PoliceA Selection of News Articles Related to Police

  • 1 Homecoming

    6 February 1976

  • 2 Was it ever claimed?

    7 June 1963

  • 3 Was the road safety organiser and instructor

    3 July 1964

  • 4 Life saving actions

    4 May 1973

  • Homecoming

    6 February 1976

    The Sex Discrimination Act may have brought its fair share of controversy and problems, but at Bideford at least it has one compensation – the town now has its first woman police officer.

    6.2.1976 Christine Short

    But any locals who feel they might ‘get away’ with anything when faced with a slim 23 year old brunette instead of a burly six-fott ‘bobby’ are likely to be sadly disappointed.
    For WPC Christine Short of Westward Ho! is an experienced officer, having served with the Bristol force for two and a half years and then at Barnstaple before moving to Bideford. “I arrested several while at

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  • Was it ever claimed?

    7 June 1963

    Police Constables Len Clarke and Ron Fayter made an unusual arrest at the bottom of Bideford High Street at 1am on Wednesday.

    7.6.1963 pony

    The offender was a pony that was about to take off up the street. It was caught and put into a field. Yesterday morning it had not been claimed.
    Gazette article dated 7 June 1963

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  • Was the road safety organiser and instructor

    3 July 1964

    After nearly 27 years’ service in Devon Constabulary, PC Leonard Clarke, of Bideford, is to retire to take up the position of rent and rate collector to Bideford Rural Council.

    3.7.1964 Leonard Clarke Bideford

    During the nearly four years that he has been stationed in Bideford, in which he was born, PC Clarke has shown a keen interest in road safety and has been road safety organiser and instructor for local schools.
    Another important responsibility was that for the administration of the Special Constabulary in the town.
    He began his career in the Force at headquarters and his first station was Teignmouth. Subsequently he

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  • Life saving actions

    4 May 1973

    Two local police officers who risked their lives last November to rescue a 15 year old Bideford teenager from drowning have been awarded the Royal Humane Society’e testimonial on vellum.

    4.5.1973 police heroes

    They are PC Peter Murphy, who lives in Clifton Street, Bideford, and Motor Patrol Constable John Truelove who lives at Westward Ho!
    The boy they rescued, Paul Reeve, of the Stores Café, Barnstaple Street, Bideford, had gone into the River Torridge to swim to his parents’ boat when he got into difficulties in the ice cold water.
    A 999 call brought the two officers to the scene and between them

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