The newspaper of Essex Police Issue 328 February 2001
Essex awaits Home Office decision on funds for 'holistic' scheme
BID FOR RADICAL
"WHY me?" is the most
frequently asked question by Kim Perks
This holistic approach is the result
of two years of research by
Community Safety's Sgt Ian Carter.
restorative justice system can be
The bid, however, is up against
should be divided up among a
number of trials.
Sgt Carter's proposal is to
by victims of crime. But if His work with the Restorative tough competition. The Governmentintroduce five definable models of
The E1.6m bid is for a ground-
a Community Safety Justice Working Group, chaired by has put £3 million aside to fund restorative justice:
breaking restorative justice
Department bid for Home system which would be the first
Deputy Chief Constable Charles trials in the UK and 1 forces and
1 Victimloffender mediation;
Office funding is Clark, on behalf of ACPO Crime other agencies have made Family group conferencing;
ever model to provide for ALL Committee examined a number of applications. The Home Office now Community conferencing;
successful victims may victims and offenders, whether small scale projects across the has the difficult task of deciding Healing circles;
start to receive some youth or adult, a t EVERY stage country and abroad. However, he whether one project outweighs Sentencing circles.
satisfactory answers. of t h e criminal justice system. feels only an all-encompassing another or whether the funding Family group conferencing is
currently the only model
available to Essex Police who
work in partnership with
Social Services. Since the
youth justice pilot project
began in April last year there
has been an increase in refer-
rals for offenders, and their
families, to meet with the
victim of their crime, and the
feedback so far has been
The most common model
used by a few British police
forces is community
conferencing, an element to
be introduced to Essex
during 2001, regardless of a
successful bid. Here the
victim and the offender meet
at the point of caution, or
reprimand and warning,
along with a police
facilitator. It provides a
chance for the facilitator to
draw out all the information
about the offence and its
effects and can lead to any
agreed outcome, from a letter
of apology to compensation
Artist: Elizabeth Cook/Central News and reparation work.
enables victims and
Jury hears of hijack terror offenders to have their say
directly or indirectly through
the use of a mediator.
Mediation UK has already
agreed to recruit and train
mediators for Essex should
the Home Office bid succeed.
t h e cabin of a Boeing 727 and ing 173 passengers and 14 crew was seized hijacking, false imprisonment and The more radical aspects of
Sgt Carter's proposal are
d to kill everyone on board during during a n internal flight i n Afghanistan and possession of firearms a n d explosives. The those of sentencing circles
and healing circles.
continued on page 3
2 THE LAW. FEBRUARY 2001
DNA row rolls on
1 DID not think 1 I mean, come on, have we not Management Group Policy, I have
moved away from the "if you don't to say that I sit on this group and
be writing supply it you will not get your yes, we are making in-roads into
about this issue yet move7' - "you will be charged the sickness problems and trying
again. The concept of directly if you attend a scene and to put in place a proper recording
haven't given a sample" - "the system and management to try
providing DNA for an cost will come out of the overtime and get people back to work, but
elimination database budget" - "you will stand directly we still feel that extra money
appeared sound. in front of the Chief Constable to needs to be put into welfare and
explain your reasons" etc etc. occupational healthcare issues if
The from Our The whole thing has got blown we are to truly make this work.
national officers on out of all proportion by some
human rights issues are managers and, I repeat, some
still being researched. have been employing bullying
tactics. This is Chief's view on voluntary samples
That said, locally we today's policing not acceptable in ESSEX Police does not condone bullying in the
and, while this particularly the security and data protection
the principle has tried to be re-addressed by workplace in any form and it is regrettable that in implications. This has had the desired effect, the
asking officers to supply the Chief Constable in numerous trying to get across the important message about DNA number of samples has tripled since Christmas.
their DNA with the proviso messages he has put out, the elimination samples inappropriate comments may Obviously, once officers became aware of the
have been made by some managers. operational benefits of the DNA elimination database
t h a t has always been damage has been done. The Federation and myself have always agreed on and of the safeguards which are in place they realised
VOLUNTARY! Officers are now saying they the benefits to be gained from getting the maximum
the value of taking part in the scheme.
The message that appeared to give the because number of samples on to the Elimination Database but It is worth emphasising how the improvements in
be coming from Crime Policy of this attitude when, if it had recognise that because the scheme is voluntary the DNA technology are revolutionising crime detection.
G~~~~ was that E~~~~has the been handled differently, they final decision on whether to supply a sample lies with There are three strands to the approach.
lowest percentage of would have considered it. individual officers.
elimination DNA samples of Morale is a n emotive issue and Since last we have tried many to Burglary Scenes
any other force in the country can always be argued either way. draw the scheme to the attention of officers. I wrote e
W are increasing the number of scenes examined for
individually to every operational officer, there have DNA - we already examine highest proportion of
and the Chief wanted it I suggest is that this does been articles and newsletters in various force
nothing impr0ve and, if publications, yet still by Christmas less than 400 of the stolen ofany police force in the corntry and are
addressed. taking steps to increase the fiwre even more by
What then happened was a n You add the fact that we have one 1,750 operational officers had provided a sample. That
recmiting a nvmber of forensic vehicle It is
escalation of, mis- of the worst sickness records in is why I insisted that every operational officer should the story with burglary scenes where again we
judged third hand messages the country, you have to ask the be seen by a manager and the importance of the the highest proportion in the country.
scheme explained to them. The second strand is the offender database. Essex
which, without doubt, lead to question is that?'.
M"agers were provided with the
what can only be described as Before I get accused of not was the first force to begin t a b g samples from all
giving credit to the Sickness needed to answer queries about the database offenders arrested for recordable offences and the
bully boy tactics.
national database is growing rapidly. As a result of
these developments one out of two crime scene samples
Pay deal accepted talks
ante %eStE :i
'becomes even more important becausedatabase
the elimination of the
phenomenal increase in the sensitivity of DNA
techniques. Scientists can now obtain a profile from a
AS The Law went to press Unison We have complained and now have speck of dandruff or from droplets of breath. This
announced t h a t it had successfully another assurance t h a t the correct rate means that the chances of DNA from police officers
secured and accepted a pay rise for will be circulated and all arrears should visiting the scenes of crime being mixed with that of
support staff of 3.2 per cent. have been paid. If you have not received potential offenders has increased and it is essential we
Also secured in the deal is deletion of your arrears please contact payroll. have the ability to eliminate police officers' samples
the bottom two spinal column points No new developments have taken place matter is being from the investigation at the earliest possible stage.
which will benefit low paid staff. More with regard to decriminalisation of was a special meeting of the The DNA elimination database is totally separate
details will follow in the March edition of parking. from the offender database and can only be searched for
Police Negotiating Board on
The Law. Traffic warden Brian Nubbert a t January 22, when failure to elimination purposes. The principle is exactly the same
Unison have successfully challenged a Colchester is the Unison contact and has agree was the sim- as the fingerprints elimination database and for over
personnel bulletin which stated t h a t made a valiant effort on behalf of all plistic term to use. 100 years police officers have supplied their
anyone transferring would wardens. The next scheduled fingerprints for that purpose.
have their contracts For a n up-to-date report meeting will now take place
on February The public of Essex will find it hard to understand
terminated and would lose If why responsible police officers, who as part of their
please drop Brian a line. negotiations can still not be work attend crime scenes, would not wish to improve
continuity of employment. A plan is afoot investigat- agreed, t h e n it will g0 t o the ,-hances of detecting a crime. I would urge those
This was published ing the possibility of trans- arbitration which can take
without consultation and the who have not yet done so to consider again the
ferring coroner's officers over UP t o three months to reach benefits for crimedetectionand reductionfor the people
first we knew was when our a decision, but I am lead to
to the local authority.
copy arrived. believe t h a t -the Home of Essex.
