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AMMANFORD AIR CRASH REMEMBERED

Fifty years have passed since a four seat Piper Cherokee light aircraft crash landed at Saron, near Ammanford shortly after 14:15 hrs on Saturday 1st May 1971. The four German nationals aboard the plane perished in the crash.

The red marker (centre) shows the approximate location of the crash site

NARPO member Mr Emyr Daniel (Rtd. PS 197) was stationed at Tycroes at the time and recalls the events of that tragic afternoon:

I attended the scene on a fine and sunny day with C/Insp John (Jack) Edwards (later C/Supt), John Davies (PS77) and Bill Roberts (DC192 SOCO) while Glyn Thomas (PC8) was kept busy at Ammanford Police Station taking calls from eyewitnesses. Later, more officers attended to assist with the sad task of recovering the four bodies.

Following the crash, I spent six weeks liaising with Mr John Owen of the Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) and acting as Coroner’s Officer which involved obtaining numerous witness statements.

Formal identification of the four bodies was a huge problem, relatives in Germany were contacted regarding the clothing worn by the four men when they left home that Saturday morning. HM Coroner was satisfied with that procedure.

Mr John Owen of the AAIB, second from right, a soldier with metal detector, local workers and Emyr (centre) at the crater searching for parts of the plane.

The wreckage was transported to AAIB workshops at Farnborough where it was subjected to a detailed examination for defects. Subsequently, it was discovered that items were missing from the fuselage, this may have been a contributory cause of the crash. Extensive searches failed to find the missing items which probably fell into densely wooded and overgrown marshy area about 400 yards from the crash site.

I would add that there was no such thing as counselling in those days, I retired in 1988 but memories of that tragic event have remained with me ever since.

HISTORY OF THE FLIGHT

The aircraft was on a private flight from Frankfurt to Shannon in the Republic of Ireland and took off from Frankfurt at 08:20 hrs; it landed at Ashford, Kent shortly after 11:00 hrs where it was refuelled.

Photo taken at Ashford shortly before taking off on the fateful flight

The plane took off from Ashford at 12:40 hrs and at about 14:15 hrs the aircraft was seen approaching Ammanford at a height of approximately 6,000 feet when it entered a steep dive causing the left wing and other parts to become detached. The remainder of the plane crashed in a field killing the four occupants instantly.

The subsequent investigation by the AAIB was unable to determine why the aircraft deviated from level flight. The possibility that it was the consequence of unintentional interference with the right-hand control column, perhaps as the result of the collapse of the passenger in the right-hand seat could not be ruled out.

To read the AAIB report on the accident click on: REPORT

Footnote: From Mark Edwards (Son of the late C/Supt Jack Edwards).

The crash was a big issue for dad - I remember that as Dyfed-Powys didn't have a Press Office at the time, he liaised for many weeks with the air crash investigators and had to deal with huge press interest as it was a major event for the area.

Many thanks to Emyr for the use of the photos and his memories of the tragedy.

Article compiled by Hugh Colley

 

SUPPORTERS DELIGHTED AT ELECTION VICTORY

The below picture has been posted on the Memories of Welshpool Facebook page and shows Mr Emlyn Hooson being carried shoulder high by his supporters after he was re-elected as MP for Montgomeryshire in the 1974 General Election.

The uniformed officer is Inspector Gerald Bound (Rtd. Supt.) and keeping an eye on proceedings are two CID officers. Stood in the doorway are D/Sgt David Jones and alongside him is DC Alan Jones (Rtd. C/ Supt).

 

ON DUTY AT WELSHPOOL IN THE 50’S

This photo has been taken from the Memories of Welshpool Facebook page and features a special train leaving Welshpool in November 1956 en route to Llanfair Caereinion. Keeping a close eye on proceedings is a Mid-Wales Constabulary officer with his cape over his left shoulder.

Note: The Welshpool to Llanfair Caereinion branch line opened in April 1903 to aid economic development in a remote area, never making a profit. It was originally operated by the Cambrian Railways, connecting with the main line at Welshpool. The original terminus at Welshpool was located alongside the main line station and trains wound their way through the town.

In 1931 the line lost its passenger service and it became a freight only line. Freight traffic lingered on until 1956, by which time British Railways decided to close the line. Services ceased on 5th November 1956 which is probably when the above photograph was taken.

Today, the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (W&LLR) is a narrow-gauge heritage railway. The line is around 8.5 miles long and runs westwards from the town of Welshpool via Castle Caereinion to the village of Llanfair Caereinion.

Update from Clive Cowey: I am confident that the officer pictured is Len Evans who joined Mid-Wales as PC 43 and was PC 743 following amalgamation. He was the father of the late Mike Evans (PS 672). Len retired in 1972/3 and I took his place on Newtown (Traffic).

From Peter Davies (Rtd. DC590) of Newtown: Joyce (my wife) is positive that the officer is her late father - Len Evans (PC743).

 

HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED - RECRUITMENT ADVERT IN THE 1940’S!

The below newspaper cutting was posted on the Swansea NARPO Facebook page recently and makes interesting reading.  

The Commissioner mentioned in the article (Sir Phillip Game) was in post from 1935-1945 which indicates when the article appeared.

Following the outbreak of the Second World War the Metropolitan Police had to release huge numbers of experienced officers into the Armed Services and Sir Philip was required to deploy all his ingenuity and staff training to maintain a viable force during the hostilities.

 

HISTORY OF THE MID-WALES CONSTABULARY

The Mid-Wales Constabulary was the police force for the counties of Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire between 1948 and 1968. The force was created on 1st April 1948 by the amalgamation of Brecknockshire Constabulary, Radnorshire Constabulary and Montgomeryshire Constabulary with the HQ in Newtown.

Photo 1 - Force Crest, Photo 2 - Police HQ in Newtown, Photo 3 - Mr Reg Benbow (Chief Constable)

The force was abolished in 1968, when it was amalgamated with Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary and Pembrokeshire Constabulary to form Dyfed-Powys Constabulary (later Police). In 1965, the force had an establishment of 225 officers and an actual strength of 220.

To read an interesting article about the history of the Mid-Wales Constabulary, click on HISTORY.

Article reproduced with kind permission of the British Police History website (https://british-police-history.uk).

 

DAI SPARES MABON'S BLUSHES!

Football fans were saddened to learn that Dai Davies, the former Wales goalkeeper passed away recently. Dai was born in the Carmarthenshire village of Glanamman and as a junior played for Ammanford United.

The above photograph features the cup winning side of 1964 with Dai (1) stood in the centre with DPP NARPO member Alun (Mabon) Davies (2) of Llanelli  alongside him. Alun played centre-half and recalls that the final was played at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli against Trimsaran FC. The final was a one-sided affair with Ammanford wining 3-0 and according to Alun, Dai was only called upon to make one save during the final - preventing an own goal by ‘Mabon’!

Footnote: Dai Davies was at one stage Wales' most-capped keeper, making 52 appearances for his country over a seven-year period. His career spanned 17 years, starting at Swansea City, before moving on to Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Bangor City and Wrexham, where he ended his career in his second spell with the club.

Some members will also be aware that the late Tommy Davies (Rtd. PC334) who passed away in 2015 was Dai’s brother.

 

NO. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1971)

Many thanks to Mr Peter Jones of Freshwater East for the below Initial Course photograph taken at Bridgend which features Dyfed-Powys officers.The 13 week course commenced on 6th September and ended on 3rd December 1971.

 No.1: PC JM Williams No.2: PC R Cowley No.3: PC G Jones No.4: PS P Jones (Trainer) No.5: PS GF James (Trainer).

 

PEMBROKESHIRE VETERANS RUGBY XV

During the Christmas period in the late seventies, a ‘friendly’ rugby match was played at Haverfordwest RFC when C (Pembrokeshire) Division Veterans donned their rugby boots to play against their younger colleagues.

Standing (L to R): Arthur Brady, Brian Thomas, Louis Knight, Derek Davies,  Bill Williams,  Ray Lewis,  Harry Rees,  Trevor Millichip,  John Harries. Front: Stuart Jenkins, Roger Sweeny,  Ian Richards,  Tony Davies,  Tony Whitfield, Brian Mainwaring

Prior to the kick-off there was talk of weary legs as there was a clamour amongst players to play within the forwards. My preferred playing position would have been in the back row. As I was the youngest player in the side, I was told that I would be more suited to playing in the centre.

There was no pep talk or tactics discussed before taking the field with most of the conversation being taken up as to who should be captain. Ian Richards was duly nominated.

The objective was to win the ball in the scrums and the lineout’s, retain possession and score tries, preferably under the goal posts.

It was a competitive match played with sportsmanship and humour. Although I was playing out of position, I did a lot of tackling. I was in good hands being vocally coached during the match by Tony Whitfield a stalwart of Tenby RFC. He was a renowned centre having played for the RAF national side, Pembrokeshire Police, Pembrokeshire County, British Police and had represented West Wales against touring sides. He was a class act, a crash tackler with a turn of speed and a magical sidestep. I only wished he had passed me the ball a bit more often.

I cannot recall who won or scored but it was the camaraderie that existed between the two teams in the bar after the match that mattered. Whilst reviewing the game in the clubhouse much was said about the attempted drop goal that ended up on the touchline and our failure to capitalise on the push over tries due to fatigue.

It was all in good fun in those days. The most poignant part is that of the fifteen players that took the field that day eight are no longer with us.

Photo and article submitted by Harry Rees

Updates - Following received from Arthur Brady of Haverfordwest:

I can recall the match although I don’t know the date, but it was played on the Fishguard Road ground of Haverfordwest RFC against ‘C’ Division rugby team and Superintendent Frank Parry was the referee.  We played 20 minutes each way.

The following has been received from Harry Rees regarding the late Frank Parry, a popular, larger than life character,  who refereed the match:

Supt. Frank Parry keeping everything under control!

Frank joined Pembrokeshire Police in 1966 having transferred from the Gwent Police on promotion to Detective Chief Inspector. He had formerly played first class rugby for Pontypool as a wing forward. In his prime he had been selected for a final Welsh trial when the national side was decided by a match between the Probables and the Possibles. Unfortunately, Frank was not selected to represent his country.

Note: The photo of Mr Parry appeared in the March 1978 edition of Off Beat which suggests the above match was played during the 1977 festive season.

 

SILVER JUBILEE VISIT TO HAVERFORDWEST

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited the force area on Thursday 23rd June 1977 as part of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations. A feature of the visit was a ‘walkabout’ by Her Majesty at Haverfordwest, Carmarthen and Parc Howard, Llanelli where they were welcomed by huge crowds.

The above photograph, recently posted on Facebook, shows the Royal Party arriving at the Shire Hall, Haverfordwest where Her Majesty signed the visitors’ book prior to walking from Castle Square to Salutation Square.

The Pilot Car (shown) driven by PC SJV Williams No 309, contained Mr. RB Thomas (Chief Constable), Mr. CD Vaughan (DCC) and C/Supt ED Philips (Traffic).

According to the Operational Order (above), a total of 435 officers were deployed to cover the visits to the three towns.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT (1995)

In 1992, the C (Pembrokeshire) Division Golf Society decided to hold a golf tournament inviting businesses to enter teams of three golfers. The event held at South Pembrokeshire Golf Club (SPGC) in Pembroke Dock proved to be a resounding success and it became an annual fixture raising thousands of pounds for deserving causes.

Pictured: Standing (From left) Hugh Colley, Bob Phillips, Jeff Davies, Alan Hunter, Ken Small, Nigel John, Dai Rees, Nick Evans. Seated: Moira Davies, Ann Canton, Kate Evans, Mervyn Canton and Austin Davies (Vice Captain of SPGC)

The above photograph of the organisers and cheque recipients was taken at the 1995 presentation ceremony. As can be seen from the sun tans, the event was played in Mediterranean like conditions.

The success of any golf tournament largely depends on ultra keen, eagle eyed marshals who contribute to uninterrupted play by locating stray shots. Pictured are a group of volunteer marshals, Mark Edwards, Alan Hunter, Mike Allen and Dave Allen.

(In the background is the Milford Haven waterway with the ferry on route to Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland).

Well spotted, Mark Edwards and Alan Hunter finding a stray ball.

On a scorching hot, long day both Mark & Alan were supplied with ample cans of amber nectar to ensure they didn't suffer dehydration!

Photo credit: Nick Evans of Pembroke

 

NO. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1973)

The following has been received from Mr Dorian Penfold:

Together with other recruits, I attended the first 10 week Police Training Course at Bridgend from 10/9/73 to 16/11/73. I came across these photographs recently and thought they may be of interest and bring back memories to the other officers (now retired) who attended the course with me.

1 Huw Evans 2 Heddwyn Richards 3 Dorian Penfold 4 Wyn Evans 5 Andy Bell 6 Dave Hewitt 7 Aldwyn Jones 8 Peter Evans 9 PS Arthur Jones (Instructor).I travelled to and from the course with Dave Hewitt PC 655, (I was PC  565), and for a brief time we were stationed together in Llanelli. I transferred in May 1978 to the Metropolitan Police, but during my time with Dyfed-Powys, I was stationed at Carmarthen, Fishguard Port Office, and Carmarthen Traffic Dept. I later transferred from London to Leicestershire Constabulary from where I retired at the end of August 2003.

I fondly remember my time in Dyfed Powys and have many happy memories of the colleagues I was privileged to work with.

Unfortunately, I cannot remember the collar numbers of the others or where they were posted - perhaps someone else can fill in the gaps. 

CLASS PHOTO (1973)

Due to the large intake, the above course was split into two classes – the below photo is of Dorian Penfold’s class

No 1: Aldwyn Jones PC513 No 2: Dorian Penfold PC565 No3: Huw Evans PC 385 No 4: PC 431 Heddwyn Richards PC431.

Many thanks to Dorian for the use of both photos taken during the first 10 week Training Course.

Note: The Police Training Council established a working party on police probationer training in 1971 with the following terms of reference:

To review the training given to the police during their first two years of service and to make recommendations:

The committee concluded: It was apparent to us that the instruction currently given to recruits at the Home Office Police Training Centres, although in many respects excellent, had come to bear an insufficient relationship to the work demanded of a constable when he returns to his force.

In particular, the syllabus seemed to us to be too heavily weighted with criminal law, the treatment of much of which was unnecessarily complex and detailed".


NO. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1969)

Many thanks to Ross Mather (Virtual Museum of Police in Wales) for the below Initial Course photograph taken in May 1969 at Bridgend which features Dyfed-Powys officers.

No 1: G Ayer, 2:  WG James 3: IJ Evans 4: E Evans 5: PS THR Mathias (Instructor).

 

SEARCH FOR GUNMAN WHO BLINDED POLICE OFFICER

During the early hours of Wednesday 2nd August 1961, Constable Arthur Rowlands of the Gwynedd Constabulary was patrolling Dyfi Bridge, near Machynlleth which formed the boundary with the Mid Wales Constabulary. There had been several burglaries in the area and Arthur together with PC Dai Williams of the Mid-Wales Constabulary were tasked with checking persons and vehicles with a view to catching the person responsible.

Left: PC Arthur Rowlands with his wife and children Right: Mr Tom Davies with his George Medal

At the end of his shift, Dai had started the short journey to Machynlleth - the village was quiet, in the distance Arthur saw the outline of a man. He was wheeling a bicycle walking across the front a row of white walled cottages.

A few moments later, Arthur was taken completely by surprise when a man suddenly stepped out of the shadows. He shone his torch at the man and the two stood looking at each and the officer asked his name. The man replied ‘I’m Robert Boynton. I’m going to kill you’. Boynton then fired the gun into the officer’s face at point-blank range blinding him in both eyes and causing horrific injuries to his face, neck and mouth.

On hearing a shotgun being discharged, Dai returned to Dyfi Bridge and together with the occupier of one of the cottages, administered first aid to his critically injured colleague, his prompt action probably saved Arthur’s life.

Over the past 60 years, numerous articles have been written about the shooting that shocked the nation. In August 1961, NARPO member, Mr Tom (TO) Davies had just started out on his Police career and volunteered to assist in the largest manhunt ever mounted in Wales.

Hugh Colley met Tom (pre-Covid) to obtain a first hand account about the manhunt for Boynton and his arrest.

To read the article together with photos, click HERE.


HELMET PLATES AND SPURS!

The items shown belonged to the late Mr. JR Jones, Chief Constable from 1968 – 1974.The helmet plates are 1 Dyfed-Powys Constabulary (name changed to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1974) 2 Mid Wales Constabulary 3 Pembrokeshire Police, 4 Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary.

Also shown are a pair of riding spurs, which could be from the era when policemen and especially senior officers (Superintendent and above) moved around the outlying districts on horseback. They were often paid an extra amount per annum for the upkeep of a horse. The spurs may be a relic from those bygone days, or they may be mess dress uniform accoutrements which was worn on formal and ceremonial occasions.

 

OPENING OF POLICE TRAINING CENTRE, WALES

On Tuesday 15th July 1975, Police Training Centre, Wales at Greenmeadow Way, Cwmbran was officially opened by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales accompanied by local dignitaries.

Among the attendees was Mr. John Ronald (JR) Jones CVO QPM, the first Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys. His son Peter, recently came across his father’s copy of the programme of events. To view the programme click HERE

 

INCIDENT VEHICLE AT LITTLE HAVEN

The quaint village of Little Haven is on the west coast of Pembrokeshire at the southern end of St Brides Bay - an old fishing village with lots of charm and character. 

This shot is of a Dyfed-Powys Incident Control vehicle parked overlooking the beach - a pleasant place to park up and go for an ice cream! The R suffix plate indicates that the Ford A Series was first registered between 1st August 1976 and 31st July 1977. Possibly, the photo was taken during the heatwave summer of 1976.

The above photograph reproduced courtesy of the Alan Matthews Collection.

 

POLICE ON THE RUN FOR CHARITY

In the mid 80’s 12 Constables took to their heels to run the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (186 miles) from Poppitt Sands to Wisemans Bridge in an event organised by RAF Brawdy.

Pictured: 1 Bernie Muckle (Team Manager), 2 Mike Maynard, 3 John Morris 4 Fred Hunter, 5 Andy Edwards, 6 Jeff Davies, 7 Nick Davies, 8 Neil Bulley, 9 Mike Allen 10 Mike Benbow 11 Nick Evans 12 Nigel Jones 13 Wyn Evans.

The arduous run was held over three days and raised funds for the Arthritis & Rheumatsim Council, South Pembrokeshire Hospital and Milford Haven Health Centre - the Police team raised over £2,000 through sponsorship.

Photo credit: Western Telegraph

Taking a well earned break are (L to R): Jeff Davies, Nick Evans, Mike Benbow and Fred Hunter

Photos supplied by Nick Evans of Pembroke

 

THE PEMBROKESHIRE HELMET PLATE MYSTERY

Last autumn, Mrs Jane Kimberley of St. Davids was using her daughter’s metal detector in a freshly ploughed field when she unearthed a piece of metal (below) embossed Pembrokeshire Police with the number 48 in the centre.

Jane sought help to find out more about her find, especially the identity of the officer it was originally issued to. To read more about the discovery click HERE


BOMB SCARE AT GREENHILL SCHOOL, TENBY

In 1987, emergency services attended a bomb scare at Greenhill School, Tenby when a suspected explosive device was found on the school premises.

The officer in charge of the Police response was NARPO member Henry Jones (above) who at the time was Superintendent in charge of South Pembrokeshire Division. Henry was interviewed about the incident by Gerry Monte - also shown in the BBC Wales report are John Daniels, Tony Burrows and Dorian Evans.

To view the interview with Supt. Jones click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2bqqeMjYHo&t=1s

 

DYFED-POWYS LIFESAVING TEAM

The below photo supplied by George Phillips, features the DPP lifesaving team taking part in a PAA competition. The actual date is not known – believed to be early 1980’s.

Back Row (L to R): George Phillips,Andy Thomas, Nick Evans, Steve Doyle, Kevin Jones. Front: Helen (nee Rees), Julie Pritchard, Christine Miles, Kim Jameson

 

CARMARTHENSHIRE CONSTABLE EARLY 1900’S

The photo shows a smartly turned-out Constable 70 of the former Carmarthenshire Constabulary. The helmet plate is of the small design, which was in use up until 1910, so it can be confidently dated to between 1901 and 1910.

Note: The original photo (left) had been made into a Christmas card. The image has been colourised using a programme which converts black & white images to colour.

Photo courtesy of Ross Mather (Virtual Museum of Policing in Wales).

 

CWMBRAN POLICE TRAINING CENTRE

A film was made in1983 during an initial course at Cwmbran. Apparently, it was made as an introduction for new recruits as to what to expect when attending the Police Training Centre.

The 17-minute film narrated by PS Jim Young has been posted on YouTube and features students and instructors – some you may recognise.

To view the film, click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC7qdQFzzaQ&t=33s

 

NEWLY PROMOTED SERGEANTS COURSE

The below photograph taken at Gwent Police FHQ, Cwmbran in 1987 features four newly promoted Dyfed-Powys Sergeants.

1 Paul Amphlett 2 Alun Williams 3 Paul Phillips 4 David Thomas 5 Mr John Over (Gwent Chief Constable). The instructors sat either side of Mr Over are Inspectors Dick Davey (left) and Dave Holland (right).

 

INITIAL TRAINING AT CWMBRAN PTC IN 1978

The below photo taken in September 1978 is from Facebook (Cwmbran Police Training College) and features five Dyfed-Powys officers.

1 Phil Jones 2 Gerald James (Course Commander) 3 Phil Gale (Instructor) 4 Jeff Harries 5 Paul Phillips.

 

EVEREST CLIMB FOR CHARITY

A group of South Pembrokeshire mountaineers scaling scaffolding erected outside Pembroke Town Hall. The group scaled the equivalent of climbing Everest (30,000 feet) as part of the numerous Silver Jubilee fund raising events held during 1993.

Pictured are: 1 John Morris 2 Dion John 3 Ian Whiteford 4 Mike Allen 5 Reg Bevan 6 Steve Matchett 7 Anthony Jones 8 Richard Wilkins 9 N/K 10 Paul Phillips 11 Mike Hermitage 12 Dave Allen 13 Ian Hardy 14 Jim Salmon 15 James Colley 15 Declan Bolger 17 Roger Hughes

Photo supplied by: Nick Evans

 

DYFED-POWYS FOOTBALL

Paul Phillips (Rtd. Supt) of Carmarthen was a talented centre half in his younger days playing Welsh League football for Haverfordwest County and Pembroke Borough as well as representing Dyfed-Powys Police. He recently came across the below photographs, unfortunately he cannot recall details of the matches.

Back: Paul Phillips Ian Muckle Norman Welch Mark Williams Peter Huge Barrie Harrison Peter Davies Chris Curtis. Front: Gareth Jones Paul Thomas Ray Squires Mark Jackson Andy Jones Darren Brown. 

Note: Hugh Colley recalls travelling to Abergavenny in the mid 90s to support DPP in the PAA final against Gwent and this could well be the team that lost 6-1 after taking an early lead. The Gwent side had a smattering of former football league players including their 'keeper the late Mark Kendall who played for Spurs and Wolves.

 

Back: Clive Rees Nigel Brace Paul Phillips Tommy Swales Steve Mears Steve Lee Martin Walters. Front: Phil Lewis Tony Evans Peter Huge Norman Welch Wyn Morris.

Many thanks to Pete (90) Davies, Phil Hopkins, Gareth (GOJ) Jones & Simon Butler for helping to identify the teams.

 

BOMB RECONNAISSANCE COURSE

Many thanks to Mrs Alison Jones for the nostalgic photo taken of a Bomb Reconnaissance Course held at Western Command Army Bomb Reconnaissance School, Llandaff in 1943.

Stood on the extreme left is PS David James of the Carmarthen Borough Constabulary, grandfather of Mrs Alison Jones, who is the wife of Rob Jones (Rtd. PS508).

Above: the certificate presented to David on completion of the course.

