Bill & Tom Dallow

Bill Dallow (left) talking with dad Tom who had a similar bike to the one in the photo. Circa 1979/80.
Bill Dallow (left) talking with dad Tom who had a similar bike to the one in the photo. Circa 1979/80.

Bill was born and grew up in Great Witley, attending the local schools, before leaving in 1976 to serve in the Royal Engineers, returning to the family home on leave and finally in 1995 where he still lives today.

PC Tom Dallow at Great Witley church circa 1965.
PC Tom Dallow at Great Witley church circa 1965.

Bills father Tom was the village police constable having arrived at the village in 1957 with his wife ‘Bunty’. In those early days transport was on foot or bicycle, and Bunty manned the phone, whilst Tom was out on the beat. Tom worked with the village sergeant Ray Thomas and together they covered a ‘section’ known as Martley, Clifton Clows Top, Astley, & Callow Hill, which also included many smaller villages within those areas. Tom policed the area until his retirement in 1974, after which he took up a role with Wyre Forest District Council. .

Bill told us about his memories of policing in Great Witley in a joint recording with Ray Thomas.

Ray & Bills recording (36 mins 5 secs): Thomas_Ray & Dallow_Bill20170221_1_2_A      

Policing the Witleys 1957 to 1980s

 

Start Topic Period
00:00 Introduction
00:18 The ‘Martley Section’ covering local villages and early transport..
01:15 Reductions in local police force.
02:50 Names of the local police for each beat.
03:30 Communication between beats and start of radio communication.
04:50 Some typical crimes.
05:19 Motor patrols.
05:45 Local magistrates court.
07:00 Poaching.
07:50 Court days and the chairman of the magistrates.
09:38 Police wives taking and passing on messages to the police.
11:25 The police cells at Great Witley.
12:50 Coroners court, jurys and the mortuary.
14:30 Local magistrates.
15:25 Working hours for the beat men.
16:10 Local ‘intelligence’ and dealing with the gypsies and fruit pickers.
19:00 Changes in rural lifestyles.
20:20 Anthrax outbreaks.
21:40 The obligatory ‘Diseases of Animals’ exam for rural policemen.
22:30 Policing Red Marley and Shelsley, hill climbs.
24:00 Tin baths.
25:00 Trials of new police ‘scooters’, egg thieves, gate removing, and other the old ways of dealing with troublemakers.
29:30 Local dance nights and youngsters getting drunk.
32:00 Apple picking and cider.
34:00 Changing attitudes to police.
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