Unison National has called on the Secretary would like this Chief Constable David Stevens
All support staff have employment
Home Office and ACPO to consult on resolved before the next
contracts and therefore statutory rights.
Keep a n eye on yours, if you a r e
concerned contact your Unison steward
Locally, following a n approach to the
Election, if the date is i n
May, so perhaps it will b e a
speedier decision than
or if you are a non-member we suggest Chief Constable, we are now in touch
with Supt Coxall who has updated u s and THE force Goods and Services Committee has been
the Citizen's Advice Bureau. The recruitment figures disbanded. This dealt with uniform and equipment
support issues are being sent
staff will ensure that we are kept up-to-date in
put out need putting into issues and, although we can raise these issues in
direct to policy groups endorsed t h a t context because, other forums, we have concerns that the problems
consultation has taken place with Unison has submitted a further Paper we recruited 59268 Officers will not be highlighted as they used to be.
unison, and on one occasion that the to t h e health and safety committee nationally, we lost
somewhere in the region of ALL requests or problems should now be reported
issue raised was in with regarding the non-compliance with the
59768 Officers. via your D.A.M. to the Central Procurement Officer.
Unison. directive, which came into being over four
Several Forces have What we ask is that you also send a copy of any
We are seeking a ruling by the Joint Years ago. lowered their pass marks problem or request to Paul Dines who is the
secretaries on this practice. Although Managers who are applying new shifi a n d a r e apparently giving constables, representative for ~ ~
~~ i v i ~ i ~
personnel bulletins are published rarely patterns should be aware of t h e further education in English. and is based at witham.
have we been consulted and we a r e not requirements and indeed the contractual
always aware of the content.
Therefore it should not be assumed
hours of support staff.
We recently became aware of staff Question time is around the corner
that we are in agreement so please check working well in excess of their 37-hour A DATE for your diary - Monday, April questions of the Chief
with your steward. week, for free! So if you are on a new 23 a t 7pm in the Assembly Hall, Police This was well attended last year and
Despite repeat representations for the system check yours.
correct standby allowance rate to be paid
Headquarters. I ask you, if you have any concerns or
Due to pressure of work the Branch
a personnel bulletin was published Annual General Meeting has been put A chance to discuss issues with your
Federation representatives and ask
questions, to come along and make your
highlighting the old rate. back to March 1,2001.
THE LAW, FEBRUARY 2001 3
Decision due soon on Home Office cash 1
I F you think you've had a bad
continued from page 1 would be required. By introducing a new form of I was converted by the
hair day just listen to this.
Southend Police were Once guilt has been established, Healing circles is probably the healing circle, that Sgt Carter enthusiasm and feedback I
called by a hairdresser who sentencing circles would allow most complex. This aspect has named Association encountered and I truly believe
had received threats from a everyone affected by the crime to focuses on crimes t h a t have Conferencing, victims i n the that with the right approach we
man to break their windows meet in a group situation with caused damage beyond the future will be able to meet with can achieve a high percentage of
because he didn't like his the judge and have some input individual. Both offenders and offenders who have committed victim and offender
girlfriend's haircut. into to t h e outcome for the victims have the opportunity to similar crimes in a attempt to participation. If successful we
Maybe he needs to change offender. A variant of this North meet with members of the make sense of what they have will have, not only the most
his style too! American idea will be introduced community to try to repair some been through and move on. exciting restorative justice
0 0 0 into Essex for youth offenders in of the damage done and help re- Sgt Carter explained: "I expect development in the world so far,
A concerned resident April 2002. Referral orders will establish their place within the there will be officers who will but most importantly, a truly
phoned to say there was allow for a Youth Panel to community. find it difficult to see these inclusive and effective crime
either telephone or
convene a meeting of offenders, This is also where the proposal proposals becoming a reality, prevention and reduction tool
electric cable across the
footpath but officers who
victims and other relevant becomes truly holistic. Many particularly in a world where it is t h a t will empower and build
went along to deal with parties to decide on restorative crimes remain undetected and extremely difficult to get victims healthier communities."
the problem found rubber outcomes a s a form of sentencing. therefore it has not previously to provide statements and attend For a n update on whether t h e
vehicle counting cable For this aspect to apply to adult been possible for victims to meet court. bid was a success see the March
secured safely to the road. offenders further legislation with the individual responsible. "During my research, however, edition of The Law.
0 0 0
A constable on firearms
training may have thought 7"
"Can vou collect mv takeawav. mv car has broken down.
he had the upper hand but a
hornet proved that his aim
Campaign aims to
was much better, firing first
and hitting the target - the
INTERNAL research has
been conducted to scrutinise
Essex Police policy on the
number of officers crewing
The study is related to the
force's desire to improve
stop 999 nuisance
AN appeal has gone out to Requests for bus and train times.
response times and service Insp Smith said: "We have a target time to
by Peter Laurie
delivery, without exposing its the public from Essex answer each call within 15 seconds and while
personnel to increased risk. Police in an effort to reduce we are dealing with requests like these, we
It was carried out by a could be responding to people whose need for
working group headed by the number of unnecessary help is urgent."
Chief Insp Craig Robertson, 999 calls it is receiving. He explained that even when there was
operations manager for good reason for police to be contacted, there
Tendring Division, whose During 2000, the number of 999
were often occasions when the message was
report was considered by the calls received by the force totalled non-urgent and could have been given to a
Operational Policing Policy
Group. 234,165 - a n increase of 17 per local police station, as listed in the telephone
The group decided that cent on the previous year. directory.
existing policy (policy People using the emergency service
Yet on some days, up to 75 per cent unreasonably are being told that their call
guideline 221198) should
remain in place.
of these calls do not relate to cannot be dealt with.
This decrees that the emergencies. Keen as they are to clear out unnecessary
normal patrol mode for Essex The plea for common sense - under the calls, staff at FIR are anxious not to deter
Police officers, special slogan Don't Be A Nine Nine Nuisance - people from using the 999 service when a
constables and traffic was made by Force Information Room a t situation warrants prompt contact with the
wardens is unaccompanied. a news conference. police, such as a n elderly person with a
However, it states that the suspicious caller on their doorstep or a
FIR representatives Insp Paul Smith and
single-crewing norm excludes vulnerable woman driver stranded with a
Communications Officer Ruth Parkin gave
armed response vehicles, broken down vehicle. It does not have to be a
examples of the type of calls they are trying to
armed patrols a t Stansted major incident.
