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chaos in thick fog by dfgh4bnmu


									 The newspaper of Essex Police
                                                                                     Law                                           December 1997

chaos                             SEARCH FOR LINKS
thick fog
 CHAOS w a s caused o n
t h e A12 l a s t m o n t h a s
 some 'stupid' drivers sped
through thick fog causing
numerous pile-ups.
   The mayhem began a t
                                   IN SEX ATTACKS                                        AN Essex rape victim has spoken
about 9am on a Sunday
morning and by the end of a
                                                                                         publicly about her ordeal as the
very long day Essex Police                                                               county's detectives battle to solve
had totalled 26 separate                                                                 seven serious sex assaults.
multiple road          crashes
involving 150 vehicles and 48                                                              But despite exten-
casualties. Thousands of                                                                 sive case comparisons,                     By Kim White
drivers were caught in traffic
jams for hours at a time.
                                                                                         senior detectives feel
                                                                                                                                similarities i n unsolved
   Miraculously there were no                                                            that the attacks are                   Essex cases and also compare
fatalities but the Casualty                                                              not down to one serial                 with national crimes.
Bureau made a rare
appearance to deal with the
                                                                                         ra~ist.                                    Based in t h e Force
                                                                                            The c o u r a g e o u s 56-         Intelligence Bureau, DC
many concerned relatives and                                                                                                    Mark Heard has been tasked
friends.                                                                                 year-old w o m a n was
                                                                                                                                with studying all seven sex
                                                                                         v i c i o u s l y assaulted as         a t t a c k s to r u l e out any
                                                                                         she left w o r k in Saffron            possible links. I t also
  The fire brigade were the                                                              Walden on firework                     improves liaison with other
first emergency service to                                                               night, and j u s t days                forces a s officers compare
declare the situation a s a                                                              later t o l d a press                  details with cases i n t h e
major incident as visibility                                                                                                    county and bordering forces.
                                                                                         c o n f e r e n c e : "you think           But superintendents Brim
meant crews only saw crash
                                                                                         y o u have g o t away w i t h          Storey and Steve Reynolds,
scenes when they were within
20 yards of arriving. Traffic                                                            it but you have not".                  heading all seven inquiries,
officers attended from as far                                                               Her ordeal followed five            are of the opinion that it isn't
afield a s Rayleigh, with                                                                other a t t a c k s i n a s m a n y    just one man responsible for
assistance from Suffolk                                                                  months. First there was a              all t h e attacks. Mr Storey
Police, a s resources were                                                               61-year-old woman, raped               said: "I think we are probably
stretched to the limit. Four                                                             i n her Westcliff home by a n          dealing with more than one
traffic cars were damaged as                                                             intrude,r on J u n e 26. The           culprit and although I can't
they tried to fend off crash                                                             following month a teenager             think of an occasion when we
scenes and warn oncoming                                                                 was raped i n a nightclub in           had seven unsolved cases at
drivers.                                                                                 Colchester. August saw the             one time, I certainly don't
  Despite the chaos, head of                                                                                                    wish to scaremonger.
                                                                                         r a p e of a 21-year-old i n
Traffic, Superintendent Doug                                                                                                        "Everything is being done
                                                                                         Kelvedon a n d a n horrific
Adams, is generally pleased                                                                                                     to ensure these men a r e
                                                                                         attack on two teenagers i n            caught a t t h e earliest
with the way in which officers
                                                                                         woods in Rayleigh. A young             opportunity. We have not yet
and support staff handled the
situation.                                                                               woman walking her dog in               established any links but are
  He said: "We have only                                                                 Great            Baddow       was      still working closely with the
received one complaint from a                                                            a t t a c k e d on October 4.          National Crime Faculty on
driver caught up in the traffic                                                          S i n c e t h e public a p p e a l     offender profiles and also
and it's thanks to the hard                                                              t h e r e h a s been a f u r t h e r   using Comparative Case
work and commitment of                                                                   a t t a c k o n a 22-year-old          Analysis to ensure that no
everyone involved on the                                                                 woman in Weeley.                       stone goes unturned."
day."                                                                                       The cases have had police              Although           t h e seven
      Meanwhile the first l1                                                             resources stretched to t h e           attacks in Essex include five
days of roadworks on the A12                                                             limit and has meant the need           stranger rapes the overall
saw 866 drivers caught                                                                   to make full use of a                  total for the year to date is       *
breaking the speed limit.                                                                computer               programme       10. This i s only t h r e e
   Speed cameras are in place                                                            adopted by the force just a            incidents more than 1996.
between Boreham and
                                  IN just one hour, ten motorists were 'caught dodging   year ago.                                 Mr Storey said: "One
Hatfield Peveral to monitor       the vehicle tax laws. For full story turn to page 5.      Previously housed only a t          s t r a n g e r rape is one too
the temporary 50mph limit.                                                               NCIS             in       London,      many but the figures show
  All drivers caught on                                                                  Comparative Case Analysis              that these types of attacks
camera now face prosecution.                                                             allows officers to search for          are fairly rare in Essex."
2           THE LAW, DECEMBER 1997

        An eye for                                                                                                                                                           Marine unit's
        road safety                                                                                                                                                          royal escort
                                                                                                                                                                             IT was a historical day for
    HUNDREDS of drivers took the                                                                                                                                             the Marine Section when
    opportunity to test their eyesight                                                                                                                                       officers were asked to escort
    for free in a special operation set                                                                                                                                      the Royal yacht Britannica
    up by Essex Police.                                                                                                                                                      on its final journey.
      Aimed a t reducing road                                                                                                                                                  The Vigilant I11 looked tiny
    accidents, the initiative was run                                                                                                                                        against the huge, majestic
    in conjunction with opticians                                                                                                                                            412ft craft, as excited fans
    Dollond & Aitchison and has been                                                                                                                                         with      telescopes       and
    deemed a success.                         CHERISHED memories of
                                              officers who died in the tine of                                                                                               binoculars lined Southend
      Every week nearly 30,000                                                                                                                                               Pier to salute the ship.
    learners take a driving test which        duty were rekindled during a
                                              poignant ceremony at Essex                                                                                                       Sgt Andy Masson, said:
    involves having their eyesight                                                                                                                                           "There were vast numbers of
                                              Police Headquarters.
    checked. However, they are then                                                                                                                                          pleasure craft out that day
                                                The occasion marked the
    able to drive for up to 53 years                                                                                                                                         hoping to catch a last
                                              inauguration o an ornately-
    with many unaware of eyesight             crafted Memorial Book,                                                                                                         glimpse. Our job was to
    deterioration.                            containing a separate page                                                                                                     provide an escort to ensure
      Throughout two days a free                                    f
                                              dedicated to each o the 34                                                                                                     the      Britannica      could
    sight check was set up a t the            officers who lost their lives                                                                                                  navigate its way up the river.
    Granada Services in Thurrock. As          between 1849 and 1996.                                                                                                         It was certainly a one-off for
    well as the standard check - being           Relatives packed the                                                                                                        the Marine Section and a
    able to read a number plate a t           Assembly Hall and after music                                                                                                  very historical occasion."
    20.5 metres, drivers were offered          y
                                              b the force band, heard Chief
    screening by Dollond & Aitchison          Constable John Burrow
    staff to assess the balance of the                   f
                                              speaking o the "family" that
    eyes, field of vision and night           is Essex Police.
    vision.                                      He added: "It is a day to
      Over 400 drivers took part              remember, and to be proud of,
    during the two days. Only two
    failed the standard police test but
                                              those officers who sacrificed
                                              their lives i n the name of                                                                                                    Next year 'S
    they were not driving on the day.         Essex Police."
    A total of 74 drivers had the
    additional test by Dollond &
                                                 The Memorial Book, which
                                              sits in an oak display cabinet
                                                                                                                                                                             pay under
    Aitchison, 14 of which were found
    to have eyesight problems.
                                              in the foyer a t Police
                                              commissioned by the Essex
                                                                          was                                                                                                negotiation
      Sgt Simon Morgan said: "We                                                                                                                                             BRANCHES will soon be
    are encouraged by the results.            Police     Memorial Fund               Sue Bishop, widow of PC Brian Bishop, who died after being shot by an                   consulted on the 1998 pay
    The drivers who failed the                Trustees to complement their                                                                                                   offer. At present the
                                              earlier provision o the nearby
                                                                 f                 armed robber in 1984, views the tribute to her husband with her son, David,
    statutory test were unaware that                                                                                                                                         emphasis will be on a pay
                                              Memorial Stone and carved            daughter-in-law Angela and Chief Constable John Burrow. Photo by Mark                     claim only, with no terms
    their eyesight had deteriorated."
                                              Roll o Honour.                       Frost, HQPhotographic.                                                                    and conditions issues on the

                                                                                                                                                                             table, so if you are a member
                                                                                                                                                                         1   and you have an issue you
                                                                                                                                                                             wantnegotiated let us know.

        More staff changes
        A N O T H E R
                                                                                                                                                                               Negotiations a t national
                                                                                                                                                                             level concerning the job
                                                                                                                                                                             evaluation schemes are still
                                                                                                                                                                             pending. UNISON favours
                                                                                                                                                                             the new single status scheme
                                                                                                                                                                             for Local Government
                                                                                                                                                                             (tailored to address the needs
                                                                                                                                                                             of police support staff).
        change in the                                                                                      Maternity entitlement                                               UNISON              members
                                                                                                                                                                             employed in Regional Crime
        Federation Office                                                                                  SINCE April 1,1995, at the Chief Constable's dis-                 Squads and the National
        - Irene Black, our                                                                                 cretion police officers on maternity leave have                   Crime Intelligence Service
                                                                                                                                                                             are transferring over to the
        office manager,                                                                                    been able to accrue their annual leave entitlement
                                                                                                                                                                             new national employer on
        leaves us on the                                                                                   throughout the paid a n d unpaid maternity leave                  their current conditions.          1
        December 19 after
                                                                                                           period.                                                             RCS staff a r e largely          /
                                                                                                             Therefore, the amount of annual leave which a n                 unaffected, but NCIS staff I
        26 vears' service                                                                                  officer would be entitled t o i n a n y year i s not              will change to Civil Service ,
                                                       care Irene, w e shall all
        with           the any m o r e d e d iask ifor miss you.
                              You could n o t
                                              cat on
                                                                                                           reduced by the taking of unpaid maternity leave in                terms.
                                                                                                                                                                               Traffic wardens are subject
        Federation.        f r o m Irene than she       Taking over from Irene is
                                                                                                           that year.
                                                                                                                                                                             of a letter to Alun Michael
                                                                                                             Unpaid maternity leave will count as reckonable                 MP, Home Office Minister,
         NO more will Y O U            gave. We wish her                 T r i s h Morley who i s no       service for annual leave purposes to be taken the                 with a view to extending
        hear the familiar              everv haDDiness her
                                              "    . L
                                                             in          stranger to the Federation        following financial year, at t h e discretion of t h e            their powers, therefore
        Scottish accent as she                                           as she worked part-time in
                                       retirement and hope her                                             Chief Constable.                                                  safeguarding personnel
                                                                         the office in the post that                                                                         against t h e threat of
        assisted and dealt             caravan e x p e d i t i o n s     Lucy Wheddon has now                It is the accrual of relevant service in relation to
                                                                                                           annual leave entitlement that is affkchd. Please                  decriminalisation. The reply
        with all sorts of              d o n ' t upset t o o many        filled.   we wish them   both
                                                                                                           read Policy Guidelines P215/97for further details.
                                                                                                                                                                             is available t o a l l traffic
        questions.                     other road users!! Take           well.                                                                                               wardens who are members.
                                                                                                                                                                               The Police Policy Research

