As part of Devon and Cornwall Police’s 50th Anniversary we are celebrating the Force’s heritage, developments and the people who have worked and volunteered over the years.
The Force has been fortunate to have many talented people work across Devon and Cornwall, and inevitably, there has also been loss amongst police officers and staff.
Earlier this year, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Paignton, PC Ray Byfield passed away, leaving his daughter Frankie, aged 10 at the time, orphaned and living with grandparents.
On the longest day of the year, Wednesday 21 June, members of the Executive, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton and Mike Stamp will saddle up and cycle approximately 172 miles from Exeter to Land’s End in Cornwall, through each Local Policing Area [LPA]. The team will also include other Devon and Cornwall Police officers and staff, Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Superintendent Steve Parker, Sergeant Owen Messenger, Sergeant Sally Kingdon, Jon Phillips and Lucy Seymour.
The purpose of the ride is to raise money to realise Frankie’s dream to visit Disneyland.
The route covers around 172 miles, including over 12,500ft elevation and takes in each LPA. This will take the team of riders approximately 15 hours to complete in one day.
Frankie’s grandfather said: “Although Frankie and her family are not able to attend the event, this does not distract from the gratitude we have for the Chief and his staff. The kindness and support we have received from the officers and staff of Devon and Cornwall Police has been incredible. We wish them all every success with their efforts and hope they have a safe and ‘painless’ ride”
Anyone seeing the group on their travels is encouraged to show their support and take to social media with any photographs using the hashtag #Riding4Frankie.
The public can catch Team DCP at the following key points at the approximate times:
Exeter HQ – 5am
Penn Inn at around – 7am
Plymouth Plym Trail coffee wagon – 9-10am
Launceston Cowslip Café – 12-1pm
Wadebridge Police Station – 3-4pm
Cambourne Police Station – 6-7pm
Lands End – approx. 8pm to 9pm
Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Riding-for-Frankie
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News