Note: To assist in the identification of unexploded bombs, anti-aircraft shells and cannon shells, it was decided in early 1942 to send wardens and police officers on special bomb reconnaissance courses.
​Over four days, recruits to the courses would be trained in identifying unexploded ordnance both during the day and at night and filling in Part I of the UXB form. Knowing the type and size of the UXB would assist in the managing of the incident. Only men were allowed to become bomb reconnaissance officers.

 

C DIVISION PSU

The below photo of C (Pembrokeshire) Division PSU was taken at Cynheidre Colliery in January 1985 during the year long miners’ strike

Standing: John Kilcoyne Phil Gale Tony Evans Dai Evans Paul Phillips Nigel Stubbins Jim Morris John Stretton Ken Rees Tony Williams Martin Spain Jeremy Davies Steve John Gareth Jones. Front: Clive James Mike Lewis Fred Hunter Dai Hancock Mike Maynard John Morris Gary Marshall

Photo supplied by Phil Gale

 

PEMBROKESHIRE SPECIAL CONSTABLES

The below photo of Special Constables June Roach and Ena Davies recently appeared in a Western Mail supplement and was sent in by Ken Mathias (Rtd. PS448) of Pembroke.

Both Special Constables were based at Pembroke Dock and gave invaluable service for many years.

 

JUDGES ESCORT IN NEWTOWN

Taken in 1902, the below photograph features the High Sheriff’s coach and a contingent of Montgomeryshire Constabulary officers outside the Elephant & Castle Hotel, Newtown.

The photo was taken as the High Sheriff was about to leave the hotel to meet HM Judge on his way to the Court of Assize which was held in Newtown.

 

SILVER JUBILEE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH ll

The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977 marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom.

During the year, Her Majesty made numerous Royal Visits and the above photograph was taken on Thursday 23rd June when the Queen and Prince Philip visited Carmarthen where they were welcomed by a huge crowd.

The senior officer on the extreme right is Mr Cyril Vaughan (DCC) and the officer with a moustache in the centre of the photo is John Harries (Rtd. DC355).

(Visits were also made the same day to the following towns within the force area: Milford Haven, Haverfordwest and Llanelli).

 

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

The summer edition of the newsletter is a different format to previous editions. As well as ‘serious’ topics there are photographs / anecdotes from ‘the good old days’ and a couple of cartoons to lighten the mood. The newsletter can also be found in the Members Only section of the website.

 

PHOTO ALBUM INDEX - 2020

TO VIEW THE INDEX (PHOTOS APPEAR IN REVERSE ORDER)  CLICK ON INDEX

 

DYFED-POWYS POLICE RUGBY TOUR TO  SANTANDER

The below photo was taken in 1987 prior to the touring party representing Dyfed-Powys Police embarking on a three match tour to Santander in northern Spain.

1 Ken Jones 2 Jeremy Davies 3 Julian Jenkins 4 Alfor Evans 5 John Kilcoyne 6 Gary Rees 7 Steve Mears 8 Graham Jones 9 John Davies 10 Peter Huge 11 Hugh Thomas 12 Brian Davies 13 Ben ?? 14 George Phillips 15 Keith Turner (Chairman) 16 Neil Jenkins 17 Mal James 18 Tim Edwards 19 Tony Davies 20 Alun Harries 21 Rob Thomas 22 Rob Watts 23 Jeff Stephenson 24 Steve Edwards

Many thanks to George Phillips (Player & Tour Organiser) for helping to name the party. Two members, namely Dai Jones and Nick Bevan joined the jet set and flew out to Spain instead of travelling by coach & ferry. Eddie James went on tour but is not pictured.

 

A DIVISION RUGBY XV

Many thanks to Terry Stokes of Llanelli for this photograph of A Division Rugby XV taken in the early 80’s before an inter-divisional match. Sadly, at least four of the group are no longer with us.

Back (L to R):  Roger Butler, Ken Evans, Hywel Williams, Bob Jones, Dilwyn Augustus, Paul Heatherington, Peter McGarragle, Del Phillips, Terry Stokes, Ieuan Davies, Mike Donovan, Gwilym Evans, John Davies, Geoff Roberts.

Front: David Hewitt, Julian Rule, Norman Welch, Malcom Thompson, Mike Davies, Alan Lewis, Paul Jewell

 

SUMMER POSTINGS TO SUNNY TENBY

The picturesque seaside town of Tenby has been attracting tourists for hundreds of years and has been a popular seaside resort since the Victorian era. Usually, the population of the town is 5,500 and rises to over 60,000 during the summer months.

In 1970, it was decided that nine constables would be temporarily posted to Tenby to provide additional cover from June to September 1971. The nine constables would be provided by A Division (4) and D Division (5).

To read the memorandum issued by Mr JR Jones (Chief Constable) click on MEMO

Among the ‘pioneers’ were:

Gwilym Evans (A)

Richard Cowley (A)

Jeremy John (A)

 

David (Spudder) Davies (D)

Roy Harries (D)

Dai Jones (D)

Phil Hopkins (D)

Hugh Colley (D)

The practice of Divisions providing Summer Postings to Tenby and Saundersfoot continued for several years.

 

UNIT BEAT POLICING IN PEMBROKESHIRE

Following a working party set up in the mid 60’s to consider various methods of policing within England & Wales, it was recommended that a system of Unit Beat Policing be introduced to replace the traditional beat system.

In November 1967, Mr Alan Goodson, Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire Police compiled a comprehensive report relating to the introduction of Unit Beat Policing within the County including the duties of Area Constables. To read the report (PDF format) click here: REPORT

 

MEMORIAL OPENED AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS

A service was held at FHQ, Carmarthen on Monday 26th October in remembrance of Dyfed-Powys Police officers who have died in the line of duty. The service also marked the unveiling of a memorial stone, which is dedicated to their memory.

The date was chosen as it falls during the month of the 30th anniversary that four officers were killed on duty while surveillance training, in October 1990.

It also coincides with what would have been the rescheduled Unity Tour, an event to raise money for families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The usual event did not take place this year due to covid-19 restrictions, but officers and staff up and down the country participated in a virtual cycle ride instead.

The force chaplain, Reverend Tom Evans, led a dedication to the fallen officers:

  • PC Thomas Gareth Davies - died 18 June 1971, aged 23.
  • PC Hefin John Llewellyn - died 14 August 1971, aged 22.
  • PC David Christopher Hinchliff - died 3 June 1979, aged 19.
  • PS William Mervyn C. Williams - died 30 July 1979, aged 36.
  • DC Roger Meyrick - died 18 October 1990, aged 37.
  • DC Nicholas George Tabraham - died 18 October 1990, aged 29.
  • DC Leonid Evans - died 18 October 1990, aged 41.
  • DC Paul John Hetherington - died 29 October 1990, aged 35.
  • DC Barrie Davies - died 11 October 2005 aged 38.
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WAR TIME SPECIAL CONSTABLES IN PEMBROKESHIRE

The below photo supplied by Nick Evans (Rtd. PC618) of Pembroke was taken in 1942 outside Camrose South School near Pelcomb Cross, Haverfordwest and features a group of Special Constables together with senior and regular officers.

(NARPO member Mr Don Evans (Rtd. C/Supt) is a former pupil of the school).

The Specials were mainly concerned with the maintenance of black out and other emergency war-time regulations. However, they occasionally dealt with cycling and motoring offences and even domestic disputes. 

Pictured on the extreme right of the front row is Nick’s maternal grandfather, PC Austin Cecil Veal No. 77 (above), who joined Pembrokeshire Police in August 1919 and retired in August 1948.

PC Veal was stationed at Simpson Cross, a small village a few miles from Haverfordwest.

 

NO. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1965)

Many thanks to Phil Lloyd (Rtd. PS534) of Pembroke Dock who recently came across his course photograph taken during initial training at Bridgend in 1965. Phil joined Pembrokeshire Police in  February 1965 and during his Police career was a SOCO for many years. Upon his retirement in 1995 he was the Community Affairs Sergeant based at Pembroke Dock.

1 = TA Davies (Mid-Wales) 2 = NG Baskerville (Carms & Cards) 3 = PS (Phil) Lloyd (Pembrokeshire) 4 = HP Davies (Carms & Cards) 5 = PJ Hynd (Carms & Cards) 6 = D Morgan (Carms & Cards) 7 = PS Goff Arnold (Instructor) 8 = PS A Jackson (Pembrokeshire / Instructor).

Many that know Phil will be aware that he is an accomplished storyteller and has provided this article which will be of interest to NARPO members, especially those that remember Goff Arnold:

On the left in the front row is Sgt Geoffrey Arnold (No. 7) who was a legend in the South Wales force and the training centre. He was the Drill and First Aid instructor (nobody ever failed the exam) - our course was the last full course that he took before retirement.

Every morning, drill was done on the large car park outside the gates and next to the main road, so everybody travelling along the road could witness the shouting done by Sgt Goff Arnold (as he was known). One morning I remember two youths standing at the bus stop and laughing about us doing the drill. Before they knew what had happened, Goff had gone over and frog marched them over to us and had them marching up and down the parade ground.  When they returned to the bus stop, they had missed the bus, the following morning they stood at the bus stop without saying a word and with their backs to the parade! Can you imagine that happening today?

Goff also used to drive the old Bedford bus to take us to the swimming pool at RAF St. Athan. He would be in full uniform and would curse out through the window any motorist that he thought was not driving properly. He also featured in the Western Mail after one of the recruits on another course resigned because he said that Goff kept swearing at him. He came into the class the following morning and showed us the paper and said 'Have you ever heard me F*****g swearing at anybody'.

For the past 25 years I have worked  part time for a local undertaker and upon going into work one morning, my boss said (looking into a coffin), 'Do you know this fellow, he was a policeman in South Wales?' Not expecting to know somebody from South Wales, when I looked, I could see it was Goff Arnold who I had not seen for 40 years. What a coincidence? I then found that he had been living with his daughter for five years in a remote cottage near Bosherston where he had died aged 95.

I spoke to his daughter at the funeral and told her everything that I have mentioned here and the fact that if I had known he was living only a few miles from Pembroke I would have certainly have visited him to reminisce about Bridgend.

Many thanks to Phil for the photo and his anecdote.

 

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE 60’S STYLE

Pembrokeshire Police crime prevention advice leaflets – the leaflets were placed under the windscreen wipers by officers on foot patrol.

It appears that Pembrokeshire Police had a budding poet amongst them!

Sound crime prevention advice that is still valid today - no mention of mobile phones or cyber crime!

Both leaflets supplied by Phil Lloyd.

 

THE NOIR BOWEN COLLECTION

Many thanks to Mrs Haulwen Bowen, the widow of the late Noir Bowen for supplying a batch of photographs taken during Noir’s service with Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary and Dyfed-Powys Police.

The first photograph was taken in the mid 80’s and features the B Division Rugby XV that competed in the Llanelli & District League.

According to Gary Evans the side contained a lot of natural talent and won the league without losing a match all season. The players with supporters are:

Back Row (L to R): Brian Edmunds Terry Davies Phil Edwards Phil Richards Ron Davies Brian Peck Mr Aiden Mullett (DCC) Tim Edwards Noir Bowen Roger Hughes Phil Gower Arwel Jones Dylan Jones and Idris Daniels.

Front: Bryan Phillips Gary Evans Rob Thomas Stuart Green Euros Lewis and Wyn Evans

Thanks to Gary Evans for helping to put names to the faces.

 

THE LLANDEWI BREFI MURDER

In January 1983, the murder of 61-year-old John ’Brynambor’ Williams shocked the small, close-knit community of Llandewi Brefi. The shy and quiet farmer was shot dead by crazed killer 34 year old Richard Gambrell at his isolated home 

Taken in the Murder Incident Room at Llandewi Brefi Village Hall are (L to R) Noir Bowen, Idris Daniels, Steve Pike, Jeff Thomas, Islwyn Evans.

After the killing Gambrell trekked across country to Llanwrtyd Wells where he stayed in a hotel for two days. He then took a train to Llandrindod Wells but with the net closing in, made his way to Hampshire where he spent 11 days holed up in an empty cottage in the New Forest. He was eventually caught after contacting a former teacher who met him after contacting the Police.

In January 2004, Gambrell was sentenced to life imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court for the brutal and merciless killing .

 

CARMS & CARDS RUGBY XV

According to Terry Stone of Llanelli, the below photo was taken at Pontyberem RFC prior to a game against a touring team from Oxfordshire Constabulary. The ‘Specials’ were recruited from Tumble and Cefneithin.

Standing: Referee (Striped Jumper), Noir Bowen, Doug Peel (Trainer), Ieuan (Welsh Black) Davies 252, Gwyndaf Jones 107, Brian Griffiths 265, Steve Pike 276, Ken Jones 35, Dai Thomas 122, Special, Lyn Griffiths 144. Steve Jones 246

Seated: Special, Doug Davies (C/Insp), Hywel Lewis 55, Special, Special

On ground: Terry Stone, Special

 

Unfortunately, there is no additional information regarding the below photos – many thanks to Mr Bryn Jones and Mr Alan Pugh for naming the players and supporters.

Standing: (L to R) Glyn Evans, Referee, Dai Jones (Cadet), Bryn Jones (Ex ACC), Eifion Richards, Gethin Morgan, Noir Bowen, Bill Davies, Hilton Cole (Cadet), Dai Warmington, Fred Morgan, Viv Fisher (Ex D/Supt).

Front row: Mel Griffiths, Dai Walters, Hywel Lewis, Doug Davies (Ex C/Insp Carmarthen), Elwyn Dunbar, Haydn Morris, Sam Hughes, Dai Rees (Dog Handler Llanelli). 

According to Mr Bryn Jones most of the players were from Llanelli Division and at one time he and Noir Bowen were the only members of the team from Carmarthen Division.

Standing: Doug Davies, Fred Morgan, Viv Fisher, Noir Bowen, Dai Warmington, Sam Hughes, N/K, Elwyn Dunbar, John Davies, Dai Rees, Eifion Richards, Insp Glyn Evans, Llan Williams.

Front row:  Gethin Morgan, Dai Jones (Cadet at Llanelli), Peter Colwill, Hywel Lewis, Dai Walters, Handel Rees, Islwyn Evans.

 

DYFED POWYS NARPO GOLF DAY 2020

Speculation was rife as to whether this year’s event would go ahead in the current climate. Organiser Phil Hopkins, kept in regular contact with Simon Edwards, the secretary / golf professional at Builth Wells Golf Club – our usual venue – and was assured that all Covid precautions were in place and that the event could go ahead safely.

Monday September 14th proved to be the hottest day of the current spell and shorts were the order of the day for the majority of the fifteen competitors. It must be said that the general standard of the golf played, although reasonable, did not match the brilliance of the weather – apart from one exception.

Des Parkinson was a clear winner, compiling a ridiculous score of forty points and romping home by seven points from Huw Rees, who pipped debutant Stuart Eckley to second place by virtue of having a better back nine score. The other two making their first appearance in the competition also performed well, Gareth Wheatman coming in fourth (although prizeless) and Simon Butler taking the prizes for best gross (the main prize-winners are not eligible to win this  prize) and lowest score for the four ‘hidden holes’. 

The winner - a delighted Des holding the prestigious trophy

Other prize winners were Phil Hopkins (best net), Phil Gower (longest drive), Huw Rees again (nearest the pin) and Derek Bloomfield.

It was good to see our sponsor, member David Jones, making his way slowly to the thirteenth green to meet some of the groups.  David could not play this year as he is waiting for a replacement hip operation.  

There was not a lot to report on the golf – other than three times winner Gary Evans removing his shoes and socks on one occasion to go paddling in the stream and attempt to play his ball out of the water– I won’t embarrass him by revealing whether his decision was the right one or not!    

The course was in pristine condition and the fine weather enabled us to enjoy the high-quality meal provided al fresco. The club hosted us superbly and it was agreed to hold next year’s event at the same location – the event has already been booked for Monday 13th September.

Thanks again to David Jones for his continued sponsorship and all the best David for your recovery from your hip replacement – hopefully, you will be swinging your clubs and looking for balls with the rest of us next year!

Phil Hopkins

NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY
On Monday 28th September, officers and staff gathered outside Dyfed-Powys FHQ to observe a minute silence for National Police Memorial Day.

An opportunity to recall the ultimate sacrifice made by generations of officers across UK

 

DO YOU REMEMBER MEURIG JONES?

The following has been received from Daryl Williams (PC266), currently serving as PC 266 of Dyfed-Powys Police:

My grandfather (Taid) was PC 266 Meurig Madian Jones of Dyfed-Powys Police.  He was the affectionately known as Dr Death as he was mostly known for being the Llanelli Coroner's Officer.  He was married to my Nain (Jean) and they had two children - Hugh and Shirley (My mother). 

My grandfather started with Cardiganshire Constabulary (PC 66) on 07/04/1957.  He was a fireman on the trains prior to joining.  After completing his Police training at Bridgend, he was stationed in Aberystwyth, firstly on urban beat duties and then motor patrol duties in 1959.  

In 1963, he was sent to Carmarthenshire (Cards & Carms) and he was stationed and lived at Llangennech station, Afon Road.

In 1970, he was moved to Llanelli where he conducted urban duties. During this time, he lived in the Police houses in Havard Road and then Cleviston Park, Llangennech.

Left & Right: PC Meurig Jones PC 266 and centre is PC Daryl Williams the current PC266

In 1974, he became a Coroner's Officer and he performed this this role until his retirement in 1987 (I was 4 when he retired).

One of my first memories was being picked up by my Taid so that I could reach the snooker table in Llanelli Police Station whilst he was playing against his colleagues.  I have heard many stories about his love of snooker during dinner breaks, he also played for the Police Bowls team.  

'A' Division Bowls team taken on tour in the 80's - Meurig is stood behind the gentleman in the white shirt.

When I was 6 years old in 1989, he passed away from pancreatic cancer.  My father was a farm worker when I was very young and as a result, he worked long hours and I was often looked after by my grandfather. Long after his passing, he remained and remains to be my role model.  

I joined Dyfed-Powys Constabulary in 2009 as a Communications Advisor. I wanted to gain a foot in the door, and it was a proud moment for me. I took the 101/999 calls which gave me great experience and a taster of the Police service. 

I wanted to do more to help and I was living in Waunarlwydd in Swansea at the time.  In 2013, I made the decision to switch over to South Wales Police where I was a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO 55676).  I was part of the Penlan Neighbourhood Policing Team, working out of Blaenymaes.  My area was Fforestfach. 

In 2017 at the age of 34, I saw that Dyfed-Powys were recruiting Police Officer's.  27/11/2017, I returned to Dyfed (Home) where I entered Police training as PC 546. During my training, I saw on routine orders that PS Huw Thomas (266 after my taid) had retired. Superintendent Peter Roderick helped me and spoke to the Chief Constable who authorised my change of collar number to 266.  

Every shift, I am honoured to wear the same three numbers as my Taid. If anybody has any stories, photos, anything about my grandfather, please get in touch - I am available via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Telephone: 07375493326. I am based at Carmarthen Police Station. Feel free to say hello if you see me. 

Thank you for your time and I appreciate your patience by reading my story.

 

CAR CRASH IN TENBY

A wonderful photograph from circa 1910 showing a car crash in High Street, Tenby. The photograph shows Colonel Goodeve of Ivy Tower, St. Florence perched in the back of his car waiting for the repair whilst Inspector Johns stands guard to the rear of the vehicle with three constables on the right. The crowds had obviously gathered to see what was going on!

A brilliant report had appeared in the Tenby Observer a few years earlier about the perils of motoring in the town, which stated, “A local motor car driver was summoned for furiously driving his car in St George Street and the Five Arches. The police officer said he was going at a rate of 12 miles per hour and gave no audible signal as he went through the Arches. He was fined 10 shillings and 10 shillings costs.”

Many thanks to Tenby Museum & Art Gallery for the use of the photograph and article.

 

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION OF LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD

It had been the intention at our Branch Annual General Meeting to award a Life Membership to Hugh Colley, our webmaster. Sadly, this was not possible due to COVID-19, the AGM did not take place.

The Executive Committee had previously agreed to make this award in recognition of Hugh’s work over the past six years maintaining the branch website. This has been no easy task, having to cajole members into sending in items and photographs for inclusion on the site and scouring the internet for items of interest.

Top (L to R) Hugh Colley, Phil Addicott, Phil Hopkins, Lower: Clive Cowey, Peter Davies, Ian John

Hugh has spent a great deal of time on making the website an interesting site to visit, with much of it being an open site, meaning that the general public have access. This has resulted in many favourable comments being received from members of the public about the site. In addition, Hugh has recently taken over as editor of the branch newsletter. The website is the main communication platform for the branch, and this is down to Hugh’s efforts.

The Executive Committee have held virtual meetings via Zoom and unbeknown to Hugh, at the last one, held on 28th July, an item under Any Other Business was the virtual presentation of the award, which came  totally out of the blue as far as Hugh was concerned. The presentation was made by Phil Hopkins in one of his last duties before he stands down from the National Executive Committee of NARPO next month.  Phil and Hugh did their training at Bridgend together and have been friends for well over fifty years. 

Phil Hopkins                                                                             

VJ DAY PARADE IN PEMBROKE DOCK – 70 YEARS AGO!

In a town well used to witnessing military parades over the decades, the one which celebrated VJ-Day in Pembroke Dock and the end of the Second World War was very impressive.

Proudly leading the parade along Bush Street - three Pembrokeshire Police officers, names not known.

All three armed services, each of which had contributed to the final victory, smartly marched in columns of three through the town to mark VJ-Day (Victory over Japan), August 15th, 1945.

Behind the Pembroke Dock Police trio, of Inspector, Sergeant and Constable, came an Army band and then a contingent of around 60 Naval officers and ratings and a party of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Wrens).

Celebrations for Victory in Europe (VE Day) just weeks earlier in May had been carried under banner headlines, but VJ-Day passed by with much less fanfare - for a war weary public peace had come at long last.

Townspeople are out to witness the parade, but the pavements are not packed - real peace had, at last, returned.

Many thanks to the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre for the use of the photograph and article.

 

POINT DUTY IN CARMARTHEN

A nostalgic photo taken in the 1940’s of PS David James performing traffic control at the junction of Lammas Street and Water Street, Carmarthen. The photo was posted on the Old Photos of Carmarthen Facebook page by his grand-daughter, Alison Jones, who is the wife of Rob Jones (Rtd. PS508)

Alison remembers her grandmother telling her that the police were also firemen during the war, but apart from that she doesn’t know any more career details – can anyone assist?

(Many NARPO members will recognise the building in the background as The Falcon Hotel which is regularly used as the venue for meetings and coffee mornings).

 

IT’S A KNOCKOUT IN CARMARTHEN

Described as school sports day for adults, It’s a Knockout took British TV by storm during the 70s and 80s and many organisations staged similar events to raise funds for charities and good causes. This photo of the B (Carmarthen) Division team took part in an event held at Carmarthen (year not known).

Standing (L to R): George Philips, Tony Davies, Meirion Howells, Terry Davies, Front: Dylan Thomas, Bev Davies, Alison Jones, Ron Davies

Photo: Courtesy of George Phillips.

 

CARMARTHENSHIRE CONSTABULARY

Alan Matthews of the Police Vehicle Enthusiasts’ Club recently came across this photo of Carmarthensshire Police on EBay and a member of the club has conducted research (below) into the photograph. (Carmarthen Police is handwritten on the reverse of the photograph). 

As to the group picture, the caption of Carmarthen Police is misleading as it can’t be the borough force which only achieved 17 members by the time of its absorption in 1944 and was for years at 12, leading to its name of The Shilling.

Carmarthenshire Constabulary it is, and that force employed the same badge and helmet from 1902 to 1940. I’d guess from the number of medals on display that it was post WW1 – an expert could probably identify some of the medals with that good resolution (they could be Boer War). If the chief constable is pictured that’s little help as the same man held the post from 1908 to 1944. It seems to have been taken in an era when beards were out and moustaches were common but not universal.

Where was it taken? Looks like a big mansion house - perhaps someone on the NARPO website will know where it was.

