Photo Album

Photo Album


Please bear in mind when submitting photographs to include brief details including approximate date taken, location / event and where possible, the names of colleagues appearing in the photograph.



Police officers are not on the priority list to receive the Covid-19 vaccination, even though they are in a high-risk job.

Petitions with more than 10,000 signatures will be considered for a debate in the Senedd.

To sign the petition please click on:



Here at NARPO HQ we are currently planning the 2021 issues of NARPO News.

NARPO News is our flagship publication, which is first, and foremost, for you, our members, and we want to make sure we’re giving you the best publication possible. So that we can make sure we’re doing that, we would like to find out your views on the magazine as it is currently, things you might like to see in future issues, and more about you. This is so that we can make sure future content and advertising matches Members’ interests and outlooks.

To do this, we are asking if you would take part in this short survey, that should take around 5 minutes to complete. All you have to do is click on the Survey Monkey link below to take part. The closing date for responses is 4th January 2021.

NB. COVID-19 – Coronavirus has affected all our lives this year and has meant that we haven’t been able to do the things we normally do or had planned to do. Hope is on the horizon though and as this survey is about the bigger picture could we please ask that you answer the questions from the perspective of ‘normal/none COVID times’.

Thank you

Don’t forget, we are also always on the lookout for member participation in NARPO News, whether that’s letters, an event you would like to publicise or something from across the work, life leisure spectrum which you think would inspire others, we want to hear from you. Please send your submission ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



As he enters his fifth year as Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, and 35th year in policing, Mark Collins QPM today announces his intention to retire during early Spring 2021.

Having started his policing career as a Special Constable with Sussex Police in 1985, he returned to his home force in 1987 and continued to volunteer on the front line until joining the Metropolitan Police in 1991.

Thirty years later, after rising through the ranks across a number of forces and leading specialist units to combat regional organised crime and international terrorism, Chief Constable Mark Collins QPM is preparing to leave a force which has restructured over recent years to meet the demands of modern day policing and very rural communities. Two challenges to be met with innovative thinking, a real understanding of local issues and an engaged workforce.

To read more click on:



The below photo of Special Constables June Roach and Ena Davies recently appeared in a Western Mail supplement and was sent in by Ken Mathias (Rtd. PS448) of Pembroke.

Both Special Constables were based at Pembroke Dock and gave invaluable service for many years.



Taken in 1902, the below photograph features the High Sheriff’s coach and a contingent of Montgomeryshire Constabulary officers outside the Elephant & Castle Hotel, Newtown.

The photo was taken as the High Sheriff was about to leave the hotel to meet HM Judge on his way to the Court of Assize which was held in Newtown.



The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977 marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom.

During the year, Her Majesty made numerous Royal Visits and the above photograph was taken on Thursday 23rd June when the Queen and Prince Philip visited Carmarthen where they were welcomed by a huge crowd.

The senior officer on the extreme right is Mr Cyril Vaughan (DCC) and the officer with a moustache in the centre of the photo is John Harries (Rtd. DC355).

(Visits were also made the same day to the following towns within the force area: Milford Haven, Haverfordwest and Llanelli).



The summer edition of the newsletter is a different format to previous editions. As well as ‘serious’ topics there are photographs / anecdotes from ‘the good old days’ and a couple of cartoons to lighten the mood. The newsletter can also be found in the Members Only section of the website.






The below photo was taken in 1987 prior to the touring party representing Dyfed-Powys Police embarking on a three match tour to Santander in northern Spain.

1 Ken Jones 2 Jeremy Davies 3 Julian Jenkins 4 Alfor Evans 5 John Kilcoyne 6 Gary Rees 7 Steve Mears 8 Graham Jones 9 John Davies 10 Peter Huge 11 Hugh Thomas 12 Brian Davies 13 Ben ?? 14 George Phillips 15 Keith Turner (Chairman) 16 Neil Jenkins 17 Mal James 18 Tim Edwards 19 Tony Davies 20 Alun Harries 21 Rob Thomas 22 Rob Watts 23 Jeff Stephenson 24 Steve Edwards

Many thanks to George Phillips (Player & Tour Organiser) for helping to name the party. Two members, namely Dai Jones and Nick Bevan joined the jet set and flew out to Spain instead of travelling by coach & ferry. Eddie James went on tour but is not pictured.



Many thanks to Terry Stokes of Llanelli for this photograph of A Division Rugby XV taken in the early 80’s before an inter-divisional match. Sadly, at least four of the group are no longer with us.

Back (L to R):  Roger Butler, Ken Evans, Hywel Williams, Bob Jones, Dilwyn Augustus, Paul Heatherington, Peter McGarragle, Del Phillips, Terry Stokes, Ieuan Davies, Mike Donovan, Gwilym Evans, John Davies, Geoff Roberts.

Front: David Hewitt, Julian Rule, Norman Welch, Malcom Thompson, Mike Davies, Alan Lewis, Paul Jewell



The picturesque seaside town of Tenby has been attracting tourists for hundreds of years and has been a popular seaside resort since the Victorian era. Usually, the population of the town is 5,500 and rises to over 60,000 during the summer months.

In 1970, it was decided that nine constables would be temporarily posted to Tenby to provide additional cover from June to September 1971. The nine constables would be provided by A Division (4) and D Division (5).

To read the memorandum issued by Mr JR Jones (Chief Constable) click on MEMO

Among the ‘pioneers’ were:

Gwilym Evans (A)

Richard Cowley (A)

Jeremy John (A)


David (Spudder) Davies (D)

Roy Harries (D)

Dai Jones (D)

Phil Hopkins (D)

Hugh Colley (D)

The practice of Divisions providing Summer Postings to Tenby and Saundersfoot continued for several years.



Following a working party set up in the mid 60’s to consider various methods of policing within England & Wales, it was recommended that a system of Unit Beat Policing be introduced to replace the traditional beat system.

In November 1967, Mr Alan Goodson, Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire Police compiled a comprehensive report relating to the introduction of Unit Beat Policing within the County including the duties of Area Constables. To read the report (PDF format) click here: REPORT



A service was held at FHQ, Carmarthen on Monday 26th October in remembrance of Dyfed-Powys Police officers who have died in the line of duty. The service also marked the unveiling of a memorial stone, which is dedicated to their memory.

The date was chosen as it falls during the month of the 30th anniversary that four officers were killed on duty while surveillance training, in October 1990.

It also coincides with what would have been the rescheduled Unity Tour, an event to raise money for families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The usual event did not take place this year due to covid-19 restrictions, but officers and staff up and down the country participated in a virtual cycle ride instead.

The force chaplain, Reverend Tom Evans, led a dedication to the fallen officers:

  • PC Thomas Gareth Davies - died 18 June 1971, aged 23.
  • PC Hefin John Llewellyn - died 14 August 1971, aged 22.
  • PC David Christopher Hinchliff - died 3 June 1979, aged 19.
  • PS William Mervyn C. Williams - died 30 July 1979, aged 36.
  • DC Roger Meyrick - died 18 October 1990, aged 37.
  • DC Nicholas George Tabraham - died 18 October 1990, aged 29.
  • DC Leonid Evans - died 18 October 1990, aged 41.
  • DC Paul John Hetherington - died 29 October 1990, aged 35.
  • DC Barrie Davies - died 11 October 2005 aged 38.


The below photo supplied by Nick Evans (Rtd. PC618) of Pembroke was taken in 1942 outside Camrose South School near Pelcomb Cross, Haverfordwest and features a group of Special Constables together with senior and regular officers.

(NARPO member Mr Don Evans (Rtd. C/Supt) is a former pupil of the school).

The Specials were mainly concerned with the maintenance of black out and other emergency war-time regulations. However, they occasionally dealt with cycling and motoring offences and even domestic disputes. 

Pictured on the extreme right of the front row is Nick’s maternal grandfather, PC Austin Cecil Veal No. 77 (above), who joined Pembrokeshire Police in August 1919 and retired in August 1948.

PC Veal was stationed at Simpson Cross, a small village a few miles from Haverfordwest.



Many thanks to Phil Lloyd (Rtd. PS534) of Pembroke Dock who recently came across his course photograph taken during initial training at Bridgend in 1965. Phil joined Pembrokeshire Police in  February 1965 and during his Police career was a SOCO for many years. Upon his retirement in 1995 he was the Community Affairs Sergeant based at Pembroke Dock.

1 = TA Davies (Mid-Wales) 2 = NG Baskerville (Carms & Cards) 3 = PS (Phil) Lloyd (Pembrokeshire) 4 = HP Davies (Carms & Cards) 5 = PJ Hynd (Carms & Cards) 6 = D Morgan (Carms & Cards) 7 = PS Goff Arnold (Instructor) 8 = PS A Jackson (Pembrokeshire / Instructor).

Many that know Phil will be aware that he is an accomplished storyteller and has provided this article which will be of interest to NARPO members, especially those that remember Goff Arnold:

On the left in the front row is Sgt Geoffrey Arnold (No. 7) who was a legend in the South Wales force and the training centre. He was the Drill and First Aid instructor (nobody ever failed the exam) - our course was the last full course that he took before retirement.

Every morning, drill was done on the large car park outside the gates and next to the main road, so everybody travelling along the road could witness the shouting done by Sgt Goff Arnold (as he was known). One morning I remember two youths standing at the bus stop and laughing about us doing the drill. Before they knew what had happened, Goff had gone over and frog marched them over to us and had them marching up and down the parade ground.  When they returned to the bus stop, they had missed the bus, the following morning they stood at the bus stop without saying a word and with their backs to the parade! Can you imagine that happening today?

Goff also used to drive the old Bedford bus to take us to the swimming pool at RAF St. Athan. He would be in full uniform and would curse out through the window any motorist that he thought was not driving properly. He also featured in the Western Mail after one of the recruits on another course resigned because he said that Goff kept swearing at him. He came into the class the following morning and showed us the paper and said 'Have you ever heard me F*****g swearing at anybody'.

For the past 25 years I have worked  part time for a local undertaker and upon going into work one morning, my boss said (looking into a coffin), 'Do you know this fellow, he was a policeman in South Wales?' Not expecting to know somebody from South Wales, when I looked, I could see it was Goff Arnold who I had not seen for 40 years. What a coincidence? I then found that he had been living with his daughter for five years in a remote cottage near Bosherston where he had died aged 95.

I spoke to his daughter at the funeral and told her everything that I have mentioned here and the fact that if I had known he was living only a few miles from Pembroke I would have certainly have visited him to reminisce about Bridgend.

Many thanks to Phil for the photo and his anecdote.



Pembrokeshire Police crime prevention advice leaflets – the leaflets were placed under the windscreen wipers by officers on foot patrol.

It appears that Pembrokeshire Police had a budding poet amongst them!

Sound crime prevention advice that is still valid today - no mention of mobile phones or cyber crime!

Both leaflets supplied by Phil Lloyd.



Many thanks to Mrs Haulwen Bowen, the widow of the late Noir Bowen for supplying a batch of photographs taken during Noir’s service with Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary and Dyfed-Powys Police.

The first photograph was taken in the mid 80’s and features the B Division Rugby XV that competed in the Llanelli & District League.

According to Gary Evans the side contained a lot of natural talent and won the league without losing a match all season. The players with supporters are:

Back Row (L to R): Brian Edmunds Terry Davies Phil Edwards Phil Richards Ron Davies Brian Peck Mr Aiden Mullett (DCC) Tim Edwards Noir Bowen Roger Hughes Phil Gower Arwel Jones Dylan Jones and Idris Daniels.

Front: Bryan Phillips Gary Evans Rob Thomas Stuart Green Euros Lewis and Wyn Evans

Thanks to Gary Evans for helping to put names to the faces.



In January 1983, the murder of 61-year-old John ’Brynambor’ Williams shocked the small, close-knit community of Llandewi Brefi. The shy and quiet farmer was shot dead by crazed killer 34 year old Richard Gambrell at his isolated home 

Taken in the Murder Incident Room at Llandewi Brefi Village Hall are (L to R) Noir Bowen, Idris Daniels, Steve Pike, Jeff Thomas, Islwyn Evans.

After the killing Gambrell trekked across country to Llanwrtyd Wells where he stayed in a hotel for two days. He then took a train to Llandrindod Wells but with the net closing in, made his way to Hampshire where he spent 11 days holed up in an empty cottage in the New Forest. He was eventually caught after contacting a former teacher who met him after contacting the Police.

In January 2004, Gambrell was sentenced to life imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court for the brutal and merciless killing .



According to Terry Stone of Llanelli, the below photo was taken at Pontyberem RFC prior to a game against a touring team from Oxfordshire Constabulary. The ‘Specials’ were recruited from Tumble and Cefneithin.

Standing: Referee (Striped Jumper), Noir Bowen, Doug Peel (Trainer), Ieuan (Welsh Black) Davies 252, Gwyndaf Jones 107, Brian Griffiths 265, Steve Pike 276, Ken Jones 35, Dai Thomas 122, Special, Lyn Griffiths 144. Steve Jones 246

Seated: Special, Doug Davies (C/Insp), Hywel Lewis 55, Special, Special

On ground: Terry Stone, Special


Unfortunately, there is no additional information regarding the below photos – many thanks to Mr Bryn Jones and Mr Alan Pugh for naming the players and supporters.

Standing: (L to R) Glyn Evans, Referee, Dai Jones (Cadet), Bryn Jones (Ex ACC), Eifion Richards, Gethin Morgan, Noir Bowen, Bill Davies, Hilton Cole (Cadet), Dai Warmington, Fred Morgan, Viv Fisher (Ex D/Supt).

Front row: Mel Griffiths, Dai Walters, Hywel Lewis, Doug Davies (Ex C/Insp Carmarthen), Elwyn Dunbar, Haydn Morris, Sam Hughes, Dai Rees (Dog Handler Llanelli). 

According to Mr Bryn Jones most of the players were from Llanelli Division and at one time he and Noir Bowen were the only members of the team from Carmarthen Division.

Standing: Doug Davies, Fred Morgan, Viv Fisher, Noir Bowen, Dai Warmington, Sam Hughes, N/K, Elwyn Dunbar, John Davies, Dai Rees, Eifion Richards, Insp Glyn Evans, Llan Williams.

Front row:  Gethin Morgan, Dai Jones (Cadet at Llanelli), Peter Colwill, Hywel Lewis, Dai Walters, Handel Rees, Islwyn Evans.



Speculation was rife as to whether this year’s event would go ahead in the current climate. Organiser Phil Hopkins, kept in regular contact with Simon Edwards, the secretary / golf professional at Builth Wells Golf Club – our usual venue – and was assured that all Covid precautions were in place and that the event could go ahead safely.

Monday September 14th proved to be the hottest day of the current spell and shorts were the order of the day for the majority of the fifteen competitors. It must be said that the general standard of the golf played, although reasonable, did not match the brilliance of the weather – apart from one exception.

Des Parkinson was a clear winner, compiling a ridiculous score of forty points and romping home by seven points from Huw Rees, who pipped debutant Stuart Eckley to second place by virtue of having a better back nine score. The other two making their first appearance in the competition also performed well, Gareth Wheatman coming in fourth (although prizeless) and Simon Butler taking the prizes for best gross (the main prize-winners are not eligible to win this  prize) and lowest score for the four ‘hidden holes’. 

The winner - a delighted Des holding the prestigious trophy

Other prize winners were Phil Hopkins (best net), Phil Gower (longest drive), Huw Rees again (nearest the pin) and Derek Bloomfield.

It was good to see our sponsor, member David Jones, making his way slowly to the thirteenth green to meet some of the groups.  David could not play this year as he is waiting for a replacement hip operation.  

There was not a lot to report on the golf – other than three times winner Gary Evans removing his shoes and socks on one occasion to go paddling in the stream and attempt to play his ball out of the water– I won’t embarrass him by revealing whether his decision was the right one or not!    

The course was in pristine condition and the fine weather enabled us to enjoy the high-quality meal provided al fresco. The club hosted us superbly and it was agreed to hold next year’s event at the same location – the event has already been booked for Monday 13th September.

Thanks again to David Jones for his continued sponsorship and all the best David for your recovery from your hip replacement – hopefully, you will be swinging your clubs and looking for balls with the rest of us next year!

Phil Hopkins

On Monday 28th September, officers and staff gathered outside Dyfed-Powys FHQ to observe a minute silence for National Police Memorial Day.

An opportunity to recall the ultimate sacrifice made by generations of officers across UK



The following has been received from Daryl Williams (PC266), currently serving as PC 266 of Dyfed-Powys Police:

My grandfather (Taid) was PC 266 Meurig Madian Jones of Dyfed-Powys Police.  He was the affectionately known as Dr Death as he was mostly known for being the Llanelli Coroner's Officer.  He was married to my Nain (Jean) and they had two children - Hugh and Shirley (My mother). 

My grandfather started with Cardiganshire Constabulary (PC 66) on 07/04/1957.  He was a fireman on the trains prior to joining.  After completing his Police training at Bridgend, he was stationed in Aberystwyth, firstly on urban beat duties and then motor patrol duties in 1959.  

In 1963, he was sent to Carmarthenshire (Cards & Carms) and he was stationed and lived at Llangennech station, Afon Road.

In 1970, he was moved to Llanelli where he conducted urban duties. During this time, he lived in the Police houses in Havard Road and then Cleviston Park, Llangennech.

Left & Right: PC Meurig Jones PC 266 and centre is PC Daryl Williams the current PC266

In 1974, he became a Coroner's Officer and he performed this this role until his retirement in 1987 (I was 4 when he retired).

One of my first memories was being picked up by my Taid so that I could reach the snooker table in Llanelli Police Station whilst he was playing against his colleagues.  I have heard many stories about his love of snooker during dinner breaks, he also played for the Police Bowls team.  

'A' Division Bowls team taken on tour in the 80's - Meurig is stood behind the gentleman in the white shirt.

When I was 6 years old in 1989, he passed away from pancreatic cancer.  My father was a farm worker when I was very young and as a result, he worked long hours and I was often looked after by my grandfather. Long after his passing, he remained and remains to be my role model.  

I joined Dyfed-Powys Constabulary in 2009 as a Communications Advisor. I wanted to gain a foot in the door, and it was a proud moment for me. I took the 101/999 calls which gave me great experience and a taster of the Police service. 

I wanted to do more to help and I was living in Waunarlwydd in Swansea at the time.  In 2013, I made the decision to switch over to South Wales Police where I was a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO 55676).  I was part of the Penlan Neighbourhood Policing Team, working out of Blaenymaes.  My area was Fforestfach. 

In 2017 at the age of 34, I saw that Dyfed-Powys were recruiting Police Officer's.  27/11/2017, I returned to Dyfed (Home) where I entered Police training as PC 546. During my training, I saw on routine orders that PS Huw Thomas (266 after my taid) had retired. Superintendent Peter Roderick helped me and spoke to the Chief Constable who authorised my change of collar number to 266.  

Every shift, I am honoured to wear the same three numbers as my Taid. If anybody has any stories, photos, anything about my grandfather, please get in touch - I am available via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Telephone: 07375493326. I am based at Carmarthen Police Station. Feel free to say hello if you see me. 

Thank you for your time and I appreciate your patience by reading my story.



A wonderful photograph from circa 1910 showing a car crash in High Street, Tenby. The photograph shows Colonel Goodeve of Ivy Tower, St. Florence perched in the back of his car waiting for the repair whilst Inspector Johns stands guard to the rear of the vehicle with three constables on the right. The crowds had obviously gathered to see what was going on!

A brilliant report had appeared in the Tenby Observer a few years earlier about the perils of motoring in the town, which stated, “A local motor car driver was summoned for furiously driving his car in St George Street and the Five Arches. The police officer said he was going at a rate of 12 miles per hour and gave no audible signal as he went through the Arches. He was fined 10 shillings and 10 shillings costs.”

Many thanks to Tenby Museum & Art Gallery for the use of the photograph and article.



It had been the intention at our Branch Annual General Meeting to award a Life Membership to Hugh Colley, our webmaster. Sadly, this was not possible due to COVID-19, the AGM did not take place.

The Executive Committee had previously agreed to make this award in recognition of Hugh’s work over the past six years maintaining the branch website. This has been no easy task, having to cajole members into sending in items and photographs for inclusion on the site and scouring the internet for items of interest.

Top (L to R) Hugh Colley, Phil Addicott, Phil Hopkins, Lower: Clive Cowey, Peter Davies, Ian John

Hugh has spent a great deal of time on making the website an interesting site to visit, with much of it being an open site, meaning that the general public have access. This has resulted in many favourable comments being received from members of the public about the site. In addition, Hugh has recently taken over as editor of the branch newsletter. The website is the main communication platform for the branch, and this is down to Hugh’s efforts.

The Executive Committee have held virtual meetings via Zoom and unbeknown to Hugh, at the last one, held on 28th July, an item under Any Other Business was the virtual presentation of the award, which came  totally out of the blue as far as Hugh was concerned. The presentation was made by Phil Hopkins in one of his last duties before he stands down from the National Executive Committee of NARPO next month.  Phil and Hugh did their training at Bridgend together and have been friends for well over fifty years. 

Phil Hopkins                                                                             


In a town well used to witnessing military parades over the decades, the one which celebrated VJ-Day in Pembroke Dock and the end of the Second World War was very impressive.

Proudly leading the parade along Bush Street - three Pembrokeshire Police officers, names not known.

All three armed services, each of which had contributed to the final victory, smartly marched in columns of three through the town to mark VJ-Day (Victory over Japan), August 15th, 1945.

Behind the Pembroke Dock Police trio, of Inspector, Sergeant and Constable, came an Army band and then a contingent of around 60 Naval officers and ratings and a party of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Wrens).

Celebrations for Victory in Europe (VE Day) just weeks earlier in May had been carried under banner headlines, but VJ-Day passed by with much less fanfare - for a war weary public peace had come at long last.

Townspeople are out to witness the parade, but the pavements are not packed - real peace had, at last, returned.

Many thanks to the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre for the use of the photograph and article.



A nostalgic photo taken in the 1940’s of PS David James performing traffic control at the junction of Lammas Street and Water Street, Carmarthen. The photo was posted on the Old Photos of Carmarthen Facebook page by his grand-daughter, Alison Jones, who is the wife of Rob Jones (Rtd. PS508)

Alison remembers her grandmother telling her that the police were also firemen during the war, but apart from that she doesn’t know any more career details – can anyone assist?

(Many NARPO members will recognise the building in the background as The Falcon Hotel which is regularly used as the venue for meetings and coffee mornings).



Described as school sports day for adults, It’s a Knockout took British TV by storm during the 70s and 80s and many organisations staged similar events to raise funds for charities and good causes. This photo of the B (Carmarthen) Division team took part in an event held at Carmarthen (year not known).

Standing (L to R): George Philips, Tony Davies, Meirion Howells, Terry Davies, Front: Dylan Thomas, Bev Davies, Alison Jones, Ron Davies

Photo: Courtesy of George Phillips.



Alan Matthews of the Police Vehicle Enthusiasts’ Club recently came across this photo of Carmarthensshire Police on EBay and a member of the club has conducted research (below) into the photograph. (Carmarthen Police is handwritten on the reverse of the photograph). 

As to the group picture, the caption of Carmarthen Police is misleading as it can’t be the borough force which only achieved 17 members by the time of its absorption in 1944 and was for years at 12, leading to its name of The Shilling.

Carmarthenshire Constabulary it is, and that force employed the same badge and helmet from 1902 to 1940. I’d guess from the number of medals on display that it was post WW1 – an expert could probably identify some of the medals with that good resolution (they could be Boer War). If the chief constable is pictured that’s little help as the same man held the post from 1908 to 1944. It seems to have been taken in an era when beards were out and moustaches were common but not universal.

Where was it taken? Looks like a big mansion house - perhaps someone on the NARPO website will know where it was.

UPDATE: The following information has been received from Mr Charles Griffith(ex-RUCGC):

I came across this site by accident, and as the former Archivist / Curator of DPP, was interested in going through some of the collection. During my perusal, I came across a photo with a question requested: this had the title Carmarthen(shire) Police, and asked if anyone knew the location. I can confirm that it was, in fact, Carmarthenshire Constabulary officers (not Carms & Cards), and they are pictured outside a pair if semi-detached houses in Crescent Road, Llandeilo – the houses are still there.

Indeed, there are several other similar photos available in the archives. Due to old-age memory lapses, I would be hesitant in agreeing with the idea that any of the officers in that photo would be wearing Boer War Medals, although it’s possible. As a First World War historian, I would have checked the ribbons, but cannot recall my findings, although there are other photos I collected that do have Boer and WW1 Ribbons. One easy way to check, is to see if there is a group of three, and these would be WW1 (Pip, Squeak and Wilfred). If there are only two, then these will almost – but only almost – be Boer War. However, it’s not easy to tell from monochrome or the size on this site.

(Mr Griffiths is the author of The Police Forcees of Mid and West Wales 1829-1974)



In 1987, a team representing Dyfed-Powys Police together with a couple of guests from Laugharne & Narberth rugby clubs went on tour to Santander in north west Spain

Standing (L to R): George Phillips, Nick Bevan, John (Hogg) Davies, Dai Jones, Nigel Bevan, Guest, Julian Jenkins, Tim Edwards, Jeff Stephenson (Guest), Jeremy Davies. Front: Tony Davies, Eddie James, Reuben Martinez (son of one of their players), Alun Harries (Captain), the late Malcolm James, Tudor (Guest) Robert Thomas

For the record, matches played 3 Won 3!!

Photo courtesy of George Phillips



This course photo taken in November 1973 submitted by Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) was probably one of the last Initial Courses held at Bridgend as the purpose built facility at Cwmbran opened the following year.

Peter is stood on the extreme right and another Dyfed-Powys recruit - Dai Hewitt (Rtd. PC655) is sat on the extreme left.



Many thanks to Ian Griffiths (Rtd. D/Insp) who recently came across an operational order issued to officers performing duty at the Court of Assize in Carmarthen on Monday 8th July 1968. The order was issued to Ian’s father, the late Gerwyn Griffiths (Rtd. C/Supt) who was the Inspector in charge of officers within the court room.

Bar and cafe plan for Carmarthen's historic Guildhall gets the go ...

The courtroom within Carmarthen Guildhall.

Interesting to note, although two female officers are detailed for duty (WPC 1 & WPC 7), the order only mentions men! In addition, only Inspectors and above are identified by name. Sergeants and Constables are referred to solely by their force number – a practice that took a long time to die out in some parts of the force area. Possibly, former A & B Division officers can identify some of the officers.

To read the Operational Order click HERE



The Snowdonia Seven is undoubtedly the most enjoyable (and challenging) event in the police sporting calendar.

It has been held annually since 1974 and still embodies the original ethos of developing Fitness, Teamwork and Endurance. To complete the challenge, teams of four must traverse 22 miles of rough terrain over 7 peaks - a total ascent of almost 8000’.

The photo supplied by George Phillips of Laugharne, who in his younger days was a Sergeant responsible for training Cadets, shows John Kilcoyne and team storming towards finish line in the 1976 event. Can anyone identify the other Cadets?

Update: From Mal Thompson (Rtd. PC713), Re the photo on the website with John Kilcoyne, no 2 could be Peter (PJ) Morris and number 3 could well be Norman Nichols.

(The 2020 event has been cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions).



Another course photograph - this one was taken in 1967 at the end of the 13 week initial training course.

Taken a few months prior to amalgamation it features three officers who served in Dyfed-Powys. No 1: Ian Kinsey who joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary as a Cadet. No 2: the late Gwyn (Boco) Morris who joined Pembrokeshire Police as a Cadet. No 3: Henry Jones (Instructor) also Mid Wales Constabulary who retired as a Superintendent and is the current President of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association.



The below photograph was posted in Pembrokeshire Life magazine in the mid 80’s and features four senior officers attending a meting with Councillor Eric Harries (Chairman of Preseli Pembrokeshire District Council).

The officers are (left to right) Trevor Millichip (Inspector), Rene Soar (Superintendent), Gerwyn Griffiths (C/Superintendent) and Brian Thomas (C/Inspector). Sadly, all four officers are no longer with us.



This photograph features the Aberystwyth Police Team and overall winners of a It’s a Knockout competition that was held at Aberystwyth Rugby field sometime in the early 2000’s to raise money for a new baby unit at Bronglais Hospital. Several local organisations took part in the event with the police team winning the final competition. The new baby unit was officially opened in 2014.

The winning team are: Back row: (L to R) Mark Webb, Jeremy Lloyd, Les Davies, Richard Hopkins, Owain Richards, Catherine Davies, Huw Nicholas, and Caroline Jones. Front row: Jenny Jenkins, Sioned Davies, and the late Barrie Davies 289

Many thanks to Huw Nicholas for the photograph



NARPO member Derek Edwards spent nine days unwell at his home and 14 days at Glangwili Hospital fighting Coronavirus. He is now recuperating at his home in Carmarthen and has kindly written an excellent article about his experience together with advice for anyone who may have to deal with Covid 19. To read the article click HERE




Hope you managed to decipher the 35 brain teasers - some much easier than others.

To download the answers Click HERE

To download the quiz as a PDF click HERE or as a Word document click HERE.



Archive photographs and an eyewitness account of the tragedy that cost four lives. DPP NARPO member Phil Lloyd of Pembroke Dock was one of the first two officers to attend the incident - to read Phil’s memories of the tragedy click HERE



Well done to Derek and Edwina Bloomfield of Newtown on their success in the recent quiz about the Dyfed-Powys area. They certainly know a great deal of trivia details with an excellent score of 35 points out of a maximum of 38.



Hope you enjoyed the quiz and are keeping safe during these strange times.

The answer sheet can be found by clicking HERE - please send your score to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The next quiz will be a ‘brain teaser’ kindly sent in by Mrs Gloria Hughes (Rtd. WPS) so keep watching this space!




How much do you know about the Dyfed-Powys force area? Take our quiz and find out.

The 20 questions cover a range of subjects from famous places to local legends, so why not see if you can boast that you know the most about the force area. So, if you are a fan of local history, sporting events and Hollywood blockbusters, step right up and test your wisdom on this wonderful part of Wales.

Please try to answer the questions without the help of Google and send your score to Hugh Colley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The answers will appear on the website on Saturday 23rd May.

Unfortunately, there are no prizes on offer – in the next few weeks there will be a picture quiz of well known landmarks within the force area.

If you have a set of quiz questions that you would like to share with members, please send them to Hugh.

To access the quiz as a PDF file click HERE or as a MS Word document click HERE

Good luck!


A poignant poem received from NARPO member, Mrs Gloria Hughes (Rtd. WPS) of Tregynon, Nr. Newtown regarding the Coronavirus lockdown:




In 1982, FBI Agent James Rees Quantico of Virginia USA visited Llanelli Police Station when he was researching his grandfather’s Llanelli connections. During his visit he was greatly assisted in his ‘investigation’ by Sgt Colin Jones.

Colin (Rtd. PS 97) with James from across the pond.

Many thanks to Anthony Jones of Pembroke for submitting the photo of his father.



The below photograph recently appeared on a Facebook page dedicated to old photographs of Carmarthen. The photo features PC WT Spurry policing the queue outside the Assize Court for the murder trial of Harold Greenwood in November 1920.

PC Spurry joined the Carmarthen Borough Constabulary in 1911 and served with the Royal Engineers during the first world war, re-joining the force in 1919 and promoted to Sergeant 10 years later. Only black mark during a distinguished career came when he was caught sipping a glass of home made elderberry wine while on duty, intended he said, as a remedy for a heavy cold!!



For many years, NARPO member Peter Davies was a SOCO based at Newtown which meant attending crime scenes throughout D Division. The below tapestry refers to a ‘job’ in Builth Wells where he managed to lift fingerprints found at the scene. However, when the results came back it transpired that the prints were those of Peter Davies DC 590!

According to Peter, he made a big mistake in divulging his faux pas to a colleague and as a result he was presented with the lovely tapestry at his leaving do – the words by Andy Meek and the needlework by Carole Kendal.  



Home - VE Day 75

Sadly, the coronavirus outbreak meant that people were only able to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day within the confines of their own homes. However, to commemorate the end of hostilities in Europe, Phil Hopkins held a virtual wine o’clock event on Facebook during the early evening of Friday 8th May when NARPO members were invited to post photos of themselves with a drink of their choice. Thirty eight photos were posted, with a wide variety of drinks featured.

Hugh Colley has compiled a colourful montage of those who posted photographs - to view the montage, click HERE

Four virtual awards were made (no prizes unfortunately) as follows:

Smartest dressed Rob Wilson. (After accepting the award, Rob admitted that below his shirt and tie he was wearing shorts and trainers)!

Oldest poster: Elfed Watkins from Newtown (age not disclosed).

Youngest poster:  Ant Griffiths who will shortly be joining NARPO.
Poster from furthest distance away: Another award for Rob & Julia Wilson who live in Tenerife.

A huge well done to Phil (Hoppy) Hopkins for organising the well supported event that certainly helped to lighten the mood during these dark times. 



The May edition of Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner’s newsletter can be read by clicking on:

The newsletter outlines information around Coronavirus and its impact on his office and Dyfed-Powys Police.



When parliament passed the County Police Act of 1839, counties throughout the country were given the opportunity of establishing regular Police forces for their respective areas. As a result, the Montgomeryshire Constabulary was formed in 1840 and existed until 1948 when the force amalgamated with the Radnorshire & Breconshire Constabularies to form the Mid Wales Constabulary.

The above photo of the Montgomeryshire Constabulary was taken in 1946 and includes the last surviving member of the force - Alan Breeze (Back Row, 2nd from left) who passed away recently. Alan joined the force as PC 139 in September 1946 and retired as a Dyfed-Powys sergeant based at Newtown in the mid 70’s having served in three forces



Football fans of a certain age will be saddened to hear that Leeds United great Norman Hunter died in hospital on Friday 17th April after contracting Coronavirus. NARPO member Howard Jones and his stepson Jack are staunch supporters of Leeds United and had the pleasure of meeting Norman at Elland Road a couple of years ago.

Norman Hunter (centre) flanked by Jack and Howard.

Hunter joined Leeds aged 15 and went on to play 726 matches in all competitions for the club.

Hunter won the First Division title in 1969 and 1974, helped them beat Arsenal in the 1968 League Cup final, and then returned to Wembley in 1972 as Leeds defeated the Gunners to win the FA Cup.

He was capped 28 times by England and was a non-playing member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad.



While browsing the web yesterday I came across this poem, which I would like to share with you. We all share a past in which we protected and looked after everyone, especially the vulnerable in our Communities.

A lot of us now find ourselves in the vulnerable category, I have been very grateful to my family for the support they have given me whilst in isolation, I hope you are not left in need of anything, except freedom, which will come soon, this will be a memory, and hopefully the start of the return of a nicer more friendly society.

Stay safe, look after yourselves and each other, most of all keep well and protect the NHS.

Clive Cowey (Branch Vice President)


When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine check-up
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.
When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way — better
for each other
because of the worst."

by Laura Kenny Fanucci



A genuine ‘GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT’ text has been received by many mobile phones nationwide to inform the public of new rules in force to stay at home.

A second text message was received appearing in the same thread stating, ‘We would like to inform you that you have been recorded leaving your home on 3 occasions yesterday. A fine of £35 has been added to your account. For further information please visit ... (fake penalty web address). ….’

The second message was a scam and included web links to fake payment pages.

Criminals are able to place texts following genuine messages in order to trick readers.

Never click on web links or attachments in messages. If you need to verify a message, do so via your own trusted method



Please use the following links to information in relation to the ongoing situation:

For queries on the NARPO Group Travel Insurance, please use the following link:



Many thanks to Emma, grand-daughter of Mr John Gettings (Rtd. PC462) of Pembroke Dock who came across the below photos taken of John during his Police career.

John joined Pembrokeshire Police on 1st March, 1958 and served at Narberth and Pembroke Dock where he was a well-respected Traffic Officer for many years. An excellent all round sportsman, playing football in his younger years and upon ‘hanging up his boots' John took up golf.

In 1965, Pembrokeshire Police purchased a Mini-Cooper for use as a patrol car – an excellent choice of vehicle for negotiating the narrow roads within the county. The photo shows the Mini with the late Ron Palmer standing on the drivers side and John on the passenger side.


John (left) is a founder member of South Pembrokeshire Golf Club, Pembroke Dock where he won numerous trophies and was Club Captain in the 70’s.

Back (L to R): Don Evans, Tony Eden, John Gettings, Harry Dodd (Trainer), Gerald James (Coach), David Guy and Barrie Davies. Front: Brian Mainwaring, Tony Whitfield, Meurig Rees, Brian Dowling, John Parsons and Ed Morris.

In the 70’s, teams from local companies and organisations entered a keenly fought football competition and this photo of a Pembrokeshire team was taken in 1971 before the cup final played at Bush Camp, Pembroke Dock. Their opponents were a strong team from Pembroke Power Station who lifted the trophy, winning by the only goal of the game.

John (left) with Roger Davies (Rtd.PC111) – both were on the same shift on Pembroke Dock (Traffic) for several years.

John’s brother-in-law was the late Delroy Lewis (Rtd. PC533) who was a Traffic Officer based at Haverfordwest for many years. Delroy is pictured riding his motorcycle in Haverfordwest – exact year unknown but the bike was first reguistered in 1964.

Many thanks to John & Emma for the use of the photos - sadly John passed away on Wednesday 8th April, just a few days after the photos were posted on the website..



Nick Evans (Rtd. PC618) of Pembroke recently came across a collection of photographs taken during his Police career. Nick joined DPP in 1975 and after initial training was posted to Pembroke Dock and after a few months moved to ‘Sunny Tenby’.

For many years Nick was a Traffic Officer based at Pembroke Dock and several members will remember him as a Driving Instructor based at FHQ before being appointed the driver for Chief Constable Mr Ray White. Prior to retirement Nick was based at Pembroke Dock Port as a member of the Marine Unit.


Up until recently, Traffic Officers in C (Pembrokeshire) Division had the unenviable task of escorting massive abnormal loads through the narrow streets of Pembroke to the nearby Texaco oil refinery. This entailed negotiating the Lion Corner in Pembroke - a tight 90 degree corner on a steep incline.

A tight squeeze – judging by the A prefix (1983/84), on the patrol car this escort was undertaken in the mid 80’s


During the 1990’s Dyfed-Powys Police held Open Days at numerous stations. The family friendly events were designed to give the public an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes and were hugely popular attracting large crowds.

The following photos were taken at the Open Day held at Pembroke Dock Police Station, probably during the summer of 1990.

Getting ready for the big day in glorious sunshine!

Nick showing youngsters the inside of a patrol car – the young lady on the right is Nick’s wife Ros, who was WPC 817 and also stationed at Pembroke Dock.

Anthony Jones (Rtd. PS 769) proudly displaying the Norton m/cycle to the late Councillor Bryan Phillips, Mayor of Pembroke.


A huge crowd awaiting the arrival of the star attraction – the first Dyfed-Powys Police helicopter X Ray 99. The officer keeping the large crowd at a safe distance is David Perry (Rtd. PS796).

X Ray 99 landing in the large car park directly opposite the Police Station and the VIP’s being given a tour of the ‘chopper’ by PC's Tony Williams & Robert Campbell.


Kevin Jones (Rtd. PS242) gave a demonstration of restraint techniques with Dai Clegg on tip toes playing the part of the aggressor. Looking on is John Stretton (Rtd. C/Insp).

Kevin displays an eye catching technique with John Stretton ‘on top’ playing the part of the attacker.

Many thanks to Nick for supplying the photos.



Along with almost every event scheduled to be held throughout the country, the North Powys coffee morning planned for Monday 30th March was cancelled due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, however, it was decided at the last minute to hold a virtual coffee morning using the social media outlet Facebook. Phil Hopkins contacted many of his NARPO Facebook friends, not only in North Powys, but throughout the Branch area and beyond, including members of other branches and one branch member living in Tenerife.

They were asked to post an entry on Phil's Facebook page, sometime between 10.30 am and 12 noon on 30th March - the time that the actual coffee morning would have been held.  The event was a great success with two dozen members (plus partners) entering into the spirit of the moment, eighteen of whom posted photos of themselves with mug in hand (SEE BELOW). Three members were unable to attend the event due to work commitments and sent apologies!

A call was made by several of those who participated for the event to be repeated and we will be looking to do something slightly different in a few weeks time. In these worrying times, something like this to lighten the mood can only have a positive effect.

NB Webmaster, Hugh Colley has compiled a montage of the 18 photographs – to view the montage click HERE



The below photo was taken around 1989/1990, when 8 year old Oliver (Ollie) O’Flynn and his sister were on holiday staying with relatives in Llandeilo.

Oliver recalls that his aunt arranged for the local officers to call at her house as she knew Ollie had a huge interest in all things to do with the Police. When Ollie answered the door, he was taken aback to see two police officers standing there.

Apparently, the officers were very friendly and further increased his desire to become a police officer when he was older - so Dyfed-Powys Police had a very positive influence him joining An Garda Síochána.

Footnote: Many thanks to Harry Rees and Gavin Davies for naming the officers, namely the late PC Leonid Evans on the left and PC Neville Morris.

Leonid or Leo as he was known, was the FIO at Ammanford when he was fatally injured on duty in an RTC near Brecon on 18th October 1990 which claimed the lives of three other officers, namely Roger Meyrick, Nicholas (Nick) Tabraham and Paul Hetherington.

Many thanks to Ollie for the use of the photo.



The below photograph of recruits undergoing initial training at Bridgend from April to July 1958 recently appeared on the Swansea NARPO Facebook page. It features two recruits that joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary.

Back Row, 2nd from left is NARPO member Mr. Les Griffiths (Rtd. DS 719) of Brecon who is the father of Bryan Griffiths (Rtd. DC170) of Pembroke Dock and 3rd from the left is Alf Roberts (Rtd. PC777) who for many years was the village bobby based at Llangunllo, near Knighton.



NARPO member, Tony Williams of Carmarthen joined Dyfed-Powys Police direct from the Army in 1979 and following initial training at Cwmbran was posted to Haverfordwest. He served in various parts of the force area in several roles including Traffic, Air Support, Training Officer at Cwmbran, Bramshill and FHQ.

Tony recently came across the below photographs taken during the early stages of his Police career which are reproduced in date order.



The annual C Division Five-a-Side football was held at Pembroke Sport Centre for many years with all stations & departments entering at least one team.

Back: (L to R): Geoff Thomas, Tony Williams, Peter Huge Front: Irfon (Exocet) Higgins, Steve (The Boss) Jones and Gareth (Rambo) Rees

The photo was taken in the mid 80’s when Haverfordwest lifted the coveted trophy (a mounted miniature truncheon), made by the late Inspector Bill Pugh.



Another photo from the mid 80’s – Haverfordwest Police regularly took part in the annual Haverfordwest Raft Race which was a popular event during the town’s carnival week.

Tony is pictured holding the prize of a ‘slab’ of lager following their magnificent win, alongside are crew members Bill James, John Griffiths and Mike Lewis.

Note: According to Tony the raft ‘Super Fuzz’ was supplied by their colleagues at Milford Haven and the win was largely due to the magnificent rowing along the tidal Western Cleddau by Mike and himself!!



On completion of his probation period Tony was transferred to Tenby section which included a couple of years spent patrolling picturesque Saundersfoot.

Following a traffic attachment at Pembroke Dock, he moved back to Haverfordwest (Traffic) and shortly afterwards became a member of the Firearms Unit. The first photo was taken during his Initial Firearms Training Course, followed by a VIP Protection Course.

Back (L to R): Colin Evans, Tony Williams, David Jones, Ian Evans, Robin Wilson, Mike Thomas Front: Lindsay James (Greenstock), John Harries, Tony James, Dai Hewitt and Kim Jameson

Back (L to R): Roger Rees, Gazey Davies, Alan Rowlands, Mike Humphreys, Tony Williams, David Morgan (Mogs) Front: Tony James, 2 x Metropolitan Police Royal Protection Team, John Harries



In November 1989, a large cache of IRA weapons and explosives were discovered at Newgale, Pembrokeshire, leading to the arrest of two suspected IRA members. Both received sentences of 30 years but later released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Left photo: A waiting game, Andy Edwards, Tony Williams and Dai Morgan

Right photo: Keeping fit during the operation are Andy Edwards & Tony Williams

Codenamed Operation Pebble, the surveillance was a joint Dyfed-Powys / Metropolitan Police operation. Officers lay concealed for seven weeks during some of the worst weather ever experienced in west Wales. To read more about Operation Pebble click on:



In October 1989, the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority approved the purchase of a helicopter and Tony assisted in establishing the Air Support Unit before becoming a full time Observer.

