The July meeting was opened by President Geraldine Baldwin and Secretary Sheila Martin continued by reading the minutes of the June meeting which were duly accepted as correct.
Our guest speaker was ex-police inspector Barry Kirkbride. He joined the Cumbrian police force in 1971, eventually moving from West Cumbria to Carlisle. Today he is the Criminal Justice Manager. He runs young offenders courses in Carlisle, trying to bring some normality back into the lives of these youths.
His interesting and absorbing account was about the story of the last two people to hang in the UK in 1964. The murder of John Alan West, who lived in Seaton, Workington was the crime which led to the last time a death sentence was executed in the UK.
He described how West was murdered by Gwynne Evans and Pete Allen, who had gone to rob him at his home in Seaton. The two of them were arrested and charged within two days of the crime.
He mentioned how, since the death penalty's abolition in 1965, there have been continued public and media calls for its reintroduction.
This is a far cry from the time in 1808 when the death penalty was finally removed for pickpockets.
The competition - An old crime book was won by Ann Lister.
The quiz - was won by Pat Saunders.
The raffle - was won by Joyce Bowness.
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