The newspaper of Essex Police Issue 329 March 2002
Calculations show 81 per cent of Essex officers would be better off under new deal
PAY PROPOSALS A MASS lobby in central London this month
will see Essex officers standing shoulder to
shoulder with colleagues up and down the
land as they urge the Government to rethink
proposals to change their pay and working
Nearly three quarters of degree of clarity as to exactly
the county's officers voted what is being offered."
in last month's ballot on Only nine Per cent of 'ank
and file officers across
the Home Secretary's pay ' England and Wales voted to
reform plans, with an support the measures; a
overwhelming majority figure which here in the
rejecting the offer which county showed that only four
would see salaries per cent of Essex officers
increase by £400 per year chose to support David
and overtime rates B1unkett.
reduced. The Federation complains
the Home Secretary rushed
Force calculations show
through reform plans without
that 81 per cent of officers
be better off under the highlighting a lack of trust in
proposals and Chief the Government following
David Stevens recent climb-downs on public
insists that any pay package service improvements and
must reflect the importance
of attracting and retaining Joint Branch Board
quality staff here in Essex. Secretary Terry Spelman is
"The of the critical of the handling of the
package On offer that reform proposals, questioning
i t has been difficult for the 'frenzied hurry' to mislead
individual officers to work out both the public and police.
exactly what the new pay "1tjs very clear our
~ r o ~ o s a l ~ for them," members are determined not
said Mr Stevens. to accept measures that are
''The Essex Police divisive," said Mr Spelman.
J?ederation and myself "The Federation, Government
attempted to clarify the and police authorities must
Government plans before the now come together to work
ballot, but clearly concerns out proposals that are
remain, particularly about acceptable to the service."
the new flexible allowances. I The H o ~ e Secretary
believe that flexible dismissed ideas of a police
allowances will provide a n strike as 'ridiculous',
opportunity to reward officers following moves to overturn
who are undertaking particu- current laws which ban
lariy demanding roles and officers from striking.
hopefully the conciliation For full Federation view see
process will give a greater page 2.
rMassive thumbs down for
2 THE LAW. MARCH 2002
Closure tests call
police pay proposals THE Force Information
Room has closed for two
weeks to enable essential
training centre, which wil
also deal with main channe
radio traffic. Divisions;
POLICE officers in
England and Wales
lobbying of MPS in London
on Wednesday, March 13,
which all members are
I work on the electrical and
ventilation systems be
command and major incidenl
rooms will handle local radic
communications and non-
have sent a invited to attend. Plans have existed for the emergency calls.
stinging rebuke to Details will have been put temporary closure of FIR due Staff from FIR will work on
out by your local reps by the divisions and will be
the Home to power failures or other
supported by local personnel.
time this is published and emergencies, for many years,
Secretary over his briefing notes should be but this will be longest test of This will have the bonus oj
plans for pay available. those arrangements since its improving relationships
reform by voting 10 What I will say is, if so move to its present building. between HQ and divisional
to 1 against them. called spin doctors stopped The public should be operators as faces are put tc
warning, irrespective of timetable the Home mischief making and the unaware of the closure as 999 voices, which have previously
In an unprecedented domestic, social or holiday Secretary has imposed. calls will be received in the only been heard on the radic
spin was put back in the
ballot of rank a n d file arrangements. It is very clear that our washing machine and the stand-by control within the or telephone.
officers from constable The second key reason for members were determined doctors used to enhance the
t o chief inspector r a n k ,
84,205 officers (91 per
c e n t ) v o t e d t o reject
the pay-deal rejection, which
was given by nearly one in
five opponents (18 per cent),
not to accept measures that
were divisive, would value
some officers more than
NHS, we would all be better
Some of the misleading
Crime line aids detection
was insufficient detail in the others and leave thousands of remarks put out by the
ANONYMOUS calls made to Crimestoppers last year
n e w p a y and conditions package, while lack of trust helped to solve 40 murders throughout t h e UK a n d
front-line colleagues worse Government do nothing to
proposals. that bonuses and special assist in t h e recovery of nearly six million pounds worth
off. enhance its reputation.
J u s t 8,059 officers (nine payments would be At a meeting of the Police of drugs.
per cent) voted to support You, me and the public
implemented accounted for Negotiating Board held on This significant increase i n detections against last
are not stupid and I believe
the measures. nine per cent of officers who February 25, the staff side year's figures shows t h a t members of t h e public a r e
can see through this grey
cited this as their third main
The most common reason
In Essex, 72 per cent of
(ourselves) formally rejected
You only have to look at
willing to assist their local police force in solving crime.
Director of Crimestoppers Roy Clark is encouraged to
the other public services to see more people using t h e anonymous call line i n this
cited for the no vote were officers voted with a massive Conciliation
plans to reduce overtime
pay from time-and-a-half to
94 per cent rejecting the
proposals. It was agreed the proposals
see the harm that has been
left behind by similar I day a n d age where many fear crime.
"It's been yet another successful year with over 61,000
Over one in three who
Our members have spoken
forcibly. The Police
would go to conciliation on
If Mr Blunkett had not I calls leading to t h e increase in arrests for violent crime,"
said M r Clark. "There a r e often reasons for people not
voted against (37 per cent),
gave this as their prime
Federation. Home Secretarv
and police' authorities musk
We put in Our
for the l2 Per cent
pushed the proposals in the
frenzied hurry which was I wishing to become directly involved, b u t our charity
enables t h e police to benefit from their information
reason for rejection.
now come together to work
- that will be
out ~ r o ~ o s a l s
~ r o d u c t i v i tpayment which
Was rejected by the official
apparent and spent more
time in negotiations, I whilst protecting their identity."
Crimestoppers is t h e UK's only crime-solving charity
regulations, police officers acceptable to the service. side and, again, this will go to officers may have been a n d i s r u n by over 500 volunteers. Cash rewards of u p
can be legally compelled to As they stand they are not, separate ~onciliation. prepared to give more to £5,000 a r e offered but less t h a n four per cent of
work overtime with no due to the impossible There will be a mass I
credence to his remarks.
callers actually claim.
Vetting service will provide added protection
/ 35% Discount for Police Officers 1 keep children safe
A NEW central vetting body has been available for all other types of employment.
established to offer individuals and There has been significant increase in the
Interest free instalments* organisations a one-stop-shop for number of requests for police checks over the
information on a person's criminal his- past five years, with some forces facing
Discounts for civilian staff, tory to help prevent people, who may difficulties in meeting demand within agreed
time scales. The police service previously
be unsuitable for work with children
retired officers and families and vulnerable adults, from gaining provided this service free of charge and was
not specifically resourced for this work.
access to them through the workplace.