L to R: Alistair Lindsay, Tony Williams, Robert Campbell and Ellis Evans.

During its 1st year X-Ray 99 conducted 94 searches for MISPERS, 91 photographic tasks & helped with the arrest of 79 persons.

Ian Neilson (Pilot) with Tony Williams in front of the first X-Ray 99

Tony first met Ian in 1974 whilst stationed in Herford, Germany where Ian was an Air Troop pilot in the same regiment - the 14/20 Kings Hussars. The regiment is a Manchester regiment although neither Tony nor Ian are from that area. In 1990, their paths crossed again when they were reunited in Carmarthen as members of the newly formed Air Support Unit.

Pictured during the first trial of using the helicopter to work with the dog section are Terry Griffiths with Duke, Tony and Tony Burrows



In 1990, Tony was promoted to Sergeant and during his time at Carmarthen established the Carmarthen Town Centre Policing Team – members of the immaculately turned out unit are pictured outside Carmarthen Guildhall.

L to R: Ted Nicholas, Mike Williams, Bleddyn Jones, Steve Clarke, Charles Wellor, Sharron Davies, Rob Jones, Pam Kelly (Current Chief Constable of Gwent Police), Tony Williams.

Many thanks to Tony for supplying the photographs and Phil Hopkins for helping to identify a number of D Division officers.



An off-duty police sergeant and his son have been commended for apprehending a man who threatened and robbed a vulnerable man. Sergeant Gareth Earp and his 12-year-old son Theo have been recognised for their parts in the arrest of Mark Anthony Jones-Morgan, who had stolen a man’s wallet in Rhayader in September last year.

Theo had told his parents how he had seen a man asking people for drugs and money two days before the incident. When he then saw him approaching and hanging around a vulnerable elderly man, he rushed home to tell his father.

Despite recovering from surgery and using crutches, Sgt Earp headed out to find out more.

Sergeant Gareth Earp, Chief Constable Mark Collins and Theo Earp

He said: “Theo was out on his bike and he came bombing home to tell us the man was back. He knew the victim was vulnerable and was concerned that he was being followed around town.

“I got in the car and drove towards town, where I could see them together. I saw the suspect take something from the victim and heard him shout ‘he’s got my money’.”

The suspect then turned and started running in the opposite direction. Despite being unable to walk unaided, Gareth did all he could to stop him.

“I was trying to block him in with my car, and I managed to knock him off balance,” he said. “But when I got out of the car to chase him, I remembered my foot was in a boot and I couldn’t run after him.

“When he made off, I got back in the car and followed him. I opened the car door and hit him with it, and at that point I managed to get him and detained him until the police came.”

Gareth phoned the Dyfed-Powys Police control room, and informed that he had a man under arrest for robbery.

Jones-Morgan was found to have the victim’s wallet in his possession and was said to have threatened the victim by saying he had a gun.

He was arrested, charged with robbery, and was sentenced to a jail term.

Gareth, a father-of-three, said he was proud of his son for recognising suspicious behaviour and feeling compelled to report it.

“He is only 12, but he knew something wasn’t right,” he said. “I’m really proud that he took the time to notice what was going on, and to come home and tell us. It shows he is thinking about vulnerable people out and about.”

Gareth and Theo are son and grandson of DPP NARPO Member, Graham Earp (Rtd. PS) of Brecon who is justifiably immensely proud of them both.



Milford Haven Fish Docks is Wales’ largest fishing port and the large marina is a perfect base for boat users to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, known for stunning coastal scenery, beaches and outdoor adventures.

The above photo supplied by Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) was taken in the 80’s during a routine foot patrol of the docks. Pictured from left to right: Hayley Herd? (WPC800), Fenton Jones (Sgt. Milford Docks Police), Mr Roy Bannister, (Mechanic) and Peter.



Congratulations to Mrs Vreni Simpson of Holmfirth, near Huddersfield who celebrated her 100th birthday with her family on Tuesday 14th January and is possibly the oldest member of Dyfed-Powys NARPO.

From left to right: Mrs Vreni Simpson, Mrs Simpson with her daughter Anita, Birthday cards with NARPO centenary medal.

Vreni is the widow of the late Sergeant Jack Simpson who transferred from the Metropolitan Police to the Mid-Wales Constabulary in 1949 – he was allocated the collar number 46 and his first station was Welshpool.

Photo 1: PC Jack Simpson (Metropolitan Police), Photo 2: With Anita & David in Welshpool, Photo 3: Jack (left) keeping in step with PC Roy Gant, Photo 4: Jack (left) with PC Cleaton Gregory.

As was common practice at that time, he was moved regularly to different stations being posted to Churchstoke, Llangunllo, back to Welshpool and then to Builth Wells where he was the station sergeant.

Prior to joining the Police, Jack joined the Royal Artillery in 1934 before joining the Metropolitan Police in 1936. When war broke out in 1939, he re-joined his troop spending some time in France where he developed pneumonia and convalesced near Banbury where he met Vreni, a native of Switzerland, at a local dance.

Shortly afterwards, Jack was posted to Burma where he remained until the end of the war. At the end of hostilities, Jack re-joined the Met and married Vreni in 1946 and became proud parents to Anita in 1947 and David in 1948.

By this time, Vreni was homesick for her native Switzerland so Jack transferred to the Mid Wales Constabulary as he felt the rolling hills and beautiful countryside would be reminiscent of Vreni’s homeland.

The transfer took place and the Simpson family spent a very happy time living in mid-Wales. Jack completed full service and retired in 1966 when he became warden at an outdoor centre at Cusop, near Hereford and passed away at the age of 64.

Many thanks to Anita for supplying the photos and interesting details about her father’s career.



A nice period photograph of a roadside stop check being carried out somewhere in Pembrokeshire. The ages of the cars visible are 1959, 1960 and 1961, so presumably the photo was taken in the early sixties.

It is not known whether it is a Ministry of Transport or a Police check as it was common practice in those days for traffic officers to wear white coats when carrying out vehicle examinations.



The next picture is also from the early sixties and shows a Pembrokeshire rural officers Velocette LE motorcycle together with a Standard Pennant van which was probably driven by the SOC officer.

Possibly taken at the scene of a fatal RTC, as indicated by the bunches of flowers on the verge (centre of photo). The Velocette has the usual metal POLICE panniers whereas the civilian model had to make do with canvas panniers.



Another Pembrokeshire car, this time from 1965. It wasn’t only Liverpool and the Met that used Mini Coopers. This one was well fitted out with grille mounted loudhailer, ‘POLICE STOP’ sign in rear window, and what looks like a lightweight roof rack bar.

In those days Pembrokeshire had some very tight little lanes - perhaps that is what tempted the force to go for small but powerful minis.



In the early 90’s, Dyfed-Powys experimented with using Vauxhall Cavaliers instead of vans to transport Dog Handlers & their dogs.

The picture shows PC Ian Muckle (Rtd. PC260) and his loyal friend Niko which was Ian’s first dog.



The photo was taken during the annual inspection by HMI of Constabulary to the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary in November 1961.

Mr.Tarry, HMI inspects the Mobile Section at Friars Park, Carmarthen accompanied by senior officers and members of the Police Authority.

The above photographs reproduced courtesy of the Alan Matthews Collection.



As this will be the last photo to be posted on the DPP NARPO website in 2019, the below photo will probably remind many NARPO members of working the late shift on New Year’s Eve in years gone by!

The photo was taken outside the Elephant & Castle Hotel, Newtown on New Year’s Eve (possibly 2000), with Bill Rowbottom (left) and Gareth Davies keeping a watchful eye on the good people of the web-master's home town.

Photo courtesy of the Frank Moore Photographs Old & New of Newtown Facebook page.



After last year’s successful inaugural event, it was agreed to hold this year’s lunch at the same venue - the Lakeside Golf Club, Garthmyl, near Newtown.

Twenty-six members and partners attended on Tuesday 3rd December, much the same as last year.  It was good to see some new faces, while a couple were unable to attend - more importantly, Gary Jones remembered to come this year!  However, despite his pleadings with the management, he was unable to get his deposit back from the 2018 lunch because he had somehow forgotten the date!

Everyone enjoyed the food and company - so much so that before the end of the meal, it was agreed to hold next year’s lunch at the same venue.



On the same day, nearly 40 members and partners sat down to an excellent meal at the Carmarthen function held at The Falcon Hotel, Carmarthen.

Prior to the lunch, Mr. Dafydd Llywellyn (P&CC), Mr. Mark Collins (CC) and Ms. Claire Parmenter (DCC) dropped in to wish everyone the compliments of the festive season.

Unfortunately, the Carmarthen contingent are more camera shy than their colleagues from the north of the force area, hence the reason why there are no photographs of what was a very enjoyable event.



This photograph of Pembrokeshire Police officers first appeared on the website some time ago. Mr Gwyn Jones of Bridgend recently sent the below update regarding his late father, Robert John Jones who appears in the photo.

My father, Inspector Robert John Jones is seated in the front row, fourth from the right. Dad joined the Pembrokeshire Constabulary in 1933 having been promoted to Inspector whilst serving in the Caernarfonshire Constabulary. This photograph would have been taken at Haverfordwest probably in the grounds of Haverfordwest Castle where the Headquarters was sited. 

I understood that Dad was transferred to Pembroke Dock, in approximately 1939, as the Superintendent and was located in the former Police Station at Charlton Place. The Supt's. office window overlooked the adjacent Albion Square Primary School playground. Surprisingly there were very few fights in the playground as "that copper up there..." used to open his window and shout down. Sometimes it's extremely handy having a 'copper' as a dad!!

The 'old' Police Station in Charlton Place, Pembroke Dock

My father spent his remaining years of service in Pembroke Dock having moved to the new Police Station in Water Street. He retired in September 1961, as DCC serving both Chief Constable Captain ATN Evans and George Terry. His service record was precise in recording not x years and y months but 'thirty three and 1/3 years.

My father died on December 22nd, 1969 and I know that he enjoyed all his police career and was very proud of his colleagues of all ranks. He was a Mining Engineer and a Mining Surveyor before joining the Police but a combination of the 'Slump' in the 20s and the slow recovery and the suspicion of silicosis caused him to seek a new challenge.

I have fond memories of sometimes accompanying my father on his fortnightly pay runs around the rural Police houses/offices of the South Pembrokeshire Division. Those were the days when employees were paid in cash, so he had a blue bank bag, full of tobacco tins and a light blue accounting sheet with columns delineated in red. Each policeman would be found either on his beat or at the office, the tin would be handed over, the cash checked and signed for and an exchange of salutes would bring the proceedings to a close. I of course would also offer a salute which was often returned with a wink.

Returning to the photograph I think PC Henton is the 'White Cap' on the left and standing, back row, third from right is PC Evans who, and this might be a little muddled was transferred to Pembroke Dock and then to Tenby by which time he was an Inspector. He had a son, John, who became a Policeman, but I think possibly Swansea or Cardiff. John and I are of similar ages so he would be mid-seventies now.

Many thanks are extended to Gwyn for compiling the interesting update.



The term ‘Jam Sandwich or Jam Butty’ for a Police car came into use in the 1970s, when such cars changed from the traditional blue and white colour scheme to white with a broad fluorescent red or orange stripe along the side. This colour scheme is reminiscent of jam sandwiched between two slices of white bread, hence the name. However, Dyfed-Powys bucked the trend and at one time used a broad yellow band as seen below.

The Ford Cortina patrol car is being driven by the late Bernard (Bernie) Muckle who transferred to Pembrokeshire Police from Lancashire Police in 1961. For many years he was a Traffic Sergeant stationed at Pembroke Dock until retirement in the 80’s and is fondly remembered by those he served with. Bernie’s son, Ian, followed in his father’s footsteps and will be well known to many as a DPP Dog Handler.



The introduction of PACE in 1986 set out the requirements for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects in police custody. Talented cartoonist Gary Jones (right) drew the below cartoon that appeared in Off Beat shortly after the legislation came into force which light heartedly portrayed the responsibility of being a Custody Officer at that time.

Apparently, Gary’s ambition was to go to Art College, but he was ‘persuaded’ to join the services. After joining the Metropolitan Police, he transferred to Dyfed-Powys and was based in north Powys.

(Rumours that Gary has been offered a part in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are completely unfounded)!



In the 60's most Police forces had Morris Minors as part of their vehicle fleet - in this case it is 15 Morris Minor vans being handed over to Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary at the Friars Park HQ in October 1966.

The vans were destined to be used at rural stations instead of motorbikes - the following year Unit Beat Policing came into being, bringing with it the sight of little blue and white pandas over the whole of the UK. 

Courtesy of the Alan Matthews collection.



In the mid 80’s, three Metropolitan Police officers embarked on a 5 day tour of England & Wales in a Ford Granada with the object of visiting the HQ’s of all 43 forces. At the Dyfed-Powys HQ in Friars Park, Carmarthen they were welcomed by the Chief Constable Mr David Shattock (centre) with Chief Supt (Traffic) Mike Cronin looking on.

The actual route the trio took was a closely guarded secret as they hoped to raise £20,000 for two charities by inviting people to estimate for a small fee, the total mileage covered.

Photo from the Alan Matthews collection.



NARPO member Roger Anthony of Llanelli recently retired from Dyfed-Powys Police for a second time! He joined Dyfed-Powys in September 1970 as a 17 year old Cadet and was stationed at Carmarthen and Newtown. Following initial training at Bridgend he was posted to Brecon and during the summer of 1973 was a summer attachment at Saundersfoot.

Roger with Mr Mark Collins (CC) and Claire Parmenter (DCC)

His next posting was to Llandrindod Wells (Traffic) which was not a post he sought. In 1978, Roger was posted to Cross Hands (Llanelli North) and in 1982 to Llanelli where he remained for 10 years.

In 1992, Roger was promoted to Sergeant at Haverfordwest and in 1995 he returned to Cross Hands. Since then Roger has been stationed at Ammanford / Llandeilo and retired in Carmarthen. Following retirement, Roger re-joined Dyfed Powys Police as a PCSO and started in Llanelli and ended his career after 49 years service at Llandeilo.

Well done Roger, enjoy a well-deserved retirement



The below photograph of two Pembrokeshire Police traffic officers standing proudly by a Ford Zephyr Mk lll patrol car was probably taken in 1962/63 as the registration plate (PDE suffix) indicates that the car was first registered in 1962.

The officer on the right is the late James (Jim) James who joined Pembrokeshire Police in February 1954. For many years he was a Traffic Sergeant based at Pembroke Dock and prior to his retirement in or around 1983 was a Station Sergeant based at ‘The Dock’ - he also 'took' the weekly magistrates court held at Pembroke Town Hall.

Following some astute detective work, the young officer on the left has been identified as the late Geoff Richards who joined Pembrokeshire Police in January 1959. Sadly, Geoff passed away in 1990 while still serving and at the time, he was Chief Inspector (Force Development) at FHQ Carmarthen.

Many NARPO members will be aware that Geoff’s two sons, Dean and Ian followed in his footsteps with both joining the Police. Dean retired as Chief Superintendent (Pembrokeshire Division) and Ian retired as Inspector (Operations) at FHQ.

Footnote: According to Dean, his mother was delighted to see the photograph and regularly visits the Photo Album section of the NARPO website.

Photo from the Alan Matthews collection.


No. 8 DPTC BRIDGEND (1959)

Many thanks to NARPO member, Anthony Jones of Pembroke who recently came across the below photograph taken during an initial course held at Bridgend from January - May 1959.

Featured in the photo are Anthony’s late father (1) Colin Jones (Rtd. PS97) and (2) HJ Davies who both joined the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary. (There are no other recruits or training staff in the photo from the other Dyfed-Powys constituent forces).



In October 1989, the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority approved an application by the Chief Constable, Mr Ray White, for the purchase of a Bell Jet Ranger single engine helicopter.

Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) receiving the keys to the first X-Ray99

Following delivery of the ‘chopper’ from the factory in Canada, the first Police Air Support Unit in Wales took the skies in May 1990 with its base at FHQ, Carmarthen The main pilot at that time was Captain Ian Neilson and the two regular Observers were PS Alistair Lindsay and PC Tony Williams (below).

Mr Ray White with Captain Ian Neilson at the controls

The helicopter could reach any part of the Dyfed-Powys force area within 40 minutes and during the 15 years that X-Ray 99 operated, it assisted ground units with:

  • Searches for missing people, suspects and vehicles
  • Casualty evacuation
  • Transporting specialist teams around the force area
  • Gathering intelligence/evidence using aerial photography and video
  • Vehicle pursuits
  • Surveillance

In 2015, the decision was made to close the Dyfed-Powys Police helicopter base at Pembrey and the Unit closed on New Year's Day 2016.



Many thanks to Mr Alan Mathews, the current editor of the Police Vehicle Club (PVEC) magazine for sending DPP NARPO two CD’s containing hundreds of photographs including many images of Dyfed-Powys Police vehicles. Obviously, too many to post on the website but a selection will be posted on a regular basis and will be credited to 'The Alan Matthews collection'.

Alan is a member of NARPO having started his career in Staffordshire Police prior to transferring to Derbyshire and subsequently retired from West Mercia in 1994. Alan crossed the border over 20 years ago from Shropshire to his current address near Pontsian, Ceredigion.

NB If you are interested in joining PVEC, please contact the membership secretary Matt Holmes via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - the membership fee is £15:00 per year.



Another photo from the collection of the late Eric Powling – this one was taken during an Inspector’s Course held at Gwent Police HQ probably in the early 70’s and features several DPP officers.

Pictured with identification numbers: Front (L to R) (1) Brian Thomas, (2) Mr William Farley (Gwent Chief Constable), Middle row: (3) Bernard Merchant, (4) David Leigh, (5) Eric Powling, Back row: (6) Fred Hughes, (7) Ralph Rees, (8) Tom (TO) Davies.



Many NARPO members will have fond memories of the bygone age when even remote villages within Dyfed and Powys had their own ‘Bobby’. During the 1970’s & 80’s, many out-stations closed for good with officers relocated to the towns.

The below appeared in the September 1986 issue of the force newspaper ‘Off Beat’. The identity of the author and cartoonist is not known!

Note: Off Beat was first published in December 1977 and appeared quarterly - according to the editor's note in the first edition the aim of the newspaper was to highlight achievements, interests and problems throughout the force area.



Following on from the article and photographs posted on the website relating to the murder of John Harries and his wife Phoebe at their farm near Pendine in October 1953.

Below are three photographs taken during the murder investigation conducted by Carmarthenshire Constabulary and Metropolitan Police that led to the arrest of Ronald Harries. Harries was found guilty at Carmarthen Assizes and hanged at HMP Swansea in April 1954

The Chief Constable, Mr TH Lewis addressing farmers at the Gwalia Hall, St. Clears. Seated from left to right: Detective Sgt. B Heddon (New Scotland Yard), Detective Supt. J Capstick (New Scotland Yard), Supt. B Lloyd (Carmarthen Division)

Refreshment break – unnamed officers enjoying a cup of tea during the investigation.

Taken at Cadno Farm, Pendine on 16th November when the bodies of John & Phoebe Harries were discovered in a shallow grave dug in a field of Kale.

Photographs from the Alan Matthews collection.



The autumnal Ammanford area get together was held at Tycroes Rugby Club on Thursday 31st October. It was a most pleasant evening with twenty-five retired officers being present. The event was sponsored by Wynne Jenkins and Charles Gabe. Since its inception in 2004 this is the thirteenth occasion that the group have met.

Ammanford Police Station in 1908

Despite the presence of two very competent photographers, namely Bill Morgan and Gwyn John former Scenes of Crime officers, the photographs were taken by Geraint Davies ex-traffic. Geraint may well have missed his vocation. (To view the photos, click HERE)

The next meeting will be held in April 2020 at the same venue and will be subsidised by Dilwyn Thomas and Gary Evans.  Full details will be circulated in March and will appear on this website.

Many thanks to Harry Rees for organising the event and submitting the article / photos.



The below photo was taken in the early 70’s following a PAA match played at Devonport Services when Devon & Cornwall Constabulary were the opponents. According to Peter (590) Davies, the game was played in front of a large, partisan crowd and despite leading 2-0, DPP lost the game 3 – 2 with the winner scored in the dying minutes.

Drowning their sorrows in a local pub after the game: (Left to Right) Pete (90) Davies, Harry Dodd (Trainer), John (Sawyers) Jones, Peter (590) Davies, Dai Lewis, Ian Miles with Gwyn Hughes in the front. (The identity of the young man on the extreme right is not known). Sadly, Harry, John and Ian are no longer with us.

Many thanks to Peter (590) for submitting the photograph.



With Christmas not too far away, this photo is a reminder of Christmas past and features members of South Pembrokeshire CID on route to the annual party in 2005/2006.

L to R: Anthony Mattick, Anthony Jones, Dale Scriven, Jeremy Davies, Jo Thompson, Conrad Rees, Jim Morris and Cameron Ritchie.



Many thanks to Geraint Phillips for supplying this photograph, together with career details of Lemuel Trevor Rees No 25 of Pembrokeshire Police who appeared in a photo posted recently on the website.

Career details: Joined Pembrokeshire Police on 8th July 1925

Retired: 8th July 1955

Promoted to Sergeant No 2 on 21st January 1939

(Pembrokeshire Police officers were allocated a ‘new’ collar number upon promotion).

Geraint came across the photograph in 1989 when visiting an antique shop in Dark Street, Haverfordwest.



The below photos are reproduced with kind permission of Ross Mather (former SWP officer) who maintains the Virtual Museum of Police in Wales Facebook page.

Formed in 1835, the Haverfordwest Borough Police force consisted of only 6 police officers - a Head Constable, one Sergeant and four Constables. It ceased to exist in 1889 when merged into the Pembrokeshire Police.

Back Row (L to R): PC’s John Friend, Joseph Phillips, William Reynolds, Front: PS John Simpson, Head Constable John Williams and PC Richard Morse.

Both items were owned by and relate to Police Sergeant No.3 John Simpson who was a policeman in Haverfordwest for over 20 years.

Above, a glazed and framed presentation certificate, marking Sergeant Simpson’s retirement in 1889, a token of respect by the residents, officials and the presentation of a purse of £30.00. That was a lot of money back in those days and the equivalent of over £3,200 today!



There was excellent support for the Coffee & Welsh Cakes morning held at The Glen Hotel, Haverfordwest on Thursday 3rd October with some travelling from outside Pembrokeshire to meet up with former colleagues. Over 30 members and partners enjoyed reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ and the conservatory was filled with convivial chat and plenty of laughter.

Peter Davies, Chairman of DPP NARPO, thanked the organisers for arranging the event and hoped that it would not be too long before a similar get together is held.

It was unanimously agreed that the coffee mornings would continue on a quarterly basis with the next Coffee Morning planned for January 2020 at the same venue.

Below are some photographs taken during the morning.




The 7th Dyfed-Powys NARPO Golf Day organised by former branch chairman Phil Hopkins, took place at Builth Wells Golf Club on Tuesday 24th September and went ahead despite a dreadful weather forecast. Fortunately, the forecast did not materialise, and 14 members took to the immaculate course.

Following a very close tussle, Gary Evans just pipped Steve Cole to first place - this being the third consecutive year that Gary has returned home with the prestigious trophy.

For a full account of the day please click HERE

Ready for tee off: (L to R) Huw Rees, Mick Seal, Gary Evans, Alan Jones, Phil Small, Steve Cole, Mike Benbow, John Williams, Phil Gower, Des Parkinson, Derek Bloomfield, Phil Hopkins, David Jones, Paul Jones, Ian John


A delighted Gary Evans with trophies (again)!!



The below photo from the collection belonging to the late Mr Eric Powling (Rtd. C/Insp) was taken in 1950 and features Detective Inspector Ernie Bright (left) and Sergeant Trevor Rees.

Harry Rees of Ammanford who joined Pembrokeshire Police as a Cadet in July 1965 has kindly provided the following information about the two officers:

Ernest William Bright joined Pembrokeshire Police on 30th November 1947 and was promoted to Sergeant in October 1956 and rose through the ranks in CID before being promoted to Superintendent in April 1968.

Prior to amalgamation in April 1968, Supt Bright took the lead for Pembrokeshire Police in the protracted discussions with chief officers of the other two forces. A short time after amalgamation he transferred to the City of London Police where he reached the rank of Commander.

Lemuel Trevor Rees joined Pembrokeshire Police on 8th July 1925 and was promoted to Sergeant in March 1939 - he retired from the force in July 1955. I believe I am correct in stating that he was the father of Derek Rees a Western Mail reporter who was always present at Crown Court and the local Haverfordwest Magistrates Court.



A great turnout in amazing weather greeted the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in Carmarthen on Thursday 19th September when they marched through the town with the Colour flying and bayonets fixed.

The contingent came to a halt in Guildhall Square where they were inspected by the current Mayor of Carmarthen, Councillor Jeff Thomas (Jeff Five) who is a member of Dyfed-Powys NARPO.



Many thanks to Brian Wiley of Aberystwyth for supplying this photo of an immaculately dressed Peter Colwill (Rtd. PS195) who was stationed in Aberystwyth in the eighties when this photo was taken.

The photo was taken during a conversation with a crew member of the Aberystwyth Lifeboat following a rescue in Cardigan Bay. Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station was established in 1861, but there has been a lifeboat serving the town since 1843.



Glyn Jones (Rtd DC 243) of Haverfordwest joined Dyfed-Powys Police in 1976 following service in the RAF and on completion of initial training at Cwmbran posted to Pembroke Dock. He subsequently swapped uniform for plain clothes - initially a Drugs Officer then CID where he was involved in a number of major investigations.

During a recent house move, Glyn came across a batch of photographs taken during his service which are reproduced below.

   Glyn in the Haverfordwest Drugs Office                          With DC Fiona McGregor (later Matchett)



The below photograph was taken in the early 80’s during a murder investigation at Llanelli. Snooker enthusiasts will probably instantly recognise local hero Terry Griffiths CBE and Steve Davis OBE.

L to R: Terry Griffiths, Tony Eden, Ken Thomas, Steve Davis, Glyn Jones.



In the summer of 1983, thanks to the vigilance of the canny locals, police and customs authorities were alerted to the fact that there was some funny business going on in a quiet cove just a few miles from Little Haven in Pembrokeshire.

Local fishermen had seen strangers suddenly emerge from nowhere on the almost inaccessible beach and the strangers gave several unlikely explanations for their presence. Suspicions were further raised after locals saw a 15ft inflatable with two powerful outboard motors beached on the pebbles.

A Rolls Royce was seized during the operation and taken to Fishguard Police Station. L to R: John Daniels, the late Ray Lewis, Glyn Jones and Eurfyl 'Corgi' Evans. Sat  behind the wheel is John Elias Lewis.

Dyfed-Powys Police started an investigation, called Operation Seal Bay, and officers discovered a large fibreglass tank buried under the shingle in the cove.

The above photo was taken following the trial - Back row (L to R): Alan Coles, Glyn Jones, Brian Edmunds (SOCO), John Daniels, Eurfyl ‘Corgi’ Evans and a DC from No 6 RCS. Front: Don Evans, Lord Gareth Williams QC, Judge John Diehl QC, Michael Hughes (Force Solicitor) and Mr Neville Thomas (Legal Executive). 

An international drug-running gang had been using this out of the way spot to smuggle their drugs ashore - caught red-handed by the police, they were eventually jailed.



The group photo of Fishguard and Haverfordwest CID officers was taken at the Fishguard Bay Hotel in 1987 at a party to mark the retirement of Alun Pritchard.

Back (L to R): Tony Davies, Gareth Thomas, Glyn Jones,Geraint Griffiths. Front: (R to L) Tony Eden, David Charlton, Chris James, Alun Pritchard, Tom Peters and Ken Thomas. Sadly, Alun, Gareth and David are no longer with us.



In the early hours of Monday 8th April 1990, while en-route from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland, the MV Norrona (below) suffered a fire in the passenger accommodation resulting in several casualties including one fatality.

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As many of the 200+ passengers resided in the Republic, a team was tasked with travelling to Dublin to interview potential witnesses. The below photograph was taken in the Dublin CID office with Garda Síochána officers who provided invaluable assistance.

Back (L to R): Garda DC. Alan Eldred, Neil Howells, Richard Evans, Glyn Jones. Front: Roger Hughes, D/Supt & D/Insp (both Garda).

Many thanks to Glyn for the use of the photos.



The below photograph received from Ross Mather features members of the Cardiganshire Constabulary, believed to have been taken in 1927.

The photo appears to have been taken in a big police station yard – does anyone have any idea of the location? Written in pencil on the back 'PC Jones, Llanddewi'.



The following has been received from Mr Mike Price (Rtd. PC45):

Re the picture of the Cardiganshire Constabulary, I believe that it was taken at the rear of Aberystwyth Police Station when it was in Great Darkgate Street. I have a copy of the picture and it is dated 1923 but with no explanation as to what the occasion was. My grandfather, Thomas Owen Price PC33, is standing in the middle row six in from the left.

I have several photographs of my grandfather taken at the same location, together with a large framed picture taken in July 1937 of the whole force during a royal visit  to Aberystwyth. By now he is a sergeant and was living in the police house attached to the station. I remember my grandmother telling me that if there was a female prisoner she would have to perform unpaid duties as a matron and feed the prisoners.

I am in the process of doing some research into my grandfather’s career in the Cardiganshire Constabulary and his time in the Welsh Guards, he retired in 1946 and died in 1969 two years before I joined Dyfed Powys as a cadet.  



The below entry from the Liverpool City Police Driving School Records has been received from Mr Tony Roach of Widnes who is an Archive Researcher for Merseyside Police and an Associate Member of DPP NARPO.

A four-week advanced driving course commenced on 14th August 1939 and was scheduled to finish on 9th September 1939. There were nine students on the course including two Liverpool City Police officers and the remaining students were from ‘outside’ forces including Tunbridge Wells, Suffolk West, Carlisle City, Eastbourne and Brecon Constabulary - the Breconshire officer being Constable HR (Roy) Gant.

Students were required to submit five essays and the entry shows the marks attained on the first three.

However, none of the students completed the course as World War ll was declared on 3rd September and the driving school closed until October 1945.



Another nostalgic photo received from Tony Roach which was taken outside Llandrindod Wells Police Station in April 1931 and features the constabulary’s first motor patrols.

The officers proudly sat astride the BSA motor cycles are (L to R): PC’s AJ Williams, RH Tantrum and L Morris.



The below photograph appeared on the Honey Harfat Facebook page recently - it was taken in High Street, Haverfordwest in 1958

It features two unknown Pembrokeshire Police officers who were probably changing shift to perform traffic control on the busy main thoroughfare through the county town which in those days was ‘two way’.  

UPDATE: The following has been received from Mr Harry Rees:

In relation to the photograph of the two Pembrokeshire Officers on duty in High Street, Haverfordwest. I am not 100% sure but the stance of the left officer strongly resembles that of PC Gerald Fielding James No 73 (Rtd. C/Insp). In respect of the other officer – it could well be PC Tom Morris No. 67 (Rtd. PS).



As you are no doubt aware, this year (2019) marks the Centenary of the formation of NARPO and events have been taking place in branches throughout England and Wales to celebrate the occasion. The Dyfed Powys branch has hosted three afternoon teas and a coffee morning has been arranged for early October in Pembrokeshire.

The main event arranged nationally was a dinner held in a marquee in the grounds of the Tower of London in June. Every branch was invited to send four representatives and most branches were represented at the event.

Dyfed Powys NARPO was represented by the Chair and Secretary and their wives, Peter Davies and Pat and Phil Addicott and Heidi. Phil Hopkins and Gill attended in Phil's capacity as a member of the NEC.

L to R: Phil Hopkins, Phil Addicott and Peter Davies, Front Gill Hopkins, Heidi Addicott and Pat Davies

The expectation for an evening event in June in London would be that the weather should be warm and sunny and so several tables and chairs had been placed outside the marquee for the pre-dinner drinks reception. However, the good old British weather prevailed and the whole day turned out to be dull, cold and wet, leaving the outside table and chairs redundant! The one redeeming feature was that for the evening the rain held off, making the walk to and from the function more pleasurable that it may otherwise have been.

HRH Princess Anne with Brian Burdus (President of NARPO)

HRH the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) had agreed to be the patron of NARPO for the duration of the centenary year and was the guest of honour at the dinner. Several NARPO members from around the country including Phil Hopkins were presented to the Princess Royal.

A very pleasant evening followed with around seven hundred guests being served by the extremely efficient staff who were obviously well used to dealing with such large numbers.

The evening passed far too quickly and the later than planned departure of the Princess Royal showed that she had enjoyed the evening. In fact, she had to be cajoled into leaving by her lady in waiting as she had an early appointment in Liverpool the following day. There is a stipulation about attending evening events in the Tower grounds that the grounds are locked on the stroke of midnight and no one left inside after that time will be let out. I'm not quite sure what would happen to that unfortunate soul as the Dyfed Powys contingent made sure that they were well and truly departed by the witching hour and we had no reports of anyone being locked in the Tower overnight!

A very nice evening spent with pleasant company - here's to the next hundred years!

Phil Hopkins



The finals of the 2019 Welsh Police Bowls competition were held at Pembroke Dock Bowling Club in July and although the number of competitors was low, the standard of Bowls played during the day was high.


A delighted Hwyel receiving the prestigious Singles Trophy from Mrs Diana Davies , President of Pembroke Dock BC, with losing finalist Tony Evans in the background

In the final of the Singles competition, Hywel Davies defeated Tony (Chuggs) Evans 21-17 in a closely fought battle. Hywel was also victorious in the Pairs final when he partnered Keith Henry to a 21 – 15 win against Tony and Wyn Morris. The winners will now represent Wales in the British Police Finals which will be played at Southend on Sea in early September.

Many thanks to Martin Jones for organising the event and a special word of thanks to Pembroke Dock BC for allowing the use of the green and their excellent facilities.



The below photo has been received from Peter Davies (Rtd DC590) of Newtown who with his wife Joyce, recently celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary.

Peter is the current President of Newtown Cricket Club and is pictured with Joyce, sons Craig and Jonathon - both Newtown cricketers, ex Montgomery County players. Grandsons Fyfe, who plays for the Newtown under 11 academy, and Griff who plays for Shropshire under 12. Also in the picture is Jonathon’s wife Leah.



The below photograph kindly submitted by Dai Jones (Rtd. PC164) of Cardigan was taken during the 1927/28 season and features Cardiganshire Police AFC.

Back Row (L to R): PC's G Lewis, EJ Vaughan, A Davies, R Lloyd (Trainer). Middle: PS T Jones, PC’s R Jones, WH Jones, J Richards, WJ Ishmael, Ll Joel, PS E Lewis. Front: Mr Steven Jones (Chief Constable), PC’s G Owen, WE Griffiths (Captain), D Davies, Supt. D Thomas.



The below photograph taken in March 1933 was kindly sent to me by Mr Ross Maher a retired South Wales Police officer and features the Cardiganshire Police (Aberystwyth Division) Ju Jitsu Team.

(Ju Jitsu, is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an opponent in which one uses either a short weapon or none). 

Front Row (L to R): Supt. EJ Evans, Steven Jones (Chief Constable), Milwyn Jenkins (Instructor), Supt. Daniel Thomas, Sgt. J Richards. Back Row: PC’s EW Jones, AI Williams, AH Jenkins, KG Williams. TO Lloyd, DI Jones.



The following three photos have been kindly sent to me by Mr Huw Jones, a retired Metropolitan officer, who has retired to a sheep farm in Carmarthenshire. Huw’s father was Constable Bill Jones of the Mid-Wales Constabulary who was stationed in the 1960's at Hundred House, a small village between Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells.

Initial Training at Bridgend in May 1949 - Bill is denoted with the blue arrow.

Huw fondly recalls 'The legendary Sgt Wilf Gorman (father of Dave Gorman) and Geoff 'Duff' Edwards were regular visitors to the house during my childhood. I also remember dad being recruited for 'Christmas Tree and Poultry Patrol' in the 1960's which seemed an important police function in those days'!

Traffic Patrol duty at Hay-on-Wye

The last  photo shows how busy life was as the Constable at Hundred House!

Many thanks to Huw for reminding us of a bygone era in British Policing.



As part of the ongoing NARPO Centenary celebrations, a highly successful Afternoon Tea was held at the Castle of Brecon Hotel, Brecon on Wednesday 19th June.

The event organised by Maria Clayton-Jones, was supported by 28 members who had travelled from Carmarthen, Aberaeron, Llandeilo, Llanelli, Merthyr and Aberdare plus a good number of members from the Brecon area.

A delicious tea was served at around 4pm - the food was all freshly cooked and the home-made scones with clotted cream went down a treat. To conclude the afternoon, a raffle was held with two lucky winners each taking home a bottle of wine.

Well done to Maria for organising the function that was thoroughly enjoyed by one and all.



Almost 50 members and partners took a step back in time on Thursday 6th June when they took the train from Bronwydd Arms through the beautiful Gwili Valley near Carmarthen. The excursion was organised by Peter Davies, Chairman of DPP NARPO as part of the celebration events to mark 100 years of the National Association of Retired Police Officers.

All aboard – the party with Cllr Jeff Thomas & Mrs Eirlys Thomas (Mayor & Mayoresss of Carmarthen)

During the journey, the party was served with buttered scones, strawberries and cream with many favourable comments made about the high quality of the refreshments - suitably washed down with a glass of sparkling Prosecco.

Mayor of Carmarthen, Cllr. Jeff Thomas & Peter Davies cut the cake (right)

At the end of the line, a ‘Centenary Cake’ was cut by the Chairman, ably assisted by the current mayor of Carmarthen – Councillor Jeff Thomas (Rtd. C/Supt) who is a member of DPP NARPO, following which one and all raised their glasses in a toast to NARPO.

Finally, from comments received it appears that everyone enjoyed a splendid afternoon in glorious weather  – eating, drinking and most importantly catching up with former colleagues and friends.

Special thanks are extended to Cllr. Jeff & Mrs Eirlys Thomas, Mayor and Mayoress of Carmarthen for their presence and to Jeremy John (NARPO member) and his team at the Gwili Railway for ensuring the occasion ran so smoothly.

Peter Davies (Chairman)



As part of the celebrations to commemorate the Centenary of NARPO, the North Powys area of the branch held an afternoon tea on Monday 10th June at the picturesque location of Maesmawr Hall Hotel, near Caersws.

Group photo taken inside Maesmawr Hall 

Unfortunately, the rather unseasonal weather prevented us from taking our tea outside in the gardens. However, the 27 members who attended did not let the rain interfere with their enjoyment of the afternoon and everyone had a good catch up with plenty of the traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones on offer, along with the bottomless pots of tea.

We were very well looked after by the staff at Maesmawr and at the end of the afternoon, everyone agreed that they had had a thoroughly enjoyable time - in fact so much so that it was almost a case of physically ejecting the stragglers from the venue. 

Phil Hopkins

For more photographs taken at the event please click HERE



A nostalgic photo kindly supplied by Huw Jones of Carmarthen - the photo was taken circa 1960 and shows Huw’s father, PC43 Bill Jones of the Mid-Wales Constabulary presenting a young lad with his Cycling Proficiency certificate in Llandrindod Wells.

The Sergeant on the right of the photograph is the late Don Jenkins (Rtd. Supt) and NARPO member Dave Gorman has identified the Sergeant stood to the left as the late Ivor Bennett.

Note: Ivor was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) along with Geoff (Duff) Edwards and DPP NARPO member Tommy Davies (Rtd. Supt) who was awarded the George Medal, for apprehending Robert Boynton. Boynton shot and blinded PC Arthur Rowlands near Machynlleth in August 1961.



The below photograph submitted by Les Clark of Carmarthen recently appeared on the Brecon Memories Facebook page.

The photo was taken during a visit to Brecon prior to the 1987 General election by the late Mr Richard Livesy MP and David Steel MP former leader of the Liberal Democrats Party.

The identity of the uniformed officers is not known but there are a few plain clothes officers mingling with the crowd including John Harries, Bob Strasdin, Chris Penny, and Richard Williams (there may be others).



NARPO member, Peter Davies of Newtown was recently given the below photograph by a local historian on the off chance that someone may be able to identify the officer.

To date the identity of the officer, probably an Inspector in the Mid-Wales Constabulary, remains unknown - can anyone help?



The Mid Wales Constabulary Association held their Annual General Meeting and Re-Union lunch at the Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells, on Friday 10th May 2019.  The meeting was opened by the President, retired Superintendent Henry Jones where 24 members of the Association and one guest attended.

The Association was formed in 1981 and the Inaugural lunch was held at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells. The below photographs show members of the Association enjoying an excellent lunch. 

The next AGM will be held at The Greyhound Hotel, on Friday 8th May 2020, and any members who would like to attend and who may not be on the distribution list are asked to contact the Secretary, Barry Hicks, on 01597825828 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Association President, Mr Henry Jones (right) with Barry Hicks (Secretary / Treasurer) organising the raffle.

L to R: Elvet Watkins, Dave Gorman, Mike Kelly, John Roderick, Ian Kinsey, Barry Hicks, Henry Jones, Roy Harries, Clive Cowey, Arthur Lewis, Bob Evans, Dave Crees.

L to R: Doug Jones, Idris Williams, Geoff Thomas, Dave Lewis, Alan Jones, Chris Brennan, Mike Denyard, Pat Cochrane, John Williams, Peter Davies

L to R: Roy Harries, Clive Cowey, Arthur Lewis, Bob Evans, Dave Crees, Lyn Clark, Dave Gorman, Mike Kelly, John Roderick, Ian Kinsey

Many thanks to Barry Hicks for submitting the article and to Peter Davies for supplying the photos.



The following has been received from Peter Davies (Chairman of DPP NARPO):

Pictured below are the NARPO members who attended an inaugural Coffee Morning held at Brecon last month. Eighteen members of DPP NARPO attended and a thoroughly enjoyable morning was had by all.

Left to right: Ceri Jones, Alan Harding, Gerald Prosser, Nigel Brace, Fean Thomas, Phil Price, Judy Vincent, Jacqui Heighway, Richie Williams, Pete Davies, Bill Smith, Maria Clayton-Jones, Ian Kinsey, Pete Taylor, Phil Addicott, Mark Doran

Many friendships were rekindled and a lot of reminiscing was done - some members had not seen each other for in excess of 20 years so, as you can imagine, numerous tales were re-told. All present agreed that this should become a regular event, so watch this space and your e-mails for any future dates.

Finally, on behalf of Dyfed Powys NARPO and in particular the Brecon and district members, I wish to thank Maria Clayton Jones for all her efforts in organising the Coffee Morning and wish you well in any such events in the future.



The North Powys area recently held  a successful coffee morning at the Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool. Below are a selection of photos taken at the event (all named left to right).

The next function to be held in the North Powys area will be the afternoon tea event, to be held as part of the branch celebrations for the Centenary of NARPO - further details will be made available in due course.

Phil Addicott, Clive Cowey, Phil Hopkins, Mrs Gill Hopkins and Mrs Pat Cowey

Mrs Linda Brennan and Roger Davies

John Williams, Mrs Myra Williams, Mrs Joyce Davies, Peter Davies and Chris Brennan



Retired C/Inspector Mark Edwards joined Dyfed-Powys Police as a Cadet and following initial training was posted to Tenby as PC 222. He served in various parts of the force area in several roles including Traffic, Training and Personnel at FHQ.

Mark recently came across photographs taken during his Police career which are reproduced below in date order.

(Many NARPO members will be aware that Mark’s father was the late john (Jack) Edwards (Rtd. C/Supt) and Mark’s three brothers Clive, Phil and Andrew also followed their father in joining ‘the job’).



Taken at the Police Training Centre (Wales) in the summer of 1980 when Mark was a Sergeant seconded to Cwmbran as a Trainer, the photo includes several Dyfed-Powys Officers.

The DPP officers are: (1) Henry Jones (2) Ron Callaghan (3) Geoff Griffiths (4) Ian Miles (5) Mike Williams  (6) Mark Edwards (7) Gerald James (8) Adrian Antrobus


Taken at FHQ in 1990 when officers from overseas forces attending the Senior Command Course at Bramshill paid a visit to the force area.

During their visit they were welcomed by (1) Mr Ray White (CC), (2) Haydn Davies (DCC) and (3) Mark Edwards (C/Insp. Personnel).