        Competitive loan scheme I Renewal 1 Christmas memorabilia
                                                                                                                                                                             unit is currently looking in tci
                                                                                                                                                                             the extension of powers to
                   &                                                                                                                                                         various       support staft
        THE Co-op Loan Scheme          please call 0800 591682                                            CHRISTMAS cards are again available from the                       employees, i n particulay
        is still very co~npetitive.    quoting the Essex Police               of travel                   Federation Office at last year's price of S0 pence                 scenes of crime officers1

          If you a r e interested,                                                                        each.                                                              traffic wardens, financia
                                                                                                                                                                             investigation staff an

        Mobile error
                                         We continue to look at
                                       other companies and I will
                                                                             insurance                      They depict the front of police headquarters
                                                                                                          by reception, with the green and flagpole
                                                                                                                                                                             detention officers. UNISO
                                                                                                                                                                             will continue to negotiati
                                       give you details if we think          EVERY existing member        included. Once more, Marilyn on extension                          these issues.
        IN the last issue of The       you can benefit.                                                   64555 will sort these out for you                                     Recently there has been
                                                                             should have received a
        Law, we omitted a zero           May I, on behalf of Dave          l e t t e r by now from          The same applies for any memorabilia you                         noticeable difference in t y
        on the telephone number        Jones, Mick Englefield,             Marilyn C a n explaining       might require for Chrietmae presents. W holde                      exchange of information w{    i

        given regarding t h e          Irene Black, Trish Morley,                                                                                                            ACPO, the Home O f c ,
                                                                           the changes.                   a l sorts of things which might appeal.
                                                                                                           l                                                                 of     Constabulary

                                                                                                         I Shortage of Fed diaries
        mobile phones deal.            Marilyn C a r r a n d Lucy

                                                                              You can still apply to                                                                         UNISON. This is promisi
          Apologies for this. The      Wheddon          in      the        join if you are not in the                                                                        and      should      hopefu
        number is 0800 006000.         Federation Office, wish                                                                                                               improve t h e standing l
                                                                           scheme, which s t a r t s
                                       you all a very Happy

          Even w i t h t h e omis-                                         from January 1,1998.                                                                              support staff nationally. ,
                                       Christmas and prosperous                                           T H E S E h a v e b e e n s e n t o u t t o t h e divisional          Lastly a warm welcomd
        sion, you somehow man-                                                J u s t ring Marilyn on     representatives and, hopefully, you will have seen or
                                       New Year.                                                                                                                             our new members. If              '
        a g e d t o w o r k it o u t                                        extension 54555 for a n       been given one.                                                    have any specific concerns/ '
                                         Subsistence: We a r e
        because I'm told the take      still awaiting legal advice         application form. At E17         I apologise for anyone who h a s not been able t o               u s know. You now havj
        u p h a s been very good.      from our solicitors.                it's a bargain.                obtain one a s we seem to be short on supplies this year.          voice so feel free to use it. 7
WITH the festive season
                                                                                                                                                                                    ESSEX County Council is
fast approaching, you
would think the sight of
Father Christmas would
spread a little cheer. But
not in South Ockendon,
where a scout troop
pulling a Santa trailer
just attracted com-
plaints about the noise.
  Concern for a missing
18-year-old driver, who
had disappeared en
route to Chelmsford,
turned to relief when                                                                                                                                                              have been widely criticised.
she finally turned uv.
The poor youngster had
         the       way
around the M25 because
                                          Staff commitment is highlighted in force survey
she did not know how to
get off.

distraught when she
came home to find the
contents of drawers
emptied out all over the           RESULTS of the latest                          e q u a l i t y of o p p o r t u n i t y f o r   bullied or harassed during t h e         tolerated and we should all challenge
floor. Closer inspection           E ex police egual                              e"rrone        who works for t h e force.        previous Year.                           it when we witness it."
revealed the culprit was                                                            Over 90 per cent of staff believe                And around 40 per cent of                 Mr Broughton added: "A lot is being
not a burglar, but a very                                          e~
                                   0 ~ ~ 0 r t u l l i t iSurvey chief officers, managers and                                      respondents felt opportunities in        done and Essex Police,will continue
untidy husband.                                the force is taking supervisors show a commitment to                                Essex Police are, or may be, limited     to be committed to ensuring we treat
                                                                                  equal opportunities.                             because of age or gender.                every individual with respect and
  All of us could do with          the issue                                        ~h~~~were also verv hieh levels of               ACC(S) John Broughton said: "I am      dignity.
an offender as stupid as                                                                                   "     "

a Florida bank robber.
                                   writes AZyson M( u n t n e ~ .satisfaction in workinP relationshins
                                                                ~                                                                  encouraged by t h e results of this         "We are reviewing our policies to
                                      I n all, 54 per cent of officers with colleagues, supe&isors and liAe                        survey. The fact t h a t over 2,300      ensure they meet the ever changing
Following a successful                                                                                                             people returned the questionnaire        demands and continue to emphasise
                                   a n d support staff - a total of managers, recording over 80 per cent
raid, he arrived home                                         . .
                                   2,322 - c o m p l e t e d t h e
                                                                     -            in all cases.
                                                                                    ~ h su,ev also raised areas where
                                                                                                                                   shows we in Essex are interested and
                                                                                                                                   want to have a n influence in this
                                                                                                                                                                            the need to get the best out of all our
                                                                                                                                                                            staff by providirlg them with a safe,
only to be confronted by
the police. It turned out          q u e s t i o n n a i r e w h i c h w a s improvement was needed. The staff                     important area."                         supportive and caring environment in
the note demanding                 circulated last year.                          development section is looking a t                 Although t h e results were a n        which to work.
                                                                                                                                   improvement on the last survey in           "It is not sufficient just to change
money, which he pushed               The m a i n findings were t h a t 85 ways in which this can be achieved.                      1993, he said Essex Police should not    policies though, Essex Police needs
across the counter, was                                                             Despite the overall good working
                                   p e r c e n t of s t a f f n o w b e l i e v e relationships, described as an                   be complacent, particularly when         the help of all its staff and I think
written on the back of             E s s e x Police h a s a c l e a r e q u a l "excellent outcome," iust under 20 Der             some staff felt their opportunities in   t h i s survey shows we have t h e
an envelope addressed              opportunities policy, with 97 per cent of staff,                         returned t h e         the force were limited. Unacceptable     support of t h e overwhelming
to him.                            c e n t believing t h e r e s h o u l d b e questionnaire, said they had been                   behaviour, h e added: "cannot bc3        majority."

 Enhancaed training on t
STUDYING and brushing up

                                   based training packs, book,              software packages used
on work-related skills could       videos and t a ~ e s ~reviouslv
                                                                            around the force.
become a lot easier for            unavailable.                               There will be a loan system      be made a s to how they
officers and staff working on         Police specific packages              procedure for borrowing            progress.
division t h a n k s to a new      will include Putting The Law             books, videos and audio              Harlow      Divisional
scheme aimed at enhancing          Into Practice, Operational               tapes.                             Commander, Superintendent
training        within     the     Patrol Skills, Drinks, Drugs               Learning          Resource       Peter Durr, said: "I
workplace.                         and Driving and a package                Developer, Rose Lewis, said:
   Harlow is the first to pilot    relating to buralarv. Some
                                                          "                 "There will be resources
t h e Learning Resource            a r e aimed i n the main, a t            available for all members of       everyone to enhance their
Centre with Colchester quick       new recruits while others                staff - operational staff,         skills a t a time
to follow suit in January.         provide good refreshers for              support staff and Special          themselves and to t h e
   Although divisions have         longer-serving officers.                 Constables - and for all levels    organisation. I think once
some training facilities they         More generic topics include           including managers. We are
are limited and concentrated       Introduction                To           not limiting the facilities to
mainly with in the Training        Assertiveness, Making Quick              one particular group."
Centre at headquarters.            Deciszons, Interviewing Skills             Access t o t h e Learning          Officers and staff a t
   The new system at Harlow        and Leading Your Team. A                 Resource Centre will be 24         Harlow wanting to know
not only provides a room           first aid package will be                hours each day with a              more about t h e Learning
equipped with computers,           available as well as courses             number of keyholders               Resource Centre should
audio and video, but will also     teaching computer skills and             identified.                        contact     Pc     Kathryn
stock a variety of computer-       a full ranee of the Microsoft              After six months both            Childsworth or Pc Tim Oxlev.

  Inquiry into                         Inspector off to Albania
   dog death                       AN Essex officer is to be                 at Stansted.                       1S
                                                                                                               1 :$
                                   the only UK police repre-                   "1 will be responsible for
 AN inquiry has been
                                                                                                                '   qnewcivilian~h~sil
 launched into the dog             teamsetuptore-establish                  of replacements for                                           cal training instructor      He brings to Essex Police a wealth of
 training techniques used          democratic policing in                   European officers cur-                  2 for EssexPolice.                              experience and hopes t o u s e it t o
 by Essex Police following         Albania.                                 rently working in Albania               $ Neil Wilson (27) left the army in order       improve police training and fitness.
 t h e d e a t h of one of i t s     Insp Steve Smith, cur-                 who have ended their                    $ Pursue his tnt for highboard and                 He said: "It doesn't differ greatly from
 German Shepherds.                 rently support manager at                period of secondment,"he                  springb0ard div ing, and i s- - - now t h e   t h e army although obviously t h e
    Pc Mark Needham's dog,         Stansted Airport Division,               said.                                   2 latest headquarters recruit filling the       trai ning of soldiers tends to be more
 Acer, died during a train-        says he is looking forward                 "Stansted Airport has                 1
                                                                                                                               left by Justin Beacher.
                                                                                                                                          )oral, Nell
                                                                                                                        As a Lance Cor~ * -- '- was Y1'1 to
                                                                                                                                                                    re@ilar. The first change I'd like to see
                                                                                                                                                                    mthin the police is more equipment but
 ing exercise a t Sandon. A        to his six-months second-                an international flavour
                                   ment to the team.                        about it, especially                      One     the army 4ir Corps regiments,         at the moment I'm just concentrating on
 post mortem revealed the
 cause of death as a haem-           He said: I am going to
                                   miss mv work in Essex.
                                                                            European. I see my work
                                                                            in Albania as an extension
                                                                                                                    f based near IpswiclI, for seven years. But
                                                                                                                    9 regular trips away on exercise meant his
                                                                                                                    3 -.    .
                                                                                                                                                                    settling in and learning the ropes."
                                                                                                                                                                       In t h e meantime Neil has iust        "1
                                                                                                                                                                                                              a       L

 orrhage caused by a n                                                                                                diver's training programme was                competed in the Winter Masters d&ing
 injury to the liver.
    The training techniques
                                   but this is a challenge I
                                   cannot afford to turn
                                                                            of my existing role, devel-
                                                                            oping European contacts."          II   r
                                                                                                                    c disrupted.
                                                                                                                    g 11s U S L I U C U +U leave and took a
                                                                                                                    g U-                C ?
                                                                                                                                                                    competition taking 3rd place and hopes
                                                                                                                                                                    to take part in the World Masters in
 have now been withdrawn
 until a full investigation
 24   & & & e d out.
                                     Steve, 43, from Harlow,
                                   &aid  his role in Albania
                                                                              Steve is due to take up
                                                                            his new job later this
                                                                     &,..,..,#..           S . .   -..
                                                                                                     < , .
                                                                                                               I    q Diploma in H t:alth and Fitness