UPDATE: The following information has been received from Mr Charles Griffith(ex-RUCGC):

I came across this site by accident, and as the former Archivist / Curator of DPP, was interested in going through some of the collection. During my perusal, I came across a photo with a question requested: this had the title Carmarthen(shire) Police, and asked if anyone knew the location. I can confirm that it was, in fact, Carmarthenshire Constabulary officers (not Carms & Cards), and they are pictured outside a pair if semi-detached houses in Crescent Road, Llandeilo – the houses are still there.

Indeed, there are several other similar photos available in the archives. Due to old-age memory lapses, I would be hesitant in agreeing with the idea that any of the officers in that photo would be wearing Boer War Medals, although it’s possible. As a First World War historian, I would have checked the ribbons, but cannot recall my findings, although there are other photos I collected that do have Boer and WW1 Ribbons. One easy way to check, is to see if there is a group of three, and these would be WW1 (Pip, Squeak and Wilfred). If there are only two, then these will almost – but only almost – be Boer War. However, it’s not easy to tell from monochrome or the size on this site.

(Mr Griffiths is the author of The Police Forcees of Mid and West Wales 1829-1974)

 

ON TOUR IN SANTANDER

In 1987, a team representing Dyfed-Powys Police together with a couple of guests from Laugharne & Narberth rugby clubs went on tour to Santander in north west Spain

Standing (L to R): George Phillips, Nick Bevan, John (Hogg) Davies, Dai Jones, Nigel Bevan, Guest, Julian Jenkins, Tim Edwards, Jeff Stephenson (Guest), Jeremy Davies. Front: Tony Davies, Eddie James, Reuben Martinez (son of one of their players), Alun Harries (Captain), the late Malcolm James, Tudor (Guest) Robert Thomas

For the record, matches played 3 Won 3!!

Photo courtesy of George Phillips

 

NO. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1973)

This course photo taken in November 1973 submitted by Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) was probably one of the last Initial Courses held at Bridgend as the purpose built facility at Cwmbran opened the following year.

Peter is stood on the extreme right and another Dyfed-Powys recruit - Dai Hewitt (Rtd. PC655) is sat on the extreme left.

 

CARMARTHEN ASSIZES - OPERATIONAL ORDER

Many thanks to Ian Griffiths (Rtd. D/Insp) who recently came across an operational order issued to officers performing duty at the Court of Assize in Carmarthen on Monday 8th July 1968. The order was issued to Ian’s father, the late Gerwyn Griffiths (Rtd. C/Supt) who was the Inspector in charge of officers within the court room.

Bar and cafe plan for Carmarthen's historic Guildhall gets the go ...

The courtroom within Carmarthen Guildhall.

Interesting to note, although two female officers are detailed for duty (WPC 1 & WPC 7), the order only mentions men! In addition, only Inspectors and above are identified by name. Sergeants and Constables are referred to solely by their force number – a practice that took a long time to die out in some parts of the force area. Possibly, former A & B Division officers can identify some of the officers.

To read the Operational Order click HERE

 

SNOWDONIA SEVEN MOUNTAIN RACE

The Snowdonia Seven is undoubtedly the most enjoyable (and challenging) event in the police sporting calendar.

It has been held annually since 1974 and still embodies the original ethos of developing Fitness, Teamwork and Endurance. To complete the challenge, teams of four must traverse 22 miles of rough terrain over 7 peaks - a total ascent of almost 8000’.

The photo supplied by George Phillips of Laugharne, who in his younger days was a Sergeant responsible for training Cadets, shows John Kilcoyne and team storming towards finish line in the 1976 event. Can anyone identify the other Cadets?

Update: From Mal Thompson (Rtd. PC713), Re the photo on the website with John Kilcoyne, no 2 could be Peter (PJ) Morris and number 3 could well be Norman Nichols.

(The 2020 event has been cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions).

 

NO. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1967)

Another course photograph - this one was taken in 1967 at the end of the 13 week initial training course.

Taken a few months prior to amalgamation it features three officers who served in Dyfed-Powys. No 1: Ian Kinsey who joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary as a Cadet. No 2: the late Gwyn (Boco) Morris who joined Pembrokeshire Police as a Cadet. No 3: Henry Jones (Instructor) also Mid Wales Constabulary who retired as a Superintendent and is the current President of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association.

 

C DIVISION SENIOR OFFICERS IN THE 1980’s

The below photograph was posted in Pembrokeshire Life magazine in the mid 80’s and features four senior officers attending a meting with Councillor Eric Harries (Chairman of Preseli Pembrokeshire District Council).

The officers are (left to right) Trevor Millichip (Inspector), Rene Soar (Superintendent), Gerwyn Griffiths (C/Superintendent) and Brian Thomas (C/Inspector). Sadly, all four officers are no longer with us.

 

IT’S A KNOCKOUT AT ABER

This photograph features the Aberystwyth Police Team and overall winners of a It’s a Knockout competition that was held at Aberystwyth Rugby field sometime in the early 2000’s to raise money for a new baby unit at Bronglais Hospital. Several local organisations took part in the event with the police team winning the final competition. The new baby unit was officially opened in 2014.

The winning team are: Back row: (L to R) Mark Webb, Jeremy Lloyd, Les Davies, Richard Hopkins, Owain Richards, Catherine Davies, Huw Nicholas, and Caroline Jones. Front row: Jenny Jenkins, Sioned Davies, and the late Barrie Davies 289

Many thanks to Huw Nicholas for the photograph

 

NARPO MEMBER WRITES ABOUT HIS COVID 19 EXPERIENCE

NARPO member Derek Edwards spent nine days unwell at his home and 14 days at Glangwili Hospital fighting Coronavirus. He is now recuperating at his home in Carmarthen and has kindly written an excellent article about his experience together with advice for anyone who may have to deal with Covid 19. To read the article click HERE

 

 

QUIZ NO. 2 - ANSWERS!

Hope you managed to decipher the 35 brain teasers - some much easier than others.

To download the answers Click HERE

To download the quiz as a PDF click HERE or as a Word document click HERE.

 

50 YEARS ON:  THE COLLAPSE OF THE CLEDDAU BRIDGE

Archive photographs and an eyewitness account of the tragedy that cost four lives. DPP NARPO member Phil Lloyd of Pembroke Dock was one of the first two officers to attend the incident - to read Phil’s memories of the tragedy click HERE

 

WINNERS - A TRIP AROUND DYFED-POWYS QUIZ

Well done to Derek and Edwina Bloomfield of Newtown on their success in the recent quiz about the Dyfed-Powys area. They certainly know a great deal of trivia details with an excellent score of 35 points out of a maximum of 38.

 

A TRIP AROUND DYFED-POWYS QUIZ - ANSWER SHEET

Hope you enjoyed the quiz and are keeping safe during these strange times.

The answer sheet can be found by clicking HERE - please send your score to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ

How much do you know about the Dyfed-Powys force area? Take our quiz and find out.

The 20 questions cover a range of subjects from famous places to local legends, so why not see if you can boast that you know the most about the force area. So, if you are a fan of local history, sporting events and Hollywood blockbusters, step right up and test your wisdom on this wonderful part of Wales.

To access the quiz as a PDF file click HERE or as a MS Word document click HERE

Good luck!

 

FBI VISIT TO LLANELLI

In 1982, FBI Agent James Rees Quantico of Virginia USA visited Llanelli Police Station when he was researching his grandfather’s Llanelli connections. During his visit he was greatly assisted in his ‘investigation’ by Sgt Colin Jones.

Colin (Rtd. PS 97) with James from across the pond.

Many thanks to Anthony Jones of Pembroke for submitting the photo of his father.

 

ON DUTY IN GUILDHALL SQUARE, CARMARTHEN

The below photograph recently appeared on a Facebook page dedicated to old photographs of Carmarthen. The photo features PC WT Spurry policing the queue outside the Assize Court for the murder trial of Harold Greenwood in November 1920.

PC Spurry joined the Carmarthen Borough Constabulary in 1911 and served with the Royal Engineers during the first world war, re-joining the force in 1919 and promoted to Sergeant 10 years later. Only black mark during a distinguished career came when he was caught sipping a glass of home made elderberry wine while on duty, intended he said, as a remedy for a heavy cold!!

 

AN ODE TO ‘FINGERS’ PETE

For many years, NARPO member Peter Davies was a SOCO based at Newtown which meant attending crime scenes throughout D Division. The below tapestry refers to a ‘job’ in Builth Wells where he managed to lift fingerprints found at the scene. However, when the results came back it transpired that the prints were those of Peter Davies DC 590!

According to Peter, he made a big mistake in divulging his faux pas to a colleague and as a result he was presented with the lovely tapestry at his leaving do – the words by Andy Meek and the needlework by Carole Kendal.  

 

ONLINE WINE O CLOCK EVENING TO COMMEMORATE VE DAY

Home - VE Day 75

Sadly, the coronavirus outbreak meant that people were only able to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day within the confines of their own homes. However, to commemorate the end of hostilities in Europe, Phil Hopkins held a virtual wine o’clock event on Facebook during the early evening of Friday 8th May when NARPO members were invited to post photos of themselves with a drink of their choice. Thirty eight photos were posted, with a wide variety of drinks featured.

Hugh Colley has compiled a colourful montage of those who posted photographs - to view the montage, click HERE

Four virtual awards were made (no prizes unfortunately) as follows:

Smartest dressed Rob Wilson. (After accepting the award, Rob admitted that below his shirt and tie he was wearing shorts and trainers)!

Oldest poster: Elfed Watkins from Newtown (age not disclosed).

Youngest poster:  Ant Griffiths who will shortly be joining NARPO.
Poster from furthest distance away: Another award for Rob & Julia Wilson who live in Tenerife.

A huge well done to Phil (Hoppy) Hopkins for organising the well supported event that certainly helped to lighten the mood during these dark times. 

 

THE MONTGOMERYSHIRE CONSTABULARY

When parliament passed the County Police Act of 1839, counties throughout the country were given the opportunity of establishing regular Police forces for their respective areas. As a result, the Montgomeryshire Constabulary was formed in 1840 and existed until 1948 when the force amalgamated with the Radnorshire & Breconshire Constabularies to form the Mid Wales Constabulary.

The above photo of the Montgomeryshire Constabulary was taken in 1946 and includes the last surviving member of the force - Alan Breeze (Back Row, 2nd from left) who passed away recently. Alan joined the force as PC 139 in September 1946 and retired as a Dyfed-Powys sergeant based at Newtown in the mid 70’s having served in three forces

 

HOWARD MEETS LEEDS UNITED LEGEND

Football fans of a certain age will be saddened to hear that Leeds United great Norman Hunter died in hospital on Friday 17th April after contracting Coronavirus. NARPO member Howard Jones and his stepson Jack are staunch supporters of Leeds United and had the pleasure of meeting Norman at Elland Road a couple of years ago.

Norman Hunter (centre) flanked by Jack and Howard.

Hunter joined Leeds aged 15 and went on to play 726 matches in all competitions for the club.

Hunter won the First Division title in 1969 and 1974, helped them beat Arsenal in the 1968 League Cup final, and then returned to Wembley in 1972 as Leeds defeated the Gunners to win the FA Cup.

He was capped 28 times by England and was a non-playing member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

 

 

FAKE CORONAVIRUS GOV.UK TEXT MESSAGE

A genuine ‘GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT’ text has been received by many mobile phones nationwide to inform the public of new rules in force to stay at home.

A second text message was received appearing in the same thread stating, ‘We would like to inform you that you have been recorded leaving your home on 3 occasions yesterday. A fine of £35 has been added to your Gov.uk account. For further information please visit ... (fake penalty web address). ….’

The second message was a scam and included web links to fake payment pages.

Criminals are able to place texts following genuine messages in order to trick readers.

Never click on web links or attachments in messages. If you need to verify a message, do so via your own trusted method

 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Please use the following links to information in relation to the ongoing situation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

For queries on the NARPO Group Travel Insurance, please use the following link:

https://www.narpo.org/life/insurance/travel-insurance/

 

JOHN GETTINGS - POLICEMAN & SPORTSMAN

Many thanks to Emma, grand-daughter of Mr John Gettings (Rtd. PC462) of Pembroke Dock who came across the below photos taken of John during his Police career.

John joined Pembrokeshire Police on 1st March, 1958 and served at Narberth and Pembroke Dock where he was a well-respected Traffic Officer for many years. An excellent all round sportsman, playing football in his younger years and upon ‘hanging up his boots' John took up golf.

In 1965, Pembrokeshire Police purchased a Mini-Cooper for use as a patrol car – an excellent choice of vehicle for negotiating the narrow roads within the county. The photo shows the Mini with the late Ron Palmer standing on the drivers side and John on the passenger side.

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John (left) is a founder member of South Pembrokeshire Golf Club, Pembroke Dock where he won numerous trophies and was Club Captain in the 70’s.

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.

In the 70’s, teams from local companies and organisations entered a keenly fought football competition and this photo of a Pembrokeshire team was taken in 1971 before the cup final played at Bush Camp, Pembroke Dock. Their opponents were a strong team from Pembroke Power Station who lifted the trophy, winning by the only goal of the game.

John (left) with Roger Davies (Rtd.PC111) – both were on the same shift on Pembroke Dock (Traffic) for several years.

John’s brother-in-law was the late Delroy Lewis (Rtd. PC533) who was a Traffic Officer based at Haverfordwest for many years. Delroy is pictured riding his motorcycle in Haverfordwest – exact year unknown but the bike was first reguistered in 1964.

Many thanks to John & Emma for the use of the photos - sadly John passed away on Wednesday 8th April, just a few days after the photos were posted on the website..

 

THE NICK EVANS COLLECTION

Nick Evans (Rtd. PC618) of Pembroke recently came across a collection of photographs taken during his Police career. Nick joined DPP in 1975 and after initial training was posted to Pembroke Dock and after a few months moved to ‘Sunny Tenby’.

For many years Nick was a Traffic Officer based at Pembroke Dock and several members will remember him as a Driving Instructor based at FHQ before being appointed the driver for Chief Constable Mr Ray White. Prior to retirement Nick was based at Pembroke Dock Port as a member of the Marine Unit.

ABNORMAL LOAD ESCORT

Up until recently, Traffic Officers in C (Pembrokeshire) Division had the unenviable task of escorting massive abnormal loads through the narrow streets of Pembroke to the nearby Texaco oil refinery. This entailed negotiating the Lion Corner in Pembroke - a tight 90 degree corner on a steep incline.

A tight squeeze – judging by the A prefix (1983/84), on the patrol car this escort was undertaken in the mid 80’s

OPEN DAY AT ‘THE DOCK’

During the 1990’s Dyfed-Powys Police held Open Days at numerous stations. The family friendly events were designed to give the public an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes and were hugely popular attracting large crowds.

The following photos were taken at the Open Day held at Pembroke Dock Police Station, probably during the summer of 1990.

Getting ready for the big day in glorious sunshine!

Nick showing youngsters the inside of a patrol car – the young lady on the right is Nick’s wife Ros, who was WPC 817 and also stationed at Pembroke Dock.

Anthony Jones (Rtd. PS 769) proudly displaying the Norton m/cycle to the late Councillor Bryan Phillips, Mayor of Pembroke.

X-RAY 99 WELCOMED BY HUGE CROWD

A huge crowd awaiting the arrival of the star attraction – the first Dyfed-Powys Police helicopter X Ray 99. The officer keeping the large crowd at a safe distance is David Perry (Rtd. PS796).

X Ray 99 landing in the large car park directly opposite the Police Station and the VIP’s being given a tour of the ‘chopper’ by PC's Tony Williams & Robert Campbell.

SELF DEFENCE DEMONSTRATION

Kevin Jones (Rtd. PS242) gave a demonstration of restraint techniques with Dai Clegg on tip toes playing the part of the aggressor. Looking on is John Stretton (Rtd. C/Insp).

Kevin displays an eye catching technique with John Stretton ‘on top’ playing the part of the attacker.

Many thanks to Nick for supplying the photos.

 

NORTH POWYS COFFEE MORNING

Along with almost every event scheduled to be held throughout the country, the North Powys coffee morning planned for Monday 30th March was cancelled due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, however, it was decided at the last minute to hold a virtual coffee morning using the social media outlet Facebook. Phil Hopkins contacted many of his NARPO Facebook friends, not only in North Powys, but throughout the Branch area and beyond, including members of other branches and one branch member living in Tenerife.

They were asked to post an entry on Phil's Facebook page, sometime between 10.30 am and 12 noon on 30th March - the time that the actual coffee morning would have been held.  The event was a great success with two dozen members (plus partners) entering into the spirit of the moment, eighteen of whom posted photos of themselves with mug in hand (SEE BELOW). Three members were unable to attend the event due to work commitments and sent apologies!

A call was made by several of those who participated for the event to be repeated and we will be looking to do something slightly different in a few weeks time. In these worrying times, something like this to lighten the mood can only have a positive effect.

NB Webmaster, Hugh Colley has compiled a montage of the 18 photographs – to view the montage click HERE

 

LLANDEILO POLICE HELP RECRUIT GARDA OFFICER

The below photo was taken around 1989/1990, when 8 year old Oliver (Ollie) O’Flynn and his sister were on holiday staying with relatives in Llandeilo.

Oliver recalls that his aunt arranged for the local officers to call at her house as she knew Ollie had a huge interest in all things to do with the Police. When Ollie answered the door, he was taken aback to see two police officers standing there.

Apparently, the officers were very friendly and further increased his desire to become a police officer when he was older - so Dyfed-Powys Police had a very positive influence him joining An Garda Síochána.

Footnote: Many thanks to Harry Rees and Gavin Davies for naming the officers, namely the late PC Leonid Evans on the left and PC Neville Morris.

Leonid or Leo as he was known, was the FIO at Ammanford when he was fatally injured on duty in an RTC near Brecon on 18th October 1990 which claimed the lives of three other officers, namely Roger Meyrick, Nicholas (Nick) Tabraham and Paul Hetherington.

Many thanks to Ollie for the use of the photo.

 

INITIAL TRAINING AT NO.8 DPTC BRIDGEND

The below photograph of recruits undergoing initial training at Bridgend from April to July 1958 recently appeared on the Swansea NARPO Facebook page. It features two recruits that joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary.

Back Row, 2nd from left is NARPO member Mr. Les Griffiths (Rtd. DS 719) of Brecon who is the father of Bryan Griffiths (Rtd. DC170) of Pembroke Dock and 3rd from the left is Alf Roberts (Rtd. PC777) who for many years was the village bobby based at Llangunllo, near Knighton.

 

THE TONY WILLIAMS COLLECTION

NARPO member, Tony Williams of Carmarthen joined Dyfed-Powys Police direct from the Army in 1979 and following initial training at Cwmbran was posted to Haverfordwest. He served in various parts of the force area in several roles including Traffic, Air Support, Training Officer at Cwmbran, Bramshill and FHQ.

Tony recently came across the below photographs taken during the early stages of his Police career which are reproduced in date order.

 

FIVE-A-SIDE FOOTBALL SUCCESS

The annual C Division Five-a-Side football was held at Pembroke Sport Centre for many years with all stations & departments entering at least one team.

Back: (L to R): Geoff Thomas, Tony Williams, Peter Huge Front: Irfon (Exocet) Higgins, Steve (The Boss) Jones and Gareth (Rambo) Rees

The photo was taken in the mid 80’s when Haverfordwest lifted the coveted trophy (a mounted miniature truncheon), made by the late Inspector Bill Pugh.

 

MORE SUCCESS - HAVERFORDWEST RAFT RACE!

Another photo from the mid 80’s – Haverfordwest Police regularly took part in the annual Haverfordwest Raft Race which was a popular event during the town’s carnival week.

Tony is pictured holding the prize of a ‘slab’ of lager following their magnificent win, alongside are crew members Bill James, John Griffiths and Mike Lewis.

Note: According to Tony the raft ‘Super Fuzz’ was supplied by their colleagues at Milford Haven and the win was largely due to the magnificent rowing along the tidal Western Cleddau by Mike and himself!!

 

FIREARMS TRAINING

On completion of his probation period Tony was transferred to Tenby section which included a couple of years spent patrolling picturesque Saundersfoot.

Following a traffic attachment at Pembroke Dock, he moved back to Haverfordwest (Traffic) and shortly afterwards became a member of the Firearms Unit. The first photo was taken during his Initial Firearms Training Course, followed by a VIP Protection Course.

Back (L to R): Colin Evans, Tony Williams, David Jones, Ian Evans, Robin Wilson, Mike Thomas Front: Lindsay James (Greenstock), John Harries, Tony James, Dai Hewitt and Kim Jameson

Back (L to R): Roger Rees, Gazey Davies, Alan Rowlands, Mike Humphreys, Tony Williams, David Morgan (Mogs) Front: Tony James, 2 x Metropolitan Police Royal Protection Team, John Harries

 

OPERATION PEBBLE

In November 1989, a large cache of IRA weapons and explosives were discovered at Newgale, Pembrokeshire, leading to the arrest of two suspected IRA members. Both received sentences of 30 years but later released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Left photo: A waiting game, Andy Edwards, Tony Williams and Dai Morgan

Right photo: Keeping fit during the operation are Andy Edwards & Tony Williams

Codenamed Operation Pebble, the surveillance was a joint Dyfed-Powys / Metropolitan Police operation. Officers lay concealed for seven weeks during some of the worst weather ever experienced in west Wales. To read more about Operation Pebble click on: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/11973137.two-are-held-in-swoop-on-arms-cache/

 

AIR SUPPORT UNIT

In October 1989, the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority approved the purchase of a helicopter and Tony assisted in establishing the Air Support Unit before becoming a full time Observer.

L to R: Alistair Lindsay, Tony Williams, Robert Campbell and Ellis Evans.

During its 1st year X-Ray 99 conducted 94 searches for MISPERS, 91 photographic tasks & helped with the arrest of 79 persons.

Ian Neilson (Pilot) with Tony Williams in front of the first X-Ray 99

Tony first met Ian in 1974 whilst stationed in Herford, Germany where Ian was an Air Troop pilot in the same regiment - the 14/20 Kings Hussars. The regiment is a Manchester regiment although neither Tony nor Ian are from that area. In 1990, their paths crossed again when they were reunited in Carmarthen as members of the newly formed Air Support Unit.

Pictured during the first trial of using the helicopter to work with the dog section are Terry Griffiths with Duke, Tony and Tony Burrows

 

CARMARTHEN TOWN CENTRE POLICING TEAM

In 1990, Tony was promoted to Sergeant and during his time at Carmarthen established the Carmarthen Town Centre Policing Team – members of the immaculately turned out unit are pictured outside Carmarthen Guildhall.

L to R: Ted Nicholas, Mike Williams, Bleddyn Jones, Steve Clarke, Charles Wellor, Sharron Davies, Rob Jones, Pam Kelly (Current Chief Constable of Gwent Police), Tony Williams.

Many thanks to Tony for supplying the photographs and Phil Hopkins for helping to identify a number of D Division officers.

 

SON & GRANDSON OF NARPO MEMBER COMMENDED BY CHIEF CONSTABLE

An off-duty police sergeant and his son have been commended for apprehending a man who threatened and robbed a vulnerable man. Sergeant Gareth Earp and his 12-year-old son Theo have been recognised for their parts in the arrest of Mark Anthony Jones-Morgan, who had stolen a man’s wallet in Rhayader in September last year.

Theo had told his parents how he had seen a man asking people for drugs and money two days before the incident. When he then saw him approaching and hanging around a vulnerable elderly man, he rushed home to tell his father.

Despite recovering from surgery and using crutches, Sgt Earp headed out to find out more.

Sergeant Gareth Earp, Chief Constable Mark Collins and Theo Earp

He said: “Theo was out on his bike and he came bombing home to tell us the man was back. He knew the victim was vulnerable and was concerned that he was being followed around town.

“I got in the car and drove towards town, where I could see them together. I saw the suspect take something from the victim and heard him shout ‘he’s got my money’.”