In November 1990, Mark (4th from left in centre) attended and successfully completed the highly demanding negotiators course held at Hendon. During practical exercises, participants were trained to form negotiator cells to resolve simulated hostage situations. 

Note: The female officer stood 4th from the left is Ms Cressida Dick CBE QPM, the current Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.



1993 marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of Dyfed-Powys Police with events held throughout the force area to raise funds for worthwhile causes. Featured below is the Brecon Division Charity Committee.

Left to Right: Ray Morgan (Support Staff), Dai Thomas, Keith Rofe, Mrs Rachel Adams (Support Staff), Mark Edwards, Julie Driscoll, Meirion James and Malcolm James.  



In December 1993, a prisoner on home leave, barricaded himself and ten hostages in the attic of a dental surgery at Hay on Wye. Armed police marksman and dog handlers surrounded the clinic as negotiators worked through the night trying to coax the man to give himself up. The staff and patients were held at gunpoint for 15 hours, before the siege was ended.

A documentary of the incident was filmed in 1999 and the photo shows Inspector Bill Williams acting out his real life role as one of the hostage negotiators during the siege. (Identity of the AFO is not known).



The Royal Welsh Show is the highlight of the farming year in Wales and since 1963 the four-day event has been staged at Llanelwedd near Builth Wells.

Shown are Bill Williams (left) and Mark Edwards at a traffic control point overlooking the gigantic showground during the 1994 show.



Taken during the 2018 annual golf tour to Coleford - Mark is pictured enjoying a convial chat with Mike Benbow who also started his Police career at Tenby as PC610.

(No doubt they were sharing some anecdotes about their time pounding the beat in the 'Jewel of Pembrokeshire's Crown'!



Retired Detective, Anthony Mattick of Saundersfoot recently took part in his second charity trek to raise funds for Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff.

Anthony at the front with Rhod Gilbert stood second from left

In February, Anthony was a member of a large group that trekked along the Helambu Valley north of Kathmandu, Nepal for 55 miles. The group walked amongst the many hills and villages that were devastated by the 2015 earthquake when nearly 9,000 people lost their lives.

Group photo with Anthony sat third from left

Anthony and friends (including his old school friend from Carmarthen, Rhod Gilbert; and Derek ‘Weatherman’ Brockway) spent five days trekking through the spectacular Himalayan scenery. As a result, the magnificent sum of over £250,000 was raised for the Cancer Centre that every year treats over 5,000 new referrals and around 50,000 outpatients.

On Saturday 16th March, Rhod & Anthony have organised a sell-out fund raising Comedy Quiz in Tenby and it is expected that a further £10,000 will be raised for an extremely worthwhile cause.



The below photograph of Pembroke Borough FC was taken at the Bridge Meadow, Haverfordwest in the mid 60’s prior to a Welsh League fixture against Haverfordwest County FC and features two members of Pembrokeshire Police.

On the extreme right of the back row is Barrie Davies (Rtd. C/Insp) and alongside him is the late Brian Mainwaring (Rtd. DC554).

According to those who saw him play, although he was not particularly tall for a centre- forward (striker), Brian was a prolific goal scorer who could head a ball as hard as many could kick it. As well as being an excellent footballer with outstanding passing ability, Barrie was renown in local boxing circles for his stamina and ferocious punching.



Mrs Jean Evans joined Carmarthenshire Constabulary as a Woman Police Constable in 1953, aged 21 and was promoted to Sergeant in Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary in 1958, becoming the first female sergeant in the Force.

WPS 5 Jean Evans and Supt. Harold Sherwood - taken in May 1964 at the Eisteddfod in Cardigan, where they were demonstrating the force’s new radio communications.

At that time policing was male-dominated, and the role of the woman police sergeant was very different to that of her male colleagues. Jean recalls ‘In the 50s Policewomen were responsible for dealing with women and children. One of my responsibilities as a female Sergeant was to supervise policewomen in other stations; I regularly visited Aberystwyth, Ammanford and Llanelli’.

Today, Jean is an active member of DPP NARPO and regularly attends coffee mornings and meetings in Carmarthen.



Ross Mather of Bridgend is a retired South Wales Police officer, who for almost half a century, has studied the history of the police forces of Wales. Throughout that time, he has also collected numerous historic and rare memorabilia of the Welsh police.

According to Ross, the below helmet badge is probably the rarest in his collection – it is a three piece badge which was worn on a rose top helmet. The badge was donated to Ross by the late Chief Supt. Bob Dale, ex Salford City, Pembrokeshire and Gloucestershire forces - the badge was valued a few years ago at £400-£500!

NARPO member, Mr Eric Mullins of Tenby joined Pembrokeshire Police in 1955 and was stationed at Milford Haven. He recollects that the Milford Docks Police which comprised of three Constables, was based in a small office at the main entrance to the Docks. 

The role of the officers was to enforce the Milford Docks bye-laws, but primarily to prevent pilfering - so in effect they were uniformed security guards. By the mid 60’s, the fishing industry was in decline and the Milford Docks Police was eventually disbanded.

Eric recalls that Bill Rostron started his Police career as a member of the Milford Docks Police and finished his Police career as DCC in Gwent!

Note: Milford Haven during the early part of the 20th century was the fifth largest fishing port in the UK and the home port for over 100 trawlers with over 200 ‘drifters’ - so the town was extremely busy with a mix of tough, hard drinking seamen



The photo shows Roger Garraway (PC 213) of the Prosecutions Dept at Aberystwyth shaking hands outside Aberystwyth Magistrates Court  with the Clerk of the Court, the late Mr. John Davies who was formerly a Prosecuting Solicitor and fondly known by many as ‘John QC’.

The photo was taken in 1986 at the last sitting of Aberystwyth Magistrate's Court where the police conducted proceedings prior to the introduction of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 created the CPS who became responsible for conducting criminal prosecutions in England & Wales.

Many thanks to Brian Wiley for submitting the nostalgic photo.



The below photo was taken many seasons ago (possibly 1963/64), unfortunately there is no information as to the venue or opponents.

Standing (L to R): Henry Jones, N/K, Brian Bebb, Wynn Edwards, Ralph Rees, Gwyn Hughes, Jeff Hopkins, Brian (Budgie) Evans, Ron Thorogood, Colin Price, Ivor Jones, N/K, N/K, Front: Bert Edwards, Peter Davies, Brian Oakley, Colin Williams, Mel Evans and Arthur (Nat) Lewis.



Harold Greenwood was an English solicitor who moved to Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire in 1898 with his wife Mabel and their four children. In 1919, Greenwood was accused of murdering Mabel by arsenic poisoning and was tried at Carmarthen Assizes in 1920 where he was subsequently acquitted.

Harold Greenwood leaving the court

To view the scenes outside the court, including members of the Carmarthenshire Constabulary on horseback, click on:



Many NARPO members who were CID officers during the 70’s and early 80’s will have their own personal memory of Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Molloy who was head of Dyfed-Powys CID from 1972 to 83.

Detective C/Supt Pat Molloy

Dominic Patrick William Molloy was born in Cobh, Co. Cork and from the age of six brought up in England, leaving school at the age of 14 to work on the railway. In 1950 he joined Stoke on Trent City Police (later Staffordshire Police), entering CID in 1957.

During his time in Staffordshire he took a leading part in the 5-year investigation into a series of child murders known as the Cannock Chase Murders which shocked Britain, finally arresting the killer Raymond James Morris.

Writing became his hobby and on retirement, Pat and his wife Hilda lived at Fishguard overlooking the ferry terminal where he and his family first stepped off the boat from Cork. Sadly, he passed away at his home in June 2003.

Taken during the visit of HRH Prince Charles (1) to Newtown in 1973, DCC Cyril Vaughan (2), DCS Pat Molloy (3), Supt. Len Evans (4) and DS David Jones (5).  

The following photograph and quote are taken from his book Seal Bay about Operation Seal Bay which uncovered a sophisticated drug smuggling ring in north Pembrokeshire:

Ahoy there! – visiting Seal Bay shortly before his retirement. Pat Molloy (1), Det. Supt Derek Davies (2), DCC Aiden Mullett (3) and DS Aldwyn Jones (4) – later Det. Supt.

Eleven years I had held my job in Dyfed-Powys Police, since transferring from the Midlands where I had been a founder member of the Regional Crime Squad. Thirty-three years I had been a policeman, 25 years a detective. By dint of much travelling, constant contact at work and at play, by taking personal command of teams drawn from far and wide for protracted murder investigations, I knew every one of my men personally, their strengths, their weaknesses, their individual skills. ‘Work hard, play hard’ was our philosophy and there was nothing like a hundred hours a week major investigation and the celebration at the end of it to exemplify it.



Following on from recent articles from former Cadets reminiscing about their time spent on Outward Bound Courses, Roger Davies of Pembroke has provided an interesting insight into his time as a young Cadet at Llanelli in the early 60’s.

To read the article click HERE.

Note: Police Cadets were introduced in 1959 with the initial intention of boosting recruitment into the Police as, at that time recruitment was very low. Until the 1990’s, Police Cadets were full-time employees who were aged 16-19. Police Cadets had no powers of arrest but were able to assist their senior colleagues in many practical matters as well as observing the work of their supervisors.



On July 1st 1969, the investiture of Prince Charles took place at Caernarfon Castle, making him the 21st Prince of Wales. Among the 4,000 guests at the ceremony was Mr JR Jones, Chief Constable Dyfed-Powys Constabulary.

NARPO member Mr Peter Jones of Freshwater East, son of ‘JR’, recently came across investiture memorabilia including the comprehensive 112 page Operational Order compiled by Gwynedd Constabulary.

The front cover, introduction and a table of showing the mutual aid provided by outside forces can be found by clicking HERE.



Following on from the recent article and photographs of the Elan Valley Police Cadet Camp, some DPP Cadets attended the Aberdovey Outward Bound School.

The above group photo supplied by Gavin Davies (arrowed) was taken at Aberdovey in April 1972. Gavin has also compiled a synopsis of his time at Aberdovey which can be found by clicking HERE.



The below photograph received from Harry Rees, was taken in 1954/55 and originates from DPP NARPO member Dulais Williams, a former member of the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary.

It shows an overturned fire tender which was on an emergency call having travelled a short distance from the fire station in Heol Wallasey through Ammanford Square where it overturned in College Street.

The officer at the scene would have been a Carmarthenshire officer prior to amalgamation with Cardiganshire which took place in 1958.

Harry is reliably informed by Dulais that at present only three officers from the former Carmarthenshire force are still alive.

Dulais and Harry are attempting to identify the officer in the photograph – can you help?


NARPO member Mr Handel Rees (Rtd. PS51) has provided more details about the incident:

Handel is confident that the officer pictured in the photo is PC Johnson (No.5) as when Handel was about 15 years of age, he used to deliver milk to the officer’s home. Handel has also clarified that Ammanford Fire Station was then situated in the car park of what is now the Ammanford Social Club, commonly known as the Pick and Shovel.

The fire engine had travelled along Wind Street, failed to negotiate a nasty left-hand bend before overturning in College Street. The driver of the vehicle was Benny Williams who later became a County Councillor and a Magistrate. The passengers in the fire tender at the time included Sid Thomas and Alan Lane.

Many thanks to Handel for solving the mystery. 



The Elan Valley (below) is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas in Wales. However, for those that joined ‘the job’ as a Police Cadet and attended the Elan Valley Police Cadet Camp (EVPCC), the area probably evokes many memories of what was a physically demanding but rewarding time in their young lives.

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The outward-bound camp was situated a few miles west of Rhayader in the shadow of the imposing Caban Coch dam that supplies Birmingham with water. The courses, each lasting four weeks, were run by instructors from Birmingham City / West Midlands Police with Cadets drawn primarily from Midlands and Home Counties forces.

On arrival, each new intake was split into six platoons with each platoon named after a nearby town or village. After being issued with a sleeping bag, rucksack and eating utensils, Cadets were assigned to their new home with no home comforts  - a large ridge tent with wooden pallets for a mattress.

During the course, Cadets were instructed in new skills including map reading, compass work, knot typing, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, cross-country running, assault course and other physical challenges. By the end of the day they were dog-tired and with little in the way of entertainment, it was either a game of football or watching television on a small black & white TV.

The toughest challenge came towards the end of the course - a four-day trek over the Cambrian Mountains carrying a massive rucksack. It was hot, hilly and backbreaking - to make matters worse, the midges loved the tender, young flesh!

An aerial view of the area where the camp was situated – today, only the goalposts remain.

Four DPP NARPO members have kindly supplied photos taken during their time at Elan Valley and they appear below in chronological order.

N.B. Further memories will appear in due course - if you attended EVPCC please let us have your memories & photos.



Clive Cowey attended EVPCC as a Mid-Wales Constabulary Cadet, but things didn’t exactly go according to plan. (Unfortunately, Clive’s time at the camp was cut short due to him sustaining a broken ankle on the arduous assault course).

Clive is stood at the rear, second from right. Clive recollects that We’ve Got to Get out of this Place sang by The Animals became the camp’s anthem and for obvious reasons was sung with gusto at every opportunity! ‘Although it was over 50 years ago I still remember that the days were taken up with various physical activities which certainly did wonders in boosting our self-confidence’.



Like Clive, Hugh Colley was a Mid-Wales Constabulary Cadet and attended EVPCC in August 1967. He recalls, ‘The object of the four-week course with its rigid rules, was to toughen us up - both physically and mentally’.

Hugh on the extreme left of the front row also recollects ‘We all suffered with badly blistered feet and midge bites from the long treks over hilly and boggy terrain. It was definitely, the most challenging and demanding four weeks of our lives but great fun. A Commandant's inspection was held each Friday morning when our kit was inspected.. Also, the grass around each tent had to be cleared of sheep droppings and the turf swept in straight lines so it looked like Wembley on Cup Final day!

The camp motto Nec Aspera Terrent carved in wood roughly translates as Frightened by No Difficulties.



Geraint Phillips of Pembroke attended EVPCC in July / August 1972 as a Dyfed-Powys Cadet together with Dylan Thomas (Rtd. PS15) who was in a different platoon.

Geraint kneeling on the extreme left with his own brand of humour recalls. ‘It was a very tough, but happy four-week course spent in 5-star accommodation! After all, we could see at least 5 stars through the hole in our tent’. 



It was during the red hot summer of 1976 when Arfon Jones spent the whole of June at the cadet camp. At the tender age of 17, a month away from home was a daunting experience as George Phillips (then training PC) conveyed a group of young cadets from Carmarthen to Elan Valley – their new home.

Arfon’s platoon: (Standing from L to R) Martin Jones, Bill James, Arfon Jones, Meirion James. Front row: Barry Pinder and two West Midlands Cadets.

The above group photo includes a contingent of DPP Cadets including: Back row: (L to R) Phil Ingram, Andy Vaughan, Les Clark, Ceri Jones, Phil Brackley and Malcolm Thomas. Second row standing: Bill James, Arfon Jones, Bob Jones; Meirion James, David Puntan, Kevin Chamberlain, Martin Jones. Seated: Norman Nicholls, Malcolm Thompson, David Meredith. Sat on ground: Chris Jones, Andy (Snowy) Thomas and Barry Pinder.

In 2006 Arfon returned to the Elan Valley for the day and walked the area retracing the steps of the hikes and camp sites in 1976. With change of time most of the buildings had fallen to total ruin and trees grown to change the landscape but standing there in tranquility within the countryside, he could still visualise the way it was in 1976.

Happy times, forty years have certainly flown by!!


The following has been received from Malcolm Thompson (Coroner’s Officer, Carmarthen Division):


The photo submitted by Arfon Jones certainly brought back memories. June of 1976 was one of the hottest on record when this camp took place. The names in the photo that he was unsure of were Phil Brackley and David Puntan.



The below photo supplied by Glyn Cole (Rtd. DC802) was taken at Pontyates in April 1979 and features the jubilant C (Pembrokeshire) Division squad that defeated A (Llanelli) Division 26 - 16 in the final.

Back (L to R): Rob Thomas, Glyn Cole, John Kilcoyne, Bill Horne, Clive Rich. Front: Jeremy Davies, Ken Rees, Andy Edwards and Graham Richards



The below photo of a group of Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire officers was taken in 1959/60. It features the Judges Escort making their way to the Assize Court at The Guildhall following a church service held at St. Peter’s Church.


NARPO member Mr Peter Colwill of Borth has managed to identify some of the officers as follows:

The Inspector leading the procession is David Evans and the other Inspector is Meurig Thomas (later Superintendent at Aberystwyth). I think that the Sergeant on the right of the photo is Arwyn Thomas (Rtd. 126). The motorcyclist could be either the late Gareth Thomas (No. 191) or the late Ch. Insp. Dan Jones (61) as they were both motorcyclists at that time.

Left side from front

Right side from front

Insp. Meurig Thomas

Insp. David Evans

PS Jack Williams (later Insp)

PS Arwyn Thomas

PC John Phillips

PC Gwmryn Jones




PC Peter Colwill



The following has been received from Roger Davies of Pembroke: The photo is either 1962/3, as I was a Police Cadet in Llanelly when Insp Evans was the Station Sgt (No.153) when I joined in 1960 and up to 1963 when he was promoted Inspector to Lampeter. The motor cyclist is PC Brian Thomas (No 45) and I firmly believe the other Inspector is John Edwards and not Meurig Thomas who I drove quite often when he was Superintendent In Aberystwyth. All other names I agree and Gwmryn number was 162.



The below photograph was taken outside Haverfordwest Magistrates Court in the late 60’s. The three Pembrokeshire Police officers being (left to right): PC’s Bryn Phillips, Doug Samuel and Victor Morgan

The man in ‘plain’ clothes appeared before the court having refused to allow Ministry of Agriculture officials onto his farm to test for TB.

Sadly, the three officers in the photograph have all passed on



The below photograph was posted recently on a Facebook page dedicated to the history of Carmarthen - Wales' oldest market town.

The group of Traffic Officers have been identified as (left to right): John Edwards, Lionel Jones, Daff Jones, Ken Chapman, Gareth Davies, Brian Thomas, Jim Lewis and Trefor Bowen.



Shortly after the official opening of the newly built Police Training Centre at Cwmbran in 1974 the Police Review magazine carried a full-page article about the purpose-built centre which can be viewed by clicking HEREThe article includes pen pictures of the staff featuring  several Dyfed-Powys officers.



The below has been posted on Facebook (Virtual History of Policing in Wales) and shows the agreed pay scales for 1971 – Policewomen were paid less until the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.



Twenty-nine NARPO members from North Powys enjoyed a Christmas lunch at the Lakeside Restaurant, Garthmyl, a picturesque setting overlooking the River Severn. It was the first time that such a function has been held, and judging by the comments of those attending, it will not be the last. People had travelled from as far as Cwmbran, Carmarthen and Llandrindod Wells, with some members not having seen each other for over twenty years.

 Regine Parkinson, Peter Davies, Joyce Davies, Edwina Bloomfield

 Brian Randle, Meudwen Rowbottom, Lorna Watkins, Elfed Watkins, John Roderick, Phil Addicott, Heidi Addicott, Lyn Clark, Terry Rees, Vim Clark, Bill Rowbottom, Trudy Randle. Sadly, just a few days after the event Mr Terry Rees passed away at his home in Newtown.

Left clockwise: Bill Smith, Bryan Bell, Regine Parkinson, Peter Davies, Joyce Davies, Edwina Bloomfield, Gill Hopkins, Clive Cowey, Derek Bloomfield, Jan Eagles, Roger Eagles, Des Parkinson, Bob Evans, Dave Crees

 Bill Smith, Bryan Bell, Regine Parkinson, Peter Davies, Joyce Davies, Edwina Bloomfield, Pat Cowey, Gill Hopkins

Pat Cowey, Gill Hopkins, Phil Hopkins, Clive Cowey



In November, former Drug Squad officers from Dyfed-Powys, South Wales and Gwent enjoyed a reunion in Carmarthen where they enjoyed reminiscing about their work.

Back row:   Brian Jenkins (SWP) Bob O'Flaretty (SWP) Martin Tavener (DPP). Next row: Colin Stevens (SWP) Terry Stokes (DPP) Stuart Carpenter (DPP). Next row: Geraint Lewis (SWP) Chris Jones (SWP) Bob Whitter Jones (SWP) Colin Mathews (SWP)Phil Jones (SWP) Paul Lewis (DPP) Ron Davies (DPP). Front row:  Wendy Lillygreen (Gwent) Martin Edwards (Gwent) Tommy Eynon (SWP) Bruce Sheppard (SWP). Also attended but not in the photo: Tony Brinsden, Ted Pugh, Terry Bough Griffiths and Alun Davies (all DPP)



Enjoying themselves while off duty at the annual Portfield Fair, Haverfordwest in October 1956 are four members of the Pembrokeshire Police.

From left to right: Les Walker (PC102), Tom Townsend, Merville Roberts (Later DCC) and Terry Martin.



This photo was taken at No. 8 DPTC Bridgend in July 1955 and features recruits undergoing the 13 week initial training course.

Fourth from the left of the middle row is PC Les Walker who joined the Pembrokeshire Police and was stationed at Haverfordwest and Pembroke prior to leaving the service to take up employment at the local oil refinery.

The intake includes recruits from forces that ceased to exist following the round of amalgamations that took place in the 60’s including Monmouth, Glamorgan, Denbigh, Gwynedd, Swansea, Flint and Hereford.

Many thanks to Les for supplying the photograph.



Arfon Jones recently came across this photo which will be of interest to former B Division members. There was no funding for a new police station in Lampeter so the best option was to re-furbish the existing building to meet the then current needs of the 21st century.

When the alterations and refurbishment was completed the station was officially opened / re-opened in 2005 and past officers were invited to join us for the day. Among those who attended are: (Left to right) Arfon Jones, Dennis Jones (Rtd. PS291), Ken Lewis (Rtd. C/Insp), Dorothy Newing (Rtd. Secretary - now deceased), David Evans (Rtd.PC330 fondly known as Dai half past three), John Jones (Rtd.PS271), Eifion Rees (Rt. C/Insp)    



The below photograph of the Mid-Wales Constabulary football team was sent in by Phil Williams who joined the force as a Cadet and subsequently transferred to Cheshire Constabulary. Phil retired as an Inspector based at Runcorn and is enjoying retirement living in the beautiful city of Chester.

Back (L to R): Dai (Spudder) Davies, Colin Williams, Peter Davies, Terry Parkhouse, Dave Gorman, Chris Brennan and Alan Jones. Front: Phil Williams, Brian Oakley, Gwyn Hughes, Arthur (Nat) Lewis John (Jake) Williams.

The photo was taken at the start of the 1967-68 season and features several players who regularly turned out for club sides playing in the Mid-Wales and Montgomeryshire leagues.



NARPO member Anthony Jones of Pembroke recently came across the below photos while browsing a family album belonging to his late parents – Colin Jones (PS97) and his wife Diane.

Left to right: Colin Jones and Mrs Jones, Alan Nurton and Mrs Nurton, the couple on the extreme right remain unidentified.

Update from Mr Berwyn Williams stating that Handel Rees (PS51) and Mrs Rees are the third couple.

From L to R: Terry Marshall (PS254) and Mrs Marshall, Gareth Davies (DC268) and Mrs Davies, Eirwyn (Curly) Edwards (Rtd. Insp) and Mrs Edwards, Colin Jones and Mrs Jones. While Anthony was unable to name most of the group, Roger Davies has once again come to the rescue and according to Roger, both photos were probably taken at the annual police ball, as when he joined as Cadet in September 1960 the men were all young bobbies.



Many thanks to NARPO member David Jones of Hay on Wye for supplying the below photos taken at FHQ Carmarthen.

The first photo taken in June 1987 features attendees at a Drugs or House to House course.

Back (L to R): Keith Blanchard, David Jones, Gwilym Williams, N/K, Bob Summons. Middle: Nigel Scourfield, Beverley Anderson, Phil Hopkins, N/K, Neil Jenkins, Dai Jones, Iwan Davies, Idris Williams. Front: Dennis Jones, Des Davies, Dai Lewis, Ian Evans, Wyn Davies, Iwan Davies

HOLMES Course at HQ in September 1987:

Back (L to R): David Jones, Keith Jones, Richie Parry, Malcolm Taylor, Phil Small, Jeff Harries, Ian Thomas, Roger Meyrick. Front: Gary Evans, Dylan Thomas, Glan Griffiths, Andrea Cleary, Ian Griffiths

Many thanks also to Gary Evans for supplying some of the names – hopefully someone can help ‘fill the gaps’

Update: Some of the 'gaps' filled by Roger Davies of Pembroke and Nigel Williams.



Many thanks to Nigel Williams who came across the below photos recently on a Facebook page relating to Old Carmarthen.

The below photo of the newly built Friar’s Park, HQ of the Carmarthenshire Constabulary was taken when it first opened for business in 1957. The imposing building will soon be demolished to make way for a well known German supermarket.

The second photo was also taken in 1957 and shows senior officers of the Carmarthenshire Constabulary taken outside the newly opened HQ.

Front row (Left to Right); C/Insp J Evans, Supt. W Lloyd, Supt & DCC N Davies, Mr TH Lewis (Chief Constable). Supt DJ Jones, Supt WW John, Det.C/Insp ETG Jones. Middle row: Detective Insp. D Davies, Inspectors SH Wilmett, FW Fox, BG Jones, DH Davies, H Sherwood and DL Williams. Back row: Inspectors H Nicholas, WH Knowles, CJ Thomas, M Thomas, JLG Morgan and HT Nicholas.



Gwyndaf Prosser of Llanelli visited the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire recently. Each Police Force within in the UK has their emblem marked by a tree and after much searching he managed to find the Dyfed-Powys crest (below).

Please note if anyone visits the arboretum to find a Police emblem badge, you are advised to make enquires with the staff who will indicate the exact location by tree number to you - well worth a visit if in the area.



Roger Davies of Pembroke recently came across this school photo which was taken in the early 60’s at Bush House School, Pembroke. The school had a special fame as it was the only school in Wales with its own farm where students could have practical lessons in land management alongside schoolwork.

However, for various reasons not all students took up careers in farming. Shown in the photo are Nigel Rogers-Lewis (Rtd. PS312), seated on the far right and Phil Lloyd (Rtd. PS534), standing four from right on second row from the rear, who both preferred the prospect of pounding the beat rather than milking cows.

Many thanks to Roger for supplying the photo. 



The below photo kindly supplied by Nick Davies of Haverfordwest was taken in the late 80’s / early 90’s and probably many members will be puzzled as to the background to the amusing incident.

Nick (left) with Nigel holding onto the 'rescuer'!

In a nutshell, Nigel Scourfield (Rtd. PS 263) had accidentally dropped the keys to the station’s Panda car down a drain. He duly summoned the Traffic Department (PC Nick Davies 42) to assist him in retrieving them, but Nick was ‘unable’ (unwilling) to assist!

Fortunately, a public-spirited passer-by very kindly offered to assist and suggested that he be held by the legs by the two officers and lowered down the drain to retrieve the keys. With no Health & Safety issues to take care of, Nigel and Nick carefully lowered the young man down the drain and after just a few minutes he managed to recover the keys!



John Daniels (Rtd. C/Supt) is the secretary of the Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru group, helping to fundraise and raise awareness of Prostate Cancer in Pembrokeshire. In June, John took part in The Big Walk 2018 and through generous sponsorship he raised over £1,000 for Prostate Cymru, the leading prostate health charity in Wales.

John at the start of the walk with Sir Gareth Edwards and Tina Tew, Chief Executive Prostate Cymru

An incredible 462 walkers took part in the sponsored event which saw the young and not so young participants walking 30 miles in extreme heat from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff to Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend.

Prostate Cymru is committed to raising awareness of prostate issues such as benign prostate disease and prostate cancer. The charity provides free of charge awareness sessions to workplaces, organisations, sports, rotary and social clubs across Wales.

To organise an awareness presentation or information stand, please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Did you know that Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in Welsh men? Annually, 2,500 men are diagnosed and 550 will die from the disease. It affects 1 in 8 men and 1 in 3 if there is a family history. To view a short presentation on Prostate Awareness, click on:




Huw Rees and Nick Ingram of Carmarthen have earned the right to compete in the Welsh Seniors Greensome Foursomes Championships at Denbigh Golf Club at the end of September.

Huw and Nick after winnning a competition at Aberdovey GC

The duo won the qualifying competition at Carmarthen Golf Club in May - congratulations to them both on their success and we wish them all the best in their quest for victory at Denbigh.

Brian Dowling and Hugh Colley will be competing in the 2018 Welsh Bowls Finals at Llandrindod Wells in August when they represent Pembrokeshire in the Over 60’s Rink competition.

Brian second from left and Hugh extreme right 

Brian and Hugh who both play for Pembroke Dock Bowling Club, were part of the quartet that won the Pembrokeshire County competition held at Milford Haven BC in July.

Update: The Pembroke Dock rink lost in the quarter final of the Welsh National Finals by two shots to a strong quartet representing Whitchurch (Cardiff). Also participating in the same event was Nigel George of Carmarthen BC who were defeated by Bedwelty Park BC.



A highly successful Festival of Massed Male Voices was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 19th May 2018 with over 750 voices of choirs from across the Principality and UK.

There is little doubt that the 2018 event created happy memories for the 5,500 people present and none more so than for Stage Manager, Phil Lloyd of Pembroke Male Voice Choir who also compered the evening.

Phil being presented with a plaque by the Association's General Secretary, Arthur Brady (right) - both Phil and Arthur are members of DPP NARPO.

It was Phil's last concert after being involved in the organisation of the event for the last 30 years and he was suitably recognised for his long service with the presentation of a commemorative plaque at the end of what has become recognized as one of the world’s premier massed choral concerts.



The inclement weather in March led to a low turnout at the coffee morning held at The Royal Oak, Welshpool and it was subsequently agreed to hold a similar event at the same venue at the end of April.  

This time, the get together was well attended by members and wives who welcomed two dignitaries who gave up their valuable time to enjoy a convivial chat over a cup of coffee. The dignitaries being local politicians Russell George, who is the Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire and Glyn Davies, Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire.

Below is a selection of photographs taken during the morning:

Mrs Joyce Davies, Mr Glyn Davies MP, Edwina Bloomfield, Gill Hopkins, Heidi Addicott and Pat Cowey.

Mr Russell George AM with Clive Cowey and Phil Addicott.

Three former Mid-Wales Constabulary officers enjoying a ‘catch up’ – Bob Evans, Terry Rees and Elfed Watkins

Standing: Peter Davies, Phil Addicott, Clive Cowey, Derek Bloomfield. Sitting: Phil Hopkins, Gill Hopkins, Heidi Addicott, Pat Cowey and Edwina Bloomfield.

Many thanks to Phil Hopkins for organising the event and supplying the photos.



The below photo was taken of Jim Honeybill (Rtd. PC716) in the late 80’s at the Dyfed-Powys and North Wales Police boundary.

Following retirement, Jim has become involved in local politics and in June 2017 was elected as a Councillor onto Machynlleth Town Council.

Photo credit: Tom Heatlie & Associates of Machynlleth.



Another course photo taken at the No. 8 DPTC at Bridgend which was located at what was the FHQ of the former Glamorgan Constabulary and is now the South Wales Police HQ.

The photo was supplied by NARPO member Peter Davies (Rtd. DC 590) of Newtown who joined the Mid Wales Constabulary as a Cadet and commenced the thirteen-week initial training course in August 1964. Peter is pictured third from right middle row and the late Goronwy (Gron) Brennan is on the extreme right of the same row.



The Lord Lieutenant of Powys, Mr Mervyn Bourdillion, presents a Long Service Medal to Alan Harding (Rtd. Supt) in a presentation ceremony held at Newtown.

Also pictured, from the left: Mr John Lloyd (Police Authority Chairman), Mrs RM Thomas (High Sheriff), Mr David Shattock (Chief Constable), and medal recipients Bill Smith, Neil Hughes, Wynne Owen, Cei Williams, Wynne Foster, David Lewis and Peter Davies.

Many thanks to Peter for supplying the above photos.



DC Clive Jones (Regional Prison Intelligence Unit) formerly of Dyfed-Powys, has submitted a copy of the 1994 annual report in respect of Llanelli East Section which includes some interesting statistics and young faces.

To view the report, click HERE.



Golf has often been defined as a good walk spoiled, however in the mid 80’s a group of enthusiastic golfers stationed in D (Powys) Division formed the Red Kite Golf Society (the red kite being the emblem of Powys).

The highlight of the Red Kites golfing calendar was the annual tour to Coleford set in the beautiful Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and below is a selection of photographs taken during the tours.

First Tee: (L to R) Howard Jones, Clive Howells, John Williams, Alan Jones and Dai Richards

The 19th hole - Colin Perrier, Peter Davies, John Williams, Deri Evans, Clive Howells, Malcolm Taylor, Brian Oakley, Terry Parkhouse, N/K

Brian (Dinger) Bell and John (Jake) Williams

Dai Rees and Hywel Rees

Big hitting Alan Jones receiving a prize from Brian Crowdie

Photos supplied by Peter Davies.



The below photo has been submitted by Anthony Jones (Rtd. PS769) of Pembroke who provided the following information:

As youngsters we were part of a large police family that lived in Harvard Road, Llanelli where I enjoyed very happy times. The photo, which was taken in the early 70’s, is from my late parents collection and features Police wives enjoying a night out.

The ladies are from left to right: The late Mrs Marlene Edwards, wife of Eirwyn ‘Curly’ Edwards (Rtd. C/Inspector), Mrs Sheila Nurton wife of the late Alan Nurton (Rtd. DC) and my mother Mrs Diane Jones, wife of my father - Colin Jones (Rtd. PS97).



In the late 80’s, the residents of Machynlleth were astounded to discover that a shark had been abandoned in the town’s car park. NARPO member, Jim Honeybill (Rtd. PC716) was stationed in the mid-Wales town at the time and was tasked with establishing the owner(s) of the property.

A fishy tale - Jim with the basking shark in the background.

Jim recalls that the incident received considerable media interest and despite making extensive enquiries, the mystery remained unsolved.

Photo credit: Shropshire Star newspaper.



The below photograph was taken at the 50th anniversary ceremony held at FHQ in April and features former senior officers and support staff together with present day incumbents.


The annual reunion of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association was held at The Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells on Friday 11th May with members traveling from far and wide to meet up with former colleagues.

Following the AGM, thirty members and guests sat down to an excellent lunch organised by Barry Hicks (Secretary / Treasurer). During the speeches, mention was made of the loss of several members during the year including Don Jenkins, Arthur Taylor, Ted Jacobs and Glyn Hawker together with members unable to attend due to ill health.

During his presidential address, Henry Jones gave a resume of the recent 50th Anniversary Service held at FHQ, Carmarthen recently to celebrate 50 years of the formation of Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police.

Above photographs taken during the reunion by Peter Davies (Rtd. DC590 SOCO) 




The first part of the ceremony began with Welsh journalist, presenter and newsreader Huw Edwards leading ‘A Journey in Time’ presentation. Below is a selection of photographs taken during the afternoon featuring members of Dyfed-Powys NARPO.

In 1968. the newly formed Dyfed-Powys Constabulary had an establishment of 820 officers of which, just 35 were women.

Pictured is Police Sergeant Jean Evans, the first female Sergeant in the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire force

Terry Stokes & Dai Rees reminiscing about their experiences on Operation Julie, an investigation into the production and distribution of LSD.

Ron ‘Coch’ Davies talking about a new member of the force, a Labrador by the name of ‘Roman Road Bowie’, known as ‘Bowie’, the force’s first drugs dog.

Former Chief Constable, Mr Ray White reminiscing about his time as head of Dyfed-Powys Police.

Retired Detective Chief Superintendent Andy John and Superintendent Ian John, speaking about the investigation into the murder of 5-year-old April Jones in Machynlleth.

Mr Ray White dedicating a Book of Remembrance to commemorate those who died whilst serving with Dyfed-Powys Police.

Dylan Thomas giving a reading on the introduction and history of policing in the UK.

Ms Jackie Roberts reflects on her time in Dyfed-Powys and the introduction of the force Chaplaincy Service.

Many thanks to Emma Northcote (Senior Manager, Corporate Communications) for her assistance in supplying the photographs.



The below photo initially appeared on the website some time ago having been supplied by Berwyn Williams.  At the time the identity of the person stood third from the left was unknown.

Many thanks to Peter Dunkley for providing the following update:

‘The face of the unknown person seemed familiar to me and having spoken to him recently he confirmed it was him. He was indeed a local solicitor by the name of Michael Gimblett and in front of him is his wife Margaret. He told me that he had played rugby for the Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary under the guise of a Special Constable!!’



The below photo supplied by Gavin Davies was posted on the website earlier this year and several of the officers were identified by ‘older’ NARPO members but several were not recognised.

Thanks to the help of NARPO members Geoff Davies and Ken Madge most of the group have now been named except for the officer in third row fifth from left and the first officer same row on left. Geoff and Ken confirm that the photograph was taken in 1952 and features officers stationed at Ammanford.



It is that time of year again when the football posts come down to be replaced with cricket squares - the British summer is built around the sound of leather cricket ball whacking against a willow bat (or clattering into one’s stumps for many)!

Dai Morris has provided another photo from his collection of cricket photos, this one was taken in 2015 at Leicester while supporting the highly successful DPP cricket team.

Left to Right: Glyn Cole, Dai Lee, Dai Morris and Phil Gower.

Note: During a period of eleven years (2005-1016), the Dyfed-Powys Police cricket squad became PAA National Winners on eight occasions.



Many thanks to Mr Bryn Jones (Rtd. C/Supt) of Carmarthen for the below photograph taken in 1950 of the highly successful Carmarthenshire Constabulary Rugby XV.

Back Row (L to R):  PC’s Des Jones 136. (Welsh International), Handel Evans 118, Bryn Jones 180, Ieuan Jones 160, Terry Samuel 95, Gerald Evans 161, Gareth Davies 174, Celt Jones 117, Eurwyn Thomas 56 Referee. Front (L to R) ? Thomas 114, Haydn Morris 158, Eric Lewis 168, ? Morgan 112, Wyn Evans 72 and Ken Evans 127.


Update. The following has been received from Roger Davies (Pembroke): On the left front row is Ivor Herbert (Rtd. PS16) who sadly died in January this year. Front row, Morgan 112 is Les Morgan who was a Sergeant stationed at Llanelly when I joined as a Cadet in 1960.



Taken in the late 80’s / early 90’s the below photograph supplied by Anthony Jones shows the South Pembrokeshire Division Tug of War team that took part in a DPP Open Day held at FHQ Carmarthen

Standing (L to R): Anthony Jones, Nigel Jones, Nick Bevan, George Phillips, Nigel Stubbins and the late Mr Dan Jones (Rtd. C/Insp) who refereed the contests. Front: Paul Morris, Reg Bevan, Mike Maynard, Mr Ray White and Peter Evans.

(Tug of War can be traced back to 8th century BC and puts two teams against each other in a test of strength. Teams pull on opposite ends of a rope, with the goal being to bring the rope a certain distance against the force of the opposing team's pull).



Britain was plunged into a state of national emergency in 1977 when firefighters staged their first UK-wide strike. The strike started on November 14th, stretching over Christmas and New Year. Over 800 ageing Green Goddess fire engines were deployed throughout the country with two fire engines (Call Sign Sospan 1 and Sospan 2) based at Llanelli. The appliances, crewed by RAF personnel, took responsibility for fire-fighting with traffic officers escorting them to ‘shouts’.

At the end of the strike, Inspector Alan Davies was presented with an RAF shield as a token of appreciation for the hospitality and assistance provided during the nine week strike. Also pictured are: Gwyndaf Prosser, David Morgan, Alun Rees, Nigel Davies, Huw Jones, David Thomas, John Davies, Howard Davies, and the late Howard Waters.

Many thanks to Huw Jones for supplying the photo and to Gwyndaf Prosser for identifying former colleagues.



Many thanks to NARPO member Huw Jones (Rtd PC140) of Llanelli (arrowed) for the below photograph taken at Stradey Park on Saturday 12th December 1970. The photo shows a BBC camera platform that had been erected in the grandstand to televise a Welsh Rugby trial match featuring eight Llanelli players.

Huw, a lifelong Scarlets fan, was off-duty at the game and recollects that shortly before kick-off the gantry collapsed falling onto spectators 35’ below, injuring 15 with 6 detained at Llanelli Hospital. A cameraman was seriously injured after falling from the gantry. I had a feeling that due to the number of people on the platform that anything could happen - luckily I moved to one side in the nick of time.



For many years Dyfed-Powys officers underwent Advanced Driver training courses at South Wales Police HQ, Bridgend. In 1993, the first Advanced Driving Course was held ‘in force’ at FHQ Carmarthen and the below photograph features the first batch of students.

L to R: JL Davies (PC690), TE Lewis (PC455) PC Huw Jones (Instructor) and MS James (PC206). Photo supplied by Huw Jones.



Many thanks to Anthony Jones for the below photograph of South Pembrokeshire CID taken at Pembroke Dock Police Station in 1995.

Back row (L to R): Shane Williams, Mark Bleasdale, Anthony Jones, Alan Hunter, Gareth Evans, Neil Howells, Max Hayman, Reg Bevan. Front: Steffan Gdula, Fiona O’Brien, Jim Morris (DS @ Tenby), Roger Hughes (DI), Phil Ingram (DS @ P. Dock) and Nigel Jones.



The below photo was taken in the yard of Llanelli Police Station in 1965/66. The two horses were impounded on a morning shift by Huw Jones and Nigel Williams (in the background) having been found in a shop doorway in Stepney Street.

Huw recalls that the two horses tried hard to evade capture and at one time there was a real concern that they were going to crash through the plate glass windows to escape.  



Many former Traffic Officers will fondly recall their time spent attending a Traffic Officer’s Course at Ferryside Further Education Centre where they boosted their knowledge of road traffic legislation.

The above photograph supplied by Huw Jones (2nd from right) was probably taken in the late 1970’ / early 80’s. No doubt visitors to the website will be able to help in identifying the students.



Braving the weather at the Tenby Police Open Day held at The Salterns Car Park on a very wet Sunday in May 1993 was the Mayor of Tenby, Councillor Mrs Eileen Hodgson.

Councillor Hodgson is pictured with motorbike enthusiasts Tom and Kelly Jones whose father Anthony Jones (holding the umbrella), was then based at Pembroke Dock (Traffic) - looking on is Inspector Clive Howells.

Kelly followed in her father’s footsteps and joined Dyfed-Powys Police initially as a PCSO (See below).



Almost 25 years later and Kelly is currently WPC Kelly Jones No. 615 based at Tenby and in November 2017 was commended by Chief Constable Mark Collins for her contribution to Operation Tasman.

Kelly receiving her award from Chief Constable Mr Mark Collins

Operation Tasman was a protracted investigation of a stranger sexual assault. Due to the investigating team’s efforts, the suspect was charged with eight offences and subsequently sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.



Many thanks to Anthony Jones (Rtd. PS769) of Pembroke for the below photo of the South Pembrokeshire team that took part in a tournament organised by Pembroke Power Station in the summer of 1992. The other teams competing in the tournament being Angle FC, Hundleton FC and a team representing the Power Station.

Back row (L to R): Andy Jones, Ieuan Matthews, Anthony Jones, Mark James, Neil Bulley, Richard (Butch) Wilkins, Mark Bleasdale, Hugh Colley (Manager). Front: Chris Helps, Jeff Davies, Kelvin Lewis, Dai Waters, the late Chris Richards, Steffan Gdula and ball boy Nick Davies (son of Jeff).

The team’s best performance was a convincing 4 -1 win against a strong Angle side with Anthony netting a spectacular brace.



Welshpool was hit by heavy snow and freezing temperatures during the weekend leading up to the North Powys coffee morning as the wintry snap dubbed the 'Mini Beast from the East' kept a firm grip on the UK. Not to be deterred, nearly twenty hardy souls braved the conditions on Monday 19th March and made their way to the Royal Oak, Welshpool where they enjoyed meeting up with former colleagues.

Below is a selection of photographs supplied by Phil Hopkins, organiser and current Chairman of DPP NARPO.

Red Bank, Welshpool taken the day before the event.

