Colin Cramphorn Obituary

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Colin Cramphorn Obituary

cmain
Joined: 19 Jan 2006, 21:24

01 Dec 2006, 22:56 #1

Colin Cramphorn

Last Updated: 1:51am GMT 01/12/2006

Colin Cramphorn, the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, who died yesterday aged 50, held some of the hottest seats in British policing over the past decade.

In 2002, as Acting Chief Constable of the reformed Police Service of Northern Ireland, he presided over the critical early phases of a police operation that exposed an alleged IRA spy ring in the Northern Ireland Office – otherwise known as "Stormontgate".

Although elements in the Government and MI5 had been tempted to go easy on this investigation for the sake of the peace process, Cramphorn was undeterred: though he accepted the inevitability of politics, he was thoroughly unaffected by it. The ensuing arrests resulted in the collapse of the devolved executive and despite repeated efforts by the British and Irish governments, it has still not been re-constituted.

Earlier, as the last Deputy Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Cramphorn served as Sir Ronnie Flanagan's key lieutenant in shepherding the force through the traumatic upheavals wrought by the Patten report of 1999 – which saw the RUC stripped of its royal title and other symbols of Britishness.

More recently Cramphorn had attained national prominence in dealing with the consequences of the 7/7 bombings. The attacks occurred in London on a Thursday; by the time Cramphorn summoned his senior officers in West Yorkshire on the Saturday morning, he already had a fairly good sense from Peter Clarke, the head of the Metropolitan Police's Anti-Terrorist Squad, that three of the four suicide bombers had come from the Leeds area.

The two men rapidly decided on a rough division of labour: Clarke would take the lead on the criminal investigation for an atrocity that had occurred within his own jurisdiction, but Cramphorn would provide the reassurance on the ground in West Yorkshire – and soothe community tensions in a way that a London-based policeman never could.

Cramphorn was profoundly conscious that 7/7 had taken place four years to the day after the Bradford riots, not to mention recent BNP gains in local elections. The absence of large-scale reprisals against local Muslims was indicative of his considerable diplomatic skills, which had been further honed at sectarian encounters in Belfast.

This was all the more remarkable since Cramphorn never shied away from controversy when necessary. In a Spectator interview in August 2005 he drew attention to the existence of movable terrorist indoctrination "camps" in national parks, such as the Yorkshire Dales.

Some denounced him for alarmism and even "Islamophobia" – but he was vindicated when his contention was later officially confirmed.

Cramphorn also believed that there had been a "paradigm shift" in the terrorist threat and that the judiciary would have to respond accordingly. As a key member of the Association of Chief Police Officers' Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee, he was a powerful voice in favour of a 90-day detention of terrorist suspects. Although a man of liberal sympathies, and a Guardian reader for many years, he was no ideologue.

Cramphorn believed that 14 days was insufficient in the new era: it had taken experts a week to make it safe to examine the peroxide-based explosives found at the home of the one of the bombers before serious forensic work could start; had the suspects lived, they would have had to have been released almost as soon as serious questioning began.


What few realised in the midst of this maelstrom was that Cramphorn had learned on the day of the crucial police raids that his apparently manageable prostate cancer had spread to his spine. The consultant dispatched him immediately to the MRI scanner.

"I stuck on my earphones, lay back, and listened to Vivaldi," Cramphorn recalled with customary matter-of-factness. "But after days of worrying about whether there were other suicide bombers at the addresses that we were raiding might blow themselves up like the Madrid bombers did when they were cornered, I certainly needed those few moments of peace."

Colin Ralph Cramphorn was born on All Fools' Day 1956 and educated at Strodes Grammar School at Egham, and much later at King's College London. He joined Surrey Constabulary in 1975, where he earned the nickname "Gazelle" after successfully chasing a burglar; as a keen Royal Marine reservist, he maintained high standards of physical fitness until late in his illness.

