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Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 27th March at The Railway (formerly The Bright House), Public House, Hill Street, Birmingham, commencing at 12.30 hours.
This venue is approximately five minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street Station (map).
A buffet will be provided free of charge. All members are welcome but you do need to let Bill Rogerson know at least two weeks beforehand so that food can be ordered appropriately.
Members should receive a copy of the Year Book in the post before the AGM and copies of all relevant papers will be available on the day.
This is the day before the NARBTPO AGM so people can attend both events if they want to.
This is the one opportunity in the year when group members have the chance to meet up and chat historically, topically or just plain sociably.
Hope to see you there.
Just a reminder that in the ‘Pages’ column to the right of the screen we have a link called ‘Website Updates’.
Of course smaller items, such as photographs in the Photo Gallery, are being added all the time – so it’s still worth having a look around the site to see what you might find!
Two new entries for the Honours, Decorations and Medals list.
A divisional commander who started at BTP when he was just 19, and a Sussex man who volunteered more than 500 hours to policing last year have both been named on the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.
Chief Superintendent Martin Fry, the divisional commander for London and the South East, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM).
And Special Sergeant Mark Walder, who volunteers for both the British Transport Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).
Congratulations to them both.
[Source: BTP website]
To that extent, and in order to keep track, a new webpage seemed to be called for to chronicle this new phenomenon. Not to forget the older volumes either, of course!
So, in the column on the right you will now see BookShelf, which will take you to the new page.
And continuing on that theme, Graham Satchwell’s book, An Inspector Recalls: Memoirs of a Railway Detective, was prominently featured in a recent Guardian newspaper article on the increasing trend of police reminiscences: Police memoirs: how officers are making crime pay
BTPHG member Derick Brown recently highlighted a report on BBC regional news for Humberside about a film showing the early police dogs at Hull docks. The first trained Police Dogs in the United Kingdom.
The report is available from the BBC website: Britain’s first police dogs at work in Hull
A preview of the original film is available on the British Pathe website: Watch Dogs! Real Ones – At Hull
The film dates from 1933, about 25 years after the first police dogs were deployed at Hull Docks, but is probably the earliest film we have of them in action.
We have a photograph of one of the earliest dogs – Police Dog Jim – in our gallery.
Appropriately for November, Ed Thompson has completed the latest update to the Roll of Honour dedicated to RDC Officers who fell in The Great War. There are some additions and corrections to earlier versions of the Roll.
Ed is to be thanked for his dedication in continuing with this Project, which has involved considerable amounts of travel, time and expense.
This builds on the work originally started by Kevin Gordon and continued over the years by Richard Stacpoole-Ryding, Viv Head and Ed Thompson himself.
The more detailed PDF document which accompanies the webpage, will be updated to incorporate these changes in the near future.
A new BTP related book is to be published on the 15th September 2015.
Written by BTPHG member Richard Stacpoole-Ryding, author of The British Transport Police: An Illustrated History.
From the book jacket:
“The opportunity to commit crime on the railways began from the day they were being built. The crimes both mirrored the range of those committed outside and existed in a microcosm of their own. It was the work of the various railway company police forces and predecessor forces to investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators. This book takes us back from the very early days of railway policing to the halcyon days of the 1940s to the 1980s when policing methods, image and perception were reflected in television series such as Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars and The Bill. The cases in the book are authentic and reported by investigating officers from the age of steam locomotives, stations, goods yards, left luggage offices and dining cars, and those nostalgic images of railways. They bring to life the devious and clever methods devised by criminals to obtain success in their activities and how they were thwarted by the railway policeman.
Here, then, is a fascinating and diverse collection of cases from a past era that were committed in a unique environment and solved by a body of dedicated and highly trained officers of the railway police.”
Just a reminder that the BTP History Group have scanned all the 157 Journals and made them available in PDF format on disc.
A double DVD disc set is available to purchase at a cost of £15.00 inclusive of UK postage and packing (BTPHG members receive a discount).
Discs can be purchased here: DVD Sales
Another new BTP related book has recently been published.
Written by two retired BTP officers and BTPHG members, Mike Layton and our very own Bill Rogerson (BTPHG Secretary), it collects stories of the railway police dogs and their handlers.
From the book jacket:
“The British Transport Police became the first Police Force in the UK to establish a dog section when Airedale terriers began to patrol the docks of Hull in 1908. Since then, dogs from the force have served in two world wars, aided police in combatting terror attacks, and hunted down countless criminals.
Here, Layton and Rogerson trace the history of these faithful servants and bring us over forty thrilling, shocking, and sometimes humorous firsthand recollections from retired officers and handlers who fought crime and protected the public alongside man’s best friend. As those on the wrong side of the law become ever more sophisticated in their methods, the dogs have kept pace, and today form a key part in the fight against drugs and terror on the rail network.
Included here are accounts of such atrocities as the Lockerbie bombing and the 2005 terror attack in London, where the heroic actions of these unsung heroes of the force and their handlers were epitomised by BTP police dog Vinnie, recipient of the PDSA Gold Medal – the animal equivalent of the George Cross.”
As you are probably aware we have an independent panel who appoint British Transport Police History Writers and they have been working overtime recently.
Bill Rogerson for the continued production of the highly regarded History Lines monthly newsletter (81 so far and counting) and the co-authorship of a soon to be published book on the work of BTP Police dogs,
Michael Layton for his work in publishing the books: Hunting The Hooligans, Tracking The Hooligans and the above mentioned forthcoming book on the work of BTP Police Dogs,
Richard Stacpoole-Ryding for his work in publishing The British Transport Police: An Illustrated History,
and Pauline Appleby for her work publishing A Force on the Move: The Story of the British Transport Police 1825-1995.
Congratulations to them all.
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