The Keith Winter Cup

Police Constable Keith Winter

The late Constable Keith Winter joined the British Transport Police as a Cadet at Hull Docks in 1964, and was duly appointed Constable in 1967.

On the morning of Friday 23rd October 1970, a B.R.S. lorry, conveying a propane gas tank, attempted to enter St. Andrew’s Dock, Hull, via the subway from West Dock Street to Billingsgate Crossing. The tank valve caught the overhead railway bridge and gas escaped. P.C. Winter was informed and immediately entered the tunnel to render assistance. There was a terrific explosion and P.C. Winter received extremely severe burns. He died in hospital on 23rd November. Nineteen civilians were injured and one, aged 49, also died in hospital.

Constable Winter was 22 years of age and had been married five months.

The funeral service took place at Beverley Minster on 27th November 1970 and was attended by a large number of Police Officers from our own Force, the Kingston upon Hull City Police and York and North East Yorkshire Constabulary. Also present were L. H. Bradley, Esq., Area Commander, H. W. Martin, Esq.. Divisional Police Superintendent, Chief Inspector L. R. Cockerton, Mr. J. A. Lacey, Chief Docks Manager and Mr. R. Carr, Development Manager, British Transport Docks Board, and members of the Hull Royal Infirmary staff.

Keith’s parents wished to set up a memorial to their son and donated a Cup in his name. The Keith Winter Cup was to be awarded to each year to the Probationer who achieved the “highest aggregate marks” during his or her training.

Below is a list recipients of the Cup:

For highest aggregate marks:

1971Pc Keith GROVESCoventry
1972Pc Anthony THOMPSONHull Docks
1973Pc A WHITEDoncaster
1974Pc Colin D S SINCLAIRVictoria
1975Pc Stephen LLOYDWaterloo
1976Pc Michael REALVictoria
1977Pc Paul B SCUTTSVictoria
1978Pc Robert CRUMPTONBradford
1979Pc Steven GALLAGHERKings Cross
1980No Award Traced
1981Pc David S PENNINGTONLeeds
1982Pc Steven BORSZOWSKIYork
1983Pc G BATCHELORBaker Street
1984Pc Steven DELEMEREStockwell

The awarding of the Cup was suspended when a reorganisation of police training made it impossible to fulfil the criteria.

In the 1992, with the approval of the original donors, Mr & Mrs Winter, the Cup was rededicated to be awarded for meritorious police work by a Probationary Constable.

For meritorious Police work by a Probationary officer:

1993Pc John F CLEMENTAldgate
1994Pc David HEANUEHammersmith
1995Pc Brendan MALLENAldgate
1998Pc Marion CRANEStockwell
1999Pc Tara C DOYLEHammersmith
2002Pc K. SPENCERBaker St
2003Pc Thomas NAUGHTONTottenham Court Road
2005Pc S BREARYYork
2018Pc Ryan ARNOLDSouth Yorkshire Team

Whilst this now completes the list of recipients, I still have to track down the citations for the post-1992 awards.

I would also like to identify the following: Pc A WHITE Doncaster (1973), Pc G BATCHELOR Baker Street (1983), Pc K SPENCER Baker St (2002) and Pc S BREARY York (2005).

If anybody can put a first name to any of these – or indeed, if your name appears in this list – please contact me.

Project Manager: Colin Sinclair

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