Cramphorn was subsequently seconded to the Home Office and then served as a sub-divisional and divisional commander in Greater Manchester. From 1995-97 he was Assistant Chief Constable of West Mercia.

In these posts, he acquired an unmatched mastery of policing bureaucracy and local authority finance. "I'm the sad, tragic bastard who reads Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary reports in bed," he said. But he was no mere "anorak": his conversation was hugely erudite and replete with historical and literary allusions from Bernard Lewis to CS Lewis.

After a year at the Royal College of Defence Studies, Cramphorn was appointed as Deputy Chief of the RUC in 1998. He threw himself into the job with great enthusiasm and soon won the affection and trust of colleagues through his love of the Province: he requested that the Royal Irish Regiment quick march, Killalloo, be played at his funeral.

Like most impartial "peelers" in Northern Ireland, Cramphorn earned brickbats from both Loyalists and Republicans for his decisions. During the internal loyalist feud on the Shankill in 2000, he played a key part in supplying the intelligence that led to the decision of the then Ulster Secretary, Peter Mandelson, to return the renegade UDA commander Johnnie Adair to prison. And during the disturbances at Cluan Place in east Belfast in 2002, Loyalists criticised Cramphorn for not policing the Nationalists with the same vigour as he did the Unionist side.

Cramphorn was quite unaffected. And he did not hesitate to speak up even when it was politically unpalatable to the Government: he complained that the reduced PSNI was being stretched to "breaking point" because the "benign environment" optimistically envisaged by the Patten report did not obtain.

Cramphorn decided not to throw his hat in the ring when Flanagan retired as Chief Constable in 2002: he made no bones about not being the sort of Chief that the new Policing Board would have wanted. But though many authorities would have taken fright at so independent a figure, West Yorkshire Policing Authority picked him later that year.

In fact Cramphorn was in the right place at the right time. He had to cope with the murder of Pc Ian Broadhurst, the first killing of a West Yorkshire officer in almost 20 years, on Boxing Day 2003; in 2006, he had to cope with the killing of Wpc Sharon Beshenivsky.

Cramphorn continued working until days before his death. He had the particular satisfaction of learning that many of his ideas about coordinating local and national efforts had found their way into the forthcoming HMIC thematic inspection of police capabilities, Intercepting Terrorism. Indeed, West Yorkshire had earlier become the only force in the country to be graded by HMIC as "excellent" for its provision of counter-terrorist capacity.

Colin Cramphorn's first marriage ended in divorce. He married secondly, in 1988, Lynn Atkinson; they had two sons.
Source: Daily Telegraph
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numeral
Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

01 Dec 2006, 23:40 #2

Cramphorn believed that 14 days was insufficient in the new era: it had taken experts a week to make it safe to examine the peroxide-based explosives found at the home of the one of the bombers before serious forensic work could start; had the suspects lived, they would have had to have been released almost as soon as serious questioning began.
Uh, anybody guess what this refers to?
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The Antagonist
Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

02 Dec 2006, 17:38 #3

Nice find, cmain!

Dead at 50 from "manageable prostate cancer"? The following is from an article published in 2000:
Renewed interest in prostate cancer treatment option
Brachytherapy was first developed more than 100 years ago. Recent advances in technology have renewed interest in this procedure among physicians and patients as a treatment option for localized prostate cancer. Brachytherapy involves placing radiation as close as possible to a cancerous tumor to destroy the cancer. In prostate cancer, tiny radioactive seeds are implanted directly into the prostate gland.

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Brachytherapy vs. surgery
A major question remains for patients choosing prostate cancer therapy. Is brachytherapy better than radical prostatectomy—the surgical removal of the prostate gland? Radical prostatectomy has long been considered the treatment of choice in treating localized prostate cancer. In the May issue of Journal of Endourology, a team of researchers at Long Island Jewish Medical center compared Ragde’s seven-year brachytherapy survival data with seven-year survival data from Johns Hopkins for patients who had surgery. The success rate for surgical patients was 97 percent compared with 79 percent for the brachytherapy patients.

