Annual Report 1980

A picture that tells it all
Beggers belief
Dangerous ingenuity
400 missing badges
A jubilant journey's end
Senior officials from the Home Office discussing speed detection devices with Mr, Ray Barton, ACC 'O', demonstrated by PC Rupert Brooks
Major Mike and PC Tom Gray
On Parade
If it doesn't! - Traffic Wardens lightweight coat
Perfection - regrettably for modern times
Our new - style uniform
If summer comes
Red Arrow hits mast/ Pilot ejects


A couple were visiting Sussex accompanied by their three children. They stopped their car just outside Arundel, at a picnic area known as ‘Whiteways’ and the girls went off to play amongst nearby trees. After thirty minutes they realised that Elizabeth, aged two, had become lost in the dense undergrowth.

That night and during the following two days a number of searches were mounted. The level of help was tremendous and just before lunch on Sunday, a sixteen-year-old lad found Elizabeth crouching in the undergrowth. Although dirty and very hungry, having spent two days and nights in the open, she was none the worse for her ordeal

Athena B

In January resources were stretched by the sudden arrival of 3,500 tons of a general cargo sea- going carrier called the Athena B. It ended up on the beach in a violent storm opposite the Aquarium with 24 persons on board, including women and children. As the sea subsided we saw an early start to the tourist season, with shops and other facilities opening up early and crowds assembling, particularly at weekends, to view the spectacle.

Squadron Leader Steve R. JOHNSON

The sea was the centre of a different incident in May, when one of the Red Arrows display team, after striking the mast of a yacht when flying low during a display, crashed into the sea near the Palace Pier at Brighton. Happily, the pilot ejected and parachuted safely into the water, and even more miraculously, considering the holiday makers and others who were about, no one was hurt.

On the question of tyres

Little vigilance was necessary to spot a case of ‘unsuitable use’ where agricultural tyres had been fitted to a mini pick-up truck. The danger to other road users was obvious! As they were when the rider of this 90cc motor cycle tried to carry his table on his lap and still control his machine.


As a result of a complaint of badges being stolen from cars parked at one of the hotels near Gatwick Airport, enquiries showed that other car parks in the area were similarly affected. Ultimately, two young boys, aged 10 and 11 years, admitted these offences and about 400 car badges were recovered.

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