The suspect then turned and started running in the opposite direction. Despite being unable to walk unaided, Gareth did all he could to stop him.

“I was trying to block him in with my car, and I managed to knock him off balance,” he said. “But when I got out of the car to chase him, I remembered my foot was in a boot and I couldn’t run after him.

“When he made off, I got back in the car and followed him. I opened the car door and hit him with it, and at that point I managed to get him and detained him until the police came.”

Gareth phoned the Dyfed-Powys Police control room, and informed that he had a man under arrest for robbery.

Jones-Morgan was found to have the victim’s wallet in his possession and was said to have threatened the victim by saying he had a gun.

He was arrested, charged with robbery, and was sentenced to a jail term.

Gareth, a father-of-three, said he was proud of his son for recognising suspicious behaviour and feeling compelled to report it.

“He is only 12, but he knew something wasn’t right,” he said. “I’m really proud that he took the time to notice what was going on, and to come home and tell us. It shows he is thinking about vulnerable people out and about.”

Gareth and Theo are son and grandson of DPP NARPO Member, Graham Earp (Rtd. PS) of Brecon who is justifiably immensely proud of them both.

 

ON PATROL IN MILFORD DOCKS

Milford Haven Fish Docks is Wales’ largest fishing port and the large marina is a perfect base for boat users to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, known for stunning coastal scenery, beaches and outdoor adventures.

The above photo supplied by Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) was taken in the 80’s during a routine foot patrol of the docks. Pictured from left to right: Hayley Herd? (WPC800), Fenton Jones (Sgt. Milford Docks Police), Mr Roy Bannister, (Mechanic) and Peter.

 

MEMBER OF DYFED-POWYS NARPO IS A CENTENARIAN

Congratulations to Mrs Vreni Simpson of Holmfirth, near Huddersfield who celebrated her 100th birthday with her family on Tuesday 14th January and is possibly the oldest member of Dyfed-Powys NARPO.

From left to right: Mrs Vreni Simpson, Mrs Simpson with her daughter Anita, Birthday cards with NARPO centenary medal.

Vreni is the widow of the late Sergeant Jack Simpson who transferred from the Metropolitan Police to the Mid-Wales Constabulary in 1949 – he was allocated the collar number 46 and his first station was Welshpool.

Photo 1: PC Jack Simpson (Metropolitan Police), Photo 2: With Anita & David in Welshpool, Photo 3: Jack (left) keeping in step with PC Roy Gant, Photo 4: Jack (left) with PC Cleaton Gregory.

As was common practice at that time, he was moved regularly to different stations being posted to Churchstoke, Llangunllo, back to Welshpool and then to Builth Wells where he was the station sergeant.

Prior to joining the Police, Jack joined the Royal Artillery in 1934 before joining the Metropolitan Police in 1936. When war broke out in 1939, he re-joined his troop spending some time in France where he developed pneumonia and convalesced near Banbury where he met Vreni, a native of Switzerland, at a local dance.

Shortly afterwards, Jack was posted to Burma where he remained until the end of the war. At the end of hostilities, Jack re-joined the Met and married Vreni in 1946 and became proud parents to Anita in 1947 and David in 1948.

By this time, Vreni was homesick for her native Switzerland so Jack transferred to the Mid Wales Constabulary as he felt the rolling hills and beautiful countryside would be reminiscent of Vreni’s homeland.

The transfer took place and the Simpson family spent a very happy time living in mid-Wales. Jack completed full service and retired in 1966 when he became warden at an outdoor centre at Cusop, near Hereford and passed away at the age of 64.

Many thanks to Anita for supplying the photos and interesting details about her father’s career.

 

VEHICLE CHECKS IN PEMBROKESHIRE

A nice period photograph of a roadside stop check being carried out somewhere in Pembrokeshire. The ages of the cars visible are 1959, 1960 and 1961, so presumably the photo was taken in the early sixties.

It is not known whether it is a Ministry of Transport or a Police check as it was common practice in those days for traffic officers to wear white coats when carrying out vehicle examinations.

 

SCENE EXAMINATION IN THE 60'S

The next picture is also from the early sixties and shows a Pembrokeshire rural officers Velocette LE motorcycle together with a Standard Pennant van which was probably driven by the SOC officer.

Possibly taken at the scene of a fatal RTC, as indicated by the bunches of flowers on the verge (centre of photo). The Velocette has the usual metal POLICE panniers whereas the civilian model had to make do with canvas panniers.

 

MINI COOPER POLICE CAR

Another Pembrokeshire car, this time from 1965. It wasn’t only Liverpool and the Met that used Mini Coopers. This one was well fitted out with grille mounted loudhailer, ‘POLICE STOP’ sign in rear window, and what looks like a lightweight roof rack bar.

In those days Pembrokeshire had some very tight little lanes - perhaps that is what tempted the force to go for small but powerful minis.

 

DOG SECTION EXPERIMENT WITH CAVALIERS

In the early 90’s, Dyfed-Powys experimented with using Vauxhall Cavaliers instead of vans to transport Dog Handlers & their dogs.

The picture shows PC Ian Muckle (Rtd. PC260) and his loyal friend Niko which was Ian’s first dog.

 

HMI VISIT TO FRIARS PARK CARMARTHEN

The photo was taken during the annual inspection by HMI of Constabulary to the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary in November 1961.

Mr.Tarry, HMI inspects the Mobile Section at Friars Park, Carmarthen accompanied by senior officers and members of the Police Authority.

The above photographs reproduced courtesy of the Alan Matthews Collection.

 

PHOTO ALBUM INDEX 2019

To open the index (photos are listed in reverse order) click on INDEX

 

NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN NEWTOWN

As this will be the last photo to be posted on the DPP NARPO website in 2019, the below photo will probably remind many NARPO members of working the late shift on New Year’s Eve in years gone by!

The photo was taken outside the Elephant & Castle Hotel, Newtown on New Year’s Eve (possibly 2000), with Bill Rowbottom (left) and Gareth Davies keeping a watchful eye on the good people of the web-master's home town.

Photo courtesy of the Frank Moore Photographs Old & New of Newtown Facebook page.

 

NORTH POWYS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

After last year’s successful inaugural event, it was agreed to hold this year’s lunch at the same venue - the Lakeside Golf Club, Garthmyl, near Newtown.

Twenty-six members and partners attended on Tuesday 3rd December, much the same as last year.  It was good to see some new faces, while a couple were unable to attend - more importantly, Gary Jones remembered to come this year!  However, despite his pleadings with the management, he was unable to get his deposit back from the 2018 lunch because he had somehow forgotten the date!

Everyone enjoyed the food and company - so much so that before the end of the meal, it was agreed to hold next year’s lunch at the same venue.

 

CARMARTHEN CHRISTMAS LUNCH

On the same day, nearly 40 members and partners sat down to an excellent meal at the Carmarthen function held at The Falcon Hotel, Carmarthen.

Prior to the lunch, Mr. Dafydd Llywellyn (P&CC), Mr. Mark Collins (CC) and Ms. Claire Parmenter (DCC) dropped in to wish everyone the compliments of the festive season.

Unfortunately, the Carmarthen contingent are more camera shy than their colleagues from the north of the force area, hence the reason why there are no photographs of what was a very enjoyable event.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE UPDATE

This photograph of Pembrokeshire Police officers first appeared on the website some time ago. Mr Gwyn Jones of Bridgend recently sent the below update regarding his late father, Robert John Jones who appears in the photo.

My father, Inspector Robert John Jones is seated in the front row, fourth from the right. Dad joined the Pembrokeshire Constabulary in 1933 having been promoted to Inspector whilst serving in the Caernarfonshire Constabulary. This photograph would have been taken at Haverfordwest probably in the grounds of Haverfordwest Castle where the Headquarters was sited. 

I understood that Dad was transferred to Pembroke Dock, in approximately 1939, as the Superintendent and was located in the former Police Station at Charlton Place. The Supt's. office window overlooked the adjacent Albion Square Primary School playground. Surprisingly there were very few fights in the playground as "that copper up there..." used to open his window and shout down. Sometimes it's extremely handy having a 'copper' as a dad!!

The 'old' Police Station in Charlton Place, Pembroke Dock

My father spent his remaining years of service in Pembroke Dock having moved to the new Police Station in Water Street. He retired in September 1961, as DCC serving both Chief Constable Captain ATN Evans and George Terry. His service record was precise in recording not x years and y months but 'thirty three and 1/3 years.

My father died on December 22nd, 1969 and I know that he enjoyed all his police career and was very proud of his colleagues of all ranks. He was a Mining Engineer and a Mining Surveyor before joining the Police but a combination of the 'Slump' in the 20s and the slow recovery and the suspicion of silicosis caused him to seek a new challenge.

I have fond memories of sometimes accompanying my father on his fortnightly pay runs around the rural Police houses/offices of the South Pembrokeshire Division. Those were the days when employees were paid in cash, so he had a blue bank bag, full of tobacco tins and a light blue accounting sheet with columns delineated in red. Each policeman would be found either on his beat or at the office, the tin would be handed over, the cash checked and signed for and an exchange of salutes would bring the proceedings to a close. I of course would also offer a salute which was often returned with a wink.

Returning to the photograph I think PC Henton is the 'White Cap' on the left and standing, back row, third from right is PC Evans who, and this might be a little muddled was transferred to Pembroke Dock and then to Tenby by which time he was an Inspector. He had a son, John, who became a Policeman, but I think possibly Swansea or Cardiff. John and I are of similar ages so he would be mid-seventies now.

Many thanks are extended to Gwyn for compiling the interesting update.

 

JAM BUTTY OR CUSTARD SLICE?

The term ‘Jam Sandwich or Jam Butty’ for a Police car came into use in the 1970s, when such cars changed from the traditional blue and white colour scheme to white with a broad fluorescent red or orange stripe along the side. This colour scheme is reminiscent of jam sandwiched between two slices of white bread, hence the name. However, Dyfed-Powys bucked the trend and at one time used a broad yellow band as seen below.

The Ford Cortina patrol car is being driven by the late Bernard (Bernie) Muckle who transferred to Pembrokeshire Police from Lancashire Police in 1961. For many years he was a Traffic Sergeant stationed at Pembroke Dock until retirement in the 80’s and is fondly remembered by those he served with. Bernie’s son, Ian, followed in his father’s footsteps and will be well known to many as a DPP Dog Handler.

 

POLICE & CRIMINAL EVIDENCE ACT (PACE)

The introduction of PACE in 1986 set out the requirements for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects in police custody. Talented cartoonist Gary Jones (right) drew the below cartoon that appeared in Off Beat shortly after the legislation came into force which light heartedly portrayed the responsibility of being a Custody Officer at that time.

Apparently, Gary’s ambition was to go to Art College, but he was ‘persuaded’ to join the services. After joining the Metropolitan Police, he transferred to Dyfed-Powys and was based in north Powys.

(Rumours that Gary has been offered a part in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are completely unfounded)!

 

MORRIS MINORS HANDOVER AT CARMS & CARDS

In the 60's most Police forces had Morris Minors as part of their vehicle fleet - in this case it is 15 Morris Minor vans being handed over to Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary at the Friars Park HQ in October 1966.

The vans were destined to be used at rural stations instead of motorbikes - the following year Unit Beat Policing came into being, bringing with it the sight of little blue and white pandas over the whole of the UK. 

Courtesy of the Alan Matthews collection.

 

MET FUNDRAISERS DROP IN AT FRIARS PARK

In the mid 80’s, three Metropolitan Police officers embarked on a 5 day tour of England & Wales in a Ford Granada with the object of visiting the HQ’s of all 43 forces. At the Dyfed-Powys HQ in Friars Park, Carmarthen they were welcomed by the Chief Constable Mr David Shattock (centre) with Chief Supt (Traffic) Mike Cronin looking on.

The actual route the trio took was a closely guarded secret as they hoped to raise £20,000 for two charities by inviting people to estimate for a small fee, the total mileage covered.

Photo from the Alan Matthews collection.

 

ROGER AND OUT!

NARPO member Roger Anthony of Llanelli recently retired from Dyfed-Powys Police for a second time! He joined Dyfed-Powys in September 1970 as a 17 year old Cadet and was stationed at Carmarthen and Newtown. Following initial training at Bridgend he was posted to Brecon and during the summer of 1973 was a summer attachment at Saundersfoot.

Roger with Mr Mark Collins (CC) and Claire Parmenter (DCC)

His next posting was to Llandrindod Wells (Traffic) which was not a post he sought. In 1978, Roger was posted to Cross Hands (Llanelli North) and in 1982 to Llanelli where he remained for 10 years.

In 1992, Roger was promoted to Sergeant at Haverfordwest and in 1995 he returned to Cross Hands. Since then Roger has been stationed at Ammanford / Llandeilo and retired in Carmarthen. Following retirement, Roger re-joined Dyfed Powys Police as a PCSO and started in Llanelli and ended his career after 49 years service at Llandeilo.

Well done Roger, enjoy a well-deserved retirement

 

PEMBROKESHIRE TRAFFIC OFFICERS IN THE  60’S

The below photograph of two Pembrokeshire Police traffic officers standing proudly by a Ford Zephyr Mk lll patrol car was probably taken in 1962/63 as the registration plate (PDE suffix) indicates that the car was first registered in 1962.

The officer on the right is the late James (Jim) James who joined Pembrokeshire Police in February 1954. For many years he was a Traffic Sergeant based at Pembroke Dock and prior to his retirement in or around 1983 was a Station Sergeant based at ‘The Dock’ - he also 'took' the weekly magistrates court held at Pembroke Town Hall.

Following some astute detective work, the young officer on the left has been identified as the late Geoff Richards who joined Pembrokeshire Police in January 1959. Sadly, Geoff passed away in 1990 while still serving and at the time, he was Chief Inspector (Force Development) at FHQ Carmarthen.

Many NARPO members will be aware that Geoff’s two sons, Dean and Ian followed in his footsteps with both joining the Police. Dean retired as Chief Superintendent (Pembrokeshire Division) and Ian retired as Inspector (Operations) at FHQ.

Footnote: According to Dean, his mother was delighted to see the photograph and regularly visits the Photo Album section of the NARPO website.

Photo from the Alan Matthews collection.

 

No. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1959)

Many thanks to NARPO member, Anthony Jones of Pembroke who recently came across the below photograph taken during an initial course held at Bridgend from January - May 1959.

Featured in the photo are Anthony’s late father (1) Colin Jones (Rtd. PS97) and (2) HJ Davies who both joined the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary. (There are no other recruits or training staff in the photo from the other Dyfed-Powys constituent forces).

 

DPP AIR SUPPORT UNIT

In October 1989, the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority approved an application by the Chief Constable, Mr Ray White, for the purchase of a Bell Jet Ranger single engine helicopter.

Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) receiving the keys to the first X-Ray99

Following delivery of the ‘chopper’ from the factory in Canada, the first Police Air Support Unit in Wales took the skies in May 1990 with its base at FHQ, Carmarthen The main pilot at that time was Captain Ian Neilson and the two regular Observers were PS Alistair Lindsay and PC Tony Williams (below).

Mr Ray White with Captain Ian Neilson at the controls

The helicopter could reach any part of the Dyfed-Powys force area within 40 minutes and during the 15 years that X-Ray 99 operated, it assisted ground units with:

  • Searches for missing people, suspects and vehicles
  • Casualty evacuation
  • Transporting specialist teams around the force area
  • Gathering intelligence/evidence using aerial photography and video
  • Vehicle pursuits
  • Surveillance

In 2015, the decision was made to close the Dyfed-Powys Police helicopter base at Pembrey and the Unit closed on New Year's Day 2016.

 

POLICE VEHICLE CLUB (PVEC)

Many thanks to Mr Alan Mathews, the current editor of the Police Vehicle Club (PVEC) magazine for sending DPP NARPO two CD’s containing hundreds of photographs including many images of Dyfed-Powys Police vehicles. Obviously, too many to post on the website but a selection will be posted on a regular basis and will be credited to 'The Alan Matthews collection'.

Alan is a member of NARPO having started his career in Staffordshire Police prior to transferring to Derbyshire and subsequently retired from West Mercia in 1994. Alan crossed the border over 20 years ago from Shropshire to his current address near Pontsian, Ceredigion.

NB If you are interested in joining PVEC, please contact the membership secretary Matt Holmes via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - the membership fee is £15:00 per year.

 

INSPECTORS COURSE AT CWMBRAN

Another photo from the collection of the late Eric Powling – this one was taken during an Inspector’s Course held at Gwent Police HQ probably in the early 70’s and features several DPP officers.

Pictured with identification numbers: Front (L to R) (1) Brian Thomas, (2) Mr William Farley (Gwent Chief Constable), Middle row: (3) Bernard Merchant, (4) David Leigh, (5) Eric Powling, Back row: (6) Fred Hughes, (7) Ralph Rees, (8) Tom (TO) Davies.

 

AN ODE TO THE VILLAGE BOBBY

Many NARPO members will have fond memories of the bygone age when even remote villages within Dyfed and Powys had their own ‘Bobby’. During the 1970’s & 80’s, many out-stations closed for good with officers relocated to the towns.

The below appeared in the September 1986 issue of the force newspaper ‘Off Beat’. The identity of the author and cartoonist is not known!

Note: Off Beat was first published in December 1977 and appeared quarterly - according to the editor's note in the first edition the aim of the newspaper was to highlight achievements, interests and problems throughout the force area.

 

PENDINE MURDERS REVISITED

Following on from the article and photographs posted on the website relating to the murder of John Harries and his wife Phoebe at their farm near Pendine in October 1953.

Below are three photographs taken during the murder investigation conducted by Carmarthenshire Constabulary and Metropolitan Police that led to the arrest of Ronald Harries. Harries was found guilty at Carmarthen Assizes and hanged at HMP Swansea in April 1954

The Chief Constable, Mr TH Lewis addressing farmers at the Gwalia Hall, St. Clears. Seated from left to right: Detective Sgt. B Heddon (New Scotland Yard), Detective Supt. J Capstick (New Scotland Yard), Supt. B Lloyd (Carmarthen Division)

Refreshment break – unnamed officers enjoying a cup of tea during the investigation.

Taken at Cadno Farm, Pendine on 16th November when the bodies of John & Phoebe Harries were discovered in a shallow grave dug in a field of Kale.

Photographs from the Alan Matthews collection.

 

SUCCESSFUL AMMANFORD REUNION

The autumnal Ammanford area get together was held at Tycroes Rugby Club on Thursday 31st October. It was a most pleasant evening with twenty-five retired officers being present. The event was sponsored by Wynne Jenkins and Charles Gabe. Since its inception in 2004 this is the thirteenth occasion that the group have met.

Ammanford Police Station in 1908

Despite the presence of two very competent photographers, namely Bill Morgan and Gwyn John former Scenes of Crime officers, the photographs were taken by Geraint Davies ex-traffic. Geraint may well have missed his vocation. (To view the photos, click HERE)

The next meeting will be held in April 2020 at the same venue and will be subsidised by Dilwyn Thomas and Gary Evans.  Full details will be circulated in March and will appear on this website.

Many thanks to Harry Rees for organising the event and submitting the article / photos.

 

DYFED-POWYS FOOTBALL

The below photo was taken in the early 70’s following a PAA match played at Devonport Services when Devon & Cornwall Constabulary were the opponents. According to Peter (590) Davies, the game was played in front of a large, partisan crowd and despite leading 2-0, DPP lost the game 3 – 2 with the winner scored in the dying minutes.

Drowning their sorrows in a local pub after the game: (Left to Right) Pete (90) Davies, Harry Dodd (Trainer), John (Sawyers) Jones, Peter (590) Davies, Dai Lewis, Ian Miles with Gwyn Hughes in the front. (The identity of the young man on the extreme right is not known). Sadly, Harry, John and Ian are no longer with us.

Many thanks to Peter (590) for submitting the photograph.

 

PARTY TIME AT ‘THE DOCK’

With Christmas not too far away, this photo is a reminder of Christmas past and features members of South Pembrokeshire CID on route to the annual party in 2005/2006.

L to R: Anthony Mattick, Anthony Jones, Dale Scriven, Jeremy Davies, Jo Thompson, Conrad Rees, Jim Morris and Cameron Ritchie.

 

LEMUEL TREVOR REES

Many thanks to Geraint Phillips for supplying this photograph, together with career details of Lemuel Trevor Rees No 25 of Pembrokeshire Police who appeared in a photo posted recently on the website.

Career details: Joined Pembrokeshire Police on 8th July 1925

Retired: 8th July 1955

Promoted to Sergeant No 2 on 21st January 1939

(Pembrokeshire Police officers were allocated a ‘new’ collar number upon promotion).

Geraint came across the photograph in 1989 when visiting an antique shop in Dark Street, Haverfordwest.

 

HAVERFORDWEST BOROUGH POLICE

The below photos are reproduced with kind permission of Ross Mather (former SWP officer) who maintains the Virtual Museum of Police in Wales Facebook page.

Formed in 1835, the Haverfordwest Borough Police force consisted of only 6 police officers - a Head Constable, one Sergeant and four Constables. It ceased to exist in 1889 when merged into the Pembrokeshire Police.

Back Row (L to R): PC’s John Friend, Joseph Phillips, William Reynolds, Front: PS John Simpson, Head Constable John Williams and PC Richard Morse.

Both items were owned by and relate to Police Sergeant No.3 John Simpson who was a policeman in Haverfordwest for over 20 years.

Above, a glazed and framed presentation certificate, marking Sergeant Simpson’s retirement in 1889, a token of respect by the residents, officials and the presentation of a purse of £30.00. That was a lot of money back in those days and the equivalent of over £3,200 today!

 

PEMBROKESHIRE COFFEE MORNING

There was excellent support for the Coffee & Welsh Cakes morning held at The Glen Hotel, Haverfordwest on Thursday 3rd October with some travelling from outside Pembrokeshire to meet up with former colleagues. Over 30 members and partners enjoyed reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ and the conservatory was filled with convivial chat and plenty of laughter.

Peter Davies, Chairman of DPP NARPO, thanked the organisers for arranging the event and hoped that it would not be too long before a similar get together is held.

It was unanimously agreed that the coffee mornings would continue on a quarterly basis with the next Coffee Morning planned for January 2020 at the same venue.

Below are some photographs taken during the morning.

 

 

NARPO GOLF DAY 2019

The 7th Dyfed-Powys NARPO Golf Day organised by former branch chairman Phil Hopkins, took place at Builth Wells Golf Club on Tuesday 24th September and went ahead despite a dreadful weather forecast. Fortunately, the forecast did not materialise, and 14 members took to the immaculate course.

Following a very close tussle, Gary Evans just pipped Steve Cole to first place - this being the third consecutive year that Gary has returned home with the prestigious trophy.

For a full account of the day please click HERE

Ready for tee off: (L to R) Huw Rees, Mick Seal, Gary Evans, Alan Jones, Phil Small, Steve Cole, Mike Benbow, John Williams, Phil Gower, Des Parkinson, Derek Bloomfield, Phil Hopkins, David Jones, Paul Jones, Ian John

 

A delighted Gary Evans with trophies (again)!!

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE IN THE 50’S

The below photo from the collection belonging to the late Mr Eric Powling (Rtd. C/Insp) was taken in 1950 and features Detective Inspector Ernie Bright (left) and Sergeant Trevor Rees.

Harry Rees of Ammanford who joined Pembrokeshire Police as a Cadet in July 1965 has kindly provided the following information about the two officers:

Ernest William Bright joined Pembrokeshire Police on 30th November 1947 and was promoted to Sergeant in October 1956 and rose through the ranks in CID before being promoted to Superintendent in April 1968.

Prior to amalgamation in April 1968, Supt Bright took the lead for Pembrokeshire Police in the protracted discussions with chief officers of the other two forces. A short time after amalgamation he transferred to the City of London Police where he reached the rank of Commander.

Lemuel Trevor Rees joined Pembrokeshire Police on 8th July 1925 and was promoted to Sergeant in March 1939 - he retired from the force in July 1955. I believe I am correct in stating that he was the father of Derek Rees a Western Mail reporter who was always present at Crown Court and the local Haverfordwest Magistrates Court.

