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Body theft detective is honoured
Gladys Hammond
Gladys Hammond's body was dug up in 2004
The detective who investigated the theft of a grandmother's body from her grave by animal rights extremists has been honoured by the Queen.

Det Ch Supt Geoff White, has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the Queen's Birthday List.

He helped convict three people after Gladys Hammond's remains were stolen from her grave in Yoxall in 2004.

Others honoured in the county include June Jukes, who has been made an MBE for conservation work on Cannock Chase.

Det Ch Supt White, who was also asked to help investigate the murders of five women in Suffolk last year, said: "I am delighted and very proud to receive this award from Her Majesty the Queen.

"This award has only been possible due to me having had the opportunity to have worked with some of the most able and dedicated people both within Staffordshire Police and in recent years, the service nationally."

Those honoured are:

Queen's Police Medal

  • Det Ch Supt Geoff White, Staffordshire Police.


  • Anita Cliff, of Penkridge. Head teacher, Manor Primary School, Coseley, West Midlands. For services to education.


  • Pamela Anderson, for charitable services in Burton-on-Trent.
  • Thomas Gibson, lately senior officer, labour provider team, central region, HM Revenue and Customs.
  • Miss June Jukes, for services to conservation in Cannock Chase.
  • Sheena O'Rourke, project manager, Hollybush Centre, Stoke-on-Trent. For services to young people.
  • Jaswant Sira, of Lichfield. Nurse, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust. For services to healthcare.
  • Colin Smith, executive officer, disability and carers service, Department for Work and Pensions.
  • Ilse Tivenan, combined court manager, Her Majesty's Court Service, Ministry of Justice.
  • Kathryn Sallah, lately executive director for nursing, West Midlands Strategic Health Authority. For services to healthcare.

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