Shaun Pothecary, John Williams and Paul Herdman

Keith Blanchard, Gwilym Rippon, Roger Davies and Wyn Rees

Always, good to see the ladies! Howard Jones, Myra Williams, Joyce Davies, Grace Blanchard and Peter Davies

Peter Davies, Phil Hopkins and Howard Jones

Please note: due to the inclement weather, some members were unable to attend the coffee morning. For this reason, it was decided to hold a similar event on Monday 30th April, again at the Royal Oak, between 10:30 am and 12 noon.



Most NARPO members will instantly recognise the great Sir Bobby Charlton alongside Arfon Jones who travelled to Spain recently to watch Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League match against Sevilla FC.

Arfon is a season ticket holder at Old Trafford and travels far and wide from his home in Aberystwyth following United. He is a lifelong United fan and as a youngster he even named his pet rabbit ‘Bobby’ after his idol Bobby Charlton!

Sir Bobby spent most of his playing career at Old Trafford scoring 199 goals and is still regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.

(Unfortunately, there’s no happy ending - United drew the first leg in Spain 0-0, but were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford to crash out of the competition).



The first picture was taken in June 1934 in the school yard of Albion Square School, Pembroke Dock situated next door to the old Police Station in Charlton place. It shows members of the Pembroke Dock division of the Pembrokeshire Police following the annual inspection.

In the group are (L to R): Back row: PC’s Fred James, Jimmy Thomas, ? George, John Davies, ? Sandbrook, Albert Cousins, Howard Jones, Conway Morgan. Second row: PS James John, PC’s Harry Griffiths, PS Davies, PC’s Rossiter, Bill Edwards, Sid James, ? Preece, ? Whitcombe, Tom Hughes, Jack Thomas, William Pike, Dai Gronow, Joe Gough, Victor Jones, Lewis Edwards, PS Ben Williams and PS Stephenson. Seated front: PS Joe Griffiths, Mr ATN Evans (Chief Constable), Mr WD Allen (HMI), Mr A Thomas (DCC), PS George Griffiths and PS Bodman.

The following appeared in a Western Telegraph ‘Blast from the Past’ in 1977: They all served in an age when a policeman in uniform commanded respect, especially with young people and children. The late Sergeant Bodman, is still remembered in Pembroke Dock as a rigid disciplinarian who had his own methods of dealing with juvenile delinquents. He’d give them a good thrashing and cope with any angry reaction from parents as well!



A  more relaxed atmosphere - this picture supplied by Mr Dai Rees of Pembroke was taken in the canteen at Pembroke Dock Police Station in the early 90’s during the annual visit of the HM Inspector of Constabulary to the force.  

From left to right: Huw Thomas, Pam Bearman, Dai Rees (Supt), HMI and Staff Officer, Mr Ray White (Chief Constable), Berian Williams, N/K and Rory Smith.

Rory Smith (Rtd. DC488) was a Tutor Constable at that time and has commented ‘I can’t actually remember the meeting and it looks like something I would have been dragged to kicking and screaming! However, it evokes fond memories of my time in Pembroke Dock and the great people I had the pleasure to call my colleagues



Many thanks to NARPO member Gavin Davies who recently came across the below two photographs while trawling through the family album. The first photograph probably taken in the 50’s /60’s at an unknown location features several ‘Carms. & Cards’ officers.

According to Gavin, his father in law, Ronald Evans (Rtd. PS 75) is in fourth row from bottom, standing in middle of row.

Former Carms. & Cards officers Roger Davies (Pembroke) and Arwyn Williams (Rtd. Supt) have managed to identify several of the group.

Row 2:  First four officers from the left all unknown, in plain clothes is DCC ET Glynne Jones and next to him is Dai ‘Cap’ Phillips, N/K. PC Macklean No 10 known as Mac (Llanelly) and then David Thomas (Rtd. Det. Supt) fondly known as ‘Dai Tec’.

Row 3:  All unknown, apart from John C Edwards (No 107) who retired as C/Insp.
Row 4:  N/K, N/K, N/K, Ron Evans (No 75) who was stationed in Pwll. John Ambrose (PS), N/K and on the extreme right is Meurig Bowen (No 25)

Back Row: PC Evans No 72. Sgt Jonah Reynolds, Bobby Davies PC 66, Dewi James (PC 179), N/K N/k N/K PS Evans. N/k N/K.

(NB: It is highly likely that the unidentified officers (N/K) are from other forces).



The below photograph was taken at Llanelli (year unknown) when the Chief Constable Mr JR Jones and Mrs Jones visited the station to present Long Service Medals to personnel.

Front row: Sgt Phil Jones, known as Phil 60 (who compiled the report on Roger Davies’ suitability for appointment as a Cadet). Mr JR Jones (CC), Mrs Jones, Superintendent Llan Williams, Back row: Elphin Jones (PC 93), Eirwyn Thomas (PS56), WR Davies (PC242), Ron Evans (Rtd. PS), Doug Richards (PS36). The remaining officers are still to be identified.



Two more photos from the Dai Morris’ album. The first photo was taken in July 1979 when Dyfed-Powys played North Wales Police in the PAA competition – unfortunately match details are not known. Many thanks to Harry Rees in helping to name some of the players

Back row: Eirwyn ‘Curly’ Edwards ( Team Manager), ? Richards, Glyn Cole, Mark Williams, Dai ‘Carrots’ Evans, Tony ‘Chuggs’ Evans, Howard Waters, Umpire not known. Front: Roger Butler, Dai Morris, Marcus Soar, Chris James and Alun ‘Mabon’ Davies.

Update: Many thanks to Alun Davies for the following update: The umpire in the photograph is Mr Ron Foster of Ammanford, he was a member of the Police staff at Llanelli Police Station and father of Mike Foster (Rtd. PC310).

The below photograph was taken in June 1977 when DPP played Dafen CC.

Back row: Eirwyn Edwards, Howard Waters, Glyn Cole, Geoff Roberts, Roger Butler, N/K, Alun Davies, Umpire not known. Front: Dai Evans, Dai Morris, Marcus Soar, the late Roger Meyrick, Clive Rich.



Memories of the former Pembrokeshire Police are revived by this photograph of the Police football team taken in the early 1960’s. Only the linesman (referee’s assistant) has not been identified.

Standing (L to R): Bill Rostron (began life as a porter at Johnston railway station and ended up as DCC of Gwent Police), Alf Gordon, Dilwyn Richards, Bill Price, John Savage, ? Roberts, Dai Morris, Brian John, Viv Richards. Seated: Marcus Soar, Tony Whitfield, John Gettings, Elwyn Henton and ‘Danny’ Kaye.

Many thanks to Dai Morris for the photo.



The below photograph of Swansea Branch of No. 8 RCS was taken at Gowerton Police Station in 1972 and features four Dyfed-Powys officers.

Back row third from left is Nigel Rogers-Lewis with Dal James on his left. Front row second from right is Terry Adams and sat on the extreme right is Audrey Jones.

The full line up - Back row: John Schute (SWP), Joe Daniels (SWP), Nigel Rogers-Lewis, Dal James, Norman Abraham (SWP). Front: Vera Cowley (SWP), Con Morris (SWP), Ms P Dempsey (Typist / Secretary), David Jones (SWP), Terry Adams, Billy Mee-Bishop (SWP), and the late Audrey Jones.

The photograph previously posted on the Swansea NARPO website.



Another photo from the Dai Morris scrapbook and features the Dyfed-Powys team that triumphed against a Police Service of Northern Ireland Xl in the 2007 final of the PAA cricket competition at Grace Road, Leicester - the home of Leicestershire CC.

Unfortunately, Dai is unable to provide further information and it is hoped that Simon Cole (sat third from left), current secretary of DPP cricket section will provide further details. Included in the photo are members of DPP NARPO including Glyn Cole (standing fifth from right), Dai Morris (third from right) and Richard Evans (kneeling extreme right).



The below photograph supplied by Mr Steve Cotterell (SWP) was taken at the South Wales Police Club at Waterston Cross, Bridgend in the early 90’s.

The photo includes several Dyfed-Powys officers including Kevin Owen, Mike Donovan, Dai Thomas, Gareth (GOJ) Jones and Dai Lewis.

Steve had two tours with the squad, first as a DC and second as a DS. He also arranged surveillance training for officers who joined the Drugs Wing. Steve went on to be Head of Special Branch in South Wales before retirement and had a lot of contact with Hugh Griffiths and Gareth Evans.

Update: Many thanks to Roger Davies (Pembroke) and Gareth (GOJ) Jones who have provided the following:

The photo was taken in 1984 and in addition to those named includes DS Brian ‘Georgie’ Davies (back row fourth from left) father of WPC Jane MacDonald, Llanelli. Roy Davies (front row fifth from left) who ended up as the deputy co-ordinator of the squad. Mrs Phyllis Norris (extreme left of front row) from Kidwelly, DPP staff member who was office manager at Swansea squad office for many years. Sat fifth from the right is Det. Supt Alan Rees (SWP) who was on the same Initial Training course at Bridgend DPTC with Roger in 1964

Following retirement, Roy Davies became a Welsh language crime author publishing books on cases he had dealt with and historical murders in Wales. 

Also, many thanks to Steve for submitting the photo, he sends his best wishes to former DPP colleagues.



The below photo submitted by NARPO Secretary Phil Addicott was taken at a Newtown Police Station Open Day sometime between 1989 and 1992.

Rear (L to R): Phil Addicott, Mr Ray White (Chief Constable), Geoff Davies (C/Supt), Derek Richards (C/Insp), Richie Thomas (C/Insp).

Front: Mr John Lloyd (Chair of DPP Police Authority, Mrs White, Mr & Mrs Don Leach (Mayor & Mayoress of Newtown) and an unidentified lady.

Update: Many thanks to Roger Davies (Pembroke) and Gavin Davies (Ammanford) who inform me that the lady on the extreme right of the front row is Mrs Linda Davies (nee Hooper), the wife of Geoff.



NARPO member Dai Morris of Fishguard joined Pembrokeshire Police in 1957, retiring in 1987 as a uniform Sergeant based at Haverfordwest. The below photo taken shortly before leaving the job shows Dai with his shift.

Front (L to R): Jeff Barkley, Dai Morris and Julie McLelland. Rear: Adrian Evans, Nigel John, Geoff Thomas, Richard James and the late Geoff Harries .


Dai is well known in Pembrokeshire cricket and in January 2018 announced his decision to step away from the middle after more than 30 years as an umpire.

Dai stepping down after 30 years in the middle (Photo: Western Telegraph)

In his younger days Dai had a great playing career with Cresselly Cricket Club and in 33 years with the club he played in 14 Harrison-Allen Bowl finals, winning 10 of them, and was man of the match twice. Between 1950-80, he represented Pembrokeshire as an all-rounder, and in 1955, played alongside England internationals Ken Higgs and Dusty Rhodes whilst doing national service.

At the end of his playing days he took up umpiring and has taken charge of numerous local league matches in Divisions One and Two, as well as five Harrison Allen Bowl finals, a Welsh Cup final at the Swalec Stadium and an incredible 14 DR Morris Cup final.

Pembroke County Cricket Club Chairman Paul Webb said Dai summed up what Pembrokeshire cricket was about: “Dai has given tremendous service to our game for more than 60 years as a player, administrator and an umpire.




The late Mr Winston Jones (Rtd. C/Insp.) of Haverfordwest served in the Pembrokeshire Police and was a well known local historian. During his latter years he compiled a nominal roll containing the names of every person that served in the force from its formation in 1857 until amalgamation on 1st April 1968.

DPP NARPO has recently acquired a copy of the document which can be viewed by clicking HERE



Following on from the recent article about the Pendine Murders in 1953, NARPO Member Mr Bryn Jones of Carmarthen has kindly supplied the below photograph.

It shows Detective Superintendent John Capstick who led the investigation, arriving at Carmarthen Railway Station where he was met by Superintendent William Lloyd and Constable Bryn Jones who was the driver of the patrol car.

The below photo from the Dyfed-Powys Police archives shows a smiling Ronnie Harries being taken from St. Clears Police Station following his arrest for murder.

The officers are nearest camera DS Glyn Jones (later Detective Chief Superintendent) and the uniformed Sergeant is Michael Thomas who later was a Superintendent based at Aberystwyth.



Many thanks to Arfon Jones of Aberystwyth for submitting the following photographs taken at the official opening of Aberaeron Police Station on 7th November 2005

Retired officers in the group photograph include: Dan Morgan, Martin Lewis, Huw Nicholas, Elfed Davies, Malcolm Charlton, Meredith Daniels, Keith Lewis, Dai Parry, Barry Taylor, Alfor Evans, Arfon Jones.

Some of the many officers who had worked the section returned for the official opening which was attended by the Mayor of Aberaeron, members of the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority, Mr Barry Taylor (ACC) and the Leader of Ceredigion County Council.



Eighty photographs were posted on the website during 2017. Many thanks to NARPO members that submitted photos and to those who assisted in identifying former colleagues. An index to the 2017 collection can be found by clicking HERE 



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Did you know that the first Police force to be formed within the Dyfed-Powys Police area was the Brecon Borough Constabulary which was established in 1869? Since then there has been many force amalgamations prior to the formation of the Dyfed-Powys Constabulary in 1968. To view a timeline of forces that today constitute the Dyfed-Powys Police click HERE



This photograph of JBB Chairman Mr Fred Hughes (Rtd. C/Insp) making a presentation to Mr RB Thomas CBE, OBE, QPM was taken in 1986 at a function to mark the retirement of the Chief Constable.

From left to right: Mr John Owen-Evans (ACC), Mr RB Thomas (CC), Mr John Lloyd from Trewern, near Welshpool (Police Authority Chairman), Mr Fred Hughes, Mr David Shattock (DCC who succeeded Mr Thomas) and Mr JRR Carson (Clerk to DPP Police Authority). Also pictured at the rear are Branch Board members: Trevor Millichip, Bill Rowbottom, Howell Williams and Brian Randle,

(Mr Thomas was first appointed Chief Constable of the former Mid Wales Constabulary in 1963 and at that time was the youngest Chief Constable in the UK. He became Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys when the force amalgamated in 1968 and appointed Chief Constable in February 1975).



Another photo from the collection held by Mrs Jean Evans of Carmarthen - it was taken in the 60’s at the annual Christmas Dinner held at the Royal Ivybush Hotel, Carmarthen.

The group comprises of serving officers and their wives together with guests. Roger Davies and Gareth Evans have identified several of the group including: Harold Sherwood, Bryn Jones, Viv Fisher, Delme Evans, Sidney Herbert Willmett, Ken Evans (Gareth’s father / Delme's brother), Gerald Evans, Gerwyn Jones. Sat on the front row are Mr J Ronald Jones (Chief Constable), David John Jones (DCC) and D T Glynne Jones (Det. C/Supt). The lady stood on the extreme left is Mrs Jean Evans and stood on the extreme right is Mrs Iris Evans (Gareth’s mother).



Regular visitors to the DPP NARPO website will recall that the below photograph taken outside the old Newtown Police Station was first posted on the website in 2015.

It shows escaped prisoner Peter Parkes following his remand to HMP Shrewsbury – the officers being: (L to R) DI George Hickley, PC Pat Cochrane, Peter Parkes, PC’s Phil Price, Dai Lewis (back to camera) and Chief Superintendent Bert Hines.



The following has been received from NARPO member Mr Brian Wiley of Aberystwyth and provides background information about the search for Parkes:

The below photograph appeared on Facebook and originated from Mr Howard Jones who was a Aberystwyth press reporter in the sixties – he is in the centre of the photo. He now resides in Australia and has been in touch with me and would be grateful if it can be published on the NARPO website in an attempt to identify the entire group for his own interest. 

The photo was taken in January 1967 showing armed officers at Plascwmcynfelin, Clarach, Aberystwyth. The officers are from left to right are: PC in uniform not known, PC Gareth Thomas 19, Gwyn Evans (later Chief Inspector),  PC leaning on car door, not known, Mr Howard Jones (Press), PC with back to camera, believed to be Dai Warmington, PS with back to camera not known, PC Eifion Richards 171.

During the manhunt Parkes armed himself with a stolen .22 rifle and ammunition and managed to evade capture for over a week. Parkes avoided arrest by stealing cars and moving around the local area that apparently he knew well and hid out on foot in the Plynlumon mountain range in the Cambrian Mountains during the coldest time of the year. Armed police officers from the Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary and Mid Wales Constabulary searched the large area of mountain terrain and he was eventually located hiding, by a soldier to whom he surrendered.

Sadly, during the search for Parkes, a police officer who was carrying out a stop and search checkpoint near Aberystwyth during darkness, was run over by a car and died of his injuries in hospital on the following day. The officer was 23 year old PC41 Erroll VJ Griffiths stationed at Aberystwyth, whose name can be found on the National Police Memorial Roll of Honour.  He was married with a young family. 

If anyone can identify the unknown members of the group please email Hugh Colley.

Many thanks to Brian for submitting the photograph and the information about the search

Update: The following has been received from Mr Roger Davies of Pembroke who at the time of the manhunt for Parkes was a Traffic Officer based at Aberystwyth:

I cannot put names to the group other than those officers already identified, but to say Gareth Thomas was No. 191, and known as 'Steptoe' and it is definitely Dai Warmington No. 189 with his back to the camera. With regard to the death of Constable Erroll Griffiths No. 141, he was stationed in Borth, and lost his life as a result of a road block that he was operating on the A487 near Talybont. His funeral, which I attended, took place at Laugharne.



The below photograph submitted by Clive Jones (formerly of Dyfed-Powys) was taken during a surveillance operation circa 2000.

Back (L to R): DS Wayne Morgan, DC's Clive Jones, and Huw Davies. Front: DC's Emyr Griffiths, Sharon Griffiths and Tony Breach (SWP).

The operation was a joint Dyfed –Powys, South Wales and Avon & Somerset  job targeting the supply of Heroin in the upper Swansea Valley. It didn’t have a name, and was only allocated a number. Something like 02/2000. The build up took several months, and resulted in 24hr a day surveillance for 2 weeks prior to the arrest phase where arrests took place in Ystradgynlais, Swansea and Bristol areas.



Last September, NARPO member Anthony Mattick (Rtd. DS195) known to friends and former colleagues as Auto, was among a group that embarked on a demanding trek to Machu Piccu in Peru to raise money for the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

Anthony (front left) with some of the intrepid fund raisers

The group, which included comedian Rhod Gilbert, raised an amazing £420,000 for a hugely deserving cause. What’s even more amazing is that Anthony completed the demanding expedition after suffering life threatening injuries in 2013.

To read more about Anthony’s fund raising and his life after the job click HERE



The below photograph of families and loved ones saying farewell to Royal Welch Fusiliers troops departing Newtown Railway Station to join the war in 1939.

The officer wearing the cape would have been a member of the Montgomeryshire Constabulary or possibly a member of the War Reserve Police. The Police service was a reserved occupation i.e. an occupation considered important enough that those serving were exempt from military service. 



In November 1986, an attempt to import a huge consignment of cannabis with a street value of £5 million into the UK  by sea was thwarted following a lengthy joint Dyfed-Powys Police / HM Customs operation.

Ron Davies pictured outside Haverfordwest Police Station with bundles of seized cannabis

The operation which almost ended in tragedy, saw officers ‘camping out’ undercover at Aberbach Beach near Fishguard prior to the swoop that made the national news headlines. To see more photographs and read the full story click HERE



During the afternoon of Tuesday 17th March 1954, NARPO member Mr Wynne Evans of Cardigan was a young PC on duty in Guildhall Square, Carmarthen tasked with keeping a huge crowd under control. The crowd had thronged the square since early morning to await the jury’s verdict on Ronnie Harries who was standing trial in the courtroom that overlooked the square.

The officer stood in front of the crowd is PC Wynne Evans No. 17

Harries was standing trial for the murder of John and Phoebe Harries which attracted nationwide interest. Wynne has kindly supplied DPP NARPO with original newspaper cuttings containing photographs taken that afternoon. To view the photographs and read more about the case click HERE



The below photograph was taken at a retirement function held at the White Hart, LLANDDAROG in March 2000 to mark the retirement of the Chief Constable Mr Ray White.


JBB Chairman Derek Bloomfield (centre) in earnest negotiation with Chief Constable Ray White,ably assisted by Mike Benbow.

Mr White was Chief Constable of the force for 10 years and in 1997 he was President of the Association of Chief Police Officers - the highest national office for a Chief Constable. Following retirement Mr & Mrs White re-located to Queensland, Australia.



On 1st March 1978, HRH Prince Charles visited Ammanford to officially open Betws New Drift Mine that cost £18 million to develop and was designed from the outset as an ultra-modern operation. The mine is accessed by two twin drifts some 3200 metres long and dipping at an average gradient of 1 in 7.

The photo shows Prince Charles about to go underground with Inspector Delme Evans to the left.

Someone present on that occasion tells of the preparation that was necessary to receive the Prince of Wales: ‘Preparation was similar to a television programme about preparing for a Royal visit. The policy being, 'If you can't move it, paint it'. With that instruction, I was sent underground for a final clean up – this meant literally dusting the coal so that the Prince could be shown that it was shining ... (Quoted in: Betws New Drift Mine, John Dorian Evans, 2005).

Photo supplied by Mrs Jean Evans.

Update: Roger Davies has also identified Hywel Lewis (PC55), known as Tin Ton, who is standing by the Royal Protection Officer.



The below course photograph was taken in January 1951 at No.8 DPTC Bridgend. The officer second from the left in the front row is the late William (Bill) Price a native of Bala who joined Pembrokeshire Police.

Mr Roger Davies (Pembroke) a good friend and colleague has supplied the following details about Bill’s career:

The late William Osborne Price or Bill Price (as he was known) was born in Bala in 1927, and worked on the railways before he moved to Pembrokeshire to join Pembrokeshire Police on 11th November 1950 as PC 91. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1959 and to Inspector in 1966. During his early service Bill was stationed at Pembroke and Tenby where he met and married Hilda who was a WPC stationed in Tenby.

Prior to his retirement in 1983, Bill was Chief Inspector at Pembroke Dock where he enjoyed playing snooker (off duty) with his good friend and colleague the late Bill Pugh (Rtd. Insp). He played Terry Griffiths during the former World Champion’s two appearances at Pembroke Dock Police Station. Bill enjoyed most sports and was a long standing playing member of South Pembrokeshire Golf Club where he was elected club captain in the early 80’s.

He was a faithful member of Monkton Church, Pembroke where he was the Peoples Warden. At his funeral in June 2014 the church was full to capacity, the congregation included a large contingent of retired police officers which showed the huge respect that people had for Bill.

Many thanks to Roger for supplying the photo and additional information.



Mrs Jean Evans joined Carmarthenshire Constabulary as a WPC in 1953, aged 21. She is the widow of the late Supt Delme Evans and an active member of DPP NARPO regularly attending meetings and social events. Jean has kindly supplied DPP NARPO with several photographs which will be posted on the website in due course.

Unfortunately, there is no indication as to where or when the above photo of Carmarthenshire Constabulary officers was taken but Jean has named them all. Back row (L to R) PS Cyril Davies, Inspector Fox, Dai 101, Inspector BO James, DS Fred Jones. Front: PS Tom Hughes, Don Griffiths, Andy Lewis and PS Dai (Cap) Phillips.



In October 1987, homes, businesses and lives were ruined in the worst flooding to hit the Carmarthen  area for more than 100 years - the fire service received around 900 emergency calls in just 36 hours, and more than 50 people were rescued.

A fire chief showing Prince Charles and Lady Diana the scale of the devastation (Image: Ralph Carpenter)

To read the full Wales Online article about the flood, which includes an interview with Jeremy John and Ellis Davies who assisted with the rescue operation, go to:

Footnote:  Nigel Williams of Carmarthen is of the opinion that the bearded officer shown in the above photo is Derek Massocchi. However, Roger Davies is of the firm opinion that it is Graham Miles - can anyone assist?

Roger has also identified the officer stood to his left, next to the fire-fighter as Meirion Howells and the motor cyclist stood in the background is Ian Evans.

Update: Graham Miles (Rtd. PC44) has confirmed that he is the bearded officer shown in the photograph.



The introduction of the breathalyser in October 1967 probably brings back memories to NARPO members of a certain vintage - the following item appeared in the Tenby Observer’s ‘Fifty Years Ago’ feature on Friday, October 20th:

‘The first breathalyser test in Pembrokeshire was given to a man in Milford Haven. The test was positive and he was taken to Milford Haven Police Station where further tests were carried out’



The first breath testing device – the Alcotest 80

The Road Safety Act 1967 introduced the first maximum legal blood alcohol limit for driving in the UK. The limit was set at a maximum BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood or the equivalent 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine. It became an offence to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration that exceeded the maximum prescribed legal limit.

The introduction of the breathalyser helped to decrease the percentage of road traffic accidents where alcohol had been a factor from 25% to 15% in the first year. This resulted in 1,152 fewer recorded deaths, 11,177 fewer serious injuries and 28,130 fewer slight injuries caused by road traffic accidents.



Fifty two years ago Peter Davies, Gloria Hughes and John (Jake) Williams were young Mid-Wales Constabulary officers stationed at Ystradgynlais on the banks of the River Tawe.

Left to Right: Peter, Gloria and John (about to sample a bottle of the local vintage)!.

Fast forward to September 2017, by sheer coincidence the trio found themselves on a riverboat cruise gliding along the Danube River enjoying the spectacular scenery. All three served in D (Powys) Division up until retirement from Dyfed-Powys Police and are members of DPP NARPO.

Many thanks to Peter for supplying the photo.



The below photo supplied by Phil Addicott was taken probably in the mid to late 80’s (location unknown) and features the majority of DPP Police Federation Joint Branch Board representatives of that era.  

Phil Hopkins and Gloria Hughes managed to identify all but three of the group (marked N/K) namely: (left to right) Peter Evans, Brian Randle, Marie Gardner, Johnny Morris, Colin Peters, Gloria Hughes, N/K, Ian Richards, Delme Evans, Dai Evans, Bill Rowbottom, John Edwards, Howell Williams, Derek Richards, Alan Eastwood (Chair of National Police Federation), Ken Wyburn, Howard Davies, Trevor Millichip, Gerald Jones (JBB Secretary) N/K, N/K (believed to be the female Inspector's representative from Llanelli area), John Webber (solicitor with Russell, Jones and Walker), David Jones, N/K, Eric Davies. Possibly someone can assist with the missing names.

Update 1: Many thanks to Roger Davies of Pembroke who has named the following: John Perkins is stood behind Ian Richards, and Keith Morgan is next to Eric Davies.

Update 2: Many thanks to Roger and Gwyndaf Prosser who agree that the unidentified lady stood between Gerald Jones and John Webber is Kay Thomas.

Sadly, at least seven of those pictured are no longer with us: John Perkins, Trevor Millichip, Gerald Jones, Derek Richards, Johnny Morris, Ian Richards and Eric Davies.



Friar’s Park on the south west fringe of Carmarthen has been the site for Carmarthen Police Station since 1957. In 2015, it was decided by the Police & Crime Commissioner that Friars Park was no longer fit for local policing purpose and the 2.5 acre site was put up for sale.

The imposing building was officially opened for business in July 1957 and shown above is the front cover of the programme kindly supplied by Mr Gareth Evans whose father was DS Ken Evans

.The former Police HQ and Carmarthen Police Station

As well as housing Carmarthen Police Station, the complex was initially HQ for the Carmarthenshire Constabulary and in 1958 was HQ for the newly formed Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary. Upon further amalgamation in April 1968 it housed the first HQ of the Dyfed-Powys Constabulary (later Police). It continued as HQ until 1987, when the current Dyfed-Powys Police HQ at Llangunnor on the outskirts of Carmarthen was opened.

An aerial view of Friar’s Park

(If you have memories of Friar’s Park that you would like to share with NARPO members please send them to Hugh Colley).



Another course photo taken at Bridgend DPTC – this one has been received from Mr Keith Rees who joined Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary (PC224) and underwent initial training at Bridgend from 25th April to 22nd July 1966.

Keith is stood on the extreme left of the middle row.

Keith’s career details accompanied the photo:

I was interested to see the photographs from Bridgend training school taken in 1966. I also attended between the above dates and was the only officer from Carms and Cards in my class. I was posted to Llanelli and then to Llwynhendy under the supervision of Phil Jones (PS60) with PC Dai Hewitt also in attendance.

I subsequently transferred to the Metropolitan Police in 1970 and was stationed at Kensington for eleven years when I was accepted as a Coroners Officer at Westminster Coroners Court where I was involved in numerous major disasters.

I remained there for over twenty years both as a police officer and a civilian. It was satisfying to see some of my old colleagues in your Photo Album and I wish you and them my best regards. 

Many thanks to Keith for supplying the photo and his kind comments.



In 1977, the then Labour Government commissioned Lord Edmund-Davies to inquire into police pay and conditions. The subsequent report concluded that the police had been treated very poorly, suffering years of low pay awards.

The report changed Police pay and conditions like no other before it or since - recommending a completely new system of dealing with police pay. This included an immediate 45 per cent pay rise and a formula under which officers would receive rises in line with the average pay awards for other workers. (For the average constable the recommended basic pay would rise to more than £5,000 a year, an increase of some £1,500).

Jim Callaghan's government agreed with the recommendations but decided to stagger the immediate 45 per cent increase over two years. However, the rest is history - in May 1979 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government came to power and immediately implemented the full increase.

The photograph shows Lord Edmund Davies and his staff officer gathering evidence from officers representing the DPP Police Federation at a meeting held at Police HQ, Carmarthen. From left to right: Howard Davies, Bernard Merchant, Andy Lewis, Rene Soar, Fred Hughes, Eric Davies and Brian Mainwaring.

Many thanks to Mr Fred Hughes (Rtd. C/Insp) for submitting the photograph and the background information.



Over the years there has been a long line of wild feline sightings in Wales with communities across Wales being terrorised by beasts prowling near their homes.

In 1980, the Powys Puma was blamed for killing four sheep on a farm in Llangurig and according to the BBC Wales website, Police marksmen and RSPCA officials armed with tranquiliser guns staked out this creature in a barn, but it evaded them by slipping out of a rear exit!

The above photo shows Police marksman Mr Bob Evans (Rtd. DS 754) of Newtown and Ken ‘Dogs’ in a barn waiting for the Powys Puma to put in an appearance. (Possibly, someone can provide more information about Ken).

Update: Many thanks to Harry Rees who has identified the dog handler as PS Ken Davies who, upon amalgamation became the first Sergeant in the Dyfed-Powys Dog section

Shortly after the unsuccessful ‘stake out’ Bob received an anonymous poem entitled They Lost a Lion but found a Star which is reproduced below.

(Note Dakatari Bound refers to the late Mr Gerald Bound who was a Superintendent based at Newtown during the 80’s and Daktari as many will recall was a TV programme about an animal study centre in Africa).

Many thanks to Bob for submitting the photo and poetic prose.



Charity marathon runs are not for the faint hearted and are recognised as the most demanding challenge that a runner can undertake. During his Police career, Bob Evans raised thousands of pounds for charity by competing in several marathons including London and Paris.

The above photo probably taken in the mid 80’s, shows Bob being congratulated by the late Mr Pat Molloy, head of DPP CID. Also pictured from left to right are Hywel Rees, Dai Rees and Mike Denyard.  

Photo courtesy of Dai Rees.



Mr Alan Goodson OBE QPM LLB (pictured) was Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire Police prior to amalgamation in 1968 – therefore the below item is the preface to what was the final annual report submitted by the last Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire.

Mr Alan Goodson (Chief Constable)

Preface to the Annual Report 


The Carmarthenshire village of Pendine is usually remembered for attempts on the world land speed record by people like Sir Malcolm Campbell and John Parry-Thomas back in the early 20th century. But in the autumn of 1953 the seaside village was in the news again, this time as the scene of a grisly and dramatic murder.

Mr Wynne Evans (Rtd. Insp) of Cardigan was a young Constable at that time and has kindly donated newspaper cuttings relating to the murder trial at Carmarthen Assize Court in 1954 which will appear on the website soon.



On a fine summer’s day in July 1957, Princess Margaret visited Trinity College Carmarthen to open Non's Hostel - the new residence for the first women students. Trinity College was the first training college to become co-educational.

The above photo kindly submitted by Mr Wynne Evans features Wynne as a young Constable in the middle of the picture with Sergeant Rees of Pencader in the foreground.



Another photo from the Wynne Evans collection and was taken at a Christmas Party at Carmarthen in the early 50’s. Most of the young children in the photo will now be well into their 60’s!

As well as Wynne, the photo includes Ron Tremlett, David Evans (PS known as Dai Boots), Tom Hughes (Traffic), Gerry Lamford, Willie Lloyd (Supt), Nathaniel Davies (DCC), Bill Knowles and Bryn Smith. Sat in the front row with his arms folded is Mr TH Lewis (Chief Constable) with Mrs Lewis sat next to him.

(Judging by the body language and facial expression, it appears Mr Lewis didn’t exactly enter into the spirit of Christmas)!



Clive Cowey joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary in 1966 as a Cadet based at Newtown before being appointed PC 115 in 1966. The below course photo was taken at DPTC Bridgend during his thirteen week initial training. Clive is stood on the extreme right of the back row.

Clive recalls, ‘Most of the recruits were from Cardiff City, Monmouthshire and Newport Borough as well as some from the Flintshire, Denbighshire and Gwynedd Constabularies. The forthcoming amalgamations were announced whilst I was at Bridgend and there was a big effort by forces to increase numbers, especially in the City and Borough forces. This was to avoid amalgamating with other forces and Cardiff City senior officers were especially incensed at the prospect of the mergers. They were desperate to reach the magical 800 officer establishment which would have allowed them to avoid merging with the former Glamorgan Constabulary, Swansea Borough Police and Merthyr Tydfil Borough Police'.

The forces amalgated to form South-Wales Constabulary on 1st June 1969. (The name was changed to South Wales Police in 1996).

Footnote: Many thanks to Harry Rees and Roger Davies for identifying one of the instructors. Sat third from the left is Albert Jackson (known as Jacko) who joined Pembrokeshire Police in 1948 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1957. He was a Chief Inspector based at FHQ on his retirement and passed away in July 2008.



In 2014, the Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society armed with a laptop, scanner for copying photographs and a sound recorder visited a cross section of Pembroke residents to record their memories of living in the historic town. Forty-five residents took part in the project and retired Chief Inspector, Mr Eric Powling who passed away in April 2016, spoke about the early years of his Police service when he was a young constable stationed at Pembroke.

To view the video ‘A Pembrokeshire Policeman’ which contains excellent photographs of a by-gone era, just click on the arrow in the centre of the  above image.

Our thanks are extended to the Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society for allowing the video to be posted on the website.



The below photo supplied by Clive Jones who is now a South Wales Police DC was taken by Raymond Rees in the parade room at Llanelli circa 1992.

Back row (L to R): Pc’s Andy John (Current Detective C/Supt), Phil Morgan, Martin Timbrell, Iwan JONES, Huw Thomas, the late Peter Henshaw, Clive Jones. Front: PC Richard Waters, PS Dick Friend, WPC Debbie Griffiths, PS Phil Jacob (Rtd Supt SWP), PC Alex Coleman (Rtd. Insp. SWP).

Many thanks to Clive for supplying the photograph.



The below photograph was taken at the 2017 Pembrokeshire Police Association AGM / Lunch held at Haverfordwest Cricket Club in June and features several members of DPP NARPO.

Front Row (L to R): Tony Eden, Glyn Daniels, Tom Mathias, Chris James, Middle: Vena Davies, Mrs Rostron, Avril Rees, Val Petherick (Chaplain), Dai Petherick, Ken Mathias, Tony Davies, Brian Dowling, Ron Lloyd,  Arthur Brady, Eric Mullins, Howard Griffiths,  Rear: Dai Phillips, Bert Forse, Bill Rostron, Bobby Reeves, Sandra Hulbert, Harry Rees, Richard Davies, Ron Lloyd. Holding the Pembrokeshire Police flag are Graham Thomas and Billy Stubbs.



Mr Nigel Williams recently came across the below photograph which appeared in the 1995 annual report of Dyfed County Council and features the HQ Operational Support Department.

Pictured (L to R): Mark ‘The Bark’ Jenkins (Dog Handler), Andy Evans? (Patrol Car), Dean Richards (Rtd. as C/Supt), John Morgan (Motor Cyclist), Stood by X-99 is Alistair Lindsay with an unidentified crew member.

Update on 06/12: From Mr Howard Davies (Rtd. PC532), I believe that the officer standing next to Alistair Lindsay is PC Mike Price from Llanelli Police Station (previously Llwynhendy and Llanelli Licensing Officer).



Mr Bill Smith of Newtown recently came across the below piece of memorabilia from the days of the Mid-Wales Constabulary.

It would be interesting to receive details about the events organised by the MWC  Motor Club.



In the early 1960s, Pembrokeshire Police was one of the very few police forces in the country that didn’t have police dogs. In 1963, it was decided that the force would have two dogs and PC Bryn Phillips was successful with his application to become a handler.

Bryn Phillips with his first dog - Abi

Bryn Phillips’ career took him from Pembrokeshire to become a Sergeant in the Dogs Section of Bristol City Police, later becoming Inspector in Charge of the Mounted and Dogs Section of the South Yorkshire Police.

In 1999 he wrote his autobiography ‘A Police Dog- Handler’s Story’ and an extract appeared recently in Pembrokeshire Life magazine. The article is produced with the kind permission of Mr Keith Johnson (Editor). To read the article click HERE



A major drug smuggling ring was smashed in November 1986 when Police and HM Customs officers seized cannabis with a street value of nearly £5 million (equivalent of £14 million today) at Aberbach Beach (below) north of Fishguard.

The story of Operation Bach together with photographs provided by NARPO member Mr Ron (Coch) Davies who was involved in the operation, will appear on the website shortly.



The below photograph taken outside Newtown Police Station in the 19th century was recently posted on Facebook – Virtual Museum of Policing in Wales.

The officer in the centre with two stripes held the rank of Acting Sergeant which was a promotion often made before being made a full and substantive Sergeant. In those days 'acting up' was a cheaper option for the force than pay of a full Sergeant!



The below photo was taken at No.8 DPTC, Bridgend in the summer of 1959 and features five recruits that joined Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary or Pembrokeshire Police

Back Row: Fifth from left is A Pugh (C&C), Middle Row: Fourth from left – D Daniel (C&C), sixth and seventh from left - D Richards and A Bristow (Pembrokeshire). Front Row: Second from RIGHT - T Marshall (C&C).

(NB Possibly former colleagues can provide more information, including career details about those named).

Many thanks to Roger Davies who has identified Eric Thomas (Rtd. DCI) - back row, second from the left.



The below photos and article submitted by Mr Brian Wiley were taken on New Year’s Eve 1999 at Aberystwyth Police Station, marking the end of the 20th century.

Many NARPO members will recall that in the final months of 1999, concern grew into panic that the Millennium Bug was going to cause computers to malfunction and potentially endanger everything from tills to power stations. Therefore, all emergency and other essential services prepared action plans to cater for dealing with the aftermath, should such a failure of computer systems actually happen.

 The cover of a eight page guide to the Millennium Bug

Thankfully, the predicted ‘meltdown’ never occurred, but Police forces throughout the country were well prepared, no more so than within Dyfed- Powys and Aberystwyth Police were ready for any eventuality.

Ready for action - Back Row (Left to Right): Robin Mason, Huw Meredith, Brian Wiley, Huw Nicholas, Phil Gower, Peter Williams, Hilton Jones.  Seated: Lisa Wall, Patrick Lawlor, Trystan Smith, Jeremy Lloyd, Owain Richards, Neil Thompson

Standing: Eifion Lodwig, Craig Bannister, Jenny Jenkins, Kevin Pullham, Phil Small, Huw Meredith Seated: Alun Samuel

Standing: Patrick Lawlor, Gwyndaf Lloyd, Colwyn Jones, Chris Hughes, Mark Richards, Simon Griffiths, Pat Jalloal, Keiran Day. Seated: Kevin Davies, Elaenor Merry, Gareth Jones, Matthew Howells

Meanwhile it’s all go in the control room with Graham Jones and Les Davies trying hard to look busy!

Brian and Marie Griffiths prepared a special New Year’s Eve spread for everyone working that night -  Brian and Marie with Craig Bannister, Kev Pullham and Jenny Jenkins.

Following months of planning, the dawn of the new millennium turned out to be one of the quietest ever New Year’s Eve’s throughout our police area!

Many thanks to Brian Wiley for sharing his photographs and the accompanying article.

(Great to receive contributions from the Aber area - more please)!



Another photograph from the collection of the late Mr Eric Powling which was taken in 1973 when Eric was an Inspector based at Newtown.

From left to right are: David Hughes (Traffic), Eric Powling, John Owens (Traffic Sgt) and Ron Thorogood (C/inspector).

Both Eric and John joined Pembrokeshire Police while Ron was one of the last officers to join Breconshire Constabulary prior to amalgamation with Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire Constabularies in 1948 to form the Mid-Wales Constabulary. Sadly, Eric, John and Ron are no longer with us.



The following photos and article have been received from Ron ‘Coch’ Davies:

Bowie, a two year old Labrador was recruited into service by Dyfed-Powys Police in 1983 through a gift from a member of the public and he was allocated to me. Bowie was registered with the Kennel Club as Roman Road Bowie (not named after Noir or David).

Prior to being teamed up with Bowie I 'enjoyed' a brief secondment to the Dog Section when the National Police Dog Trials were hosted by Dyfed-Powys. I played the part of a fugitive / bad guy that the dogs had to find, which was quite an interesting experience!

Ron and Bowie

We were trained at the South Wales Dog Training School at Bridgend, the pro-active drugs training was based on the dog receiving positive rewards after making a find. During the course I taught Bowie to respond to commands in Welsh, which raised a few eyebrows but it certainly worked. It was a great privilege and experience to be the first specialist dog handler in Dyfed-Powys.

Bowie at work searching for drugs with Ron looking on

During our time working together, we covered the entire force area which involved a great deal of travelling and long days. One of the best experiences I had with Bowie was during a trial at Mold Crown Court of a drug dealer. During the trial, the judge directed the jury to accept my evidence detailing Bowie's indications to drug stashes as that of an expert witness - the dealer was duly convicted.

Bowie ‘taking a call’ in the Drugs Office at Friars Park, Carmarthen.

In 1987, it was decided to retire Bowie with a recommendation that he be put to sleep. However, I applied to Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) to have Bowie and thankfully he agreed, so my family looked after Bowie as a pet until he died from cancer in 1996.

Many thanks to Ron for the photographs and interesting article.



The below photo from the collection of the late Mr Brian Stubbs was taken at a presentation during the late 80’s to mark the retirement of the late Mr Peter Guise.

From L to R: John Edwards, John Morris, Richie Thomas, Alec Hughes, Peter Guise, Ralph Rees, Mrs Guise and Brian Stubbs.

Peter Rivett John Guise was stationed at Llanbister near Llandrindod Wells, before moving to Welshpool and during his later years was a Sergeant at Builth Wells where he remained until retirement. According to Clive Cowey, who served with Peter at Welshpool, due to Peter’s ancestral roots he is mentioned in Who’s Who. Peter passed away in 2013 aged 84 years.



The below photo received from Bill Williams (Rtd. Inspector), features the crew of Superfuzz winner of the Milford Haven Round Table raft race held at Gelliswick Bay just west of Milford Haven in August 1974.

Celebrating their win together with supporters are: Rear (L to R) Mike Davies, Tony Eden, Roger Thomas, Bill Williams, Louis Knight and Brian Bebb. Front: Les Smith, Ron Jones, Ieuan Owen and Mike Lewis.

Many thanks to Bill for submitting the photo.



During a routine afternoon shift in October 1997, NARPO member Ron (Coch) Davies and PC Chris Reynolds attended an industrial accident at Ffos Las colliery, near Trimsaran, Llanelli involving two plant vehicles.

An amazing escape - the remains of the Landrover

When they arrived at the scene they were shown the unrecognisable wreckage of a long wheelbase Landrover that had been run over by a Caterpillar truck. The driver of the Landrover had been released from the wreckage and conveyed to hospital - amazingly he sustained relatively minor injuries!

The above photo shows Ron (right) and Chris standing alongside the Caterpillar Rock Truck.

Some dimensions about the Caterpillar:

Overall Length

36 ft

11 metres

Overall Width

20.6 ft

6.25 metres

Overall Height

19 ft.

5.75 metres

Weight (Empty)

225,200 lb

102 tonne


300,000 lb

136 tonne


Until its closure, Ffos Las was the largest open cast mine in Europe and after mining operations ceased a racecourse was built on the site. Following his retirement, Ron was appointed Head Steward at Ffos Las when it first opened for racing in 2009.

