Here it is, Norman...
Posted by Barry Cram on January 11, 2018, 11:41 am, in reply to "Re: Streets of Hebburn ~ Dorset Avenue..."
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Posted by James Goring on November 19, 2016, 1:16 pm, in reply to "Re: Correct, well done..."
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This could be it Norman,
Short Piece at bottom of the Page.
PC Spencer http://www.shieldsgazette.com/lifestyle/nostalgia/going-on-the-historic-beat-1-2985914
That is the Police chase I vaguely remembered James.
Posted by Norman Dunn on November 19, 2016, 2:10 pm, in reply to "Re: Correct, well done..."
Well done for finding it James. Here is the story pasted below. PC Spencer is on the right.
Although one dramatic event from 50 years ago was recalled, when two Durham policemen were shot at 12 times by gunmen armed with stolen rifles during a car chase through Washington and Jarrow which ended in the town. PC Joseph Spencer and PC Henry Kirkup, both of Hebburn, were subsequently awarded the George Medal for their bravery in what the Shields Gazette described at the time as a “Chicago-style shooting”. Three men from Newcastle, Gateshead and Felling, whose get-away car eventually crashed behind Coleridge Avenue in Shields, subsequently received lengthy prison sentences at Durham Assizes.
A bit more about the Hebburn Police Officers chase that is discussed further down the board
Posted by Norman Dunn on November 19, 2016, 2:55 pm
In 1961 a trial took place at Chester-le-Street that showed how brave our local Policemen were in the execution of their duty.
Three men were spotted prowling around North Biddick Workingmen's Club, at Fatfield, with the intention of breaking in.
The men were spotted carrying rifles.
Two of them had been at the club earlier in the night spying out the land.
It was about midnight when someone spotted them with their rifles getting into a stolen car and heading off towards Washington.
A police car was alerted and headed for Jingling Gate crossroads to intercept the car. The driver was PC Joseph Spencer and with him was PC Henry Kirkup both Hebburn Police Officers.
Sitting at the crossroads they saw a car coming from Washington. It turned sharp right. There were three people in it.
As the car turned right to White Mare Pool, all three occupants looked at the police car before speeding off.
PC Spencer chased after them at 65mph and tried to pass the stolen Ford which turned into his path to avoid being overtaken.
When it reached White Mare Pool the Ford took the road island on the wrong side. They were then travelling at about 70mph.
The car kept swerving from side to side on the road in an attempt to stop the police from overtaking them.
As the chase entered Jarrow the officers noticed the men winding down their window before leaning out and pointing a gun at them.
It was at this point the first shot was fired at them. The police didn't hesitate and carried on their chase.
As they reached South Shields boundary one of the men shot again and then again before they reached the Tyne Dock railway arches.
As the car sped along the police could see that instructions were being relayed to the driver so that the gunman could get a better shot at them.
The police in turn swerved their car to make it harder for the gunmen but continued the chase.
As the two cars entered South Shields the stolen car took another road island on the wrong side and this is where PC Franklin and PC Beattie, of the South Shields force came to intercept them.
They saw the car in Slake Terrace and blocked the road at Eldon Street causing the Ford to swerve violently to its left, nearly overturning before going along Templeton which lead on to Commercial Road.
The South Shields policemen turned their car and went in another direction to try and intercept them.
Fourth and fifth shots were fired at the police before the stolen car left the main road.
A sixth shot was fired at the unarmed police before the car was turned up towards Laygate.
PC Franklin tried to head off the car and blocked the junction of Laygate Street and Commercial Road, but it did not stop the suspects' car.
The driver swerved onto the pavement and a shot was fired, leaving its mark just below the car window. The Shields policemen turned to follow, but lost track of the car. The Durham police car was still on the trail of the fleeing men, who fired three more shots at them.
The dramatic chase continued down Chichester Road before the car turned into side streets, when two more shots were fired at the pursuing policemen, one hitting the car.PC Joseph Spencer and PC Henry Kirkup, both of Hebburn, were subsequently awarded the George Medal for their bravery in what the Shields Gazette described at the time as a “Chicago-style shooting”. Three men from Newcastle, Gateshead and Felling, whose get-away car eventually crashed behind Coleridge Avenue in Shields, subsequently received lengthy prison sentences at Durham Assizes.