kinsey, Bob Evans, Brian (Budgie) Evans, Graham Gray, Terry Parkhouse, Clive Howells, Phil Price, Keith Blanchard.

 

A WANDERING MINSTREL I!

In May 1985, Dai Rees (Detective Chief Inspector at Newtown) took the lead role in performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera The Mikado performed by the local Operatic Society at Theatre Hafren, Newtown.

Apparently, the production and in particular the performance by Dai received rave reviews in the local press. In addition, daughters Gaynor designed the programme cover and Melanie was a member of the orchestra playing cello.

 

TWINNING VISIT TO BRITTANY

In 1978 a contingent of Aberystwyth officers visited the town of Sant Brieg located on Brittany’s north coast which is Aberyswyth’s oldest twin town and is named after the Saint Brioc who came from Wales.

Pictured with members of the local Gendarmerie are (left to right): Glyn Jones (a renown cartoonist), Councillor Mrs Mona Morris (Mayor of Aberystwyth), Wyn Evans (the late son of Mr John Owen-Evans, Geraint (Twrci) Phillips and John Owen-Evans.

Photo supplied by Geraint Phillips

 

SUPERINTENDENTS FAREWELL TO ‘RB’

This photograph of Superintendent Rene Soar making a presentation to Mr RB Thomas CBE, OBE, QPM was taken in August 1986 at dinner held at Llandeilo to mark the retirement of the Chief Constable.

Back Row (L to R): Graham Murphy, John Owen-Evans, Rene Soar, RB Thomas, David Shattock (appointed to succeed Mr Thomas), Brian Stubbs. Front: Alan Pugh, David (DM) Davies, Bryn Jones, Mike Cronin, Donald Griffiths and Gerwyn Griffiths.

Mr Thomas was first appointed Chief Constable of the former Mid Wales Constabulary in 1963 and at that time was the youngest Chief Constable in the UK. He became Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys when the force amalgamated in 1968 and appointed Chief Constable in February 1975. He held the post of Chairman of the Wales Region of Chief Police officers for a number of years and was also President of the West Wales Branch of the Royal Life Saving Society. On retirement, Mr and Mrs Thomas relocated to Gloucestershire where he passed away a few years ago.

 

DON AND DAI IN PERFECT HARMONY!

In the mid 80’s a party was held at Llandrindod Wells Golf Club to mark the retirement of Detective Superintendent David Thomas (Dai Tec), a hugely respected officer.

Entertaining the ‘troops’ with a rendition of his party piece In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree, is Don Evans (Ex Chief Superintendent) and the person tinkling the ivories is accomplished pianist, Dai Rees, who kindly supplied another nostalgic photo from his vast collection.

Footnote: By coincidence, during the summer of 1987 there were two celebrations in the Evans family when the promotions were announced of Don to Chief Superintendent at Haverfordwest and also his son Wyn to Sergeant at Carmarthen. 

 

NEWTOWN OSU (OPERATIONAL SUPPORT UNIT)

In 1983, OSU’s were created at various stations within Dyfed-Powys with the aim of removing extraneous administrative clerical tasks from uniformed officers thereby resulting in more time being available for patrol duties.

The above photo of Newtown OSU features (left to right): the late Mike Humphreys, Lyn Clark, DAL James, Mr John Lloyd (Police Authority Chairman), Mr Aiden Mullett (Deputy Chief Constable) and Brian Stubbs. The two young ladies are Rowena Pugh on the left and Janice Humphreys who still works at Newtown Police Station.

Photo supplied by Brian Stubbs, many thanks to Lyn for identifying the two members of the clerical staff.

 

PRESENTATION OF POLICE LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDALS

Three Police Officers stationed at Ammanford received the Police Long Service and Good Conduct medals from the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police in a ceremony at Carmarthen in 1984.

Pictured (Left to right) are Glyn (Caio) Thomas (Ex PC 8), Chief Constable Mr RB Thomas, Inspector Moelwyn Morgan and Dulais Williams (Ex PC 273).

Photo kindly supplied by Berwyn Williams

 

MRS THATCHER VISITS MID - WALES IN 1982

The photograph kindly supplied by Dai Rees, was taken on Friday 2nd July 1982 in the foyer of the Metropoloe Hotel, Llandrindod Wells during  a 'whistle stop' visit to mid Wales by Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher and her husband Mr Dennis Thatcher. 

Pictured with Mrs Margaret Thatcher and Mr Dennis Thatcher are Dave Gorman, Dai Rees and Richie Thomas

Footnote: The below is an abstract from the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website which outlines the Prime Minister’s itinerary for that day: 

Time

 

0745   

Depart No. 10 Downing Street

0830 

Take off from RAF Northolt 

0915  

Arrive RAF Shawbury Airfield 

0920-1005    

By car to Welshpool 

1005-1110    

Visit Welshpool Comprehensive School 

1110-1130    

By car to Newtown 

1130-1210   

Visit Tootal Menswear, Newtown 

1210-1220   

By car to Training Centre 

1220-1255   

Visit Dr. Dafydd Richards Training Centre, Newtown 

1255-1300    

By car to Elephant and Castle Hotel, Newtown 

1300-1425    

Lunch for Party Workers, Newtown 

1425-1505   

By car to Knighton Hospital 

1505-1545    

Visit Knighton Hospital 

1545-1555   

By car to Cwm Whitton Farm 

1555-1650    

Visit Cwm Whitton Farm + tea 

1650-1710    

By car to Llandrindod Wells 

1710-1845    

Tea reception, Metropole Hotel 

1845 

Depart Llandrindod Wells 

2030

Arrive The Greenway Hotel, Shurdington, Cheltenham 
     Dine privately and work on speech 
     Overnight stay

 

SOSPAN’S SPORTING SCENE

Many thanks to John Davies (Ex PC 799) for sending in the below photographs, John has also provided updates of photos previously included in the Photo Album (1989 Long Service presentation, Bowls in the 80’s and Traffic Officers Course 1981) – all three captions have been duly amended.

The first photograph was taken at Trostre, Llanelli in the summer of 1983 when the DPP cricket Xl played Gwent in the PAA Trophy competition.

Back row (L to R): Mike Foster, Dai Morris, Terry Stone Middle: Eirwyn (Curly) Edwards (Manager), Dylan Jones, Marcus Soar, Alun Harries, Ellis Davies, John Davies (Umpire) Front: Richard Evans, Gareth Slaymaker, Gwyndaf Jones and Stuart Green.

The second photo was taken during the 1979/80 season at the DPP Rugby Seven’s Tournament held at Brecon and features the A Division B Team who were the losing finalists.

 

Back row (L to R): Mark Williams, Alan Lewis, Mike Donovan, John Davies, Robert Jones, Front: Malcolm Thompson, Alun Williams and Paul Jewell.

The last photo features the Llanelli Police Tug o War  Team taken at People’s Park, Llanelli during a Fun Day organised by Llanelli Borough Council (year unknown)

From back to front: Terry Stokes, John Davies (EX PC 599), John Davies (Ex PC 799), Dylan Evans, Peter Dunkley, ?, Steve Evans, Byron Jones (Manager) and Steve Griffiths. 

 

REGIONAL SERGEANTS COURSE AT CWMBRAN

This photograph was taken in 1973 when the first Regional Sergeants Course was held at Gwent Police HQ, Cwmbran.

Back Row: Third from left Dai Williams (Ex PS 285), fourth from left is Gareth Thomas (Ex PS 191) and fifth along is former NARPO secretary, Vernon Jones (Ex PS 26) – father of Nigel Jones (Ex DC 636) and at the end of the row is John James who on his retirement was Chief Inspector (Training). Front Row: extreme left is Dai Rees and the sixth DPP Sergeant is DB Jones (fifth from left).

Thanks to Dai Rees for supplying the photograph and to Roger Davies for his help in identifying the DPP officers

Footnote: Many NARPO members will remember the late Robert (Bob) Lawrence (front row - third from left) who sadly passed away in May 1996 at the age of 53. The following obituary appeared in The Independent newspaper:

Robert Lawrence was born at Ystradgynlais and on leaving the local grammar school joined Mid-Wales Constabulary in 1961 as a Cadet. Promotion from Constable through the ranks followed steadily and in 1978, following a transfer to West Mercia, was promoted to Superintendent. In 1983 he transferred to Staffordshire as Assistant Chief Constable, becoming Deputy Chief Constable in 1985. He returned to Wales in 1989 to become Chief Constable of South Wales Police.

Robert Lawrence was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 1991 and held the rank of Brother in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John. A devoted family man leaving a wife and two children, he was a keen angler and golfer and won an Open University arts degree in 1988.

 

ON HIS WAY TO HMP SHREWSBURY

This photograph was taken outside the old Newtown Police Station in 1967/68 and shows Peter Parkes following his remand to HMP Shrewsbury. Apparently, Parkes was wanted for an offence(s) committed in the Aberystwyth area and went on the run. He was caught in the Llangurig area in possession of a .22 rifle, brought to Newtown and later remanded to HMP Shrewsbury.