 

WELSH GUARDS IN CARMARTHEN

A great turnout in amazing weather greeted the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in Carmarthen on Thursday 19th September when they marched through the town with the Colour flying and bayonets fixed.

The contingent came to a halt in Guildhall Square where they were inspected by the current Mayor of Carmarthen, Councillor Jeff Thomas (Jeff Five) who is a member of Dyfed-Powys NARPO.

 

RNLI – SAVING LIVES AT SEA

Many thanks to Brian Wiley of Aberystwyth for supplying this photo of an immaculately dressed Peter Colwill (Rtd. PS195) who was stationed in Aberystwyth in the eighties when this photo was taken.

The photo was taken during a conversation with a crew member of the Aberystwyth Lifeboat following a rescue in Cardigan Bay. Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station was established in 1861, but there has been a lifeboat serving the town since 1843.

 

THE GLYN JONES COLLECTION

Glyn Jones (Rtd DC 243) of Haverfordwest joined Dyfed-Powys Police in 1976 following service in the RAF and on completion of initial training at Cwmbran posted to Pembroke Dock. He subsequently swapped uniform for plain clothes - initially a Drugs Officer then CID where he was involved in a number of major investigations.

During a recent house move, Glyn came across a batch of photographs taken during his service which are reproduced below.

   Glyn in the Haverfordwest Drugs Office                          With DC Fiona McGregor (later Matchett)

 

BURRY PORT MURDER INVESTIGATION

The below photograph was taken in the early 80’s during a murder investigation at Llanelli. Snooker enthusiasts will probably instantly recognise local hero Terry Griffiths CBE and Steve Davis OBE.

L to R: Terry Griffiths, Tony Eden, Ken Thomas, Steve Davis, Glyn Jones.

 

OPERATION SEAL BAY

In the summer of 1983, thanks to the vigilance of the canny locals, police and customs authorities were alerted to the fact that there was some funny business going on in a quiet cove just a few miles from Little Haven in Pembrokeshire.

Local fishermen had seen strangers suddenly emerge from nowhere on the almost inaccessible beach and the strangers gave several unlikely explanations for their presence. Suspicions were further raised after locals saw a 15ft inflatable with two powerful outboard motors beached on the pebbles.

A Rolls Royce was seized during the operation and taken to Fishguard Police Station. L to R: John Daniels, the late Ray Lewis, Glyn Jones and Eurfyl 'Corgi' Evans. Sat  behind the wheel is John Elias Lewis.

Dyfed-Powys Police started an investigation, called Operation Seal Bay, and officers discovered a large fibreglass tank buried under the shingle in the cove.

The above photo was taken following the trial - Back row (L to R): Alan Coles, Glyn Jones, Brian Edmunds (SOCO), John Daniels, Eurfyl ‘Corgi’ Evans and a DC from No 6 RCS. Front: Don Evans, Lord Gareth Williams QC, Judge John Diehl QC, Michael Hughes (Force Solicitor) and Mr Neville Thomas (Legal Executive). 

An international drug-running gang had been using this out of the way spot to smuggle their drugs ashore - caught red-handed by the police, they were eventually jailed.

 

RETIREMENT PARTY AT FISHGUARD

The group photo of Fishguard and Haverfordwest CID officers was taken at the Fishguard Bay Hotel in 1987 at a party to mark the retirement of Alun Pritchard.

Back (L to R): Tony Davies, Gareth Thomas, Glyn Jones,Geraint Griffiths. Front: (R to L) Tony Eden, David Charlton, Chris James, Alun Pritchard, Tom Peters and Ken Thomas. Sadly, Alun, Gareth and David are no longer with us.

 

FATAL FIRE ABOARD MV NORRONA 

In the early hours of Monday 8th April 1990, while en-route from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland, the MV Norrona (below) suffered a fire in the passenger accommodation resulting in several casualties including one fatality.

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As many of the 200+ passengers resided in the Republic, a team was tasked with travelling to Dublin to interview potential witnesses. The below photograph was taken in the Dublin CID office with Garda Síochána officers who provided invaluable assistance.

Back (L to R): Garda DC. Alan Eldred, Neil Howells, Richard Evans, Glyn Jones. Front: Roger Hughes, D/Supt & D/Insp (both Garda).

Many thanks to Glyn for the use of the photos.

 

CARDIGANSHIRE CONSTABULARY (UPDATE)

The below photograph received from Ross Mather features members of the Cardiganshire Constabulary, believed to have been taken in 1927.

The photo appears to have been taken in a big police station yard – does anyone have any idea of the location? Written in pencil on the back 'PC Jones, Llanddewi'.

 

UPDATE

The following has been received from Mr Mike Price (Rtd. PC45):

Re the picture of the Cardiganshire Constabulary, I believe that it was taken at the rear of Aberystwyth Police Station when it was in Great Darkgate Street. I have a copy of the picture and it is dated 1923 but with no explanation as to what the occasion was. My grandfather, Thomas Owen Price PC33, is standing in the middle row six in from the left.

I have several photographs of my grandfather taken at the same location, together with a large framed picture taken in July 1937 of the whole force during a royal visit  to Aberystwyth. By now he is a sergeant and was living in the police house attached to the station. I remember my grandmother telling me that if there was a female prisoner she would have to perform unpaid duties as a matron and feed the prisoners.

I am in the process of doing some research into my grandfather’s career in the Cardiganshire Constabulary and his time in the Welsh Guards, he retired in 1946 and died in 1969 two years before I joined Dyfed Powys as a cadet.  

 

ADVANCED DRIVING COURSE HALTED BY ADOLF!

The below entry from the Liverpool City Police Driving School Records has been received from Mr Tony Roach of Widnes who is an Archive Researcher for Merseyside Police and an Associate Member of DPP NARPO.

A four-week advanced driving course commenced on 14th August 1939 and was scheduled to finish on 9th September 1939. There were nine students on the course including two Liverpool City Police officers and the remaining students were from ‘outside’ forces including Tunbridge Wells, Suffolk West, Carlisle City, Eastbourne and Brecon Constabulary - the Breconshire officer being Constable HR (Roy) Gant.

Students were required to submit five essays and the entry shows the marks attained on the first three.

However, none of the students completed the course as World War ll was declared on 3rd September and the driving school closed until October 1945.

 

RADNORSHIRE CONSTABULARY MOTOR PATROL

Another nostalgic photo received from Tony Roach which was taken outside Llandrindod Wells Police Station in April 1931 and features the constabulary’s first motor patrols.

The officers proudly sat astride the BSA motor cycles are (L to R): PC’s AJ Williams, RH Tantrum and L Morris.

 

TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTY IN HAVERFORDWEST

The below photograph appeared on the Honey Harfat Facebook page recently - it was taken in High Street, Haverfordwest in 1958

It features two unknown Pembrokeshire Police officers who were probably changing shift to perform traffic control on the busy main thoroughfare through the county town which in those days was ‘two way’.  

UPDATE: The following has been received from Mr Harry Rees:

In relation to the photograph of the two Pembrokeshire Officers on duty in High Street, Haverfordwest. I am not 100% sure but the stance of the left officer strongly resembles that of PC Gerald Fielding James No 73 (Rtd. C/Insp). In respect of the other officer – it could well be PC Tom Morris No. 67 (Rtd. PS).

 

NARPO CENTENARY DINNER

As you are no doubt aware, this year (2019) marks the Centenary of the formation of NARPO and events have been taking place in branches throughout England and Wales to celebrate the occasion. The Dyfed Powys branch has hosted three afternoon teas and a coffee morning has been arranged for early October in Pembrokeshire.

The main event arranged nationally was a dinner held in a marquee in the grounds of the Tower of London in June. Every branch was invited to send four representatives and most branches were represented at the event.

Dyfed Powys NARPO was represented by the Chair and Secretary and their wives, Peter Davies and Pat and Phil Addicott and Heidi. Phil Hopkins and Gill attended in Phil's capacity as a member of the NEC.

L to R: Phil Hopkins, Phil Addicott and Peter Davies, Front Gill Hopkins, Heidi Addicott and Pat Davies

The expectation for an evening event in June in London would be that the weather should be warm and sunny and so several tables and chairs had been placed outside the marquee for the pre-dinner drinks reception. However, the good old British weather prevailed and the whole day turned out to be dull, cold and wet, leaving the outside table and chairs redundant! The one redeeming feature was that for the evening the rain held off, making the walk to and from the function more pleasurable that it may otherwise have been.

HRH Princess Anne with Brian Burdus (President of NARPO)

HRH the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) had agreed to be the patron of NARPO for the duration of the centenary year and was the guest of honour at the dinner. Several NARPO members from around the country including Phil Hopkins were presented to the Princess Royal.

A very pleasant evening followed with around seven hundred guests being served by the extremely efficient staff who were obviously well used to dealing with such large numbers.

The evening passed far too quickly and the later than planned departure of the Princess Royal showed that she had enjoyed the evening. In fact, she had to be cajoled into leaving by her lady in waiting as she had an early appointment in Liverpool the following day. There is a stipulation about attending evening events in the Tower grounds that the grounds are locked on the stroke of midnight and no one left inside after that time will be let out. I'm not quite sure what would happen to that unfortunate soul as the Dyfed Powys contingent made sure that they were well and truly departed by the witching hour and we had no reports of anyone being locked in the Tower overnight!

A very nice evening spent with pleasant company - here's to the next hundred years!

Phil Hopkins

 

WELSH POLICE BOWLS FINALS

The finals of the 2019 Welsh Police Bowls competition were held at Pembroke Dock Bowling Club in July and although the number of competitors was low, the standard of Bowls played during the day was high.

 

A delighted Hwyel receiving the prestigious Singles Trophy from Mrs Diana Davies , President of Pembroke Dock BC, with losing finalist Tony Evans in the background

In the final of the Singles competition, Hywel Davies defeated Tony (Chuggs) Evans 21-17 in a closely fought battle. Hywel was also victorious in the Pairs final when he partnered Keith Henry to a 21 – 15 win against Tony and Wyn Morris. The winners will now represent Wales in the British Police Finals which will be played at Southend on Sea in early September.

Many thanks to Martin Jones for organising the event and a special word of thanks to Pembroke Dock BC for allowing the use of the green and their excellent facilities.

 

FIFTY – NOT OUT!

The below photo has been received from Peter Davies (Rtd DC590) of Newtown who with his wife Joyce, recently celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary.

Peter is the current President of Newtown Cricket Club and is pictured with Joyce, sons Craig and Jonathon - both Newtown cricketers, ex Montgomery County players. Grandsons Fyfe, who plays for the Newtown under 11 academy, and Griff who plays for Shropshire under 12. Also in the picture is Jonathon’s wife Leah.

 

CARDIGANSHIRE POLICE FOOTBALL TEAM

The below photograph kindly submitted by Dai Jones (Rtd. PC164) of Cardigan was taken during the 1927/28 season and features Cardiganshire Police AFC.

Back Row (L to R): PC's G Lewis, EJ Vaughan, A Davies, R Lloyd (Trainer). Middle: PS T Jones, PC’s R Jones, WH Jones, J Richards, WJ Ishmael, Ll Joel, PS E Lewis. Front: Mr Steven Jones (Chief Constable), PC’s G Owen, WE Griffiths (Captain), D Davies, Supt. D Thomas.

 

CARDIGANSHIRE POLICE JU JITSU TEAM

The below photograph taken in March 1933 was kindly sent to me by Mr Ross Maher a retired South Wales Police officer and features the Cardiganshire Police (Aberystwyth Division) Ju Jitsu Team.

(Ju Jitsu, is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an opponent in which one uses either a short weapon or none). 

Front Row (L to R): Supt. EJ Evans, Steven Jones (Chief Constable), Milwyn Jenkins (Instructor), Supt. Daniel Thomas, Sgt. J Richards. Back Row: PC’s EW Jones, AI Williams, AH Jenkins, KG Williams. TO Lloyd, DI Jones.

 

CONSTABLE BILL JONES OF HUNDRED HOUSE

The following three photos have been kindly sent to me by Mr Huw Jones, a retired Metropolitan officer, who has retired to a sheep farm in Carmarthenshire. Huw’s father was Constable Bill Jones of the Mid-Wales Constabulary who was stationed in the 1960's at Hundred House, a small village between Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells.

Initial Training at Bridgend in May 1949 - Bill is denoted with the blue arrow.

Huw fondly recalls 'The legendary Sgt Wilf Gorman (father of Dave Gorman) and Geoff 'Duff' Edwards were regular visitors to the house during my childhood. I also remember dad being recruited for 'Christmas Tree and Poultry Patrol' in the 1960's which seemed an important police function in those days'!

Traffic Patrol duty at Hay-on-Wye

The last  photo shows how busy life was as the Constable at Hundred House!

Many thanks to Huw for reminding us of a bygone era in British Policing.

 

SOUTH POWYS NARPO CENTENARY EVENT

As part of the ongoing NARPO Centenary celebrations, a highly successful Afternoon Tea was held at the Castle of Brecon Hotel, Brecon on Wednesday 19th June.

The event organised by Maria Clayton-Jones, was supported by 28 members who had travelled from Carmarthen, Aberaeron, Llandeilo, Llanelli, Merthyr and Aberdare plus a good number of members from the Brecon area.

A delicious tea was served at around 4pm - the food was all freshly cooked and the home-made scones with clotted cream went down a treat. To conclude the afternoon, a raffle was held with two lucky winners each taking home a bottle of wine.

Well done to Maria for organising the function that was thoroughly enjoyed by one and all.

 

FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR THE NARPO EXPRESS!

Almost 50 members and partners took a step back in time on Thursday 6th June when they took the train from Bronwydd Arms through the beautiful Gwili Valley near Carmarthen. The excursion was organised by Peter Davies, Chairman of DPP NARPO as part of the celebration events to mark 100 years of the National Association of Retired Police Officers.

All aboard – the party with Cllr Jeff Thomas & Mrs Eirlys Thomas (Mayor & Mayoresss of Carmarthen)

During the journey, the party was served with buttered scones, strawberries and cream with many favourable comments made about the high quality of the refreshments - suitably washed down with a glass of sparkling Prosecco.

Mayor of Carmarthen, Cllr. Jeff Thomas & Peter Davies cut the cake (right)

At the end of the line, a ‘Centenary Cake’ was cut by the Chairman, ably assisted by the current mayor of Carmarthen – Councillor Jeff Thomas (Rtd. C/Supt) who is a member of DPP NARPO, following which one and all raised their glasses in a toast to NARPO.

Finally, from comments received it appears that everyone enjoyed a splendid afternoon in glorious weather  – eating, drinking and most importantly catching up with former colleagues and friends.

Special thanks are extended to Cllr. Jeff & Mrs Eirlys Thomas, Mayor and Mayoress of Carmarthen for their presence and to Jeremy John (NARPO member) and his team at the Gwili Railway for ensuring the occasion ran so smoothly.

Peter Davies (Chairman)

 

NORTH POWYS NARPO CENTENARY EVENT

As part of the celebrations to commemorate the Centenary of NARPO, the North Powys area of the branch held an afternoon tea on Monday 10th June at the picturesque location of Maesmawr Hall Hotel, near Caersws.

Group photo taken inside Maesmawr Hall 

Unfortunately, the rather unseasonal weather prevented us from taking our tea outside in the gardens. However, the 27 members who attended did not let the rain interfere with their enjoyment of the afternoon and everyone had a good catch up with plenty of the traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones on offer, along with the bottomless pots of tea.

We were very well looked after by the staff at Maesmawr and at the end of the afternoon, everyone agreed that they had had a thoroughly enjoyable time - in fact so much so that it was almost a case of physically ejecting the stragglers from the venue. 

Phil Hopkins

For more photographs taken at the event please click HERE

 

CYCLING PROFICIENCY AWARD AT LLANDRINDOD WELLS

A nostalgic photo kindly supplied by Huw Jones of Carmarthen - the photo was taken circa 1960 and shows Huw’s father, PC43 Bill Jones of the Mid-Wales Constabulary presenting a young lad with his Cycling Proficiency certificate in Llandrindod Wells.

The Sergeant on the right of the photograph is the late Don Jenkins (Rtd. Supt) and NARPO member Dave Gorman has identified the Sergeant stood to the left as the late Ivor Bennett.

Note: Ivor was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) along with Geoff (Duff) Edwards and DPP NARPO member Tommy Davies (Rtd. Supt) who was awarded the George Medal, for apprehending Robert Boynton. Boynton shot and blinded PC Arthur Rowlands near Machynlleth in August 1961.

 

SPOT THE BOBBIES

The below photograph submitted by Les Clark of Carmarthen recently appeared on the Brecon Memories Facebook page.

The photo was taken during a visit to Brecon prior to the 1987 General election by the late Mr Richard Livesy MP and David Steel MP former leader of the Liberal Democrats Party.

The identity of the uniformed officers is not known but there are a few plain clothes officers mingling with the crowd including John Harries, Bob Strasdin, Chris Penny, and Richard Williams (there may be others).

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY OFFICER - HELP WANTED!

NARPO member, Peter Davies of Newtown was recently given the below photograph by a local historian on the off chance that someone may be able to identify the officer.

To date the identity of the officer, probably an Inspector in the Mid-Wales Constabulary, remains unknown - can anyone help?

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY ASSOCIATION AGM / LUNCH 2019

The Mid Wales Constabulary Association held their Annual General Meeting and Re-Union lunch at the Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells, on Friday 10th May 2019.  The meeting was opened by the President, retired Superintendent Henry Jones where 24 members of the Association and one guest attended.

The Association was formed in 1981 and the Inaugural lunch was held at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells. The below photographs show members of the Association enjoying an excellent lunch. 

The next AGM will be held at The Greyhound Hotel, on Friday 8th May 2020, and any members who would like to attend and who may not be on the distribution list are asked to contact the Secretary, Barry Hicks, on 01597825828 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Association President, Mr Henry Jones (right) with Barry Hicks (Secretary / Treasurer) organising the raffle.

L to R: Elvet Watkins, Dave Gorman, Mike Kelly, John Roderick, Ian Kinsey, Barry Hicks, Henry Jones, Roy Harries, Clive Cowey, Arthur Lewis, Bob Evans, Dave Crees.

L to R: Doug Jones, Idris Williams, Geoff Thomas, Dave Lewis, Alan Jones, Chris Brennan, Mike Denyard, Pat Cochrane, John Williams, Peter Davies

L to R: Roy Harries, Clive Cowey, Arthur Lewis, Bob Evans, Dave Crees, Lyn Clark, Dave Gorman, Mike Kelly, John Roderick, Ian Kinsey

Many thanks to Barry Hicks for submitting the article and to Peter Davies for supplying the photos.

 

SOUTH POWYS COFFEE MORNING

The following has been received from Peter Davies (Chairman of DPP NARPO):

Pictured below are the NARPO members who attended an inaugural Coffee Morning held at Brecon last month. Eighteen members of DPP NARPO attended and a thoroughly enjoyable morning was had by all.

Left to right: Ceri Jones, Alan Harding, Gerald Prosser, Nigel Brace, Fean Thomas, Phil Price, Judy Vincent, Jacqui Heighway, Richie Williams, Pete Davies, Bill Smith, Maria Clayton-Jones, Ian Kinsey, Pete Taylor, Phil Addicott, Mark Doran

Many friendships were rekindled and a lot of reminiscing was done - some members had not seen each other for in excess of 20 years so, as you can imagine, numerous tales were re-told. All present agreed that this should become a regular event, so watch this space and your e-mails for any future dates.

Finally, on behalf of Dyfed Powys NARPO and in particular the Brecon and district members, I wish to thank Maria Clayton Jones for all her efforts in organising the Coffee Morning and wish you well in any such events in the future.

 

NORTH POWYS COFFEE MORNING

The North Powys area recently held  a successful coffee morning at the Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool. Below are a selection of photos taken at the event (all named left to right).

The next function to be held in the North Powys area will be the afternoon tea event, to be held as part of the branch celebrations for the Centenary of NARPO - further details will be made available in due course.

Phil Addicott, Clive Cowey, Phil Hopkins, Mrs Gill Hopkins and Mrs Pat Cowey

Mrs Linda Brennan and Roger Davies

John Williams, Mrs Myra Williams, Mrs Joyce Davies, Peter Davies and Chris Brennan

 

THE MARK EDWARDS COLLECTION

Retired C/Inspector Mark Edwards joined Dyfed-Powys Police as a Cadet and following initial training was posted to Tenby as PC 222. He served in various parts of the force area in several roles including Traffic, Training and Personnel at FHQ.

Mark recently came across photographs taken during his Police career which are reproduced below in date order.

(Many NARPO members will be aware that Mark’s father was the late john (Jack) Edwards (Rtd. C/Supt) and Mark’s three brothers Clive, Phil and Andrew also followed their father in joining ‘the job’).

 

POLICE TRAINING CENTRE WALES

Taken at the Police Training Centre (Wales) in the summer of 1980 when Mark was a Sergeant seconded to Cwmbran as a Trainer, the photo includes several Dyfed-Powys Officers.

The DPP officers are: (1) Henry Jones (2) Ron Callaghan (3) Geoff Griffiths (4) Ian Miles (5) Mike Williams  (6) Mark Edwards (7) Gerald James (8) Adrian Antrobus


OVERSEAS COMMAND COURSE

Taken at FHQ in 1990 when officers from overseas forces attending the Senior Command Course at Bramshill paid a visit to the force area.

During their visit they were welcomed by (1) Mr Ray White (CC), (2) Haydn Davies (DCC) and (3) Mark Edwards (C/Insp. Personnel).

 

NATIONAL NEGOTIATORS COURSE

In November 1990, Mark (4th from left in centre) attended and successfully completed the highly demanding negotiators course held at Hendon. During practical exercises, participants were trained to form negotiator cells to resolve simulated hostage situations. 

Note: The female officer stood 4th from the left is Ms Cressida Dick CBE QPM, the current Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

 

SILVER JUBILEE FUND RAISING

1993 marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of Dyfed-Powys Police with events held throughout the force area to raise funds for worthwhile causes. Featured below is the Brecon Division Charity Committee.

Left to Right: Ray Morgan (Support Staff), Dai Thomas, Keith Rofe, Mrs Rachel Adams (Support Staff), Mark Edwards, Julie Driscoll, Meirion James and Malcolm James.  

 

THE HAY ON WYE SIEGE

In December 1993, a prisoner on home leave, barricaded himself and ten hostages in the attic of a dental surgery at Hay on Wye. Armed police marksman and dog handlers surrounded the clinic as negotiators worked through the night trying to coax the man to give himself up. The staff and patients were held at gunpoint for 15 hours, before the siege was ended.

A documentary of the incident was filmed in 1999 and the photo shows Inspector Bill Williams acting out his real life role as one of the hostage negotiators during the siege. (Identity of the AFO is not known).

 

ROYAL WELSH SHOW

The Royal Welsh Show is the highlight of the farming year in Wales and since 1963 the four-day event has been staged at Llanelwedd near Builth Wells.

Shown are Bill Williams (left) and Mark Edwards at a traffic control point overlooking the gigantic showground during the 1994 show.

 

D DIVISION GOLF TOUR

Taken during the 2018 annual golf tour to Coleford - Mark is pictured enjoying a convial chat with Mike Benbow who also started his Police career at Tenby as PC610.

(No doubt they were sharing some anecdotes about their time pounding the beat in the 'Jewel of Pembrokeshire's Crown'!

 

ANTHONY TREKS THE HIMALAYAS FOR CHARITY

Retired Detective, Anthony Mattick of Saundersfoot recently took part in his second charity trek to raise funds for Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff.

Anthony at the front with Rhod Gilbert stood second from left

In February, Anthony was a member of a large group that trekked along the Helambu Valley north of Kathmandu, Nepal for 55 miles. The group walked amongst the many hills and villages that were devastated by the 2015 earthquake when nearly 9,000 people lost their lives.

