Weston-super-Mare Police Officers 1890

In Memoriam

Police Roll of Honour Trust

PC David George Petch
Died 24 October 1981, aged 31

Killed when his traffic patrol car crashed following a speeding car.

Roll of Honour

Date 24/10/21


Jesse Bull aged 94 years who died on 15 October 2021. Jesse joined the Somerset Constabulary in 1948. He retired as Chief Superintendent 2896 in April 1978 as a Divisional Commander.

Jesse was a widower, his next of kin is his daughter Jan and son Steve.

The funeral is to be held at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 1 pm.

Date 22/10/21


Richard 'Dick' ROUTLEY, 82 years who died on 18 October 2021. Richard retired as Sergeant 265 from Yeovil Traffic Department in September 1994. He originally joined Somerset Constabulary in 1965 and leaves a widow Dinah.

Funeral Details: 2 pm Friday 5 November 2021 at Taunton Crematorium.

Date 21/10/21


Penry WATTS, 83 years, who died on 14 October 2021. Retired Detective Sergeant 647 who retired in 1984. He served at Bridgwater, Taunton, Frome and Wells.

He leaves a widow Susan.

The funeral service will be at St Matthews church, Wookey, Nr Wells, Somerset on Wednesday 3 November at 2.30 pm.

If anyone wishes to attend please contact Dawn Hocking Email for catering purposes.

Date 21/10/21

Obituary - UPDATED

Margaret WEBB, 84 years who died 2 October 2021. Widow of Frank WEBB, retired PC 250, who died in April 20210.

Date 04/10/21


Desmond JAMES (known as Jim) died on Monday 20 September 2021 aged 85 years. 'Jim' was employed for 36 years at Frome Police Station as a member of police staff. He was a Telephonist/Enquiry Officer and as such I am sure many of you will remember him.

His funeral is Tuesday 5 October 21 at 1300 hrs at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath, Top Chapel BA2 2RQ.

Date 27/09/21

Annual Travel Insurance

Further to our previous communication with regards to the withdrawal of the NARPO annual travel insurance policy and the suspension of new policy sales from 31 October 2021, we can confirm that following discussions with our intermediary Towergate Health & Protection and AXA Health, that an extension to the sale of new travel insurance policies has been agreed.

The option to purchase a new annual travel insurance policy is available to NARPO member who are new to AXA Health has been extended to 31 March 2022. For details and quotations please contact Towergate Health & Protection on 0800 389 7724 or Email

Please note that all new policies for new customers purchased before 31 March 2022 will be available for 1 year only, renewal will not be invited at the end of the policy year.

Please note that customers with existing AXA Health Travel policies renewing from 1 May 2021 have been or will be separately communicated to by AXA Health at their renewal. The renewal letter will confirm the final date cover will be available under an AXA Health policy.

Members with an existing AXA Health travel insurance policy who choose to cancel their policy will not then be able to purchase a new policy before the scheme closes to new customers on 31 March.

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Date 24/09/21

Obituary - UPDATED

Albert William (Bill) Banks on 28 August 2021, aged 96 years. Bill served with Bristol Constabulary from 1946 - 1948, and then again from 1965 - 1974. He rose from Detective Inspector through to Detective Superintendent in his latter service with the force. Between those dates he served in the Lancashire Constabulary.

Bill's wife Kathleen, passed away in 2012. He is survived by his daughter, Susan, and his son, Nigel.

Date 17/09/21

In Memoriam

Police Roll of Honour Trust

PS Colin Sheppard
Died 16 September 1996. Aged 54

Died 17 years after being paralysed in a motorcycle accident on duty.

Roll of Honour

Date 16/09/21


Morris (George) MULLINS, 87 years. 'George' died on 8 September 2021 and leaves a widow Rose.

He joined Somerset Constabulary in January 1970 and retired as PC 58 from Avon and Somerset in 1987 as a 'Rural and Urban' officer for the Minehead area.

Date 14/09/21

Obituary - UPDATED

Maurice DRAPER, 88 years, who died on 8 September 2021. Police Sergeant 63, who retired from Weston-super-Mare. Following his retirement Maurice was a member of police staff working at Southmead and subsequently HQ retiring at age 65.

Our sympathies go out to his widow Valerie and the family at this time.

Date 09/09/21