                                   will be similar to his work
4       THE LAW, DECEMBa 1987

                                                                                                                                                                              Protection can
                                  I THOUGHT this photograph
                                                                                             the parade                                                                         be painful
                                                                                                                                                                                    AT last we have been
                                  may be of interest t o                                                                                                                            given       the    added
                                  readers of The Law.                                                                                                                               personal protection that
                                    It was taken in 1958 on
                                                                                                                                                                                    we have waited so long
                                  Remembrance Day in
                                  Colchester High Street.                                                                                                                           for. First our batons and
                                    The four police officers                                                                                                                               S
                                                                                                                                                                                    now C spray.
                                  leading the parade are con-                                                                                                                         I would be the first to
                                  stables John Phillips, Peter                                                                                                                      pat the Federation on
                                  Buckle, Leslie Bennett and                                                                                                                        the back for fighting our
                                  Ronald Woodley. In t h e
                                                                                                                                                                                    corner in relation to this
                                  background (wearing a hel-
                                  met) is Leslie Brewer, for-                                                                                                                       one.
                                  mer Superintendent and                                                                                                                              There is one problem. I
                                  behind him William Geddes,                                                                                                                        must question the
                                  former Colchester traffic                                                                                                                         methods       we    have
                                  sergeant, carrying t h e                                                                                                                          adopted in relation to
                                  Mace.                                                                                                                                             the CS training. Can
                                    The remaining officers
                                  were from the Special                                                                                                                             someone please explain
                                  Constabulary.                                                                                                                                     why we need to walk
                                               Shirley Carman                                                                                                                       through a cloud of the
                                                Harwich Police                                                                                                                      stuff? I know it hurts.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I've heard horror

                                  Public backing is vital
                                                                                                                                                                                    stories about nose
                                                                                                                                                                                    bleeds, hospital visits,
                                                                                                                                                                                    bulging eyes, not to
                                                                                                                                                                                    mention runny mascara.
                                                                                                                                                                                    One      division    asks
      Send your letters to:
       e Law, Press Offl          1 SEE from a recent police officers regard promote Neighbourhood                                          police have had to switch to            officers to stand in a
                                                                                                                                                                                    cloud of gas and recite
                                  repdrt carried in a the Neighbourhood Watch schemes which                                                                    sophisticated
                                                                                                                                            m e t h o d s , i n c l u d i n g c a r their name and collar
                                  national daily news- Watch scheme, as a have amounted to a great
                                                                                   deal of h o u r s a n d effort,                          patrols a s a rapid response number, whatever next?
                                  papery that many                      - -
                                                                   - -and utter w i t h , a t t i m e s , probably                          to crime manifestinpitself.               I appreciate the need
                                                       waste of time'. Some little to show for it.                                             It has been said time and            to understand the
                                                       are even hostile to           If   such         endeavour                            again that we have in this effects of the spray,
                                                       the concept.                resulted in a general                                    country, t h e finest police which in turn may make
                                                         T h e s e views a r e , I negative aspect nationally,                              force i n t h e world, w i t h us think harder before
                                                                                   and taking into account the                              which I w h o l e h e a r t e d l y using it. I don't recall
                                                       understand, taken from cost-effective factor, it i s                                                                         during       my    baton
                                                       a Home Office report.       understandable            some                              Therefore,            with       or  training hitting each
                                                                      I would a g r e e t h a t for      officers i n t h e country a r e   without t h e assistance of other over the head to
                                                                   many people this amounts              hostile to Neighbourhood           the Neighbourhood Watch, see how much that hurt!
                                                                   t o t h e m e r e d i s p l a y of    Watch schemes, when their          the backing of the police by God forbid should we
                                                                   Neighbourhood W a t c h               valuable time and limited          t h e public a t large, in t h e ever be issued with
                                                                   stickers i n t h e window             resources         could     be     fight against crime, is vital.          firearms. Using this
                                                                   and, perhaps for some, t h e          employed i n c o m b a t i n g        I n conclusion, a n d with current train of thought,
                                                                   a d v a n t a g e of r e d u c e d    crime in situ.                     r e g a r d t o m y o w n a r e a , will we be expected to
                                                                   insurance premiums i n so               T h e original concept of        response time to emergen- shoot each other?
                                                                   f a r a s house a n d contents        the Neighbourhood Watch            cies, be i t from Burnham,                When I have my
                                                                   a r e concerned.                      was, I believe, introduced to      Southminster, Maldon or training next week, I'll
                                                                      As a local co-ordinator of         bridge t h e g a p (now            C h e l m s f o r d , t h e s e h a v e do as I am told, but only
                                                                   some nine years, I can only           generally lost) between the        always been excellent, and because my instructor
THIS is one of many photographs in the Essex Police                            a s I find. The           local bobby either walking         a credit to all involved.               put it so nicely.
Museum which are unidentified. if you can shed some                constabulary i n o u r a r e a         r
                                                                                                         O cy~ling   around the beat.                         Alex Jennings                 DCKerry Tolliday
                                                                   has gone out of its way to              Times have changed, the                 Burnham-on-Crouch                             Southend CID
light on the people in this scene let us know.

The only easy way to stop smoking is by readir~ga book
HAVING been a smoker for 25             clinging desperately to those last       heels in, tell people to mind their          immediately - not only that, I never      Way To Stop Smoking                -
years, I thought there was no way I     few puffs.                               own business etc.                            went through a n y withdrawal             Permanently, by Allen Carr.
was ever going to be able to give up.     People would tell me how                 So when my missus told me about            symptoms at all, and I can honestly          Do yourselves a favour, read the
So I never bothered trying.             unhealthy it was, turn their noses       a book her friend had read, that             state that I have no need for them.       book. Even if you think you don't
  It didn't seem to bother me that I    up when I lit up, advise me how          stopped her smoking two years ago,              It is only, when I smell it on other   want to stop - read it.
smelt permanently of smoke, had         many people were dying through           I said the usual . . . "Yeah, yeah,          people, when I see them coughing             Not only will you stop, you will
yellow teeth a n d was short of         lung cancer and smoking related          yeah!". . .                                  and spluttering a s they s t a n d        never crave another cigarette and
breath. I used to think nothing of      diseases etc . . . but I was OK . . .      She said to me "Shall I buy it for         outside t h e Force Information           you can still smoke while you read
standing outside t h e new Force        smoking wasn't doing me any harm.        you? - To cut a long story short she         Room, that I realise what life can be     it. What have you got to lose, it's
Information Room in the pouring           Comments like these go right over      bought it for me, and I started to           like without cigarettes.                  easy.
rain, huddled under an umbrella,        the heads of smokers. We dig our         read it. I stopped smoking                      The book? It's called The Only                    Pc "Moose"   White, FIR

    Children help launch award scheme Cashing in on unclaimed property
    PRIMARY school children in work by pupils on the theme         munity safety department,             OVER £21,000 is being pre- concerned with crime                    Bound Association, £1,200;
    Braintree helped the High of vandalism won the junior          based at headquarters.                sented to charities from the prevention, support of                Re-Solv (society for t h e
    Sheriff of Essex, Mr Robert section of last year's awards.       Mr Erith, who is also               proceeds of t h e Police victims or the rehabilitation             prevention of solvent and
    E r i t h , launch his award      This year's scheme will      chairman of t h e Essex               Pro~ert~ActFund.               of offenders.                       substance abuse) £731;
    scheme for this year.          focus particularly on the       community safety F           ~          The fund was ~set up to
                                                                                                            ~       ~            ,        They are: Essex Victim            Royal Humane Society, £250
      The High Sheriffs Award positive role of young people,       said: "There are a number of          deal with money and proper- Support Schemes, £9,800;                           Friends of t h e
                                                                                                                                                                            and ~ s s e x
    Scheme aims to encourage with entries invited from             keen and devoted groups               ty recovered a s p a r t of NSPCC,                £1,200;          YMCA, £600.
                                                                                                         criminal charges. Any items Crimestoppers Trust, £600;               Representatives of most of
    involvement,          reward crime prevention groups,          and individuals already
                                                                                                         which remain unclaimed High S h e r i f f s Award                  these organisations will be
    initiative and spread good youth action groups, local          involved in crime prevention
                                                                                                         after 12 months can be sold Scheme, £1,200; Community              attending the presentation
    practice i n promoting authorities and public                  and community safety i n              and the proceeds given to Service Volunteers, £490;                ceremony. Making the
    community safety.               agencies, commercial organi-   Essex, but it is in everyone's        charitable                     Essex County Scout Council,
      The launch for the 1997198 sations and individuals.          interests to encourage a                 hi^ year the E~~~~police      1.800;      ~ i ~id^^ l           awards will be Chairman of
    awards took place a t White       Application forms a r e      much       wider       public         ~ ~ t h is ~ making ~ ~
                                                                                                                        ~       i t           ~    ~ £1,800; E~~~~
                                                                                                                                                       ~  ~   i   ~         the Essex~Police Authority,
                                                                                                                                                                             t    i       ~   ,
    Court County Primary available from Jo Charnley                involvement i n t h e fight           donations to a number of Association of Boys Clubs,                Cllr Anthony Peel and Chief
                           ,w$ere ,
    qchool i n , B r a ~ ~ ~ r ~ ~, from the Essex Povce com-      against crime."                       charities, all of whiob ?re, , &l,8:0~0~ ,rFpsqx Qutgaqd           Constable John Bmow.. .
       I '>   *   .                                                                             *   l*
                                                                                                                                                                                 f h E LAW, DECEMBER 1997          5