Group photo with Anthony sat third from left

Anthony and friends (including his old school friend from Carmarthen, Rhod Gilbert; and Derek ‘Weatherman’ Brockway) spent five days trekking through the spectacular Himalayan scenery. As a result, the magnificent sum of over £250,000 was raised for the Cancer Centre that every year treats over 5,000 new referrals and around 50,000 outpatients.

On Saturday 16th March, Rhod & Anthony have organised a sell-out fund raising Comedy Quiz in Tenby and it is expected that a further £10,000 will be raised for an extremely worthwhile cause.

 

BARRIE AND BRIAN AT THE BOROUGH

The below photograph of Pembroke Borough FC was taken at the Bridge Meadow, Haverfordwest in the mid 60’s prior to a Welsh League fixture against Haverfordwest County FC and features two members of Pembrokeshire Police.

On the extreme right of the back row is Barrie Davies (Rtd. C/Insp) and alongside him is the late Brian Mainwaring (Rtd. DC554).

According to those who saw him play, although he was not particularly tall for a centre- forward (striker), Brian was a prolific goal scorer who could head a ball as hard as many could kick it. As well as being an excellent footballer with outstanding passing ability, Barrie was renown in local boxing circles for his stamina and ferocious punching.

 

CARMS & CARDS FIRST FEMALE SERGEANT

Mrs Jean Evans joined Carmarthenshire Constabulary as a Woman Police Constable in 1953, aged 21 and was promoted to Sergeant in Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary in 1958, becoming the first female sergeant in the Force.

WPS 5 Jean Evans and Supt. Harold Sherwood - taken in May 1964 at the Eisteddfod in Cardigan, where they were demonstrating the force’s new radio communications.

At that time policing was male-dominated, and the role of the woman police sergeant was very different to that of her male colleagues. Jean recalls ‘In the 50s Policewomen were responsible for dealing with women and children. One of my responsibilities as a female Sergeant was to supervise policewomen in other stations; I regularly visited Aberystwyth, Ammanford and Llanelli’.

Today, Jean is an active member of DPP NARPO and regularly attends coffee mornings and meetings in Carmarthen.

 

MILFORD DOCKS POLICE

Ross Mather of Bridgend is a retired South Wales Police officer, who for almost half a century, has studied the history of the police forces of Wales. Throughout that time, he has also collected numerous historic and rare memorabilia of the Welsh police.

According to Ross, the below helmet badge is probably the rarest in his collection – it is a three piece badge which was worn on a rose top helmet. The badge was donated to Ross by the late Chief Supt. Bob Dale, ex Salford City, Pembrokeshire and Gloucestershire forces - the badge was valued a few years ago at £400-£500!

NARPO member, Mr Eric Mullins of Tenby joined Pembrokeshire Police in 1955 and was stationed at Milford Haven. He recollects that the Milford Docks Police which comprised of three Constables, was based in a small office at the main entrance to the Docks. 

The role of the officers was to enforce the Milford Docks bye-laws, but primarily to prevent pilfering - so in effect they were uniformed security guards. By the mid 60’s, the fishing industry was in decline and the Milford Docks Police was eventually disbanded.

Eric recalls that Bill Rostron started his Police career as a member of the Milford Docks Police and finished his Police career as DCC in Gwent!

Note: Milford Haven during the early part of the 20th century was the fifth largest fishing port in the UK and the home port for over 100 trawlers with over 200 ‘drifters’ - so the town was extremely busy with a mix of tough, hard drinking seamen

 

END OF AN ERA AT ABER

The photo shows Roger Garraway (PC 213) of the Prosecutions Dept at Aberystwyth shaking hands outside Aberystwyth Magistrates Court  with the Clerk of the Court, the late Mr. John Davies who was formerly a Prosecuting Solicitor and fondly known by many as ‘John QC’.

The photo was taken in 1986 at the last sitting of Aberystwyth Magistrate's Court where the police conducted proceedings prior to the introduction of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 created the CPS who became responsible for conducting criminal prosecutions in England & Wales.

Many thanks to Brian Wiley for submitting the nostalgic photo.

 

MID WALES CONSTABULARY FOOTBALL Xl

The below photo was taken many seasons ago (possibly 1963/64), unfortunately there is no information as to the venue or opponents.

Standing (L to R): Henry Jones, N/K, Brian Bebb, Wynn Edwards, Ralph Rees, Gwyn Hughes, Jeff Hopkins, Brian (Budgie) Evans, Ron Thorogood, Colin Price, Ivor Jones, N/K, N/K, Front: Bert Edwards, Peter Davies, Brian Oakley, Colin Williams, Mel Evans and Arthur (Nat) Lewis.

 

THE KIDWELLY POISONING TRIAL

Harold Greenwood was an English solicitor who moved to Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire in 1898 with his wife Mabel and their four children. In 1919, Greenwood was accused of murdering Mabel by arsenic poisoning and was tried at Carmarthen Assizes in 1920 where he was subsequently acquitted.

Harold Greenwood leaving the court

To view the scenes outside the court, including members of the Carmarthenshire Constabulary on horseback, click on:

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-kidwelly-poison-trial-scenes-and-incidents-at-carmarthen-assizes-1920-online?fbclid=IwAR3AVbtJqoU3mt7WhoQ-3kXuIkU0aoolHHapTKcA0BQVIp_L5FDNI5BtQwM

 

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN – PAT MOLLOY

Many NARPO members who were CID officers during the 70’s and early 80’s will have their own personal memory of Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Molloy who was head of Dyfed-Powys CID from 1972 to 83.

Detective C/Supt Pat Molloy

Dominic Patrick William Molloy was born in Cobh, Co. Cork and from the age of six brought up in England, leaving school at the age of 14 to work on the railway. In 1950 he joined Stoke on Trent City Police (later Staffordshire Police), entering CID in 1957.

During his time in Staffordshire he took a leading part in the 5-year investigation into a series of child murders known as the Cannock Chase Murders which shocked Britain, finally arresting the killer Raymond James Morris.

Writing became his hobby and on retirement, Pat and his wife Hilda lived at Fishguard overlooking the ferry terminal where he and his family first stepped off the boat from Cork. Sadly, he passed away at his home in June 2003.

Taken during the visit of HRH Prince Charles (1) to Newtown in 1973, DCC Cyril Vaughan (2), DCS Pat Molloy (3), Supt. Len Evans (4) and DS David Jones (5).  

The following photograph and quote are taken from his book Seal Bay about Operation Seal Bay which uncovered a sophisticated drug smuggling ring in north Pembrokeshire:

Ahoy there! – visiting Seal Bay shortly before his retirement. Pat Molloy (1), Det. Supt Derek Davies (2), DCC Aiden Mullett (3) and DS Aldwyn Jones (4) – later Det. Supt.

Eleven years I had held my job in Dyfed-Powys Police, since transferring from the Midlands where I had been a founder member of the Regional Crime Squad. Thirty-three years I had been a policeman, 25 years a detective. By dint of much travelling, constant contact at work and at play, by taking personal command of teams drawn from far and wide for protracted murder investigations, I knew every one of my men personally, their strengths, their weaknesses, their individual skills. ‘Work hard, play hard’ was our philosophy and there was nothing like a hundred hours a week major investigation and the celebration at the end of it to exemplify it.

 

MEMORIES OF A ‘CARMS & CARDS’ CADET

Following on from recent articles from former Cadets reminiscing about their time spent on Outward Bound Courses, Roger Davies of Pembroke has provided an interesting insight into his time as a young Cadet at Llanelli in the early 60’s.

To read the article click HERE.

Note: Police Cadets were introduced in 1959 with the initial intention of boosting recruitment into the Police as, at that time recruitment was very low. Until the 1990’s, Police Cadets were full-time employees who were aged 16-19. Police Cadets had no powers of arrest but were able to assist their senior colleagues in many practical matters as well as observing the work of their supervisors.

 

INVESTITURE OF HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES

On July 1st 1969, the investiture of Prince Charles took place at Caernarfon Castle, making him the 21st Prince of Wales. Among the 4,000 guests at the ceremony was Mr JR Jones, Chief Constable Dyfed-Powys Constabulary.

NARPO member Mr Peter Jones of Freshwater East, son of ‘JR’, recently came across investiture memorabilia including the comprehensive 112 page Operational Order compiled by Gwynedd Constabulary.

The front cover, introduction and a table of showing the mutual aid provided by outside forces can be found by clicking HERE.

 

OUTWARD BOUND AT ABERDOVEY

Following on from the recent article and photographs of the Elan Valley Police Cadet Camp, some DPP Cadets attended the Aberdovey Outward Bound School.

The above group photo supplied by Gavin Davies (arrowed) was taken at Aberdovey in April 1972. Gavin has also compiled a synopsis of his time at Aberdovey which can be found by clicking HERE.

 

AMMANFORD IN THE 50’S – SEE UPDATE BELOW

The below photograph received from Harry Rees, was taken in 1954/55 and originates from DPP NARPO member Dulais Williams, a former member of the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary.

It shows an overturned fire tender which was on an emergency call having travelled a short distance from the fire station in Heol Wallasey through Ammanford Square where it overturned in College Street.

The officer at the scene would have been a Carmarthenshire officer prior to amalgamation with Cardiganshire which took place in 1958.

Harry is reliably informed by Dulais that at present only three officers from the former Carmarthenshire force are still alive.

Dulais and Harry are attempting to identify the officer in the photograph – can you help?

UPDATE

NARPO member Mr Handel Rees (Rtd. PS51) has provided more details about the incident:

Handel is confident that the officer pictured in the photo is PC Johnson (No.5) as when Handel was about 15 years of age, he used to deliver milk to the officer’s home. Handel has also clarified that Ammanford Fire Station was then situated in the car park of what is now the Ammanford Social Club, commonly known as the Pick and Shovel.

The fire engine had travelled along Wind Street, failed to negotiate a nasty left-hand bend before overturning in College Street. The driver of the vehicle was Benny Williams who later became a County Councillor and a Magistrate. The passengers in the fire tender at the time included Sid Thomas and Alan Lane.

Many thanks to Handel for solving the mystery. 

 

 ELAN VALLEY POLICE CADET CAMP

The Elan Valley (below) is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas in Wales. However, for those that joined ‘the job’ as a Police Cadet and attended the Elan Valley Police Cadet Camp (EVPCC), the area probably evokes many memories of what was a physically demanding but rewarding time in their young lives.

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The outward-bound camp was situated a few miles west of Rhayader in the shadow of the imposing Caban Coch dam that supplies Birmingham with water. The courses, each lasting four weeks, were run by instructors from Birmingham City / West Midlands Police with Cadets drawn primarily from Midlands and Home Counties forces.

On arrival, each new intake was split into six platoons with each platoon named after a nearby town or village. After being issued with a sleeping bag, rucksack and eating utensils, Cadets were assigned to their new home with no home comforts  - a large ridge tent with wooden pallets for a mattress.

During the course, Cadets were instructed in new skills including map reading, compass work, knot typing, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, cross-country running, assault course and other physical challenges. By the end of the day they were dog-tired and with little in the way of entertainment, it was either a game of football or watching television on a small black & white TV.

The toughest challenge came towards the end of the course - a four-day trek over the Cambrian Mountains carrying a massive rucksack. It was hot, hilly and backbreaking - to make matters worse, the midges loved the tender, young flesh!

An aerial view of the area where the camp was situated – today, only the goalposts remain.

Four DPP NARPO members have kindly supplied photos taken during their time at Elan Valley and they appear below in chronological order.

N.B. Further memories will appear in due course - if you attended EVPCC please let us have your memories & photos.

 

1965 – WE’VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE!

Clive Cowey attended EVPCC as a Mid-Wales Constabulary Cadet, but things didn’t exactly go according to plan. (Unfortunately, Clive’s time at the camp was cut short due to him sustaining a broken ankle on the arduous assault course).

Clive is stood at the rear, second from right. Clive recollects that We’ve Got to Get out of this Place sang by The Animals became the camp’s anthem and for obvious reasons was sung with gusto at every opportunity! ‘Although it was over 50 years ago I still remember that the days were taken up with various physical activities which certainly did wonders in boosting our self-confidence’.

 

1967 – MIDGES, SHEEP AND BLISTERS!

Like Clive, Hugh Colley was a Mid-Wales Constabulary Cadet and attended EVPCC in August 1967. He recalls, ‘The object of the four-week course with its rigid rules, was to toughen us up - both physically and mentally’.

Hugh on the extreme left of the front row also recollects ‘We all suffered with badly blistered feet and midge bites from the long treks over hilly and boggy terrain. It was definitely, the most challenging and demanding four weeks of our lives but great fun. A Commandant's inspection was held each Friday morning when our kit was inspected.. Also, the grass around each tent had to be cleared of sheep droppings and the turf swept in straight lines so it looked like Wembley on Cup Final day!

The camp motto Nec Aspera Terrent carved in wood roughly translates as Frightened by No Difficulties.

 

1972 - LOITERING WITHIN TENT

Geraint Phillips of Pembroke attended EVPCC in July / August 1972 as a Dyfed-Powys Cadet together with Dylan Thomas (Rtd. PS15) who was in a different platoon.

Geraint kneeling on the extreme left with his own brand of humour recalls. ‘It was a very tough, but happy four-week course spent in 5-star accommodation! After all, we could see at least 5 stars through the hole in our tent’. 

 

1976 – THE HEATWAVE SUMMER!

It was during the red hot summer of 1976 when Arfon Jones spent the whole of June at the cadet camp. At the tender age of 17, a month away from home was a daunting experience as George Phillips (then training PC) conveyed a group of young cadets from Carmarthen to Elan Valley – their new home.

Arfon’s platoon: (Standing from L to R) Martin Jones, Bill James, Arfon Jones, Meirion James. Front row: Barry Pinder and two West Midlands Cadets.

The above group photo includes a contingent of DPP Cadets including: Back row: (L to R) Phil Ingram, Andy Vaughan, Les Clark, Ceri Jones, Phil Brackley and Malcolm Thomas. Second row standing: Bill James, Arfon Jones, Bob Jones; Meirion James, David Puntan, Kevin Chamberlain, Martin Jones. Seated: Norman Nicholls, Malcolm Thompson, David Meredith. Sat on ground: Chris Jones, Andy (Snowy) Thomas and Barry Pinder.

In 2006 Arfon returned to the Elan Valley for the day and walked the area retracing the steps of the hikes and camp sites in 1976. With change of time most of the buildings had fallen to total ruin and trees grown to change the landscape but standing there in tranquility within the countryside, he could still visualise the way it was in 1976.

Happy times, forty years have certainly flown by!!

UPDATE:

The following has been received from Malcolm Thompson (Coroner’s Officer, Carmarthen Division):

The photo submitted by Arfon Jones certainly brought back memories. June of 1976 was one of the hottest on record when this camp took place. The names in the photo that he was unsure of were Phil Brackley and David Puntan.

 

FORCE RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT

The below photo supplied by Glyn Cole (Rtd. DC802) was taken at Pontyates in April 1979 and features the jubilant C (Pembrokeshire) Division squad that defeated A (Llanelli) Division 26 - 16 in the final.

Back (L to R): Rob Thomas, Glyn Cole, John Kilcoyne, Bill Horne, Clive Rich. Front: Jeremy Davies, Ken Rees, Andy Edwards and Graham Richards

 

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JUDGES ESCORT IN CARMARTHEN

The below photo of a group of Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire officers was taken in 1959/60. It features the Judges Escort making their way to the Assize Court at The Guildhall following a church service held at St. Peter’s Church.

 

NARPO member Mr Peter Colwill of Borth has managed to identify some of the officers as follows:

The Inspector leading the procession is David Evans and the other Inspector is Meurig Thomas (later Superintendent at Aberystwyth). I think that the Sergeant on the right of the photo is Arwyn Thomas (Rtd. 126). The motorcyclist could be either the late Gareth Thomas (No. 191) or the late Ch. Insp. Dan Jones (61) as they were both motorcyclists at that time.

Left side from front

Right side from front

Insp. Meurig Thomas

Insp. David Evans

PS Jack Williams (later Insp)

PS Arwyn Thomas

PC John Phillips

PC Gwmryn Jones

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PC Peter Colwill

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The following has been received from Roger Davies of Pembroke: The photo is either 1962/3, as I was a Police Cadet in Llanelly when Insp Evans was the Station Sgt (No.153) when I joined in 1960 and up to 1963 when he was promoted Inspector to Lampeter. The motor cyclist is PC Brian Thomas (No 45) and I firmly believe the other Inspector is John Edwards and not Meurig Thomas who I drove quite often when he was Superintendent In Aberystwyth. All other names I agree and Gwmryn number was 162.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE IN HAVERFORDWEST

The below photograph was taken outside Haverfordwest Magistrates Court in the late 60’s. The three Pembrokeshire Police officers being (left to right): PC’s Bryn Phillips, Doug Samuel and Victor Morgan

The man in ‘plain’ clothes appeared before the court having refused to allow Ministry of Agriculture officials onto his farm to test for TB. Sadly, the three officers in the photograph have all passed on

 

CARMARTHENSHIRE & CARDIGANSHIRE CONSTABULARY TRAFFIC DEPT

The below photograph was posted recently on a Facebook page dedicated to the history of Carmarthen - Wales' oldest market town.

The group of Traffic Officers have been identified as (left to right): John Edwards, Lionel Jones, Daff Jones, Ken Chapman, Gareth Davies, Brian Thomas, Jim Lewis and Trefor Bowen.

 

CWMBRAN POLICE TRAINING CENTRE 1974

Shortly after the official opening of the newly built Police Training Centre at Cwmbran in 1974 the Police Review magazine carried a full-page article about the purpose-built centre which can be viewed by clicking HEREThe article includes pen pictures of the staff featuring  several Dyfed-Powys officers.

 

PAY SCALES 1971

The below has been posted on Facebook (Virtual History of Policing in Wales) and shows the agreed pay scales for 1971 – Policewomen were paid less until the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.

 

NORTH POWYS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Twenty-nine NARPO members from North Powys enjoyed a Christmas lunch at the Lakeside Restaurant, Garthmyl, a picturesque setting overlooking the River Severn. It was the first time that such a function has been held, and judging by the comments of those attending, it will not be the last. People had travelled from as far as Cwmbran, Carmarthen and Llandrindod Wells, with some members not having seen each other for over twenty years.

 Regine Parkinson, Peter Davies, Joyce Davies, Edwina Bloomfield

 Brian Randle, Meudwen Rowbottom, Lorna Watkins, Elfed Watkins, John Roderick, Phil Addicott, Heidi Addicott, Lyn Clark, Terry Rees, Vim Clark, Bill Rowbottom, Trudy Randle. Sadly, just a few days after the event Mr Terry Rees passed away at his home in Newtown.

Left clockwise: Bill Smith, Bryan Bell, Regine Parkinson, Peter Davies, Joyce Davies, Edwina Bloomfield, Gill Hopkins, Clive Cowey, Derek Bloomfield, Jan Eagles, Roger Eagles, Des Parkinson, Bob Evans, Dave Crees

 Bill Smith, Bryan Bell, Regine Parkinson, Peter Davies, Joyce Davies, Edwina Bloomfield, Pat Cowey, Gill Hopkins

Pat Cowey, Gill Hopkins, Phil Hopkins, Clive Cowey

 

DRUG SQUAD REUNION

In November, former Drug Squad officers from Dyfed-Powys, South Wales and Gwent enjoyed a reunion in Carmarthen where they enjoyed reminiscing about their work.

Back row:   Brian Jenkins (SWP) Bob O'Flaretty (SWP) Martin Tavener (DPP). Next row: Colin Stevens (SWP) Terry Stokes (DPP) Stuart Carpenter (DPP). Next row: Geraint Lewis (SWP) Chris Jones (SWP) Bob Whitter Jones (SWP) Colin Mathews (SWP)Phil Jones (SWP) Paul Lewis (DPP) Ron Davies (DPP). Front row:  Wendy Lillygreen (Gwent) Martin Edwards (Gwent) Tommy Eynon (SWP) Bruce Sheppard (SWP). Also attended but not in the photo: Tony Brinsden, Ted Pugh, Terry Bough Griffiths and Alun Davies (all DPP)

 

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR

Enjoying themselves while off duty at the annual Portfield Fair, Haverfordwest in October 1956 are four members of the Pembrokeshire Police.

From left to right: Les Walker (PC102), Tom Townsend, Merville Roberts (Later DCC) and Terry Martin.

 

INITIAL TRAINING AT BRIDGEND

This photo was taken at No. 8 DPTC Bridgend in July 1955 and features recruits undergoing the 13 week initial training course.

Fourth from the left of the middle row is PC Les Walker who joined the Pembrokeshire Police and was stationed at Haverfordwest and Pembroke prior to leaving the service to take up employment at the local oil refinery.

The intake includes recruits from forces that ceased to exist following the round of amalgamations that took place in the 60’s including Monmouth, Glamorgan, Denbigh, Gwynedd, Swansea, Flint and Hereford.

Many thanks to Les for supplying the photograph.

 

RE-OPENING OF LAMPETER POLICE STATION

Arfon Jones recently came across this photo which will be of interest to former B Division members. There was no funding for a new police station in Lampeter so the best option was to re-furbish the existing building to meet the then current needs of the 21st century.

When the alterations and refurbishment was completed the station was officially opened / re-opened in 2005 and past officers were invited to join us for the day. Among those who attended are: (Left to right) Arfon Jones, Dennis Jones (Rtd. PS291), Ken Lewis (Rtd. C/Insp), Dorothy Newing (Rtd. Secretary - now deceased), David Evans (Rtd.PC330 fondly known as Dai half past three), John Jones (Rtd.PS271), Eifion Rees (Rt. C/Insp)    

 

NARPO GOLF DAY 2018

The sixth annual NARPO Golf Day was held at Builth Wells Golf Club and the below photo shows the 15 members that vied for the prestigious trophy. For a full report on the highly successful event click HERE

From Left to Right: Phil Gower, Phil Hopkins, Graeme Dickson, Robin Wilson, Gareth Wheatman, Phil Small, Mike Benbow, Mark Edwards, Alan Jones, Colin Finch, Paul Jones, Jane Ingram, Gary Evans, Des Parkinson, David Jones.

 

MID-WALES CONSTABULARY FOOTBALL Xl

The below photograph of the Mid-Wales Constabulary football team was sent in by Phil Williams who joined the force as a Cadet and subsequently transferred to Cheshire Constabulary. Phil retired as an Inspector based at Runcorn and is enjoying retirement living in the beautiful city of Chester.

Back (L to R): Dai (Spudder) Davies, Colin Williams, Peter Davies, Terry Parkhouse, Dave Gorman, Chris Brennan and Alan Jones. Front: Phil Williams, Brian Oakley, Gwyn Hughes, Arthur (Nat) Lewis John (Jake) Williams.

The photo was taken at the start of the 1967-68 season and features several players who regularly turned out for club sides playing in the Mid-Wales and Montgomeryshire leagues.

 

LLANELLI POLICE BALLS IN THE 60's

NARPO member Anthony Jones of Pembroke recently came across the below photos while browsing a family album belonging to his late parents – Colin Jones (PS97) and his wife Diane.

Left to right: Colin Jones and Mrs Jones, Alan Nurton and Mrs Nurton, the couple on the extreme right remain unidentified.

Update from Mr Berwyn Williams stating that Handel Rees (PS51) and Mrs Rees are the third couple.

From L to R: Terry Marshall (PS254) and Mrs Marshall, Gareth Davies (DC268) and Mrs Davies, Eirwyn (Curly) Edwards (Rtd. Insp) and Mrs Edwards, Colin Jones and Mrs Jones. While Anthony was unable to name most of the group, Roger Davies has once again come to the rescue and according to Roger, both photos were probably taken at the annual police ball, as when he joined as Cadet in September 1960 the men were all young bobbies.

 

TRAINING COURSES AT FHQ

Many thanks to NARPO member David Jones of Hay on Wye for supplying the below photos taken at FHQ Carmarthen.