Many thanks to Ron for supplying the photos.



Mrs Jean Evans of Carmarthen visited FHQ recently (March 2017) when she presented a beautiful embroidered force crest to the Chief Constable, Mr Mark Collins.

Mr Mark Collins (Chief Constable) being presented with the crest by Mrs Jean Evans

The framed crest was originally presented to the late Mr Donald (Gonzales) Griffiths (Rtd. C/Supt) upon his retirement and following his passing, the beautiful item has been held in the safe keeping of Jean. Jean has also donated a number of items for the force museum which is currently in the process of being re-vamped.

WPS Jean Evans No. 5

Jean is the widow of the late Superintendent Delme Evans and is a former Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire officer who became the first female Sergeant in the force. She joined the police in 1953 (Coronation year) and was WPC 5 – today she is a sprightly octogenarian and an active member of DPP NARPO, regularly attending coffee mornings and meetings. 

Many thanks to Gareth Evans for submitting the photos.



The below photo kindly supplied by Ron (Coch) Davies was taken prior to a match played at Carmarthen Park. Unfortunately, the year and opponents are not known.

Back row: (Left to right) Inspector Alec Hughes, Phil Jeremy, Len Davies, Phil Richards, Noir Bowen, Arwel Evans, Phil Gower, Tim Edwards, Meirion Howells, Wayne Morgan, Wynn John, Brian Phillips, Peter Herbert (Peter is currently director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Trinity University College, Carmarthen and has been fitness adviser to both Llanelli RFC and the Wales Rugby Team). Front: Gary Evans, Stuart Denman, Steve Pike, Dylan Jones, John Morgan, Ron Davies, Dylan Thomas.



Nigel Williams recently came across this photo taken in 1968 of the DPP Communications Centre at Friars Park, Carmarthen. As Nigel was based in the Control Room for two years, the photo brought back many fond memories!

Pictured: Standing - Chief Supt David Phillips (father of Bob Phillips Rtd DC38) and Mr Cyril Vaughan (DCC). Sitting: Chief Inspector Dan Jones, PC Ken Jones and Inspector Charles Symmonds.

How times have changed - above is a photo of the Force Communications Centre today.



Another photo from the Eric Powling collection, following amalgamation in 1968, Eric was promoted to uniform Sergeant at Carmarthen and this photo was taken at Friars Park in front of a Austin 1100 Panda car.

Pictured from left to right are: Eric Powling, Terry Griifiths and the late Bill Williams (Rtd. C/Inspector). Many will recall that Terry was a Dog Handler based at Carmarthen for many years, he still lives in Carmarthen and regularly attends NARPO events.



Statistics show that the number of deaths caused by house fires has fallen significantly since the use of fire alarms and fire retardant materials in homes became widespread.

Pictured carrying out an examination to determine the cause of a fatal house fire at Newtown in the early 80’s are Peter Davies (DC590) and PC Mike Thomas together with members of the local fire brigade.



Another photo from the Eric Powling collection – unfortunately there are no details regarding the event that led to a large contingent of Pembrokeshire officers being briefed by Inspector John Savage in the early 60’s.

Left to Right: PC John Richards (known as ‘John the Dogs’) and father of the late Mr Chris Richards (Rtd DC782), Dai Phillips, Ceri Parry, Doug Samuel, Derek Davies, Bernie Muckle (father of Ian Muckle), Brian Arran, Lew Davies, John Rees, Peter Eaton. Partially obscured by Inspector Savage is Bill Rostron who later transferred to Gwent where he retired as Assistant Chief Constable.



In 1983, the South Wales Male Choir toured America and during a visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - six choristers enjoyed a day out with an American counterpart which was filmed by SC4. Watkin Lowe (Rtd. Chief Inspector) spent a day with the City of Pittsburgh Police and below he recalls the day. 

'Following a guided tour of HQ, I toured the city in a patrol car with the film crew occupying the rear seat. With the siren blazing away, I interviewed the driver regarding recent incidents he had dealt with and he was pleased to say that during his service he hadn't at any time used his firearm.

We made three journeys before the film crew was satisfied. I returned home with the jacket which I still have, and also the truncheon. Yes, it was a memorable and unforgettable experience'.

Many thanks to Watkin for supplying the photograph and his recollection of the visit.


HRH Princess Alexandra visited Narberth on 3rd November 1977 to open the British Legion Housing Association Flatlets known as Williams Court,
 a sheltered housing complex for ex-servicemen and women.

During the visit, the Princess was presented to civic dignitaries and pictured keeping a close eye on proceedings are Chief Superintendent ('C' Division), Lyn Jones (known as EL) and stood behind him is Watkin Lowe who at that time was the Inspector in charge of Tenby Sub-Division. On the far left is Detective Chief Inspector Derek Davies (Rtd. Detective Superintendent). 

Many thanks to Pauline at Narberth Museum for providing information about the purpose of the visit.

The royal entourage travelled to Narberth by a Westland helicopter of The Queen's Flight, landing at the nearby cricket ground.  Alongside the ‘chopper’ are Derrick Richards and Watkin Lowe. Sadly, Derrick passed away in 2003 following a long illness when he was Chief Inspector at Newtown.

Many thanks to Watkin for supplying the photos.



Gwyndaf Prosser of Llanelli recently received a batch of photographs from a local photographer with a request as to whether someone can assist in identifying the officers or provide additional information.

Lewis Jones with his son Frank Jones.

Sergeant Lewis Jones sitting third from left - possibly taken at Tumble / Cross Hands.

Believed to be Glamorganshire Constabulary with Lewis Jones sitting right hand side



April 1938, with Europe on the brink of war life went on as normal in peaceful Pembrokeshire. This photograph of teams taking part in the annual Pembrokeshire Police ‘Singles v Married’ football match - within 18 months the country was at war with Germany.

Standing (L to R) PC Cecil Richards, J Williams (Linesman), DC William Glynne Humphries, PC’s Harold  Morris, Percy Teague, William Edward (Ted) John (Retired as Superintendent / DCC), Selwyn Phillips, Vivian Richards, William Isaac Morgan, Benjamin Williams, Jimmy Ford, George Edward Gough, John Savage, William Henry Williams, William Idwal Evans. Kneeling:  PC William George Davies (Referee), Percy Mead, William Glynne Williams, David Henry Parry, Stanley ‘Speedy’ Henton (See below photo), Joe Gough and Winston Jones.

Photo courtesy of the Eric Powling collection. Many thanks to Harry Rees for his invaluable help in identifying the teams.

The Second World War in Pembrokeshire: So much of the action in World War II took place in the air or over the sea that Pembrokeshire with its naturally sheltered waterway was bound to figure in the war effort. It was important as a naval base, convoy assembly point and flying boat station for the whole of the1939-45 war. Small airfields were dotted around the county and camouflaged look-out stations along the coast. It was assumed that Pembrokeshire was sufficiently remote from the action to be a safe haven for evacuees fleeing the blitz. This was not entirely true. Pembroke Dock, in particular, paid a high price in terms of bomb damage. A horrendous fire, which lasted three weeks when the oil tanks in Llanreath Dock were hit, caused the loss of 33 million gallons of oil, killed 5 fire-fighters and stripped much of southern Pembrokeshire of crops and stock.  



This photo features an immaculate Constable Stanley Henton No.28 of Pembrokeshire Police, stationed at Narberth. He was a Traffic Officer who patrolled the roads of Pembrokeshire on a motorcycle in the 1930/40’s and for obvious reasons gained the moniker ‘Speedy Henton’.

The photo has been posted on Facebook - ‘Virtual Museum of Police in Wales’ which contains numerous items of historic interest relating to the police forces of Wales including the constituent forces of Dyfed-Powys Police. (Note: PC Henton also appears in the above football photo – perhaps he was a Speedy Winger)!



Pictured training for the final of the Pym Trophy held at Gwent FHQ in January 1982 are members of the Dyfed- Powys First Aid team. The trainer on this day was Mr Gerald Evans (Rtd. Sergeant).

Left to Right:  Dan Jones, Clive Cowey, Peter Evans, Alistair Lindsay, Berwyn Williams and Ted Pugh. According to Berwyn Williams who kindly supplied the photo, the name of the patient is not known but it is believed he made a complete recovery!

(The team was placed third overall with a total score of 306. Winners were Gwent with 326 points, the runners-up were South Wales with a score of 311 points).



Pictured enjoying themselves with their ladies are senior officers of Pembrokeshire Police taken at an unknown venue during early summer 1965.

Back(Left to Right): Bill Morgans, Bob James, Ernie Watkins (DCC), Middle: William Edward John, George Terry (Chief Constable), Tom Townsend, John Savage, Einion Richards, Viv Richards, Alan Olson (Force Solicitor),  Merville Richards, Bill Rostron, Arthur Thomas, Bill Davies and Ernie Bright.

Photo from the Ertic Powling collection.



Mr. Emyr Walters (Force Control Room) recently received this photo from a Howards of Carmarthen salesman. It was taken when a fleet of Rover 827’s was delivered to the garage prior to being driven up to the workshop at FHQ for the force’s unique decals of red and blue stripes to be applied.

Possibly, NARPO members who were Traffic Officers in 1994 (M prefix signifies 1994 as year of first registration) can spot their car.



Many NARPO members that visit the website will be saddened to learn that Mr. Brian Stubbs (Rtd. Chief Superintendent), a hugely respected and popular officer, passed away on Monday 13th February.

The above photograph was taken circa 1967/68 when Brian was Inspector (Traffic) at Newtown.

Brian joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary in September 1952 and during his long career served at Newtown, Haverfordwest and Llanelli before retiring in April 1989 as Chief Superintendent, 'D' (Powys) Division at Newtown. Therefore, Brian was always extremely proud of the fact that he commenced and ended his Police career in Newtown – a town he loved. 

Over the years, Brian provided the DPP NARPO website with a large number of interesting photographs taken during his service and his encyclopaedic knowledge of places and events was of invaluable assistance when trying to put a name to a face. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him.



PC Eric Powling at the start of his Police career.

During his Police career the late Mr Eric Powling (Rtd. C/Inspector), amassed a substantial collection of photographs which he subsequently donated to the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society. Many of his collection are now on display at the Pembroke Museum, Main Street, Pembroke. Thanks are extended to Mrs Ann Powling and the Society for allowing Eric's photographs to be reproduced on this website. 



Pictured performing traffic control duty at The Lion Corner, Pembroke in the late 1950’s is Constable David George ‘Shanty’ Evans No. 64 of Pembrokeshire Police.

In those days, Pembroke had its own Police Station with two Sergeants and eight Constables providing 24 hour cover. Lion Corner is situated at a busy road junction and named after The Lion Hotel in the background which sadly called ‘last orders’ for the final time a few years ago.

Photo re-produced courtesy of Mrs Linda Asman (Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society).



‘Shanty’ Evans joined Pembrokeshire Police on 29th November, 1947 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1955. He was then posted a short distance across the Cleddau estuary to Neyland where he supervised PC’s Ceri Parry and Dai Rees (Rtd. Superintendent). The below photograph of the trio was taken a few years ago during a reunion held at Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

Left to Right: ‘Shanty Evans, Dai Rees and Ceri Parry. Whilst Dai is not 100% as to how the nickname Shanty originated, he believes it stems from Shanty's military service in the Second World War when he served in the Royal Navy with the SIB (Special Investigations Branch).

Many thanks to Dai Rees for supplying the photograph and Harry Rees for the additional information.



Mr. Emyr Walters, who works in the  Control Room at FHQ Carmarthen, recently came across the below photographs which he believes were taken in the Welshpool area during an investigation into a holiday home fire. (See below).

Possibly a NARPO member can confirm whether the officers are Dyfed – Powys or North Wales personnel (See below).  Note: the registration number of the Mkll Ford Escort - DNT 57T (below) indicates that it was first registered in Shropshire in 1979.

Over a period of 12 years from 1979, the Meibion Glyndwr arson campaign saw 228 attacks, targets were not just properties used as holiday homes, but also estate agents offices, boat yards and caravans. The first attacks took place on 13th December 1979 with four in one night - two in Pembrokeshire and two in north-west Wales. The campaign came to an abrupt end in the early 1990s, as mysteriously as it started, with those behind it still unknown.

Update:The following was received from Roger Davies (Rtd. PC111) of Pembroke within 30 minutes of the photos being posted on the website: ‘These were taken somewhere in Cardiganshire, the officers, from left to right are Jim Meldrum, Brian Edmunds (SOCO), Brian Griffiths, Des Davies and John Thomas’. (The identity of the WPC is unknown).



Berwyn Williams was given this photo recently of Llanelly RFC taken prior to a match at Stradey Park in the 1949/50 season. Two serving Police officers played for The Scarlets during that era – unfortunately details regarding the opponents and result are not known.

Berwyn has been able to identify the majority of the players: Back Row (Left to right): Dr. Noel Rees, N/K, Ossie Williams, Des Jones, Peter Stone, N/K, Malcolm John, Ray Williams, Llew Jones, N/K. Second Row: Gerwyn Williams, Cyril Higgins, Ken Jones, Dan Christopher, Mel Griffiths, Peter Evans. Front Row: Derek Isles and Wynne Evans.

At that time, Des Jones was a Traffic Sergeant stationed at Ammanford and Mel Griffiths was a Constable stationed at Ystradowen in the Vale of Glamorgan.



The below photograph of Glyn Daniels receiving an award (possibly the Long Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal) from Alderman Wade of Pembrokeshire County Council in 1966 at Pembrokeshire Police HQ, Haverfordwest.

Pictured (Left to Right): PC’s Jim Jones, Frank Mills, Halkett Jones, Derek Davies, Harry Dodd, Dai Davies, Mr Alan Goodson (Chief Constable), Delroy Lewis, Cyril Thomas, Bill Lennon, Glyn Daniels, Jimmy James, Reg Scales, Alderman Wade, Jack Parker and Ron Palmer. Sadly, it is believed that only Glyn, Reg and Ron are still alive.

Photograph courtesy of the Mr. Eric Powling collection



In 1963, a team representing the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary were presented with the prestigious Devereux Cup after winning the eliminating contest competed for by Police forces throughout Wales and Herefordshire. Team Captain, Ron Callaghan is shown receiving the trophy from Mr JR Jones (Chief Constable)

From left to right:  PC John Ambrose (Ammanford), PC Dan Jones (Carmarthen), Ned (Bach) Griffiths (NCB Trainer), PS Bill Williams (Pencader), Mr JR Jones (CC), D J Jones (DCC), PC Ronald Callahan (Llanelli), PC Gerald Evans (Porthyrhyd) and PC Berwyn Williams (Llanelli).

Photograph submitted by Mr Berwyn Williams. 



Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2nd June, 1953 and became the thirty-ninth Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey. The below photograph of a detachment of Pembrokeshire Police officers was taken prior to leaving Force HQ, Haverfordwest for London.

Harry Rees has managed to identify all members of the group namely: Back Row (Left to Right): PC’s Esmond Phillips, Dilwyn Edward  King, David (Shanty) Evans, Robert (Bob)  James, Elwyn Evans, John Heddwyn Jones, Norman Richards (father of Liliana Evans (Rtd. WDC823), WR (War Reserve) D.T. Roberts. Front: PC’s James Thomas and David Leslie Gronow, Inspector Percy Teague, Chief Constable Alfred Neale Thomas Evans, PS  Trevor Rees and PC Walter James.

Did you know: The 7.2 kilometre route took the 16,000 participants two hours to complete as the procession itself stretched for three kilometres. 1,000 officers and men of the Royal Military Police were brought in to assist the Metropolitan Police with a further 7,000 police drawn from 75 provincial forces. Many people were so keen to see the Coronation procession that they camped for two days along the route!

Photo reproduced from the Mr Eric Powling collection.



The photograph of five smartly turned out officers was taken in 1964 at the annual mayor making ceremony when the newly appointed mayor and civic dignitaries marched through the picturesque seaside town to St. Mary’s Church.

From left to right are Jack Harries, Arthur and Shirley Brady, Dillwyn Richards and Tom Townsend. Sadly, only Arthur and Shirley are still alive. Arthur started his Police career with Pembrokeshire Police at Tenby in 1962 and having served at various stations in Pembrokeshire retired as Inspector at Tenby in 1992. Today, Arthur is a prominent member of Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir, a well respected cricket umpire and Secretary of Pembrokeshire Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association.

Photograph is from a collection amassed by the late Mr. Eric Powling (Rtd. Chief Inspector) - more to follow.



The following email and photographs have been received from NARPO member Mr. Bill Smith (Rtd. PS627): Looking through the Photo Album on the NARPO website I came across an item about the Police escort / control of arrival of German Panzers arriving in Pembroke in 1961.

Bill operating the radio equipment on board Tank Landing Craft  LCT 4097 in 1961

During my National service I served as radio operator on board LCT tank landing craft. By coincidence I was serving on board LCT 4097 (below) in 1961 when we were one of the ships used to ferry the tanks etc from the larger cargo ships which were too large to dock and off load at Pembroke Dock.

Little did I think then that I would later serve in the same Service as those Police on duty at that time and to view record of it on NARPO website.

(Following his army career Bill joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary and served primarily in north Powys. However, some younger members may remember Bill from his time as an Instructor at Cwmbran PTC in the 80’s).

N.B. Many thanks to Bill for supplying the photos – additional photos and an article regarding the Panzer Regiment arriving in Pembrokeshire will appear on the website shortly.



The below photograph was taken at the Royal Welsh Show held at Welshpool in July 1960 and shows PC Pat Cochrane of Mid-Wales Constabulary using ‘state of the art’ wireless equipment.

The Royal Welsh Show is the one of the largest agricultural shows in Europe. It is organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, which was formed in 1904, and takes place in July of each year at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. The first show was held in Aberystwyth in 1904 and its success led to the development of the permanent showground at Llanelwedd which was first used in 1963. The show lasts for four days and attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually.



The highlight of the annual Children’s Christmas Party saw eight ‘dancers’ perform a Truncheon Dance. The routine, which was met with rapturous applause, was based on Sir Terry Wogan’s The Floral Dance which reached 21 in the UK charts.

Back Row (L to R): Colin Morgan, Alan Henderson, Gethin Harbour, Alan Jones, Gloria Hughes (Choreographer). Front: Lyn Clark, Henry Jones, John Williams and Peter Davies.

(Photo kindly supplied by Peter Davies)



Darth Vader is probably one of the most recognisable characters in cinema history. Actor Dave Prowse, a 6’ 6” body builder, played Vader in all three of the original Star Wars movies.

Prowse also became well known as the Green Cross Code Man - a superhero invented to promote a British road safety campaign for which he was awarded the MBE. In November 1978 he visited Hafren School, Newtown where he is pictured with Peter Davies and two delighted members of the canteen staff.



The Mayor of Llanidloes leading a parade as it made its way through the streets of the town en route to a Church Service. The exact date of the Mayoral Parade is not known - believed to be in the 1950’s.

Escorting the civic dignitaries are PC’s Pat Cochrane and Henry Jones. Both are still active members of the Mid-Wales Constabulary Association. Pat, who retired as a Scenes of Crime Officer resides in Newtown while Henry who retired as a Superintendent resides in Tywyn. 

Many thanks to Pat for supplying the photo of a bygone era.



Many NARPO members will recall that during early December each year, a memo was circulated from each DHQ requiring all officers to submit their Annual Leave requirement for the subsequent year.

NARPO member Bill Smith (Rtd. PS 627) recently came across a D Division Memo dated 10th December 1976 which outlines the arrangements for the 1977/78 leave year. The memo and nominal role which may be of interest to former Mid-Wales / D Division officers and can be found by clicking on ANNUAL LEAVE 


The following seven (7) photographs have been transferred from the News section:


Congratulations to DPP NARPO member, Mrs Sylvia Perkins who was appointed Mayoress of Carmarthen for 2016/17.


Councillor Wyn Thomas (Mayor of Carmarthen) with Mr Sylvia Perkins (Mayoress) 

Mrs Perkins is the widow of John Perkins (Rtd. PS198) a popular and highly respected officer who was stationed at Carmarthen for many years.



The fourth annual Dyfed Powys NARPO Golf Day was held at Builth Wells on Tuesday 13th September 2016.

On the first tee (L to R): Adrian Evans, Phil Gower, Terry Davies, David Jones, Mike Benbow (winner), Phil Hopkins, Huw Rees, John Williams, Phil Small, Eric Bailey and Dylan Jones.



Three Dyfed-Powys NARPO members received a prestigious award in 2016 for their work in Sierra Leone following the Ebola outbreak. Alun Harries, Wayne Morgan and Gareth Jones have all been awarded the Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa.


The medal was introduced to honour and recognise the efforts of people who worked in affected areas to stop the spread of the disease.

From left to right: Gareth Jones, Alun Harries and Wayne Morgan



Mr Clive Cowey stood down as Secretary at the 2016 AGM having fulfilled the role of branch secretary / treasurer for the past 16 years.


In recognition of the huge contribution that he has made to the ongoing success of DPP NARPO Clive has been awarded Life Membership of NARPO.

From left to right: Chief Constable Mr. Simon Prince, Clive Cowey and Phil Hopkins (Chairman).



On Monday, 7th December, 2015, North Powys members held their second coffee morning at the Royal Oak, Welshpool with over two dozen members and wives attending. 


Pictured (L to R): Derek Bloomfield, Mrs Edwina Bloomfield, Mrs Joyce Davies, Mrs Myra Williams, Phil Hopkins, Roger Davies, Brian ‘Dinger’ Bell, Charlie Edwards, John ‘Jake’ Williams and Peter Davies.



A ceremony was held in London in 2015 when recipients of the George Cross and George Medal gathered to mark the 75th anniversary of the honours being created by King George Vl. 


Unfortunately, DPP NARPO member Tom (TO) Davies GM was not included in the ceremony as it transpired that the organisers were unable to track down Tom to invite him to the prestigious event.( During his Police career with Mid-Wales Constabulary, Dyfed-Powys and No 8 Regional Crime Squad Tom lived at fourteen different addresses and as a result the organisers were unable to locate him).

Fortunately, this has been rectified and Tom is pictured proudly holding the boxed set of two medals: a new one bearing an image of HM The Queen, the other of her father King George VI. In Tom’s right hand is the George Medal he was awarded in 1962 for his part in arresting Robert Boynton who shot and blinded PC Arthur Rowlands near Machynlleth.



For the third successive year the sun shone brightly on the picturesque Builth Wells Golf Course during the third Dyfed Powys NARPO Golf Day.


Pictured (L to R):  Derek Bloomfield, Phil Gower, Gary Evans, Phil Small, Phil Hopkins, Adrian Evans (winner), Eric Bailey, Alan Jones, John Williams, Terry Davies, Dylan Jones.



In December 1976, retired farmer Griff and his sister Patti Thomas, aged 73 and 70, were found dead at their farmhouse Ffynnon Samson in the village of Llangolman, Pembrokeshire. An investigation into the suspicious deaths was launched, led by Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Molloy.

The above photo was taken during the investigation, pictured from left to right are: DCI Derek Davies, PC Bob Morris, PC Gareth Evans and Detective Chief Superintendent Molloy. In February 1977 an inquest returned a verdict of manslaughter in the case of Miss Thomas and an open verdict for her brother.

Photo courtesy of Gareth Evans



Another photo from the Gareth Evans’ collection – this one was taken at the DPP Drugs Squad Christmas party held at the Priory Guest House, Carmarthen in 1985.

Dave Gorman has identified all the revellers – from left to right: Gareth Evans, Nick O'Brien, Terry Stokes, Roy Gravelle, Tony Brinsden, John Lewis, Dave Gorman, Ritchie Parry, Howard Jones, Ted Pugh, Ron Davies and last but not least ‘Budgie’ Evans.



Another photo from the Phil Hopkins scrapbook, this one features the Llandrindod Wells Police Wives enjoying themselves at the 1983 Christmas Dinner held at Greenway Manor, Cross Gates.


Phil and Gill recognise the following ladies: Front row (L to R) Eira Morris, Pat Kelly, Margaret Bevan, Marion Thomas, Evelyn Edwards (we think!), ....Taylor, Mary Price the wives of Johnny Morris, Mike Kelly, Hywel Bevan, Richie Thomas, Malcolm Taylor, Bill Price. Middle and back rows (not able to recognise quite as many): Ann Doughty, Rachel Jones, Helen Morgan, Gill Hopkins, Ann Parkhouse Cynthia Cockwell (Station Admin Clerk). The wives of Charlie Doughty, Howard Jones, Huw Morgan, Phil Hopkins and Terry Parkhouse. Possibly someone can name a few more of the ladies.

According to Phil this was a thriving group which Gill looked forward to attending each month - especially with two young children and her husband on CID working irregular hours.



The below photo was taken by Gareth Evans when he was a young probationer (No.416) during an informal briefing at Tenby Police Station during the long hot summer of 1976.

Left to Right: Peter Cray (PC267), Viv Owens (PC 502) and Brian James (PS130). Sadly, both Viv and Peter passed away at a young age. 



The below photo supplied by Phil Hopkins was taken at Newtown in the early 70’s when the local Police played ‘friendly’ Sunday morning matches against local pub sides.

Pictured are: Back row (L to R) Gwyn Hughes, Peter Davies, Dave Gorman and Derek Mills. Front: Alan Jones, Phil Hopkins, Hugh Colley, Geoff Ollin (who had trials with Wolverhampton Wanderers as a schoolboy) and David ‘Spudder’ Davies. Sadly, Derek and ‘Spudder’ are no longer with us. (Not sure how or why the remaining two players were omitted by the photographer)?



The US Navy base, next to RAF Brawdy in Pembrokeshire, was officially an Oceanographic Research Station though it was in fact a processing centre for a network of underwater microphones listening to Russian submarine movements in the Atlantic.

The site was subject to several anti-nuclear protest actions in the early 80’s and a large contingent of uniform and CID officers were deployed to police the event. The photo taken by genial, pipe smoking DC Harry Williams (SOCO) in July 1980 features Reg Scales, Brian John (Dog Handler), Alan Coles, John Harries and Gareth Evans. (On retirement, Harry who was a member of DPP NARPO, relocated to Nerja, Spain where he sadly passed away in 2015).

Photo supplied by Gareth Evans.



The below photograph, kindly supplied by Tom Mathias, was taken in the early 80’s at Haverfordwest Police Station during a visit by a member of the South African Police Service.

Following a guided tour of the building, Ron Lloyd presented him with an IPA plaque as a memento of his visit to Pembrokeshire. Also pictured (left to right) are Derek Davies, Gerwyn Griffiths, Gerard Thomas and Tom Mathias. 



The below photo has been received from Mr Peter Griffin who joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary and served with Dyfed-Powys prior to transferring to West Mercia in 1970.

The photograph, which first appeared in the County Times was taken in 1966 during an inspection of the Mid-Wales Constabulary by HM Inspector of Constabulary, Mr Neil Galbraith. Alongside Mr Galbraith is Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable) and the WPC is Megan Owens who later that year became WPC Megan Griffin. Possibly, a former Mid-Wales officers can provide the names of the officers being inspected. 

Many thanks to Peter for supplying the photograph.

Update: Many thanks to Peter Davies who believes the line-up is as follows: WPC Meg Griffin (Owens), PC’s Mike Kelly, Len Davies, Peter Griffin, Dai Lewis, Peter Davies, Alan Jones with Sergeant Les Smith at the end of the line.

NB To read Peter Griffin’s recollections of his time in Mid-Wales go to the Further Articles section.



Many thanks to Dave Gorman (Rtd. DC580) for the below photo of Mid-Wales Constabulary officers on duty at Presteigne Assize Court circa 1953. Dave’s father, Wilf Gorman, was a highly respected Sergeant at Llandrindod Wells where he was stationed for many years.

Back row: Geoff ’Duff’ Edwards, George Jones, Fred Collett and Bill Paines. Front: Arthur Perkins, Bert Hines (Retired as C/Superintendent / DCC), Wilf Gorman, Sgt Cole, Sam Jones, George Hickley and Ernie Herbert.

(Presteigne remained the venue for the Assizes until they were abolished in 1971 and replaced by Crown Courts).



The below photograph was taken at a Management Development Course held at Gwent Police HQ in 1994.

The Dyfed-Powys officers are: Back Row second from left: Dai Gravell, followed by Harry Rees, Terry Davies and Huw Morgans. Front row: 2nd from left is Dean Richards and Hugh Colley is sat on the extreme right - next to him is Chief Inspector John James who was a member of the directing staff.

Photo kindly supplied by Harry Rees.



The 1984–85 strike began on 6th March 1984 and the C Division Police Support Unit (PSU) was first deployed to Point of Ayr Colliery (North Wales) in early April. It was a relatively uneventful week, but as the strike gathered momentum the unit was deployed during the summer and autumn to support colleagues throughout the Midlands and north of England.

The above photograph was taken in July 1984 whilst deployed to Nottinghamshire. Back row (L to R): Dai Evans, Phil Gale, Paul Wood, Jim Morris, Nigel Stubbins, Clive James, Mal Thomas, Paul Phillips, Tony Evans, Ken Rees and Rod Chamberlain. Front: Craig Morgan, Hugh Colley, Mike Maynard, Gary Marshall, Brian Thomas, Andy Edwards, John Williams, Mike Lewis, Alan Hunter, the late Keith Campion and Martin Spain.

By late October, some striking miners within the DPP force area indicated that they intended returning to work. The PSU was swiftly re-deployed to the Llanelli area where they were accommodated at the Carmarthen Holiday Village, Kidwelly together with the B & D Division units. The strike eventually ended on 3rd March 1985 – almost 12 months after it began.  



Phil Hopkins has sent the following photos taken at functions held in the 70’s when Phil was a proud member of D Division CID.

The first photo which features the entire Newtown CID team was taken in 1976/77 and may well have been taken at a party to mark the retirement of DS Dai Jones.

From L to R: Phil Hopkins, (DS) Dai Jones and Howell Williams. Incidentally, Phil believes that Howell was the first officer to serve all four divisions of Dyfed-Powys.

The second photograph was taken at the annual divisional CID Christmas dinner held at The Pencerrig Hotel, Builth Wells in November 1978

From the front left moving clockwise around the table: Phil Hopkins, Mrs Gill Hopkins, Terry Parkhouse, Mrs Ann Parkhouse, Philip Price, Mrs Evans (wife of Superintendent Len Evans), Len Evans (Superintendent), Tony Williams (partly obscured), Mrs lris Cochrane, Dai Jones and Mrs Jones.

At that time, Phil Hopkins and Terry Parkhouse made up the CID in Llandrindod Wells. Phil Price was the Divisional Drugs Officer, while Tony Williams and David Jones had both recently retired as Detective Sergeants in Llandrindod Wells and Newtown respectively.

The final photograph was taken at the D Division CID Christmas dinner held at the New Inn, Newbridge on Wye in 1979.

From the left in a clockwise direction: Mrs Ann Parkhouse, Mrs lris Cochrane, Mrs Joyce Davies, Peter Davies, Phil Hopkins, Mrs Gill Hopkins and Terry Parkhouse

Many thanks to Phil for providing the photos and the additional information.



Phil Hopkins (left) and Derrick Richards are pictured with items collected for a charity auction which was held at the Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool in 1987.

Flights in a hot air balloon and a light aircraft, meals at local restaurants, driving lessons and a day’s pheasant shooting (this item alone raised several hundred pounds) were among the large number of items auctioned to raise money for doctor’s surgeries throughout Montgomeryshire to provide extra equipment. (Many NARPO members will fondly remember Derrick, a highly respected and hugely popular officer who passed away in 1999).

Many thanks to Phil for supplying the photo which first appeared in the County Times.



This photograph featuring a Newtown Police cricket team was taken prior to a match played in the early 80's at Montgomery against a team of local solicitors.

Back Row (L to R): Chris Brennan, the late David (Spudder) Davies, Mike Denyard, Terry Rees, John (Jake) Williams, Dai Lewis. Front Row: Clive Howells, Wyn Rees, Peter Davies, Gareth Slaymaker, Derek Bloomfield



This photograph was taken during a Tutor Constables Course held at the Friar’s Park HQ in the late 70's or early 80's. As there was no residential accommodation, the northern contingent stayed at The Park Hotel, Llamas Street.

Back Row: Steve Jones, Phil Richards, Derek Bloomfield, Bill Rowbottom, Dai Richards, John Williams. Front: Geoff Roberts, Alwyn Humphreys, C/Inspector John Davies, Inspector John James and Alan Tinnuche.

Many thanks to Derek Bloomfield for supplying the above photos.


Retired Inspector Les Clark received the below photographs from Mrs Jean Evans, widow of the late Retired Superintendent Delme Evans. NARPO members who served in Carmarthenshire and Aberystwyth will remember Delme who retired from Dyfed-Powys in the mid 90’s. Incidentally, Delme was PC 657 Les Clark’s Chief Inspector when he was posted to Ammanford in 1977.



Delme was a proud member of the Gorsedd and the above shows Delme greeting Mr John Ronald (JR) Jones (Chief Constable) following his admittance to the Gorsedd at the National Eistedfodd. (Possibly taken in 1974 when the eistedfodd was held in Carmarthen).



Delme enjoyed a long association with the Coombe Cheshire Home near Carmarthen which provides care for adults with a physical disability. Delme and Jean are shown being introduced to Princess Alexandra when she visited the home (year unknown).



Delme’s wife Jean will also be remembered with affection by many retired officers of a certain vintage as she was also a Police officer and retired as a Sergeant  in the late 60's after 17 years service. The above photo appeared in an IPA newsletter.



Finally three real characters (From left to right): Ronw James, Brian Edmunds and Delme at a pig roast charity event held in Carmarthen Park (year unknown).



The below photograph submitted was taken at a recent NARPO coffee morning held at Welshpool and features Derek Bloomfield, Phil Hopkins and Phil Addicott.

What makes the photo rather unique is that during their service all three served as Chair of the Dyfed-Powys Joint Branch Board. Derek was Chair from September 1990 until April 1999 when Phil Hopkins took over the reins. Phil held the post until his retirement in June 2002. Phil Addicott was Chair from March 2008 until December 2013 and is now the DPP NARPO secretary. The missing ‘link’ is Phil Small who was Chair between 2002 and 2008.


PS Ian Price, who is currently the Regional Co-ordinator for Dyfed Powys All Wales Go Safe Casualty Reduction Safety Camera Partnership, has provided the following photos featuring his father Alwyn Price (Rtd. PC19) who retired from Dyfed-Powys Police in 1996. 



In 1974, Alwyn was presented with the Queens Commendation for brave conduct by Sir David Mansel-Lewis, Lord Lieutenant of Carmarthenshire.

Alwyn was recognised for his bravery having disarmed a man who had fired a double- barrelled shotgun at another officer.  



The following were taken circa 1975 during a Close Protection training course, probably held at Dering Lines, Brecon.

Alwyn is on the extreme left of the front row – among those recognised are Geoff Roberts, Phil Rees, Clive (Chopper) Martin, Tony James, Nigel Rogers-Lewis, Brian Griffiths, Bob Evans and Ralph Parsons. Hopefully, someone can identify the entire group.

Alwyn and a colleague during a training exercise.



While no details of the fixture are known, it is believed this photo of the A Division rugby team was taken during the early / mid 80’s

Among those pictured are Gwilym Evans, Dilwyn Augustus, Norman Welch, Roger Anthony, Alan Lewis. Terry Stokes. Alun Williams. Mike ‘POP’. Again, hopefully someone can name all the players and possibly recognise the venue.

Many thanks to Ian and Alwyn for submitting the photographs.

Update: The following update has been received from Mal Thomson (Coroner’s Officer, Carmarthen) and Harry Rees:

Back (L to R): Gwylym Evans, John Davies, Mike Donovan, Howard Davies, Delme Phillips, Dylan Evans, Dilwyn Augustus, Alun Lewis, Meurig Evans?(Believed). Front: Mike (Pop) Davies, Alwyn Price, Alun Davies,Terry Stokes, Geoff Roberts, Norman (Sparky)Welch, Roger Anthony, Mark Williams.

According to Harry Rees, Mark Williams played cricket for Wales and Mike (Pop) played first class rugby for Llanelli and Swansea.

Many thanks to both Mal and Harry for their help in identifying the players.



Earlier this year Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) submitted a photograph taken in June 1978 of a team representing Haverfordwest Police competing in a raft race as part of the town’s carnival activities.

Peter recently came across the above photo of the intrepid four in action - it appears that while Andy Edwards and Peter did all the hard work, while Mike Lewis and Nigel Stubbins kept an eagle eye on the precious cargo!



Another ‘Blast from the Past’, kindly supplied by Berwyn Williams and features Howard Davies making a presentation in January 1994 to Dyfed Victim Support.

(Left to Right): Geoffrey Roberts, Howard Davies, Eirwyn (Curly) Edwards (Support Co-ordinator) and Berwyn Williams (Scheme Assistant). Many will remember Eirwyn (Rtd. Inspector) who is also a member of DPP NARPO.



The annual tour to Coleford in the Forest of Dean started with seven NARPO members amongst the group and finished with eight! 

Ready for the first tee (L to R): Colin Finch, Phil Hopkins, Phil Gower, Phil Small, Mike Benbow, Brian Crowdie, Clive Rees. Inset: New NARPO member Howard Jones.

The tour captain this year was serving officer Richard Wilson, son of NARPO member Robin. Robin hopes to re-join the tour in 2017 after work commitments have prevented him attending the last two.

Everyone had encountered heavy rain as they made their way to the tour venue from various parts of the force area and were fully expecting a soaking on Tuesday afternoon when the first round of four was played.

After observing a minute’s silence for the late Malcolm Taylor, who passed away shortly after last year’s tour, the twenty keen golfers played their round in miraculously fine weather. Short sleeve order (there’s a phrase from the past!) being the norm for many of the group. Phone calls home that evening revealed that Coleford was extremely fortunate to escape the torrential rain in the afternoon which seemed to have fallen in most other areas.

The forecast for the following day was not good and this time the forecast was true! Incessant heavy rain fell during most of Wednesday morning, causing a variety of scenarios.  Six hardy golfers decided to brave the elements and play the full eighteen holes (none of whom I may add were NARPO members – we’re too old and wise for any of that nonsense!). A few decided not to venture out at all, a couple left the tour early and went home and the rest played a maximum of three holes before succumbing to the elements – your Chairman (Hoppy Senior) and son (Gareth) included!

What a difference a day makes?

The morning was spent in the clubhouse reminiscing over previous tours and swapping stories over a coffee (the bar was not yet open!). I decided to take some positive action and recruited (press ganged) a new NARPO member, who through an oversight had never joined our organisation.

The weather improved late morning, meaning that for the majority, the day’s play was reduced to one round. The last day (Thursday), brought a complete contrast in the weather, with wall to wall sunshine (see above).

A good time was had by all but sadly, none of the major prizes fell into NARPO members hands as only the hardy souls that had completed the full three rounds by Wednesday afternoon were eligible to win these prizes.

Article and photographs submitted by Phil Hopkins



Each year, many towns and villages across Wales hold a carnival. Both the below photographs feature officers on duty at Llanidloes Carnival which was initially held in 1932 to raise money for Llanidloes Hospital. Over 80 years later the event is still as popular as ever raising money for local charities and good causes.

The above photograph was taken in the 1950's and features the newly crowned Carnival Queen with a smartly turned out Mid-Wales Constabulary officer (identity not known) looking on. 

The second photograph shows a jovial Peter Davies (Rtd. PC/DC 590) on duty, possibly during the early 70’s, at his home town carnival. However, Peter was no longer smiling shortly after the photo was taken as a group of Llani' revellers crept up and emptied a bucket of cold water over him! 



Jim Honeybill joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary as PC 116 in September 1966 and on amalgamation on 1st April 1968 became PC 716. Jim recently came across correspondence relating to his appointment and also his Joining Instructions for the Initial Course at No. 8 District Police Training Centre, Bridgend. To read the documents (PDF) click HERE.



In 1992, local reporter Jim Hughes ran an article querying why it was not possible to purchase Milford Haven rock. After all, Milford is a renown sea faring town and many famous people have been moved to praise the Milford Haven Waterway. William Shakespeare was so inspired by its beauty he used it as one of the settings in his play Cymbeline and  Admiral Lord Nelson called it ‘one of the greatest harbours in the world’.

Peter Evans who kindly supplied the above photograph recalls, I was on duty one morning when Jim called into the station to check the Press Book and to speak to the Inspector (possibly Cyril Hendy). Jim told him about the light hearted ‘investigation’ that he was conducting and as the Local Beat Officer, it was my job to pose for a photo which appeared in the following week’s issue of the Western Telegraph.

Footnote: Almost 25 years later and there's still no sign of Milford Rock appearing on the shelves anytime soon! 



The Royal Welsh Show came to Llanelwedd, Builth Wells for the first time on 23 July 1963. Before then it had led a nomadic life, the show being held at no fewer than 37 different locations, alternating between north and the south Wales.

The above photograph has been posted on Facebook by the widow of the late Mr Ralph Rees (Rtd. Superintendent) and features Ralph (shirt sleeved), stationed at Welshpool at that time, on duty at the first show to be held at Llanelwedd. 

Update from Mr Brian Stubbs: The Sergeant speaking to Ralph Rees is the late Sgt Vaynor Evans (ex Breconshire Constabulary) then stationed at Talgarth



HMS Ardent, a Royal Navy Type 22 frigate was Milford Haven's adopted warship when it was sunk by Argentine aircraft during the Falklands conflict in May, 1982 (see footnote).

The below photograph kindly supplied by Peter Evans was taken in June 1982 when Vice Admiral Sir Simon Cassels (centre) visited the town to sign the Book of Remembrance.

The officers pictured with the dignitaries are Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) extreme left and Keith Jones (Rtd. PC73) extreme right. In addition, the Town Clerk to Milford Haven Town Council at that time was the late Mr. Frank Parry (Rtd. Superintendent) standing extreme left of the top row.

On 19 April 1982, HMS Ardent set sail for the Falkland Islands and on Friday 21st May 1982, whilst covering the British landings at San Carlos, she was bombed and sunk in Falkland Sound with the loss of 22 lives. Her sinking had a profound effect on her affiliated town, Milford Haven – eight days later, 600 people attended a service of remembrance at North Road Baptist Church.



Many thanks to Sam Williams for the photographs of two immaculate patrol cars based at Llandrindod Wells in the '80s. According to Sam, both photos were taken on a Sunday morning after they had been washed, polished and hoovered!

Ford Cortina 2.3GL KDE539X


Austin Montego 2.0 C968BBX (this car started life as T42 but was renamed when Force call signs were changed and became B39) 

Sam recalls that the call sign reorganisation was a really confusing time and there are stories of Brecon Division cars with their new Bravo call signs being directed to calls in the Aberystwyth area, where the old Bravo call signs were now Alpha call signs. Also Aberystwyth cars with their 'new' Alpha call signs were being directed to incidents at  Ammanford where the old Alpha call signs were now Romeo call signs!



Many former D (Powys) Division officers will fondly remember Pat Cochrane (DC761) who retired from DPP in 1982. Pat joined the Mid-Wales Constabulary on 16th March 1950 and was stationed at Llanidloes and Trefeglwys before being transferred to HQ at Newtown and was subsequently appointed Scenes of Crime Officer where he remained until retirement.

The above photograph was taken at his retirement party held at The Greenway Manor, Crossgates, near Llandrindod Wells and features: Back Row (L to R): Richard Williams, Phil Hopkins, Terry Parkhouse, Phil Price. Middle: Hywel Rees, Richie Thomas, Brian ‘Budgie’ Evans, Dave Gorman, Paul Bennett, Mike Denyard, Mark Cox, Tony Williams, Brian Oakley. Front: Les Griffiths, Pat Molloy, Pat Cochrane, Dai Rees, Bob Evans. Sat at the front is Peter Davies who succeeded Pat as SOCO in Newtown.



Dolforwyn Hall, Abermule, near Newtown was the venue for another retirement party to mark Pat’s retirement. This one was attended from colleagues and Support Staff past and present, who worked with Pat during his long service in north Powys.

Front to back (L to R): David Jones, Glyn Evans, Pat Cochrane, Ricky Williams, Emrys Morgan, Dai Williams, Mrs Dorothy Williams (Support Staff), Sam Jones, John Haines and Ray Holly. 