 

Left to Right: DI George Hickley, PC Pat Cochrane, Peter Parkes, PC’s Phil Price, Dai Lewis (back to camera) and Chief Superintendent Bert Hines who was also Deputy Chief Constable.

Another 'Blast from the Past' sent in by Peter Davies.

 

FOND FAREWELL TO GWILYM

This photograph was taken outside Newtown Police Station in 1976 to mark the retirement of the late PC Gwilym Jones who following retirement, worked in the Control Room at DHQ Newtown for a number of years. Gwilym was the father of Graham Jones (Ex PC) who was a Traffic Officer based at Aberystwyth.

From Left to Right: Pat Cochrane (Ex DC SOCO), Arthur Taylor (Ex Chief Inspector), Linda Francis, Gwilym Jones and Emrys Morgan (Ex PS 80)

 

NEWTOWN’S GOT TALENT!

The below photographs of former colleagues as you’ve never seen them before, were taken at Newtown Police Christmas parties in the 1980’s – they certainly knew how to party in those days!

1) The above photograph submitted by Dai Rees, who was then a DCI stationed at Newtown, was taken in the 80’s and among those identified are: Dave Gorman, Derek Bloomfield, Dai Lewis, Mike Denyard, Alan Henderson, Clive King, Lyn Clark, Terry Rees, Colin Morgan and John Davies. (Hopefully, someone will be able to identify the other heavily disguised party goers)!

Update from Peter DaviesBack (L to R) Glyn James, Derek Bloomfield, Dai Lewis, Gethin Harbour, Ralph Ford, Alan Henderson, Clive King, Colin Morgan. Front: Dick Hunt, Lyn Clark, Dave Gorman, Terry Rees, Peter Davies, Elwyn Pugh and Dai Rees.

2) This photograph also taken in the 80’s, shows the cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs performed at the Newtown Police Christmas Party and includes Peter Evans, Lyn Clark, Mike Thomas, Mark Cox, John Owens, Terry Rees, Colin Morgan, Clive (Happy) Howells, Keith Blanchard, Peter Davies, Dai Lewis, Mike Denyard, Bill Rowbottom, Gloria Hughes (Producer), Reverend Clive Cowey and Gareth Owen.

3) Another one from the 80’s – Newtown Police Scout Group led by Terry Rees (Ex PS 615), Lyn Clark, Derek Bloomfield, Peter Davies, Colin Morgan, Gethin Harbour and Clive Howells.

Photographs 2 and 3 kindly submitted by Peter Davies 

 

A LUCKY ESCAPE!

This photograph shows a bearded PC Geraint (Twrci) Phillips inspecting a badly damaged school bus following a collision with a lorry in 1978.

The collision occurred on the A44 road outside Aberystwyth when the bus carrying 29 children to Llanfarian School was in a head on collision with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

Miraculously, apart from a young girl sustaining serious injuries, the remainder were relatively unscathed. Such was the force of the impact that one young lad was catapulted through a side window landing on the grass verge, undeterred, he got to his feet and continued his journey to school on foot.

(The photograph was taken by Mr Ron Davies of Aberaeron, an accomplished professional photographer who was disabled following a motor cycle accident and is produced with the kind permission of Ron’s son, Philip Davies).

Photograph submitted by Geraint Phillips

 

NARPO MEMBERS ON TOUR

The 2015 D Division golf tour to Coleford set in the beautiful Forest Of Dean took place recently with four diehard NARPO members taking time out from their busy schedule to enjoy the golf on a beautiful parkland course and reminisce over a pint (or two) with former colleagues at the 19th hole.

From Left to Right: Colin Finch, Colin Perrier, Deri Evans and Phil Hopkins (a reliable source tells me that ‘Hoppy’ is the biggest ‘bandit’ since Jesse James)! The tour has been running for over 25 years and the four have missed very few of the annual shenanigans.  

Footnote: The annual tour was the brainchild of Terry Parkhouse (Ex DS) who was the organiser until his retirement; this role has since been taken over by PS Gareth Wheatman (Llandrindod Wells). The tour party normally consists of 20 - 25 keen golfers who play four rounds of golf over three days competing for TBD (Dai) Rees, Brian Oakley and Bob Wildblood trophies. The overall winner is presented with the prestigious WJR (John) Edwards shield – all trophies having been donated by serving (at the time) or retired police officers.

 

HRH PRINCE CHARLES AT RAE ABERPORTH

In April 1969, The Prince of Wales left Trinity College, Cambridge to spend a term at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth, where he studied Welsh and the history of the Principality.

These photographs show the Police team responsible for the security surrounding the Prince during his stay at Aberystwyth and were taken at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Aberporth, near Cardigan.

Back Row (L to R): Glan Griffiths, Geoff Davies, Don Evans, Ron Callaghan, Irlwyn Evans, Ken Evans, Eric Thomas, David (DM) Davies, Walford Davies, Alan Nurton, Dai Rees, Terry Adams and Hayden Davies (Metropolitan Police)

Front: Tony Speed ( Metropolitan Police), Vivian Fisher, Sidney Wilmett, JR Jones (Chief Constable), HRH Prince Charles, Squadron Leader David Checketts (Honorary Equerry), Jock Wilson (Metropolitan Police), John Owen - Evans, David Thomas. (Sadly, due to the passage of time, a number of the group are no longer with us).

The Prince left the University College of Wales in June 1969, a week before his Investiture as Prince of Wales by HM The Queen at a colourful ceremony held at Caernarfon Castle on 1st July.

During his time studying at Aberystwyth University, Prince Charles took time out for flying lessons at Aberporth. For aviation enthusiasts, the plane pictured above is a DHC-1 Chipmunk,a tandem, two-seat, single-engine primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post Second World War years.

Pictured in front of the plane are: Ron Callaghan, Geoff Davies, Alan Nurton, Glan Griffiths, Don Evans and Dai Rees

Both photos kindly supplied by Mr Dai Rees (Ex Superintendent) - article compiled by Hugh Colley.

 

MID-WALES CONSTABULARY ASSOCIATION REUNION 2015

A full report of the reunion can be found in the News section-  photographs taken at the annual reunion held at Builth Wells on Friday 8th May are shown below:

From Right to Left: Henry Jones (Chairman), Brian Stubbs (President), Joe Price, Arthur (Nat) Lewis, Brian (Dinger) Bell, and his son Alan Bell (Guest) who is also a retired Police Officer.

Reading in a clockwise direction: Dave Crees, Mark Bradley (Guest), Don Jenkins, Bert Mills, Dave Gorman, Dave Williams, Brian Stubbs, Henry Jones, Idris Williams, Jeff Thomas, Doug Jones, John (Jake) Williams, Barry Hicks and Lyn Clark

Again, in a clockwise direction: Neville Jones, Clive Cowey, Roy Harries, Alan Jones, Alan Harding, Alan Bell, Brian Bell, Charlie Edwards, Roger Davies, John Roderick, Terry Rees and Hugh Colley.

 

THE COLLAPSE OF THE CLEDDAU BRIDGE

In 1968, work started on constructing a 820 metre bridge across the River Cleddau to link Pembroke Dock with Neyland (just over a mile apart across the water), thereby saving motorists a journey of 28 miles by road. 

Forty – five years ago on Tuesday 2nd June 1970, as one of the 60 metre long, 150 ton box girder sections was being lowered into place, it collapsed onto the Pembroke Dock side of the river killing four workmen and injuring five more. The news reverberated around the world and put a temporary halt to the construction of box girder bridges until the investigation into the tragedy was complete

Phil Lloyd a Dyfed-Powys NARPO member, was a young Constable at that time living very close to the partially completed bridge and was one of the first two officers to arrive on the scene. Phil has very kindly agreed to provide us with his recollections of that fateful day and it is envisaged that they will appear on the website within the next few weeks. 

Photo kindly supplied by Mr Ken Edwards of Lamphey. 

 

FORMER MAYOR THANKED FOR HIS SERVICES TO HAVERFORDWEST
A reception was held in the Mayor’s Parlour of Haverfordwest Town Council offices recently to recognise the services of a former Dyfed-Powys officer who during his time as a town councillor held the office of Mayor of Haverfordwest during 2012/13.

Ken Wyburn retired from the Police in 1999 having served at a number of stations within Pembrokeshire and was the Constables JBB representative for a number of years. As a town councillor he represented the Priory and Castle ward for seven years before standing down earlier this year.
In recognition of his services to the town and community, the current Mayor, Councillor Roy Thomas presented Ken with a certificate and Ken responded by saying ‘I’m very proud to receive this certificate, I was a people’s mayor and of course I’ve got the honour of being the best looking mayor in Haverfordwest.’ (No further comment needed)!!
Pictured from left to right: Mrs Adele Wyburn, David Williams (Town Clerk), Councillor Roy Thomas (Mayor), Ken Wyburn and Councillor Ellen Repton (Sheriff)
Photo produced with the kind permission of the Western Telegraph.

The above photo shows a jovial Ken in his younger days enjoying a well-earned break with Peter Evans on a sweltering afternoon at Milford Haven Town Carnival in the mid 80’s.
Many thanks to Peter for submitting the photo.
 

