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|On this page you will find requests for information and help from various sources relating to Cannon Row and the police duties performed there.
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CAN YOU ANSWER THE CALL FOR HELP? REQUEST FOR HELP FROM DANIEL MAGNER My name is Daniel Magner. I am currently doing some family research, in relation to my Grand Father, Ronald Vaughan Pitt. He joined the Met on March 2nd 1936, PC577A, Hyde Park. I also have his Warrant Number, 124811. He was eventually, after returning from service in the RAF, to become Desk Sergeant at Bow Street, and left the force on the 24th of January 1964. I have various pictures and newspaper articles of him on duty. Some are the “Cable Street Riots” in 1936 and what look like newspaper printer riots, and royal protection in the 1960’s. I also have a picture of him out side Buckingham Palace, on the announcement of the birth of the Prince of Whales, in 1947. There is also a story involving him, swapping shifts, at Buckingham Palace, on the night it was bombed, resulting in the death of his friend and colleague. I was wondering if they may be any one still alive who may have known him or know any thing about him. Any new information you may have would be great. If no information on him specifically, is availably I would be very interested to learn about Bow Street Station, at the time he was serving there. I hope the information above can be of help, if you would rather talk on the phone 07952270907, please fell free to ring me. I will look forward to hearing from you. Daniel Magner.
REQUEST FOR HELP FROM DANIEL MAGNER
My name is Daniel Magner. I am currently doing some family research, in relation to my Grand Father, Ronald Vaughan Pitt. He joined the Met on March 2nd 1936, PC577A, Hyde Park. I also have his Warrant Number, 124811. He was eventually, after returning from service in the RAF, to become Desk Sergeant at Bow Street, and left the force on the 24th of January 1964. I have various pictures and newspaper articles of him on duty. Some are the “Cable Street Riots” in 1936 and what look like newspaper printer riots, and royal protection in the 1960’s. I also have a picture of him out side Buckingham Palace, on the announcement of the birth of the Prince of Whales, in 1947. There is also a story involving him, swapping shifts, at Buckingham Palace, on the night it was bombed, resulting in the death of his friend and colleague. I was wondering if they may be any one still alive who may have known him or know any thing about him. Any new information you may have would be great. If no information on him specifically, is availably I would be very interested to learn about Bow Street Station, at the time he was serving there.
I hope the information above can be of help, if you would rather talk on the phone 07952270907, please fell free to ring me. I will look forward to hearing from you.
REQUEST FROM MINT PRODUCTIONS
I am trying to get in touch with any Met Police officers/Flying Squad who were in the Cannon Row Police Station when the World Cup was handed in by Dave Corbett. This was on the 27th of March 1966. He found it with his dog Pickles wrapped in newspaper. I have the following names:
REQUEST FROM BOOMERANG TV
Alpha Delta Plus,
I came across your website whilst looking for further information on the Free George Davis Campaign of 30 years ago. I work for Boomerang, a TV & radio production company based in Cardiff, which is producing a documentary for Radio 4 looking back on the highs and lows of the events which led eventually to George Davis’ release in 1976. We will also be focusing on the way he betrayed those who had worked for his release when subsequently he pleaded guilty to armed robbery in 1978.
218 Penarth Road
Caerdydd/Cardiff CF11 8NN
029 2055 0585
REQUEST FROM JOHN PIGGOTT RESIDING IN AUSTRALIA
My great-great grandfather Thomas Beasley (warrant number 35648) served in A Div from August 2, 1868 to July 28, 1881. He retired the following year.
Family lore has it that he was an inspector at the Houses of Parliament. Going by your website, am I right in thinking that A Div did, in fact, encompass the Houses of Parliament (which I gather is the same thing as the
I’m keen to find out more about Thomas. I have commissioned a professional researcher to dig through the files at
But I was wondering whether you or your members might have any supplemental information on him the sort of anecdotal/departmental material that the PRO would not keep.
I would be very grateful for any help you could provide.
REQUEST FROM Eleventh Hour Productions (presented as received)
REQUEST FROM PC 269P Gill Gilbey (SO 17)
If anyone has any information speciafically about these two, (or where I might find it) or their son, Harry Jarvis (dob after 1901) who was a PC at Wood Green - believed collar number of 935 or 933, or cousins or uncles who were always referred to as 'detectives' by William, then I would be pleased to hear.
The enquiry comes from William's grandson, but was passed to me as I work at SO17 and have an interest in family history.
Many thanks in advance!
Gill Gilbey PC 269P
REQUEST FROM JENNIFER DAVIES RESIDING IN CANADA
Alpha Delta Plus,
My father, Arthur Buxton retired police officer PC 685 'A' passed away in February of this year, aged 91. In going through his personal items I came across the London Police Pensioner magazine.
On my return to Canada, where I have resided for the past 37 years I researched the Internet for information on LPP and was directed to Alphadeltaplus for officers who served at Cannon Row Police Station 'A'.
Does the 'A' in his identification no. mean this is the police station where he served? I am interested in information on his police background, but can only go on my memory now. We lived in the east end of London while he was in the police force. First in Leytonstone and then in a police house in Walthamstow. I do know that part of his police "beat" included the dockyards.
Thank you for any information you are able to provide.
REQUEST FOR HELP FROM ANN BARTLETT, COMOX, BC. CANADA
Alpha Delta Plus,
I hope that you can steer me in the right direction. I am tracing my family tree and I had a relative on the Metro Police Force. His name was Robert George Bartlett, he died on or about December 1, 1984. If you can give me an address that I can contact that would be great.
Thanks for your help.