Airport, police boats and And they accept that with the growing use
officers under training or The man who told his children he would
telephone the police if they did not go to bed. of mobile phones, a crash on a busy road is
supervision. likely to result in duplicate 999 calls. They are
Under the policy, divisions The caller who asked police to collect and
deliver his takeaway meal because his car had aware it is better to be told several times than
also retain the right to send not a t all.
out patrols of more than one broken down.
officer in the light of specific
The research, conducted
last summer, included a n
Staff appraisal system is changing
audit of incidents where A NEW system of staff appraisals is to be system. In the interim all supervisors
there was single and double- introduced with a likely start date of and managers must continue to manage
crewing and the number of April 2002. The last appraisal forms performance effectively through ongoing
assaults on officers.
Assistant Chief Constable were sent out a t the end of last year and monitoring, targetlobjective setting and
(Operations) Joe Edwards it is essential that all members of staff recording evidencelresults. They will
said: "While it is important have a n appraisal form on their personal also need to give objective assessments
everyone is aware that single record files which was completed within for members of staff requiring such
crewing is the norm, a key the last 12 months. Divisions and information for any selection process.
objective of the study was to departments have until February 28, Philip Onions, Assistant Chief Officer
ensure we have a policy 2001 to return completed forms. (Support) said: "I am confident that staff
which is safe.
'We want to be as effective
The new appraisal system is linked to and the force will benefit from a more
and efficient as possible on the Competency Project which is moving meaningful appraisal system and a
response times and in towards its implementation stage. The system that will more effectively support
providing all aspects of our time before the new system is introduced promotion and selection, staff
service, but the safety of offi-
Manning the 999 nerve centre. lnsp Paul Smith and
will be used to train staff in the development and the addressing of
cers is a matter of priority." competency approach and the new Communications Officer Ruth Parkin.
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THE LAW. FEBRUARY 2001
1 HAVE to admit to a many stones in a ton and restriction and where we have the familiar and sadly based on the
certain amount of sadness whatever a bushel was. opportunity to contribute to what views extolled by national
on reading the letter from When every town with a will certainly become the most tabloids
un-informed population of over 30 had its own important and productive union AmericadAustralian owned and
the o ~ v i o u s ~ y
police force and called in a of nations ever. with their own agenda.
in the January detective superintendent from J Reynolds' opinions are very Tony Hillam, West Mersea
letters column. The Yard to investigate the
He (or she) no doubt is still
living in the gentle British era
when the sun shone every day on
Happily we live in an age where
Thanks for the support
anyone under the age of 30 has I WOULD like on behalf of the will to continue as the branch
a nation and everyone not had to struggle with a Chelmsford Branch committee of secretary.
lived in a thatched roofed cottage cumbersome and outdated NARPO to thank all those branch Hope to be able to send out a
on the outskirts of a imperial system ofmeasurement.members who sent Christmas cards newsletter later in the Spring.
Where we have access to a and Or letters.
Essex boasts second
lowest burglary rate
O L three of 39 English The Home Office publica- responsibility for policing this by working closely with a national rise in violent
police forces surveyed by Kim Perks tion confirms the fact that areas, previously under our partners to address the crime Essex Police has seen
Essex remains one of the Metropolitan Police control, causes of crime, whilst an increase in detections in
have recorded a lower The figures for the period of in April. This means that the continuing to develop our
safest counties in the country this area as well as theft of
number of offences per 0ctob;r 1999 to september despite a slight rise in overall 'real' rise in crime is more in intelligence-led policing motor vehicles.
100,000 population than 2000 are an improvement on crime. Although the figures the region of three per cent. approach which allows us to "The coming months will
Essex, according to the previous report six suggest a percentage rise in Commenting on the report target particular types of once again see us focusing
crime figures published months ago when five forces crime of 5.6, Essex was one of Assistant Chief Constable crime and criminals. force activity on the types of
bv the Home Office. recorded a lower crime rate. three forces who took on (Crime), John Broughton, 'We can also take pride in rrime whirh imnnct mnst. nn
r--- ------ ---
said: "It has been a what has been achieved and the public, such as burglary,
challenging 12 months for this is clearly reflected in the violence and car crime,
Essex Police with a number of report. Only those living in through a repeat of the highly
major operational Wiltshire are less likely to be successful Operation Resolve.
commitments and the burgled than the residents of In addition we will be
brought about by the Essex and only three of the increasing the effort put into
boundary changes. Of course 39 police forces in the country the investigation of such
we are always disappointed if can boast a lower overall crimes through greater use of
crime in Essex rises, but we crime rate per 100,000 cutting edge technology such
are committed to tackling population. Likewise, against as DNA and fingerprints."
WHEN special constable
Scott McCabe took up his
new post in January, he
became the youngest
divisional officer ever
appointed by Essex.
Scott, who is 26 and lives
in Rayleigh, has been a
special constable for eight
years. He works full time as
a Key Accounts Manager
within the garden and
leisure trade, but fits in
nearly 1,000 hours for the
Special Constabulary during
During Scott's service with
the Special Constabulary, he
has served six years at
Rayleigh Division, where he
achieved the role of Beat
Supervisor and in 1999 he
gained the rank of Section
Officer and transferred to
He is looking forward to
the challenges of his new
role within Basildon
Division, one of the busiest
in Essex. He said: "I am
pleased that as a special con-
stable I can give something
back to the local community
and I hope that I will be able
to pass on my experience and
help other specials wishing -
I to join the diksion.'' Divisional Officer Scott McCabe.
THE LAW, FEBRUARY 2001 5
Success of Action plans will be supported by the latest techniques
A FAST-TRACK scheme
for clearing abandoned
cars in Southend
Division has proved to
Repent or face the
wrath of Resolve
be a big success.
Now it is being
commended to other
Essex Police divisions
for inclusion in their
ESSEX Police is after serving their sentence for Thurrock - Greater use of forensic
The Southend offences they have admitted, or for science to detect auto crime;
initiative is a police- closing in on crimes bv Norman Hicks which they have been convicted, we Harlow - Target burglary and car
council partnership. It that most concern the will be waiting for them and we will crime hot spots;
allows police to pass be charging them with the Southend - Target car crime by use
PNC information on public. crime scenes, especially auto crime; outstanding matters." of covert surveillance and overt
abandoned vehicles to Phase two of its successful using intelligence-led policing to Each division has devised an action patrols in hot spots;
the local council. target known offenders; adopting new plan in response to Operation Resolve Rayleigh - Target car crime using
Operation Resolve policies to speed up recovery of stolen 2, highlights of which are listed here:- roadside vehicle checks and
Inquiries initiative, which last year vehicles and gain maximum forensic Braintree - Target car crime hot
evidence from them, as well as $potshigh profile crime prevention
This avoids the council helped reduce levels of increasing detection rates by campaign in respect of car crime and prevention campaign in local media.
having to make its own burglary and car crime in burglaGhigh visibility policing of
inquiries through the the county, is set to roll out
encouraging those in custody for one
violent crime hot spots; Volume crime
D L and enables it to
abandoned during the next two months,
offence to admit to any other offences
they have committed. Basildon - A siratem to increase . -.
vehicles more quickly. aimed at tackling those Detection skills
the number of domeGtic burglary
a d e o revamped
The scheme began in crimes which a r e of In addition, an investigative helmsf ford - Target known THE Essex Police Television Unit has
Southend last October particular concern to local training package rolls out later this offenders for burglaries and auto
crimeltarget hot spot areas with overt produced two drama based videos and
and during the first two -
month, to improve detection skills and a power point presentation about
months the council communities. to maximise the intelligence to be and covert patrolslraise public
awareness of security issues through dealing with volume crime to be used
removed 17 abandoned Operation Resolve ran gained from interviewing suspects in conjunction with teaching notes for
and offenders. the media;
vehicles. during the first three months Tendring -Target vehicle crime; divisional training.