DARK BLUE FOR COURAGE

This photograph was taken in August 1979 at a party in Welshpool to mark the retirement of PC Dafydd Williams (4th from left) who was affectionately known as Dai Llandissilio (Llandissilio is a small village situated between Welshpool and Oswestry).

Pictured are (L to R): Glyn Evans, John Davies, Henry Jones, Dai Williams, Sam Jones, Henry Pierce, Harry Gosling, Alan Jones, Ces Mason and Cliff Lloyd (front).

In 1961, Dai was stationed at Machynleth and on the night of 2nd August was on duty patrolling the Dovey Bridge area of Machynlleth with PC Arthur Rowlands of Gwynedd Constabulary (later North Wales Police). There had been a spate of dwelling burglaries in the area and Dovey Bridge was the boundary between Mid - Wales & Gwynedd Constabularies.

At about 3:00am, PC Rowlands confronted Robert Boynton who he had disturbed near some isolated cottages, he was holding a sawn off shotgun and upon being challenged, told the officer ‘You shouldn’t have come; I’m going to kill you’. He then fired the shotgun at point blank range inflicting numerous wounds to PC Rowlands face and neck which resulted in him being permanently blinded.

On hearing the shotgun being discharged, Dai with no regard for his own safety, hurried to the scene and found his colleague lying badly injured in a pool of blood. With the assistance of a local resident who had been awoken by the shotgun blast, they carried PC Rowlands to a nearby house to await assistance and administered first aid to the badly injured officer.

After several days of extensive searching the mountainous countryside, Boynton was arrested at Aberllefenni, eight miles from Machynlleth but not without putting up a violent struggle, firing his shotgun at officers and shooting dead a Liverpool City Police dog. Following a trial held Caernarfon Assizes in October 1961, Boynton was found to be criminally insane and sentenced to 32 years in Broadmoor, where he died in 1994.

As a tribute to Dai, Arthur Rowlands travelled from his home in Caernarfon to attend the party and ended his speech with ‘Dafydd came back for me and I am here to prove it. I would not be here tonight if it were not for him.’

Footnote: As a result of this tragedy, Constable TO (Tom) Davies (later Superintendent) was awarded the George Medal for his bravery in arresting Boynton and Constables Geoffrey Edwards and John Bennett were both awarded the British Empire Medal for Gallantry.

Photo supplied by Clive Cowey and additional information compiled by Hugh Colley

 

TARGET SHOOTING AT CASTLEMARTIN

A Schützenfest (German "marksmen's festival") is a traditional festival or fair featuring a target shooting competition. In 1961 a reciprocal agreement with the Federal German Army was made allowing German tank battalions to use Castlemartin Range, near Pembroke. The local police were regularly  invited to take part in the annual Schuttzefest until the regiment left Castlemartin for the last time in 1996.

The above photo was taken in the late 80’s / early 90’s and among those pictured with members of the FGA are:

Back Row (L to R) Rob Evans, Mark Hamblin, John Kilcoyne, Geraint Phillips, Julian Bowen, N/K, Nick Evans. Front: Raymond Jones, Jeff Davies, Ian Jones, N/K and Craig Morgan.

 

MARKSMAN 'TWRCI' OUTGUNS THE GERMAN ARMY!

Following on from the above photo, in August 1980 Pembroke Dock Police took part in a shooting competition at Merrion Camp, Castlemartin and the photograph shows Geraint Phillips (Twrci) receiving his certificate and beer stein from Lieutenant Barmold (Head of German Military Police). Allongside Geraint is the late Inspector WH (Bill) Pugh.

Both photos supplied by Geraint Phillips

 

TRAFFIC OFFICERS COURSE

Another Traffic Officers Course at Ferryside – this one was held in May 1980 and includes the following (from left to right): Dorian Davies, Geraint (Twrci) Phillips, John Lewis, Ellis Evans, Roy Gravelle, Ian Mills, Dai Morgan, Alun Williams, Deri Evans, Clive Cowey, Nigel Scourfield, Peter Dunkley, N/K, Ray Ball, Phil J Davies, Dai Lewis, Alun Rees, Bob Morris, Anthony Allen, Inspector Dai Gwynne Davies, Dai ( DOK ) Thomas. If you can identify the two missing names please let me know.

(Thanks to Roger Davies, Geraint Phillips and Peter Dunkley for helping to identify some of the group).

 

ROYAL VISIT TO WELSHPOOL IN 1958

This photograph of a contingent of Mid-Wales Constabulary officers was taken outside Welshpool Railway Station prior to a Royal Visit on 24th July 1958. 

UpdateHM The Queen and Prince Philip had travelled from Dolgellau, stopped at the Cann Office Hotel, Llangadfan to view a Pony Trekking display and then onto Welshpool to catch the Royal Train. Therefore it was not actually a royal visit to Montgomeryshire as they were just passing through en route to London. All of the 32 officers are long since retired and sadly, many are no longer with us but many are still going strong.

Pictured are: Front row (L to R) Ivor Jones, JH Jones, Arthur Newman, Douglas Davies, Neville Walters, John Haynes, Victor Jones, Len Evans. Second Row: Gwyn Hughes, David Jones, Steve Lewis, Ken Lloyd, Glyn Johnson, Tom Astley, Parsons - Melville, Brian Bebb, Victor Davies, Third Row: Eric Davies, Hubert Jones, Len Jones, Monica Jones, Doreen Lewis, Margaret Jones, Brian Oakley, Brian Stubbs, J W Jones, Back Row: Colin Price, Gral Rees, Len Evans, Bob Wildblood, DAL Davies, Arthur Taylor. 

Photo supplied by Mr Brian Stubbs.

 

NEWTOWN POLICE CRICKET

The below photo of a Newtown Police Cricket Xl was taken in the 80’s when the Police team played matches during the season against local organisations including the ambulance service, fire service, solicitors and members of the local press with the ‘boys in blue’ usually coming out on top!

Back (L to R): Hywel Rees, Derek Richards, Peter Davies, Derek Bloomfield, David (Spudder) Davies, Dai Lewis, John Hedges (umpire), Chris Brennan.

Front: Wyn Rees, Gareth Slaymaker John Roderick and Malcolm Thomas (Special Constable)

The identity of some of the team had us stumped (excuse the pun) but we got there in the end!

Photograph kindly submitted by Hywel Rees.

 

ROYAL VISIT TO ST DAVIDS 

This photograph was taken on the steps of St Davids Cathedral during a visit made to the force area on 28th October 1981 by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana. The visit to the cathedral celebrated the 800th anniversary of its consecration which took place just three months after the Royal Wedding.

According to Roger Davies, who submitted the photo, seven officers are pictured – can you identify them?

(Identified so far are: Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable), Pat Molloy (Detective Chief Superintendent),Tony James and  Alan Nurton). 

 

PRINCE CHARLES VISITS NEWTOWN

This was taken a few years earlier during a visit by Prince Charles to Newtown in 1973, included in the photo are Mr Mervyn Morgan (Chief Superintendent) and Mr Pat Molloy (Detective Chief Superintendent).

 

WILLIAMS BROTHERS RECEIVE LONG SERVICE MEDALS

Brothers, Berwyn (ex PC 261) and Dulais Williams (ex PC 273) proudly showing off their Long Service & Good Conduct Medals after being awarded the medals in 1984.

Both Berwyn and Dulais joined Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary in January 1962 and during their careers Berwyn served in Llanelli, Trimsaran and  Pontyates, he then became a Court Officer for Llanelli Magistrates Court prior to being appointed Coroners Officer for the Llanelli area until his retirement in September 1992. Dulais served in Carmarthen, Cardigan, Ferryside and Ammanford and retired in May 1994.

 

RETIREMENT OF ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE

 

This photograph of senior officers was taken in May 1983 to mark the retirement of Mr RA (Bob) Wildblood QPM who joined the Montgomeryshire Police in 1946 when the Dyfed-Powys Police area was covered by six separate forces, each with its own Chief Constable. Prior to joining the Police, Mr Wildblood, a native of Meifod, joined the army in 1940 and served in Africa, Madagascar and Burma. From 1948 to 1968 he was a member of the Mid-Wales Constabulary and on the formation of the Dyfed-Powys Police in 1968 he was promoted Chief Superintendent in charge of administration, personnel and training at FHQ, Carmarthen. He was appointed Assistant Chief Constable in February 1975. Mr Wildblood became a member of the British Institute of Management in 1974 and in 1980 was made a Fellow of the Institute.

(Incidentally, our well respected NARPO President Mr John Owen Evans was appointed ACC to succeed Mr Wildblood).

Included in the photograph (front to back): Mr RA Wildblood (ACC), Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable), Mr Aiden Mullett (DCC), John Owen Evans, Graham Murphy, Brian Stubbs, Lyn (EL) Jones, Don Jenkins, Ken Madge, Don Griffiths, Pat Molloy, Gerwyn Griffiths, Mike Cronin, Bryn Jones, Henry Jones, David (DM) Davies, David Williams, Terry Evans, Bernard Merchant, Gerald Bound, Rene Soar.

