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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Former PC Tibble takes top Cumbrian policing assignment

A Seaton woman who worked as a police constable on the Yorkshire Ripper case is the chairman of the new Cumbria Police and Crime Panel.

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NEW CHAIR: Seaton woman Celia Tibble will become the chairman of the Police and Crime Board

Celia Tibble, 56, of Greengate, started her role last month.

The board’s role is to scrutinise the actions and decisions of the newly elected crime commissioner on policing and police policy.

An election for the county’s new crime commissioner for Cumbria will be held on November 15.

She left Workington to join West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police in 1973.

She was assigned to the Ripper incident room in the mid-1970s, where her role was to process information and cross-reference everyone mentioned within the case.

She has been a Seaton parish councillor for around 18 years and an Allerdale councillor for 10 years.

Coun Tibble said: “Working on the Ripper case was very tiring, long hours and stressful because there was so much publicity. We were under pressure to get things done and the press were always there.

“When the Ripper case erupted I was assigned to work in the incident room.

“Some solo work I did on the case was following a lead from a girl who has been attacked in Keithley by Peter Sutcliffe many years before and had recognised the make of the car and a partial number plate. I spent two days imputing every combination of numbers into the police national computer until I found a registration number that matched.”

Coun Tibble’s new role will include chairing meetings of the panel, made up of elected councillors from the county and district councils.

“It will be a completely new challenge for me as it’s covering the whole of Cumbria,” she added.

“Before this everything I’ve done has focused on Allerdale and this role has a much bigger focus.

“For me the challenge is finding out how it’s going to work and making sure it works for the whole of Cumbria. So what may work policing and policy wise for the west coast may not work for rural areas and the borders.”

She worked as a psychiatric nurse for West Cumbria Partnership for 20 years, retiring this year, and was the chairman of governors for Stainburn School in Workington for 18 years.

Coun Tibble is also the president of Seaton Carnival and will take over as the co-ordinator of West Cumbria Friends of Chernobyl Children this year.

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