    Success of
    surgeon's                                 1
     seminar                                                                             somewhat different.                    can all be proud of.
    DEALING                   with
    p r i s o n e r s a n d police
    officers affected by t h e
    use of CS Spray was one
    of t h e issues discussed
    d u r i n g a s e m i n a r for .
    Essex police surgeons.
      The audience of 20
    surgeons asked a number
    of poignant questions
    after a short presentation
    by Sgt Nick Banks, a
    defensive skills instructor
    at S o u t h Woodham

       Also a t t h e headquar-                                                                                                           May I wish all readers a well
    t e r s seminar, t h e police                           vel for many years.                                                         deserved, very happy Christmas,
    surgeons received the wel-
    come news t h a t two
    psychiatric consultants
    had been reinstated.

    a n ~ ~ : : ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ r ~ ~ : ~ :
    available to advise police
    surgeons dealing with
                                               S i t ch d n t                                                                                                                        IN December last vear ~ -
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ~ < - - Essex
                                                                                                                                                                                                ~   --

    mentallv       disordered                                                                                                                                                        Police was awarded t h e
    offenders. The duo spoke                                                                                                                                                         Charter Mark for putting the

                                               beat burglars
                                                                                                                                                                                     community first. The first
    to t h e seminar about a                                                                                                                                                         civilian chief officer, Mr
    number of cases and the                                                                                                                                                          Phillip     Onions,        was
    help they are able to offer.                                                                                                                                                     appointed a s Director of
                                                                                                                                                                                     Finance and Administration.
      The final topic on t h e                                                                                                                                                            FIVE YEARS AGO
    agenda related to drunks                                                                                                                                                         Three men were sentenced to
                                                                                                                                                                                     a total of 65 years for their
    in custody and a policy                   PRE-CHRISTMAS burglaries                                                                  prevention advice.
                                                                                                                                                                                     part in the kidnapping of the
                                                                                                                                          The education part of the operation
    introduced i n April t o                  are the subject of a major         By Ruth Collin                                         will continue with the co-operation of
                                                                                                                                                                                     family of a Tescos manager
    ensure police surgeons are                crime prevention operation                                                                                                             in Colchester. Fun Day
                                                                                                                                        Chelmsford Borough Council. Their            proceeds of over £20,000
    called out to any drunk                   launched this month in countywide 783 burglaries were report-                             exhibition vehicle will visit High Street    were presented to charity.
                                              Chelmsford.                ed in December 1996 compared to 527 in
    not responding after four                                                                                                           and shopping areas repeating the 'get             TEN YEARS AGO
                                                                                           June 1997.
    hours.                                      Dark evenings are a prime time                                                          switched on' message.                        The Traffic Investigation
                                                                                             Crime prevention officers say leaving
                                              for burglars who t a r g e t unlit                                                          In addition, officers will be monitoring   Unit was formed to assist
                                                                                           a light on or fitting a timer switch could                                                Traffic Division in t h e
      The topic led to lively                 houses. Operation Twilight is a              greatly reduce your risk of being bur-       closely any a r e a s which emerge a s
                                              partnership between Chelmsford                                                            having a particularly high level of          investigation of road crashes.
    discussion and a number                                                                gled as a lit premises appears occupied.                                                         15 YEARS AGO
                                              police officers, Chelmsford Borough            Ten thousand leaflets and 1.500            reported burglaries and providing high
    of recommendations.                                                                                                                                                              Valerie Smith became the
                                              Council and local Neighbourhood              posters have been produced to help           profile policing in those areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                     first female officer to pass
      The seminar, held in the                Watch groups.                                spread the message. Between 4pm and            The operation is the first part of an      the Diving Unit course.
                                                Statistics show that during the winter     7pm police officers and specials will be     ongoing project to cut burglaries in the            20 YEARS AGO
    evening to avoid surgery
                                              more burglaries a r e committed a s          patrolling residential areas looking for     Chelmsford Division. There are plans to      Colchester       Pc Robert
    times, proved a popular                                                                unlit premises. They will put a leaflet      focus on bogus callers and house alarms      Martindill died in a road
                                              criminals target unlit properties under
    success.                                  the cover of darkness. For example,          through t h e door offering crime            in the New Year.                             crash while he was off duty.

                                                                                                                   Ten tax dodgers caught in one hour
        DEMAND for office space at            headquarters site, such as         The current project
                                                                                                                 TEN drivers         were          intensified enforcement,          doubt road tax evasion
        police headquarters means             the training centre and the      involves relocating 120           caught displaying out-            officers held a stop-             often leads to other
        t h e snooker and table               sports pavilion and these        staff. The Force Intelligence     of-date tax discs in the          check on the A130 at its          offences such as driving
        tennis areas in t h e main            are usually available during     Bureau a n d Financial            first hour of a two week          junction with the A12.            without insurance or
        building are to close.                normal office hours.             Investigations Unit will          blitz.                            During the first hour 10          MOTs. These are clearly
           Work will s t a r t i n              Secretary                 of   move to the old Information         The campaign is a               drivers were found to be          more serious in terms of
        January to convert the area           Headquarters Sports and          Room, while t h e snooker         joint initiative between          tax dodgers and a                 accident liability and
        to offices a s p a r t of a           Social Club Christene            and table tennis areas will       Essex Police and the              further 10 drivers were           the knock-on effect to
        building programme which              Evans said: "We a r e            provide accommodation for
        will create 50 new work               disappointed to lose t h e       staff from Crime Statistics,      Driver Vehicle Licensing          given warnings over               the innocent victims of
        stations a t HQ. *he                  space we have enjoyed, but       Media and PR and EPICS            Agency and is running             other motoring offences           road crashes."
        developments will also see            we will be storing t h e         assurers.                         in conjunction with a             such as defective tyres.            In the past casualty
        the old ~                ~            snooker table ~
                                                 f              and hope it~     Some staff will be moving
                                                                                         ~            ~           ~
                                                                                                                 countywide  i         ~
                                                                                                                                   Driver               ~
                                                                                                                                                     The motorists found             figures for this time of
        converted to offices.                 will be possible to re-site it   out of temporary buildings,       Behaviour programme               not displaying a current          year have tended to be
                                              at a later date."                reducing hiring costs.
           E s t a t e s manager Cliff                                                                           aimed at reducing the             tax disc will be reported         higher than average.
        Collings said: "Removing
        t h e snooker and table                Glaziers help crime hit charity                                   number of road deaths
                                                                                                                 and casualties.
                                                                                                                                                   for prosecution and face
                                                                                                                                                   a fine of up to £1,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Each traffic unit within
                                                                                                                                                                                     Essex is carrying out its
        tennis areas is                       A COMMUNITY centre blighted by vandals has had its
        but the                          is                                                                        A press launch last             Fines for heavy goods             own pro-active initiative
                                              windows replaced free of charge by a glazing company.              month marked a two-               vehicles could be up to           aimed      at     driver
        faced with painful                      Local beat officer Pc Andrew Meyer found the company,
        with regard to meeting                Able Glaze, who stepped in to help after the Ingrave               week period encourag-             £25,000.                          behaviour. Tailgating,
        organisational needs."                Community Centre in Brentwood had its windows broken.              ing motorists to check              Chief Inspector Mick            reckless overtakes and
                          the area is to        Mr Trevor Templeman-Lane, sales manager for Able                 vehicles.                         Thwaites said: "We                abuse of the white line
.       close there are alternative           Glaze, said: "Although we a r e a nationwide glazing                 As part of the second           support the actions of            system are some of the
+       facilities          'on ' , ' t h e   cbmpany +ve hlLe delighted to help but."                           phase, a fortnight of             the DVLA. Without a               actions being t&eted. ,
    6                                                                                                          .. . .. . . .   .. .   . ..         ...'............,,.,.
    6       THE LAW. DECEMBER 1997

      A member of the Central Ticket Office deals with the
    vast amounts of tickets that pass through the office.

     Just the ticket
       for dealing
     with motorists
    ANYONE caught speeding or          licence to any police station.
    parking illegally in Essex will       Failure to do so means that
    soon find themselves under         their case will be referred to
    scrutiny from the Central          the      magistrates'      court.
    Ticket Office at Rayleigh,         Producing your licence but
    writes Norman Hicks.               failing to pay the penalty will
       The office handles an           also result in court action.
    average 9,000 endorsable and          Once an unpaid ticket has
    18,000 non-endorsable fixed        passed to fine registration, if
    penalty tickets each quarter,      the money is still not forth-
    but the workload can double        coming, collection is passed to
    during initiatives such as the     baliffs and the cost rises again,
    summer speeding campaigns.         currently to £59.30 for non
       Office manager Jan Barker       endorsable offences.
    said: "It is always nice to have      "Our biggest problem is with
    advance warning of these           disabled drivers who seem to
    campaigns, as it would help us     think they can park wherever
    to gear up for them."              they like, although of course
      Jan has ten members of staff     there are restrictions on where
    at the Rayleigh office,            they can and cannot park,"
    responsible for recording and      said Jan.
    processing the thousands of           Once a ticket is issued the
    fixed penalty tickets which are    only way it can be overturned
    issued by police officers and      is by a written appeal.
    traffic wardens each year, or         An adjudicating officer has
    which        are      generated    the power to waive the fixed
    automatically via the camera       penalty if the ,grounds for
    enforcement unit, also based at    appeal are acceptAble.
    Rayleigh.                             Jan explained: "The file goes
      "We work closely with            to the issuing officer for his or
    camera enforcement and we          her comments and is then
    also have a direct link with       passed via their section
    Southend court, via a computer     sergeant or traffic warden
    system," said Jan.                 controller to the operations
       Motorists receiving a non       manager for a final decision."
    endorsable ticket have 28 days        With     all   the     money
    in which to pay the statutory      generated by fixed penalty
    penalty of £20, after which it     tickets going directly to the
    passes to fine registration at     Treasury, such appeals will
    the court and increases in price   normally be allowed only on
    to £30.                            cast iron grounds.
       For endorsable tickets the         So, motorists beware. If you
    timescale is the same, but         are caught breaking the law it
    drivers must also produce their    is going to cost you!

     Testimony t o service
    SERVICE Level Agreements are to be produced by all
    support divisions and departments at Essex Police.
      Five agreements - written testimony to the internal ser-
    vice which can be provided to colleagues - have been pro-
    duced under a pilot scheme which began in October 1996.
      These cover Operations Division, CID Operations, Crime
    Support, t h e Information Technology Department and
    Traffic Division's armed response vehicles.
      Policy Group has agreed t h a t expansion of the process to
    all support divisions and departments will r u n to a
    timetable determined between chief officers and their per-
                                                                                                                                               THE LAW, DECEMBER 1997     7

                                                          A woman neighbour was subsequently
for Essex Police.                                       arrested and given one year's probation for crim-

                                                        accommodation before she was evicted.

                                                        want the woman neighbour as one of their ten-

                                                        their quality of life can be devastating.
                                                          "It affects them really a t every end of the scale.

                                                        they're not particularly worried.
                                                          "Other families have been absolutely petrified
             Trends identified                          of leaving the house, just because of neighbour

                                                        them. That's why it's important to have this
Police acts as racial incident liaison officer,
                                                        liaison with Victim Support.

of all racial incidents.


