NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Dec ’19

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Dec ’19

Seasonal Greeting

Dear Members,

Welcome to the NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Dec ’19. May I take this opportunity on behalf of The Chairman and Committee of the Chelmsford Branch of NARPO to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year, thank you for remaining members of our Branch.

I hope you will agree that the Branch has gone from strength to strength in 2019 with new committee members joining and new initiatives being trialled, coupled with the excellent support our welfare officers have provided to members in need over the year.

We look forward to building on this success during 2020 and would welcome any views you have on ways we can improve.

Our first committee meeting in 2020 will be held on 13th January followed by our AGM on 20th April where I hope to see many of you in attendance, so please put the date in your diaries and come along.

15th February 2020

This is the date for the next get together which will be held in the downstairs bar at HQ, between 10:30 and 13:00hrs. I would encourage as many of you who can, to come along where you will receive a very interesting and entertaining speech from our member Bill Pirie. I am sure most of you will have worked with Bill at some point in your career, if not I am sure you will have heard of him.

Also that day Bob Cravens daughter Karen will be attending to give a short presentation regarding her company Simply Stride and what they can do to benefit members wellbeing, as well as offering you a reduction on a six-week course she is setting up for our members.

New Website for Chelmsford Branch

I am delighted to announce that we have a new website for the branch which is integrated within the main NARPO website. So now you can move seamlessly between our branch pages and all the information and offers provided nationally.

On our branch pages, you can find information such as how to contact the committee, the latest newsletters and updates as well as details of forthcoming events.

The main NARPO site has a wide range of useful information from some of the big issues facing police pensioners through to member offers on financial products, insurance, holidays and cars. takes you straight to our branch. From here, you can navigate all the branch pages and then reach the main site by clicking on the NARPO logo, which is top left of the page.

If you want to start on the NARPO site, go to When you’re ready for the branch pages, you can get to the branch list via the main heading Discover and then NARPO Branches. We are listed as Essex (Chelmsford).

Enjoy browsing. You might be surprised at what you find!

[Please note that the existing website we have shared with Southend branch for a few years is still available. You can access it via the Contact Us section on the new site. Some time in the New Year, the branch committee will decide whether we need to continue with it.

Finding Britains’s Missing Pets – TV Series in Development

Meridian Line Films are creating a TV series for a major TV Channel which will follow ‘pet detectives’, people who are actively out in the community utilising their skills and expertise to find Britain’s Missing and Stolen Pets.

If any NARPO members are actively working in this area or know anyone who is, would you please email Sarah Allen – for an informal chat.

Request for contributors for upcoming documentary series

Please see below request which I have been asked to circulate by Narpo HQ

My name’s Meg, and I’m a Producer for Monster Films based in Cardiff. We are well known for our sensitive and thoughtful crime output, and we are currently looking for contributors for Series 2 of the documentary series THE REAL PRIME SUSPECT for CBS Reality, presented by Jackie Malton. This series profiles some of the most high-profile murder cases around the United Kingdom and the dogged police work behind them.

As part of the documentary series, contributors will be speaking with the esteemed Jackie Malton – a former Metropolitan Police DCI – about their experiences in order to build a detailed and accurate view of police work and investigations of the cases in question. Jackie’s long and esteemed career led to her being drafted in as a consultant for Lynda La Plante’s British crime drama ‘Prime Suspect’ as well as being the inspiration behind the show’s female lead, Jane Tennison, played by Dame Helen Mirren.

As such, we are looking for members of the police force who may have been involved in the cases below that would be happy to discuss their experiences.

If there are any members of NARPO that have had direct involvement with the cases in any capacity, and would be interested in discussing their experiences and their work with Jackie, I would be very interested to hear from you. My email address is but, if easier to call, please feel free to ring 07854 533120 at any point.

The cases we are currently looking into are:

Alan Kyte, “The Midlands Ripper”, 1993-1994, Midlands

Murdered Samo Paull and Tracey Turner

Keith Cottingham, 1984, Kent

Barbara Harrold was murdered in a parcel bomb attack in 1984

Andrew George, 1984, Shrewsbury

Anti-nuclear campaigner Hilda Murrell, 78, was sexually assaulted and stabbed in 1984

Graham Backhouse, 1984, Horton (nr Bristol)

Attempted murder of wife for life insurance policy, and murder of Colyn Bedale-Taylor

Dennis Smalley, 1991, Lincoln

Murdered Fred Maltby and Joe Rylatt with an axe within months of each other

We are hoping to film the documentary series over the next few months/early next year, and I am very happy to chat further to provide you with extra information or to answer any questions you may have. If you may know of other people who would be happy to be involved, please feel free to pass on my details.

Please be assured that we are treating these cases with the uttermost sensitivity and are not looking to glamorise or sensationalise the crime, but merely tell it from the point of view of those who knew the case best. Jackie has been approached many a time by documentary makers and has always turned down the offer to work with them due to her feelings that the productions lacked authenticity. I am pleased to say Jackie has chosen to work with ‘Monster Films’ due to their outstanding reputation as documentary filmmakers who produce factually sound and ethical documentaries.

Police Care UK – December newsletter

Please see the latest newsletter here

That’s it for this year.

Best Wishes


Sue Heaton
Secretary Narpo
Chelmsford Branch

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Dec ’19