Personal Stories

A Village Policeman
Read the story of a typical day in the life of village bobby in the 1950s written by Bob Cameron

The Start of the Drugs Problem in Hampshire
Read Allan Grimwood’s revealing report about the drugs scene in Hampshire in the 1960’s. This is a topical subject at the moment.

“Once again, the subject of drug abuse and misuse is much in the news; a ‘Drug Czar’ has been appointed by the Government, a variety of the great and the good, including a few chief police officers, have made pronouncements as to the remedy, some with the idea that if the possession and use of all drugs was legalised there would be an end to the problem.”

Policing the Great Storm of 1987

A Personal Account by Steve Woodward

“The night of Thursday 15th and 16th of October 1987 started like any other night shift at Southsea’s busy Albert Road Police Station. The usual collection of calls concerning drunks, youths damaging cars, a disturbance outside Joanna’s night club on the sea front, a raging domestic in Somers Town. Nothing unusual, just run-of-the-mill incidents that kept the clock ticking throughout the night.”

The Story of Superintendent Charles DORE

The Chief Constable, Captain Forrest (appointed in 1856) had the reputation of being a strict disciplinarian. Often during his long period in office he was at the centre of controversy and the target of criticism. Both magistrates and public were at different times annoyed by what seemed to be his harsh treatment of men under his command.

One such instance was the affair of Superintendent Dore. Charles Dore had entered the Hampshire Constabulary in 1840, and had advanced to the rank of superintendent. He had performed his duty worthily, no complaint had ever been made against him and throughout his service he had contributed to the police superannuation fund. More…

Read the story of the siege in war-time England involving a shoot-out between police and a farmer

A tribute to PC Robert Walmsley who was seriously injured in a road traffic accident in 1949

A tribute to PC John Tolcher, Dog Handler

A tribute to Chief Insp. ‘Gus’ Tilbury, police life in the 1940s

A tribute to PC Edward Owen (Ted) RUFFELL
of the Hampshire Constabulary and Bournemouth Police

PC 66 Robert George Poore Born 1868 Portsmouth City Police

Joined Portsmouth Borough Police 1893.

After he retired (1919) on a pension of 33 shillings a week, worked as a bank messenger. As a bank messenger on 25th April 1932 he was , along with a bank clerk, attacked by 3 men in Portsmouth who robbed the Bank staff of a bag containing £23,477. Poore gave chase and jumped on the running board of the get away car. However he was struck by the men and fell off into the road.

Later the car was found in a lock-up in Southsea and the 3 men identified, arrested and subsequently convicted of the robbery. The money was never recovered. Poore was awarded £5 by LLoyds Bank for his bravery.

Poore died in 1962 age 94

“There’s No Smoke Without Fire” by Terry Swetnam

On Saturday 28th October 1972,1 had paraded for Afternoon Duty (2.p.m.-10 p.m.) at Central Police Station, Portsmouth. After parade I started to walk from the Station towards my beat which was in the Southsea area.

Read about the biggest fire in Portsmouth since WW2

Close Encounter of a Canine Kind! By Terry Swetnam

Creeping around a cemetery in the dark, without a radio, can give you a fright as you never know what you might meet!

The Story of Supt. FEY policing Kingsclere in the 1860s here

The Story of P.C. 77 Goronwy Evans G.M.
Portsmouth City Police 1936 – 1968
“Goronwy Wynne Evans, the son of a Welsh miner, was born on the 7th May 1918 in the village of Oakdale, 13 miles from Newport in Gwent……”

Read the fascinating insight into city policing before, during and after the last War

A Cockney Abroad

On a frosty morning in February 1962, 23 years old Police Constable 819, David Dew, of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary was on duty in uniform and standing proudly and contentedly on the corner of High Street, Fareham….

One week Dave is patrolling the busy streets of London, the next he transfers to Fareham and can’t believe his luck – nor anything else he sees flying around!

Rolling Back the Years
This is an example of a history project we all ought to consider – writing our memoirs

Dennis Lyngnane is a retired police officer who served in the Royal Navy throughout WW2 being bombed and torpedoed but managing to survive unscathed. After the War he joined the Hampshire Constabulary, spending most of his service on the Isle of Wight.

Police Mobile Columns by Phil Abbott

These columns were formed (1965) in the then various Police regions from the Forces in those regions. The intention was that, in time of nuclear war, these columns would be withdrawn to safe locations ready to go in and police the devastated areas.

Read the about exploits and the training these officers had to go through…