Chief Insp Wil Assistant Chief Constable (Crime)
of 2000, targeting burglary, John Broughton, said: "According to Colchester - Increased use of Scene but not Seen is a revamped
Kennedy, of Southend vehicle crime and crimes of scientific support a t burglary version of a previous video for
the latest Home Office figures, Essex
Division, said: "It has scenesthigh profile media campaign, constables first on the scene about do's
worked well here. The violence. is the fourth safest county in England
The operation resulted in more and Wales. Even so, Operation including promotion of and dont's in connection with
scheme depends on the Resolve had a big impact on crime Crimestoppers/target prolific preserving forensic evidence. The
co-operation of the t h a n 100 arrests, s a w t h e
figures in Essex last year and we are offenders and known hot spots; second video is set based.
council and this has detection of more t h a n 200
determined to make every effort to
offences and recovered thousands
Consequently there has
been a noticeable
of pounds of stolen property.
During the past five years the
drive down crime in the county still
Offenders who fail to admit to their
Honoured for community work
number of household burglaries in A Westcliff sergeant has become an honour in recognition of his charity
decline in abandoned crimes when given the chance to do so
Essex has fallen by 25 per cent. will be a particular target during the honorary Freeman of the City of work organising dinner dances and
vehicles, which are London, after a nomination by two raffles for various charities.
dangerous and an Backing up this year's Operation current campaign, said Mr
Resolve 2 will be a range of measures Broughton. local businessmen. Jack went to London's Guildhall
eyesore." to make use of the latest technology Sergeant Jack Lawmon forged with his wife Sandra in December for
The initiative is now "I cannot stress enough the
and investigative techniques to importance of offenders making a many strong links with the the ceremonial presentation of
included in Essex Police reduce crime and increase detection clean breast of their crimes when they community in his role with the town certificates.
policy as a model rates. get the chance," he said. policing unit based at Southend. This He said "I'm absolutely delighted,
available for adoption These include making more use of "If they fail to do so, they can be prompted the local businessmen to it's a real privilege to receive this
throughout the county. DNA and fingerprint retrieval a t assured that when they leave prison propose and second Jack for the honour."
A SAFETY video which aims to "Traffic units in particular need
inform officers at the scene of a to watch this video purely because
road crash how to deal with the it affects them more often than it
arrival of the air ambulance, has does other officers," said Supt
been produced by the Essex Police AdamS. "If the Person on the
Television Unit. ground gets it wrong, then it will
civil ~ ~ ~ i t ~
~ ~ i ~ ~ t t i h ~almost certainly end in tragedy.
regulations state that the police We're not only talking about the
are responsible for scene lives of those involved in the
management when an ambulance crash, but police officers and other
plays a role in casualty reduction, members of the public are at great
particularly in respect of the
It is hoped that every police
control and safety of road users.
station in each division will have
The land a copy of the video by late spring.
following the instruction of a All will also receive memo
police officer on the ground. cards which can be used in
Safe Landing is an ll-minute conjunction with the Other
production which forces across the UK will also be
realistic crash reconstructions, sent a copy to assist them in
with each scenario showing the similar south
landing procedure from the point Yorkshire Constabulary has
of view of both the officers on the already placed a large order.
ground and the pilot in the air. The video was produced
Mobile Support Division hopes the
video draws attention to the
potential dangers both on and off
the ground as the air ambulance
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Judge commends officers for their investigatioi
Violent killing of 1
results in 18 cc
the bv Norman Hicks
of the &her vehicles involved in the murder and violent disorder.
earlier incident. During the trial at Kingston Crown
One of the four men in the Tigra Court it was alleged that Hok Wan
investigation of the violent escaped in a taxi and the other two Leung had been a member of a Triad
death of a Chinese chef in three other men travelling along the people in the car hid in bushes, before gang but had been expelled and believed
calling the police from a shop. The victim he was no longer safe in Chinatown.
Colchester have been A12 in a black Vauxhall Tigra, in the died at the scene. He also believed that his life was under the
commended by the trial early hours of July 25, 1999. A post mortem examination later threat and, as a result, carried machetes Ax
They were on their way to Colchester, showed the cause of death to be multiple in his car. joi
judde. as they would every Saturday night, to The day after the attack on Hok Wan alc
injuries, inflicted on the head, body, both
Mr Justice Grigson commended gamble. arms and one leg. Leung police took possession of four cars re(
the work of Senior Investigating The Tigra was effectively forced to stop Hok Wan Leung had suffered a believed to have been involved in the mz
Officer Det Supt Kevin Macey, Ds at Easthorpe and attacked by the occu- fractured skull and crushed hips. incident and also seized three weapons l
Barry Blackman, Ds Mark pants of several other cars, which had A short time after the assault, found at the scene - a baseball bat, a log
been pursuing them. following a joint operation with the machete and a metal implement. tht
Watson and DC Christopher It drove on to Colchester with a burst Metropolitan Police, 24 men, including Within two days 24 witnesses had tht
Lacey at the end of a four-month tyre, intending to get to the police eight juveniles, were arrested on the come forward with information, 1
hearing, involving 25 defendants. station, but on the Middleborough Essex/Met border, with a 25th man including the driver of a white Ford art
The victim - 34-year-old Hok Wan roundabout the vehicle went out of arrested three days later. Sierra taxi who witnessed the incident ha.
Leung from north London - was with control and was shunted by a Lexus, one All were charged with conspiracy to on the A12 at Easthorpe. 1
THE LAW, FEBRUARY 2001 7
of a case fraught with difficultv I Breakthrough in the fight I
Iagain fraud and corruption I
A JOINT protocol, the Audit & Financial
thought to be one of the Consultancy Division of
first in the country, has Essex County Council, a
recently been agreed joint protocol has
between Essex Police and recently been agreed to
the Audit and Financial formalise reporting
Consultancy Division of procedures.