Many thanks to Berwyn Williams for supplying the following three photographs taken during his thirteen week Initial Course held at No. 8 DPTC, Bridgend between 29th January and 27th April 1962.

The course photograph includes the following officers who later became Dyfed-Powys colleagues in 1968 following amalgamation: Back row: (1) Arthur Brady (Pembrokeshire) (2) Dulais Williams (Carms/Cards) (3) Brian Griffiths (Carms/Cards) (4) Gareth Jones (Carms/Cards) (5) Berwyn Williams (Carms/Cards) (8) Peter Jones (Glamorgan) later transferred to Dyfed-Powys. Centre Row: (6) Dennis Roberts (Pembrokeshire) (7) Richard Morgan (Mid-Wales). Front Row: (3) Jim Howells (Instructor - Carms/Cards).

NB The number indicates the position of the officer taken from the left.



This photo was taken outside the rather basic facilities at Bridgend DPTC with Gareth Jones (Rtd. Inspector) giving Berwyn a quick demonstration of how not to hold a truncheon.



Anyone’s guess what’s going on here – the final photo from Berwyn’s reminder of his days at Bridgend was taken in the dormitory and features: Back: (L to R): LA Sparrow (Hereford), M Williams (Glamorgan), Dennis Roberts (Pembrokeshire), Gareth Jones (Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire). Front: Berwyn Williams (Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire) and DK Davies (Denbigh).



Up until 1987 when the new HQ with residential accommodation opened at Llangunnor, Standard Driving Courses were held on division. All four divisions had a pool of Advanced Drivers that had successfully completed the Instructors’ Course at Bridgend.

The above photo taken at the rear of Newtown Police Station (date not known), features Clive Cowey (Instructor) wearing shades, with students. Hopefully, someone can identify the officers.

Update from Clive Cowey: Looking at the car, it is a W registration plate that means it was registered between Aug 1980 and July 1981. I remember getting that car new during a course, when it arrived I checked it over and found that the coolant bottle was full of oil and the cylinder block was porous. I refused to accept the car and it was relayed back to FHQ by the AA on a recovery truck where a new engine was fitted. Good old British Leyland – I would say that the date of the course is 1981/2 or possibly1983.


The following has been received from Nigel Earle (Rtd. PC218): Regarding the photo taken during a Standard Driving Course. The date was April / May 1982 – I was on the same course out of ‘B’ Division and the instructor was PC Dai (Doc) Thomas No. 180. I remember the date well as Argentina had just invaded the Falklands! 

The D Division students were (L to R) Tracy Walker, Mark Hilton, both of whom were in Cwmbran with me. Not entirely sure of the young lady stood next to Clive, but I think it could be Euronwy Hughes.



In addition to learning sections of the Highway Code word perfect, Roadcraft and most importantly being trained how to drive safely, students also received an introduction to basic vehicle maintenance.

This photograph also supplied by Clive, was taken at the Newtown workshop with Clive explaining the importance of conducting  'daily checks'. Pictured with Clive are Fiona O’Brien, Nick O’Brien, Wayne Matthews and Tony Brick (Mechanic) in the background..



During the late 70’s / early 80’s the Ford Cortina 2.3 v6 was used extensively by Dyfed-Powys for traffic patrol duties.

The above photo was taken at the rear of Welshpool Police Station possibly 1979/80 and the below photo was taken of the same car being driven by Clive Cowey along Berriew Street, Welshpool.



This photograph of an elegant group of ladies supplied by Pat Cochrane was taken at the annual dinner of the Newtown Police Wives Club held at The Elephant and Castle Hotel, Newtown in 1966.

The lady pictured in the front middle of the photograph is Mrs Thomas, the wife of Mr Richard (RB) Thomas, Chief Constable. Also included are Mrs Iris Cochrane, Monica Jones and Joan Rees. If anyone can identify other members of the group please email Hugh Colley.



In 1954, a professional photographer from Southampton travelled around the country taking photographs of Police Stations.

The photograph was taken outside Llanidloes Police Station with a smartly turned out Pat Cochrane (left) who supplied the photo and Sergeant Doug Davies stood either side of the photographer (name unknown).



Many retired officers will recall that as recently as the early 1970’s, the sole means of communication for officers consisted of VHF radio and public phone boxes.

This photograph was taken on the Abergwesyn to Tregaron road and features the late Tony Williams (Rtd. Detective Sergeant) about to use a rather unique public phone box. The phone being located in a disused shed which was previously owned by the Forestry Commission. With today’s use of smart phones, hand held computers etc. how times have changed!

Photo courtesy of Pat Cochrane.



Another ‘blast from the past’ – this photo was taken in 1988-89 with Dulais Williams (Rtd. PC 273) coming to the rescue of a motorist by helping to change a wheel in Carmarthen town centre.

Photo courtesy of Berwyn Williams.



This photograph supplied by Peter Davies appeared in the County Times in 1968 and features the Mid-Wales Constabulary First Aid Team that competed for the All Wales Pim Trophy competition held at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.

From left to right: Mike Kelly, Peter Davies, Geoff Price, Dave Gorman, Jim Murphy and Ted Pugh.

Peter recalls, ‘We trained for the keenly fought competition in the court room above Newtown Police Station (above) where Inspector Murphy put us through our paces being trained to deal with various scenarios with Cadets acting as casualties. We gave a good account of ourselves in the final but didn't come home with the trophy'.



The below photograph was submitted by Nigel John (Rtd. PC South Wales Police) who is a regular visitor to the DPP NARPO website.

The photograph was taken in February 1990 during an Advanced Refresher course at Bridgend – the only Home Office approved Police driving school in Wales. From Left to Right: Nigel John (South Wales), Dai Conqueor (Instructor, South Wales), Phil Gibbs (Gwent) and Steve Burson (Dyfed-Powys).

The second photograph was also taken at Bridgend, this time in 1977/78 during an Advanced Driving course and features Back (L to R): Geraint Phillips (DPP), Bev Edwards (SWP), Keith Lewis (DPP), C/Inspector Mansel Abraham (Head of Driving School) and PS Peter Jenkins (Instructor). Geraint recalls 'GTX 1N was a Jaguar 4.2, one of three vehicles used at the time for Advanced Training. The other two cars being a Ford Granada 3ltr and a Rover 3.5 SD1. I recall being a rear seat passenger travelling from Merthyr to Brecon and when near Libanus, we had a garden fork thrown at us having passed and startled a couple of farmers who were 'trashing' at the side of the road. Thankfully, at 130mph, they narrowly missed us'!'

Many thanks to Nigel and Geraint for supplying the photographs.



In June 1989, Tim Dixon reported that his parents, Peter (51 yrs) and Gwenda (52 yrs) had failed to return to their Oxfordshire home after a camping trip to Liitle Haven, Pembrokeshire. As this was completely out of character, a large scale search took place along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

Pictured taking a refreshment break at the Mobile Control, Marloes during the search are (right to left): Phil Gale, Peter Evans, Jon Ross and Nigel Lewis.

On 5th July 1989, the search turned into a murder enquiry led by Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Jones when the bodies of Mr & Mrs Dixon were found concealed close to the coastal path. Both persons having died from shotgun wounds, their bodies having been screened from view with hazel twigs and bracken. The horrific murders remained unsolved despite conducting house to house enquiries on every door within ten miles of the murder, tracing witnesses all over Britain and Western Europe. Over 6,000 statements were taken and the case broke the record for the most phone calls ever provoked by a BBC Crimewatch programme.

In 2005, a cold case review was commenced into the murders of Mr & Mrs Dixon and also the December 1985 murders of Richard and Helen Thomas (Scoveston Murders). John William Cooper was finally apprehended and charged with the four murders thanks to developments in forensic science, relying on minute DNA samples that provided a ‘golden nugget’ of evidence for detectives.

On 26th May 2011, after a lengthy trial at Swansea Crown Court, John William Cooper was given four life sentences for the 1985 double murder of brother and sister Richard and Helen Thomas, and the 1989 double murder of Peter and Gwenda Dixon. Full details of the enquiry are contained in a book entitled The Pembrokeshire Murders – Catching the Bullseye Killer written by Steve Wilkins and Jonathan Hill a HTV Wales reporter.

Many thanks to Peter Evans for supplying the photograph and Harry Rees for the additional information.



In 2012, Mr Geoff Holman a keen motor bike enthusiast from Hayle, West Cornwall, purchased a BSA motor bike and embarked on a project to restore the machineto its former glory. As a result of some astute detective work, Geoff discovered that the bike was initially owned by Dyfed-Powys Police. To read about the project and view more photos, go to the Further Articles section.



The below photograph and enquiry has been received from Mr Jonathan Davies who is in the process of researching his family tree. It transpires that relatives of Mr Davies served in the Montgomeryshire / Mid- Wales Constabulary.

‘I came across a picture you I thought you might be interested in. I'd say that sat in the front (3rd from right) is PS William Thomas Edwards (b.1893) and that 2nd from the left in the back row is his younger brother PC David Richard Edwards (b.1901), both of Montgomeryshire Constabulary and later Mid-Wales Constabulary.

As William Thomas Edwards is greying slightly, suggesting he might be 50, I would estimate the date as 1943. If there's anything you can add about the date or location of the photo I'd be glad to hear of it’.

(The doorway at the rear of the group indicates that the photograph was taken in front of the Police HQ in Severn Place, Newtown).

Update: The following has been received from Mr Brian Stubbs: I was very interested in this photograph and can identify the majority of the group. Unfortunately, the others I recognise but cannot identify by name. They are as follows (rank shown on retirement): Back: Sergeant DCJones, N/K, Sergeant Dick Davies, N/K, Superintendent Kinsey Jones, Superintendent H.A Edwards. Front: Sergeant Ingram, Inspector Digger George, Detective Inspector JH.Jones, Superintendent DR Edwards, Sergeant  Arthur and Sergeant PS WT (Bill) Edwards 

DR Edwards and WT Edwards were brothers and hailed from the Llansantffraid / Llanfyllin Area. Sergeant WT Edwards was stationed at Newtown throughout WWll.  He had very few officers to assist him but he did an excellent job and was highly respected. Superintendent DR Edwards was a highly intelligent and shrewd individual who was Superintendent (Administration) in Mid-Wales Constabulary for many years and was regarded as Captain HC Lloyd’s (Chief Constable) right hand man.



Newtown Police has always enjoyed an excellent relationship with local organisations and for several seasons played friendly cricket matches including ‘999’ fixtures against the Ambulance and Fire Service with the ‘Boys in Blue’ generally coming out on top!

This photograph supplied by Peter Davies, was taken in 1994 and features, standing (L to R): the late Derek Richards, Ian John, Steve Lewis, Brian Watkins, Derek Bloomfield and David Steer. Front: Jonathan Davies, Peter Davies (Captain), Sean Westlake, Andy Meek, Darren Davies and Craig Davies.


Following on from the team photo, Peter is currently club chairman of Newtown CC who compete in the Shropshire League. Peter is pictured with his sons Jonathon (left) and Craig, both have captained the Newtown first team and also represented Montgomeryshire in the North Wales County Championship.



The below photo was taken during a Welsh Region Sergeants Course held at Gwent Police HQ, Cwmbran in 1978.

The Dyfed-Powys officers are: Mike Thomas (Back row 3rd from left), Terry Marshall (back row 5th from left), Phil Lloyd (middle 2nd from left), George Phillips and Hugh Colley (7th & 8th from left) and Ron Lloyd (middle row, 2nd from right) and among the Directing Staff (front) is the late Mike Gage (2nd from left).

Mr William Farley (Chief Constable, Gwent) is sat fourth from the left. Mr Farley was a troop commander in Normandy and received the Military Cross after his tank was hit in Germany in 1945. He joined the police in Durham, arriving in Monmouthshire in 1958 and became chief constable in 1964. He remained head of the Monmouthshire / Gwent force until 1981. Sadly, Mr Farley and his wife both lost their lives in a fire at their home in 1984.

Update: Well done to Clive Cowey for identifying the Sergeant in the back row, 4th from the left as Roger Morgan of Gwent Police, formerly PC 704 Morgan, Dyfed-Powys, (possibly Mid-Wales Constabulary). Roger was stationed at Newtown and Welshpool before moving to Brynmawr (his home town) in 1972. He transferred with that station when it was relocated into Gwent Constabulary in 1973 as part of the boundary changes.



In 1983, Dyfed-Powys played a stylish and skilful West Mercia team in the PAA National Football competition at the British Steel ground, Trostre, Llanelli.

Back (L to R): Geoff Roberts (Trainer), Peter Dickinson, Clive Rich, Mark Williams, Howard Jones, Tony Evans, Phil Gale, Norman Minchin, Tony Evans (Referee) and Barrie Davies. Front: Neville Evans, Wyn Evans, Norman Welch, Paul Phillips, Richard Evans and Barrie Harrison.

According to Barrie, the DPP team held their own until a controversial decision saw them lose their composure, allowing West Mercia to take the lead. A quickly taken corner kick, following an extremely dubious decision, resulted in a goal for the visitors and left the home side fuming! Despite remonstrating with the officials, the goal was allowed to stand and West Mercia progressed to the next round.

Photo and article courtesy of Barrie Davies.



Situated overlooking St Bride’s Bay, the airfield at Brawdy (between Haverfordwest and St. Davids) was opened in 1944 and initially used by RAF Coastal Command. Part of its war time role was to act as a base for meteorological crews which flew out across the Atlantic to report on approaching weather patterns.

Photographed during a liaison visit to RAF Brawdy in 1984 are Superintendent Gerwyn Griffiths (2nd left), Chief Superintendent E.L. Jones (4th left) and Chief Inspector Tom Mathias (3rd right). The remainder are MOD Police / RAF personnel.

During peacetime, Brawdy took on a vital training role with cadets receiving advanced flying training mainly in Hawker Hunters. It also became home to a flight of Search and Rescue helicopters which were often called into action around the Pembrokeshire coast. Brawdy also housed a top secret United States Navy Facility which tracked the movement of Russian submarines in the north Atlantic.

In 1996, the army took over the facility and it became home to 14 Signals Regiment, being re-named Cawdor Barracks.

Photo courtesy of Tom Mathias - additional information by Hugh Colley.



During the 80’s, cycle owners were strongly encouraged to have their postcode stamped underneath the frame with details of the bike held on a database.

Dulais Williams (Rtd. PC273) is pictured marking a Raleigh Chopper with a post code during a Crime Prevention campaign at Ammanford in January 1985. Also in the photo is Glyn Jones (Rtd.PC119) together with the Mayor of Ammanford. 

Photo courtesy of Berwyn Williams



The below photograph supplied by John Stretton was taken before a match against RAF Brawdy played in the early 80’s (possibly 1983) at Brawdy.

Back (L to R): Rowland Powell, Phil Ingram, John Stretton, Wyn John, Nick Davies, Alfor Evans, Mal Thomson, Jeff Davies and Jeff Jones. Front AN OTHER, Chris Richards, Wyn Evans, Dai Jones, Bill Horne (later ACC Gwent) and Steve Doyle.

Update: From Mal Thomson (Coroner’s Officer, Carmarthen), who is stood between Alfor Evans and Jeff Davies and stationed  at Fishguard at that time, ‘I can't remember much about the game but I think we lost. If I remember correctly the hospitality in the Mess after the game was great and I'm sure many of the players will remember the bad heads the following morning!



Further to a photograph posted on the website towards the end of 2015, taken at the Superstars competition held at Carmarthen in 1978. Del Phillips has kindly supplied a photograph of the jubilant members of the A Division team.

L to R: Geoff Roberts, Terry Stokes, Robert Jones, Gwilym Evans, Norman Welch, Phil Thomas, Ann Lewis, Del Phillips, Jayne MacKintosh, Peter Dunkley, Janet Jenkins, Mike Gage, Barrie Davies and Ken Evans. Crouched at the front holding he prestigious trophy is Eirwyn (Curly) Edwards (Team Manager).

The overall scores were: A Division: 106 points, C (Pembrokeshire) Division: 80 pts. Headquarters: 76 pts. B (Aberystwyth) Division: 71 pts. D (Newtown) Division: 66 pts.



In the summer of 1987, several events took place throughout the force area to raise money to help send  athletes to the Special Olympics held in Indiana USA. The Special Olympics is a competition in a variety of sports for people with learning disabilities.


The events included a 30 mile hike over the Preseli Hills by C (Pembrokeshire) Division, a 30 mile cycle ride around the division by A (Llanelli) personnel and a Duck Race at Aberystwyth.As part of the fund raising efforts, thirty members of Llandrindod Wells Section held a seven hour Cyclethon. Members of the public were invited to guess (for a donation) the total distance pedalled by the participants. Seen leading by example is Alan Harding with (left to right): Brian Watkins, Clive Howells, Tony Phillips (Special Constable) and Mike Kelly.


A change of shift with Geraint Rees, the late Russell Morgan, Alan Harding, Huw Morgans, Diane Evans (Support Staff), Front: Diane Pugh, Hywel Bevan, Brian Mumby and Brian Watkins.

Twenty seven UK forces raised a grand total of £42,000 with Dyfed-Powys leading the field by raising £8,150, beating the might of the Metropolitan Police into second place by £300! Note, the equivalent value today of £8,150 is approximately £16,000 – a tremendous effort by all concerned.

Photographs courtesy of Alan Harding.



The below photograph has been kindly supplied by Mr Berwyn Williams, it is believed to have been taken in the 1840’s and features members of the Cardiganshire Constabulary.

Berwyn received the photograph from Mrs Ann Davies whose great grandfather Constable Joshua Lewis is stood 7th from the right. Note: Cardiganshire Constabulary was formed in 1843 with an original establishment of just 18 officers



Another nostalgic photo taken in the early 1960's supplied by Mr Berwyn Williams, this one was taken in Pontyberem Square in the Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire.


Stood in the centre of the photo is Berwyn’s father-in-law in law, William Bowen, a local fruiterer and on the right is Bill Davies (Rtd. PC30). The identity of the officer on the left is not known, possibly someone may be able to identify him.

Update: Many thanks to Roger Davies for identifying the officer on the left of the picture. He is the late Phil Jones (PS60) or Phil 60 as he was known and in 1960 when Roger joined as a cadet, Phil was stationed at Llwynhendy.



In October, 1989 the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority approved an application by Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) for the purchase of a Bell Jet Ranger 206B helicopter which was the first X-Ray 99.

The above photograph kindly supplied by Alan Harding (Rtd. Superintendent), shows X-Ray 99 at FHQ shortly after the formation of the ASU - the first Police ASU in Wales.  Left to Right: Alan Harding, Alistair Lindsay, Tony Williams, Bob Campbell, Capt Ian Neilson (Pilot) and Ellis Evans. During its first year of operation X-Ray 99 was put to good use with 94 searches for MISPERS, 91 photographic tasks and provided assistance with the arrest of 79 persons.

As many will be aware, the Dyfed-Powys Police  Air Support Unit ceased to exist on 31st December 2015 after 25 years invaluable service to the residents of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, saving many lives and assisting in bringing numerous offenders to justice. The helicopter (above) has recently been handed over to the National Police Air Service whose purpose is to provide a national, borderless air service to all police forces in England and Wales.



In June 1978, a team representing Haverfordwest Police competed in a raft race as part of the town’s carnival activities. The raft constructed from empty beer kegs and inner tubes was sponsored by a local brewery.

Left to right: standing: the late Brian Mainwaring (Coach), Nigel Stubbins, Andy Edwards. Front:  Mike Lewis, Peter Evans, Angharad Phillips (Mascot), now the wife of Aldwyn Jones (Rtd. Detective Chief Superintendent).

Peter Evans, who supplied the photograph, recalls that on race day the finished craft required ten people to lift it into the water. The boys put up a good show despite being bombarded with bags of flour and over ripe fruit. The generous sponsors also donated a complimentary crate of Newcastle Brown Ale and for obvious reasons the fore-runner to the DPP Marine Section did not win the race.



Roger Anthony (Rtd. PS137) who after retiring rejoined the force as a PCSO based at Llandeilo / Llandovery, has submitted three photographs taken of A Division rugby teams taken in the early 80’s. Sadly, due to the passage of time only vague details of the games are known. However, Roger is able to put names to the players.

No details of fixture available. Back row (L to R): Alun Williams, Terry Stokes, Dilwyn Augustus, Keith Jones, Bob Jones, Peter Evans. Owen Jones, Jeff Evans, Tom Edwards. Front: Paul Jewell, Stuart Denman, Alan Lewis, Norman Welch, Roger Anthony and John Davies.

A Division v B Division played at Carmarthen. Back row; John Davies, Terry Stokes, Peter McGarrigle, Bob Jones, Howard Davies, Delme Phillips, Geoff Roberts, Dilwyn Augustus, Mike (Pop) Davies. Front row: Alan Lewis, Norman Welch, Gwilym Evans, Alun Williams and Roger Anthony.

A Division v C Division played at Haverfordwest. Back row: Wayne Evans (Referee), Alun Williams, Dai (Alpha) Thomas, Tom Edwards, Meurig Evans, Dilwyn Augustus, Gavin Davies, Bob Jones, Owen Jones, Cerith Bevan, Keith Jones, Nev Evans, Terry Stokes. Front: Stuart Denman, John Davies, Paul Jewell, Norman Welch, Roger Anthony and Keith Turner (later Chief Constable of Gwent Police).

Sadly, Norman Welch who appears in all three photographs is no longer with us.



The below photograph and enquiry has been received from Mr Jonathan Davies who is in the process of researching his family tree. It transpires that relatives of Mr Davies served in the Montgomeryshire / Mid- Wales Constabulary.

‘I came across a picture you I thought you might be interested in. I'd say that sat in the front (3rd from right) is PS William Thomas Edwards (b.1893) and that 2nd from the left in the back row is his younger brother PC David Richard Edwards (b.1901), both of Montgomeryshire Constabulary and later Mid-Wales Constabulary.

As William Thomas Edwards is greying slightly, suggesting he might be 50, I would estimate the date as 1943. If there's anything you can add about the date or location of the photo I'd be glad to hear of it’.

(The doorway at the rear of the group indicates that the photograph was taken in front of the Police HQ in Severn Place, Newtown).

Update: The following has been received from Mr Brian Stubbs: I was very interested in this photograph and can identify the majority of the group. Unfortunately, the others I seem to recognise but cannot identify by name. They are as follows (rank shown on retirement): Back (L to R) PS DC. Jones, NK, PS Dick Davies, NK, Supt. Kinsey Jones, Supt HA Edwards. Front: PS Ingram, Insp Digger George, DI JHJones, Supt DR.Edwards, PS Arthur and PS WT (Bill) Edwards, NK.  

DR Edwards and WT Edwards were brothers and hailed from the Llansantffraid / Llanfyllin Area. Sergeant WT Edwards was stationed at Newtown throughout WWll.  He had very few officers to assist him but he did an excellent job and was highly respected. Supt DR Edwards was a highly intelligent and shrewd individual and was Supt Administration in Mid-Wales Constabulary for many years and was regarded as Chief Constable Captain Lloyd’s right hand man.




With so many picturesque golf courses set in the heart of mid Wales, it’s no wonder that so many D Division (Powys) officers take up golf. While no-one is able to place an actual date as to when the D Division Golf Society was formed, it is believed that the first annual tour took place in the mid 80’s.

According to Phil Hopkins, the society was the brainchild of Terry Parkhouse and Coleford Golf Club in the Forest of Dean has been the venue for the majority of tours with Bransford GC, Worcester being the alternative venue.  The below photographs submitted by Phil were taken during the visit to Bransford in May 1991.

Some of the tour members stood on the first tee, eagerly waiting to hit their first drive. L to R: Malcolm Taylor, Phil Hopkins, Simon Brady, Wyn Edwards, Kevin Owen, Bryan (Dinger) Bell, Brian Oakley, Don Jenkins.

Members reliving their round at the 19th hole - left side (Front to Back): Brian Oakley, Malcolm Taylor, Bill Pugh, Ralph Ford, Don Jenkins and Wyn Edwards. On the right (front to back): John Jones, Phil Hopkins, Colin Perrier and Kevin Owen. Sadly, Brian, Malcolm, Bill, Ralph and Wyn are no longer with us.

The late Brian Oakley (Rtd, PS390) presenting Deri Evans (Rtd. PC 771) with the Brian Oakley Trophy which he kindly donated to the society and is competed for annually during the D Division tour. Note: The 2016 tour to Coleford GC will take place from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th May (further details to follow).

(Did you know that a recent study found the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year? Another study found golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon which is about the same as a Volkswagen GOLF!) 



The below photograph kindly supplied by Geraint Phillips was taken during the PAA Welsh Clay Pigeon Championship held at Llandegla, Denbighshire (year not known).

Back row (Left to Right): Lyn Moss, Jeff Pillar and Richard Hunt. Front: Geraint Phillips and Nigel Earle.

Geraint recalls ‘That was quite a proud moment, although I was in the team at the last moment as first reserve. This competition was followed by a three day national event held in Yorkshire in the presence of Princess Anne. Over 200 Police Officers from throughout the UK competed, including some top marksmen from what was then the Royal Ulster Constabulary’.



The below photograph was taken in 1974 during a Home Defence Air Observer Course held at RAF St. Athan. Tom Mathias is about to act as an Observer aboard a Scottish Aviation Bulldog aircraft (see below) during a reconnaissance exercise above the Vale of Glamorgan.

Following a nuclear attack, the police would be expected to continue their normal operations. In addition, it was envisaged that they would have a much wider role including: 

  • Reconnaissance immediately after an attack to determine the extent of damage and radiation.
  • Assisting in the marshalling and direction of the homeless.
  • Control of essential service routes.

With road networks destroyed, it was deemed that aerial reconnaissance would be the most effective way of performing these important roles and a number of officers were trained as Air Observers. Thankfully, due to the end of the Cold War in 1991 they were never deployed!

Note: The Scottish Aviation Bulldog is a British two-seat side-by-side training aircraft designed by Beagle Aircraft as the B.125 Bulldog. The largest customer was the RAF, which placed an order for 130 Bulldogs in 1972, It was used extensively by the Royal Air Force as a basic trainer, in particular as the standard aircraft of the University Air Squadrons. 



Mr John Ronald (JR) Jones retired as Chief Constable in February 1975, to mark the occasion a formal dinner was held at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen

Mr Jones is pictured receiving an engraved silver salver from Miss Mollie Phillips JP. Also pictured are the incoming Chief Constable, Mr RB Thomas (extreme left), Mr Bob Wildblood (partly obscured – 2nd left) and Mr Cyril Vaughan (extreme right).

Photograph coutesy of Mr Peter Jones.



In 1993, Silver Jubilee plates were produced to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the formation of Dyfed-Powys Police on 1st April 1968.

The limited edition plate pictured above incorporates the helmet plates of the constituent forces i.e. Carmarthen & Cardigan Constabulary, Mid-Wales Constabulary and Pembrokeshire Police.

Note: This will be the last photo to be posted on the DPP NARPO website during 2015 in which over 140 photographs have been posted. Many thanks to members that have submitted such a wide variety of interesting photographs throughout the year and to those members that have assisted by supplying additional information. 

An index giving brief details all 144 photographs can be found by clicking on INDEX



The below picture taken of Goodwick (near Fishguard) Police Division in 1910 has appeared previously on the website (Fishguard Police Station was not built until the late 1960s).

The photograph features an Inspector, three Sergeants and thirteen Constables, all wearing the distinctive black badge of Pembrokeshire Constabulary. Martin Spain recalls seeing the original in an antique shop in Fishguard in the early 1980's and the late Winston Jones (Rtd. Inspector) had managed to identify all the officers. (It would be interesting to know where the original photograph is today).

By coincidence, ninety years later (2000), Fishguard Section assembled for a group photo and there is one Inspector, two sergeants, 11 Constables, one Detective Constable and two support staff members making a total of seventeen personnel i.e. the same as in 1910!

Pictured are: Front (L to R): PC Bob John, PC Jim salmon, Nicky Brooks (Cleaner), PS Dave Sweet, Inspector Martin Spain, WPS Christine Miles, Mrs Caroline Tinnuche (Station Clerk), PC Mike Jones and DC Steve Jones. Back: WPC Karen Jones, PC’s Paul Phillips, Huw George, Paul Hunt, Tony Evans, Gareth Clements, Dai Guy and Eryl Harries.

Both photographs and article kindly submitted by Reverend Martin Spain



Brian Willey has submitted the below photograph which was sent to him by Mr David Rowlands, a native of Aberystwyth who now lives in Canberra, Australia. The photo features what is believed to be a police recruitment event that took place in Aberystwyth in 1947 with Constitution Hill in the background.

In 2008, Mr Rowlands received the following information from Cardiganshire Archives regarding the recruitment of Police Women within the county:

In the minutes of a meeting held on 30th September, 1947 of the Standing Joint Committee of the Quarter Sessions and the County Council under the heading of Recruitment is the following entry:

The following Police Women have been given probationary appointments, namely: on 18th July 1947 - WPC 1 Catherine Thomas and on 26th September 1947 - WPC 2 Doreen Morris

The police officers featured in the photograph are Mr Steven Jones, (Chief Constable of Cardiganshire Constabulary). Stood behind the Chief Constable is WPC Catherine Thomas (mother of Mr Rowlands) together with Dorothy Morris. Sat second from the right is Kenneth George Williams (known as KG) who was then a DI and head of CID for the county. Following the amalgamation of Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, KG was transferred to Carmarthen where he became a Chief Inspector until his retirement. The sergeant stood on the extreme left is Bryn Davies, who following retirement was elected Mayor of Aberystwyth. The PC on the extreme right looks like Vernon Thomas who later became a Sergeant in Aberystwyth (possibly someone can verify this and also identify other members of the group.



Thirty years ago, on a wet and windy Sunday evening - three days before Christmas 1985, Scoveston Manor, Steynton near Milford Haven started to burn. Inside, Helen Thomas had been bound and gagged before being shot in the head at point blank range. Her brother, Richard Thomas had a fatal gunshot wound to the right lower abdomen, again fired at point blank range.

A 100 strong team led by Detective Chief Superintendent David (DM) Davies was assembled in a bid to catch the killer but it would take more than a quarter of a century before John William Cooper was brought to justice.

The photograph supplied by Harry Rees was taken at a morning briefing session led by ‘DM’ held at The Masonic Hall, Milford Haven. Among those pictured are: Front (L to R): the late Alun Pritchard, Chris Pope, Harry Rees, the late Huw Williams and Mike Donovan. Others included in the photograph are: Tony Eden, Alan Hunter  the late Malcolm Miles, Steve Jones, Alun Davies, Mike Cox, David Jones, Neil Bulley, Phil Gale.

(An article relating to the Scoveston murders will appear in the Further Articles section).



Pictured are members of the Llanelli Police Support Unit (PSU) that performed duty at the main entrance to Cynheidre Colliery, Llanelli during the year long industrial dispute.

Pictured at the entrance to the colliery are: Back (L to R): PC's Geoff Roberts, David Williams, Gareth James, Dennis Thomas, Alan Lewis, Mike Price and PS Hywel Davies. Front: Inspector Barrie Davies, PC's Stuart Denman, John Davies and Roger Anthony. The work was long, tedious and often performed during wet, bleak and extremely cold weather conditions. Despite the cramped conditions within the personnel carrier, there was an excellent camaraderie within the group with every member playing their part.

Sadly, Dennis passed away some years ago and he is still remembered with affection. Up until his untimely death he worked as a local beat Officer at Felinfoel, Llanelli where the children in the schools and village affectionately knew him as just ‘PC Den’. Dennis was a keen supporter of Llanelli Scarlets RFC and members of the team were among the mourners at his funeral held at Llanelli Crematorium.

Photo and article supplied by Barrie Davies.

During the summer of 1984, the unit was deployed to provide mutual aid throughout the Midlands and north of England. The above photograph of Llanelli PSU taking a refreshment break was taken at shirebrook,Derbyshire in June 1984.



The annual Tenby Police Ball, held in early December was one of the highlights of the Tenby social calendar and marked the start of the festive season.

Pictured with the ladies at a ball held in the 1960’s are: Mel Williams, Jack Harries, Guest, Brian John, Eric Mullins, Alan Bristow, Tom Mathias and Bill Price with his wife WPC Hilda Price on his left.

Photo courtesy of Tom Mathias

The prestigious event was normally held at The De Valence Pavilion and remained popular until the end of the last century when support declined. Sadly, the last South Pembrokeshire Police Ball was held in December 2000 – gone but certainly not forgotten by many!  (Hugh Colley)

Update: Following email received from Mrs Gill Hopkins: Just catching up on the wonderful website you run for NARPO - I saw the Tenby Police Ball photo. Brought back memories of the time Phil and I attended the 1973/74 ball. I left school at 4:00pm (teaching in Kerry, near Newtown at the time) and we sped down to enjoy a wonderful night there with Hugh and Libby. At midnight we drove back home to Newtown and I was back in school fresh as a daisy by 8:00am!

The madness and energy of youth!!



This photo taken in 1992 includes staff based at the FHQ Operations Room and helps to put faces to some of the familiar R/T voices heard throughout the Dyfed-Powys area.

Back: (L to R): Jane Sear, Joanne Taylor, Julie Morris, Michelle Bessent,Pat Davies, Karen Evans and the late Ken Evans. Middle: Gareth Williams, Glenda Pryor-Morgan, Maria Davies, Helen Howell, Kevin Evans, Derek Edwards and Martin Henry. Front: Graham Miles, Alun Rees, Nigel Williams, Bill Kirke, the late Mike Gage, Peter Williams, Nigel George and Victor Morris. (Photo courtesy of Nigel Williams).

N.B. Some of the surnames of the female staff have changed on marriage.



Showing off their new vivid yellow strip are a team representing South Pembrokeshire Police taken before a match against local opposition played at Lamphey in the mid 90’s.

Pictured: Back (L to R): Jeff Hurford, Steve Cole, Andrew Miles, Paul Morris, Ken Rees, and Richard (Butch) Wilkins. Front: Reg Bevan, Neil Bulley, Gareth Russell, Dai Clegg and Dai Walters.

Photo courtesy of Steve Cole



In 1970, the Chief Constable Mr John Ronald Jones was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by HM The Queen in the New Year Honours List.

Pictured outside Buckingham Palace in February 1970 following the investiture ceremony are Mr JR Jones with his son Peter (Rtd. PS109) and Mrs Marjorie Jones. 

The CVO is normally awarded by the Sovereign to recognise distinguished personal services to the Monarch or members of the Royal family. For seven weeks during the previous summer, Mr Jones was responsible for security during the Prince of Wales stay at Aberystwyth University and the award was made in recognition of the excellent work by a large team of Dyfed-Powys personnel. 

Photo courtesy of Peter Jones



On Wednesday 11th July 1984 at Swansea Crown Court, The Honourable Justice Leonard passed prison sentences totalling 40 years and eight months on eight defendants, thereby bringing to an end what was the biggest and most complicated enquiry carried out by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Derek Davies (Rtd. Detective Chief Superintendent) and Don Evans (Rtd. Chief Superintendent) at Seal Bay.

On Monday 20th June 1983, a cache of marine equipment and stores were discovered by a member of the public on a beach known as Seal Bay, just north of Newport, Pembrokeshire. On the same day and about a mile further north a large underground cavern thickly coated with fibreglass was discovered.

It was these discoveries which triggered off Operation Seal Bay - the plan was relatively simple.

A yacht was to bring three tons of cannabis resin with a street value of £6 million to a point off Strumble Head near Fishguard where the consignment would be transferred to a very large inflatable dinghy. From there, the drugs would be loaded onto a closed van and taken direct to London. However, any hitch in the transfer then the cannabis would be concealed in the underground chamber and taken to London at a later stage.

Subsequent enquiries by a large team of Dyfed-Powys officers assisted by forces in the UK and overseas led to the arrest and conviction of eight defendants in connection with the conspiracy.



This photo was taken in January 1991 at a function to present the proceeds of Police functions held during the previous year to raise money for local charities.

Included in the group are Des Parkinson, Peter Davies, Sue Poston Gloria Hughes and Owen Durbridge.

Photo courtesy of Peter Davies.



Another photo from the Barrie Davies collection – this one was taken in 1981 before a match played against North Wales Police at People’s Park, Llanelli in a preliminary round of the PAA football cup.

Back (L to R): Geoff Roberts, Barrie Harrison, Peter Dickinson, Aneurin Evans, Paul Jewell, Paul Phillips, Clive Rich and Norman Minchin. Front: Norman Welch, Barrie Davies, Peter Davies, Brian Mumby and Wyn Evans.

The North Wales team included players with Football League experience and despite a valiant effort by DPP they ran out narrow winners.



In June 1982 a march by Women for Life on Earth from Cardiff to Brawdy, Near Haverfordwest ended in the creation of a peace camp at the gates of the United States Navy Facility to coincide with the four day visit of US President Ronald Reagan to Britain.

A large contingent of officers escorted the march on a hot afternoon during the latter stages. The photograph shows Tom Mathias leading the group with Geraint Griffiths (Rtd. DS620) enjoying an amicable discussion.

Photo courtesy of Tom Mathias.



The following photographs were taken outside the vehicle workshop at Haverfordwest Police Station prior to amalgamation (pre 1968).


Above: John Owens (PS510) and Dai Davies (PC491) dressed in his motor cycle kit. The number plate on the Zephyr 6 patrol car would be worth around £1,500.00 today as Pembrokeshire registration plates (DE) are keenly sought after.


Again, another photo at the same location with John Owens and an Austin 110 patrol car which was renowned as a really superb patrol car in its day.

Both photographs supplied by Roger Davies.



This photograph which appeared in The County Times was taken in 1993 at a function to mark the retirement of Mike Evans (PS672), a highly respected and popular officer who sadly passed away in 2011.

Mike is pictured (extreme right) with his wife Diana, receiving gifts from Carolyn Morris, Owen Durbridge and Lyn Clark on behalf of colleagues and support staff at Newtown Police Station.

In 1964, Mike followed in his father’s footsteps by joining Mid-Wales Constabulary as a Cadet based at Newtown and in 1966 underwent initial training at No. 8 DPTC Bridgend. He served as a beat officer at Ystradgynlais and Welshpool before moving to Newtown (Traffic) from where he was promoted to Sergeant. Many D Division NARPO members will be aware that Mike was the brother-in-law of Peter Davies (Rtd. DC590 SOCO)

Photo courtesy of Mrs Pat Cowey



This photograph was taken at The Nant-y-Ffin Motel, Llandissilio, Near Narberth in August 1967 at a function to mark the retirement of Inspector Arthur Thomas (Tenby) who is sat 4th from the right.

Pictured with their ladies are (back row left to right): Vivian Richards, Frank Parry, Bob James, Bill Price, Elwyn Edwards, Einion Richards, Ernie Bright, Bill Davies, Albert Jackson, Tom Townsend, John Savage, Ernie Watkins, Graham Murphy and Merville Roberts (DCC). Seated are Mr Alan Goodson (Chief Constable) Arthur Thomas and Miss Eileen Davies (2nd from right) who was the first female Inspector in Dyfed-Powys.

Upon amalgamation in 1968, Mr Alan Goodson OBE QPM LLB was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Essex Constabulary and subsequently became Chief Constable of Leicestershire Constabulary. In addition, Ernie Bright transferred to City of London Police and on his retirement held the rank of Assistant Commissioner.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Mathias.


This photo of a by-gone era features a very smart young Constable Watkin Roy Lowe (PC22) of Cardiganshire Constabulary taken in 1956 during a four hour stint of point duty at North Parade Square, Aberystwyth.

According to Watt, now a sprightly octogenarian, ‘It was at this point I first saw Sheila and shortly afterwards we enjoyed a period of courtship. In 1959 we married, I arrested her and she has been refused bail for the past 56 years! I spent a very happy eight years in Aberystwyth where both Judith & Robert were born, before transferring to CID at Llanelli in 1964’.



Another football team! This photo supplied by Peter Evans (Rtd. PC366) was taken in the early 70’s at Marble Hall, Milford Haven.

The team representing Milford Haven Police features (Standing L to R): Dennis Thomas, Roger Thomas, Dai Bebbington, Keith Pyett, Brian Bebb. Front: Nigel John, Tony Eden, Dai Guy and Mike Lewis. Sadly Dai Bebbington and Brian (Rtd. Chief Inspector) are no longer with us.

(As the eastern part of the DPP force area is recognised by many as the spiritual home of Welsh rugby, it’s strange that photos of Police rugby teams are conspicuous by their absence on the website. So, if anyone has photos of rugby sides please send them in).



This photograph and article supplied by Phil Hopkins was taken at a function held at The Raven Inn, Welshpool in July 1999 to mark the retirement of PC Dai Richards.

Back row (L to R): Sam Jones, Dai Williams (both no longer with us), Andy Gozzer, Roger Davies, Rob Gallier, Steve Greenwood, Dai Richards, Matthew Thomas. Front row: Phil Hopkins, Richard Law. (Andy, Rob, Steve, Matthew and Richard are still serving).

Many will know that Dai was an accomplished sportsman, excelling at snooker, billiards and golf. In addition, he also threw a mean dart and represented Dyfed-Powys for several years in golf and indoor games. Dai was Welsh regional PAA snooker and billiards champion many times and was crowned national PAA snooker champion on at least one occasion.

One year for various reasons, Dai was the sole D (Powys) Division representative at the DPP indoor games finals held at Carmarthen. Never one to shirk a challenge, Dai competed in every event (apart from the darts doubles) and was so successful that he managed single handedly to bring the team trophy back to mid Wales!



Many NARPO members will know that Barrie Davies (Rtd. Chief Inspector) was a skilful footballer who represented DPP on many occasions. He also played Welsh League football for Pembroke Borough AFC when he was stationed at Pembroke Dock in the late 60’s. However, some may be unaware that in his younger days Barrie was also a formidable exponent of the noble art - boxing.

The photograph taken on Tuesday 19th March 1968, shows Barrie in his bout against a strapping and hard hitting opponent at a tournament held at the Albion Hall, Pembroke Dock. Shortly after the end of the epic contest, Barrie paraded for duty at 10:00pm for a eight hour night shift at nearby Pembroke Dock Police Station. More details about Barrie’s boxing career and the result of the above bout will appear soon in the Further Articles section.

Photograph courtesy of Barrie Davies.



The below photograph shows Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother being introduced to Mr JR Jones (Chief Constable) of Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary at Whitland Railway Station in 1964.

Whilst there is no additional information to explain the reason for the visit, research shows that The Queen Mother visited Pembrokeshire that year to officially open the newly built Pembroke Refinery (now owned by Valero). Therefore, it’s possible that the photograph was taken en route to Pembrokeshire having arrived at Whitland by Royal Train.  

Photo courtesy of Peter Jones.



Unfortunately, again there is very little information known about the visit to the DPP force area by Princess Margaret in September 1972.

The above photograph was taken somewhere in Breconshire and pictures Mr JR Jones (Chief Constable) on the left with Mr Mervyn Morgan (Chief Superintendent) of D Division on the right. Perhaps someone can provide more details about the royal visit.


Update: Many thanks to Tom Mathias who was a Traffic Inspector based at Newtown at that time and was tasked with compiling the Operational Order. During the visit to Breconshire, Princess Margaret had a full itinerary, in addition to visiting a water treatment plant at Erwood, she visited the newly built Archdeacon Griffiths School in Lyswen and also the Cambrian Woollen Mill at Llanwrtyd Wells.

Photo courtesy of Peter Jones.



On Maundy Thursday 1982 (Thursday before Easter), Queen Elizabeth II distributed the Queen’s Maundy money (see below) during the Maunday service held at St. David’s Cathedral. This was the first occasion that the ceremony had taken place outside of England.

Ahead of the royal process and looking upwards (possibly for divine intervention) is Tom Mathias (Rtd. Chief Inspector) and the late Pat Molloy (Rtd. Detective Chief Superintendent) and Tony James (Rtd. DS) can be seen behind the Lord Lieutenant.

At the service, the British Monarch or a royal official ceremonially distributes small silver coins known as Maundy Money as symbolic alms to elderly recipients. The coins are legal tender but do not circulate because of their silver content and numismatic value.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Mathias



By coincidence, both Barrie Davies and Steve Cole (Rtd. PC 214) have recently supplied photographs that appeared in the Western Telegraph of the teams that played in the high scoring final of the Inter-Divisional Cup Final played at London Road, Pembroke Dock in 1983.

