Search

Newham police mourn death of two officers

17:33 14 January 2013

Newham police were out in force last week for the funerals of two “amazing” officers who died while still in service.

Borough Commander Rob Jones wrote a touching tribute to the men behind the uniforms for the Recorder.

He wrote: “Both were very different backgrounds and characters: Declan Traynor was an Inspector who worked in Stratford in community policing, including the Redeeming our Communities faith initiative.

“He was one of 15 children from an irish Catholic family who learnt to swim as an adult in order to meet the entry requirements to join the Met, and continued to come to work through a long illness this summer before finally losing his fight over Christmas.

“Clive Stephens died very suddenly, in the year he was due to retire - he was planning to go to a place in the sun.

“He was an experienced detective from an African Carribean background who worked in our public protection team to safeguard vulnerable children and adults in Newham.

“He was a gentle giant who loved cooking and could touch type his evidence at the blink of an eye.

“Both were enormously proud to work for the Met - and demonstrate the diversity of people within our ranks.

“The feeling and tributes at their funerals - including from partners as well as members of the community who had their lives touched by them - was something I want to reflect in the warmth and affection everyone feels for their police.

“I hope, above all, that the police can be known as people, appreciated, familiar, trusted - and even loved. That is how we will make the biggest difference to lives.”

Latest News Stories

14:03
Peter Spence and Steve Heap install the crossbar for the rugby posts at the former Olympic Stadium in preparation for the friendly between the Barbarians and Samoa (pic: Andrew Baker)

History will be made this afternoon when the Barbarians face Samoa in the first ever rugby match at the Olympic Stadium.

Australia
12:00
Freddy Mayhew, left, Iain Burns, centre and Keith Abraham, right.

Keith Abraham could probably make a fortune by recording himself chatting idly about the weather, such is the potency of his profoundly peaceful voice.

Canning Town
Yesterday, 18:47
Lucy Watson and James Dunmore attending the launch of Boulers: rooftop Pétanque by Orangina, at Roof East in Stratford. Picture:Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Famous faces improbably took to a Stratford rooftop for a round of French-style Boules this week.

London
Yesterday, 15:52
Nancy Kelly (Left) Keith Holmes (Right)

Reporter Jacob Ranson took to the streets this week to ask the community what they love about Newham. Here’s what they said...

Jacob Ranson

Most read news

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder