Former police commander dies

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A FORMER South Yorkshire Police commander has died at the age of 89.

Ben Gregory was Barnsley’s longest-serving officer when he retired after 41 years in the force.

Policing ran in his family and he was born in Sheffield, - the son of an ex-inspector of the Sheffield city police.

He joined Barnsley County Borough Police in 1941.

During his long career, Mr Gregory worked under eight different chief constables.

He worked, during his time with Barnsley police, as a patrol driver and a detective constable in the force’s CID.

When Barnsley and West Riding Division forces were amalgamated, he was promoted to superintendent and later to commander.

When the South Yorkshire force was formed in 1974, Mr Gregory became commander of the Barnsley sub-division.

He then transferred to Wombwell sub-division five years later.

Mr Gregory was also seconded to the Lancers Regiment, serving in Palestine, North Africa, Italy and Austria before he joined the police in 1941.

Mr Gregory, who lived on Woodstock Road in Wilthorpe, Barnsley, had been a widower for ten years.

He leaves behind his three daughters, Sheila, Tricia and Anne-Marie.

He was also a grandfather to six and a great grandfather to two.