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True bobby Ken loved his years on the beat

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 15, 2014

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  • MAN OF THE PEOPLE: Sergeant Ken Browne, above, pictured outside the former Cheltenham Road East police station in Churchdown around 1990 and right, pictured recently with his son Rob and grandson William.

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TRUE bobby on the beat, grandfather Ken Browne, has died in retirement in Gloucester.

A community copper through and through, Gloucester born and bred Mr Browne, 74, joined the county constabulary in 1970 and remained with it for almost 30 years.

Probationer, PC and then sergeant with Gloucestershire Constabulary, Mr Browne signed on because he felt he could make a difference in the community, his son Rob said.

"He loved it," said Mr Browne, who followed in his father's footsteps as an officer with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

"He became beat manager at Elmbridge Road in Gloucester. It was a little station – the days of panda cars – one of the best parts of his career," he said.

On promotion Sergeant Browne went to Swindon Road in Cheltenham, later to the small Cheltenham Road East police station in Churchdown for nine years, and finally to Cinderford before his retirement in September 1996.

"He loved working in a semi-urban environment, dealing with community issues, meeting and greeting the community," said Mr Browne.

His father also passed his inspector's exam but never achieved promotion to that rank.

Brought up at Northgate Mansions in the city, Mr Browne attended The King's school and began his working life as an apprentice at Reynolds flour mills in Gloucester Docks.

He remained there for 15 or 16 years, rising to the rank of mill manager, until his career change beckoned.

Married for 44 years to Angela, who predeceased him in 2011, Mr Browne is survived by his son, daughter Laura, and four grandchildren.

A "gentle giant" to his family, Mr Browne, lived in Barnwood and since 1983 at Highnam.

An oarsman and winner of many trophies with Gloucester Rowing Club, Mr Browne was also a keen and talented water colourist who produced many paintings of Gloucester Cathedral and countryside views.

He died at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on February 7 following a short illness.

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  • buffersyeoman  |  February 17 2014, 7:55AM

    Calm, competent and reliable. A true gent and one of the old school. R.I.P. Ken.

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