Pictured above are the victorious A Division team: Back (L to R): Neville Evans, the late Norman Welch, Mark Jones, Geoff Roberts, Gareth Jones, Mike Donovan, John Davies and Roger Anthony. Front: Barrie Harrison, Richard Evans, Mark Williams, Barrie Davies and Steve Burson who later transferred to West Mercia Police.


The photograph of the gallant losers supplied by Steve Cole features: back (L to R): Tony Evans, Steve Cole, Neil Bulley, Dai Evans, the late John Lynch, Phil Gale. Front: Eifion Thomas, Brian Mumby, Bob John, Paul Phillips, Hugh Colley and Clive Rich.

According to Barrie, Neil Bulley pulled off a string of fine saves and was indisputably his ‘Man of the Match’ and by saving a fiercely struck penalty taken by skilful Barrie Harrison he kept his side in the game. The Pembrokeshire outfit (with Hugh Colley having a good game in midfield) were still in contention until the final minute when A Division grabbed a late winner winning by the odd goal in seven.



In the autumn of 1981 Welshpool officers and staff together with their partners, enjoyed a Supper Evening at The Royal Oak, Welshpool.

Pictured above are (l to R): Bob Price, Bill Smith, Chris Brennan, Mrs Linda Brennan (Administration / CID Clerk at Newtown and Welshpool) and Mrs Pat Price. In the background are Dai Williams (Llanfair Caereinion) and Brian Watkins.

The bosses also attended  what was an enjoyable get together – pictured are  Mrs Jean Lightfoot, Keith Lightfoot (Rtd. Chief Inspector), Mrs Celia Crowdie, Brian Crowdie (Rtd. Superintendent) and the late Gerald Bound (Retd. Superintendent). At the rear right of the picture is Mike Markham.

Photograph courtesy of Bill Smith (Rtd. PS) and thanks to Phil Hopkins for naming the group.



Hugely popular Open Days were held at FHQ for a number of years which gave the public an opportunity to learn more about ‘the job,’ including visiting various departments, watch Police dog displays and learn all about flying X-Ray 99.

Many of the older generation spent hours perusing the display of Police vehicles and the above photographs taken by Geraint Phillips includes four Police cars from the past. Perhaps someone can provide some details about the history of these classic cars?  


The following email has been received from Tony, a member of Merseyside NARPO, and relates to the motor cycle shown on the right of the photo. (The photograph was posted in the Photo Album earlier this year). Possibly a retired Mid-Wales officer can assist Tony with his research, if so please email Hugh or Clive.

‘For the last 8 years I have been a volunteer archive researcher with Merseyside Police and deal with enquiries regarding historic police vehicles. As a member of the Society of Automobile Historians I specialise in the research of vehicles owned, used, or operated by the police service in the UK.

Therefore I was pleased to read through your excellent website and especially the vehicle photographs contained therein. One photograph interested me very much and that was the one at the 1966 Crime Prevention Exhibition at the Royal Welsh Show. At the right hand side of the image is a DMW Deemster and although a few forces bought them but I was unaware that Mid Wales Constabulary had done so.  

The registration number is AEP 80 D and I would be extremely grateful if any of your members know anything about it and if the force purchased just this one machine’?



The late Tony ‘Will’ Ollin, with his marvellous sense of humour, was one of the most popular Traffic Wardens to patrol the streets of Tenby. This photo was taken outside Tenby Police Station in the summer of 1986 as Tony (TW14) clocked off for the last time.

Pictured behind Tony are: Denise Cousins (TW), Mrs Gladys Luly and Miss Avril Rees (Support Staff) and Yvonne Price (TW), Back: Unknown (Summer Posting), Ted Nicholas (Rtd. DC 570), Llynwen Davies (later Evans, who retired very recently), Brian James (Rtd. PS130), Alan Tyrer (Rtd. PC650), Steve Cole (Rtd. PC 214), Peter Dickinson (Rtd. PS 687), Watt Lowe (Rtd. C/Inspector), John Rees (Rtd. PC372).

Incidentally, Tony’s son (Geoff) joined Dyfed-Powys Police and was stationed at Newtown prior to his transfer to Greater Manchester Police.

Photo courtesy of Watt Lowe - many thanks to Harry Rees and Steve Cole in helping to identify some of the group.



Unfortunately, very little background information is known about this iconic photograph taken of immaculately turned out members of the Pembrokeshire Police (note no female officers).

The Chief Constable (sat 6th from left) is Captain ATN Evans who was head of the force for 25 years from 1933 to 1958. Possibly former Pembrokeshire officers can provide more information by identifying some of the officers and the occasion.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Mathias.



Staying with Pembrokeshire Police, Roger Davies recently came into possession of the below commemorative medals.

Possibly a former Pembrokeshire officer can throw some light on them?



The below photograph was taken at a function held during the annual Police Federation Conference at Scarborough in May 1996 to mark the joint retirement of Clive Cowey (Treasurer of the Joint Branch Board) and Gloria Hughes (Women's National Sergeant's representative on the Joint Central Committee).  

Pictured (L to R): Lorna McQuilliam, Gloria Hughes, Derek Bloomfield (who was later appointed the Constable's representative on the JCC), Clive Cowey and the late Gerald Jones. Gerald was Secretary of the Joint Branch Board at that time and was Chair of DPP NARPO until his untimely death. Lorna is still serving, but due to retire shortly and we look forward to her joining NARPO.

Photo and article supplied by Phil Hopkins



A general photograph of staff on duty at Welshpool Police Station around 1995 and pictured (L to R) are: Rob Gallier (still serving), Andrea Foulkes (Counter Clerk), Iris Ward (Station Cleaner), Huw Williams, Richard (Charlie) Edwards, Phil Addicott, Phil Hopkins and  Dai Hughes.

Phil Hopkins recalls, Iris prided herself on the cleanliness of the station and was always told that Mr Haydn Davies (DCC) commented during his visits to Welshpool that it was the cleanest station in the force. When Iris retired in the early 2000's, the cleaning of the Station was taken on by contractors who didn't have the same pride in their work. Shortly afterwards, I was at home when I received a telephone call from a Swansea number. It turned out to be the contractors who had dialled the wrong number - during our conversation they enquired whether I was interested in the position of cleaner at Welshpool Police Station. Needless to say, I wasn't tempted!

Photo and article supplied by Phil Hopkins



The Dyfed-Powys Constabulary (later changed to Police) was formed in April 1968, with the merger of the Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire  Constabulary, Pembrokeshire Constabulary and the Mid Wales Constabulary.

The Chief Constable of ‘Carms & Cards,’ Mr John Ronald Jones (JR) was appointed by the Police Authority as the first Chief Constable of the new force. The above letter outlines his terms and conditions for the new post. (The annual salary of £4,800 is the equivalent of approximately £75,000 today). The document is contained within a folder that has been kindly loaned to DPP NARPO by Mr Peter Jones (Retd. PS109) of Freshwater East who is the son of JR.



The two photographs were taken at a presentation ceremony held at Friars Park HQ, Carmarthen in the mid 70’s with officers receiving their medals from Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable).

From Left to Right: David Charlton (Rtd. DS415), Ken Davies (Rtd. PS 110 Dog Section), Ray Holly (Rtd. PS401), Alex Jenkins (Rtd. PS420), Morgan Lewis (Rtd. PS187), Len Ley (Rtd. PS601), Eric Mullins (Rtd. PS435). The partially obscured officer with only his cap and sideburns visible stood to the right of Ray Holly is the late Geoff Richards (PS 426 - C/Inspector).

From Left to Right: Alex Jenkins , Morgan Lewis, Len Ley, David Warmington (Rtd. PS189), Noir Bowen, John (Hendy) Davies (Rtd.. PS 91), Frank Donnelly (Rtd. PC 455). Assisting with the presentation are Terry Stone (Rtd. PS 292) and Tom Mathias (Rtd. Chief Inspector). Hopefully, someone will identify the missing names.

Photograph courtesy of Tom Mathias and thanks to Roger Davies and Harry Rees for their assistance.



In 1957/58, a regional North v South match was played at The Racecourse, Wrexham the home ground of Wrexham FC – the oldest club in Wales.

According to Watt Lowe who supplied the photo, (front row – far left), the match ended in a 1 – 1 draw with a certain PC Watkin Lowe of Cardiganshire Constabulary scoring the opener by firing home a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Also included in the South team were two Mid Wales Constabulary officers, namely Gwyn Hughes (back row – far right) and Brian Oakley (centre of front row). The remainder of the team consisted of Glamorgan Police and Swansea Borough officers.



This photograph was taken some 30 years later at the same venue with DPP losing narrowly to North Wales Police in the final of the No 8 Welsh Region Football competition (score not known).

Back (L to R): Morlais Evans, Steve Cole, Peter Huge, Howard Jones, Rod Bowen, Peter Dickinson, Paul Phillips and Barrie Harrison. Front: AN Other, Mark Williams, Eric Bailey, Paul Jewell, and Barrie Davies who supplied the photograph.



Another photo from the Watt Lowe scrapbook – this one was taken in 1969 at the Llanelli CID Christmas Party held at The Sticks, Felinfoel.

Pictured in the front are David (DM) Davies (Rtd. Detective C/Supt), G. Bennett (Rtd. DS) and guest. Enjoying themselves at the rear are: Colin Jones, Richard Parry, Brian Davies, Chris James, Alan Nurton, Alan Davies, Tony Brinsden, M.Williams and Watt Lowe. Sadly of the group six members are no longer with us.



The Mid Wales Constabulary was created in 1948 and this photograph taken circa 1950 shows members of the newly formed Joint Branch Board.

Brian Stubbs has kindly identified them all and denoted them by their rank on retirement.  Back (L to R): Cotte Morris (Inspector at Builth Wells), Dems Williams  (Superintendent -  Admin), JH Jones (DCI), Wilf Gorman (PS), Arthur Newman (Inspector),  Glynn Thomas (C/Inspector), Len Evans (Superintendent), Front: Sybil Jones (WPC), Bob Wildblood (ACC), Haydn Griffiths (Superintendent / DCC) JR Jones (Chief Constable), Wyndham Slee (Chief Inspector), Arthur Price (Inspector), Doreen Lewis (WPS).

According to Brian, Haydn Griffiths was an outstanding member of the Police Federation and during his time as Sergeant at Welshpool was elected Chairman of the Joint Central Committee which he served with great enthusiasm and was commended by the then Home Secretary, James Chuter-Ede for his eloquence and fairness in his overall approach to federation matters. He was an outstanding personality and a gifted speaker. Due to the passage of time, only Bob Wildblood who resides in Cardiff, and Mrs Doreen Lewis who resides at Leighton near Welshpool are still alive.

Many thanks to Peter Jones for the photograph and to Brian for identifying the group.



This photograph taken outside  Montgomeryshire Constabulary HQ in August 1939 as the country prepared for war and serves as a poignant reminder of those dark days.

Photograph from the Geoff Charles collection.

The photograph shows sand bags being filled by workmen outside the Police HQ in Severn Place, Newtown. Unfortunately, the officers looking on in the background have not been identified. While Newtown was not a bombing target of the Luftwaffe, a factory on the outskirts of the town manufactured tubular steel which was sent to aircraft assembly lines and used to cradle engines on planes such as the Barracuda. Other components for the famous Spitfire and Hurricane fighter aircraft were also produced, along with rifle barrels for the Sten submachine gun. The factory was top secret and hidden from Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe in the heart of the countryside.



Tenby is probably the most picturesque seaside town in Wales - this was taken in the mid 80’s with the stunning harbour providing a beautiful backdrop.

According to Watt Lowe (pictured) who was the Tenby Inspector at that time, all stations had been issued with pedal cycles for general patrol duties and rather surprisingly, many PC’s were reluctant to be seen pedalling around Tenby's narrow streets. (One exception being John Stretton, pictured on the carriage). The bike developed various mechanical issues which rendered it unroadworthy and prevented it being used, including flat tyres, missing tyre valves / brake pads and broken chains!  

Photo courtesy of Watt Lowe.



Another photo taken in the mid 60’s at the Llanelli Police held at The Glen Ballroom. Flanking their wives are David Walters (left) and Hywel (Tin Ton) Lewis (Retd. PC 55) who was Best Man at David’s wedding.

According to Berwyn Williams, the name ‘Tin Ton’ came from the family shoe shop in Tumble near Llanelli – possibly someone can elaborate.

Photo courtesy of Berwyn Williams.



To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Police Athletic Association, an inter-divisional ‘Superstars’ competition was held at Carmarthen on Sunday 17th September 1978. In addition to track and field events, various competitions took place on a sunny afternoon including Tug o’ War, football, golf pitching, obstacle race and welly throwing.

The photo shows a close finish to the 100 metre sprint with Nigel Williams breaking the tape ahead of Barrie Davies. However, after much deliberation, the judges awarded Barrie first place and 38 years later Nigel is still considering lodging an appeal! The late Norman Welch is second from the left, followed closely by Terry Davies. The identity of the runner bringing up the rear is not known. Watching on are the late Mike Gage (Rtd. Superintendent) and John Daniels (Rtd. C/Superintendent) on the right. For the record, the overall winners were A Division with 106 points.

Photo courtesy of Nigel Williams (Rtd. Inspector)



Pembroke is a town with great royal connections through its very prestigious past and King Henry VII was born in Pembroke Castle in 1457.

In 1955, a young Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh concluded their visit to Wales with a visit to the birthplace of Henry Tudor. This photo from the Roger Davies’ postcard collection, shows HM The Queen and Prince Philip about to enter Pembroke Castle. The WPC is Hilda Joycelyn Hughes (No 103) who married the late William Osborne Price (Retd. C/Inspector), a highly respected and unassuming officer who passed away in 2014. The identity of the Constable alongside Hilda is not known.



Another photo from Tony Eden’s collection, this one was taken in the early 60’s when Pembrokeshire Police organised an outing from Fishguard to Rosslare, County Wexford where the party was entertained by Garda Síochána and Tourist Board personnel.

Pictured with their hosts are: Byron John, Ian Richards, Tony Eden, Royce Howells, Dai Rees, John Gettings, Ray Holly, Ron Palmer, Dai Williams, Albert Jackson, Ben Jones, Ted Martin and Chris James.

Tony recalls, 'Following a reception in White’s Hotel we enjoyed a few hours boat fishing in ideal weather conditions off Tuskar Rock where everyone had excellent catches. The boat load of cod was taken back to Pembrokeshire the same night by mail boat from Rosslare Harbour. It was a very long, enjoyable day with very pleasant memories of the first of a number of meetings with our colleagues from across the Irish Sea'.



In October 1979, a multi-racial South African rugby team was invited to play matches in Britain and Ireland. Protests were held with anti-apartheid organisations demonstrating on the grounds that the team was selected on a racial basis. During the evening of Wednesday 24th October the Barbarians played Llanelli at Stradey Park and anti-apartheid organisations had given prior notice they would march from People’s Park to Stradey Park. The march would culminate in an attempt to dissuade supporters in attending the match and disrupt the game.

To prevent public disorder, there was a huge Police presence in and outside the ground and the above photograph supplied by Barrie Davies shows officers forming a cordon to hold back a group of demonstrators. Pictured are (L to R): Les Clarke, (not known), Peter Henshaw, Inspectors Jim Meldrum and Barrie Davies. Sadly, Peter and Jim are no longer with us.


By coincidence, Hugh Colley recently came across his copy of the Operational Order (above) for that match which makes interesting reading. The Policing operation was under the overall command of Mr CD Vaughan, QPM (Deputy Chief Constable) with 563 officers from throughout the force area deployed for duty at Llanelli. With such a huge contingent, the day was relatively peaceful and for the record the score was Llanelli 6 Barbarians 15!



This nostalgic photograph kindly supplied by Tony Eden (Rtd. DS441) of Milford Haven takes us back to Christmas 1962 when the Pembrokeshire Police Choir performed at a concert held at The Seamen’s Mission, Milford Haven.

Due to the passage of time, Tony is unable to identify every chorister, among those identified are: Back Row (L to R) Tom (Book and Pencil) Evans, Arthur Brady, Esmond Phillips, Tony Eden, Chris James, Bert Rowlands, John (John the Dogs) Richards, Ray Holly, Shanty Evans, Don Evans, Clive (Chopper) Martin. Front: John Savage, Doug Samuel, Jack Phoenix, Brian Manwaring, Harry Williams (conductor), Howard Griffiths, Jack Parker, Graham Murphy, Dennis Hughes, Tom Townsend and Dai Rees (pianist). Sadly, many of the choir are no longer with us.



During the 60’s and 70’s, a team representing Pembrokeshire Police entered The Alma Cup football tournament organised by The Alma Inn, Pembroke Dock.

Back (L to R): Don Evans, Tony Eden, John Gettings, Harry Dodd (Trainer), Gerald James (Coach), David Guy and Barrie Davies. Front: Brian Mainwaring, Tony Whitfield, Meurig Rees, Brian Dowling, John Parsons and Ed Morris. Sadly, Harry, Brian Mainwaring, Tony Whitfield and Ed are no longer with us.

Teams from local companies and organisations entered the keenly fought competition and this photo was taken in 1971 before the cup final played at Bush Camp, Pembroke Dock. Their opponents were ‘The Turbine Boys’, a strong team from Pembroke Power Station who lifted the trophy, winning by the only goal of the game.

Photograph courtesy of Barrie Davies (Retd. Chief Inspector) who has sent me a number of photographs which will appear on the website during the next few weeks.



This photograph of new recruits was taken on 14th August 1947 at Bryncethin which at that time was the Wales (No 8 District) Training Centre.

Pictured in the centre of the middle row is Norman Richards (PC / PS 63) of Pembrokeshire Police. Many thanks to Mrs Liliana Evans of Milford Haven (Retd. WDC 823) who kindly supplied the photograph of her late father.

Update: According to Roger Davies, the officer 3rd from the left in the back row is John Jennings who joined Pembrokeshire Police on the same day as Norman.



This photograph was taken at a Christmas Party held at Aberystwyth in 1958/59 where it looks as if the adults enjoyed themselves as much as the youngsters!

Front centre: Vernon Thomas (Ex PS 218) and sat on his right is PC Ben Davies (stationed at Llanarth / Drefach). On the left are: PC John Jenkins (23 - Llannon), DC David Jones, (later transferred to West Mercia), DC Watkin Lowe (22), PC Evans (243). On the right: PC’s Ken Edwards (24 - Cwmanne), H Davies (260), D Davies (264) and Emyr Daniel (194). Those sat at the far end are not identified by Watt Lowe who kindly supplied the photograph.

Update: From Roger Davies, David Jones transferred to Staffordshire Police (not West Mercia) and retired as a Chief Inspector. In November 1985, John Gettings and Roger were part of a contingent that represented DPP at the Remembrance Service in London. At Hendon Training College they met up with Dai Jones who was delighted to meet up with his former colleagues. In addition to Roger and John, the following represented DPP at the same ceremony: John (Hendy) Davies, Derrick Thomas (Retd. PS 113), Dai Williams and Clive (Chopper) Martin.



This photograph of Llanelli CID personnel and their ladies was taken at the annual Police Ball held at The Glen Ballroom in 1965.

Pictured are (L to R): Watkin (Watt) Lowe (DC 222 – retired as Chief Inspector), Gethin Morgan (DS 147 – retired as Superintendent) and extreme right is David Walters (Ex DC 29). According to Watt, the unidentified gentleman second from the right was a local solicitor who regularly attended Police functions.

Photo supplied to Berwyn Williams by Mr Craig Walters – many thanks.



The following photographs supplied by Watt Lowe, were taken at the annual Mayor's Parade in Great Darkgate Street, Aberystwyth in 1956/57 when local organisations accompanied the incoming Mayor through the seaside town.

Watt has identified the following, on the left: Inspector IJ Havard, PC’s James (Bow Street), WR Lowe (22), Ken Owens (24) and Harold Davies (260). Right: Superintendent Evans, PC’s H Jones, Joe Davies (Llannon), N Meigh, and E Hughes (261).

The above photograph was taken at the same ceremony with Sergeants Lloyd and Forsyth stood on the steps behind the group of civic dignitaries. Possibly, someone can provide more information regarding the contingent of Cardiganshire officers. 

Update: Many thanks to Roger Davies for helping to identify the officers and also informs us that the Constable on the right of the steps is Harold Davies who was last stationed at Cardigan as a Sergeant. He was known as Harold Llangeitho as he was stationed there for many years.



Another photograph from Watt Lowe’s album, this one was taken at a retirement party held at The Royal Gatehouse Hotel, Tenby to mark the retirement of the late Superintendent Rene Soar.

Watt is pictured presenting Rene with a fishing rod and judging by her expression, Mrs Soar narrowly avoided being struck in the face by the rod!

Pictured are (Back L to R): Graham Murphy (Ex Chief Superintendent), Mrs Murphy, Gerwyn Griffiths (Ex Chief Superintendent), Front: Mrs Griffiths, Watt Lowe (Ex Chief Inspector), Rene Soar, Mrs Joyce Soar and Mrs Sheila Lowe.



Captain HC Lloyd MC, MVO, Gentleman Usher to HM The Queen retired as Chief Constable of the Mid-Wales Constabulary in April 1959.

Captain Lloyd was appointed Chief Constable of Montgomeryshire in 1937 and following a compulsory amalgamation in 1948 became head of the Mid-Wales Constabulary.The photograph shows Captain Lloyd being presented with a retirement gift and pictured from left to right are: JH Jones, Trevor Davies (DCC), Arthur Newman, JR Jones (later to become first Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys), Captain HC Lloyd, Nev Walters, DR Edwards, M Thomas, Kinsey Jones, Doreen Oliver, Douglas Davies and John Haines.

Photograph kindly supplied by Mr Brian Stubbs.



Another nostalgic photograph from the Brian Stubbs collection, this one was taken in Great Oak Street, Llanidloes in 1946. There is no indication on the photograph as to the event that attracted such a large crowd to the quiet mid Wales market town – possibly a parade to commemorate the end of World War ll? 

The officer stood in front of the vast crowd is John Huntley Swabey (Ex PS 145 Montgomeryshire Police) who was last stationed at Montgomery. The identity of the mounted officer (single stripe so either Acting PS or qualified by examination) is unknown. The piebald horse was unlikely to have come from the local undertakers as they are usually black!



Mr Berwyn Williams (Ex PC261) recently received the following three photographs from Mr Craig Walters, son of the late Mr David Walters and Mrs Mavis Gillian Walters (nee Griffiths).

The above photo was taken at Bridgend DPTC in 1957 and David is stood 4th from left in the back row while WPC Walters is pictured below. According to Mr Roger Davies (Ex PC 111) judging by the helmet plates, among the group is another ‘Carms & Cards’ officer together with possibly four Pembrokeshire officers. The class leader seated on the far left is Trevor Bowen (Ex PC53) stationed at Carmarthen, Traffic and later Ops Room. The Sergeant on the extreme right of the front row is Billy Ware, Glamorgan Police who was Roger’s class instructor in 1964 and sat next to him is later promoted Inspector Thomas.

WPC Mavis Gillian  Griffiths (later Walters) joined 1958 stationed at Llanelli.

Both parents served in the Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire Constabulary from the late 50’s to the mid 60’s. While Craig has no knowledge of their Police careers, it appears that DC David Walters was a very good Detective Constable who left the force in 1966 when the children were very young.



This photograph was taken at Golden Grove in 1964 with a sub-aqua team (possibly Glamorgan Constabulary), salvaging a stolen safe from the river for Llanelli Police.

Standing on the extreme left is DC David Walters. Roger Davies is almost sure the man in the trilby is DS Ken Watkins and the officer wearing a pullover closely resembles Arwyn Williams (Ex PC286) who was later was promoted to Sergeant (Operations Room).

Update: It was initially believed that David Walters’ force number was No. 13, however, Roger Davies, who was a young Police Cadet stationed at Llanelli in the 60’s, has pointed out that this number was allocated to David (Dai Tec) Thomas and David Walters was No. 29. It has also been confirmed that Ken Watkins who retired as Detective Inspector at Llanelli is the officer wearing the trilby hat.


Update: From Nigel Williams (Ex Inspector Ops Room), regarding the officer wearing a pullover, it looks more like Arwyn Hughes (Ex PC 286) who retired as a PC from the Ops Room while he (Nigel) was based there.

Many thanks to Berwyn for supplying the photos and to Roger and Nigel for helping to identify those pictured. 


Please note: The following batch of photographs have been scanned from a folder of The County Times newspaper cuttings compiled by the late Mrs Betty Lloyd of Welshpool, the mother of Mrs Pat Cowey. Many thanks to Pat for allowing us to look back at events from the 80’s and 90’s (more to follow).  



In 1992, a local company helped saddle up Newtown Police by handing over four British Eagle Cycles which were hand-made in Newtown.


The photo shows Sergeant Granville Clayton reminding officers of the Highway Code before they start out on their patrol. From left: Glanville Clayton, Colin Morgan, Andy Jones, Sharon Lewis and Alan Henderson.  



Proceeds of the 1992 Police Ball were presented to local charities at a presentation ceremony held at Welshpool Police Station.

Pictured are (L to R): Gwilym Rippon, Adrian Antrobus and Alan Jones (far right)

Update from Adrian Antrobus: As far as the picture of me receiving proceeds from the Welshpool Police Ball. This was for the benefit of the Shrewsbury Hospital CT scanner fund of which I am a trustee. I attended a meeting earlier this month (October 2015) in respect of this fund which is still running but which is soon to be ended. Monies remaining handed over to the RSH radiology unit to contribute to what is now their brand new state of art scanning facility.

The fund will have been running for 26 years and purchased two CT scanners for the hospital in that time apart from contributions towards maintenance.This appeal was hugely popular in its time and was born out of two tragedies both RTC originated and I am very proud to have been a part of it.

PS I love the NARPO page and look forward to the photographs – thanks for your time.



1993 marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of Dyfed-Powys Police and during the Silver Jubilee year numerous fund raising events were held throughout the force area to raise money for local charities.

Officers from Welshpool and Newtown swapped their truncheons for bicycle pumps when they took to the road to cycle around the six stations throughout Montgomeryshire. Whilst I recognise John Stretton and Andy Phillips, hopefully, someone can put names to the others.

Update: the following has been received from Adrian Antrobus (Ex PS) who was stationed at Welshpool at that time:

The picture showing fund raising cycle ride with John (Stretts) Stretton included Colin Astley, the late Rob Large, Steve Hughson, Darren Brown Andy Gozzer and Diane Davies.

The Wheelers led by 'Stretts' had many a misadventure on their often frequent outings almost all ending in the consumption of a little falling off water!

!In addition to the above, Phil Hopkins has also identified Andy Gozzer and Roger Eagles.



Twelve year old retired Police dog Duke developed cancer after hurting his leg when it helped to foil a raid in Carmarthen.

Following retirement, Duke was owned by Dog Handler, Terry Griffiths (pictured) who covered the cost of the life saving treatment and drove Duke to London for treatment which meant making the 400 mile round trip three times a week.



Newtown Police Dog Handler PC Derek Morris and his German Shepherd ‘Flash’ became the first in Dyfed-Powys to win a trophy in the Regional Police Dog Trials.

They took part in the trials for Wales and the South West of England held over three days in Devizes during the summer of 1993. Flash was Derek’s first dog and was trained to sniff out drugs.



Newtown Superintendent Gerard Thomas retired from DPP in October 1993 after a 31 year career in the force based at Pembroke, Welshpool, Newtown and Aberystwyth.

On retirement, Gerard and his wife Betty returned to his home town of Pembroke where they still live. (Gerard is actively involved with Bowls both in a playing and administrative capacity. In 2014 he was elected President of the Welsh Bowling Association, both he and Betty are Life Members of Pembroke Dock Bowling Club).



This Police Long Service and Good Conduct for Powys officers was held in 1991/92 at Newtown Police Station and shows a proud Phil Hopkins (Ex PS 336) receiving his medal.

Update: From L to R: Mrs Doreen Hawkins (Support Staff), Bill Williams, Nesta Davies, Mr Austin Pritchard (Police Authority), Dave Hughes, Mike Denyard, Mr Mervyn Bourdillion (HM Lord Lieutenant), Mr Ray White (Chief Constable), Phil Hopkins, Clive King, Noel Penny and Mr Ian Gray (High Sheriff). Incidentally, as many are aware, Dave and Nesta are brother and sister.



This photograph was taken during a Standard Driving Course held in 1971 and features Dai 'DOK' Thomas (Ex PC 180), Vic Morris (Ex PC 316) and Lawson Morgan (Ex PC 491).

Photo kindly supplied by Vic Morris and thanks to Roger Davies for helping with identifying the officers. 



Another photograph from the Vic Morris collection, this one was taken at the 1974 National Eisteddfod held at Carmarthen.

The officers are Keith Morgan (Ex PC 20), Vic Morris and Mike Coulthard (Ex PC 314)



Further to the recent query about the first Policewomen within the DPP force area. This photograph which appeared in the May 1982 issue of Off Beat, was taken at Haverfordwest Castle in October 1942 (then Pembrokeshire Police HQ).

The photograph shows the first nine members of the Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps, the predecessors of Policewomen in Pembrokeshire. Acting in an administrative role, they provided invaluable assistance as the Police service was hard pressed for manpower during WWll.

According to the article the names are back row (L to R): WAPC Hughes, Jenkins, King (see below), Morgan, Hosker, Thomas and Hardacre. Front row: WAPC Davies, Captain A T N Evans (Chief Constable), Inspector Jones (later DCC) and WAPC Davies.

The original article and photograph was provided Mr Peter Dunkley (Ex PC) - his mother being Miss King (later Dunkley).



Regarding the recent query regarding the first Police Woman within our area, Mr Berwyn Williams has been informed that the first Police Woman for Carmarthenshire Police was Miss Mary Ann Daniels, known as Marian, who was stationed at Llanelli.

Miss Daniels passed away seventeen years ago at the grand age of 83 and the above photograph appeared in the Carmarthen Journal with an article stating that she was Carmarthenshire's first Police Woman.



Mr Tom (TO) Davies GM (Ex Superintendent) has provided DPP NARPO with a personal account of the arrest and trial of Robert Boynton in 1961 for the shooting of PC Arthur Rowlands near Machynlleth.

The above photo taken recently shows Tom proudly holding the George Medal which he was awarded for his part in arresting Boynton who was armed with a loaded sawn off .410 shotgun. The George Medal was instituted in 1940 by King George Vl and is awarded to civilians for acts of great bravery.

The article together with photographs will appear soon on this website. 



New Police cars supplied by the Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells being collected by Mid Wales Constabulary officers in 1960/61.

The cars are (L to R):  BFO381/ BFO382 are Austin A60 Farina’s and BFO 383 / BFO384 are Austin A110’s. The officers are (L to R): Ted Jacobs (Brecon Traffic) who was the last person to join the Breconshire Constabulary and now resident in Llandrindod Wells, Ken Lloyd (Newtown Traffic), Neville Walters (Traffic Inspector HQ), John Tutty (Traffic Sergeant, Newtown) and Geoff ‘Duff’ Edwards (Traffic Sergeant, Llandrindod Wells).

Photo supplied by Mrs Janet Parsell (daughter of the late Mr Ken Lloyd and information supplied by Brian Stubbs



Over the past twelve months, many photos of Police sports teams have been posted on the website, but this photo is most definitely the oldest ‘Blast from the past’!

The photograph of Brecon Constabulary football team was taken in 1920 and the gentleman on the extreme right is the Chief Constable – Colonel Toby Cole-Hamilton who ran the force on very strict military lines. As the photo was taken just two years after the end of World War l, it can be safely assumed that some of the players saw active service in ‘The war to end all wars’.

Upon the retirement of the Chief Constable on 30th June 1947, efforts were made by the Home Office to amalgamate the Breconshire force with Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire Constabularies. The Breconshire Standing Joint Committee threw a spanner in the works when they appointed Major W Ronnie as their Chief Constable. This delayed matters for a while, but a compulsory amalgamation took effect on 1st April 1948 when the Mid-Wales Constabulary was created.



This photograph was taken at the final reunion dinner held at the Wellington Hotel, Brecon in 1983.

Pictured are former members of the Constabulary with their guests. Standing  (L to R); Ralph Rees, N/K, Ted Jacobs, Bill Gliddon, John Thomas, DM Davies, Bill Jones, Jim Murphy, G Edwards, Roy Gant, DB Jones. Seated: John Tutty, Stan Austin, Les Allan, Brian Stubbs, Tom Lewis (DCC), Mervyn Morgan, Ron Thoroughgood and Wyndham Slee.



The beginning of the new Victorian era was marked in Brecon with the building of the grand new Shire Hall in the town. This opened in 1842 and also housed the Police Station until 1969 when a purpose built station was opened in nearby Lion Street.

The below photo taken in 1950, shows the judge with his escort about to leave the Judges Lodgings in The Struet for the Shire Hall. The smartly turned out officer on the extreme left is Inspector Stephen Stubbs, father of Brian Stubbs who kindly supplied the photograph.

The Courts of Assize were periodic courts held around England and Wales  and presided over by visiting judges from the higher courts based in London. The assizes exercised both civil and criminal jurisdiction, though most of their work was on the criminal side. The assizes heard the most serious cases, which were committed to it by the Quarter Sessions while the more minor offences were dealt with summarily by justices of the peace at magistrates' courts. Assizes and Quarter Sessions were abolished by the Courts Act 1971 and replaced by a single permanent Crown Court.



This photograph was taken at a party held at The Black Boy Hotel, Newtown in 1984 to mark the retirement of Terry Rees (Ex PS 615).

Terry was a popular, well respected officer who served at Trefeglwys (near Llanidloes), Llandrindod Wells (Traffic) and Newtown where he and his good lady still reside. Pictured (L to R): Mrs Joan Rees, Terry Rees, Richie Thomas (Ex Chief Inspector), Brian Stubbs (Ex Chief Superintendent) and Gloria Hughes (Ex WPS).

Photo kindly supplied by Peter Davies



This photo of Milford Haven (Code 3) officers was taken during a function held at the Royal Naval Armament Depot (RNAD) Milford Haven in the late 70’s.

Standing (L to R), Pc's Mike Calas (697), Malcolm Thomas (652), Patrick ‘Paddy’ Loam (381), Mike Lewis (574), PS Les Smith (721) and DC Tony Eden (441). Seated: WPC Liliana Evans (823) and PC Peter Evans (366). Sadly, Paddy and Les are no longer with us.

Photo kindly supplied by Peter Evans



Two Pembrokeshire Police officers on night duty in the 1950's, namely WPC Mary Morris (sister of Ex PS Tom Morris) and the late Norman Richards (PC / PS 63).

The photograph and following information about her late father, has been kindly supplied by Mrs Liliana Evans (Ex WDC 823) of Milford Haven:

My father was stationed at Milford Haven from 1947 to 1954 and Lydstep, near Tenby from 1954 to 1956. He then returned to Milford Haven as a Detective Constable and served there until 1964 when he was posted to Pembroke Dock CID.  In February 1968, he was promoted to uniform Sergeant. In 1964, he lifted a gaming machine into a police vehicle and suffered a strain to his heart. He was off duty for some six months, but was never the same health wise after that and sadly suffered a fatal heart attack on 23rd April 1968 aged 43 years. 



This photograph kindly supplied by Roger Davies was taken during his 13 week initial course held at Bridgend District Police Training Centre in 1964 (pre-amalgamation)

Those with a DPP connection are: back row, third from left, the late Ray Lewis (Pembrokeshire) and extreme right of the same row is PC Tony Davies (Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire), who later transferred to South Wales Police. Roger (Carmarthenshire & Cardiganshire) is sat third from the left in the middle row.



Another photograph taken at Bridgend, this one was taken in January 1969 during the final week of initial training and features three DPP officers who all completed full service.

Back row extreme left is Phil Hopkins (336) - current Chair of DPP NARPO, 4th from left is Phil Richards (313) and 4th from the right of the middle row is Hugh Colley (144). Included among the instructors (front row) are Sergeants John Ambrose (extreme left) and Tom Mathias (2nd from left).

Sat 2nd from the right of the front row is the legendary Drill Instructor, the late, PS Glyn Michael, a native of North Wales. He was renowned for addressing recruits with some wonderful terms of endearment – one of his favourites (and printable) being ‘Get a move on, you dozzzzzzy, little pongo’. (Happy days)!

Photograph supplied by Hugh Colley



Many former members of the Mid – Wales Constabulary will recognise this photograph of Mr Ken Lloyd (ex PC) who passed away on 10th August 2015.

Due to amalgamation and boundary changes Ken served in three forces i.e. Mid Wales, Dyfed-Powys and South Wales.

Ken is pictured with framed memorabilia from his 32 year Police career and his daughter Mrs Janet Parsell, has written an interesting article about her late father which can be found in the Further Articles section.



This photograph was taken at Carmarthen Police Station at the start of a night shift in the early 80’s, possibly 1982.

Shown are from left to right: PS George Phillips (Retired Superintendent), PC’s Dylan Jones (Ex PS 764), Gerry Hughes (Ex PS 409), Unknown Special, WPC Jane Wherle (later Randall - Ex PC 864).

Photo kindly supplied by Dylan Jones



Another photo from the Dylan Jones collection, this one was taken at a Regional Sergeants Course at Gwent Police HQ, Cwmbran in 1987.

Included  are the following Dyfed-Powys officers: Middle row:  Extreme left PS Arfon Jones (Ex Supt), 4th from left PS Mark Hamblin (Ex PS 477) and extreme right is PS Dylan Jones (Ex PS 764) Back row: The officer in the centre is PS Les Clark (Ex Inspector).



Another photo of officers attending a Traffic Officers Course, this course was held sometime in 1981. Among those recognised are: Back row: PC’s Jeremy John, Richard Williams, Tommy Davies, John Kilcoyne and Ellis Davies.

Front: PC’s Clive King, Chief Superintendent Mike Cronin, the late Sergeant Geoff Richards (later achieved the rank of Chief Inspector and father of retired DPP officers, Ian and Dean Richards), Mike Lewis.

Perhaps someone can assist in identifying the remaining officers?


Some more names for you from the Traffic Officer's Course 1981 photo: 

Back row: Far right - Elwyn Pugh (PC 591?), 5th from left Malcolm Davies (PC 530), 4th from right John Wilding (Brecon), 6th from right John Thomas (Cardigan) and far left of back row is Ron 'Coch' Davies with Neville Evans (Ammanford) standing next to him.

Front row: Extreme left is PC John ‘Bach’ Davies (Llanelli) and 2nd from the right is Haydn Davies (PC 360).

Update (26th August 2015)

An email received from Dylan Jones suggests the following: Back row: 4th from the left is PC Sandy MacLennan 332 (Carmarthen).

Many thanks to Dylan Jones,Sam Williams, Geraint Phillps & Roger Davies for their help




A major part of the evidence gathering process involved maintaining 24/7 surveillance on isolated farmhouses at Tregaron, Llandewi Brefi and Carno, near Llanidloes which were being used to manufacture LSD - a psychedelic drug, well known for its psychological effects.

On 1 December 1977, officers searched the Tregaron farmhouse and dug up an Elsan caravan toilet that contained 1.3 kg of LSD crystal - enough to create 6.5 million doses.

Pictured with the cache are (L to R): Roy Shipway (Avon & Somerset). Richie Parry, Noir Bowen, Gwyn Jones, Detective Chief Superintendent Dennis Greenslade (Avon & Somerset) who led the operation, and Dai Rees.

As a result of the seizure it was estimated the price of LSD tabs rose from £1 to £5 each and that Operation Julie had removed 90% of LSD from the British market.



This photograph supplied by Brian Stubbs, was taken at the annual Police Ball held at Pryce-Jones Ballroom, Newtown in the early 60’s (possibly 1960/61).

Pictured with their ladies are (Left to Right): Eric Davies, Joe Price, Glanville Clayton, Bob Wildblood, ‘Dems’ Williams, Haydn Griffiths (DCC) Brian Stubbs, Guest and David Jones.  

(Did you know that Pryce-Jones set up the first modern mail order in 1861? He hit upon a unique method of selling his wares by distributing catalogues of his wares across the country, allowing people to choose the items they wished and order them via post. He would then dispatch the goods to the customer via the railways).



This photograph featuring D Division senior officers and wives was taken at Builth Wells on Wednesday 21st December 1988 (see below).

Pictured (Left to Right): Ron Thoroughgood, John Morris, Peter Evans, Francis McCormick (partly obscured), DB Jones, Brian Crowdie, Eric Powling, Keith Lightfoot, Dai Rees, Richie Thomas, John Edwards and Gerald Bound.

Dai Rees who kindly supplied the photo is specific about the date as he recalls that during the evening, news broke that a plane had crashed at Locherbie, Scotland.

(Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a terrorist bomb on Wednesday 21st December, 1988, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew on board. Large sections of the aircraft crashed onto residential areas of Lockerbie killing 11 more people on the ground).



Ken and Mollie Craven were seasoned motorcycle tourers who in the 1950's used to take like minded souls on tours to Spain and other European destinations. At that time there was little, if any, luggage equipment available for motorcycles other than ex-WD panniers. Ken, an engineer, realised that there was a demand and came up with designing and making luggage equipment to do the job. Ken Craven Paniers are still used on Police motor cycles today.

In the 1980’s, Geraint Phillips (Ex PC 388) met up with Ken Craven and the two of them are pictured at Cenarth Falls. Geraint recalls ‘It was a very proud moment for this gentleman to see that what he had designed and to see his name displayed on the panniers: KEN CRAVEN PANIERS. He told me that the design work began in his shed at the bottom of the garden at his home in Dorset.

I was privileged to be granted a day to spend with Ken and a group of very talented engineers who had formed a  motorcycle club for those who had worked for Triumph, Norton, B.S.A., Sunbeam and other British companies.

It was a fantastic day out travelling on our bikes through Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion and as luck would have it, the weather was fine’.



Operation Julie was a 2 ½ year investigation into the production of LSD by two drug rings during the mid-1970s. The operation, involving numerous UK forces with Dyfed-Powys playing a major role, resulted in the break-up of one of the largest worldwide LSD manufacturing operations.

A job well done - this informal photograph of the Operation Julie team was taken in 1978 on the steps of Bristol Crown Court at the end of the trial when the 15 ring-leaders received a total of 120 years imprisonment.

Dyfed-Powys officers are Dai Rees (bottom left), Mike Clifford (centre with red tie), Noir Bowen (back row, third from right), Terry Stokes (second row – looking to the right), Richie Parry (stood on third step, extreme right).

The first name of PS Julie Taylor (third from left in light blue) was used as the operation’s code name.

More Operation Julie photos to follow - many thanks to Dai Rees for his his assistance.



Lord Edmund-Davies (Chairman of the Police Pay Review Body) leaving DHQ, Llanelli in 1978/79 following a meeting with the late Chief Superintendent Graham Murphy (left), Superintendent Brian Stubbs and other officers.

In 1977 it was announced that Lord Edmund-Davies would head an independent inquiry into police pay and that the government would accept its findings. The Edmund-Davies Report subsequently announced a substantial pay increase, including an unspecified amount to take account of the absence of the right to strike. The report also proposed linking future pay rises to an index of all non-manual workers. The Labour government accepted the findings, but insisted on staging the pay increases over two years.

At a Special Conference, the Federation accepted the Edmund-Davies Report and abandoned the policy of seeking ‘free association’ and the right to strike.

In 1979, following the Conservative victory in the General Election, the incoming government immediately implemented the Edmund-Davies award in full, and pledged itself to honouring the pay standards in the future.



With the hugely popular Royal Welsh Show over for another year, this photograph is of the Crime Prevention exhibition staged by Mid-Wales Constabulary officers during the 1966 or 67 show.

During the 1960’s, the Home Office Crime Prevention display vehicle was allocated to forces in England and Wales on request. Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable), authorised approved for a display to be staged at the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells, but stressed in a memo that the exhibition and surrounds ‘should be as good, if not better, than adjacent exhibitions and stands’.

The exhibition was subsequently managed by Crime Prevention Sergeants namely Don Jenkins, Bill Pugh, Henry Jones and Brian Stubbs.



Sergeants Les Smith (nearest to camera) and Cleaton Gregory starting the ‘clear up’ in the Mid- Wales Constabulary HQ Control Room, Newtown following the 1964 flood.

If you were to ask anyone who lived or worked in Newtown during the 60’s what they remembered most about that by-gone age they would probably reply ‘the floods’. During the first weekend of December 1960 and 1964 the River Severn burst its banks sending water cascading through the town centre causing serious damage to properties in the town centre.