Essex County Council to The protocol is being I
formalise reporting shared nationally with f
procedures of any alleged other forces and their !
internal fraud and internal auditors.
corruption. It provides that all 1
Employees are an actual or suspected I
important element in the irregularities, or I
stance against fraud and f
allegations of them, must 1
corruption. be reported to the
there is Professional Standards 1
legal requirement, Department, which will !
by ACPO, for
the force to report all sus-
notify them to Internal
petted fraud, corruption Similarly, Internal
r a week after t h e killing, interpreters, which added to the Supt Macey said after the trial: "We or other financial
Audit will notify the
arried out stop checks in the
rough a r e a of Colchester,
practical problems to be overcome.
The defendants opted for a Section 2
offer our sincere condolences to Hok Wan Audit. Internal professional standards
Department of all
Leung's family and hope that they will be It is recowised that
very good response from the committal hearing, before a stipendiary able to come to there are exceptional
with their loss in
magistrate, who heard all the evidence
due course. occasions when such suspected irregularities i
from all over Essex joined in before committing the 25 suspects for matters have to remain that it becomes aware of. t
ry and during a hot week in trial. The numbers involved also posed a "No family should have to face the loss confidential for The facility that enables l
,hat year numerous officers challenge in finding a suitable Crown a loved One in such operational or other express i
a five-day search for evidence Court to be able to cater with t h e circumstances. reasons. concerns other than via a i
the A12 a t Easthorpe, quantity of defendants, barristers, "The investigating team, supported by The competing demands line manager remains in
:among other things another solicitors and so on. their uniform colleagues and officers for openness and
Kingston Crown Court was chosen and from the Met, worked extremely hard to confidentiality have are: i
ue involved a number of it was decided to divide proceedings into gain these convictions, and the
traditionally proved a
difficult balance to
Chief Internal Auditor
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problems, especially because of two trials.
number of suspects arrested on Seven of the defendants were acquitted
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LAW and Disorder is the title
Charles Clark at t h e Epping
Forest District Museum.
The temporary exhibition
t o mark t h e handover o f
policing t h e district to Essex
Police will be on view to the A NEW speed campaign contributing fador in road deaths. prevent death and injury appear to caused by road crashes - an objective
"One o f the main reasons for our have touched a raw nerve at the S u n which will be understood by anyone
March 24 was launched by the actions is t o stop drivers risking death newspaper. who has witnessed the horror of such a
featuring items from policing Mobile Support Division at It published two stories last month fatality or lost a loved one this way.
d, injury by breaking speed limits;
the district from
2000. to the beginning of this said Chief Insp Diment. ' W e have which criticised police speed checks at During 2000, there were 86 road
There are many historic month in a bid to help cut already had 14 fatalities and over 50 Brentwood and claimed burglars were deaths i n Essex - a dramatic reduction
policing items including a the of deaths and serious injury-crashes i n t h e first having "an easy ride". on the 108 fatalities the previous year
month of this year alone." In truth, household burglary i n - and it is hoped this downward trend
front office from the 1960s' injuries on the county's Fixed Penalty Notices, carrying a Essex has decreased by 25 per cent
t h e contents o f a police will continue. Every one of these
telephone box and there is roads. fine of £60, will be issued t o t h e during t h e past five years.
deaths was a tragic, premature waste
even a miniature telephone
The rnonth-long offensive majority of drivers who are caught The Sun, i n fact, did Essex Police a
involves the four exceeding speed limits, while those favour by drawing motorists' atten-
box for t h e children. travelling at excessively high speeds tion to effortst o make roads safer. ofReducing burglary is also a kej
The museum i n Sun Street, units, with over 200 officers will be prosecuted in court. Following consultation with ACC objective, but it has to be said that no-
Waltham Abbey is O p e n aiming raise driver awareness Chief Insp Diment added: "We have (Operations) Joe Edwards, force one i n the county died at the hands 01
Monday and Friday 2pm and reduce the toll of tragedy in told motorists that speed kills and principal press officer Peter Laurie a burglar during these two years.
5pm, Tuesdays 12 noon to E ~ ~ ~ ~ . maims, and have given t h e m fair wrote the following letter t o the Sun's According to the latest H o r n Oficc
5pm and Saturdays l0 am to Following last year's 20 per cent warning that they will be hit hard the editor:
5pm. figures, Essex is the fourth safest c.
reduction i n the number of people moment they exceed the speed limit I a m writing to thank you for the ounty i n England. During the past five
For any further killed on the roads, police are striving for the road they are travelling on. I t publicity you are giving Essex Police's years, household burglary i n the c.
information 'Ontact the to ensure motorists are made aware of is only appropriate that drivers who efforts to curb speeding and prevent
On ' l g g 2 716882. their responsibilities when behind the choose to speed and put themselves road deaths and injuries. ounty has decreased by 25 per cent.
wheel o f a car. Road Policing and others at risk should pay towards Speed kills and Essex Police is using Making Essex safer in every waj
Manager Tom Diment believes that helping keep our roads safe." roadside cameras to try to reduce fur- will remain a priority with thc
driving at high speeds is a Meanwhile, Essex Police's efforts to ther the terrible pain and suffering county$ police service.
Officer's bone marrow is match for leukaemia victim
A LATE shift a t Harlow several Alexandra Hospital i n early their agreement, two years after Now back a t work he said: "l
years ago for Inspector Alan November for further blood tests the donation has taken place. found i t a good experience t c
Cook could have resulted in and a letter arrived saying "well Alan said: "It will be nice to donate my bone marrow. Thf
him saving a stranger's life. done you are a match!" know how the woman gets on only after effects were like having
After a blood test a t Harlow He was asked a t every stage if after the bone marrow transplant a mild bout of flu; I ached anc
traffic garage over five years he was still happy to go ahead although of course it may not needed the week off work. I hac
o he joined the register of with the donation and details of necessarily be good news." the full support of my family
potential bone marrow donors who the person is or how ill are Before donating the bone Essex Police and a nominated CO
for the Anthony Nolan Bone not given until the last moment marrow a full medical check up is ordinator from the Anthong
Marrow Trust. to avoid any emotional pressure. carried out on the donor and Nolan Bone Marrow Trust and :
Nothing more was heard Eventually Alan found out that being declared fully fit 34-year- would happily donate my bont
until last year when a letter his bone marrow was required for old Alan went into the London marrow again."
arrived telling him that he a German woman who had Clinic in the middle of January. If you are aged between 18 an(
might be a possible match leukaemia. His bone marrow was removed 40 and think you can help pleasc
for somebody requiring a No other details are given a t under general anaesthetic and he contact the Anthony Nolan Bonc
bone marrow transplant. this stage and indeed donors and spent three d a y s in the London Marrow Trust on 0901 8822231
Still happy to donate, recipients are only allowed to Clinic followed by a week off or visit their web site a
Alan went to Princess know each other's identity, with work. www.anthonynolan.com.