(Thanks to Harry Rees and Roger Davies for identifying some of the group).

 

FLOODY DAYS IN NEWTOWN

This photograph taken in 1947 shows two Newtown officers moving furniture to a higher level as the nearby River Severn floods the centre of the town.

The lady is standing outside the entrance to what was the Montgomeryshire Constabulary HQ in Severn Place which became the Mid – Wales Constabulary in 1948, and the premises to the right of the two officers was a senior officer's house (Bodlondeb) which later housed the Training and Traffic Departments.

Coming soon - photographs and memories of the two serious floods that devastated Newtown in the early 60’s.

PS Should any former Mid - Wales officers have photographs or memories of the floods please send them in. 

 

CORONATION OF HM QUEEN ELIZABETH ll

On Tuesday 2nd June 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll took place at Westminster Abbey. 7,000 Police officers from 75 provincial forces were drafted into London to assist the Metropolitan Police with crowd control along the five mile route which took the 16,000 participants two hours to complete. The procession itself stretched for two miles. 

The photograph shows a contingent of Mid-Wales Constabulary officers at Newport Railway Station on the day before the coronation waiting for the train to Paddington. The Inspector is Stephen Stubbs (father of Mr Brian Stubbs who kindly supplied the photo).

Hopefully, some ex Mid-Wales officers can help to identify the remainder of the group.

 

PRESENTATION OF POLICE LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDALS

The Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was instituted in 1951 and is awarded as a mark of the Sovereign's appreciation of long and meritorious service rendered by members of the Police Forces of the United Kingdom. The medal was originally awarded to full-time regular police officers within any Constabulary for twenty two years' service. In January 2010, HM The Queen amended the qualifying period of service to 20 years.

Shown below are photographs taken at Dyfed-Powys medal presentation ceremonies:

Among those pictured at the 1989 presentation at FHQ (above) are: The Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Sir David Mansel – Lewis, Chief Superintendent Mike Cronin, who was also awarded the Queen’s Police Medal, Mr David Shattock (Chief Constable), Jim Honeybill, Clive Cowey, Cyril Hendy, Berian Williams, Hywel Rees, Gareth Williams, Dai Gravelle, Len Davies, Gwyndaf Prosser, Alan Jones and Alun Davies.

2nd row from back Gwyn John, Alwyn Price, Howard Waters, end of row Mike Cox and behind him is Gareth Williams.

Photograph supplied by Clive Cowey

This photo was taken at Newtown (1986/87) Alan Harding, Bill Smith, Neil Hughes, Wyn Owen, Cei Williams, Wyn Foster, Dai Lewis and Peter Davies

Another Newtown awards presentation taken in 1988 with Mike Kelly, Phil Price, Gloria Hughes, Peter Taylor, Charlie Edwards and Russell Morgan having received their medals.

Both photographs supplied by Brian Stubbs (Front row extreme right)

Among those pictured with Sir David Mansel – Lewis and Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) at the 1995 presentation held at FHQ are: Gwynfor Jones, John Edwards,  David Morgan (PC 547), Geraint Griffiths, David Morgan (DC 567), Gavin Davies, Bob Phillips, Raymond Rees, Huw Williams, and Keith Turner who was subsequently appointed Chief Constable of Gwent.

Photo supplied by Gavin Davies 

(If you can assist in identifying others then please let us know).

 

BOWLS IN THE 80'S

‘A’ (Llanelli) Division Bowls Team on tour in the Midlands during the mid 80’s – the photograph includes Wynford Harries, Tony James , Dai Rees, Les Morgan, Alan Rowlands, Hywel Davies, Gwyn John, Jeff Roberts, Clive Randall, Meurig Jones, Byron Jones, Geoff McGregor, Gareth Williams, Bill Davies, Graham Thomas and Gwyndaf Prosser who submitted the photo.

Stood on the extreme right (next to Gwyndaf) is PC Paul Hetherington who  tragically lost his life together with three colleagues following a road accident on Thursday 18th October 1990. Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) commented 'The force is shocked and stunned by the loss of these very fine officers. They were all experienced detectives and their loss is not just to the families, it is also to the entire force and the people of Dyfed and Powys'.

Staying with Bowls, the above picture was taken at the PAA Finals Day held at Llanelli in 1988 with Superintendent Kevin Owen presenting trophies to the winners and runners-up. Included in the photo are: Russell Morgan, Cyril Bond, Ian Mills, Hugh Colley, Andrew Miles, Eirian Lewis, Steve Pike, Kevin Owen, Gwyndaf Prosser and Bernie John

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY Xl

An immaculately turned out Mid Wales Constabulary football team taken in 1966. 

Back Row (L to R) : Ces Mason (Team Manager), Brian Oakley, Dai Lewis, Dave Gorman, Terry Parkhouse, Alan Jones, Colin Williams and Wyn Edwards (Trainer) Front: John (Jake) Williams, Arthur (Nat) Lewis, Gwyn Hughes, Chris Brennan and Peter Davies who kindly submitted the photograph.

Sadly, Colin and Brian are no longer with us. Colin was an outstanding centre half who played in the Mid Wales League for several years and many believe that he was good enough to have played at a much higher level.

Brian was a keen sportsman and following retirement he was elected to represent Llandrindod Wells (South) on Powys County Council and was elected chair of the authority prior to his passing in 2004.

 

A FOND FAREWELL TO ‘DM’

The photograph shows a presentation being made to Detective Chief Superintendent David Davies (known to all as DM) to mark his retirement from Dyfed-Powys Police. Stood alongside Mr and Mrs Davies (from left to right) are Chief Superintendents Don Evans, Brian Stubbs and Superintendent Dai Rees.

A former Detective Inspector who served under DM, describes him as a very well respected, knowledgeable and experienced officer; what’s more he was a very modest, retiring gentleman who could always be relied upon to offer sound advice.His promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent was announced at the annual CID dinner and was met with rapturous applause, which speaks volumes for the esteem in which he was held by the rank and file.

DM led the investigation into the murders of Richard and Helen Thomas at Scoveston Park in December 1985. At its peak, 150 officers were involved in the investigation which remained undetected until 2008 when John William Cooper was arrested. DM was kept up to date with the investigation during his retirement but sadly passed away shortly after Cooper’s conviction in 2011.

 

DINING IN NIGHT AT FHQ

During Mr David Shattock’s tenure as Chief Constable (1985-1989), he introduced formal Dining in Nights to foster camaraderie amongst officers of the rank of Inspector and above. It is believed that the above photograph was taken at FHQ in 1988 and while it is not possible to put a name to all the faces, sadly at least five of the officers pictured are no longer with us.

Photo kindly submitted by Mr Brian Stubbs (ex Chief Superintendent) sitting extreme left of the front row. 

 

THE CARMARTHEN SHILLING

The Carmarthen Borough Force taken in 1909, known as the Carmarthen Shilling, so called because it consisted of twelve coppers! The force was formed from a group of illiterate drunkards in 1836 and served the town until it handed over peace keeping duties to the Carmarthen County force in 1947. Seated centre is Chief Constable Thomas Smith flanked by Sergeants Thomas Phillips and Thomas Davies.

Kindly submitted by Berwyn Williams

 

THE LAST MOUNTED POLICEMAN IN LLANELLI

The photograph shows PC Fred Sherwood pictured during a Mayor’s Parade in Stepney Street, Llanelli in the 1950’s. Following retirement, he was appointed Head of Security at Morris Motors, Felinfoel and passed away in 1997.

Many thanks to Berwyn Williams for supplying the photograph.

 

GETTING READY FOR A NIGHT SHIFT!

While trawling through some old family pictures recently, Gavin Davies found the above photograph of Glyn Davies (ex PC 184) known as Glyn Llangadog, father of retired Inspector Kevin Davies of Lampeter. (Glyn is stood on the left). Following retirement Glyn was a Councillor on Carmarthenshire County Council.

Ex-Inspector Nigel Williams has pointed out that the officer standing alongside Glyn is Daff Jones (ex PS 163), who retired as a long serving Traffic Sergeant at Friars Park, Carmarthen.

Photo kindly submitted by Gavin Davies

 

THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED!

A short time ago, photographs of two 'D' Division retirement parties were posted on the website and although many faces were recognised, no-one was able to recollect the actual occasions or venue. However, a photograph received from ex- Chief Superintendent Brian Stubbs clears up the mystery regarding one of the events.

The party was held at Dolforwyn Hall, Abermule in 1983 and the photo shows Mr Stubbs presenting PS 510 John Owens (Newtown Traffic) with a carriage clock to mark his retirement.

(Following his retirement John returned to live in Pembrokeshire where he sadly passed away in 2014).

 

CARDIGAN POLICE BALL

The photograph taken at Cardigan Police Ball in the early 80’s includes civic dignitaries and wives. Officers in the back row are (left to right): PC John Jenkins, PS Harold Davies, Inspector Wyn Evans, Chief Superintendent John Owen Evans, ACC Bob Wildblood, DCI Don Evans and extreme right DS Hywel Rees.