The force HQ and nearby Newtown Police Station suffered considerable flood damage and a future article will contain photographs and personal recollections of the floods.



Chief Superintendent Brian Stubbs and DCI Dai Rees de - briefing Firearms Officers and others outside Crickhowell Police Station in 1986/87 following the successful arrest of an armed man who had committed a serious firearms offence in the South Wales Police area. 

The fugitive was followed into the Llangynidr / Llangattock and Crickhowell areas and subsequently arrested near Bwlch. The search was a joint operation involving officers from Dyfed - Powys, Gwent, and South Wales forces. 



Another photograph from the Dai Rees collection – this one was taken in 1965 at the Fishguard Sub-Division Police Ball held at The Fishguard Bay Hotel.

Pictured with their ladies are (L to R): Royce Howells, Phil Evans, Winston Jones (Ex Inspector), Ken French (BTP), Dai Rees and Tom Morris.



Following on from the photographs taken at the recent reunion of the association, this photograph supplied by Pat Cochrane (Ex DC – SOCO) was taken at the inaugural dinner held at The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells in 1981.

Pictured (L to R): Meurig (Mike) James, Gwilym Jones, Pat Cochrane, Len Evans, Gerald Bound, Enoch Davies and Victor Davies. Many thanks (again) to Peter Davies for his help in putting names to some of the faces.



Proudly sitting astride a Norton Interpol motor bike (P33) is Geraint (Twrci) Phillips about to provide a Police escort for a convoy of tank transporters en route from Castlemartin, near Pembroke to Bulford Camp. The convoy normally consisted of a lead Land Rover, 15 - 20 Thornycroft  Antars, 2 X Bedford rigid lorries containing REME personnel (and much needed spare parts) with a Landrover bringing up the rear together with two out riders.

During the summer months, tank escort duty was a regular task for Pembroke Dock Traffic Officers when the range was used by both British and German tank regiments. Units from all over the UK and NATO have trained on the ranges including taking part in live firing exercises prior to deployment to Afghanistan.

The German Army Panzer Regiment started to use the range in 1961 and after uncertain beginnings, remained in Pembrokeshire for 35 years.To accommodate the guests, local road signs became trilingual (Welsh, English and German)

Some 84,000 German troops passed through Castlemartin, firing about 270,000 rounds and there were around 140 “Panzer bride” weddings between German soldiers and Welsh girls.



Another photograph taken at the party held at Llandrindod Wells Golf Club to mark the retirement of Detective Superintendent David Thomas (Dai Tec). Dai Rees is pictured presenting Mr Thomas with a decanter on behalf of D Division CID.

Pictured are Bob Kelly, Phil Price, Bill Smith, Dai Rees, Pat Cochrane (top of head only!), Brian (Budgie) Evans, Brian (Dinger) Bell, Phil Hopkins, Paul Bennett, Les Griffiths, Mark Cox, Brian Oakley, Bob Evans



Llandrindod Wells Golf Club was the venue for a party held in 1987 to mark the retirement of Detective Chief Superintendent David Davies (DM).

Among those pictured are (L to R): Wyn Davies, Dai Lewis, Mike Denyard, Dave Gorman, ?, Colin Perrier, Bryan (Dinger) Bell, Dai Rees, Paul Bennett, Colin Evans, DM Davies,  John Lewis, Ian Kinsey, Bob Evans, Brian (Budgie) Evans, Graham Gray, Terry Parkhouse, Clive Howells, Phil Price, Keith Blanchard.



In May 1985, Dai Rees (Detective Chief Inspector at Newtown) took the lead role in performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera The Mikado performed by the local Operatic Society at Theatre Hafren, Newtown.

Apparently, the production and in particular the performance by Dai received rave reviews in the local press. In addition, daughters Gaynor designed the programme cover and Melanie was a member of the orchestra playing cello.



In 1978 a contingent of Aberystwyth officers visited the town of Sant Brieg located on Brittany’s north coast which is Aberyswyth’s oldest twin town and is named after the Saint Brioc who came from Wales.

Pictured with members of the local Gendarmerie are (left to right): Glyn Jones (a renown cartoonist), Councillor Mrs Mona Morris (Mayor of Aberystwyth), Wyn Evans (the late son of Mr John Owen-Evans, Geraint (Twrci) Phillips and John Owen-Evans.

Photo supplied by Geraint Phillips



This photograph of Superintendent Rene Soar making a presentation to Mr RB Thomas CBE, OBE, QPM was taken in August 1986 at dinner held at Llandeilo to mark the retirement of the Chief Constable.

Back Row (L to R): Graham Murphy, John Owen-Evans, Rene Soar, RB Thomas, David Shattock (appointed to succeed Mr Thomas), Brian Stubbs. Front: Alan Pugh, David (DM) Davies, Bryn Jones, Mike Cronin, Donald Griffiths and Gerwyn Griffiths.

Mr Thomas was first appointed Chief Constable of the former Mid Wales Constabulary in 1963 and at that time was the youngest Chief Constable in the UK. He became Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys when the force amalgamated in 1968 and appointed Chief Constable in February 1975. He held the post of Chairman of the Wales Region of Chief Police officers for a number of years and was also President of the West Wales Branch of the Royal Life Saving Society. On retirement, Mr and Mrs Thomas relocated to Gloucestershire where he passed away a few years ago.



In the mid 80’s a party was held at Llandrindod Wells Golf Club to mark the retirement of Detective Superintendent David Thomas (Dai Tec), a hugely respected officer.

Entertaining the ‘troops’ with a rendition of his party piece In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree, is Don Evans (Ex Chief Superintendent) and the person tinkling the ivories is accomplished pianist, Dai Rees, who kindly supplied another nostalgic photo from his vast collection.

Footnote: By coincidence, during the summer of 1987 there were two celebrations in the Evans family when the promotions were announced of Don to Chief Superintendent at Haverfordwest and also his son Wyn to Sergeant at Carmarthen. 



In 1983, OSU’s were created at various stations within Dyfed-Powys with the aim of removing extraneous administrative clerical tasks from uniformed officers thereby resulting in more time being available for patrol duties.

The above photo of Newtown OSU features (left to right): the late Mike Humphreys, Lyn Clark, DAL James, Mr John Lloyd (Police Authority Chairman), Mr Aiden Mullett (Deputy Chief Constable) and Brian Stubbs. The two young ladies are Rowena Pugh on the left and Janice Humphreys who still works at Newtown Police Station.

Photo supplied by Brian Stubbs, many thanks to Lyn for identifying the two members of the clerical staff.



Three Police Officers stationed at Ammanford received the Police Long Service and Good Conduct medals from the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police in a ceremony at Carmarthen in 1984.

Pictured (Left to right) are Glyn (Caio) Thomas (Ex PC 8), Chief Constable Mr RB Thomas, Inspector Moelwyn Morgan and Dulais Williams (Ex PC 273).

Photo kindly supplied by Berwyn Williams



The photograph kindly supplied by Dai Rees, was taken on Friday 2nd July 1982 in the foyer of the Metropoloe Hotel, Llandrindod Wells during  a 'whistle stop' visit to mid Wales by Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher and her husband Mr Dennis Thatcher. 

Pictured with Mrs Margaret Thatcher and Mr Dennis Thatcher are Dave Gorman, Dai Rees and Richie Thomas

Footnote: The below is an abstract from the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website which outlines the Prime Minister’s itinerary for that day: 




Depart No. 10 Downing Street


Take off from RAF Northolt 


Arrive RAF Shawbury Airfield 


By car to Welshpool 


Visit Welshpool Comprehensive School 


By car to Newtown 


Visit Tootal Menswear, Newtown 


By car to Training Centre 


Visit Dr. Dafydd Richards Training Centre, Newtown 


By car to Elephant and Castle Hotel, Newtown 


Lunch for Party Workers, Newtown 


By car to Knighton Hospital 


Visit Knighton Hospital 


By car to Cwm Whitton Farm 


Visit Cwm Whitton Farm + tea 


By car to Llandrindod Wells 


Tea reception, Metropole Hotel 


Depart Llandrindod Wells 


Arrive The Greenway Hotel, Shurdington, Cheltenham 
     Dine privately and work on speech 
     Overnight stay



Many thanks to John Davies (Ex PC 799) for sending in the below photographs, John has also provided updates of photos previously included in the Photo Album (1989 Long Service presentation, Bowls in the 80’s and Traffic Officers Course 1981) – all three captions have been duly amended.

The first photograph was taken at Trostre, Llanelli in the summer of 1983 when the DPP cricket Xl played Gwent in the PAA Trophy competition.

Back row (L to R): Mike Foster, Dai Morris, Terry Stone Middle: Eirwyn (Curly) Edwards (Manager), Dylan Jones, Marcus Soar, Alun Harries, Ellis Davies, John Davies (Umpire) Front: Richard Evans, Gareth Slaymaker, Gwyndaf Jones and Stuart Green.

The second photo was taken during the 1979/80 season at the DPP Rugby Seven’s Tournament held at Brecon and features the A Division B Team who were the losing finalists.


Back row (L to R): Mark Williams, Alan Lewis, Mike Donovan, John Davies, Robert Jones, Front: Malcolm Thompson, Alun Williams and Paul Jewell.

The last photo features the Llanelli Police Tug o War  Team taken at People’s Park, Llanelli during a Fun Day organised by Llanelli Borough Council (year unknown)

From back to front: Terry Stokes, John Davies (EX PC 599), John Davies (Ex PC 799), Dylan Evans, Peter Dunkley, ?, Steve Evans, Byron Jones (Manager) and Steve Griffiths. 



This photograph was taken in 1973 when the first Regional Sergeants Course was held at Gwent Police HQ, Cwmbran.

Back Row: Third from left Dai Williams (Ex PS 285), fourth from left is Gareth Thomas (Ex PS 191) and fifth along is former NARPO secretary, Vernon Jones (Ex PS 26) – father of Nigel Jones (Ex DC 636) and at the end of the row is John James who on his retirement was Chief Inspector (Training). Front Row: extreme left is Dai Rees and the sixth DPP Sergeant is DB Jones (fifth from left).

Thanks to Dai Rees for supplying the photograph and to Roger Davies for his help in identifying the DPP officers

Footnote: Many NARPO members will remember the late Robert (Bob) Lawrence (front row - third from left) who sadly passed away in May 1996 at the age of 53. The following obituary appeared in The Independent newspaper:

Robert Lawrence was born at Ystradgynlais and on leaving the local grammar school joined Mid-Wales Constabulary in 1961 as a Cadet. Promotion from Constable through the ranks followed steadily and in 1978, following a transfer to West Mercia, was promoted to Superintendent. In 1983 he transferred to Staffordshire as Assistant Chief Constable, becoming Deputy Chief Constable in 1985. He returned to Wales in 1989 to become Chief Constable of South Wales Police.

Robert Lawrence was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 1991 and held the rank of Brother in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John. A devoted family man leaving a wife and two children, he was a keen angler and golfer and won an Open University arts degree in 1988.



This photograph was taken outside the old Newtown Police Station in 1967/68 and shows Peter Parkes following his remand to HMP Shrewsbury. Apparently, Parkes was wanted for an offence(s) committed in the Aberystwyth area and went on the run. He was caught in the Llangurig area in possession of a .22 rifle, brought to Newtown and later remanded to HMP Shrewsbury.


Left to Right: DI George Hickley, PC Pat Cochrane, Peter Parkes, PC’s Phil Price, Dai Lewis (back to camera) and Chief Superintendent Bert Hines who was also Deputy Chief Constable.

Another 'Blast from the Past' sent in by Peter Davies.



This photograph was taken outside Newtown Police Station in 1976 to mark the retirement of the late PC Gwilym Jones who following retirement, worked in the Control Room at DHQ Newtown for a number of years. Gwilym was the father of Graham Jones (Ex PC) who was a Traffic Officer based at Aberystwyth.

From Left to Right: Pat Cochrane (Ex DC SOCO), Arthur Taylor (Ex Chief Inspector), Linda Francis, Gwilym Jones and Emrys Morgan (Ex PS 80)



The below photographs of former colleagues as you’ve never seen them before, were taken at Newtown Police Christmas parties in the 1980’s – they certainly knew how to party in those days!

1) The above photograph submitted by Dai Rees, who was then a DCI stationed at Newtown, was taken in the 80’s and among those identified are: Dave Gorman, Derek Bloomfield, Dai Lewis, Mike Denyard, Alan Henderson, Clive King, Lyn Clark, Terry Rees, Colin Morgan and John Davies. (Hopefully, someone will be able to identify the other heavily disguised party goers)!

Update from Peter DaviesBack (L to R) Glyn James, Derek Bloomfield, Dai Lewis, Gethin Harbour, Ralph Ford, Alan Henderson, Clive King, Colin Morgan. Front: Dick Hunt, Lyn Clark, Dave Gorman, Terry Rees, Peter Davies, Elwyn Pugh and Dai Rees.

2) This photograph also taken in the 80’s, shows the cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs performed at the Newtown Police Christmas Party and includes Peter Evans, Lyn Clark, Mike Thomas, Mark Cox, John Owens, Terry Rees, Colin Morgan, Clive (Happy) Howells, Keith Blanchard, Peter Davies, Dai Lewis, Mike Denyard, Bill Rowbottom, Gloria Hughes (Producer), Reverend Clive Cowey and Gareth Owen.

3) Another one from the 80’s – Newtown Police Scout Group led by Terry Rees (Ex PS 615), Lyn Clark, Derek Bloomfield, Peter Davies, Colin Morgan, Gethin Harbour and Clive Howells.

Photographs 2 and 3 kindly submitted by Peter Davies 



This photograph shows a bearded PC Geraint (Twrci) Phillips inspecting a badly damaged school bus following a collision with a lorry in 1978.

The collision occurred on the A44 road outside Aberystwyth when the bus carrying 29 children to Llanfarian School was in a head on collision with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

Miraculously, apart from a young girl sustaining serious injuries, the remainder were relatively unscathed. Such was the force of the impact that one young lad was catapulted through a side window landing on the grass verge, undeterred, he got to his feet and continued his journey to school on foot.

(The photograph was taken by Mr Ron Davies of Aberaeron, an accomplished professional photographer who was disabled following a motor cycle accident and is produced with the kind permission of Ron’s son, Philip Davies).

Photograph submitted by Geraint Phillips



The 2015 D Division golf tour to Coleford set in the beautiful Forest Of Dean took place recently with four diehard NARPO members taking time out from their busy schedule to enjoy the golf on a beautiful parkland course and reminisce over a pint (or two) with former colleagues at the 19th hole.

From Left to Right: Colin Finch, Colin Perrier, Deri Evans and Phil Hopkins (a reliable source tells me that ‘Hoppy’ is the biggest ‘bandit’ since Jesse James)! The tour has been running for over 25 years and the four have missed very few of the annual shenanigans.  

Footnote: The annual tour was the brainchild of Terry Parkhouse (Ex DS) who was the organiser until his retirement; this role has since been taken over by PS Gareth Wheatman (Llandrindod Wells). The tour party normally consists of 20 - 25 keen golfers who play four rounds of golf over three days competing for TBD (Dai) Rees, Brian Oakley and Bob Wildblood trophies. The overall winner is presented with the prestigious WJR (John) Edwards shield – all trophies having been donated by serving (at the time) or retired police officers.



In April 1969, The Prince of Wales left Trinity College, Cambridge to spend a term at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth, where he studied Welsh and the history of the Principality.

These photographs show the Police team responsible for the security surrounding the Prince during his stay at Aberystwyth and were taken at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Aberporth, near Cardigan.

Back Row (L to R): Glan Griffiths, Geoff Davies, Don Evans, Ron Callaghan, Irlwyn Evans, Ken Evans, Eric Thomas, David (DM) Davies, Walford Davies, Alan Nurton, Dai Rees, Terry Adams and Hayden Davies (Metropolitan Police)

Front: Tony Speed ( Metropolitan Police), Vivian Fisher, Sidney Wilmett, JR Jones (Chief Constable), HRH Prince Charles, Squadron Leader David Checketts (Honorary Equerry), Jock Wilson (Metropolitan Police), John Owen - Evans, David Thomas. (Sadly, due to the passage of time, a number of the group are no longer with us).

The Prince left the University College of Wales in June 1969, a week before his Investiture as Prince of Wales by HM The Queen at a colourful ceremony held at Caernarfon Castle on 1st July.

During his time studying at Aberystwyth University, Prince Charles took time out for flying lessons at Aberporth. For aviation enthusiasts, the plane pictured above is a DHC-1 Chipmunk,a tandem, two-seat, single-engine primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post Second World War years.

Pictured in front of the plane are: Ron Callaghan, Geoff Davies, Alan Nurton, Glan Griffiths, Don Evans and Dai Rees

Both photos kindly supplied by Mr Dai Rees (Ex Superintendent) - article compiled by Hugh Colley.



A full report of the reunion can be found in the News section-  photographs taken at the annual reunion held at Builth Wells on Friday 8th May are shown below:

From Right to Left: Henry Jones (Chairman), Brian Stubbs (President), Joe Price, Arthur (Nat) Lewis, Brian (Dinger) Bell, and his son Alan Bell (Guest) who is also a retired Police Officer.

Reading in a clockwise direction: Dave Crees, Mark Bradley (Guest), Don Jenkins, Bert Mills, Dave Gorman, Dave Williams, Brian Stubbs, Henry Jones, Idris Williams, Jeff Thomas, Doug Jones, John (Jake) Williams, Barry Hicks and Lyn Clark

Again, in a clockwise direction: Neville Jones, Clive Cowey, Roy Harries, Alan Jones, Alan Harding, Alan Bell, Brian Bell, Charlie Edwards, Roger Davies, John Roderick, Terry Rees and Hugh Colley.



In 1968, work started on constructing a 820 metre bridge across the River Cleddau to link Pembroke Dock with Neyland (just over a mile apart across the water), thereby saving motorists a journey of 28 miles by road. 

Forty – five years ago on Tuesday 2nd June 1970, as one of the 60 metre long, 150 ton box girder sections was being lowered into place, it collapsed onto the Pembroke Dock side of the river killing four workmen and injuring five more. The news reverberated around the world and put a temporary halt to the construction of box girder bridges until the investigation into the tragedy was complete

Phil Lloyd a Dyfed-Powys NARPO member, was a young Constable at that time living very close to the partially completed bridge and was one of the first two officers to arrive on the scene. Phil has very kindly agreed to provide us with his recollections of that fateful day and it is envisaged that they will appear on the website within the next few weeks. 

Photo kindly supplied by Mr Ken Edwards of Lamphey. 


A reception was held in the Mayor’s Parlour of Haverfordwest Town Council offices recently to recognise the services of a former Dyfed-Powys officer who during his time as a town councillor held the office of Mayor of Haverfordwest during 2012/13.

Ken Wyburn retired from the Police in 1999 having served at a number of stations within Pembrokeshire and was the Constables JBB representative for a number of years. As a town councillor he represented the Priory and Castle ward for seven years before standing down earlier this year.
In recognition of his services to the town and community, the current Mayor, Councillor Roy Thomas presented Ken with a certificate and Ken responded by saying ‘I’m very proud to receive this certificate, I was a people’s mayor and of course I’ve got the honour of being the best looking mayor in Haverfordwest.’ (No further comment needed)!!
Pictured from left to right: Mrs Adele Wyburn, David Williams (Town Clerk), Councillor Roy Thomas (Mayor), Ken Wyburn and Councillor Ellen Repton (Sheriff)
Photo produced with the kind permission of the Western Telegraph.

The above photo shows a jovial Ken in his younger days enjoying a well-earned break with Peter Evans on a sweltering afternoon at Milford Haven Town Carnival in the mid 80’s.
Many thanks to Peter for submitting the photo.


This photograph was taken in August 1979 at a party in Welshpool to mark the retirement of PC Dafydd Williams (4th from left) who was affectionately known as Dai Llandissilio (Llandissilio is a small village situated between Welshpool and Oswestry).

Pictured are (L to R): Glyn Evans, John Davies, Henry Jones, Dai Williams, Sam Jones, Henry Pierce, Harry Gosling, Alan Jones, Ces Mason and Cliff Lloyd (front).

In 1961, Dai was stationed at Machynleth and on the night of 2nd August was on duty patrolling the Dovey Bridge area of Machynlleth with PC Arthur Rowlands of Gwynedd Constabulary (later North Wales Police). There had been a spate of dwelling burglaries in the area and Dovey Bridge was the boundary between Mid - Wales & Gwynedd Constabularies.

At about 3:00am, PC Rowlands confronted Robert Boynton who he had disturbed near some isolated cottages, he was holding a sawn off shotgun and upon being challenged, told the officer ‘You shouldn’t have come; I’m going to kill you’. He then fired the shotgun at point blank range inflicting numerous wounds to PC Rowlands face and neck which resulted in him being permanently blinded.

On hearing the shotgun being discharged, Dai with no regard for his own safety, hurried to the scene and found his colleague lying badly injured in a pool of blood. With the assistance of a local resident who had been awoken by the shotgun blast, they carried PC Rowlands to a nearby house to await assistance and administered first aid to the badly injured officer.

After several days of extensive searching the mountainous countryside, Boynton was arrested at Aberllefenni, eight miles from Machynlleth but not without putting up a violent struggle, firing his shotgun at officers and shooting dead a Liverpool City Police dog. Following a trial held Caernarfon Assizes in October 1961, Boynton was found to be criminally insane and sentenced to 32 years in Broadmoor, where he died in 1994.

As a tribute to Dai, Arthur Rowlands travelled from his home in Caernarfon to attend the party and ended his speech with ‘Dafydd came back for me and I am here to prove it. I would not be here tonight if it were not for him.’

Footnote: As a result of this tragedy, Constable TO (Tom) Davies (later Superintendent) was awarded the George Medal for his bravery in arresting Boynton and Constables Geoffrey Edwards and John Bennett were both awarded the British Empire Medal for Gallantry.

Photo supplied by Clive Cowey and additional information compiled by Hugh Colley



A Schützenfest (German "marksmen's festival") is a traditional festival or fair featuring a target shooting competition. In 1961 a reciprocal agreement with the Federal German Army was made allowing German tank battalions to use Castlemartin Range, near Pembroke. The local police were regularly  invited to take part in the annual Schuttzefest until the regiment left Castlemartin for the last time in 1996.

The above photo was taken in the late 80’s / early 90’s and among those pictured with members of the FGA are:

Back Row (L to R) Rob Evans, Mark Hamblin, John Kilcoyne, Geraint Phillips, Julian Bowen, N/K, Nick Evans. Front: Raymond Jones, Jeff Davies, Ian Jones, N/K and Craig Morgan.



Following on from the above photo, in August 1980 Pembroke Dock Police took part in a shooting competition at Merrion Camp, Castlemartin and the photograph shows Geraint Phillips (Twrci) receiving his certificate and beer stein from Lieutenant Barmold (Head of German Military Police). Allongside Geraint is the late Inspector WH (Bill) Pugh.

Both photos supplied by Geraint Phillips



Another Traffic Officers Course at Ferryside – this one was held in May 1980 and includes the following (from left to right): Dorian Davies, Geraint (Twrci) Phillips, John Lewis, Ellis Evans, Roy Gravelle, Ian Mills, Dai Morgan, Alun Williams, Deri Evans, Clive Cowey, Nigel Scourfield, Peter Dunkley, N/K, Ray Ball, Phil J Davies, Dai Lewis, Alun Rees, Bob Morris, Anthony Allen, Inspector Dai Gwynne Davies, Dai ( DOK ) Thomas. If you can identify the two missing names please let me know.

(Thanks to Roger Davies, Geraint Phillips and Peter Dunkley for helping to identify some of the group).



This photograph of a contingent of Mid-Wales Constabulary officers was taken outside Welshpool Railway Station prior to a Royal Visit on 24th July 1958. 

UpdateHM The Queen and Prince Philip had travelled from Dolgellau, stopped at the Cann Office Hotel, Llangadfan to view a Pony Trekking display and then onto Welshpool to catch the Royal Train. Therefore it was not actually a royal visit to Montgomeryshire as they were just passing through en route to London. All of the 32 officers are long since retired and sadly, many are no longer with us but many are still going strong.

Pictured are: Front row (L to R) Ivor Jones, JH Jones, Arthur Newman, Douglas Davies, Neville Walters, John Haynes, Victor Jones, Len Evans. Second Row: Gwyn Hughes, David Jones, Steve Lewis, Ken Lloyd, Glyn Johnson, Tom Astley, Parsons - Melville, Brian Bebb, Victor Davies, Third Row: Eric Davies, Hubert Jones, Len Jones, Monica Jones, Doreen Lewis, Margaret Jones, Brian Oakley, Brian Stubbs, J W Jones, Back Row: Colin Price, Gral Rees, Len Evans, Bob Wildblood, DAL Davies, Arthur Taylor. 

Photo supplied by Mr Brian Stubbs.



The below photo of a Newtown Police Cricket Xl was taken in the 80’s when the Police team played matches during the season against local organisations including the ambulance service, fire service, solicitors and members of the local press with the ‘boys in blue’ usually coming out on top!

Back (L to R): Hywel Rees, Derek Richards, Peter Davies, Derek Bloomfield, David (Spudder) Davies, Dai Lewis, John Hedges (umpire), Chris Brennan.

Front: Wyn Rees, Gareth Slaymaker John Roderick and Malcolm Thomas (Special Constable)

The identity of some of the team had us stumped (excuse the pun) but we got there in the end!

Photograph kindly submitted by Hywel Rees.



This photograph was taken on the steps of St Davids Cathedral during a visit made to the force area on 28th October 1981 by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana. The visit to the cathedral celebrated the 800th anniversary of its consecration which took place just three months after the Royal Wedding.

According to Roger Davies, who submitted the photo, seven officers are pictured – can you identify them?

(Identified so far are: Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable), Pat Molloy (Detective Chief Superintendent),Tony James and  Alan Nurton). 



This was taken a few years earlier during a visit by Prince Charles to Newtown in 1973, included in the photo are Mr Mervyn Morgan (Chief Superintendent) and Mr Pat Molloy (Detective Chief Superintendent).



Brothers, Berwyn (ex PC 261) and Dulais Williams (ex PC 273) proudly showing off their Long Service & Good Conduct Medals after being awarded the medals in 1984.

Both Berwyn and Dulais joined Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire Constabulary in January 1962 and during their careers Berwyn served in Llanelli, Trimsaran and  Pontyates, he then became a Court Officer for Llanelli Magistrates Court prior to being appointed Coroners Officer for the Llanelli area until his retirement in September 1992. Dulais served in Carmarthen, Cardigan, Ferryside and Ammanford and retired in May 1994.



This photograph of senior officers was taken in May 1983 to mark the retirement of Mr RA (Bob) Wildblood QPM who joined the Montgomeryshire Police in 1946 when the Dyfed-Powys Police area was covered by six separate forces, each with its own Chief Constable. Prior to joining the Police, Mr Wildblood, a native of Meifod, joined the army in 1940 and served in Africa, Madagascar and Burma. From 1948 to 1968 he was a member of the Mid-Wales Constabulary and on the formation of the Dyfed-Powys Police in 1968 he was promoted Chief Superintendent in charge of administration, personnel and training at FHQ, Carmarthen. He was appointed Assistant Chief Constable in February 1975. Mr Wildblood became a member of the British Institute of Management in 1974 and in 1980 was made a Fellow of the Institute.

(Incidentally, our well respected NARPO President Mr John Owen Evans was appointed ACC to succeed Mr Wildblood).

Included in the photograph (front to back): Mr RA Wildblood (ACC), Mr RB Thomas (Chief Constable), Mr Aiden Mullett (DCC), John Owen Evans, Graham Murphy, Brian Stubbs, Lyn (EL) Jones, Don Jenkins, Ken Madge, Don Griffiths, Pat Molloy, Gerwyn Griffiths, Mike Cronin, Bryn Jones, Henry Jones, David (DM) Davies, David Williams, Terry Evans, Bernard Merchant, Gerald Bound, Rene Soar.

(Thanks to Harry Rees and Roger Davies for identifying some of the group).



This photograph taken in 1947 shows two Newtown officers moving furniture to a higher level as the nearby River Severn floods the centre of the town.

The lady is standing outside the entrance to what was the Montgomeryshire Constabulary HQ in Severn Place which became the Mid – Wales Constabulary in 1948, and the premises to the right of the two officers was a senior officer's house (Bodlondeb) which later housed the Training and Traffic Departments.

Coming soon - photographs and memories of the two serious floods that devastated Newtown in the early 60’s.

PS Should any former Mid - Wales officers have photographs or memories of the floods please send them in. 



On Tuesday 2nd June 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll took place at Westminster Abbey. 7,000 Police officers from 75 provincial forces were drafted into London to assist the Metropolitan Police with crowd control along the five mile route which took the 16,000 participants two hours to complete. The procession itself stretched for two miles. 

The photograph shows a contingent of Mid-Wales Constabulary officers at Newport Railway Station on the day before the coronation waiting for the train to Paddington. The Inspector is Stephen Stubbs (father of Mr Brian Stubbs who kindly supplied the photo).

Hopefully, some ex Mid-Wales officers can help to identify the remainder of the group.



The Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was instituted in 1951 and is awarded as a mark of the Sovereign's appreciation of long and meritorious service rendered by members of the Police Forces of the United Kingdom. The medal was originally awarded to full-time regular police officers within any Constabulary for twenty two years' service. In January 2010, HM The Queen amended the qualifying period of service to 20 years.

Shown below are photographs taken at Dyfed-Powys medal presentation ceremonies:

Among those pictured at the 1989 presentation at FHQ (above) are: The Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Sir David Mansel – Lewis, Chief Superintendent Mike Cronin, who was also awarded the Queen’s Police Medal, Mr David Shattock (Chief Constable), Jim Honeybill, Clive Cowey, Cyril Hendy, Berian Williams, Hywel Rees, Gareth Williams, Dai Gravelle, Len Davies, Gwyndaf Prosser, Alan Jones and Alun Davies.

2nd row from back Gwyn John, Alwyn Price, Howard Waters, end of row Mike Cox and behind him is Gareth Williams.

Photograph supplied by Clive Cowey

This photo was taken at Newtown (1986/87) Alan Harding, Bill Smith, Neil Hughes, Wyn Owen, Cei Williams, Wyn Foster, Dai Lewis and Peter Davies

Another Newtown awards presentation taken in 1988 with Mike Kelly, Phil Price, Gloria Hughes, Peter Taylor, Charlie Edwards and Russell Morgan having received their medals.

Both photographs supplied by Brian Stubbs (Front row extreme right)

Among those pictured with Sir David Mansel – Lewis and Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) at the 1995 presentation held at FHQ are: Gwynfor Jones, John Edwards,  David Morgan (PC 547), Geraint Griffiths, David Morgan (DC 567), Gavin Davies, Bob Phillips, Raymond Rees, Huw Williams, and Keith Turner who was subsequently appointed Chief Constable of Gwent.

Photo supplied by Gavin Davies 

(If you can assist in identifying others then please let us know).



‘A’ (Llanelli) Division Bowls Team on tour in the Midlands during the mid 80’s – the photograph includes Wynford Harries, Tony James , Dai Rees, Les Morgan, Alan Rowlands, Hywel Davies, Gwyn John, Jeff Roberts, Clive Randall, Meurig Jones, Byron Jones, Geoff McGregor, Gareth Williams, Bill Davies, Graham Thomas and Gwyndaf Prosser who submitted the photo.

Stood on the extreme right (next to Gwyndaf) is PC Paul Hetherington who  tragically lost his life together with three colleagues following a road accident on Thursday 18th October 1990. Mr Ray White (Chief Constable) commented 'The force is shocked and stunned by the loss of these very fine officers. They were all experienced detectives and their loss is not just to the families, it is also to the entire force and the people of Dyfed and Powys'.

Staying with Bowls, the above picture was taken at the PAA Finals Day held at Llanelli in 1988 with Superintendent Kevin Owen presenting trophies to the winners and runners-up. Included in the photo are: Russell Morgan, Cyril Bond, Ian Mills, Hugh Colley, Andrew Miles, Eirian Lewis, Steve Pike, Kevin Owen, Gwyndaf Prosser and Bernie John



An immaculately turned out Mid Wales Constabulary football team taken in 1966. 

Back Row (L to R) : Ces Mason (Team Manager), Brian Oakley, Dai Lewis, Dave Gorman, Terry Parkhouse, Alan Jones, Colin Williams and Wyn Edwards (Trainer) Front: John (Jake) Williams, Arthur (Nat) Lewis, Gwyn Hughes, Chris Brennan and Peter Davies who kindly submitted the photograph.

Sadly, Colin and Brian are no longer with us. Colin was an outstanding centre half who played in the Mid Wales League for several years and many believe that he was good enough to have played at a much higher level.

Brian was a keen sportsman and following retirement he was elected to represent Llandrindod Wells (South) on Powys County Council and was elected chair of the authority prior to his passing in 2004.



The photograph shows a presentation being made to Detective Chief Superintendent David Davies (known to all as DM) to mark his retirement from Dyfed-Powys Police. Stood alongside Mr and Mrs Davies (from left to right) are Chief Superintendents Don Evans, Brian Stubbs and Superintendent Dai Rees.

A former Detective Inspector who served under DM, describes him as a very well respected, knowledgeable and experienced officer; what’s more he was a very modest, retiring gentleman who could always be relied upon to offer sound advice.His promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent was announced at the annual CID dinner and was met with rapturous applause, which speaks volumes for the esteem in which he was held by the rank and file.

DM led the investigation into the murders of Richard and Helen Thomas at Scoveston Park in December 1985. At its peak, 150 officers were involved in the investigation which remained undetected until 2008 when John William Cooper was arrested. DM was kept up to date with the investigation during his retirement but sadly passed away shortly after Cooper’s conviction in 2011.



During Mr David Shattock’s tenure as Chief Constable (1985-1989), he introduced formal Dining in Nights to foster camaraderie amongst officers of the rank of Inspector and above. It is believed that the above photograph was taken at FHQ in 1988 and while it is not possible to put a name to all the faces, sadly at least five of the officers pictured are no longer with us.

Photo kindly submitted by Mr Brian Stubbs (ex Chief Superintendent) sitting extreme left of the front row. 



The Carmarthen Borough Force taken in 1909, known as the Carmarthen Shilling, so called because it consisted of twelve coppers! The force was formed from a group of illiterate drunkards in 1836 and served the town until it handed over peace keeping duties to the Carmarthen County force in 1947. Seated centre is Chief Constable Thomas Smith flanked by Sergeants Thomas Phillips and Thomas Davies.

Kindly submitted by Berwyn Williams



The photograph shows PC Fred Sherwood pictured during a Mayor’s Parade in Stepney Street, Llanelli in the 1950’s. Following retirement, he was appointed Head of Security at Morris Motors, Felinfoel and passed away in 1997.

Many thanks to Berwyn Williams for supplying the photograph.



While trawling through some old family pictures recently, Gavin Davies found the above photograph of Glyn Davies (ex PC 184) known as Glyn Llangadog, father of retired Inspector Kevin Davies of Lampeter. (Glyn is stood on the left). Following retirement Glyn was a Councillor on Carmarthenshire County Council.

Ex-Inspector Nigel Williams has pointed out that the officer standing alongside Glyn is Daff Jones (ex PS 163), who retired as a long serving Traffic Sergeant at Friars Park, Carmarthen.

Photo kindly submitted by Gavin Davies



A short time ago, photographs of two 'D' Division retirement parties were posted on the website and although many faces were recognised, no-one was able to recollect the actual occasions or venue. However, a photograph received from ex- Chief Superintendent Brian Stubbs clears up the mystery regarding one of the events.

The party was held at Dolforwyn Hall, Abermule in 1983 and the photo shows Mr Stubbs presenting PS 510 John Owens (Newtown Traffic) with a carriage clock to mark his retirement.

(Following his retirement John returned to live in Pembrokeshire where he sadly passed away in 2014).



The photograph taken at Cardigan Police Ball in the early 80’s includes civic dignitaries and wives. Officers in the back row are (left to right): PC John Jenkins, PS Harold Davies, Inspector Wyn Evans, Chief Superintendent John Owen Evans, ACC Bob Wildblood, DCI Don Evans and extreme right DS Hywel Rees.

Thanks to Wyn for supplying the photo and to Hywel for his help with identifying the group. 



Dyfed – Powys Police Scenes of Crime Department, including the hard working Support Staff, taken at HQ in the mid 90’s. Among those pictured (Front to Back) are Detective Chief Superintendent Jeff Thomas (Jeff 5), Detective Superintendent John Lewis, Kevin Able, Bill Morgan, John Greenish, Gwyn John, Len Davies, Glyn Cole, Colin Lewis, Peter Davies and DS Barrie Jones.

Photo kindly supplied by Peter Davies (Ex DC 590)



This photograph was taken in Welshpool in May 1987 at a party to mark the retirement of long serving, popular Traffic Warden Cliff Lloyd. Cliff was the first warden to be based in the mid Wales market town and pounded the streets for over 17 years.

Pictured (Back Left to Right): Dai Hughes,Nick Evans, Joe Price, Paul Amphlett, Glyn James, Bob Price, Don Evans, Mike Evans, Les Lunt, Gerald Bound. Front: Cliff Lloyd, DAL James.

(Incidentally, TW Lloyd, who is no longer with us, was the father-in-law of our hard working NARPO secretary Clive Cowey). 



Following local government boundary changes in 1996, the village of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, north of Welshpool, which had previously been divided into Clwyd and Powys, became part of the Dyfed- Powys force area.The first Dyfed-Powys officer to be stationed there being PC Dai Mizen.  

The photo, published in the County Times shows Dai Mizen, with the Rural Sergeant Phil Hopkins, being shown around the ‘new patch’ by Mr Huw Vaughan. Some film buffs may recall the film The Englishman who went up a Hill but came down a Mountain starring Hugh Grant with most scenes filmed in the Lake Vyrnwy and Llanrhaeadr areas.

During filming, local twins, Tudor and Huw Vaughan were spotted by the film director and small parts were hastily written for them namely: Thomas Twp and Thomas Twp Too.  Huw Vaughan (Thomas Twp Too) revelled in his new found fame, his first question upon being introduced to the two officers was "Do you recognize me?" (We didn’t like to say that we didn’t)!!!!

Photo and article submitted by Phil Hopkins (Ex PS 336)



Country beat officers of Pembrokeshire Police being issued with Velocette Silent LE motor cycles when the new Chief Constable, Mr George Terry, revolutionised the force in the early 60’s.

From left to right: PC’s John Jones, Halkett Jones, Terry Martin. Esmond Phillips, Cyril Thomas, John Roberts, Bernie Guy (father of Ex PC David Guy), Danny Kaye, Rupert Phillips and Keith Lightfoot.

As the motor cycles were very quiet, they were ideal for Police work and used by over fifty Police forces throughout the 60's. Police Officers of that era were expected to salute an Inspector or above but obviously this meant taking one hand from the handle bars. Instead, it was agreed that riders could nod to show respect. The police riders therefore became known as ‘Noddies’ and the  Velocette LE was nicknamed ‘The Noddy Bike’.

The press cutting kindly supplied by Dennis Hughes (ex PC 520) formerly of Milford Haven who is now enjoying retirement in Caerphilly.



The photograph kindly supplied by Peter Davies (Ex DC 590) was taken at Newtown Police Station, probably in the mid 70’s.

The officers from left to right are: PS (later Superintendent) Gerard Thomas, PC’s Mike Denyard, Peter Davies, David ‘Spudder’ Davies and Geoff Ollin. Accompanying the HM Inspector of Constabulary is Chief Superintendent Mervyn Morgan (father of Ex PS Hugh Morgan).

Sadly Mr Morgan and ‘Spudder’ are no longer with us.



Another photograph from the Peter Davies scrapbook – this one was taken in 1967 at the Welshpool Sub-Division Police Ball. Pictured with their partners / wives are from left to right: PC’s Les Haynes, Henry Pierce, Alan Jones (later Chief Superintendent), Peter Davies, John Williams, Geoff Payne, Chief Inspectors Jim Murphy and Evan Annwyl Jones.

Again, due to the passage of time a number of the group are no longer with us.



Possibly, someone can provide more information about the above photograph kindly supplied by Ex Inspector Wyn Evans (Cardigan) of the Mobile Column (a fore-runner of the Police Support Unit) which it is believed was taken in the 1950’s

For information: In the event of a nuclear attack, the police would have had a major role in keeping the Essential Service Routes clear. These routes were originally designated in the 1950s so that major roads remained open for the life saving forces to reach the bombed cities. During the late 50’s, it was envisaged that following a nuclear attack, all available Police manpower would be mobilised and a proportion organised into up to 167 self-supporting Mobile Columns with 135 men in each. 

Food time - Mobile Columns were self-contained, complete with canteen facilities and cooks! 

Mobile Columns would be dispersed away from the areas which were expected to be attacked, possibly to former airfields. For example, some Metropolitan Police columns would be based in rural Essex ready to move back into the capital after the nuclear attack.

An Austin Gypsy used as a Communications Vehicle at Aberfan 

The Mobile Columns could also be utilised in civil emergencies and every year training exercises were held. Sadly, some retired Dyfed-Powys officers were members of the Mobile Column that provided mutual aid following the Aberfan disaster in October 1966 which killed 116 children and 28 adults. 

The rear of the same vehicle showing VHF radio and fold-away writing table

Equipment was always in short supply and by 1967 there was only enough to equip 34 columns. The Mobile Column concept was abandoned and replaced in 1972 with the idea of forming 20% of each force’s strength into smaller, more mobile Police Support Units each of 35 men. 



This above photograph of the Dyfed – Powys Joint Branch Board was taken at FHQ in 1995/96.

Pictured are: Front (L to R): John Thomas, Lorna McQuilliam, Phil Small, Peter Mair, Phil Price, Mike Benbow, Dean Richards, John Williams, Gerald Jones, Derek Bloomfield, Gerald Prosser, Ken Wyburn, Russell Smith, Mike Williams, Norman Welch

Rear: Gloria Hughes, Phil Hopkins, Allison Ebsworth, John Edwards and Clive Cowey.

Sadly Gerald and Norman are no longer with us

Photo kindly supplied by Derek Bloomfield




The South Pembs X1 with team mascot Holly Couzens 


The North Pembrokeshire Xl

In 2002, The Bridge Meadow, Haverfordwest was the venue when a team representing North Pembrokeshire competed against their colleagues from the South for the Jonathan Davies Memorial Trophy. The football match was organised to raise funds for the Ty Bryngwyn Care Centre, Llanelli, where PC 343 Jonathan (Jonny) Davies, an extremely popular officer, received treatment before losing a long battle with illness in 2001 aged 30 years.

As the game ended in a draw, the trophy was presented to the respective skippers by Jonathan’s mother, Mrs Gwendoline Davies who thanked everyone in helping make the afternoon such a success. During the after match celebrations, donated football memorabilia was auctioned by Nigel Jones and although the game ended with honours even, the real winner was Ty Bryngwyn who received a cheque for over £2,000.

Whilst most of the players are still serving, there are some retired officers in the photographs including Phil Jones, Richard Wilkins and Chris Richards (South) together with Nick Davies and Chris Helps (North).

Both photographs kindly supplied by DC Andy Couzens who will be joining the NARPO ranks shortly. 

In 1998, the Inter Divisional Football competition was reinstated after an absence of many years and after a shaky start the trophy was won by 'C' (Pembrokeshire) Division. The late Jonny Davies was 'keeper in every match and pulled off a string of great saves. He was a great character on and off the pitch and woe betide any player who he thought wasn't giving 100%!

Photo taken before our final match at Penryncoch (Aberystwyth) with Jonny proudly wearing the goalkeepers' jersey. 

Supplied by Hugh Colley (Team Manager)



The photograph was taken at a function, possibly a retirement party held at Dolforwyn Hall, Abermule, near Newtown (date unknown).Among those pictured are (front to back): John Owens, Ron Thorogood, John Edwards, Gerald Bound, Bob Evans, Pat Cochrane, Dai Rees Granville Clayton, Clive Cowey, Elfed Watkins, Clive King, David (Spudder) Davies, John (Hywel) Davies, Cliff Lloyd, Dai Lewis, Dal James, Wyn Rees, Clive King, Peter Davies, Dave Gorman, Eric Powling, Alan Jones, John Roderick.



Another photo taken at Dolforwyn Hall, Abermue, near Newtown – hopefully someone can provide det