Police Business Use included The Criminal Records Bureau will be
The cost of seeking disclosure at all three
levels has been set at £12, and each police
available to a broad group of people across
FREE 90 day foreign use cover England and Wales, with voluntary
force will receive an approximate third of this
sum. The CRB will only send enhanced level
organisations such as youth groups and sports
checks to the police who will check for locally-
FREE courtesy car (comprehensive cover only) clubs, among those expected to make full use held intelligence on potential employees who
of the service.
hold criminal records. Enhanced and standard
Added security of a Lloyd's policy In accordance with Part V of the Police Act disclosures will be issued free to volunteers
1997, it will issue documents (disclosures) working with children and vulnerable adults.
which give details of convictions and, in some Further information can be obtained from
cases, relevant locally-held information. the intranet or by contacting the force's CRB
Essex Police has played a key role in the liaison officer Rosie Parks on ext 52963.
Call now for a FREE quote introduction of the new system as one of sev-
eral pilot forces involved in the setting up of
0800 00 4121 administrative procedures and identifying
best practice. The CRB is able to draw on
several primary sources of information,
including the Police National Computer and
GOVERNMENT representatives and senior
police officers from Nigeria visited Colchester
Police Station as part of a five-day fact-finding
local police force records. mission to Britain.
There are three different levels of criminal The visit was in preparation for reform of
'Subject to status record checks - enhanced, standard and basic the Nigerian police and criminal justice
quote reference 'LAW' - and the t.ype of disclosure will depend on the svstem and also took in the Home Office, the
nature of ^the job or involved. Police Complaints Authority, the crown
Enhanced disclosure is the highest level of Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's
check and is available to anyone involved in Inspector of Constabulary.
regular care of children or vulnerable adults. Chief Supt Dave Murthwaite and Chief Insp
Standard disclosure does not include local Iain Logan were hosts to the five visitors at
police force intelligence and basic disclosure Colchester, where they saw the divisional
shows only current convictions and is intelligence unit and custody area.
THE LAW, MARCH 2002 3
Pilot allows for more advice before charging l
A TRAFFIC officer suffered a OFFICERS will get more opportunity within the review highlighted the who previously would have charged early involvement in this pilot,
blow to the head when a to seek advice and guidance from the need for structured protocols in the offenders can now impose a five-week positions itself at the forefront of
briefing board in the parade Crown Prosecution Service before area of issues relating to the bail period whilst a file is submitted potential change that may affect the
room parted company with charging their suspects, thanks to a appropriateness of charging. to the CPS within two weeks. The future of the criminal justice svstem."
its wall furing. That's what new pilot scheme. Head of the Criminal Justice CPS will subsequently give advice on There is a nominated
we at The Law call an The six-month trial hopes to Department Superintendent Simon any appropriate charges at least one representative in each division with
impactive briefing!! enhance the way in which police Coxall said: "The primary intention week before the offender is due to whom officers can liaise before
receive advice from the CPS, allowing of the new arrangements is to put the answer his bail, upon which time he imposing the police bail period. A
0 0 0 the service to play a more active role seeking of advice from the CPS on a or she will be processed in accordance duty CPS lawyer is available during
ONE young man turned to in advising police on charges at an more structured footing. Victims, with CPS advice and any charges office hours at each of the criminal
the police when he got early stage. witnesses and defendants need be then presented in the usual manner. justice units across Essex, including
himself into a sticky A report compiled by Lord Justice advised that the auestion of Several forces have been selected the committal unit in Chelmsford.
situation. Auld examined the processes and proceedings and charges will as pilot areas with Kent and Avon & Rotas and contact numbers are
Having taken his father's procedures currently operating continue to be a matter for the CPS Somerset constabularies among available in all custody suites
motorbike out on the A12 he within the criminal justice system. as the prosecuting authority." others joining Essex. Supt Coxall covering the duties for two weeks in
got lost, pulled off the road, One recommendation contained In certain circumstances, officers added: "Essex Police, through its advance.
and got stuck in the mud. Too
embarrassed to phone his
dad for help he contacted the
police but then promptly
hung up before telling
officers where he was!! Is he
still there now we wonder?
SENIOR officers are full of
praise for the county's seven
forensic vehicle examiners,
labelling the first year of the
force autocrime recoverv
A MAJOR offensive
Essex Police witnessed against burglary and car
more than a doubling in the crime has been carried
number of items and
fingerprints analysed from out by Essex Police.
vehicles recovered during the As The Law went t o press,
last six months of 2001 the first four days of the
compared to the same figure initiative - named Operation
between July and December Relentless - had resulted in 45
in 2000. The forensic examin-
ers carried out tests on over arrests f o r burglary, 53 for c a r
4,500 vehicles with c r i m e and 51 f o r other
Southend's Dave Peace offences. A total of 516 offences
securing the first positive were d e t e c t e d .
identification of an autocrime At Grays, a m a n charged with
criminal in the county under five vehicle thefts said h e would
the new scheme.
be asking for 187 other offences to
Head of Scientific Support
Detective Chief Inspector be taken into account when h e
Tom Harper is aware the new appeared i n court.
policy has received criticism The one-week operation covered all
from certain quarters territorial divisions except Stansted
including the media, but is Airport.
encouraged by the reaction It involved officers in non-
from the majority of operational posts at police HQ being
autocrime victims. sent into divisions, along with special
"It may cost the owner to constables, to provide support.
have their car recovered but There was also analysis of
the scheme does maximise intelligence and fingerprint and DNA
the opportunity for stolen identifications to match suspects with
vehicles to be forensicallv offences. High profile policing helps to ensure Essex remains one of the safest counties in England.
examined and so drastically Letters were sent to known Photo: Thurrock Gazette.
reduces the chance of it being criminals to advise them that police
are aware of them and they should The Essex Police Car Crime of the law-abiding public against 200011, show the following:
taken again," he said. 'We've Roadshow visited five locations - at people who commit burglary and car Domestic burglaries per 1,000
seen detection rates in mend their ways.
Suspects subject to curfew under Saffron Walden, Thurrock, Colchester, crime. households: Essex 8.1. National
autocrime substantially Harlow and Chelmsford - to advise "Essex is one of the safest counties average 18.4. Only one of the 39
improve, success has been their bail conditions were visited to
ensure they were complying with the motorists on security. in England and has a low crime rate English police forces (Suffolk)
almost instantaneous and is Det Chief Supt Steve Reynolds, for burglaries and vehicle offences, achieved a lower domestic burglary
certainly better than restriction.
Property marker pens and crime head of Essex Police Crime Division, but we want to do even better." rate.
anything we had hoped for." said: "We chose the name Operation Latest independent figures from Vehicle crimes per 1,000 population:
The force introduced the reduction advisory leaflets were
distributed in areas with higher rates Relentless because of our Her Majesty's Inspector of Essex 12.2. National average 18.4.
government initiative last determination to strike back on behalf Constabulary's Annual Report for Essex Police ranked eighth safest.