Thanks to Wyn for supplying the photo and to Hywel for his help with identifying the group. 

 

DPP SCENES OF CRIME DEPARTMENT

Dyfed – Powys Police Scenes of Crime Department, including the hard working Support Staff, taken at HQ in the mid 90’s. Among those pictured (Front to Back) are Detective Chief Superintendent Jeff Thomas (Jeff 5), Detective Superintendent John Lewis, Kevin Able, Bill Morgan, John Greenish, Gwyn John, Len Davies, Glyn Cole, Colin Lewis, Peter Davies and DS Barrie Jones.

Photo kindly supplied by Peter Davies (Ex DC 590)

 

RETIREMENT PARTY FOR LONG SERVING CLIFF

This photograph was taken in Welshpool in May 1987 at a party to mark the retirement of long serving, popular Traffic Warden Cliff Lloyd. Cliff was the first warden to be based in the mid Wales market town and pounded the streets for over 17 years.

Pictured (Back Left to Right): Dai Hughes,Nick Evans, Joe Price, Paul Amphlett, Glyn James, Bob Price, Don Evans, Mike Evans, Les Lunt, Gerald Bound. Front: Cliff Lloyd, DAL James.

(Incidentally, TW Lloyd, who is no longer with us, was the father-in-law of our hard working NARPO secretary Clive Cowey). 

 

DPP OFFICERS MEET A STAR OF THE SILVER SCREEN!

Following local government boundary changes in 1996, the village of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, north of Welshpool, which had previously been divided into Clwyd and Powys, became part of the Dyfed- Powys force area.The first Dyfed-Powys officer to be stationed there being PC Dai Mizen.  

The photo, published in the County Times shows Dai Mizen, with the Rural Sergeant Phil Hopkins, being shown around the ‘new patch’ by Mr Huw Vaughan. Some film buffs may recall the film The Englishman who went up a Hill but came down a Mountain starring Hugh Grant with most scenes filmed in the Lake Vyrnwy and Llanrhaeadr areas.

During filming, local twins, Tudor and Huw Vaughan were spotted by the film director and small parts were hastily written for them namely: Thomas Twp and Thomas Twp Too.  Huw Vaughan (Thomas Twp Too) revelled in his new found fame, his first question upon being introduced to the two officers was "Do you recognize me?" (We didn’t like to say that we didn’t)!!!!

Photo and article submitted by Phil Hopkins (Ex PS 336)

 

NEW ‘NODDY BIKES’ FOR PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE

Country beat officers of Pembrokeshire Police being issued with Velocette Silent LE motor cycles when the new Chief Constable, Mr George Terry, revolutionised the force in the early 60’s.

From left to right: PC’s John Jones, Halkett Jones, Terry Martin. Esmond Phillips, Cyril Thomas, John Roberts, Bernie Guy (father of Ex PC David Guy), Danny Kaye, Rupert Phillips and Keith Lightfoot.

As the motor cycles were very quiet, they were ideal for Police work and used by over fifty Police forces throughout the 60's. Police Officers of that era were expected to salute an Inspector or above but obviously this meant taking one hand from the handle bars. Instead, it was agreed that riders could nod to show respect. The police riders therefore became known as ‘Noddies’ and the  Velocette LE was nicknamed ‘The Noddy Bike’.

The press cutting kindly supplied by Dennis Hughes (ex PC 520) formerly of Milford Haven who is now enjoying retirement in Caerphilly.

 

 HMI VISITS NEWTOWN POLICE STATION

The photograph kindly supplied by Peter Davies (Ex DC 590) was taken at Newtown Police Station, probably in the mid 70’s.

The officers from left to right are: PS (later Superintendent) Gerard Thomas, PC’s Mike Denyard, Peter Davies, David ‘Spudder’ Davies and Geoff Ollin. Accompanying the HM Inspector of Constabulary is Chief Superintendent Mervyn Morgan (father of Ex PS Hugh Morgan).

Sadly Mr Morgan and ‘Spudder’ are no longer with us.

 

WELSHPOOL POLICE BALL 1967

Another photograph from the Peter Davies scrapbook – this one was taken in 1967 at the Welshpool Sub-Division Police Ball. Pictured with their partners / wives are from left to right: PC’s Les Haynes, Henry Pierce, Alan Jones (later Chief Superintendent), Peter Davies, John Williams, Geoff Payne, Chief Inspectors Jim Murphy and Evan Annwyl Jones.

Again, due to the passage of time a number of the group are no longer with us.

 

MOBILE COLUMN ON PARADE IN THE 50's

Possibly, someone can provide more information about the above photograph kindly supplied by Ex Inspector Wyn Evans (Cardigan) of the Mobile Column (a fore-runner of the Police Support Unit) which it is believed was taken in the 1950’s

For information: In the event of a nuclear attack, the police would have had a major role in keeping the Essential Service Routes clear. These routes were originally designated in the 1950s so that major roads remained open for the life saving forces to reach the bombed cities. During the late 50’s, it was envisaged that following a nuclear attack, all available Police manpower would be mobilised and a proportion organised into up to 167 self-supporting Mobile Columns with 135 men in each. 

Food time - Mobile Columns were self-contained, complete with canteen facilities and cooks! 

Mobile Columns would be dispersed away from the areas which were expected to be attacked, possibly to former airfields. For example, some Metropolitan Police columns would be based in rural Essex ready to move back into the capital after the nuclear attack.

An Austin Gypsy used as a Communications Vehicle at Aberfan 

The Mobile Columns could also be utilised in civil emergencies and every year training exercises were held. Sadly, some retired Dyfed-Powys officers were members of the Mobile Column that provided mutual aid following the Aberfan disaster in October 1966 which killed 116 children and 28 adults. 

The rear of the same vehicle showing VHF radio and fold-away writing table

Equipment was always in short supply and by 1967 there was only enough to equip 34 columns. The Mobile Column concept was abandoned and replaced in 1972 with the idea of forming 20% of each force’s strength into smaller, more mobile Police Support Units each of 35 men. 

 

DYFED POWYS JBB 1995/96

This above photograph of the Dyfed – Powys Joint Branch Board was taken at FHQ in 1995/96.

Pictured are: Front (L to R): John Thomas, Lorna McQuilliam, Phil Small, Peter Mair, Phil Price, Mike Benbow, Dean Richards, John Williams, Gerald Jones, Derek Bloomfield, Gerald Prosser, Ken Wyburn, Russell Smith, Mike Williams, Norman Welch

Rear: Gloria Hughes, Phil Hopkins, Allison Ebsworth, John Edwards and Clive Cowey.

Sadly Gerald and Norman are no longer with us

Photo kindly supplied by Derek Bloomfield

 

DRUG SEARCH AT ELAN VALLEY

Hugh Nicholas (Ex PC 146) the brother of Ted, conducting a routine search at the Elan Valley during the long hot summer of 1976. Hugh ended his career as an Inspector at Aberystwyth..

Photo kindly supplied by Simon Williams PC 323 

 

CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH IN PEMBROKESHIRE FOR JONNY DAVIES

  

The South Pembs X1 with team mascot Holly Couzens 

          

The North Pembrokeshire Xl

In 2002, The Bridge Meadow, Haverfordwest was the venue when a team representing North Pembrokeshire competed against their colleagues from the South for the Jonathan Davies Memorial Trophy. The football match was organised to raise funds for the Ty Bryngwyn Care Centre, Llanelli, where PC 343 Jonathan (Jonny) Davies, an extremely popular officer, received treatment before losing a long battle with illness in 2001 aged 30 years.

As the game ended in a draw, the trophy was presented to the respective skippers by Jonathan’s mother, Mrs Gwendoline Davies who thanked everyone in helping make the afternoon such a success. During the after match celebrations, donated football memorabilia was auctioned by Nigel Jones and although the game ended with honours even, the real winner was Ty Bryngwyn who received a cheque for over £2,000.

Whilst most of the players are still serving, there are some retired officers in the photographs including Phil Jones, Richard Wilkins and Chris Richards (South) together with Nick Davies and Chris Helps (North).

Both photographs kindly supplied by DC Andy Couzens who will be joining the NARPO ranks shortly. 

In 1998, the Inter Divisional Football competition was reinstated after an absence of many years and after a shaky start the trophy was won by 'C' (Pembrokeshire) Division. The late Jonny Davies was 'keeper in every match and pulled off a string of great saves. He was a great character on and off the pitch and woe betide any player who he thought wasn't giving 100%!

Photo taken before our final match at Penryncoch (Aberystwyth) with Jonny proudly wearing the goalkeepers' jersey. 

Supplied by Hugh Colley (Team Manager)

 

RETIREMENT PARTY AT NEWTOWN (1)

The photograph was taken at a function, possibly a retirement party held at Dolforwyn Hall, Abermule, near Newtown (date unknown).Among those pictured are (front to back): John Owens, Ron Thorogood, John Edwards, Gerald Bound, Bob Evans, Pat Cochrane, Dai Rees Granville Clayton, Clive Cowey, Elfed Watkins, Clive King, David (Spudder) Davies, John (Hywel) Davies, Cliff Lloyd, Dai Lewis, Dal James, Wyn Rees, Clive King, Peter Davies, Dave Gorman, Eric Powling, Alan Jones, John Roderick.

