Hertfordshire Police Historical Society
This Week In History
Friday 19 July 1940
THE LATE MR. W. S. FLOWER His contemporaries at Berkhamsted School, his comrades of the Police Force, and his many friends made throughout the world in his varied career, learned with great regret of the death, announced last week, of Mr. William Stanley Flower, elder son of Major Stanley Flower. O.B.E., of Tring, at the early age of 37.
Mr. Flower was at Berkhamsted Grammar School 1912-1915, and on H.M.S. Worcester 1915-1918, where he became Cadet-Captain, R.N.R., and qualified for a commission as Midshipman; which appointment was not made owing to the signing of the Armistice. He served with the Commonwealth and Dominion Line Ltd., 1919-1922, visiting many places in Australia, New Zealand, America, etc., and then left the sea with view to joining the Police Service.
In March, 1923, he entered the Hertfordshire Constabulary as a constable, and in January, 1926. was promoted sergeant, and in the following December qualified for the rank of police inspector, and subsequently became instructor to the Force.
In July, 1929 he was selected by the Secretary of State for the Colonies for work overseas, and appointed a sub-inspector of Constabulary in Fiji. Leaving England in September, he crossed the United States, and assumed duty on arrival in the colony on October 30th, 1929. After seven years’ service in Fiji, where Mr. Flower had many interesting and very varied experiences on both land water and was for two periods extra A.D.C. to the Governor.
He returned to England, and on May 5th, 1937, took up his new duties as Chief Constable of Rutland. In May,1939, he was also appointed A.R.P. Controller for the County. These two posts he was holding at the time of his death.
Mr. Flower was taken seriously ill at Oakham, Rutland and in June was moved to Criccieth. Where he was glad to see the sea again and hoped to recover health to return to work, but July 11th he died of leukaemia in his kinsman’s house “Broncifion.”
Mr. Flower, who was almost 6ft. 7ins. in height and powerful and an expert swimmer, had saved several people from drowning and was noted for having arrested in person one of the most dangerous criminals in the Fiji Islands. He was always very popular and much respected by his comrades in all the services.
The funeral took place at Criccieth Saturday; the coffin was carried on a farm cart decorated with flowers and many police comrades attended. A memorial service was held at Oakham on Thursday.
Friday 27 July 1973
Honours for lan.
Police Cadet lan Fraser, of 94 Waterside. Chesham, left Hertfordshire Constabulary Police College with no less than seven sports awards and his Final Certificate of Education last Saturday. At the annual inspection of the Cadet Corps. At Herts. County Police Headquarters at Welwyn Garden City, Ian was presented with his awards by Sir Martin Gilliat. During the afternoon the Cadets gave displays of foot drill, physical training, swimming and life-saving. Among the impressive list of awards gained by Ian were the pre-services medal for cross country, the chief Constables’ challenge cup for best at Birmingham athletics meeting and the Hertfordshire Police challenge cup for 400m.
Cocaine haul man resisting extradition home to Britain
Perry Wharrie, a convicted murderer from England who was jailed last week for 30 years following his conviction in connection with the largest drug haul in the State, will have a date set for his extradition hearing in October. The 48-year-old, who was convicted and sentenced along with two other Englishmen for possessing at least €440m worth of cocaine off the west Cork coast a year ago, is resisting extradition proceedings by authorities in the United Kingdom.
The British government want Wharrie to serve the remainder of a life sentence that was handed down to him for murdering an off-duty policeman in Hemel Hempstead in April 1988. They are seeking his extradition despite the fact that he is now serving a 30-year term in Ireland. The married father was one of three men who held up a Securicor van at Barclay’s bank and were confronted by policeman Frank Mason, who was shot. The UK authorities say he was released on licence in 2005, but breached the terms of his release. Mr Wharrie appeared in the High Court in Dublin yesterday where his counsel, Sean Gillane, said that in light of what happened in Cork last week, they want to amend some of their points of objection to his extradition.
Under new extradition laws, a person can be extradited but not actually be returned to the requesting country until they have completed a current sentence in Ireland. On completion of a sentence, the person can then be returned to the country seeking extradition. A date for Mr Wharrie’s extradition proceedings will be set on October 15 next when the new legal term commences.
General Order No. 30/1999 – 28 July 1999
13. CHILD SAFE RESEARCH PROJECT – STUDENT FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRIPS
There is currently national research being carried out in relation to child safety when placed with families on exchange visits and to identify where procedures are in place to ensure the families are not a threat. As part of this research all Police Forces are being asked to make enquiries in their areas to answer certain questions.
Any member of staff who has participated as a host family, or sent their own children abroad, are asked to contact the below named who is collating the responses. The intended outcome is to produce a package for organisations and families, thereby protecting children when visiting host families.
(Crime Management Department)
AMENDMENT TO GENERAL ORDERS – 29/1999
PROMOTION SELECTION BOARDS – SERGEANT TO INSPECTOR AND CONSTABLE TO SERGEANT
In General Orders 29/1999 advertisements were placed for the above selection boards.
Both advertisements stated that “The number of applicants selected for promotion will be determined by the anticipated vacancies arising in the foreseeable future”.
This statement is not correct. The actual position is: “The number of successful applicants will be determined by how many of the candidates meet the required standard. Performance on the selection board will dictate a candidate’s position in a central pool from which vacancies will be filled in line with the revised Postings Policy”.
We apologise for any confusion caused.
(Human Resources Department)