                                                                                                                Standard for dealing with victims of harassment, a
number of racial incidents - around 40 - in the year                                                            survey of victims showed Essex Police's overall per-
                                                                                                                formance had increased for the third year running,
                                                                                                                with 85% of those who completed the questionnaire
                                                                                                                satisfied, or more than satisfied, with the attitude of
two years as liaison officer is that, in Southend,
                                                        Chaplin, is to emphasise the fact that repeat
there is none. Most incidents tend to be verbal                                                                  But there is a lot of work which is still to be done.
                                                        offences rarely happen in Southend. Often a
abuse. But there are very few repeat offences.                                                                  The Racial Incident County Forum held a successful
                                                        warning for the offender can be enough to stop
  "The majority of incidents are white against                                                                  one-day conference in Basildon last week to raise
                                                        abuse or harassment.
black, " says Inspector Chaplin. "We have a small                                                               awareness about the multi-agency work which is
                                                          'We have had some success in that once people
ethnic community, but with a wide range of
different groups. Most people forget the fact that we
have an Irish community, and they sometimes come
to us having been treated in a racist way. We also
have a large Jewish community in Southend.
  "I have had a German man complain of racial
harassment where his landlady tried to evict him
basically because he was German. It's anything of a
racial nature, not just colour, but most of our
complaints are from the black and Asian
  The high influx of visitors into Southend presents
a challenge to everyday policing, but also has an
effect on the number of racial incidents. Many
victims and offenders are visitors to the town.
  The work of the local Racial Incident Panel,

Support is often involved, as is the local housing
'   2

         8       THE LAW, APRIL 1997

         Units merge
           to solve
        beat problems
       LEIGH and Westcliff polic-
       ing sections have merged to
       become a single unit with the
       staff from both combined to
       form a Shift Team and a
       Beat Team.
         Four shifts of 1 constables
       and a sergeant form t h e
       Shift Team based a t Leigh
       and provide 24 hour cover
                                                  OFFICERS        and    a                                      sented with a n a w a r d for a         Mr Hammond, who had been            Fradgley were honoured for drag-
    .. across both areas.                                                                                       meritorious act by a member           behind one of the cars as it went     ging a driver from a burning car
         The Beat Team of 18 con-                 motorist have been hon-
       stables and three sergeants                                                                              of the public.                        out of control, used his hazard       following a road death in London
                                                  oured by the Chief                                                                                  lights to warn other drivers. He      Road, Kelvedon.
       base themselves at Westcliff.                                                                               Mr Hammond and Pc Inkley,
       Their role is to provide high              Constable for their part                                      who was off duty a t the time, res-   then helped the driver of one of        The officers came across the car,
       visibility, community-based                in rescuing victims from                                      cued an unconscious 12-year-old       the cars and t h e nine-year-old      which had crashed into the A12
       and intelligence-led policing,             blazing cars in two road                                      boy from the back seat of a burn-     front seat passenger out of the       bridge support, as they were on
       specifically targeting nui-                accidents.                                                    ing car shortly before the petrol     vehicle before returning with Pc      patrol. One passenger had already
       sance, disorder a n d local                                                                              t a n k exploded, engulfing t h e     Inkley to save the back seat pas-     been thrown clear and was lying
       crime problems.                              High commendations were                                                                           senger.
                                                                                                                entire vehicle in flames.                                                   on the other side of the road.
         A weekly operational task-               awarded t o constables P a u l                                                                        Both men were also presented           Despite the risk of explosion,
                                                                                                                   The boy suffered serious burns
       ing plan will deploy officers              Inkley, P a u l B r e b n e r a n d                           in the accident, which happened       with certificates from the Society    they pulled the trapped driver
       to problem areas while three               Mark Fradgley at t h e Police                                 on t h e A12 a t Boreham on           for t h e Protection of Life from     from the wreckage, but were beat-
       team members will be specif-               Authority meeting. Motorist                                   February 11. He requires ongoing      Fire.                                 en back by t h e flames a s they
       ically responsible for commu-              M r Ted Hammond was pre-                                      medical treatment for his injuries.     Constables Brebner and              tried to release the passengers.
       nity liaison. There will also
       be two schools liaison officers
       responsible for ensuring con-
       tinuous i n p u t into all
         The merger will be subject
       to a n evaluation after six

         Specials visit
        THE Essex specials who took
        a trip to say 'Goddag' (hello)
        to our Danish counterparts in
        Esbjerg have deemed t h e
        visit a great success.
           Special constables Martin
         O'Toole, Keith Wall, Anna
        Jenkins, Trevor Laurie, Mark
        Jones and Sue Bryett, from
        Harwich, along with Ron
         Calvert, from Northants,
        were greeted in Esbjerg by                 inside a blazing fourth                met by a fierce fire when
        Politiassistent (sergeant)              fl$floor flat in Grays, i n               the flat door was opened,
         Gregers Gukdager.                               , have been com-                 and were a t one point
           Over coffee and danish pas-                         by     Chief               completely enveloped in
        tries they gleaned some inter-             Constable John Burrow.                 smoke and heat.                               certificates.                                      outstanding commitment t
         esting information.                          Constables Terence                    They got to safety and                        Photo by Alan
           With a population of                 #RandallandDavidJones,                    helped evacuate other                         HQPhotographic.
         90,000, Esbjerg is policed by          &,, ,
                                                 w &      - ~ ~ w ~ ~ ~ 9 Y & ~ ~ ~ * T / ssYqz&"- * w % s ~
                                                                                            M ~                         &a&
         110 uniformed officers and 30
         CID. The dog units are onlv
        o p e r a t i o n a l during t h e
         evenings and a t night.
           Youth crime doesn't seem          Promoting a fit and happy workforce                                                                                                                       Christmas
         prevalent but drug-related
         crime is high profile.
                                             OCCUPATIONAL Health looks a t the                                                                       Occupational Health Department are
                                                                                                                                                                                                       drink drive
           Other, not so similar,
         aspects of the force a r e a t
         recruitment level. Recruits
                                             relationship between work and employ-
                                             ees health.
                                                                                                                                                     subject to the same rigorous standards.
                                                                                                                                                       The Department's major responsibili-             campaign
                                                Its aim is to prevent illness or injury                                                              ties include:-
         must be 21 or over and have
         some civil occupational expe-
         rience. Retirement is after 34
                                             through the work that an individual
                                             performs and to ensure that the working
                                                                                                                                                         health monitoring pre-placement and
                                                                                                               Essex Police employ two full-time during employment
        years or up to the age of 63.        process is not affected by the individu-                        permanent nurses and one part-time                                                        ESSEX Police has launched
                                                                                                                                                        health education
           Training and the probation-       al's health.                                                    temporary nurse, who all use the title                                                    its annual Christmas cam-
                                                                                                             Occupational Health Advisers.              counselling
         ary period lasts three years          And the objective is a happy, fit and                                                                                                                   paign against drink driving
                                             healthv workforce in a ~ ~ r o ~ r i                           ateThe Occu~ational    Health De~artment     rehabilitation back to work after ill-
         and only after that time do                                         .L       L                                                                                                                by urging partygoers who
        become a fully-fledged officer       employment.                                                     Advisers a i e members of thk UKCC nesslinjury                                            intend to drive home not to
                                               Within Essex Police occupational                              which has a strict code of professional    accident prevention
        with a warrant card.                                                                                                                                                                           drink at all.
           All officers are trained in       health practitioners are either doctors                         conduct regarding confidentiality.          environmental monitoring eg noise                Chief Inspector Mick
        t h e use and deployment of          or nurses.                                                      Members m u s t ensure t h a t a l l and environmental surveys                            Thwaites, traffic division
        handguns and submachine                 Most nurses gain a further qualifica-                        information provided by employees          workstation assessments.                       operations manager, said:
        guns and CS spray in both            tion in the specialist field of occupation-                     about their health is treated in t h e     If you have a health problem or are            "The current campaign to
        cannister and gun format.            al health nursing, either a certificate,                        strictest confidence.                   worried about a colleague we would like           reduce the legal limit of alco-
           The r e s t of t h e visit to     diploma or degree course.                                         All health records maintained by the to hear from you, extension 58611.                 hol from 80 to 50 milligrams
        Denmark included a trip to                                                                                                                                                                     Der 100 millilitres of blood is
        the well-stocked armoury, a                                                                                          PITSEA traffic warden, Sheila Hicks, stepped out for                      supported by the Association
        guesthouse looked after by
        retired officers and a meet
        with the Chief Constable and
                                              Sheila puts her best                                                           charity and raised U7.80 for Children In Need.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Chief Police Officers, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the only way to ensure that
                                                                                                                              Sheila was sponsored by local shops and colleagues                       you are entirely safe to drive
        the Chief Superintendent.
           The trip was both educa-
                                              foot forward to help                                                           as she took part in a BBC Essex feature Walk of Life                      is not to drink a t all."
                                                                                                                                                                                                          During the campaign, any
        tional and entertaining. It's                                                                                        which pits two people against each other over five                        driver involved in a road acci-
        just unfortunate that Brian                                                                                          days to see who walks the furthest in the course of                       dent, or stopped for a n
        Leslie, who arranged the visit
        was unable to attend.
                                               needy children
                                                        . . -       .
                                                                                                                                . ..            ................................
                                                                                                                                                                                                       offence, or suspected of dr+
                                                                                                                                                                                                      .driving, i l l be breath-tested.
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                                                                                                                                                                                          THE LAW,   ~ECEMBER
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1997               9