A ~ r i re~lacing old ~olicv
l the of offences.
which required owners to
agree for their stolen vehicle
to be removed by the police
for examination. The forensic
vehicle examination team,
I Suspects face up to technology
ESSEX Police h a s teamed u p with two positive results which have encouraged
Ten convicted for drugs
AN operation to disrupt drug dealing on a housing
estate in Braintree has led to the convictions of ten
funded by a £1.2 million technology firms to pilot a system which Southend detective Steve Jones. individuals.
grant from the Home Office, automates t h e process of matching suspect H e said: "Essex Police's database contains Operation Padstow was mounted in 1999 following
ensures all stolen vehicles images from CCTV a n d E-Fits with those more t h a n 160,000 images a n d t h e complaints from residents and authorities covering
found abandoned in the the Beckers Green Estate. After three months of
county will be recovered by a held on t h e force database. technology being offered will certainly
undercover work, ten people were arrested and a
rota garage system within 30 Securicor Information Systems a n d improve o u r effectiveness i n identifying
significant amount of drugs and property was
minutes of a report to police. Visionics Corporation have offered their suspects involved i n all forms of crime." recovered immediately impacting on crime figures.
DC1 Harper said: "There technical skills to help detectives speed u p Visionics Corporation i s a worldwide ts
Following lengthy legal a r g u m e ~ ~ and appeals
has been an overall success t h e process of accurately a n d rapidly leader i n identification technologies whilst
rate across the force area and over two years all the individuals eventually pleaded
identifying suspects to improve t h e fight SIS is a leading specialist i n providing guilty and have received sentences ranging from
the entire team can be proud
of themselves and their against crime. The three-month trial, which identification solutions using cutting-edge community service to three-and-a-half years
work." ends this month, h a s already h a d some technology. imprisonment.
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4 THE LAW. MARCH 20(
It equates to madness
Tragedy was not overlooked I RECENTLY read an article in a nationa.
newspaper saying that "the latest weapor
ALTHOUGH government January issue of The Law had form of a short story and a pic- against soaring crime is an equation".
reforms and a new baton gun been completed and was sched- ture. This formula helps decide how manj
may be newsworthy is it possible uled to be printed the following Pc Veal's funeral was given officers are needed to fight crime in s
to explain why the front page of morning. prominent front-page coverage in certain area.
the January issue of The Law In order to record this tragic the February issue of The Law. The Resource Application Formula waE
was not devoted to the death of event, I was called in on the I hope this explains the action shown in the article as (NDB = 60% X
Pc Gary Veal? Sunday night to rejig the content taken and reassures readers that NC/NT + 40% X DCDT) X17585.
D e t S u p t Peter C o l t m a n and to accommodate an inside the staff of The Law take the
How many hours were there wasted in
C r i m e Division page lead story. death of a serving officer
dreaming this one up. It must take first
Reference to the sad loss of Pc extremely seriously and our
P C Veal's death was confirmed on prize for Gobble-De-Gook. Incidentally does
Veal was also made on the front- thoughts are with Gary's family.
NDB = No Darn Bobbies?
Gore - what a scorcher!
a Sunday afternoon, after the page of the January issue, in the Kim P e r k s , E d i t o r
J a c k Faulkner, Southend
I HAVE just joined the protect from wind, it heavily reduces keeping us very hot, sweaty and
police force and recently breathability, especially under-our car
coats or rain jackets, which are not
eventually cold when the sweat cools It's been a privilege
had my uniform fitting. Gore-tex. HAVING retired from Essex Police on
- Also, Windstopper will keep you hot February 4 I would like to thank
After being fitted f o r m y Gore-tex allows moisture when walking around your station. everybody who attended my farewell
N a t o jumper e t c , I was evaporation. So you have the 'boil in The nap of the fleece will also rise in party at the Spring Lodge community
the bag' problem. time and look somewhat untidy and centre, Witham.
i n t r o d u c e d to the new n a t i o n a l Or, in other words, the breathability watch the fleece ride up when you put Both myself and my wife have been
police u n i f o r m , w h i c h will be of a plastic bag! your arms above your head! overwhelmed by the cards, gifts and
a Send your letters to: issued in the near future. So, condensation will slowly build Good luck. good wishes I have received.
The Law, Press Office, up inside our wet weather jackets, W Davies, Hornchurch Hopefully I have thanked everybody
T h e issue consists of fleece
Police Headquarters, personally or by card, but may have
I jacket, white shirt and combat
PO Box 2, Chelmsford, RIGHT TO REPLY: Head o f Procurement, Sandra Higgins missed some of them. If I have I do
Essex CM2 6DA
t f l n l I (type) trousers.
I must confess I have my
reservations regarding the fleece. Not
THE implementation of the
national uniform is the final stage
experience in the leisure clothing
market and two trials took place in
I served almost 28 years in Essex
Police and I can honestly say that I
Tackle it early only does it look out of place with a of a seven-year project to modernise five police forces before the final have enjoyed every minute of it. If I
A SERVING officer recently shirt and tie, I would like to look at the uniform currently issued to design was approved by ACPO. could do it all again I would. It has
made what I considered a the technical aspects of the fleece. police officers and more adequately The National Uniform Project been a privilege to have served the
rather telling statement. HeI Having been a mountain climber Group will continue to develop the people of Essex.
meet their operational needs. During my service there have been
said that what is acceptableI and enjoyed general outdoor activities A great deal of research and uniform, in line with new technology
behaviour nowadays would for many years, my experience of and has put a formal mechanism in many changes and I am sure there
not have been acceptable 15 consultation has taken place at a are many more to come and I know
fleece jackets has taught me the place to consider requests for change.
or 20 years ago. following. national level by the National It is hoped that the fleece will be that everyone can adapt as they have
It rather proves the point Uniform Project Group. done in the past.
I understand our new fleeces will be welcomed by the majority of officers I finished my police career at
that unless bad behaviour is constructed from Windstopper This group included representation and address the many complaints that
stopped early, the boundaries from PSBD, Health & Safety Witham Police Station and have now
material. they are cold. moved down the road a few hundred
will be moved even further Executive, ergonomics experts and Work continues to introduce a new
and who can say where that Most common on the market is yards to the town hall. If anybody
Gore. Great, I hear you all cry! operational officers. The final designs style of anorak to replace the existing who knows me is ever passing I will
boundary will be 15 years on. were developed in conjunction with a
David Miles However, this is a double edged one, which may not be Gore-tex, but is be glad to see them.
Saffron Walden problem. Whilst Windstopper will consultant who has many years breathable. Mick Hall, Witham
Don't forget the diver TV drama Heartbeat I
FIRST of all I would like to t h a n k
T h e L a w for t h e extensive
budgets. It is perhaps a time for
sadness and reflection.
body a n d upon surfacing handed
him to t h e distraught parents.
has the answers
PC Alan White asks for advice and it was cost-effective!
coverage given to t h e diving unit I was proud to serve on t h e unit Although t h i s w a s a tragic on how to deal with t h e Looking back, I remember
in t h e l a s t issue. from 1969-78 and although there incident, t h e fact t h a t everything nuisance created by youths. the Chief Constable, on his
Now is not t h e time to point a r e m a n y stories a n d l a m p was carried out a n d accomplished I suggest he and the Chief appointment pledging support
finger or t r y to work out sums and swinging yarns to tell I would like i n such a professional way m u s t Constable sit down together for rural and community
to reflect on just one. have assisted t h a t family to come
It's a sad day A very hot summer weekend,
t h e telephone rings a t home, a
to terms with their loss far more
t h a n prolonged search would have
and watch a n episode of policing, only to see later, when
Heartbeat. Alan will observe driving through Ingatestone,
how policing used to be done posters reading: Save our
IT was with regret that I read in The diving call-out, possible drowning done. and the Chief how the public police station.