 

RETIREMENT PARTY AT NEWTOWN (2)

Another photo taken at Dolforwyn Hall, Abermue, near Newtown – hopefully someone can provide details of the occasion. Among those pictured (front to back): Ralph Rees, Phil Price, Ron Thorogood, Bob Evans, John Owens, Dai Rees, Pat Cochrane, Dai Hughes, Brian Stubbs, Joe Price, Dave Gorman, Terry Rees, Ray Holly, Phil Hopkins, Mike Evans, Clive Howells. Many thanks to Phil Hopkins for helping to identify many of those pictured in both photos - sadly a number of them are no longer with us.

The photographs were kindly submitted by Roger Davies (not sure how they ended up in Pembroke)! 

 

OPENING OF NEW POLICE STATION AT HAVERFORDWEST

    

The above photograph shows the Pembrokeshire Police HQ at Merlins Hill, Haverfordwest which was opened in November 1962 by Sir Charles Cunningham. The building housed the force HQ, DHQ and Haverfordwest Police Station.

To read more about the opening of the new HQ click on: images/HWPS.pdf

Photograph kindly submitted by Dennis Hughes (Ex PC 520)

Below is a photograph of the same building as it looks today.

 

POLICING TRAINING COURSE 1946

This photograph of new recruits was taken on 20th August 1946 at Bryncethin which at that time was the Wales (No 8 District) Training Centre. Extreme left on the front row is the late Ronnie Evans (Ex PC / PS 75), father in law of Gavin Davies (Ex PC 98) and grandfather of PC 1047 Dylan Davies who is currently stationed at Llanelli. Ron's brother in law was PC 184 Glyn Davies (Glyn Llangadog) recently deceased, who was the father of Inspector Kevin Davies, Aberystwyth / Lampeter. 

During his Police career Ron was stationed at Cilycwm, Gorslas, Pwll and Llanelli before retiring in 1972 as a Sergeant stationed at Ammanford. 

Photo kindly submitted by Gavin Davies

Footnote:  At the end of World War ll the District Police Recruiting Board secured the use of the Bevin Hostel for Miners at Bryncethin which provided the accommodation needed for the immediate post-war training of up to 150 new entrants into the Police Service. Bryncethin remained in use for a number of years until the District Police Training Centre re-located to Police HQ at Bridgend for which many of us of a certain vintage have ‘fond’ memories!!

If you have memories or photographs of your 13 week Initial Training at Bridgend I would only be too pleased to publish them on the website.

Hugh

 

MURDER INVESTIGATION IN AMMANFORD 1974/75

The above is a newspaper cutting of Ammanford officers searching the railway line from which the 11" bolt which killed Mr Gerwyn Jones, a bus conductor of New Road, Ammanford was taken. The murder weapon having been left in the kitchen of Mr Jones's home by the killer.

Pictured from the left:

PS Davies (Dog Section), PS 587 Ritchie Thomas, (Ammanford Traffic), PS 153 Hywel Davies (Beat), PC/PS 252 Ieuan Davies, (affectionately known as the Welsh Black) and  father of currently serving PC 525 Tony Davies, Pc 207 Mike Davies (CID and later Special Branch) and PC 98 Gavin Davies.

(The gentleman to the extreme left in blazer was a local character, Denzil, who was made an honorary police officer and regularly patrolled the Tirydail area of Ammanford).

Kindly submitted by Gavin Davies (Ex PC 98).

Possibly, someone can supply more information regarding the murder investigation?

 

NETWORKING EXERCISE IN D DIVISION!

Enjoying a ‘networking exercise’ after a Drugs Department conference sometime between 1985 & 1989 are  DC’s Howard Jones (Llandrindod Wells), ‘Budgie’ Evans (Brecon), Nick O’Brien (HQ), Dave Gorman (Newtown) and Tony Brinsden who was Detective Inspector (Drugs) at the time. Following his retirement as Chief Inspector, Tony has become actively involved in local politics and currently represents the picturesque seaside village of Amroth on Pembrokeshire County Council.

 

SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE FOOTBALL TEAM

This photo of the South Pembrokeshire football team was taken in 1974 before a match against the teachers of Greenhill School, Tenby played at New Hedges near Saundersfoot. The line up is:

Back Row (L to R) Ken Rees, Hugh Colley, Mark Edwards, Phil Gale, Neil Bulley

Front: Richard Williams, Ian Mills, Howard Lloyd, Dai Guy, K Rossiter (Guest) and Meurig Rees.

Both Phil and Neil took up refereeing when their playing careers came to an end and are still held in high esteem by the Pembrokeshire football fraternity as being ‘firm but fair’ officials. (Phil, now well into his 60’s is still officiating at Pembrokeshire League matches). 

Incidentally, Neil grew up in Plymouth where he played in the same school football team as Trevor Francis who went on to win the European Cup with Nottingham Forest and played 52 matches for England .

 

OPEN DAY AT PEMBROKE POWER STATION

During the 80’s Pembroke Power Station opened its doors once a year to the public allowing them to enjoy guided tours of the massive oil fired power station. The emergency services, including Dyfed-Powys Police attended the popular event and the photo shows traffic officers showing off a Austin Montego EFI patrol car first registered in 1986.

The officers are: The late Clive ‘Chopper’ Martin (Ex Inspector), Arthur Brady and Roger Davies. Arthur is currently a prominent member of Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir and a well respected cricket umpire. Over the years, Roger has accumulated a vast collection of picture postcards of South West Wales and has published books depicting Pembroke and Llanelli in the early part of the 20th century.

(The original power station having been officially opened in 1973 by the Prime Minister, Ted Heath, was eventually mothballed in 1996 and demolition began in 2000. In 2008, work began on building Pembroke B Power Station on the same 500 acre site and the gas-fired power station was officially opened in September 2012. It is the largest gas-fired power station in Europe and currently generates enough power to supply 3.5 million homes and businesses).

 

 

 

MURDER BRIEFING AT BUILTH WELLS

 

Officers being briefed by Inspector Richie Thomas at Builth Wells in January 1983 before joining the hunt for a man wanted for the murder of John Hughes Williams at an isolated farm near Llandewi Brefi.

(In January 1984, Richard Anthony Gambrell was sentenced to life imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court after a jury found him guilty of murdering 61 year old sheep farmer Mr John Hughes Williams, known locally as a gentle giant).

If you can identify the officers please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Update:

From left to right: Colin Perrier (DC 617?), Chief Inspector Johnny Morris, Russell Morgan (PC 639), PS Peter Guise, AN Other, AN Other, Arthur Lewis, AN Other, Malcolm Davies (PC 530), Hywel Bevan (PS 48) and Inspector Richie Thomas (as already identified). Sadly, a number of those pictured are no longer with us.

Many thanks to Sam Williams for his help in identifying the majority of the officers.

 

HELMETS MAKE A COMEBACK!

Thumbs up for the helmet from PC Wayne Matthews while the cap gets the thumbs down from PC Glyn James (both D Division).

In the mid 80’s, following pressure from the rank and file, it was decided that the hugely unpopular flat caps would be abolished and uniform Constables and Sergeants would revert to wearing the traditional helmet.

 

PANDAS ON PARADE AT FRIARS PARK

A fleet of brand new Ford Anglia 'Panda’ cars lined up outside Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary HQ, Friars Park, Carmarthen probably in 1967. (Panda cars were named after pandas because they were originally painted with large panels of black and white, or blue and white).

Pictured are Sergeants Les Hughes and Daff Jones together with PC’s Moelwyn Morgan, Roger Davies, Cadet Lyn Dudley,  ?? Jones, Des Davies and Ken Lewis. 

Photo kindly supplied by Roger Davies (Ex PC 111)

Footnote: In 1967, Mr Roy Jenkins (Home Secretary), pushed through a series of police reforms including the reduction of the number of forces from 117 to 49 and the introduction of Unit Beat Policing (UBP). The new style of policing was described by the Home Office as the biggest change in operational policing methods since 1829.  

Initially, UBP began as an experiment in Kirby and Accrington in the north of England, before similar schemes were introduced in several forces throughout the UK. UBP saw more use of cars which enabled officers to patrol a large geographical area quickly and to facilitate a rapid response to reports of crime.

 

A SEASONAL PHOTO FROM WELSHPOOL

In 1985, the Welshpool Christmas lights were switched on by Eleanor Rigby (not the original of Beatles fame!).

Gazing adoringly at Miss Rigby after the switch on are Phil Hopkins (Ex PS 336 & Chairman of DPP NARPO), Gwilym Rippon (ex PC 700) and the late SC Bob Williams who was affectionately known (but not within his hearing) as Bob Felt Hat!

Incidentally, since retirement Gwilym’s ‘new’ career as a Local Council Clerk has gone from strength to strength having became the only one of his peers to pass his certificate in local council administration in two separate countries.

Gwilym is clerk to councils based both sides of the border and is currently overseeing affairs at Abermule with Llandyssil in Powys as well as Kington in Herefordshire and Bettws y Crwyn and Newcastle-on-Clun in Shropshire.

Photo kindly submitted by Phil Hopkins (18/12/14)

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE ON PARADE

A contingent of Pembrokeshire Police officers marching through Castle Square, Haverfordwest in 1959 to commemorate the appointment of Mr George Terry as Chief Constable on 1st September 1958. Mr Terry, later to become Sir George Terry CBE, QPM DL, was subsequently appointed Chief Constable of Sussex Police. (See updates below).

Photograph kindly submitted by Dennis Hughes (Ex PC 520).

Update No 1:

Among those identified are: PC Terry Martin (standing to attention outside Shire Hall), Cadet Dennis Roberts (standing next to saluting dias). 

Parade members: Inspectors Percy Phillips, Winston Jones and Einion Richards. Sgts. Morris Griffiths, Norman Wilnow, B. Davies, David (Shanty) Evans, Vivian Richards, John Jennings and Dan Ungoed. PC’s Keith Lightfoot, Ray Holly, Bert Rowlands, Dennis Hughes and Meirion Roberts 

Update No 2

Mr Eric Powling (Ex Chief Inspector) has reliably informed us that the parade took place in the early 1960’s and formed part of the annual inspection of the force by HM Inspector of Constabulary who is the gentleman (name not known) taking the salute. The officer leading the parade is the Deputy Chief Constable Merville Roberts. Eric is in the middle of the second row of officers from the rear.

In addition Roger Davies (Ex PC 111) has managed to identify a number of other officers including Bert Forse, Tom Morris, Chris Jones, Dai Evans, Dai Petherick, Dick Evans and Tony Evans. He is also of the opinion that the three gentlemen in long overcoats standing at 12 o'clock to the saluting dias are CID officers keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. Roger suggests that the person wearing the trilby hat is the late David Charlton (Ex DS 415). Perhaps an ex Pembrokeshire officer can assist?

 

IT''S A KNOCKOUT IN NEWTOWN!

Back: (From L to R) Frank Podmore, Peter Davies (Team Manager), Keith Blanchard, Derek Morris, Colin Morgan

Front: Christine Griffiths (nee Bailey), Pauline Rodway, Monica Raison and Llinos Thomas.

In June 1976, Newtown Police entered a team in an It’s a Knockout  competition organised by Newtown Round Table which was held in the river side setting of Dolerw Park. The games were based on the famous BBC show of that time and has been often described as ‘school sports day for adults’ (most games involved contestants getting very wet)!

Although, the Police team gave an excellent account of themselves, they came a close second behind the Round Table Team - this was largely due to some under handed tactics by one of their opponents who also happened to be a member of the local CID!

Many thanks to Christine (wife of Geraint Griffiths Ex DS 620) for supplying the names and background information. 

 

SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE CRICKET

Back: (L to R) Hugh Colley, George Blackwell, the late Ed Morris, Ken Rees, Simon Eggleton, Mike Benbow

Front: Dudley Jones, Ellis Davies, John Parsons, Roger Davies (w/keeper), Harry Rees (captain).

Ken Mathias (Ex PS 448) came across this photo of the South Pembrokeshire Police cricket team taken at Cresselly in 1975.

We all enjoyed playing cricket and during the summer months regularly played matches against various organisations including Solicitors, Hoteliers, Round Table, Schoolteachers and teams representing local cricket clubs. After the match, we enjoyed a pint (or two), reliving the highlights – the sweetly struck shot over long-off for six, the dropped catches and of course, the dubious umpiring decision(s)! Also, it was a great way of getting to know the community in which we served.

Many thanks to Ken (a long standing supporter of Cresselly CC) for supplying the photo.

Incidentally, Mike Benbow is currently directing the ongoing IPCC inquiry into the 1989 Hillsborough football tragedy, hopefully Mike will be able to find the time to give us an insight of his demanding role.

Hugh Colley (05/11/14)

 

THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED!!!!

This photo previously submitted by Brian Wiley, suggested that it was taken in the Cardigan area and the officer pictured is David Jones (Ex PC 164). However, DC Max Bevan (Associate Member), following the use of Google Streetview has confirmed that it was actually taken outside Trefgarne House on the south side of the old A40 road in the village of Robeston Wathen near Narberth where Max was previously stationed. The 'We need your custom' sign was positioned on the forecourt of the adjacent Dyrham Service Station. Also, according to Roger Davies, the officer operating the Speed Gun is Nigel Scourfield (Ex PC / PS 263).

 

TRAFFIC OFFICERS COURSE AT FERRYSIDE

The residential course was held at Ferryside Further Education Centre (believed 1978) when Traffic Officers from throughout the force developed their knowledge of road traffic legislation and procedures.

Amongst those pictured are Neil Bulley, Dai Evans, Roger Davies, Gethin Harbour, Nigel Davies, Gavin Davies, Cyril Bond, Lawson Morgan, Graham Jones, Eirian Williams (now one of the top snooker referees, Peter (Pepsi) Williams, Martin Lewis, Cei Williams and Vic Morris. The senior officers (sat in the middle of the front row) are Inspector Dai Leigh, Chief Superintendent Mike Cronin and Superintendent Don Jenkins. 

Kindly submitted by Roger Davies (Ex PC 111) Pembroke Dock Traffic (24/10/14).

 

NEWTOWN CID TAKE PART IN THE 1986 PARIS MARATHON 

'The team' with the famous Eiffel Tower in the background. 

From left to right: DC  Peter Davies, DS Bob Evans, DC Dave Gorman, DI Hywel Rees, DC Mike Denyard and DC Nick O'Brien.

In 1985, DS Bob Evans and a couple of others completed the London Marathon where I had helped out as Team Manager. The following year, I was shamed / cajoled into training for the 1986 event but unfortunately our entry was unsuccessful - not to be deterred, a team representing Newtown CID decided to enter the Paris Marathon.

The team consisted of DS Bob Evans, DC’s Dave Gorman, Mike Denyard, Nick O'Brien and myself with DC Peter Davies (SOCO) taking on the challenging role of Team Manager.

Hywel Rees and Mike Denyard in the foreground with a coach load of supporters - Paris here we come!

Following an intensive training programme, we set off by coach to Paris on Friday 2nd May, accompanied by approximately 50 supporters and on arriving in the capital city we settled in the Italian Quarter.Most of Saturday was spent sightseeing and the runners registering for Sunday’s race. 

The Fab Five proudly showing their race numbers.

The standard pre-race pasta party was ignored with the team deciding to visit a Chinese Restaurant for our evening meal. Mike Denyard, who wasn't into foreign food opted to stick with the traditional British fare - Steak Tartare a meat dish made from finely chopped or minced raw beef! Unfortunately, Mike's delicate digestive system rejected this 'rare' feast leading to him having to make numerous 'pit stops' the following day which obviously affected his finishing time.

The race organisation was varied to say the least, with a lack of drinking water and numerous runners accepting lifts on street cleaning vehicles.Towards the end of the route, some runners (not us) took short cuts thereby cutting off sections in the Bois de Boulogne forest. Bob and Nick completed the course in a little over three hours with Dave, Mike and myself finishing closer to the four hour mark. 

We're on our way  - Nick , Dave and Hywel with only 26 miles 385 yards to go! 

Whilst we were running through the street of Paris, our gallant supporters enjoyed a visit to the Palace of Versailles - one of the most popular visitor attractions in and around Paris, but I'm pleased to report that they were all there at the finishing line to welcome us home. Despite our tired, aching bodies, another restaurant date was vital to finish off what was for all of us a memorable day.

On our return to the UK the following day via Calais, I arranged for the duty free cigarettes and alcohol to be distributed evenly between the whole party ensuring that no one exceeded the limit. However, on arrival at Dover you can guess who was the only one stopped and searched by HM Customs for contraband – yours truly!!

We collected a substantial amount of sponsorship money which was distributed to local charities which made our effort worthwhile and everyone agreed that our excursion to Paris had been a resounding success.

Kindly submitted by Hywel Rees (21/10/14)

 


Prince Charles
 

Wpc 863 Jane Mackintosh – Llanelli – holding an umbrella for HRH Prince Charles on his visit to Ystradgynlais in1978/9? In the background is Dc Alan Nurton Special Branch, Llanelli.
(Photograph kindly contributed by Jane Mackintosh - May 2014)

 

 

 


Motor Cycle Driving Course - 1970
(L to R) Gareth Williams,  ?,  Mike Coulthard, Howard Davies.

 

Presentation of Life Certificate
Presentation of Life Certificate to Mr Tony Eden, by our Vice President, Mr John Owen-Evans at the Meeting in Narberth on 3rd October.

 

Retirement Function
PS Paul Herman (DPP Federation Secretary) making the presentation to Ex PC Carol Kendall at her retirement party at Tregynon on 7th December, 2013, Carol has been an Associate member of NARPO for the past two years and is now welcomed into full membership and we all wish her a happy retirement.
 