The first photo taken in June 1987 features attendees at a Drugs or House to House course.

Back (L to R): Keith Blanchard, David Jones, Gwilym Williams, N/K, Bob Summons. Middle: Nigel Scourfield, Beverley Anderson, Phil Hopkins, N/K, Neil Jenkins, Dai Jones, Iwan Davies, Idris Williams. Front: Dennis Jones, Des Davies, Dai Lewis, Ian Evans, Wyn Davies, Iwan Davies

HOLMES Course at HQ in September 1987:

Back (L to R): David Jones, Keith Jones, Richie Parry, Malcolm Taylor, Phil Small, Jeff Harries, Ian Thomas, Roger Meyrick. Front: Gary Evans, Dylan Thomas, Glan Griffiths, Andrea Cleary, Ian Griffiths

Many thanks also to Gary Evans for supplying some of the names – hopefully someone can help ‘fill the gaps’

Update: Some of the 'gaps' filled by Roger Davies of Pembroke and Nigel Williams.

 

FRIAR’S PARK – SOON TO BE DEMOLISHED

Many thanks to Nigel Williams who came across the below photos recently on a Facebook page relating to Old Carmarthen.

The below photo of the newly built Friar’s Park, HQ of the Carmarthenshire Constabulary was taken when it first opened for business in 1957. The imposing building will soon be demolished to make way for a well known German supermarket.

The second photo was also taken in 1957 and shows senior officers of the Carmarthenshire Constabulary taken outside the newly opened HQ.

Front row (Left to Right); C/Insp J Evans, Supt. W Lloyd, Supt & DCC N Davies, Mr TH Lewis (Chief Constable). Supt DJ Jones, Supt WW John, Det.C/Insp ETG Jones. Middle row: Detective Insp. D Davies, Inspectors SH Wilmett, FW Fox, BG Jones, DH Davies, H Sherwood and DL Williams. Back row: Inspectors H Nicholas, WH Knowles, CJ Thomas, M Thomas, JLG Morgan and HT Nicholas.

 

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

Gwyndaf Prosser of Llanelli visited the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire recently. Each Police Force within in the UK has their emblem marked by a tree and after much searching he managed to find the Dyfed-Powys crest (below).

Please note if anyone visits the arboretum to find a Police emblem badge, you are advised to make enquires with the staff who will indicate the exact location by tree number to you - well worth a visit if in the area.

 

WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG.

Roger Davies of Pembroke recently came across this school photo which was taken in the early 60’s at Bush House School, Pembroke. The school had a special fame as it was the only school in Wales with its own farm where students could have practical lessons in land management alongside schoolwork.

However, for various reasons not all students took up careers in farming. Shown in the photo are Nigel Rogers-Lewis (Rtd. PS312), seated on the far right and Phil Lloyd (Rtd. PS534), standing four from right on second row from the rear, who both preferred the prospect of pounding the beat rather than milking cows.

Many thanks to Roger for supplying the photo. 

 

A DRAIN ON RESOURCES?

The below photo kindly supplied by Nick Davies of Haverfordwest was taken in the late 80’s / early 90’s and probably many members will be puzzled as to the background to the amusing incident.

Nick (left) with Nigel holding onto the 'rescuer'!

In a nutshell, Nigel Scourfield (Rtd. PS 263) had accidentally dropped the keys to the station’s Panda car down a drain. He duly summoned the Traffic Department (PC Nick Davies 42) to assist him in retrieving them, but Nick was ‘unable’ (unwilling) to assist!

Fortunately, a public-spirited passer-by very kindly offered to assist and suggested that he be held by the legs by the two officers and lowered down the drain to retrieve the keys. With no Health & Safety issues to take care of, Nigel and Nick carefully lowered the young man down the drain and after just a few minutes he managed to recover the keys!

 

JOHN WALKS FOR A GOOD CAUSE

John Daniels (Rtd. C/Supt) is the secretary of the Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru group, helping to fundraise and raise awareness of Prostate Cancer in Pembrokeshire. In June, John took part in The Big Walk 2018 and through generous sponsorship he raised over £1,000 for Prostate Cymru, the leading prostate health charity in Wales.

John at the start of the walk with Sir Gareth Edwards and Tina Tew, Chief Executive Prostate Cymru

An incredible 462 walkers took part in the sponsored event which saw the young and not so young participants walking 30 miles in extreme heat from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff to Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend.

Prostate Cymru is committed to raising awareness of prostate issues such as benign prostate disease and prostate cancer. The charity provides free of charge awareness sessions to workplaces, organisations, sports, rotary and social clubs across Wales.

To organise an awareness presentation or information stand, please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Did you know that Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in Welsh men? Annually, 2,500 men are diagnosed and 550 will die from the disease. It affects 1 in 8 men and 1 in 3 if there is a family history. To view a short presentation on Prostate Awareness, click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97fFRWyfQGA

 

 

SPORTING SUCCESS FOR NARPO MEMBERS

Huw Rees and Nick Ingram of Carmarthen have earned the right to compete in the Welsh Seniors Greensome Foursomes Championships at Denbigh Golf Club at the end of September.

Huw and Nick after winnning a competition at Aberdovey GC

The duo won the qualifying competition at Carmarthen Golf Club in May - congratulations to them both on their success and we wish them all the best in their quest for victory at Denbigh.

Brian Dowling and Hugh Colley will be competing in the 2018 Welsh Bowls Finals at Llandrindod Wells in August when they represent Pembrokeshire in the Over 60’s Rink competition.

Brian second from left and Hugh extreme right 

Brian and Hugh who both play for Pembroke Dock Bowling Club, were part of the quartet that won the Pembrokeshire County competition held at Milford Haven BC in July.

Update: The Pembroke Dock rink lost in the quarter final of the Welsh National Finals by two shots to a strong quartet representing Whitchurch (Cardiff). Also participating in the same event was Nigel George of Carmarthen BC who were defeated by Bedwelty Park BC.

 

PHIL SIGNS OFF ON A HIGH NOTE

A highly successful Festival of Massed Male Voices was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 19th May 2018 with over 750 voices of choirs from across the Principality and UK.

There is little doubt that the 2018 event created happy memories for the 5,500 people present and none more so than for Stage Manager, Phil Lloyd of Pembroke Male Voice Choir who also compered the evening.

Phil being presented with a plaque by the Association's General Secretary, Arthur Brady (right) - both Phil and Arthur are members of DPP NARPO.

It was Phil's last concert after being involved in the organisation of the event for the last 30 years and he was suitably recognised for his long service with the presentation of a commemorative plaque at the end of what has become recognized as one of the world’s premier massed choral concerts.

 

PHIL AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF NARPO

Mr Phil Hopkins stood down as Chairman at the 2018 AGM having fulfilled the role for the past 14 years.

Phil receiving his Certificate of Life Membership from Mr Brian Burdus (NARPO President)

During the recent well attended Annual General Meeting held at Carmarthen, the NARPO President, Mr Brian Burdus, made a presentation to Phil Hopkins who was retiring as Chairman of the Dyfed-Powys branch after 14 years in office.

In addition, Phil received a gift from the branch in recognition of his outstanding work as Chairman together with a bouquet for his wife Gill.

Before standing down, Phil acknowledged the huge support he has received over the years from NARPO officers and committee members who work so hard in the background. A special word of thanks was extended to Gill, who for many years accompanied him to meetings within the force area and further afield. In conclusion, he wished his successor best wishes for the future.

 

WELSHPOOL COFFEE MORNING WELCOMES VIP’S

The inclement weather in March led to a low turnout at the coffee morning held at The Royal Oak, Welshpool and it was subsequently agreed to hold a similar event at the same venue at the end of April.  

This time, the get together was well attended by members and wives who welcomed two dignitaries who gave up their valuable time to enjoy a convivial chat over a cup of coffee. The dignitaries being local politicians Russell George, who is the Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire and Glyn Davies, Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire.

Below is a selection of photographs taken during the morning:

Mrs Joyce Davies, Mr Glyn Davies MP, Edwina Bloomfield, Gill Hopkins, Heidi Addicott and Pat Cowey.

Mr Russell George AM with Clive Cowey and Phil Addicott.

Three former Mid-Wales Constabulary officers enjoying a ‘catch up’ – Bob Evans, Terry Rees and Elfed Watkins

Standing: Peter Davies, Phil Addicott, Clive Cowey, Derek Bloomfield. Sitting: Phil Hopkins, Gill Hopkins, Heidi Addicott, Pat Cowey and Edwina Bloomfield.

Many thanks to Phil Hopkins for organising the event and supplying the photos.

 

JIM ON THE BEAT AT MACH

The below photo was taken of Jim Honeybill (Rtd. PC716) in the late 80’s at the Dyfed-Powys and North Wales Police boundary.

Following retirement, Jim has become involved in local politics and in June 2017 was elected as a Councillor onto Machynlleth Town Council.

Photo credit: Tom Heatlie & Associates of Machynlleth.

 

BRIDGEND NO 8 DPTC 1964

Another course photo taken at the No. 8 DPTC at Bridgend which was located at what was the FHQ of the former Glamorgan Constabulary and is now the South Wales Police HQ.

The photo was supplied by NARPO member Peter Davies (Rtd. DC 590) of Newtown who joined the Mid Wales Constabulary as a Cadet and commenced the thirteen-week initial training course in August 1964. Peter is pictured third from right middle row and the late Goronwy (Gron) Brennan is on the extreme right of the same row.

 

TWENTY-TWO YEARS LATER - LONG SERVICE MEDAL PRESENTATION

The Lord Lieutenant of Powys, Mr Mervyn Bourdillion, presents a Long Service Medal to Alan Harding (Rtd. Supt) in a presentation ceremony held at Newtown.

Also pictured, from the left: Mr John Lloyd (Police Authority Chairman), Mrs RM Thomas (High Sheriff), Mr David Shattock (Chief Constable), and medal recipients Bill Smith, Neil Hughes, Wynne Owen, Cei Williams, Wynne Foster, David Lewis and Peter Davies.

Many thanks to Peter for supplying the above photos.

 

LLANELLI EAST SECTION - ANNUAL REPORT 1994

DC Clive Jones (Regional Prison Intelligence Unit) formerly of Dyfed-Powys, has submitted a copy of the 1994 annual report in respect of Llanelli East Section which includes some interesting statistics and young faces.

To view the report, click HERE.

 

RED KITE GOLF TOUR

Golf has often been defined as a good walk spoiled, however in the mid 80’s a group of enthusiastic golfers stationed in D (Powys) Division formed the Red Kite Golf Society (the red kite being the emblem of Powys).

The highlight of the Red Kites golfing calendar was the annual tour to Coleford set in the beautiful Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and below is a selection of photographs taken during the tours.

First Tee: (L to R) Howard Jones, Clive Howells, John Williams, Alan Jones and Dai Richards

The 19th hole - Colin Perrier, Peter Davies, John Williams, Deri Evans, Clive Howells, Malcolm Taylor, Brian Oakley, Terry Parkhouse, N/K

Brian (Dinger) Bell and John (Jake) Williams

Dai Rees and Hywel Rees

Big hitting Alan Jones receiving a prize from Brian Crowdie

Photos supplied by Peter Davies.

 

LLANELLI POLICE WIVES IN THE 70’S

The below photo has been submitted by Anthony Jones (Rtd. PS769) of Pembroke who provided the following information:

As youngsters we were part of a large police family that lived in Harvard Road, Llanelli where I enjoyed very happy times. The photo, which was taken in the early 70’s, is from my late parents collection and features Police wives enjoying a night out.

The ladies are from left to right: The late Mrs Marlene Edwards, wife of Eirwyn ‘Curly’ Edwards (Rtd. C/Inspector), Mrs Sheila Nurton wife of the late Alan Nurton (Rtd. DC) and my mother Mrs Diane Jones, wife of my father - Colin Jones (Rtd. PS97).

 

THE MYSTERY OF THE SHARK IN THE PARK

In the late 80’s, the residents of Machynlleth were astounded to discover that a shark had been abandoned in the town’s car park. NARPO member, Jim Honeybill (Rtd. PC716) was stationed in the mid-Wales town at the time and was tasked with establishing the owner(s) of the property.

A fishy tale - Jim with the basking shark in the background.

Jim recalls that the incident received considerable media interest and despite making extensive enquiries, the mystery remained unsolved.

Photo credit: Shropshire Star newspaper.

 

THE OLD AND THE NEW

The below photograph was taken at the 50th anniversary ceremony held at FHQ in April and features former senior officers and support staff together with present day incumbents.

MID-WALES CONSTABULARY REUNION 2018

The annual reunion of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association was held at The Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells on Friday 11th May with members traveling from far and wide to meet up with former colleagues.

Following the AGM, thirty members and guests sat down to an excellent lunch organised by Barry Hicks (Secretary / Treasurer). During the speeches, mention was made of the loss of several members during the year including Don Jenkins, Arthur Taylor, Ted Jacobs and Glyn Hawker together with members unable to attend due to ill health.

During his presidential address, Henry Jones gave a resume of the recent 50th Anniversary Service held at FHQ, Carmarthen recently to celebrate 50 years of the formation of Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police.

Above photographs taken during the reunion by Peter Davies (Rtd. DC590 SOCO) 

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

HEDDLU DYFED POWYS POLICE·FRIDAY, 27 APRIL 2018

The first part of the ceremony began with Welsh journalist, presenter and newsreader Huw Edwards leading ‘A Journey in Time’ presentation. Below is a selection of photographs taken during the afternoon featuring members of Dyfed-Powys NARPO.

In 1968. the newly formed Dyfed-Powys Constabulary had an establishment of 820 officers of which, just 35 were women.

Pictured is Police Sergeant Jean Evans, the first female Sergeant in the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire force

Terry Stokes & Dai Rees reminiscing about their experiences on Operation Julie, an investigation into the production and distribution of LSD.

Ron ‘Coch’ Davies talking about a new member of the force, a Labrador by the name of ‘Roman Road Bowie’, known as ‘Bowie’, the force’s first drugs dog.

Former Chief Constable, Mr Ray White reminiscing about his time as head of Dyfed-Powys Police.

Retired Detective Chief Superintendent Andy John and Superintendent Ian John, speaking about the investigation into the murder of 5-year-old April Jones in Machynlleth.

Mr Ray White dedicating a Book of Remembrance to commemorate those who died whilst serving with Dyfed-Powys Police.

Dylan Thomas giving a reading on the introduction and history of policing in the UK.

Ms Jackie Roberts reflects on her time in Dyfed-Powys and the introduction of the force Chaplaincy Service.

Many thanks to Emma Northcote (Senior Manager, Corporate Communications) for her assistance in supplying the photographs.

 

UPDATE (1)

The below photo initially appeared on the website some time ago having been supplied by Berwyn Williams.  At the time the identity of the person stood third from the left was unknown.

Many thanks to Peter Dunkley for providing the following update:

‘The face of the unknown person seemed familiar to me and having spoken to him recently he confirmed it was him. He was indeed a local solicitor by the name of Michael Gimblett and in front of him is his wife Margaret. He told me that he had played rugby for the Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary under the guise of a Special Constable!!’

 

UPDATE (2)

The below photo supplied by Gavin Davies was posted on the website earlier this year and several of the officers were identified by ‘older’ NARPO members but several were not recognised.

Thanks to the help of NARPO members Geoff Davies and Ken Madge most of the group have now been named except for the officer in third row fifth from left and the first officer same row on left. Geoff and Ken confirm that the photograph was taken in 1952 and features officers stationed at Ammanford.

 

CRICKET LOVELY CRICKET

It is that time of year again when the football posts come down to be replaced with cricket squares - the British summer is built around the sound of leather cricket ball whacking against a willow bat (or clattering into one’s stumps for many)!

Dai Morris has provided another photo from his collection of cricket photos, this one was taken in 2015 at Leicester while supporting the highly successful DPP cricket team.

Left to Right: Glyn Cole, Dai Lee, Dai Morris and Phil Gower.

Note: During a period of eleven years (2005-1016), the Dyfed-Powys Police cricket squad became PAA National Winners on eight occasions.

 

CARMARTHENSHIRE CONSTABULARY RUGBY

Many thanks to Mr Bryn Jones (Rtd. C/Supt) of Carmarthen for the below photograph taken in 1950 of the highly successful Carmarthenshire Constabulary Rugby XV.

Back Row (L to R):  PC’s Des Jones 136. (Welsh International), Handel Evans 118, Bryn Jones 180, Ieuan Jones 160, Terry Samuel 95, Gerald Evans 161, Gareth Davies 174, Celt Jones 117, Eurwyn Thomas 56 Referee. Front (L to R) ? Thomas 114, Haydn Morris 158, Eric Lewis 168, ? Morgan 112, Wyn Evans 72 and Ken Evans 127.

 

Update. The following has been received from Roger Davies (Pembroke): On the left front row is Ivor Herbert (Rtd. PS16) who sadly died in January this year. Front row, Morgan 112 is Les Morgan who was a Sergeant stationed at Llanelly when I joined as a Cadet in 1960.

 

SOUTH PEMBS TUG OF WAR

Taken in the late 80’s / early 90’s the below photograph supplied by Anthony Jones shows the South Pembrokeshire Division Tug of War team that took part in a DPP Open Day held at FHQ Carmarthen

Standing (L to R): Anthony Jones, Nigel Jones, Nick Bevan, George Phillips, Nigel Stubbins and the late Mr Dan Jones (Rtd. C/Insp) who refereed the contests. Front: Paul Morris, Reg Bevan, Mike Maynard, Mr Ray White and Peter Evans.

(Tug of War can be traced back to 8th century BC and puts two teams against each other in a test of strength. Teams pull on opposite ends of a rope, with the goal being to bring the rope a certain distance against the force of the opposing team's pull).

 

GREEN GODDESS AT LLANELLI

Britain was plunged into a state of national emergency in 1977 when firefighters staged their first UK-wide strike. The strike started on November 14th, stretching over Christmas and New Year. Over 800 ageing Green Goddess fire engines were deployed throughout the country with two fire engines (Call Sign Sospan 1 and Sospan 2) based at Llanelli. The appliances, crewed by RAF personnel, took responsibility for fire-fighting with traffic officers escorting them to ‘shouts’.

At the end of the strike, Inspector Alan Davies was presented with an RAF shield as a token of appreciation for the hospitality and assistance provided during the nine week strike. Also pictured are: Gwyndaf Prosser, David Morgan, Alun Rees, Nigel Davies, Huw Jones, David Thomas, John Davies, Howard Davies, and the late Howard Waters.

Many thanks to Huw Jones for supplying the photo and to Gwyndaf Prosser for identifying former colleagues.

 

LUCKY ESCAPE AT STRADEY PARK

Many thanks to NARPO member Huw Jones (Rtd PC140) of Llanelli (arrowed) for the below photograph taken at Stradey Park on Saturday 12th December 1970. The photo shows a BBC camera platform that had been erected in the grandstand to televise a Welsh Rugby trial match featuring eight Llanelli players.

Huw, a lifelong Scarlets fan, was off-duty at the game and recollects that shortly before kick-off the gantry collapsed falling onto spectators 35’ below, injuring 15 with 6 detained at Llanelli Hospital. A cameraman was seriously injured after falling from the gantry. I had a feeling that due to the number of people on the platform that anything could happen - luckily I moved to one side in the nick of time.

 

FIRST ADVANCED DRIVING COURSE IN DPP

For many years Dyfed-Powys officers underwent Advanced Driver training courses at South Wales Police HQ, Bridgend. In 1993, the first Advanced Driving Course was held ‘in force’ at FHQ Carmarthen and the below photograph features the first batch of students.

L to R: JL Davies (PC690), TE Lewis (PC455) PC Huw Jones (Instructor) and MS James (PC206). Photo supplied by Huw Jones.

 

SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE CID

Many thanks to Anthony Jones for the below photograph of South Pembrokeshire CID taken at Pembroke Dock Police Station in 1995.

Back row (L to R): Shane Williams, Mark Bleasdale, Anthony Jones, Alan Hunter, Gareth Evans, Neil Howells, Max Hayman, Reg Bevan. Front: Steffan Gdula, Fiona O’Brien, Jim Morris (DS @ Tenby), Roger Hughes (DI), Phil Ingram (DS @ P. Dock) and Nigel Jones.

 

LLANELLI MOUNTED SECTION

The below photo was taken in the yard of Llanelli Police Station in 1965/66. The two horses were impounded on a morning shift by Huw Jones and Nigel Williams (in the background) having been found in a shop doorway in Stepney Street.

Huw recalls that the two horses tried hard to evade capture and at one time there was a real concern that they were going to crash through the plate glass windows to escape.  

 

TRAFFIC OFFICERS COURSE

Many former Traffic Officers will fondly recall their time spent attending a Traffic Officer’s Course at Ferryside Further Education Centre where they boosted their knowledge of road traffic legislation.

The above photograph supplied by Huw Jones (2nd from right) was probably taken in the late 1970’ / early 80’s. No doubt visitors to the website will be able to help in identifying the students.

 

TENBY POLICE OPEN DAY

Braving the weather at the Tenby Police Open Day held at The Salterns Car Park on a very wet Sunday in May 1993 was the Mayor of Tenby, Councillor Mrs Eileen Hodgson.

Councillor Hodgson is pictured with motorbike enthusiasts Tom and Kelly Jones whose father Anthony Jones (holding the umbrella), was then based at Pembroke Dock (Traffic) - looking on is Inspector Clive Howells.

Kelly followed in her father’s footsteps and joined Dyfed-Powys Police initially as a PCSO (See below).

 

FAST FORWARD TO 2017

Almost 25 years later and Kelly is currently WPC Kelly Jones No. 615 based at Tenby and in November 2017 was commended by Chief Constable Mark Collins for her contribution to Operation Tasman.

Kelly receiving her award from Chief Constable Mr Mark Collins

Operation Tasman was a protracted investigation of a stranger sexual assault. Due to the investigating team’s efforts, the suspect was charged with eight offences and subsequently sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

 

SOUTH PEMBS POLICE FOOTBALL (1992)

Many thanks to Anthony Jones (Rtd. PS769) of Pembroke for the below photo of the South Pembrokeshire team that took part in a tournament organised by Pembroke Power Station in the summer of 1992. The other teams competing in the tournament being Angle FC, Hundleton FC and a team representing the Power Station.

Back row (L to R): Andy Jones, Ieuan Matthews, Anthony Jones, Mark James, Neil Bulley, Richard (Butch) Wilkins, Mark Bleasdale, Hugh Colley (Manager). Front: Chris Helps, Jeff Davies, Kelvin Lewis, Dai Waters, the late Chris Richards, Steffan Gdula and ball boy Nick Davies (son of Jeff).

The team’s best performance was a convincing 4 -1 win against a strong Angle side with Anthony netting a spectacular brace.

 

WELSHPOOL COFFEE MORNING BEATS ‘THE BEAST’

Welshpool was hit by heavy snow and freezing temperatures during the weekend leading up to the North Powys coffee morning as the wintry snap dubbed the 'Mini Beast from the East' kept a firm grip on the UK. Not to be deterred, nearly twenty hardy souls braved the conditions on Monday 19th March and made their way to the Royal Oak, Welshpool where they enjoyed meeting up with former colleagues.

Below is a selection of photographs supplied by Phil Hopkins, organiser and current Chairman of DPP NARPO.

Red Bank, Welshpool taken the day before the event.

Shaun Pothecary, John Williams and Paul Herdman

Keith Blanchard, Gwilym Rippon, Roger Davies and Wyn Rees

Always, good to see the ladies! Howard Jones, Myra Williams, Joyce Davies, Grace Blanchard and Peter Davies

Peter Davies, Phil Hopkins and Howard Jones

Please note: due to the inclement weather, some members were unable to attend the coffee morning. For this reason, it was decided to hold a similar event on Monday 30th April, again at the Royal Oak, between 10:30 am and 12 noon.

 

ARFON MEETS SIR BOBBY IN SEVILLE

Most NARPO members will instantly recognise the great Sir Bobby Charlton alongside Arfon Jones who travelled to Spain recently to watch Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League match against Sevilla FC.