Law the announcement to remove the
i n Harlow. We meet a t t h e diving This is just one of many dives would like it done.
Essex Police Diving Unit, together Now, gradually much of the
with a marine launch from the force. store a t HQ a n d make our way to carried out not only i n Essex b u t Those were the days when network of police offices and
Almost 50 years ago a farmer chum Nazeing, to a gravel pit. also in Suffolk, Norfolk a n d the police lived in the housing across the county have
of mine, David van Lennep, and I O n our arrival we see t h a t t h e Hertfordshire, where we operated. community they served, and been dismantled, a policy that
offered our services as divers, using local sub-aqua club is preparing to Many of u s passed through t h e not some remote person you has nurtured a yob culture,
David's equipment. leave, they h a d been unsuccessful unit and some are no longer with see driving a car.
No other force had this facility a t allowing it to go unchecked.
locating t h e body of t h e missing u s b u t those days will live on of Vandalism
the time, but it was Suffolk Police who Gone are the days when a
child. On t h e edge of t h e pit a r e 'jobs well done'.
first called and used the Essex service They witnessed a t first hand constable could influence the
members of t h e -child's family. As t h e old Latin saying goes 'Di
in the recovery of a body. the anti-social behaviour and quality of life enjoyed by the
Throughout the years officers have We prepared to dive a n d used a versi veshi-tem7- 'Don't forget t h e
practiced and well-tested search vandalism, the cause of so local community, mainly due to
volunteered for this work and have diver'.
pattern a n d within a short space much stress to residents and centralisation of resources.
proved of great value to the service in Ken W r i g h t took immediate action, With his demise has been
general. of time recovered t h e little boy's Benfleet
Their standards today would stand targeting those responsible, lost the a r t of communication,
before the situation got out of intelligence-gathering and
any test and it is with sadness that
we, as founder members of this Sorry t o hear of diving demise hand. local knowledge, something
branch of the service now witness its I AM sorry that the diving unit is contain one half penny piece! Normal shifts were worked, that cannot be replaced by a n
passing. being dismantled. My interest is that It was a job Mike adored, being a but in many cases where the analyst.
I refrain from comment on the retired officer Mike Dray, my best keep-fit man - hunting, swimming, policeman's authority was Tony Martin may have found
bodies that have decided to close the man some years ago, was a diver in keep-fit was his life. When he left the challenged to meet operational the final solution - but look
branch down. the early days with Phi1 China. police he took an Outward Bound needs, split-shifts worked to what has happened to him!
My best wishes go to all former and I used to hear the lovely tales of a school in Wales and then became the give each other back-up, often JC, Chelmsford
present police divers, hoping they will day's work, for instance the safe in the LA civil defence officer, now retired in
keep their feet dry. joined by the sergeant when (Full n a m e and
river at Passingford Bridge which, Brecon.
Philip China, Suffolk when opened by Mike was found to R A White, Chelmsford extra manpower was needed - address supplied)
THE LAW. MARCH 2002 5
Decision to remove diving: facility is ratified Video to help
been made on shift options
system trial in Southend,
Evaluation of several
Budget is set
THE closure of the diving over 60 operational dives, approximately
POLICE in Southend are
adopting a different approach
in a move to deter prostitutes
from operating in the town.
carrying uniformed officers
are patrolling the town's red-
light district every night and
30 each year, excluding training dives
months' data and voting by unit and Brentwood's road by Helen Cook and those performed for the Operation filming the prostitutes on the
officers taking part declared policing unit were ratified Spinnaker inquiry. The search for streets. Officers are then
the trial a resounding missing ~ a n i e l l e Jones was an attempting to talk to the
success. by the Police Authority grants totalling £8 million for additional women, cautioning them and
exceptional case and could not be used to
A combination of this month as part of £4 police officers funded from the
justify keeping the unit open.
offering help with
operational benefits required .millionbudget savings. Government's crime fighting fund, rural rehabilitation if appropriate.
The force has long-standing
by managers and a pattern of policing and the new national police This move has come
The police budget of agreements with the Metropolitan,
working which minimises the radio system. Including these elements, following an increased
Sussex and Thames Valley forces that
adverse affects on the health £198,477,445 for the year was the funding increase is 5.8 per cent. As number of complaints from
have diving sections and the force is in
and well-being of staff, is agreed meaning a 9.4 per cent in previous years there is a requirement discussion with commercial divers about local residents in the York
seen as the main advantage. Road and Arnbleside Drive
increase in council tax and, to for efficiency savings of 2 per cent or £4 services they could provide. Mr Stevens
The six ordfour off, five- million. areas of Southend. The
raise the required precept of said that the diving unit had done a lot of
shift system now forms part Chief Constable David Stevens told visual police presence is a
good work but the force must move on
of a package of shift options £46.842 million, the council tax the authority members that it was a and look forward.
change from the previously
available to divisional for police purposes on a Band D positive budget and the increase of 9.4 adopted method of covertly
The saving of £53,000 would be used to
commanders from April 1. per cent was low compared with other observing and approaching
property will be £77.67. put officers back on the streets, where
the prostitutes. The aim is to
Following local areas. It will allow him to release officers the public is demanding that they should
consultation divisions will be As explained i n The Law i n communicate better with the
January, t h e Government's financial from behind desks and back on to the be.
able to choose from the four beat and front-line policing. women and to put kerb-
He concluded that the budget would
shift options in the package, settlement for Essex Police h a s been crawlers off from frequenting
He informed the authority that he had allow for investment in the community
all of which have been agreed s e t a t £184.930 million which is an been wrongly quoted in a local policing teams and rural policing, for
the area, for fear of being
centrally with the Joint increase of 2.3 p e r cent over specialist support, the national seen by the police.
newspaper about the closure of the
Branch Board. 200112002. Pc Paul Bird, who is
diving unit. He said that over the last intelligence model, and the Airwave
The two five-shift systems, The settlement also includes specific heading the York Road
two years the divers had performed just communications system.
for 24-hour operational staff, project, is largely dependent
and two four-shift systems on
offer all comply with Working
Time Regulations and health
Tackling vehicle crime at the touch of a button on the help and support of
the local residents. It is
hoped that regular
and safety legislation. SEVERAL stolen cars, consultation groups will soon
Chief Constable David including a 529,000 rung be set up, whereby the
Stevens said: "The search for BMW, have been recovered residents can meet and
a shift system that balances using only a handful of discuss any matters that
staff needs with delivering officers since the introduction affect the street. Pc Bird
the best possible police of the Automatic Number said: "By concentrating police
service for the county has Plate Reader system last resources on this area we
beeli thorough. A previous autumn. managed to dramatically
shift system trial had proved It means that Essex Police reduce the number of
popular with officers but in is among a number of forces burglaries in York Road last
the light of evidence it was efficiently tackling volume year. We hope that this new
not shown to be operationally crime and radically reducing operation to crackdown on
viable. vehicle crime without red-light districts will have a
"However, both five-shift specifically taking officers positive effect on prostitution
away from front-line policing. in the area."
