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Former police chief Bailey dies

Sir Stanley Bailey
Sir Stanley suffered a stroke in 2005

A former chief constable who championed the concept of community policing has died aged 81.

Sir Stanley Bailey placed crime prevention at the heart of his policies while head of Northumbria Police between 1975 and 1991.

After visiting the USA to see the benefits of anti-crime partnerships he helped set up the Northumbria Coalition Against Crime (NCAC).

He died on Saturday in Newcastle General Hospital.

During his time at Northumbria Police, he served as president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

He received the Queen's Police Medal in 1973, before being made a CBE, and received his knighthood in the late 80s.

Northumbria's present chief constable Mike Craik said: "I wish to extend my condolences to Sir Stanley's family and to recognise the contribution he made to the force and in particular his work with local communities."

Bevan Boy

Born in London, Stanley Bailey was the youngest of five children.

He first visited the North East when, as a Bevan Boy during the war, he worked at Ferryhill, Hordon and Easington Collieries.

He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1947 and served as Deputy Chief Constable of Staffordshire before taking charge of Northumbria Police in 1975.

Sir Stanley's wife of 43 years, Rita, died in January 1997.

He later remarried and lived with his wife Maureen on the Darras Hall estate in Ponteland.

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