Papal visit 1982

Gloucestershire officers in Liverpool for the Pope’s visit in May 1982. Inspector Ray Fortey in centre. (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 10665)
Photograph from Tim Fortey

Gloucestershire Constabulary provides mutual aid to other forces.

According to  the National Police Chiefs’ Council mutual aid can be described as the provision of policing assistance from one force to another. It is a formal arrangement and is usually provided in response to or in anticipation of a major incident or event.

On this occasion Gloucestershire officers were sent to Liverpool when Pope John Paul ll visited the United Kingdom.

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  • Standing to the right of Chris Phillips is Sarah Lewis. Immediately behind her is Mel Higgs.
    This was a Great (but long) day out. I was there when I was on I think ‘C’ Shift Cheltenham at the time. Roy Fisher was the Inpector at that time. We spent all day being fed and watered by the people in the houses nearby. For once we got the ‘long straw’ and were in a very nice neighbourhood.

    By Leslie Abbott (06/02/2022)
  • Re 10665. I think the inspector is Chris Phillips. He was on T division at that time IIRC. Behind Rog Merrett is Colin Bundock just visible, at the very back is Keith Buggins furthest right is Trevor Jones.

    By Robert Thomas (09/01/2022)
  • I don’t think Ray Fortey was ever an Inspector, unless the Inspector next to Ray was a Liverpool officer who went by the same name. The picture is not clear enough to be sure on the Inspectors name. Roger Merrett on Ray Forteys right and Sarah Lewis next to the Inspector.

    By Colin Manton (29/12/2021)
  • Thank you. We rely on people providing us with information and then other people coming back and correcting it.

    By Sue Webb (04/01/2022)

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