THE LAW, FEBRUARY 2002 9
New funding Competition launched to highlight issues surrounding race, disability and sexuality
OVER ten schemes in five
Hate crime campaign
needs designer logo
divisions of the county have
been given a cash boost
thanks to a grant system set
up by the HQ based
In a move that mirrored
Home Office funding
programmes, the Community BUDDING designers are expressive logo, which portrays the received by March 31. The winner will
Safety Department made three subjects, race, sexuality and be notified within 14 days aRer the
funds available to its own being sought by an Essex by Kim Perks
officers who came up with disability. The logo must be graphic closing date so a contact name,
Police partnership to only with no words and needs to be number and full address is essential.
innovative and practical
ideas and initiatives that create an eye-catching M ~ of ~ ~ ~ ~ ~police and d
~i l, ~ suitable for use on all types of
~ PC Meyer apologises, however, that
addressed local crime hot log0 that Simon Ford from Southend-on- nm-chandise from pens to Posters and entries not accompanied by a stamped
spots or problem areas. balloons to banners. addressed envelope will not be
About half of the bids publicise a campaign S e a P r i m a r y C a r e T r u s t a r e
Absolutely anyone can enter as returned. The judges' decision is final.
received have actually being launched in the heading a there is no age restriction and the pc M ~ no , ~
~" ~~ is ~ h doubt ~ ~
benefited from the funding
programme and secured south of the county this agency initiative which begin lucky individual or group to win the that hate crime exists within south
grants ranging from as little summer. with a 'pecia1 launch in May competition will be presented with Essex and there is still a lack of confi-
as £50 right up to £12,500. Hate Crime - A Menace in by a series of roadshows £100 and have their artwork dence among victims to report
Partnership Co-ordinator at Lakeside displayed in South Essex. The winner incidents. Prejudice and ignorance
Mark Ellis, said: 'We were Society 2001 focuses on those
a n d t h e Castle Point Show. The 0-gro~p
1 representatives will also be drive many of the crimes, but igno-
encouraged by the broad
range of potential solutions crimes directed at ethnic roadshows will b e f u n b u t invitedguests at thelaumhinMay. rance is no excuse and we aim
to specific problems or people with informative, featuring displays If you know an individual or p u p through this campaign to ensure
activities." and members of a n d e n t e r t a i n m e n t as well as who would be interested in taking everyone is fully aware of the issues,
Among the bids approved the lesbian, gay, bisexual and ~ r o v i d i n gEssex Police with a n part they need to send their entry to distress and long-term trauma that
by the department were a transgendered community. opportunity to f u r t h e r t h e i r PC Andrew Meyer, Community Safety such incidents can cause. By asking
Weeding Out Garden Crime
campaign in Epping and a To heighten awareness of t h e recruitment programme. Dept, Police Station, Great Oaks, the public to design a logo, we aim to
Licensed Vehicle Watch issues a n d encourage victims to What the team need, however, is a Basildon, SS14 1EJ. But artists need spread the word in a fun and practical
scheme in Southend. One of report incidents, P C Andrew boldly coloured, impactive and to get moving as all entries must be way."
the largest grants was to a
Motor Project in Chelmsford,
which enjoyed the multi-
agency support of schools, the
local authority, and Youth
Cornmended for role in car park drama drugs campalgn
Offending Teams, in addition THE bravery of officers for her high degree of pro- Mariner, from Basildon Last, but by no means SOME schools in Essex
to Essex Police. dealing with a suicidal man fessionalism and dedication Division, for t h e courage least, DC Jonathan Walne may have missed out on
Other schemes addressed on a multi-storey car park shown during the and professionalism they and DCAlan Pritchard from the 2 Smart 4 Drugs tour
CCTV deployment, investigation and the the displayed when confronted Rayleigh's Major but they got the next best
Neighbourhood Watch in Harlow have been
commended by Chief excellent manner in which by a man wielding a knife. Investigation Team were thing when another anti-
development and burglary
Constable David Stevens. she dealt with the family. The officers attended a commended for their drugs show took to the road
reduction. In Grays, support
was given to the refurbish- D1 Stephen Warwick, Pc A 60-year-old man was house last year where a professionalism and in Colchester, Tendring and
ment and lighting of a ball- Mark Gaunt and Pc Sarah sentenced to 13 years' man was armed with a 10- tenacity whilst conducting Basildon.
games court and all-weather imprisonment following the inch knife. They attempted an investigation into Organised by the Crime
Gormer all found
shelter to encourage young trial. to diffkse the situation, but offences relating to and Community Safety
themselves i n the tense divisions, in association
people away from a local situation in September last Also commended were Pc during a violent struggle blackmail.
crime hot spot. with Crimestoppers, the
year. Gary Eyers, Pc Paul the officers sustained As a results, three people SNAP campaign promotes
The Community Safety Gathercole, Pc Jeremy various injuries leading up were sentenced to various
Department will continue to Their actions prevented the Say No and Phone
t h e m a n from carrying Rider and Pc Timothy to the arrest. prison terms. ( message to encourage 1
monitor and assess the
success of the funding through his threat,
..-.- - - - - - - - - - - - - I I children not to experiment
programme, as well as Also commended a t the with drugs and to phone
support and provide feedback same ceremony were three Crimestoppers on 0800
to all divisions on how to bid 555111 children if they are
successfully for any future offered drugs or see
funding programmes - evidence of drug dealing or
whether this be for money drug-related crime.
offered by Essex Police or the The nationwide
Home Office. initiative, just like others
Better protection Trust, offers a facility to
for children anonymously as well as
DOCTORS, teachers and Pop star David Graham
other professionals in visited the schools with a
Southend are now better thought-provoking mixture
equipped to protect children of music on-stage
following the launch of a new competitions and factual
multi-agency document. information on drugs and
The document titled their effects.
Protecting Children in D1 Malcolm Oakey
Southend was launched by jumped at the opportunity
the town's Mayor, Grahame to bring the SNAP
Longley, at a special presen- roadshow to Essex and
tation. It is the work of the thanks the school liaison
Southend Area Child officers for identifying
Protection Committee for suitable schools.
Southend Borough Council The events are a perfect
and replaces the previous complement to the Essex
document affiliated to Essex Suzanne Shaw, Constables Sarah Gormer and Mark Gaunt receive their certificates of Police 2 Smart 4 Drugs
County Council. DC Shaw was rewarded commendation from Chief Constable David Stevens. project.
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10 THE LAW, FEBRUARY 2001
BY popular request we have
Plans for a 'wild' retirement
COUNTING polar bears in receiving an ACPO commendation, his role as the F10 a t Rayleigh, this
booked 30 places in the he was part of the group that month. Chris is the last police cadet
the Artic is one of the
carvery restaurant a t the secured the prestigious NHTPC from the Southend Borough force to
New Times Inn a t Tiptree for 'wild' plans Kim Cresswell award - the construction industry's leave the service. He has spent the
Friday, February 16. We plan has for his retirement. equivilant of an Oscar - for the majority of his 32 year's service in
to meet in the bar at around As well as taking part in the refurbishment of the Castle Estate CID, but will now be able to combine
7.30pm for the meal at 8pm. polar bear census he will use the in Pitsea. Essex Police is the first his hobby of walking with his new
If you would like to join in role as a Footpaths Officer with the
our first event of 2001 and I knowledge he gained as a and only force in the country to
haven't already spoken to wildlife liaison officer to be an receive this accolade.
you, please give me a call on
01245 225569 so that I can
"ensure that we advise the
advisor in deer management. Tony, who is married with two sons
Kim, aged 49, says goodbye to and a daughter and lives in Benfleet, Farewell to Harlow's first chief
Essex Police having served 30 years will not be sitting on his laurels in THE man who was placed in charge of policing the newly created
restaurant of exact numbers. his retirement. He already runs a
to the day.
We have agreed with the Harlow Town, died last month aged 87.
restaurant that all accounts Having spent 20 years of his limited company with colleague
career as a traffic officer, mostly at Heather Alston and former Met
Frederick Pettengall, who joined Essex Police in 1936, was the
will be settled individually. first chief superintendent in Harlow in 1952 and went to live in
Bocking and Newport he finished his officer Bob Knights MBE offering a
Annual meeting service as a sergeant on the training and consultation service to the new town when the Crown Gate police station was opened in
OUR meeting in March is of community policing team at Epping. Oxford University and the 1957.
course the AGM. Once again University of Central England. He remained an influential figure in developing the town until
we have had to move away Community policing Tony, from Benfleet, said: "I am his retirement in 1966. Mr Pettengall was widowed in 1980 and
from a Friday meeting due to Although he has thoroughly very sad to be leaving. The job has leaves a son, daughter and four grandchildren. A service was held
the heavy bookings in the HQ
Sports and Social Club. enjoyed all his service, with its been very good to me and I am very in the Northumberland town of Corbridge where he spent his
The meeting will be held on variety and uncertainty, he has proud to have served Essex Police." retirement.
particularly liked being on the Retiree Kelvin Bowles hasn't
Thursday, March 8 in the
severed all his ties with Essex Police Former sergeant Michael Morgan, from Clacton, has
downstairs room of the club. community policing team with its died aged 72. He served from 1949 to 1978 completing his
The upstairs bar will be open high level of contact with the local as he embarks on a special Trading service in Clacton, and died on January 22. The funeral
before and after the AGM. community. In addition he served as Standards project which will keep
We will be meeting at him in close contact with former took place on Friday, February 2 at Frinton Parish
a wildlife liaison officer at Ongar.
around 7.30pm, although the When Kim is not being a friend to colleagues.
Church and those paying their respects were asked to
business will not start until Kelvin, from Chelmsford, was the make donations to St Helena Hospice.
8pm. We are planning to the animals he will be lending his
have a quiz to tease our wife a hand with her business of town's schools liaison officer before Essex Police also mourns the loss of former constable Alan
brains when the serious caring for children after school and he left the service in January after Weatherley who died on January 24, aged 73.
' business is completed.
" considers himself fortunate to retire 30 years. He has since taken up a job Mr Weatherley, from Hatfield Peveral, joined Essex Police in
Please try and come along a t an early age so that he can devote with Essex Trading Standards, 1950 and served at Rornford, road safety a t Headquarters and
Your more time to maintaining his half- advertised over the intranet. The traffic before retiring in 1980.
committee and let them know acre garden.
what they are doing right (or one-year contract will see him His funeral took place on January 31 a t Chelmsford
wrong) and what you would o u t of nearly 28 years with Essex undertake the Doorstep Campaign, Crematorium and mourners were asked to make donations to St
like to see arranged later in Police it is the last six years which an initiative aimed at tackling bogus court ~~~~i~~H ~ ~ ~ .
the year. have been the highlight of Pc Tony callers throughout the whole of the ~~~~l~~ wheatley, a retired sergeant from chelrnsford,
Ashdown's career. Eastern region.
Christmas meal died on January 24, aged 79. Mr Wheatley served Essex
Tony retires this month from his Kelvin, who is 49-years-old and
IT'S still a long way off but
Police from 1941 until 1971 as a police officer in a number
post as Force Architectural Liaison has one grown up daughter, said: "I
You might like to make a note Officer in Community Safety. His have made some good friends over of divisions and continued his work with the force as a
in your diaries to avoid dou- work has taken him to national the years and have already had civilian for a further 15 years.
ble our Christmas levels as atechnical advisor ~ O A C P O cause to be back in touch with Retired police surgeon Dr John Rigg-Milner died last month
Meal this year has been following a short period of illness. Dr Rigg-Milner began his
booked for Friday, December and the member of two Government former colleagues as a result of my
14. Venue as for last year in working parties. And the work has new post." career with the force in 1960, serving for 38 years in the
the EPSA. More details later. not gone unrewarded. As well as DC Chris Brown is retiring from Thurrock Division.
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CONTESTANTS are needed
for a new TV show to go out
on Channel 5 later in the
Under Pressure is
described as a new
with members of the public
competing as a team in a
challenging obstacle course.
Programme makers are
looking for teams of six
friends, a mix of men and
woman, who are physically
fit (some strong, some light
and nimble), who will take
part in a fun game called
The successful team could
win a holiday package worth
If you are interested and
are available for weekday
filming on March 20 contact t h e only person to benefit Marie Brookes, co-ordinator at the Neo Natal Unit in Chelmsford accepts a cheque of B 5 0 from Essex Police
the Initial TV production from t h e presentation a t
office on 020 7462 9298. Choir chairman Peter Simpson. Also pictured are choir member Norman Eastbrook and Chief Constable David
Headquarters. The Stevens.
Fell racing opportunity was used to
donate a cheque of S350 to
good causes. We perform 12 to 14 con-
certs each year and we are delighted to
Andrew's Church of England Primary
School, Weeley, who performed joint
Essex Police Band.
Future events to put in your diary
THE annual Cheviot Team t h e Neo Natal Trust Fund make this particular giR to the Neo items from Les Miserables and a
Fell Race is again due to be include:
staged by the Northumbria
based at St John's
Hospital i n Chelmsford.
Natal Unit who carry out such valuable
selection from Mary Poppins including
Saturday, February 24 - St Peter's *
Police in the Church, Hutton at 7.30pm. In aid of
Northumberland National The cash was proceeds Neo Natal Unit Co-ordinator Marie helping to raise £750 in aid of Little
Brookes accepted the cheque on behalf of Haven Children's Hospice. Trueloves Supported Living Group.
Park on Saturday, June 16. from a concert given by the
choir back in December. the hospital. The following evening the members of Contact Audrey Reece on 01277 210124.
Although not a PAA event
Chairman Peter Simpson In the meantime the choir gave an the choir enjoyed an evening's Saturday, March 10 - St. Mary's
it is now a well established
part of the sporting calendar. said: "The choir performs afternoon performance on Sunday, entertainment at the Barbican Theatre Church, Hitchin at 7.30pm. Performing
Anyone wishing to compete concerts free of charge to January 25, at the Westcliff Theatre, in London listening to the Metropolitan with Hertfordshire and Suffolk Police
must do so in their own time raise money for charities and Clacton-on-Sea. They were joined by St Police Choir who were joined by the Choirs.
and at their own expense.
Entry fees are E40 per team.
To enter send an SAE (9 ins
X 5ins) to Insp D. Rickaby,
A GENERAL reminder that the Force Sports Shop
continues to open on ,day,
between loam and 2 ~ m .