Retirement Function Ex Pc Carol Kendall
The Llanidloes team of Officers, most of whom have now retired with the exception of Kevin Scourfield and Paul Herdman both far right who all attended the retirement party of Ex PC Carol Kendall, (centre) at Tregynon on 7th December; also in the Photo are retired Offers and NARPO Members, Gary Jones and Keith Blanchard.. 


Christmas Dinner 2013
2013 Christmas Dinner Raffle - Presentation to Mr Ron Davies for the West Wales Prostate Cancer Support Group by Mr Phil Hopkins, Branch Chair, of the £82 raised at the dinner from a raffle of a Christmas hamper and other items.

Christmas Dinner 2013
The Branch celebrates at its 1st Christmas Dinner at The Falcon Hotel Carmarthen on 3rd December 2013
 

Cardigan Police Ball
Newspaper cutting of Cardigan Police Ball in 1982
(Both photographs courtesy of Brian Wiley - Nov 2013)

Cardigan Traffic
Myself and PC Keith Lewis 367 Cardigan Traffic, taken in 1976 outside the police houses in Maesglas, Cardigan


Ex D/S Tony Williams’ farewell party

Ex D/S Tony Williams’ farewell party held at Caerberis Hotel, Builth Wells in 1979.

Sadly, all in the picture are now deceased.  From the left: Det. Ch. Molloy, Supt W.L Evans, Ch. Supt J R Edwards, D/Sgt Tony Williams & Ch. Insp H J Morris.

Kindly submitted by Terry Parkhouse - Nov 2013


'B' DIVISION.'

Cricket, swimming, rugby and tug-of-war always find plenty of supporters both on and off the field at Aberystwyth, whilst soccer the main sport of the area since 1880, has quietly disappeared from police circles in recent years. As if to remind one what it used to be all about, the Aberystwyth Police at last sprung to life one evening a few weeks ago when two police teams drawn from Aberystwyth SubDivision met at the U.C.W. Playing Field in a challenge match labelled Traffic -v- Beat. Not that we have eleven soccer players in our traffic section, but at least everyone was willing to make the turn out, and even the cm helped the Traffic register a 2-0 win.

Incidents were many and varied with each of the 24 policemen that stepped onto the field giving of his best during the entire 90 minutes. There was the rugby player who automatically lifted his leg when taking a throw-in, and eventually in sheer frustration at being pulled up, sent a reverse pass screaming at the referee; the lanky left winger who discarded his football boots in order to gain extra speed but this tender touch brought no sympathy from the opposing full back whose costly check sports trousers bore marks of brown and green at the end of the day. A middle aged player who once donned the shirt of the Welsh League even in his retirement showed us two or three classical professional fouls, and in the process was shown the only yellow card of the night.

In fairness to the losers, both goal scorers freely admit that their accuracy in front of goal was due to National Health optical aids.

Truly a match enjoyed by officers of many departments, and even the few veterans who willingly took part and were still about when the final whistle blew, eagerly awaiting a challenge return game next season.

Sergeant A.G. Williams, Aberystwyth.

From Brian Wiley

Back Row l - r :  Pc John Lewis, PS Raymond Davies, PC John Morgan, PS Brian Peck, Ch/Supt Des Parkinson, PS Alun Williams

Front Row l - r : PS Dylan Jones, PC Stuart Green, PC Ray Horton, PC Arwel Jones, PC Hefin Jones
From Brian Wiley

Back row l - r :   PS Bernie Guy, PC Graham Jones, Ch/Supt Don Evans, PC Steve O'Reilly,  PC Phil Small, PC Dai Thomas,  PC Eric Owen

Front Row l - r : PC Colin Jones, PC Rob Summons, PC Les Davies,  PC Ted Nicholas,  PC Elfed Davies,  PC Dyfrig Evans

 

Golf Day at Builth Wells - 2013

The intrepid golfers who took part in the inaugural Golf Day at Builth Wells recently. (2013)  (Phil Hopkins)

Left to Right: David M Jones, Colin Finch, Eric Bailey, Alan Jones, Gary Evans, Phil Small, Phil Hopkins, Graeme Dickson, Derek Bloomfield, Mike Lewis
 

 More 'Blasts from the past' Kindly sent in by Brian Wiley - Aberystwyth  and supplied by Retired Ps 202 Alun Williams - Oct 2013  (A total of 14 photographs)

Charity and Fancy Dress Football Match
Aberystwyth officers in the mid 1970's having taken part in a charity & fancy dress football match against Bronglais Hospital XI

Back row l - r  Chief Insp Dan Jones (Coach)  Insp Gorwyn Jones, PC Hefin Davies, PC Phill Small, PC Robert Jones, Ch/Supt Don Evans, PS Alun Williams.   Front row l - r PC Arwel Jones, PC Malcolm Charlton, DC Ted Pugh, Ch/Supt Des Parkinson, PC Ceri Evans

 

 

PC Caroline Evans at the commencement of

PC Caroline Evans at the commencement of "Walk & Talk" in the 1970's at Pontsian.

 

 

PC Dai Jones 164 of Cardigan Traffic trying out the new hand-held radar speed gun somewhere in the County
PC Nigel Scourfield (Haverfordwest Traffic) trying out the new hand-held radar speed gun in Robeston Wathen!

 

PC David Davies during his service with the Cardiganshire Constabulary at Llanddewi Brefi from 1896.
PC David Davies during his service with the Cardiganshire Constabulary at Llanddewi Brefi - 1896.

 

Aberystwyth Police 1st Aid Team Competition Mid 1960's
Aberystwyth Police 1st Aid Team Competition - Mid 1960's at Carmarthen.

 

 

 Police Municipal and Gendarmerie who paid a visit to Aberystwyth in the mid 1970's
Members of the Police Municipal and Gendarmerie who paid a visit to Aberystwyth in the mid 1970's when the towns of Aberystwyth and St Brieuc twinned with each other.  The local police officers shown from left to right are:  PS 202 Alun Williams,  PC 350 Ray Horton, Chief Insp Dan Jones, PC Sue Summons, ACC John Owen Evans and PC 356 Glyn Jones.


Aberystwyth Police Football Team late 1930's
Aberystwyth Police Football team taken sometime in the late 1930's:

Back Row:  l - r    PC W Parry Williams 19, PC S G S Chapman 35,  a local character known as Dai TyDu, Mr. Albert Davies (aka Albert the Fish), PC R L Davies 13, PC S R Rees 12, PC A H Jenkins 38. Middle Row:  l - r  PC E W Jones 30,  PC A I Williams 21,  Sir George Forset-Roberts PC W J Ishmael 17,  PC I J Havard 7. Front Row:  l - r  PC D L Jones 37,  PC J V Thomas 18.

 

Soccer team 1930's
Another soccer photo taken during the late 30's...

Back Row  l - r   Trefor Jones (trainer)  PS T O Price 33, PC S G S Chapman 35, PC W J Ishmael 17, PC E W Jones 30, Mr Jenkins (NSPCC) PS Richards, Mr Ted Jones (Linesman) Middle Row l - r  PC Williams 21,  Supt Jones,  PC K G Williams 23,  Chief Constable Steven Jones,  PC Jenkins 38. Front Row l - r   PC D L Jones 37, PC Dan Davies 14,  Mr. Albert Davies,  PC Vernon Thomas 18.

 

1st Aid team

'B' Div First Aid team believed taken in the 1960's

Back Row: PS Harold Davies 260,  PC Eric Owen 104, PS Alun Williams 202

Front Row:  PS Peter Evans,  Ch/Supt Sid Willmett,  PS Jonah Reynolds.

 

A group photo of the Cardiganshire Constabulary probably in the early 1900's

A group photo of the Cardiganshire Constabulary probably in the early 1900's


Duke of Edinburgh at Aberystwyth

The Duke of Edinburgh arriving at Aberystwyth Railway Station in the early 1970's acknowledging PS Alun Williams holding the car door open for him.  The words were put in by the photographer.  

Any suggestions as to what Alun's reply would have been?

 

Cardigan Traffic Christmas Dinner

Cardigan Traffic Christmas Dinner I believe - 1977 

Left to Right:  Insp Wynne Evans,  Supt Dai Gwyn Davies, PC John Jenkins 23,  Ch Supt Don Evans,  Insp John Thomas, myself,  PC 388 Geraint (Twrci) Phillips.


Football Team 1958

Cardiganshire Constabulary Football Team 1958, prior to the force amalgamation with Carms & Cards

Back Row L - R  PC 238 John Davies, PS 202 Alun Williams, PS 220 Raymond Davies, PC 264 Dennis Davies, PC 61 Eric Hughes, PC 62 Eiddwyn Evans, Insp Watt Lowe. 

Front Row L - R  DC 263 Wyn Morris, ACC John Owen Evans, PC 57 Emrys Evans, PC 235 Gareth John, Richard James.

The team enjoyed a very successful time in the Aberystwyth Mid-Week Football League with occasional police fixtures against Mid Wales, Pembrokeshire and Ludlow.

 

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