He died on 20th
June 2020, aged 66 years
Manchester and GMP
Don commenced his policing career as a
police cadet in Manchester and Salford
police later becoming PC E 75 based at
Moss Lane East, Moss Side, Manchester.
After the amalgamation in 1974 Don
remained on the E division where in those
ensuing years he was awarded the Royal
Humane Certificate for the protection of
life from fire when he rescued a baby from
a smoke filled flat. Later in July 1975 he
was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for
Brave Conduct where by unarmed and
unsupported by armed officers he detained
a man who later was confirmed as member of
the provisional IRA. That man had shot and
seriously wounded Inspector Emlyn Watkins
experiencing a variety of divisional
departments including community contact,
Don was promoted to Sergeant in 1980 to M
Division Altrincham. During his four years
there he was the Area Sergeant and
He transferred to
the CID at Salford Crescent in 1984. From
there Don went on a full time scholarship
to complete a degree at Manchester
Polytechnic over 3 years.
On return Don
worked in personnel to complete an
objective method for police promotion.
subsequently promoted to Inspector A
Cheadle Hulme where he led the Rachel
Det Supt Y Department – where in
addition to many other matters he dealt
with the “Secret Policeman”
Det Supt A Division dealt with the
murder of Raj Ahmed police motor cyclist.
Chief Supt K Division Bolton
Chief Supt Y Dept Professional
After his Police
career Don had a prestigious career as an
Assistant Director at Salford City Council
where he was responsible for Public
Safety. The impact on crime his Council
Department had, jointly with GMP, led to
the BBC relocation from London to Salford.
helped to set up the highly successful
“Project Gulf” which tackled organised
crime and received national acclamation
for its success.
recently, Don was diagnosed with cancer,
and he died at home surrounded by family.