Wednesday Thursday Basildon swimming in glory
Newcastle Central Area All goods are well below normal shop prices so it's always
a good time to buy. Saturday opening times in February are THE Croker Cup swimming competition If you a r e organising a n event please let
Command, Market St Police
slightly different to previously advertised. ~h~ shop will took place in J a n u a r y with Basildon t h e EPSA Secretary, John Stonehouse,
Station, Newcastle upon
h e . NE1 6XA. now be open on February 10 and February 24. winning t h e gala overall with 1 2 p t ~ . know t h e dates and venues a s soon a s
Rayleigh took second place with 10 pts possible a s time is running out.
and Braintree third followed by Harlow,
Colchester a n d Southend. No other
divisions were represented.
Current positions i n t h e cup a r e THE PAA Eastern Region indoor games
Basildon (73) Rayleigh (65) Braintree tournament is being held at Rayleigh on
(63) Southend (62) Harlow (40) HQ (35) Wednesday, February 14 at llam.
Organisers for the event are SOA Julie
Colchester (27) Chelmsford (25) Thurrock
Askem at Southend (table tennis), D1 Peter
(25) and Tendring (20). Orpe at Braintree (snooker and billiards) Pc
The squash was held a s The Law was Paul Bates at Leigh (darts).
being prepared and the result was not All participants should park at the rear of
available. The sea angling competition is Rayleigh police station where the table tennis
due to be held on Wednesday, March 2 1 is being held. The other competitions will be at
a t Dover. Rayleigh Lanes, a nearby snooker club.
Proudly showing off their trophies to Chief Constable David Stevens are Sgt Web www.worldwidecruise.co.uk
Patricia O'Toole from Colchester, Pc Sarah Pike, from Halstead, Sgt Dave Salmon,
from Colchester and Pc Sarah Wadworth, from Braintree.
LIFE-SAVING feats have resulted in two the freezing cold conditions of Tees Barage, the fabulous Costa Victoria !
more trophies for the Essex Police collection. and coming second on dry land. Prices reduced by up to 42% for lan I Feb I March SOUTH AMER~CA
The four-strong lifesaving team took part in This meant they won the competition
an annual competition at Cleveland which overall as well as lifting a trophy for the -water
involves a first aid incident on dry land and a win. St Thomas, Catallna bland, Nassau.
water scenario. The team appear to have set themselves a 9 night prkes start at E799 (previously S W )
Drawn to perform first against 21 forces was pattern of winning alternate years. But with 19
1 night prices start at only S 1 9 (previously a 0 7 0 )
not the best news. It is unheard of for the first the 1996,1998 and 2000 titles under their belt
competitors to win the competition. But Essex they are determined to close the gap and add
broke the mould winning the water section in 2001 to the list of successes.
12 THE LAW,FEBRUARY 2001
being hostei by Essex at Ready for the off. The Braintree divisional team put their best feet forward and went on to win the police competition.
Gloucester Park, Basildon on
A touching tribute
This is clearly going to be
the most important fixture of
the whole season as it could
be a case of winners on the
day claiming both league and
However, before that day TWIN brothers clasped hands as they crossed the
there is the next race to
worry about on February 15
finishing line of the first annual John
Hedgethorne Memorial Race Walk, held in
OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO READERS
at Prospect Park, Reading,
which unfortunately needs to
be run without both Derek
memory of the man who inspired them to take up
OF THE LAW & ESSEX POLICE
Walker and Lucy Bradley. It was an emotional
Diary dates occasion as a staggering 185
competitors from across the
by Kim Perks Borrow £20,000 for less
MAKE a note of the following
country turned out to
complete the three mile Pc Pete Ryan from Harlow than £199 per month*.
sports events: Chelmsford course. But it was was the first police officer
Croker Cup billiards
and snooker - Tuesday,
17-year-olds Daniel and home (23:16), Basildon's Imagine, just one low monthly payment
February 27, Organiser D1
Dominic King (sons of
organiser and police officer Pc
Supt Denis Sheppard was
second (24:28) and organiser
and money to spare
Peter Orpe at Braintree, ext
Croker Cup athletics
Steve King) who proudly took
the top slot crossing the line
Pc Steve King from Copford
made it a family affair taking
f 10,000 f 100,000 repayable over 5 25 years -
after 20 mins and 59 secs. third (25:12). These loans may be used for any purpose, including
200112 - Thursday, May 21. settling existing Credit Cards Loans. H.P. etc.
PAA regional cross January is the regular slot Commemorative mugs
for the Essex League race but were presented to all involved
country - Thursday, March 8 Optional Life, Sickness, Accident & Redundancy
at Gloucester Park, Basildon. when former Essex officer as a memento and all profits Protection available, to guard against the unexpected.
PAA regional athletics - John Hedgethorne died will be given to the RSPCA. a
Wednesday, June 6. suddenly last year, it was charity close to John's heart. Absolutely NO fees or charges.
National police open off decided to merge the league Steve King said of the Other amounts and repayment periods available.
road triathlon - Sunday, event with the annual Croker event: "I was so pleased with
May 20 at Gloucester Park. Cup competition and a the turnout. I know that PHONE N O W FOR APPROVAL I N PRINCIPLE
memorial race. many were there specifically CALL FREE ON:
John, who reached the rank to show their respect for
Race walk of chief inspector and was the
founder of The Law
John. He was an inspiration
to so many. My sons would
newspaper, was renowned for never have taken up the sport
cup results his love of running and race
if it weren't for his encourage-
ment. Although John was
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BRAINTREE not only The route chosen for the very reserved I am sure he
entered the largest police memorial race, which was would have been pleased by
contingent in the John sponsored by the Evening the amount of people who
Hedgethorne Memorial Race Gazette and Hatfields took part."
Walk, they came out Croker Furnishers, was the same Trophies for the event were
Cup winners. route John devised to put presented by Assistant Chief
The division takes 430 police cadets through their Constable Joe Edwards, who
Croker Cup points for the paces when he was also took part in the walk,
event. Following on from commandant of their training and John's wife Elizabeth
Braintree were Colchester school. Hedgethorne.
(247), Basildon (202), Of the 185 competitors who Elizabeth donated a special l'ypical examplp m o w X rmonths = E214.58 psr month.
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Chelmsford (18l), Rayleigh turned out, 55 were police trophy for the team who Loans are secured on properly and subject to s t a b and property equity.
(153),Harlow (1071,Tendring personnel and there was even entered the most competitors. The advertised terms are available up to 95% d property value. We arrange
loans up to 125% d property value on dilferent terms.
(91), HQ (go), and Southend the odd dog!! Well known This was won by Ilford
Neither Thurrock or
faces from the walking
fraternity joined in with
Athletic Club. The same John
Hedgethorne Trophy will be m-
dbof m cwon~m
. ARROW FINANCE
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Stansted entered a team. international walkers and presented each year as the m~
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former Olympians in the Croker Cup Competition WR ISME SAT RISK I F W U W NOT KEEP UP IWNYMWTS ON A MORlGkGEOR OTHER LOAN SECUREDCNIT
startine line-UD. remains an annual memorial.