options e v e the best solution
The force's mobile and fked
available which gives a better
quality of life to staff while
maintaining the best possible
ANPR devices each cost
£11,000 with 21 officers, Law readers
predominately from the
Project Manager, Inspector
county's road policing units,
trained in its use. Anyone can
love the news
John Meggison, said: "I am THE Law's news pages have
see its availability by
certain there is no better been voted a hit by those who
following the instructions
alternative out there than responded to a questionnaire
published on the intranet's - published in the January
the five-shift system to give ANPR homepage.
improvements to both staff issue and on the intranet -
The Citv of London Police asking readers what they
and management. became the first UK force to The new Automatic Number Plate System allows officers to study camera images
"Unfortunately, for those liked best about the
use the system at the height from a small laptop computer in the car. newspaper.
divisions that are unable to of the terrorist attacks on the
The device consists of a Of the 450-plus responses
work five shifts the options capital in 1997 where it "This system can effectively often park up at accident
laptop computer, a small received, more than 400
for four shifts are limited by continues to ensure the 'ring carry out a vehicle check on hotspots."
chose news as their favourite
legislation. The only of steel' remains intact. every number plate it reads Northamptonshire Police video camera and digitiser to
section. Adverts, which often
improvement possible has Sergeant Justin Smith against the Police National saw a 17 percent reduction in connect the two. The
ranked alongside news as an
been the abolition of quick believes there are countless Computer," he said. "It is the vehicle crime in the space of computer studies all images
equal first with Law readers,
change-overs which are benefits from ANPR, all of most precise tool which can only a few months, with 42 received by the camera and
also got the thumbs up,
disliked by many staff." which adhere to the force identify any vehicle targeted arrests, crack cocaine and determines whether the UK
although the majority said
Full details of all the shift objectives surrounding by police.Officers using ANPR stolen goods valued a t format number plate matches
they wouldn't want to see any
options can be found on the vehicle crime and casualty will carry out operations from £54,500 recovered in just one any of those held on its more advertisements in the
intranet. reduction. marked patrol cars which month alone. database. paper each month.
Grants available Team approach to community concerns about what they would like to
see more of included
divisional news, readers'
THE UK's leading PROBLEM-solving teams are beingset community policing areas. is being used for crime. letters and stories about the
independent centre of up by Essex Police to improve the Each team will consist of police, Sgt Paul Johnson, who is organising lighter side of police life.
expertise on drug abuse has quality of life in Colchester Division. borough council and Neighbourhood the initiative, said: "The groups will Readers were divided over
announced a series of grants They will meet regularly to identify Watch representatives. Delegates from have the benefit of working on any whether they would be happy
totalling one million pounds community concerns and agree action to other agencies - such as the National problem from different perspectives to to see The Law posted on the
to assist co-ordinators kick- solve problems raised. Health Service - will be invited in when provide lasting solutions. internet, rather than
start or develop projects The scheme is being launched as part their expertise is required. "Offences will be investigated by published as a newspaper.
across England. of the Colchester Crime Reduction They will seek solutions for a wide police in the normal way as a first step, Half the serving staff who
Individuals or small groups Strategy. This emanates from the Crime range of community problems - but the problem-solving teams will seek responded were in favour of
can apply for grants of and Disorder Act, which encourages anything from nuisance youths to to identify action which will provide publishing +,he newspaper
between £1,000 and £15,000. police, councils and other agencies to clusters of burglary or drug dealing. deterrents over the longer term." online, while the
Further information can be work in partnership. The inter-agency approach will enable Team training is taking place this overwhelming majority of
gained from the Three problem-solving teams are the teams to instigate action such as month and the first meetings will be retired staff were keen to
organisation's website at being formed in Colchester Division, improving security with better lighting arranged for the spring. It is likely that continue to receive their
covering its north, south and central to evicting a council tenant whose home each team will meet every six weeks. postal copy of The Law.
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The Betts Trophy, awarded to the Basildon; Pc Brian Ganly, Basildon; Pc
ed police Despite suffering whiplash injuries, he still Explosion traffic warden performing the most Leslie Gibson, CPU, Harlow; Pc Steven
e, which went. on to assist his colleagues in t h e arrest The officers were advised that a
woman's meritorious act in assisting the police, Holgate, Central Road Policing Unit
before attending hospital. He underwent a woman was trapped inside. Unable to
a house. has this year been won by Jackie (RPU), MSD; Insp Peter Hood,
two-week course of physiotherapy and still enter the front of the house because of
entenced Tyrell, based a t Colchester. Chelmsford; Chief Supt David Hudson,
exercises to east the discomfort. Mick h a s 27 the intense heat and flames, they Jackie noticed a tax disc on a vehicle, Corporate Support, HQ; Pc Richard
nent for moved to the rear of the premises and
years' service with the force. which had not been completed in the Hylands, Force Support Unit, MSD;
I n April 2001, Douglas Johnstone pleaded then heard an explosion inside.
recalled correct manner. She checked this out Sgt Christopher James, Saffron
guilty after the court heard h e had slashed Despite this, they still attempted to
o the aid and found that it was a disc from a post Walden; Pc Andrew Lindsay, Special
his girlfriend across the face with a broken enter the building, a t considerable
office robbery, but by this time the Branch; Pc Ian Lodge, Seconded Staff,
personal risk. They eventually saw the
10rt local wine glass in a pub before driving off at high vehicle had left the scene. Ashford; Pc Ross Luke, Loughton; Insp
trapped woman and managed to coax
what we speed and into a police road block. her towards them and then facilitated She kept a look-out for the vehicle in Martin Parkin, Southend; Sgt Stephen
ir-old. "I He had threatened to ram the vehicle into her escape. ' the same area, and noticed that the Powell, Clacton; Pc Kenneth Price,
oad and t h e house where his ex-girlfriend had Pc Peter Robdrup (Colchester South same people kept going to a particular Wickford; Pc Harry Sexton, Traffic
subsequently taken refuge. CPT) has been awarded a certificate in house and only staying for a few Investigation Unit (TIU), MSD; Pc
connection with the Wilson Trophy. minutes. The driver of the vehicle with Adrian Sharp, Major Investigation
The Millard Trophy, awarded for the stolen tax disc was then seen Team (MIT1, Brentwood; Pc Mark
the greatest contribution to social driving another vehicle, which when Shelley, Air Support Unit (ASU), MSD
services in the community in the checked was shown a s stolen. and Pc Andrew Skillin, HQ.
