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New dawn shines light on the history of policing across Cleveland

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As Cleveland Police begins a fresh chapter of its history at a new purpose designed building, it has been looking to ensure that it remembers its history.

In July the Force is moving to the new Community Safety Hub in Hemlington from its old site at Ladgate Lane. During the decommissioning process many historic items have been unearthed, including ceremonial swords, lances and log books dating back more than 100 years. Also uncovered are old uniforms, photographs and other items of historical and community interest

As part of the move Barry Coppinger, Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has been working with officers to safeguard these historic items and make them available to the public to enjoy.

Barry said: “As we move into our new building, with all the excitement and expectation that brings, it’s important that we preserve our past for the benefit of the whole of the public of Cleveland, as well as for police officers, staff and volunteers.

“Thanks to the efforts of numerous officers, particularly Sergeant Barry Plumpton, we have gathered a significant amount of material which both the Chief Constable and I wanted to ensure was not lost.

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure agreement from the Teesside Archive to provide a home for these significant memorials to our heritage at Exchange House in Middlesbrough where they will be available to the public.

The job of gathering and cataloguing these items has been undertaken by Sergeant Barry Plumpton.

Sergeant Plumpton said: “When I was given this task some 12 months ago, I don’t believe anyone had any idea just how much material we would uncover.

“It very quickly dawned on me that we had accumulated a vast amount of history from the very beginning of policing on Teesside to the present day, as well of some fascinating documentation from the very beginning of Middlesbrough itself.

“The links with the public, their elected authorities and other notable dignitaries which I discovered clearly show how much a part of the whole history of Teesside we the police service were and indeed still are. It will surprise many, as it did me, to discover just how we got to where we are today and the men and women, many familiar names, who got us here.”

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Posted on Monday 16th July 2018
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