A REQUEST FROM BRIAN WATKINS....CAN YOU HELP WITH DETAILS OF HIS FATHER?
Alpha Delta Plus,
My father, Les Watkins, was 34 years a Met Policeman, 1930 -1964.
I am doing the family history but have no photo's of his beat areas, police stations, duty views etc. I noticed your page 'A' photo album on the Internet, but much as the text was there, I couldn't raise the actual photographs. Can you help with another page of photo's perhaps? London Police Pensioner (LPP) published a few items from me, ie. September 1999. see page 41 etc.
Brian R. Watkins in Adelaide, South Australia (Eldest son)
FURTHER TO ABOVE FROM BRIAN WATKINS:
Alpha Delta Plus,
I am searching for any PC Les Watkins related items. He served on 'A' and 'S' Divisions betwen1930 and 1964. He served at Cannon Row during war years 1939 -1944. Then Hendon, Wealdstone, Golders Green (As Station Sgt)and Edgware as Inspector.
Playing cricket at Colindale was his forte'.
I am publishing his interesting family history and any information would be welcome.
Thank you, eldest son, Brian R. Watkins in Adelaide South Australia.
A REQUEST FROM CHRISTINA HOWE.
I am a student at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in Chislehurst, Kent. A group of broadcasting students, including myself, are making a program which requires the expertise of a police officer in order to make our scripts believable and affective.
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0845 644 5101
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new Health & Safety legislation concerning the 'Duty of Care' for employees at work.
We currently have approximately30 instructors across the UK, all working from home on
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We are recruiting now for new instructors across the UK, so if you think you meet the
criteria above and would like to develop a part-time occupation as an Advanced
Driving Instructor please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
REQUEST FROM JENNY GREEP OF GRANADA MEDIA:
I came across your website and wondered if you could help me with some
research I'm doing.
Granada TV are producing a major drama-documentary for ITV based on the
kidnap attempt made on Princess Anne on March 20th 1974. I'm trying to
as accurate and authentic account of the incident as I can, and I'm also
looking for extra details that might not have made the papers at the time.
Obviously this was a big night for Can(n)on Row police station, and a
of officers stationed there (Peter Edmonds, or is it Edwards - I've seen
spelt both ways! and Michael Hills) even received medals as a consequence
their actions. I know it all happened a long time ago but I would love to
hear from any police officers who were on duty that night; who may have
at the scene or who have any special memories about the incident or its
If you can help I'd be very grateful. Perhaps I could post something on
website or go through yourself to see if anyone can help?
Many thanks for your time, and best regards
Factuals Dept, 60 Quay St
Manchester M60 9EA
Alpha Delta Plus,
The following message has been circulated to registered users of Police Oracle and Police Reunited following a request for assistance:
Retired Officers with experience of disclosure and exhibit handling are being urgently sought for a 3 month contract, with a possible extension, in Cambridgeshire.
Dream Policing Support have been asked to source suitable candidates. They state that accommodation could be provided for those travelling from outside the force area. The following additional information is provided;
1. There are two positions to start immediately
2. The work is on a high profile major incident.
3. The roles would command a competitive rate of pay.
Should you be interested or know someone that is then please telephone
David Vaughan at Dream Policing Support on 01926 866 606 or email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, Dream Policing Support are keen to talk to any retired officer who have an interest in utilising their skills and experience back within the Police Service."
I hope this is of some use to yourself or a friend or colleague.
Police Oracle / Reunited
JAGUAR 'S' TYPE
From Clark Westneat,
Matthews, North Carolina, USA.
I recently purchased a 1967 S-Type area car with the license tag SUU 491F. I understand there may be only 2 or 3 of it's type left and I am looking for any help or information on it.
Alpha Delta Plus,
NSI Ltd, which runs both Police Reunited and MoD Reunited have been approached by the film industry to assist in finding 300 extras with police or military backgrounds for the production 'Ultimate Force'. This is being filmed from January 7th 2003 over a period of about 4 months. The location for the filming is the London area.
The group organising these extras, or 'Supporting Artists' is made up of two companies, both leaders in their fields in the UK;
'Mad Dog Casting' one of the largest casting agencies in the UK, it represents hundreds of Supporting Artists (SA's). Mad Dog have supplied SA's for many major feature films (including Die Another Day), television productions and commercials. Mad Dog have agreed to act as your agent and will take bookings and contact you if / when you are needed.
e-media-c is a substantial plc company. They are supported by the Government (Trade Partners). e-media-c's role is to promote you to people who book SA's. This is done via one of the most sophisticated websites in the industry which has led to e-media-c being the market leader in their field, used by major clients such as Marks and Spencer, Boden catalogue, Great Universal Stores, as well as Sky Movies, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and some of the biggest advertising agencies in the UK.
Those that wish to participate need to be registered with e-media-c. A discounted rate of 35 pounds per year (normally 85 pounds) has been agreed. There is no guarantee of a place on Ultimate Force, or indeed any other production, but Mad Dog Casting will act as your agent and e-media-c will promote you to all the key casting agencies in the UK, not just for this film, but throughout the year.
Payment for S.A. work starts at about 73 pounds per day.
For Ultimate Force specifically, they are mainly looking for males who look 20 to 35 years old. Obviously, for other productions this will vary.
To register or to request more information on working as a police / military extra via this system, go to www.emediac.net/mp
NB. To apply in time for consideration for the Ultimate Force production, applications will need to be processed, and your photographs received by e-media-c by Wednesday 18th December 2002 at 12 noon.
REQUEST FROM LEWIS BASTON of KINGSTON UNIVERSITY.
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