1 furtherance of police/public relations
The following support staff will be
during 2001, this year goes to Pc Simon receiving a certificate and badge, which
Knightley, the Youth Initiatives Oficer, A warrant was subsequently also recognises 22 years' service:
based a t Colchester. executed, three people arrested and a Mr Eamonn Evans, Finance Dept,
Pc Knightley has instigated various substantial amount of crack cocaine HQ; Mrs Andrea Elkington, Admin
projects aimed a t motivating young and heroin recovered. Services, HQ.
people and improving their self-esteem. The long service and good con- The awards are due to be presented
He is also involved in a number of duct medal, commemorating 22 years' by HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord
other schemes, such a s the Essex service, will be presented to the Braybrooke, at Chelmsford Shire Hall.
Experience, Duke of Edinburgh's following officers: (on Wednesday, March 6).
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AN electrician, builder and
carpet layer are touring
sheltered housing units in
Harlow to help reduce the
number of elderly residents
burgled by bogus officials.
The roadshows follow on
from a concerning number of
offences in the area.
A directory of 'approved'
traders, vetted by Age
Concern, is already in
production following work
between Age Concern's Lisa
Mahoney and Crime
Reduction Officer Derek
Llewellyn but it was agreed
that more needed to be done.
G ant t aid
Community Policing Team
sergeant, Andy Bray came up 1 1
with the idea of providing
elderly residents with a little
knowledge of household
maintenance in a fun and
useful manner, which raises
awareness without A TWO-YEAR investigation
increasing the fear of crime. into a team of sophisticated
Sgt Bray explained: "I do fraudsters has earned DC
not envisage great- Marion Tyson a Chief
grandmothers inspecting Constable's Commendation.
their own rooftops, but if an During the investigation
and subsequent trial she
displayed outstanding ability
stopcock or their gas cooker and dedication ensuring that
to allow work to be done then the case was presented in a
they will have increased hinhlv ~rofessionalmanner,
- " A
conkdence in refusing cold- and a t the conclusion of the
callers a t their door. By
POLICE and local authorities problems such as hate crime, vehicle continue the progress made to ensure
proceedings the four
are hailing the success of the crime and domestic violence. the county remains a safe place."
hearing the information from The Crime & Disorder Act 1998 The Community Safety department, in defendants were sentenced to
legitimate traders the first three years of the crime enforced a statutory obligation for partnership with Essex County Council, a total of 18 years'
roadshows also allow for and disorder partnerships. certain agencies to work with their local imprisonment.
has devised a template for crime reduc-
discussion and the With a £9,000 grant recently police force in order to implement Also commended for his
opportunity to dispel any tion partnerships to conform to which
issued to each partnership by strategies to reduce crime and disorder calm and professional actions
myths held by many people, ensures an efficient audit process.
the Essex Police Community in areas. Essex Police will continue was Pc Kirstan Draper from
elderly or not." Head of Community Safety and
working with the 14 partnerships across Tilbury. When a stolen car
The cost of the project is in Safety Department they are also Emergency Plans a t Essex County was crashed through the
the county to maintain the progress
the region of £1,000 which confident that objectives laid Council Peter Pearson said: "Reducing secure gates at the rear of the
made since 1999.
will be covered by a grant down in the forthcoming three- crime figures are evidence of the success station and set on fire he
Community Safety Inspector Jon
given to the Harlow Safer year strategies will be equally of the joint approach now being thought nothing of his own
Dodman is encouraged by the work and
Partnership by the Home productive. input by all the agencies over recent demonstrated across the county." safety.
Office for use on a distraction The Government's aim to ensure police years and looks ahead to the second In addition to continuing to improve on As the suspects ran off Pc
burglary initiative. forces were helped by local and county three-year period. themes such as artifice burglary, road Draper moved one police car
councils to reduce crime and disorder "It has been a steep learning curve for safety and nuisance youths, the fear of away from the fire but was
Special debut has seen varying rates of success
throughout England and Wales.
us all, but we've managed to build on the
concept of community safety and
crime among members of public,
especially the elderly, will be examined
unable to move the second
one which had started to
RECRUITMENT and Essex has continued to remain one of partners are working well together" he in detail. Recent government inspections melt. He doused it with a fire
training was top of the the safest counties as a result of the said. "We've come a long way in have praised the force for their all round extinguisher just feet from
agenda at the first conference efficient ways crime reduction addressing a whole range of issues policing which ensures Essex remains the burning vehicle which
of the Essex Special partnerships have tackled persistent affecting communities and will look to one of the safest counties to live in. was exploding.
Constabulary. The event
entitled The Way Forward
was held over two days at
Five Lakes and was
Property database will make hefty books a thing of the past
described by Commandant THE days of police officers fighting developed by Northamptonshire the powerful search capabilities will Southend shortly and once complete it
Atan Hill as "an excellent over large and cumbersome property Police which has now been adopted be able to match property from one is envisaged a roll out programme will
opportunity for the special books will soon be a thing of the past and adapted to meet Essex needs. division with owners from another, begin in the summer.
constabulary to set out its thanks to a new computerised system The programme will be accessible ultimately reducing the number of Property Officer Judith Bailey was
vision of the future in Essex." which can record details from dogs to on any intranet computer terminal by items in storage and providing an impressed with the new system from
Chief Constable David drugs and bags to bicycles. anyone authorised to deal with improved public service and the first presentation and agrees that
Stevens, who opened the And not only will the Property property. A simple electronic form will inspection process. key advantages are the computer-
conference, said: "The special Management System lead to a better allow an officer or member of support An additional benefit for property generated memos, the ability for
constabulary play a vital part service to the public in terms of staff to list details of property, how it officers is the ability to send memos remote use, the reduction in
in the policing of Essex. reuniting owners with their was found or obtained and in which to an officer to chase up an item's paperwork and the potential increase
Without the volunteer possessions, it will also be cost- - temporary store it has been placed. status, ridding of the need to hand in valuable storage space.
officers who give so much of effective negating the need to print The fields allow infinite items to be type individual memos. In the near She said: "It is an up-to-date,
their own time, policing of books at an annual cost of over £5,000. listed and the more details submitted future electronic memos will be sent simple, secure, efficient and effective
our towns and villages would Over 100,000 items of property each the better capability for property across email. system that will make one of the
be much less effective.
year have to be stored by Essex Police searches a t a later date. If an officer is changing division, problematic areas of police work more
"Specials usually perform
and a better system for managing Police officers will retain leaving or retiring the system will accountable and less ambiguous.
their duties in the areas
where they live or work so these items seized in house searches, responsibility for any property they easily be able to identify all property Although some changes in working
they also form a strong link found at crash scenes or simply lost or book in including disposal or return to still under his or her responsibility to practices are inevitable I am
to the wider community. found by members of the public, was owners, but only property officers will be dealt with or reallocated. convinced it will be for the better and
More officers are always identified some years ago as being a be able to move items into permanent No formal classroom training will be more manageable than the old
needed and there can be few business benefit. Once Essex Police stores, to HQ or another divisional be required to use the system but a book system."
more rewarding ways of had completed its Y2K priorities it set station, or dispose of them from the computer-based training package and For more information or questions
playing a part in making about fmding a solution. computerised database. guidelines will be available. about the system contact Insp Ted
Essex safer." The answer lay in a system As the database will be countywide, A pilot of the system will begin in Higgs in IT Developments on 51553.