                                   THE Chief Constable has written to             local community will be maintained.             not allow for a police officer in every             The Chief Constable ends his letter
UNTIL i t i s known what           every newspaper editor in Essex to               In his letter, Mr Burrow says the             village.                                          by saying the concerns of the rural
Millennium events will be          outline the aims of the rural review.          intention is to further reduce crime              Another factor i s t h e former                 communities, and those who repre-
taking place in the county           His letter was prompted by recent            and ensure safer communities.                   Government's decision to axe the pay-             sent them, are well known.
operational officers and staff     stories i n t h e press which have               He outlines the factors behind the            ment of housing allowance or free                   He adds: "Before any decisions are
are not being granted annual       focused on fears among rural commu-            review, saying the present siting of            accommodation for police officers.                made, divisional commanders will
leave.                             nities that this will mean a loss of           police houses is historical and means             As many officers have to pay rent               present proposals to me for
   The ruling, which applies to    police cover.                                  that in the 1990s, some small villages          in police houses, i t i s becoming                consideration, following which a
December 31, 1999 and                Although no decisions have been              have a resident constable while vil-            increasingly difficult to find officers           report will be taken to t h e Police
January 1,2000, can be found       made as the review is not yet com-             lages which have developed consider-            prepared to live in them when they                Authority and full consultation will
i n Issue 53/97 of Policy          plete, the principle of having a recog-        ably do not.                                    would rather pay a mortgage and buy               be undertaken with t h e r u r a l
Guidelines.                        nisable local police officer serving a           Financial constraints, he says, do            their own home.                                   community."
   Also in Policy Guidelines is
a procedure for officially
recording and distributing
force policies and procedures
(Issue 50197) and more details
on the new style warrant and
identity cards (Issue 51/97).
   In Issue 52/97:
   Officers are reminded that
it is in breach of PACE to use
                                    Staggered by award'
                                   Neighbourhood Watch Co-
make-up artists for partici-
                                   ordinators in South Woodham                                           By Kim White
pants of identification
parades.                           Ferrers have been voted the                                 First aid courses with St John's Ambulance,
   Advice to staff that vehicles   county's best in a national                              and talks on fire safety, are just two ways the
being recovered for evidential                                                              schemes achieves its successful image. In
purposes should be roadwor-        competition.                                             addition, a volunteer works in the local police
thy and mechanically safe            And whilst Barry Smith, who                            station collating and circulating crime infor-
before being driven.               heads the local scheme says he is                        mation, a regular newsletter is published, the
   The amount of annual leave                                                               group h a s i t s own i n t e r n e t s i t e - South
a police officer would be enti-    "staggered by the announcement, he
                                                                                            Woodham Community On-Line - and it has a
tled to i n a year i s not         modestly claims the award is a trib-                     network of faxes circulating vital safety mes-
reduced by t a k i n g unpaid      ute to all of the schemes across Essex                   sages to seven schools.
maternity leave.
   Brief details of the Crime
                                   a n d not just South Woodham                                Barry is also among a number of co-ordina-
                                   Ferrers.                                                 tors ready, at the drop of a hat, to warn the
(Sentences) Act 1997 and the
Fireworks               (Safety)      The annual General Accident National                  community of a pending flood.
Regulations 1997.                                                                              All of the hard work was rewarded during a
                                   Neighbourhood W a t c h A w a r d s a i m t o            special presentation at the last Essex Police
   In Issue 53/97:                 s e a r c h o u t a n d r e w a r d t h o s e ordinary
   New guidelines relating to                                                               commendations ceremony on November 28.
                                   people who h a v e t a k e n t h e safety a n d             Barry Smith, said of the award: "I'm stag-
the breaking of the master
tape seal of tape recorded         security of t h e i r community i n t o t h e i r        gered. It's very gratifying to know t h a t a
interviews, particularly in        own hands.                                               national association acknowledges the work
respect of civil cases.               The Essex award was presented a t a                   t h a t goes i n to a Neighbourhood Watch
   Police Federation subscrip-     commendation ceremony last week.                         Scheme."
tions for Federated r a n k s         The South Woodham Scheme was estab-                      Superintendent Andy Hayman, who heads
have increased to f 10.61 per      lished six years ago and now boasts 58 groups            Chelmsford Division including South
month.                             covering over 800 households.                            Woodham Ferrers, said: "This is a testament
   For more information on            Barry Smith, a former fireman, said: "What            to the hard work and commitment shown by
any policy guideline contact       we try to do is get away from the busy-body,             Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators. The
John E Johnson or Christine        curtain-twitching impression of 'watchers',              South Woodham Ferrers group has been inno-                   The brains behind the winning scheme are Barry
Claypole in the Publication        and that means going beyond security to com-             vative and creative in the way it seeks to                 Smith and Michael Rands seen here with South
Unit on ext 55815 or 55816.        munity safety."                                          encourage the community to work together."                 Woodham Ferrers sergeant Nick Banks.

                                                                                                                 Challenged to Act Now
                                                                                                                 SIX challenges have been set            'Training' looks to all co-          tives for the 1998 National
                                                                                                                 for Neighbourhood Watch               ordinators to participate in a         Neighbourhood Watch Week
                                                                                                                 Schemes across Essex. The             training programme, while              scheduled for June 20 to 27.          -
                                                                                                                 1998 agenda - Act Now - was           liaisons with community                  Police forces are also being
                                                                                                                 revealed at the national asso-        safety organisations in the            asked to play a more active
                                                                                                                 ciation's annual conference.          area is the key to Working             role in NHW.
                                                                                                                    'A' stands for Associations -      with 'New partners'.                     Essex representatives a t
                                                                                                                 a target for countywide asso-           'Opportunities' encourages           the national conference were
                                                                                                                 ciations for each police force        more involvement of young              Inspector Mick Gurden,
                                                                                                                 across the UK.                        people, elderly and ethnic
                                                                                                                    'Communications' looks for         minorities in initiatives and          Sergeant Steve Nuttall, and
                                                                                                                 a hi-tech information                 the challenge ends with some           Neighbourhood Watch co-
                                                                                                                 network based on groups               forward planning known as              ordinators Linda Goble, Geoff
                                                                                                                 s e t t i n g up office i n local     'Week'. All groups are asked           Ireland, Bill Wilson and
                                                                                                                 police stations.                      to organise events and initia-         Richard Bulls.

                                                                                                                   Team-building can be tough
                                                                                                                 A HOUSE in the Yorkshire                  Approximately one mile                Needless to say the not so
                                                                                                                 Dales. without mains water             from the nearest side road.           luxurious bunks beds
                                                                                                                 or sewage, w a s t h e                 t h e small group spent t h e         became very enticing and
                                                                                                                 salubrious location for a              first morning walking part            e v e n t h e n e x t morning's
                                                                                                                 team building weekend for              of t h e 'Dales Way' before           task of emptying t h e con-
                                                                                                                 Braintree Specials.                    cutting across p a r t of t h e       tents of the chemical toilet
      Posing for the camera, Mr Burrow claims his new warrant card.                                                                                     famous Three Peaks Route.             was carried out without
                                                                                                                                                        T h e r e followed a t r e k          fuss.
   Chief Constable John Burrow three months.                                                       Divisional admin managers                            across open moorland using              Before r e t u r n i n g home
   was issued with ;his new      Protected from both copy-                                       have     details    of   the                           a compass b e a r i n g , a n d
                                                                                                                                                                                              there was another smaller
                                                                                                                                                        then         a    climb         of
   warrant card last month as ing and scanning, and with a                                       photographic programme.                                Ingleborough's 'broadwalk'
                                                                                                                                                                                              b u t s t r e n u o u s waterfalls
   Essex Police introduced its braille strip on the back to                                      Anyone who misses t h e                                                                      walk of about four-and-a-
                                                                                                                                                        and 'escarpment'.
                                                                                                                                                           Divisional Officer J o h n         half miles.
   new up-to-date system.       verify identities t o blind                                      divisional session should                                                                       It is hoped there will be a
                                                                                                                                                        Salmon, said: "It was a gru-
     And now the digital camera people, the new cards will be                                    contact their admin man-                               elling p a t h but after a            return trip i n 1998. Anyone
   is working its way around issued to all police officers                                       agers or photographic a t                              lengthy lunch to regain our           interested should contact
   division in a programme with similar cards distributed                                        Headquarters t o make                                  b r e a t h we took t h e s t a n -   Do J o h n S a l m o n a t
                                                                                                                                                        dard walk back to the farm            Braintree Police Station or
   anticipated t o last about to support staff.                                                  alternative arrangements.                                                                    Section Officer Hopkins a t
     ..                                                                                                 "    8     b.                                I .bauing .eovyiid<   a' dihtahge                                    , * ; ,
                                                                                                                                                        of &bout 18 miles.?       .. 1        Witham. '           L   ,   .
 10       THE LAW,    EE BR
                     D C M E 1997

                                                                           DC1 Trevor Crosby, of head-                                                                                  t h e age of 80. He leaves a
                   Mid Essex Branch                                        quarters CID crime support,                                                                                  widow, Peggy.
ASMALLgroupofmembers                   WehaveaskedIanand                   will see in the New Year by                                                                                     Retired S e r g e a n t Eric
a n d friends enjoyed t h e i r      Sheila to try and find some-          retiring from Essex Police.                                                                                  Ewen has died a t the age of
visit to t h e Essex Police          where open to travel to on            The head of Scenes of Crime                                                                                  91. M r Ewen, who served
Museum            on     Friday,     New Years Day afternoon. If           retires on December 31 after         currently based a t Rayleigh,     taken over a s the new divi-          from 1927 to 1957 i n t h e
November 14.                         you are interested call Bill          more than 30 years' service.         retires after exactly 30 years'   sional         commander    at        Southend on S e a Borough
   They were shown around            Fancourt on 01245 225569.                Four inspectors with over         service. He is followed by Sgt    T e n d r i n g following t h e       Force, leaves a widow, Alice
by the Curator Fred Feather            FOR 1998 we are hoping              120 years' service between           I a n Smith, of t h e training    retirement of Superintendent          Miriam. His funeral was held
a n d t h a n k s were given to      to have a talk and presen-            them also retire this month.         centre, who retires after 30      Jim Kynnersley.                       a t Southend Crematorium.
him for a r r a n g i n g t h e      tation on vegetarian food                Weapons t r a i n e r , I n s p   years.                              Superintendent          Jim
evening and making a spe-                                                                                                                                                                  E d i t h Slade, who was a
                                     on Friday, January 16.                Peter Brown, based a t t h e            Sgt William Marr, who was      Noakes has moved from HQ
cial journey.                          For those sceptics like                                                                                                                          principal officer i n t h e
                                                                           training centre is joined by         based a t Basildon, and Sgt       Crime Support to Corporate
   OUR December meet-                me who think that most                                                                                                                             finance department a t head-
                                                                           Insp Bob Finch of Colchester.        J o h n Swann, of Harwich,        Support.
"in& Friday 5, will be
       on                            veggie food looks and                                                      both retired a t t h e end of                                           quarters from 1981 to 1994,
                                                                           I n s p Nigel Robinson, of                                                    OBITUARIES
centredonthesportsand                tastes like a cross                                                        November.                                                               died on November 22. Her
                                                                           Braintree,      retires        on
 Social club and will be a           between cardboard and                 December 21 and Insp Alan               Pc Jeffrey Hughes, of the      THE funeral of retired Pc             f u n e r a l was held a t
repeat of the very sue-              wood chippings I am told                                                   driving school, also retired      Albert Snell, of S t Osyth,           Chelmsford Crematorium.
                                                                           Jipps of Clacton retires after
cessful Christmas meal               YOU will be very pleasant-                                                                                   took place a t S t Osyth                 Eric Noakes, who had been
                                                                           serving over 33 years.               after nearly 33 years' service.
that we held for the first           ly surprised.                                                                                                Church. M r Snell, who                employed as a caretaker and
time last year.                                                               Rochford I n s p Philip                     MOVES
                                       IN February, on Friday 13,                                                                                 served from 1939 to 1964 a t          h a n d y m a n a t Southend
            is £ l 3 per head.       we have our AGM. This is              Baxter retired from the force
                                                                           a t the end of November fol-         SUPT Mick Hicks, previously       Brentwood,       Rayleigh,            police s t a t i o n since April
Music will be provided for           your opportunity to tell u s
after dinner dancing so                                                    lowing 30 years' service.            based    w i t h Corporate        Thorpe, Clacton a n d S t             1994, has died at the age of
                                     what, if anything, we have                                                 Support'at headquarters, has      Osyth, died on October 26 a t
         now as places are                                                    Sgt Martin Hayhurst,                                                                                      56.
                                     been doing right (or wrong),
limited. Please contact              and let us knowwhat events
Frank JOslin
602872 to book.