Arfon is a season ticket holder at Old Trafford and travels far and wide from his home in Aberystwyth following United. He is a lifelong United fan and as a youngster he even named his pet rabbit ‘Bobby’ after his idol Bobby Charlton!

Sir Bobby spent most of his playing career at Old Trafford scoring 199 goals and is still regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.

(Unfortunately, there’s no happy ending - United drew the first leg in Spain 0-0, but were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford to crash out of the competition).

 

'THE DOCK’ ON PARADE (1)

The first picture was taken in June 1934 in the school yard of Albion Square School, Pembroke Dock situated next door to the old Police Station in Charlton place. It shows members of the Pembroke Dock division of the Pembrokeshire Police following the annual inspection.

In the group are (L to R): Back row: PC’s Fred James, Jimmy Thomas, ? George, John Davies, ? Sandbrook, Albert Cousins, Howard Jones, Conway Morgan. Second row: PS James John, PC’s Harry Griffiths, PS Davies, PC’s Rossiter, Bill Edwards, Sid James, ? Preece, ? Whitcombe, Tom Hughes, Jack Thomas, William Pike, Dai Gronow, Joe Gough, Victor Jones, Lewis Edwards, PS Ben Williams and PS Stephenson. Seated front: PS Joe Griffiths, Mr ATN Evans (Chief Constable), Mr WD Allen (HMI), Mr A Thomas (DCC), PS George Griffiths and PS Bodman.

The following appeared in a Western Telegraph ‘Blast from the Past’ in 1977: They all served in an age when a policeman in uniform commanded respect, especially with young people and children. The late Sergeant Bodman, is still remembered in Pembroke Dock as a rigid disciplinarian who had his own methods of dealing with juvenile delinquents. He’d give them a good thrashing and cope with any angry reaction from parents as well!

 

‘THE DOCK’ ON PARADE (2)

A  more relaxed atmosphere - this picture supplied by Mr Dai Rees of Pembroke was taken in the canteen at Pembroke Dock Police Station in the early 90’s during the annual visit of the HM Inspector of Constabulary to the force.  

From left to right: Huw Thomas, Pam Bearman, Dai Rees (Supt), HMI and Staff Officer, Mr Ray White (Chief Constable), Berian Williams, N/K and Rory Smith.

Rory Smith (Rtd. DC488) was a Tutor Constable at that time and has commented ‘I can’t actually remember the meeting and it looks like something I would have been dragged to kicking and screaming! However, it evokes fond memories of my time in Pembroke Dock and the great people I had the pleasure to call my colleagues

 

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Many thanks to NARPO member Gavin Davies who recently came across the below two photographs while trawling through the family album. The first photograph probably taken in the 50’s /60’s at an unknown location features several ‘Carms. & Cards’ officers.

According to Gavin, his father in law, Ronald Evans (Rtd. PS 75) is in fourth row from bottom, standing in middle of row.

Former Carms. & Cards officers Roger Davies (Pembroke) and Arwyn Williams (Rtd. Supt) have managed to identify several of the group.

Row 2:  First four officers from the left all unknown, in plain clothes is DCC ET Glynne Jones and next to him is Dai ‘Cap’ Phillips, N/K. PC Macklean No 10 known as Mac (Llanelly) and then David Thomas (Rtd. Det. Supt) fondly known as ‘Dai Tec’.

Row 3:  All unknown, apart from John C Edwards (No 107) who retired as C/Insp.
Row 4:  N/K, N/K, N/K, Ron Evans (No 75) who was stationed in Pwll. John Ambrose (PS), N/K and on the extreme right is Meurig Bowen (No 25)

Back Row: PC Evans No 72. Sgt Jonah Reynolds, Bobby Davies PC 66, Dewi James (PC 179), N/K N/k N/K PS Evans. N/k N/K.

(NB: It is highly likely that the unidentified officers (N/K) are from other forces).

 

BLAST FROM THE PAST (2)

The below photograph was taken at Llanelli (year unknown) when the Chief Constable Mr JR Jones and Mrs Jones visited the station to present Long Service Medals to personnel.

Front row: Sgt Phil Jones, known as Phil 60 (who compiled the report on Roger Davies’ suitability for appointment as a Cadet). Mr JR Jones (CC), Mrs Jones, Superintendent Llan Williams, Back row: Elphin Jones (PC 93), Eirwyn Thomas (PS56), WR Davies (PC242), Ron Evans (Rtd. PS), Doug Richards (PS36). The remaining officers are still to be identified.

 

MORE CRICKET

Two more photos from the Dai Morris’ album. The first photo was taken in July 1979 when Dyfed-Powys played North Wales Police in the PAA competition – unfortunately match details are not known. Many thanks to Harry Rees in helping to name some of the players

Back row: Eirwyn ‘Curly’ Edwards ( Team Manager), ? Richards, Glyn Cole, Mark Williams, Dai ‘Carrots’ Evans, Tony ‘Chuggs’ Evans, Howard Waters, Umpire not known. Front: Roger Butler, Dai Morris, Marcus Soar, Chris James and Alun ‘Mabon’ Davies.

Update: Many thanks to Alun Davies for the following update: The umpire in the photograph is Mr Ron Foster of Ammanford, he was a member of the Police staff at Llanelli Police Station and father of Mike Foster (Rtd. PC310).

The below photograph was taken in June 1977 when DPP played Dafen CC.

Back row: Eirwyn Edwards, Howard Waters, Glyn Cole, Geoff Roberts, Roger Butler, N/K, Alun Davies, Umpire not known. Front: Dai Evans, Dai Morris, Marcus Soar, the late Roger Meyrick, Clive Rich.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE FOOTBALL

Memories of the former Pembrokeshire Police are revived by this photograph of the Police football team taken in the early 1960’s. Only the linesman (referee’s assistant) has not been identified.

Standing (L to R): Bill Rostron (began life as a porter at Johnston railway station and ended up as DCC of Gwent Police), Alf Gordon, Dilwyn Richards, Bill Price, John Savage, ? Roberts, Dai Morris, Brian John, Viv Richards. Seated: Marcus Soar, Tony Whitfield, John Gettings, Elwyn Henton and ‘Danny’ Kaye.

Many thanks to Dai Morris for the photo.

 

NO. 8 REGIONAL CRIME SQUAD

The below photograph of Swansea Branch of No. 8 RCS was taken at Gowerton Police Station in 1972 and features four Dyfed-Powys officers.

Back row third from left is Nigel Rogers-Lewis with Dal James on his left. Front row second from right is Terry Adams and sat on the extreme right is Audrey Jones.

The full line up - Back row: John Schute (SWP), Joe Daniels (SWP), Nigel Rogers-Lewis, Dal James, Norman Abraham (SWP). Front: Vera Cowley (SWP), Con Morris (SWP), Ms P Dempsey (Typist / Secretary), David Jones (SWP), Terry Adams, Billy Mee-Bishop (SWP), and the late Audrey Jones.

The photograph previously posted on the Swansea NARPO website.

 

CRICKET LOVELY CRICKET

Another photo from the Dai Morris scrapbook and features the Dyfed-Powys team that triumphed against a Police Service of Northern Ireland Xl in the 2007 final of the PAA cricket competition at Grace Road, Leicester - the home of Leicestershire CC.

Unfortunately, Dai is unable to provide further information and it is hoped that Simon Cole (sat third from left), current secretary of DPP cricket section will provide further details. Included in the photo are members of DPP NARPO including Glyn Cole (standing fifth from right), Dai Morris (third from right) and Richard Evans (kneeling extreme right).

 

NO. 8 REGIONAL CRIME SQUAD

The below photograph supplied by Mr Steve Cotterell (SWP) was taken at the South Wales Police Club at Waterston Cross, Bridgend in the early 90’s.

The photo includes several Dyfed-Powys officers including Kevin Owen, Mike Donovan, Dai Thomas, Gareth (GOJ) Jones and Dai Lewis.

Steve had two tours with the squad, first as a DC and second as a DS. He also arranged surveillance training for officers who joined the Drugs Wing. Steve went on to be Head of Special Branch in South Wales before retirement and had a lot of contact with Hugh Griffiths and Gareth Evans.

Update: Many thanks to Roger Davies (Pembroke) and Gareth (GOJ) Jones who have provided the following:

The photo was taken in 1984 and in addition to those named includes DS Brian ‘Georgie’ Davies (back row fourth from left) father of WPC Jane MacDonald, Llanelli. Roy Davies (front row fifth from left) who ended up as the deputy co-ordinator of the squad. Mrs Phyllis Norris (extreme left of front row) from Kidwelly, DPP staff member who was office manager at Swansea squad office for many years. Sat fifth from the right is Det. Supt Alan Rees (SWP) who was on the same Initial Training course at Bridgend DPTC with Roger in 1964

Following retirement, Roy Davies became a Welsh language crime author publishing books on cases he had dealt with and historical murders in Wales. 

Also, many thanks to Steve for submitting the photo, he sends his best wishes to former DPP colleagues.

 

NEWTOWN POLICE OPEN DAY

The below photo submitted by NARPO Secretary Phil Addicott was taken at a Newtown Police Station Open Day sometime between 1989 and 1992.

Rear (L to R): Phil Addicott, Mr Ray White (Chief Constable), Geoff Davies (C/Supt), Derek Richards (C/Insp), Richie Thomas (C/Insp).

Front: Mr John Lloyd (Chair of DPP Police Authority, Mrs White, Mr & Mrs Don Leach (Mayor & Mayoress of Newtown) and an unidentified lady.

Update: Many thanks to Roger Davies (Pembroke) and Gavin Davies (Ammanford) who inform me that the lady on the extreme right of the front row is Mrs Linda Davies (nee Hooper), the wife of Geoff.

 

DOUBLE RETIREMENT FOR DAI MORRIS

NARPO member Dai Morris of Fishguard joined Pembrokeshire Police in 1957, retiring in 1987 as a uniform Sergeant based at Haverfordwest. The below photo taken shortly before leaving the job shows Dai with his shift.

Front (L to R): Jeff Barkley, Dai Morris and Julie McLelland. Rear: Adrian Evans, Nigel John, Geoff Thomas, Richard James and the late Geoff Harries .

RETIREMENT NO 2

Dai is well known in Pembrokeshire cricket and in January 2018 announced his decision to step away from the middle after more than 30 years as an umpire.

Dai stepping down after 30 years in the middle (Photo: Western Telegraph)

In his younger days Dai had a great playing career with Cresselly Cricket Club and in 33 years with the club he played in 14 Harrison-Allen Bowl finals, winning 10 of them, and was man of the match twice. Between 1950-80, he represented Pembrokeshire as an all-rounder, and in 1955, played alongside England internationals Ken Higgs and Dusty Rhodes whilst doing national service.

At the end of his playing days he took up umpiring and has taken charge of numerous local league matches in Divisions One and Two, as well as five Harrison Allen Bowl finals, a Welsh Cup final at the Swalec Stadium and an incredible 14 DR Morris Cup final.

Pembroke County Cricket Club Chairman Paul Webb said Dai summed up what Pembrokeshire cricket was about: “Dai has given tremendous service to our game for more than 60 years as a player, administrator and an umpire.

 

PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE - NOMINAL ROLL

 

The late Mr Winston Jones (Rtd. C/Insp.) of Haverfordwest served in the Pembrokeshire Police and was a well known local historian. During his latter years he compiled a nominal roll containing the names of every person that served in the force from its formation in 1857 until amalgamation on 1st April 1968.

DPP NARPO has recently acquired a copy of the document which can be viewed by clicking HERE

 

PENDINE MURDERS CONTINUED

Following on from the recent article about the Pendine Murders in 1953, NARPO Member Mr Bryn Jones of Carmarthen has kindly supplied the below photograph.

It shows Detective Superintendent John Capstick who led the investigation, arriving at Carmarthen Railway Station where he was met by Superintendent William Lloyd and Constable Bryn Jones who was the driver of the patrol car.

The below photo from the Dyfed-Powys Police archives shows a smiling Ronnie Harries being taken from St. Clears Police Station following his arrest for murder.

The officers are nearest camera DS Glyn Jones (later Detective Chief Superintendent) and the uniformed Sergeant is Michael Thomas who later was a Superintendent based at Aberystwyth.

 

OPENING OF ABERAERON POLICE STATION

Many thanks to Arfon Jones of Aberystwyth for submitting the following photographs taken at the official opening of Aberaeron Police Station on 7th November 2005

Retired officers in the group photograph include: Dan Morgan, Martin Lewis, Huw Nicholas, Elfed Davies, Malcolm Charlton, Meredith Daniels, Keith Lewis, Dai Parry, Barry Taylor, Alfor Evans, Arfon Jones.

Some of the many officers who had worked the section returned for the official opening which was attended by the Mayor of Aberaeron, members of the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority, Mr Barry Taylor (ACC) and the Leader of Ceredigion County Council.

 

PHOTO ALBUM INDEX 2017

 An index to the 2017 collection can be found by clicking HERE 

 

THE HISTORY OF POLICING IN DYFED-POWYS

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Did you know that the first Police force to be formed within the Dyfed-Powys Police area was the Brecon Borough Constabulary which was established in 1869? Since then there has been many force amalgamations prior to the formation of the Dyfed-Powys Constabulary in 1968. To view a timeline of forces that today constitute the Dyfed-Powys Police click HERE

 

JBB FAREWELL TO MR RB THOMAS

This photograph of JBB Chairman Mr Fred Hughes (Rtd. C/Insp) making a presentation to Mr RB Thomas CBE, OBE, QPM was taken in 1986 at a function to mark the retirement of the Chief Constable.

From left to right: Mr John Owen-Evans (ACC), Mr RB Thomas (CC), Mr John Lloyd from Trewern, near Welshpool (Police Authority Chairman), Mr Fred Hughes, Mr David Shattock (DCC who succeeded Mr Thomas) and Mr JRR Carson (Clerk to DPP Police Authority). Also pictured at the rear are Branch Board members: Trevor Millichip, Bill Rowbottom, Howell Williams and Brian Randle,

(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).

 

CARMARTHEN CHRISTMAS DINNER

Another photo from the collection held by Mrs Jean Evans of Carmarthen - it was taken in the 60’s at the annual Christmas Dinner held at the Royal Ivybush Hotel, Carmarthen.

The group comprises of serving officers and their wives together with guests. Roger Davies and Gareth Evans have identified several of the group including: Harold Sherwood, Bryn Jones, Viv Fisher, Delme Evans, Sidney Herbert Willmett, Ken Evans (Gareth’s father / Delme's brother), Gerald Evans, Gerwyn Jones. Sat on the front row are Mr J Ronald Jones (Chief Constable), David John Jones (DCC) and D T Glynne Jones (Det. C/Supt). The lady stood on the extreme left is Mrs Jean Evans and stood on the extreme right is Mrs Iris Evans (Gareth’s mother).

 

THE HUNT FOR PETER PARKES – HELP WANTED

Regular visitors to the DPP NARPO website will recall that the below photograph taken outside the old Newtown Police Station was first posted on the website in 2015.

It shows escaped prisoner Peter Parkes following his remand to HMP Shrewsbury – the officers being: (L to R) DI George Hickley, PC Pat Cochrane, Peter Parkes, PC’s Phil Price, Dai Lewis (back to camera) and Chief Superintendent Bert Hines.

 

THE HUNT FOR PARKES

The following has been received from NARPO member Mr Brian Wiley of Aberystwyth and provides background information about the search for Parkes:

The below photograph appeared on Facebook and originated from Mr Howard Jones who was a Aberystwyth press reporter in the sixties – he is in the centre of the photo. He now resides in Australia and has been in touch with me and would be grateful if it can be published on the NARPO website in an attempt to identify the entire group for his own interest. 

The photo was taken in January 1967 showing armed officers at Plascwmcynfelin, Clarach, Aberystwyth. The officers are from left to right are: PC in uniform not known, PC Gareth Thomas 19, Gwyn Evans (later Chief Inspector),  PC leaning on car door, not known, Mr Howard Jones (Press), PC with back to camera, believed to be Dai Warmington, PS with back to camera not known, PC Eifion Richards 171.

During the manhunt Parkes armed himself with a stolen .22 rifle and ammunition and managed to evade capture for over a week. Parkes avoided arrest by stealing cars and moving around the local area that apparently he knew well and hid out on foot in the Plynlumon mountain range in the Cambrian Mountains during the coldest time of the year. Armed police officers from the Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary and Mid Wales Constabulary searched the large area of mountain terrain and he was eventually located hiding, by a soldier to whom he surrendered.

Sadly, during the search for Parkes, a police officer who was carrying out a stop and search checkpoint near Aberystwyth during darkness, was run over by a car and died of his injuries in hospital on the following day. The officer was 23 year old PC41 Erroll VJ Griffiths stationed at Aberystwyth, whose name can be found on the National Police Memorial Roll of Honour.  He was married with a young family. 

If anyone can identify the unknown members of the group please email Hugh Colley.

Many thanks to Brian for submitting the photograph and the information about the search

Update: The following has been received from Mr Roger Davies of Pembroke who at the time of the manhunt for Parkes was a Traffic Officer based at Aberystwyth:

I cannot put names to the group other than those officers already identified, but to say Gareth Thomas was No. 191, and known as 'Steptoe' and it is definitely Dai Warmington No. 189 with his back to the camera. With regard to the death of Constable Erroll Griffiths No. 141, he was stationed in Borth, and lost his life as a result of a road block that he was operating on the A487 near Talybont. His funeral, which I attended, took place at Laugharne.

 

SURVEILLANCE TEAM DAY SHIFT

The below photograph submitted by Clive Jones (formerly of Dyfed-Powys) was taken during a surveillance operation circa 2000.

Back (L to R): DS Wayne Morgan, DC's Clive Jones, and Huw Davies. Front: DC's Emyr Griffiths, Sharon Griffiths and Tony Breach (SWP).

The operation was a joint Dyfed –Powys, South Wales and Avon & Somerset  job targeting the supply of Heroin in the upper Swansea Valley. It didn’t have a name, and was only allocated a number. Something like 02/2000. The build up took several months, and resulted in 24hr a day surveillance for 2 weeks prior to the arrest phase where arrests took place in Ystradgynlais, Swansea and Bristol areas.

 

AUTO’S TREK TO LOST INCA CITY FOR CANCER CENTRE

Last September, NARPO member Anthony Mattick (Rtd. DS195) known to friends and former colleagues as Auto, was among a group that embarked on a demanding trek to Machu Piccu in Peru to raise money for the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

Anthony (front left) with some of the intrepid fund raisers

The group, which included comedian Rhod Gilbert, raised an amazing £420,000 for a hugely deserving cause. What’s even more amazing is that Anthony completed the demanding expedition after suffering life threatening injuries in 2013.

To read more about Anthony’s fund raising and his life after the job click HERE

 

LEST WE FORGET

The below photograph of families and loved ones saying farewell to Royal Welch Fusiliers troops departing Newtown Railway Station to join the war in 1939.

The officer wearing the cape would have been a member of the Montgomeryshire Constabulary or possibly a member of the War Reserve Police. The Police service was a reserved occupation i.e. an occupation considered important enough that those serving were exempt from military service. 

 

THE STORY OF OPERATION BACH

In November 1986, an attempt to import a huge consignment of cannabis with a street value of £5 million into the UK  by sea was thwarted following a lengthy joint Dyfed-Powys Police / HM Customs operation.

Ron Davies pictured outside Haverfordwest Police Station with bundles of seized cannabis

The operation which almost ended in tragedy, saw officers ‘camping out’ undercover at Aberbach Beach near Fishguard prior to the swoop that made the national news headlines. To see more photographs and read the full story click HERE

 

MURDER TRIAL BRINGS CARMARTHEN TO STANDSTILL

During the afternoon of Tuesday 17th March 1954, NARPO member Mr Wynne Evans of Cardigan was a young PC on duty in Guildhall Square, Carmarthen tasked with keeping a huge crowd under control. The crowd had thronged the square since early morning to await the jury’s verdict on Ronnie Harries who was standing trial in the courtroom that overlooked the square.

The officer stood in front of the crowd is PC Wynne Evans No. 17

Harries was standing trial for the murder of John and Phoebe Harries which attracted nationwide interest. Wynne has kindly supplied DPP NARPO with original newspaper cuttings containing photographs taken that afternoon. To view the photographs and read more about the case click HERE

 

FAREWELL TO MR RAY WHITE

The below photograph was taken at a retirement function held at the White Hart, LLANDDAROG in March 2000 to mark the retirement of the Chief Constable Mr Ray White.

 

JBB Chairman Derek Bloomfield (centre) in earnest negotiation with Chief Constable Ray White,ably assisted by Mike Benbow.

Mr White was Chief Constable of the force for 10 years and in 1997 he was President of the Association of Chief Police Officers - the highest national office for a Chief Constable. Following retirement Mr & Mrs White re-located to Queensland, Australia.

 

ROYAL VISIT TO BETWS COLLIERY, AMMANFORD

On 1st March 1978, HRH Prince Charles visited Ammanford to officially open Betws New Drift Mine that cost £18 million to develop and was designed from the outset as an ultra-modern operation. The mine is accessed by two twin drifts some 3200 metres long and dipping at an average gradient of 1 in 7.

The photo shows Prince Charles about to go underground with Inspector Delme Evans to the left.

Someone present on that occasion tells of the preparation that was necessary to receive the Prince of Wales: ‘Preparation was similar to a television programme about preparing for a Royal visit. The policy being, 'If you can't move it, paint it'. With that instruction, I was sent underground for a final clean up – this meant literally dusting the coal so that the Prince could be shown that it was shining ... (Quoted in: Betws New Drift Mine, John Dorian Evans, 2005).

Photo supplied by Mrs Jean Evans.

Update: Roger Davies has also identified Hywel Lewis (PC55), known as Tin Ton, who is standing by the Royal Protection Officer.

 

BRIDGEND DPTC (1951)

The below course photograph was taken in January 1951 at No.8 DPTC Bridgend. The officer second from the left in the front row is the late William (Bill) Price a native of Bala who joined Pembrokeshire Police.

Mr Roger Davies (Pembroke) a good friend and colleague has supplied the following details about Bill’s career:

The late William Osborne Price or Bill Price (as he was known) was born in Bala in 1927, and worked on the railways before he moved to Pembrokeshire to join Pembrokeshire Police on 11th November 1950 as PC 91. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1959 and to Inspector in 1966. During his early service Bill was stationed at Pembroke and Tenby where he met and married Hilda who was a WPC stationed in Tenby.

Prior to his retirement in 1983, Bill was Chief Inspector at Pembroke Dock where he enjoyed playing snooker (off duty) with his good friend and colleague the late Bill Pugh (Rtd. Insp). He played Terry Griffiths during the former World Champion’s two appearances at Pembroke Dock Police Station. Bill enjoyed most sports and was a long standing playing member of South Pembrokeshire Golf Club where he was elected club captain in the early 80’s.

He was a faithful member of Monkton Church, Pembroke where he was the Peoples Warden. At his funeral in June 2014 the church was full to capacity, the congregation included a large contingent of retired police officers which showed the huge respect that people had for Bill.

Many thanks to Roger for supplying the photo and additional information.

 

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, which includes an interview with Jeremy John and Ellis Davies who assisted with the rescue operation, go to: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/carmarthen-floods-submerged-1987-13790523

Footnote:  Nigel Williams of Carmarthen is of the opinion that the bearded officer shown in the above photo is Derek Massocchi. However, Roger Davies is of the firm opinion that it is Graham Miles - can anyone assist?

Roger has also identified the officer stood to his left, next to the fire-fighter as Meirion Howells and the motor cyclist stood in the background is Ian Evans.

Update: Graham Miles (Rtd. PC44) has confirmed that he is the bearded officer shown in the photograph.

 

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.

 

DPP NARPO GOLF DAY 2017

Builth Wells Golf Club was the venue on Tuesday 26th September for the fifth DPP NARPO Golf Day.