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WELCOME to t h e NARPO
Four more hang up their hats
mini bulletin. All t h r e e : attacked with a driving skills.
H e now intends t o flit
branches i n t h e county a r e
between Norfolk and
h a r d a t work fixing u p Lancashire, w h e r e h e h a s
outings a n d meetings to t r y family links, and t o include
a n d satisfy all tastes. Listed to a police career but it will continue in h i s role as a George Lambeth w i l l cyprus i n t h e colder
here a r e some of t h e results.
For Colchester branch a
did not deter Dennis volunteer with Farleigh r e m a i n o n e of t h e s t a l w a r t s
of t h e E s s e x Police Musical
months. H e will p u r s u e a
h e a l t h y lifestyle as h e a n d
Oliver from spending Hospice, w h i c h h e f i n d s
number of events have been
a r r a n g e d a n d members
the whole of his 30 years particularly rewarding, a n d
would recommend t h i s t o
Society h a v i n g retired a f t e r
30 years' police service. H e
his wife enjoy w a l k i n g a n d
t h e open-air life.
should h a v e t h e list. Any in front-line policing. ABRONZE plaque i
has recently played t h e l e a d
problems contact Reg Shelley
on 01206 547739.
He viewed the 12
H e a r t b e a t y e a r s s p e n t as
anyone w h o has good 'peo-
ple skills' and s o m e time t o role of Tevye in t h e society's obituaries honour of a former Hig
Constable has bee
l a t e s t production of F i d d l e r FORMER sergeant Frederick
o n e of t w o residential b e a t s p a r e for a good cause. presented to the Mayor c
For Southend branch there on the Roof: Jeffrey, from Braintree, died
officers at B u r n h a m as Mick Hall will continue Saffron Walden.
i s a Thames River Cruise on George s p e n t t h e b u l k of on February 14, aged 85.
" r a t h e r special", before t o b e a f a m i l i a r face i n Braintree's ne1
Saturday, May 1 8 a n d t h e his c a r e e r as both a d r i v e r M r Jeffrey served from
s p e n d i n g t h e final 1 as a
1 Witham, despite his divisional commande
theme for t h e trip is t h e per- a n d motorcyclist o n traffic, 1937 to 1967 a t Upminster,
d o g handler. r e t i r e m e n t a f t e r 27 years' Chief Superintendent Su
formance of Showboat. The before a k n e e i n j u r y m e a n t Romford, Harold Hill,
service - h e is beginning a Harrison presented th
trip includes transport to a n d Dennis p l a n s a period of t h a t h e s p e n t his final t h r e e Braintree, Rayleigh a n d
n e w r o l e as S e r v i c e s plaque at a speck
from London, a cruise on t h e reflection c a t c h i n g u p o n years in the force Rochford.
Supervisor a t t h e t o w n hall. ceremony commemorai
T h a m e s from Westminster odd jobs before m a k i n g f i r m information room. His funeral took place a t ing the life of Williar
Pier, a four course meal a n d decisions o n t h e future. H e Mick s p e n t t h e majority of H e intends to take a gap Colchester Crematorium. Campling who wa
cabaret entertainment. h i s service in t h e n o r t h of year', w h i c h will i n c l u d e
S t a r t time is 4.30pm with
pick-up points to be arranged
Spin a yarn the county, with
s u b s t a n t i a l period o n crime
a visits t o A u s t r a l i a a n d New
Z e a l a n d , before m a k i n g
All change murdered on duty in 184!
Several members of th
Essex Police Memoria
a f t e r places h a v e been TWO Surrey police officers prevention, before p l a n s for t h e f u t u r e . NEW ROAD policing u n i t Committee, includin
r e t u r n i n g t o uniform patrol H a v i n g s p e n t t h e l a s t 18 inspectors have been posted former Assistant Chie
booked. R e t u r n is about a r e collecting humorous
y e a r s at t h e driving school t o Rayleigh, S t a n w a y a n d Constable Geoffre
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Wickford before moving t o Brewer now sits alongside
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- I Lakes, Howgills, cycle hire, FOR sale Peugeot 406GLX ORLANDO. Luxury villa, 4 1998, 45,000 miles, metalli~
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I on 01539 623641 or email usual extras, one owner, near Disney and other central
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DOG cage for Volvo estate
immaculate condition £6500,
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1 Send to The Editor, The Law, Press Office, I 01268 750062. Davies, tel 01708 620080. on 01375 846704. dition, 9000 miles, include?
( Essex Police Headquarters.
Oily athierts frcm those directly m t e d t o Essex Police (either senring or
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with one large dble bdrm, £4150 ono. Tel 01245 491491
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L l l l I l l l I l l l I I l l I ~ l l ~
THE LAW, MARCH 2002 11
A TOUCH of romance has
helped bring a little light
to the lives of sick
children in Essex.
A Valentine's dance was
held at HQ sports pavilion
with dancing to the
sounds of Take the Biscuit
and £400 was raised in
aid of the Harbour Unit,
Neptune Ward at
Southend Hospital, which
is for very sick Essex chil-
dren in need of long-term
care in hospital.
Other events on this
year's Sports and Social
Club calendar include a
day trip to Calais and Cite
Europe on Saturday, April -
13, priced £17 members
and £18 non-members.
renewal due lottery
An evening of magic is
THE Clubhaus golf membership will be due
for renewal a t t h e end of March.
winner'! Saturday, April 27,2002
being held a t the HQ WINNER of the February lot-
All existing members are being written to.
sports pavilion on May 24,
with Michael J. Fitch and
a fish and chip supper.
However, there are some significant changes
which potential members will need to be
tery was Emma McMahon from
Loughton boosting her bank
balance by £1500.
The event is adults only aware of. The membership now relates to Also out of the hat for cash
and tickets are £12. Benton Hall and Three Rivers only. There is prizes were Insp Paul Eveleigh,
If it's a weekend away
you crave why not try
Brussels in a four star
no contract with The Essex. There will only be
one type of membership - Full Associate - and
Basildon with £750, Simon
Crane from Basildon with £375
and Pc Martyn Horton from
it will be priced a t £390 per year.
hotel for two nights bed
Members will be able to play a t either
Southend with £200.
Consolation prizes of £50
Available from Pc Madigan,
and breakfast with coach
and ferry included; course and a t any other Clubhaus venue on
payment of a £10 green fee. For further details
went to Pc Andrew Palmer, Chelmsford Traffic on 01245 491491,
August 16 to 18; cost: £89 NCS; Chief Insp Tom Diment,
members, £99 non-mem- contact the force sports secretary on extension MSD; Pc Martin Kendrick, ext 58515
bers. 58888. MSD; DC Terry Haines-Aubert,
If you are interested in IF anyone would like to take Crime Division; Mr G. Moss, or
any of these events con-
tact Shirley Turner by
advantage of a special offer
from Airtours of up to 27 per
retired; Sandra Reeves,
Basildon, PC Rob O'Sullivan, James Dace & Son,
email or by fax on 01245 Rayleigh; Gillian Cuny, Clacton;
cent discount for departures
during April, then ring them Debbie Roblin, Crime Division Moulsham Street, Ghelmsford
direct on 0845 603 7896. and Pc Phi1 Brochen, Leigh.