   THE musical e n t e r t a i n -
                                     you would like us to try to
                                     arrange for the future.                                                                                                                                 Life after
                                       We will try to arrange
 Brighton has
                  Year's Eve in
 confirmed and we will have a
                                     something of general interest
                                     for the rest of the evening.
 professional DJ who will play
                                       FOR March, and again                                                                                                                             WHILE some welcome the
 our kind of music.                  it's Friday 13, we are                                                                                                                             prospect of a break from the
   Members         who     have      arranging a get-together                                                                                                                           stress and routine of work in
 expressed an earlier interest       at the Sports and Social                                                                                                                           the police force, others see it
 in joining the trip will be con-    Club at HQ with our                                                                                                                                as a n opportunity to change
 tacted in the next week or so.                                                                                                                                                         the direction of their lives.
'cost of the whole weekend is        East and             East                                                                                                                             For those who choose a
 E140 a n d includes coach           Essex.                                                                                                                                             working 'retirement' t h e
 travel from Chelmsford on             The plan is to have a                                                                                                                            B r i t i s h T r a n s p o r t Police
 New Year's Eve, lunch a t the                  games evening                                                                                                                           Federation has produced a
 hotel on arrival, gala New          with a mixture       quiz                                                                                                                          book entitled H o w To Find
 Year's Eve D i n n e r w i t h      type Papers, cards,                                                                                                                                           et
                                                                                                                                                                                        Your N x Job.
 music, breakfast and dinner               etc. The bar     be                                                                                                                             Many have discovered that
 on New Year's Day a n d             Open.                                                                                                                                              re-entering t h e job market
 breakfast on January 2.                          Bill Fancourt                                                                                                                         can be difficult. Not having
                                                                                                                                                                                        had to look for a job, prepare
                     South East Essex                                                                                                                                                   a curriculum vitae or go for
ON November 4 a wine tast-           and South East Essex to a                                                                                                                          a n interview is just the start.
ing was held a t The Pipe of         competition games evening                                                                                                                          Add to t h a t today's hi-tech
Port wine b a r in Southend          a n d we a r e be looking for                                                                                                                      workplace and the experience
whereanumberofmembers                members to t a k e p a r t .                                                                                                                       can be quite daunting.
had a very enjoyable evening.        Please let us know in time to                                                                                                                         The book, written by
The wines were tasted with           arrange a team.                                                                                                                                    Inspector Andy Ball, i s a
full explanations from t h e           I would also remind mem-                                                                                                                         complete guide to t h e job
proprietor of t h e wine b a r       bers i t is AGM time again                                                                                                                         market, covering everything
and this was followed by a           and t h a t the South East                                                                                                                         from where to look for job
very nice meal.                      Essex AGM will be held in
  This was so successful that                                                  ly complete after a year long project                                                                    offers, making applications
                                     the bar at southend police                                                                  ing chief constables.
it is intended to repeat the                                                                                                                                                            and interview technique.
                                     Station at 8pm on February                and a lot of hard work by Harwich                   The collection has taken pride of
event i n February of n e x t                                                                                                                                                              I t i s available for just
                                     16.                                       Beat Supervisor Keith Wall.                       place in the recreation room a t                       £2.99, including postage and
year and any member who
would like to come along if            We are planning a visit to                The display also includes a few                 Harwich Police Station.                                packing, from 134 Thurlow
they would kindly let either         the Tower of London for the               extra badges such as Guernsey,                      Beat Supervisor Keith Wall is pic-                   P a r k Road, West Dulwich,
myself or any member of the                         the Keys
                                                                                                                                                                                        London SE21 8HN. Cheques
committee know we will sup-          in the New Year. Any mem-
                                     bers interested in this visit                                                                    ction to Harwich Inspector Peter                  should be made payable to
ply you with further details.
  You will see from the arti-        please l e t one of t h e                                                                                                                          the British Transport Police
cle above that Mid-Essex IPA         Committee know.                                                                                                                                    Federation.
have challenged North Essex                        Gordon E Oakley                                                                                                                      1                                    1
                                                                           ACOUSTIC guitar a s new,             GOLF clubs, irons SW to 3,        two miles. Recently refur-
                                                                           hardly played, full size, suit       DC1 (Blacks) stiff shaft hard-    bished. South facing terraces.        I Investigation 1
          V ak t Place
           Bre                                                             beginner,      £35.     Ideal
                                                                           Christmas gift. Contact N.
                                                                           Davidson on 01375 391212,
                                                                                                                ly used, cost £600 accept
                                                                                                                £350. T2 taylor made driver,
                                                                                                                bubble shaft, brand new. Cost
                                                                                                                                                  Three pools with children's
                                                                                                                                                  paddling facilities on site. For      I     work for                       I
                                                                                                                                                  two people £ 150 plw, 3-4 peo-
                                                                           ext 70830.
                                                                           BEAUTIFUL Florida home
                                                                                                                £369, accept £269. T h r e e      ple £200 plw. Contact D1              (       former
                                                                           i n quiet location for r e n t .
                                                                           Four bedrooms, sleeps 10,
                                                                           own heated pool and only 15
                                                                                                                wood, bubble shaft, hardly
                                                                                                                used. Cost £260 accept £150.
                                                                                                                Contact B r a d G e n t r y on
                                                                                                                                                  G a r y Glassfield on 01245
                                                                                                                                                  328262 or 75115.
                                                                                                                                                  ROVER 114 Cabriolet, 'N'
                                                                                                                                                                                        I   police officers                  I
                                                                                                                01403 731440.                     reg, 1995, platinum silver,               A CHESHIRE based
                                                                           minutes from Orlando attrac-         HAMMOND cadet organ               23,000 miles, alarm/immo-                 company is looking for
                                                                           tions. Ring 01621 850957.            keyboard, rexime black cas-       biliser, alloys, driver's airbag,         retired Essex police
                                                                           CHAIR. Electric recliner laz-        ing, portable with chrome         tax until April 1998, excellent           officers to help carry
                                                                           e-boy, beige, nine m o n t h s       s t a n d plus leads. Serviced    condition, £8,000. Contact                out investigations on
                                                                           use, cost £1,100 new, £400.                                                                                      their behalf.
                                                                                                                October 1996, vgc. Bargain        Nikki on 01245 491481 ext
                                                                           Contact Shirley Carman on                                                                                          UNIQWIN is an
                                                                                                                £120 ono. Contact F r e d         54222.
                                                                           01255 241312 ext 19110 or                                                                                        investigations and jus-
                                                                                                                Fulcher on 01277 656647.          SAILING "Hood" "Tuff Luff"
                                                                           01255 507500.                                                                                                    tice support service
                                                                                                                KAWASAKI ZXR400L2                 twin foil for yacht up to 32ft.
                                                                           FOR SALE. Psion 3c, 2 meg,                                                                                       and will pay fees for
                                                                                                                1992, burgundy,            new    Brand new, boxed £145. Also
                                                                           palmtop, several months war-                                                                                     private investigations,
                                                                                                                Michelin,         Goodridges,     n e a r new s p i n n a k e r a n d
                                                                           ranty left, £199. Contact Ch                                                                                     accident investigations
                                                                           Insp Steve Currell on 01245          Baglux, Datatag, superb con-      a u t o h e l m . Contact       Pc
                                                                                                                dition, £3,600. Contact Pc        Batchelor on 01621 773663.                and work as law
                                                                           491491, ext 51012.                                                                                               agents.
                                                                           FOUR, 5.5 J wheels - VW              Tab Hunter on 01621 892037.       WANTED.            Greenhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                              If you are interestec!
I Name and Rank ................................................. I        Jetta Golf, vgc. Free to who-        LUXURY           one-bedroom      heater for use in garage must
                                                                                                                                                                                            you should contact
                                                                                                                Spanish pueblo style house        work but condition not impor-
                                    Home Tel ........................ I
I Station ...........................
I                                                                          ever can collect (Southend
                                                                                                                overlooking Mijas golf course     t a n t a n d c h e a p please.
                                                                                                                                                                                            01606 852812 or fax
                                                                       I   area). Contact Ch Insp Steve                                                                                     01606 851551 for more
                         Signed ......................................
I Date ...................                                             1   Currell on 01245 491491 ext          and Fuengirola. Malaga air-       Contact Pc Snellin on 01799               information.
 III-ll--lJ                                                                51012.                               port half hour drive; beach       500646.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             - 1   .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE LAW, DECEMBER 1997                                              11

    Carols for                                                                                                                                             Hockey training sessions
                                                                                                                                                           THE Essex Police Hockey Club has started holding regula~
    Christmas                          THE annual headquarters Sports and Social
                                       Club quiz night raised the grand sum of
                                       £1,637.85 for Children in Need.
                                                                                                staggering £140.
                                                                                                  In Colchester there was similar quiz night
                                                                                                success with £ 1,010.85 boosting the charity
                                                                                                                                                           weekly training sessions to improve their performance this
    WITH the Christmas season            Local stores supporting the event included             coffers.                                                      The meetings are held every Wednesday a t Headquarters
    fast approaching the choir         Comet, Dixons and Woolworths.                              Quizmasters for the evening were Clive                   and itis hoped the club may also occasionally book a t class-
    has been dusting off the             An auction of Dipsy, the Teletubby, raised a           Butler, Keith Beechner and Chris Farndell.                 room to cover the theory of the game.
    Carol books and polishing up
    the sleigh bells in prepara-
    tion for the two charity con-
    certs that are planned for
                                      1-                                       Fell at the second hurdle
                                                                                                                                                              All members are encouraged to attend as many sessions
                                                                                                                                                           a s possible.