Source: Yale Newhaven Cancer Healthlink
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The Antagonist
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02 Dec 2006, 18:06 #4

Extremists 'run camps in every national park'
PAUL WAUGH

Aug 11, 2005

BRITISH-BORN Islamic extremists are running camps in national parks, one of Britain's top policemen revealed today.

West Yorkshire chief constable Colin Cramphorn said it was time for the authorities to stop simply monitoring the centres in areas such as the Lake District and intervene to halt them.

"It's much more than just a few white-water rafting trips in Wales such as the bombers took they are actually indoctrination camps," Mr Cramphorn told the Spectator.

"Wherever there's a national park you'll find them - the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, the West Highlands."

The former deputy chief constable of the RUC added: "We should learn from our experience in Ulster and reintroduce elements of our old Emergency Provisions Act over here."

Mr Cramphorn said he wanted holding centres to be allowed to detain suspects for more than 14 days without charge.

He also called for Eurostarstyle checks on all inter-city trains and conductors to be brought back to buses.

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"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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The Antagonist
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02 Dec 2006, 18:16 #5

Extremists 'running camps in national parks'
Last updated at 09:18am on 12th August 2005


Islamic extremists are running "indoctrination" camps in Britain's national parks, a senior police officer has warned.

West Yorkshire chief constable Colin Cramphorn argued that the police need greater powers to combat the extremists' efforts to radicalise young Muslims.

Mr Cramphorn, whose force has played a leading role in the investigation into the July 7 bombings of London - the suicide bomber team was based on his patch - made his comments in an interview for The Spectator.

Mr Cramphorn told the magazine: "Consider the training camps run in this country by the extremists.

"They're not like IRA camps in Donegal where people are learning how to fire mortars. They're actually pure indoctrination camps.

"It's much more than just a few white-water-rafting trips in Wales such as the bombers took. Wherever there's a national park, you'll find them - the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, the West Highlands."

Mr Cramphorn, a former deputy chief constable of the RUC, voiced frustration at the extent of the authorities' powers to combat such activities.

He said that there might be lessons to be learned from the security and legal system evolved to tackle terrorism in Ulster.

Mr Cramphorn said: "All we can do now is track them, rather than disrupt them. We should learn from our experience in Ulster and reintroduce elements of the old Emergency Provisions Acts over here."

Source: Daily Mail
"Track them, rather than disrupt them? Interesting tactic, especially in light of all those that have been rounded up recently.

I haven't found a copy of the full article from The Spectator, yet.
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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cmain
Joined: 19 Jan 2006, 21:24

02 Dec 2006, 22:35 #6

Terror camps in the Lake District
Dean Godson

Colin Cramphorn, the chief constable of West Yorkshire, occupies one of the two hottest seats in British policing today. Since it emerged that all four British suicide bombers of 7 July came from his patch, he has scarcely drawn breath. Cramphorn’s only relaxation in that fevered week came after his surgeon — who has been treating him for prostate cancer — called on the day of the police raids in Leeds and Dewsbury with the bad news that the tumour had spread to his spine.

The consultant dispatched Cramphorn straight to the MRI scanner. ‘I stuck on my earphones, lay back and listened to Vivaldi,’ he recalls with customary matter-of-factness. ‘But after days of worrying about whether there were other suicide bombers at the addresses that we were raiding who might blow themselves up like the Madrid bombers did when they were cornered, I certainly needed those moments of peace.’ The emergency radiotherapy treatments since have been successful.

Cramphorn has a habit of being on hand for big historical events — and for playing his own part in them. As the last deputy chief constable of the RUC, and then as acting chief constable of the new Police Service for...

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Source: Spectator 13th August 2005

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cmain
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01 Jan 2007, 20:49 #7

Cramphorn received a posthumous CBE in the New Years Honours. Reports suggested that this was for his work in Northern Ireland.
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