- 12 THE LAW, MARCH 2002
A F T E R
Ampthill Park, awards, there was little inter-
est from the rest of the field,
and Kevin Kirby (17th), who
joined Bond in ensuring that
completing the team.
On his return from injury
three narrow Bedfordshire provided
when Simon Morley (Sussex) the veterans also enjoyed a Pete Bryan (44th) battled
efeats to rivals the venue on a wet and shot off from the start for a well to finish. The only disap-
Kent, the men from windy day and with the comfortable victory, leaving pointment for Essex was once
Essex hit back with notorious Heartbreak Mick Bond to tow the main again the lack of any women
an awesome per- Hill included three times, pack along, until he set off to Not to be left out, the B competitors.
formance to leap to this was the sport a t its ensure second place. team made it a hat-trick and The final league fxture at
the top of the extreme. The Essex captain was fol- completed a marvellous day Horsham, Sussex, will also
regional police cross Yet t h e current Essex lowed by a stream of red for Essex, led once again by include the regional champi-
squad seems to excel in such Essex vests, as Russ Welch onship and, as last season,
country league, with (3rd), Derek Walker (4th) and
Chris Mathlin (26th1, Charles
iust the final fixture conditions. Quaey (29th), a superb second everything rests on the
"~- - -
Vic Spain (5th) were chased
to take place in Already out of contention race by Chris Lacey (38th) results of that race.
for both team and individual home by Don English (15th) and Brian Murnaghan (40th) Mick Bond
Croker Poor start
SOME more Croker Cup
events have now been c-
ompleted with the following
S q u a s h : l Braintree, 2
~ a s i l d o n , 3 Thurrock; 4
s ~ i n t rise
THE ESSEX Police Veterans are even finished.
Southend, 5 Rayleigh, 6
Harlow, 7 Tendring and 8 football team are riding high These two games
in the league again with only sandwiched another
a five-point gap needing to be whitewash, with Cricketers
Snooker: 1 Rayleigh, 2
,qraintree, 3 Harlow and
bridged in order to climb into
top spot ahead of Britannia.
Horndon on the receiving end
of a 7-0 victory and on this
Southend and 5 Tendring. A recent resurgence has occasion Paul Toms chipped
Billiards: - 1-- - Rayleigh, 5 seen the team climb back up in with a brace.
Braintree, 3 Harlow and the table after a dismal start More goals were netted at
Southend and 5 Tendring. to the new year which saw the start of this month with a
Ladies' football: 1 their exit from the semi- 6-0 drubbing of the title
Tendring, 2 Chelmsford. finals of the Essex Saturday contenders Havering
Losing semi-finalists were Veterans Cup. NALGO. Jed Stopher on this
Braintree and Colchester and Defeat to Ford Basildon occasion netting a brace.
losing quarter-finalists were was followed up with a draw Sadly Nigel Cockrell will
Harlow and Basildon. in the league, before losing a t miss the rest of the season
These results mean that home to lowly Basildon Town. after suffering torn ankle
the current Croker Cup table Their poor form culminated ligaments.
reads: Braintree 111, Harlow in a 7-0 hammering away to The vets will battle it out
88, Rayleigh 86, Basildon 71, the top side, but the old boys with Britannia, Havering
Southend 58. Colchester 55, will be looking for revenge NALGO and Sporting Club
Chelmsford 41, Tendring 41; though when they meet Henderson for the league
TL..--nnlr i 00,UA 9~
s r l u l r u L f Q'2 I I YV.
Q Britannia a t home. championship.
The darts competition was Three successive wins in^ second and with two
against Hertfordshire in the games in hand, captain Joel
due to be played as The Law National Veterans Cup and a Henderson is looking forward
wenL to press. 6-0 drubbing of ~uffolkhas to a n intense, nail-biting
m . .
lennis taKeS place on7 -
helped .galvanise team spirit. finish.
Wednesday, March 13 and
. - - A couple of goals from He said: "I'm proud the way
organiser is Stu Bowman at Mick ~ l l e helped seal the
i we have lifted bur game and
-HQAlarms. win which puts the vets spirits because a 7-0 defeat to
The date and venue for the through to the quarter-final the hands of anybody is a
rugby is still to be arranged. stage before the group finals body blow, let alone to your
"It will certainly be a close
THE force is holding two three-lap cycle of the park for those not fit enough or
ONCE again Southend Sub-
Aqua Club is seeking keen
ground. Families are also
welcomed, as the club has a n
call a t the end as we have to
play the other two sides who
are also vying for the league
The force's PAA side has
also been action with defeat
triathlon competitions this and finishes with a two and a unable to swim or cycle. divers to join them. active social calendar. to the hands of Suffolk
year for those wishing to test half mile run. Organisers of both events Divers who have already For more information preceding a memorable 5-5
their stamina levels in the Braintree's inaugural are looking for volunteer qualified are invited to join please contact Andy Barnes draw away to the
summer sunshine. sprint triathlon will be staged marshalls to help co-ordinate and participate in organised on the Marine Unit a t Metropolitan Police after
Organisers of the annual a t the Riverside leisure the day's activities and cheer dive trim and holidavs. Ravleigh on 01268 798162. being 5-0 down.
Basildon race are looking for ~ h o s with CMAS 2 star,
entrants to this year's compe-
tition set for Sunday, May 19,
complex in the town centre on
Sunday, June 9.
Further information on the SAA Club Diver, BSAC Sport
Diver, or PAD1 AOW+Rescue
Reporter on the run
The cycling stage will be Braintree competition can be Helen's run is to support
where the day's activities will Diver are ideal, but others One of The Law's Own
conducted on the Witham gained by contacting Kevin who can attend Southend reporters is running in this friend Claire, whose husband
be centred around Gloucester road while the final flag for Rowe a t Dunmow Police is a n Essex detective and
regularly may be trained year'^ London Marathon.
Park Swimming Pool, with runners will be a t Braintree Station. Cook is taking part whose son had a tuniour and
within the club to attain the
the two land stages entirely railway station. Entry forms for the in her first ever marathon to underwent over a year of
more advanced qualification.
gff-road. Both events offer Basildon triathlon are The club is based in raise money for a small intensive treatment. Dial a
The competition, now in its charity called Dial a Dream. Dream arranged for them to
encouragement to the novice available on the intranet, Southend and meets twice a
third year, will feature a 400- which aims to help seriously go on a two-week Florida
and a challenge for the while further information can week, one meeting being a
metre swim followed by a ill children realise their holiday. If anyone would like
experienced athlete. be gained from Pete Bryan a t pool session. Most of the
dream whether it be a holiday to sponsor Helen, contact her
Relay events are on offer Chigwell Road Policing. members have a police back-
or meeting a TV star. by email or on 01245 452450.