      The first, starting a t                with the                     I   IT was a sad day for the Essex Police Football Squad when

                                                                              they took on their counterparts from Hertfordshire.
    7.30pm on Friday, December                                                  Having made history last season by reaching the final of
    12, is in aid of the 'Headway'
    charity and will be held a t
    the Moot Hall in Colchester.
                                                  FSU                         the Police National Cup, the team fell a t the second hurdle
                                                                              losing 1-0.
      The second, will again               THE Force Support                    Lady luck certainly wasn't on their side a s missed
    start at 7.30pm on Tuesday,            Unit is planning a cele-           chances ran in to double figures. In just the first few rnin-
    December 16 and is being               bration to mark the sec-           utes a fingertip save by the Herts goalkeeper knocked the
    held at the URC Church in              tion's 25th anniversary.           ball against the bar. One against the post, two goal line
    Maldon in aid of St Clare's              The silver anniver-              clearances, and another against the bar in the final minute
    Day Hospice, Heybridge.                sary will be marked by             just about summed up the match.
       Tickets for the concerts can        a disco and buffet on
    be obtained from Ann Brown                                                  Despite their lack of luck, there is some work to be done
                                           April 25 in the Function           out on the field and a little more communication wouldn't
    on 01245 269869.                       Room of the Sports and                                                                                              ..
      The Friends of the Choir,            Social Club at HQ. A l   l         go amiss as Essex never looked a s if they were going to
    who support us in all our                                                 dominate the game.                                                               k                                                                                                                        A
    activities and have raised             past and present FSU                                                                                                A                                             Present tlwir                                                              k
                                           members and partners
    large sums of money to allow
    us to purchase staging and             are invited to celebrate
                                           this special anniver-
                                                                              Running season gets underway                                                     k
                                                                                                                                                               k                       Amwl mttmas
    other items have arranged                                                                                                                                  k                                                                                                                        k
    the following fund-raising             sary.                              SOUTHAMPTON was the venue for the first meeting of
    activities for 1998.                     The cost is E10 per              the new running season.
      J&nuary - Visit to the
                   31                      head and Sgt Steve                   The twisting course through dense woodland was made
    Museum of the Theatre in               Cast is looking for                worse by heavy rain, but resulted in some excellent perfor-
    Covent Garden. Cost in thlt            bookings and cheques               mances from both old and new runners particularly Paul
    region of E l 0 per person.   ,        (made payable to FSU               McFadyen, Russ Welch and Dave Brooks. But it was the
       March 1- Coach trip to the          Welfare Fund) by 15                trio of Essex ladies who displayed medal winning poten-
    GWR Retail outlet a t                  January 1998. AB in                tial, finishing third team overall.
    Swindon. For the male                  previous years, the
    members who rapidly suc-                                                    The running club has fixtures arranged against Thames
    cumb to 'shopping fatigue'             anniversary w i l l also be        Valley Police on 10 December, Herts on the 14 January
    the railway museum is only             marked by the produc-              1998 and Sussex on 21 March 1998.
    five minutes walk away.                tion of a commemora-                 Runners are reminded that Essex Police is affiliated to
       Two quiz nights have been           tive glass goblet -                the East Anglian League which holds a series of mid-week
    arranged a t the Sports and            please also indicate if            runs for service and shift workers. No time off or trans-
    Social Club, both a r e on             you would be interest-             port is provided for these meetings, but all Essex Police
    Fridays, the first is on April         ed in buying one so the            members a r e welcome. Meetings will be held a t RAF
    3 and the second October 2.            best price can be
       For more details on any                                                Honington on 17 December, Bury St Edmunds on 14
                                           reached. Write to Sgt              January 1998 and a t Waterbeach, Cambs on 28 January
    FOC event or to make a                 Steve Cast, FSU,
    booking please contact John            Headquarters.                      1998. The meetings start a t 1430. For more information
    Eady on 01245 223095.                                                     contact Mick Bond.

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                                                 to make rugby history
                                           RUGBY history is on the                                                              In the semi-finals Essex took on make it to the last 16."
                                                                          By Kim White
                     Swim                  cards for Essex police if                                                          Kent and faced a number of coun-     Anyone wishing to support the
                                                                                                                              ty players as well as a member of Essex team at Welwyn Garden
                                                 squad C a n beat will make i t into the last
                  and save                 its
                                           Hertfordshire colleagues 16, never yet achieved.
                                                                                                                              the British Police squad.           City can hitch a lift on the coach
                                                                                                                                But 11-9 was the final scoreline leaving Police Headquarters at
                                                                                                                              with the only t r y from Dave 11.30am            on      Wednesday,
                f earn turn                later this month.                  competition   has                               Gibbs and Keith Harman kicking December 10.
                                            It's only t h e third time            already been fought to reach                thepoints.                           Bookings should be made via Pc
             infernational                 they have reached t h e                the current state    play.
                                                                                    The first round saw a 30-8 vic-
                                                                                                                                Team manager PCRube Zagger, Zagger at Chelmsford Traffic.
                                                                                                                              said: "If we play as well as we did  He is also on the lookout for
                                                            of the                tory over Sussex with a good      -         against Kent I've got no doubt at new players interesting in joining
         FOR the first time, the Essex
         Police swimminz team and          Cup and if they win they               team                                        all we can beat Hertfordshire and the squad.
         lifesaving team pooled
         resources for an international
         competition in the Channel
                                           Mick's first across the line                                                                                                          Hooking
            The contest, hosted by         SIX miles across waterlogged meadows, streams
         Guernsey Police, consisted of     and daunting hills was no deterrent for runner
         staged lifesaving incidents on
         land and water, swim and
         tow rope throwing relays,
          and competition swimming.
                                           Mick Bond.
                                             Taking on officers from the fire brigade and
                                           prison service, he was the first veteran home
                                                                                                                                                                                 in a win
            Essex were placed third        for the National PAA team in Bristol.                                                                                                 THE Essex Police Sea
         overall in the lifesaving event     With wins in both the veteran race and the                                                                                          Anglers have done it again!
         and were judged joint 1st in      open race, the police team finished 10th overall.                                                                                     Last month two teams trav-
         t h e land based lifesaving.                                                                                                                                            elled to Pakefield in Norfolk
         Well done to t h e two
         Sergeants from Colchester,         Register for swimming gala                                                                                                           to compete in the PAA Beach
                                                                                                                                                                                 Championships. On the day
         Paddy O'Toole and Dave                                                                                                                                                  there were strong winds and
          Salmon.                          ANYONE wanting information on the Croker                                                                                              rain - alright for the fish but
            In the swimming, the tal-      Cup Swimming gala in Basildon on January 18                                                                                           not so for the fishermen.
         ent of Pc Courtney Cowell         should contact Pc Chris Mathlin on ext 42135 or                                                                                          All four of t h e team
         from Colchester once again                                                                                                                                              weighed in. They were Clive
          shone through. He took 1st       42124 or 01268 584212. Competitors need to be at
                                                                                                                                                                                 Skingley (Marine Section),
         place in the men's 50m but-       Gloucester Park swimming pool by 6pm.                                                                                                 Russ Cole (Clacton), Chris
         terfly, 50m backstroke and                                                                                                                                              Gibson (Colchester) and Bob
          100m butterfly, breaking two                                                                                                                                           Sandford (Southend). Russ
         event records for the butter-                                                                                                                                           Cole was the individual run-
         fly a n d backstroke i n t h e                                                                                                                                          ner up with eight codling.
         process.                                                                                                                                                                The team went on to win the
            Pc Sarah Pike of Halstead                                                                                                                                            RUC Cup.
         also took medal honours with                                                                                                                                               Since 1990, Essex Police
         one 2nd place, and three 3rd        I N t h e t r i a t h l o n c a l e n d a r t h e London                                                                            have held three PAA team
         places in her events.               International is t h e equivalent to t h e city's                                                                                   titles, two individuals and
            Sgt O'Toole, a newcomer to
         police swimming competi-
                                             marathon attracting over 4,000 competitors. So a                                                                                    one runner-up.
                                             4th placing in the team event was a result to be                                                                                       The Angling Croker Cup
         tions, took 2nd place honours
         i n t h e ladies' 50m breast-       proud of.                                                                                                                           competition was also held
         stroke and managed 4th in                                                                                                                                               l a s t month a t Bradwell
                                               Sergeant Pete Bryan, Inspector Mark Harman,                                                                                       Marina. Seven boats set off
         the ladies' 50m backstroke.         and constables Chris Mathlin and Paul McFadyen
            Pc Linzy Jones of Southend                                                                                                                                           holding 51 anglers. The fish-
         took 4th in the 50m butterfly.      all endured a 1500m swim in the Canary Wharf                                                                                        ing was consistent with
         Pc Chris Mathlin, of Pitsea,        docks, a 26 mile cycle ride against a "horrendous                                                                                   catches of cod, whiting, dab
         took 4 t h i n t h e lOOm and       headwind" (three laps of Docklands) and a six mile                                                                                  and pouting.
         200m freestyle events. Pc                                                                                                                                                  Top individual was Bob
                                             run.                                                                                                                                Sandford (Southend) with
         Brendon Cox of Colchester
         took 6th in the men's 50m             The result, however, is not the only one of note                                                                                  116 points. Runner up was
         backstroke.                         from the season's competitions.                                                                                                     new boy Pc Wollard from
            Any swimmers who fancy             Individual praise is due to Pc Laurie Rampling                                                                                    Basildon with 80 points - a
         joining the Essex Police team       who is now the over 50s veteran British Police                                                                                      good result for his first
         should t u r n out for t h e        champion following a 3rd placing in the British                                                                                     Croker Cup competition.
         Croker Cup Gala, in                                                                                                                                                        The team results were 1)
         Basildon, where they may be         Duathlon in North Yorkshire. Meanwhile Chris                                                                                        Basildon, 2) Southend, 3)
                                             Mathlin finished in the top 20 in the Guernsey
         picked for the team. Selection
         is open to both police and          British Police Triathlon.                                          Pete Byan in the London lnternatlonal Triathlon.           11    Rayleigh, 4) Chelmsford, 5)
                                                                                                                                                                                 Colchester, 6) Braintree, 7)
         support staff-.                                                                                                                                                         Harlow, 8) Tendring, 9) HQ.

          Essex took t o the table and brought back European medals
         THE 1997 European Police table         ed their country a t international     Police) they beat the German num-          the Veterans Team Gold Medal. To        t h e England Table Tennis
         tennis championships were held in      level. However, Great Britain field-   ber one seeds in the semi-final and        cap a great week he excelled in the     Association number 21, Ian Johns.
         Stadskanaal, Holland last month        ed a strong team including two         only just lost in the final to a pair of   Veterans Singles winning his group         It was a close match, but Chris
         with teams attending from many         Essex players, National Champion       French internationals.                     and beating the German number           made a decisive break in the third
         EC countries making this the high-     Julie Askem (Southend) and Chris          Chris had the best tournament           one in the quarter final despite los-   and final leg to take the title for the
l    .
         est standard t h a t t h e event had   Jacob (HQ).                            t h a t any Essex Police officer has       ing the first leg.                      second time.
         ever seen.                               Julie had recently changed her       every managed when he paired up              Chris then won the semi-final            So, to add to the national titles in
           The French and German sides          style and her bat blade and strug-     with Chris Budden (Met Police) in          against team mate Chris Budden          Ladies Singles and Mixed Doubles,
         were considered favourites for team    gled losing in the second round of     the veterans contest to come third.        who is ranked number 40 in the          Chris and Julie can now claim a
         and individual honours a s they        the ladies contest. However, with      He was also part of the round-robin        country. The final was a n all-         double European Champion and a
         included players who had represent-    her team partner Kim Mudge (Met        team which was undefeated to win           England affair with Chris playing       silver and bronze medal.

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