A model bobby and an extraordinary community tribute

west briton front pageVisiting Falmouth last weekend, I became aware of something extraordinary, the news of which I had missed earlier. A local PC called Andy Hocking recently passed away at the untimely age of 52 years old. As a tribute, a friend organised a memorial walk to “Walk the beat (of PC Hocking) one last time”. This was done through social media and led to between 5,000 and 6,000 locals turning out. That’s about a quarter of the town’s population! A week later, virtually every shop had a “Thanks Andy” poster in its window, with the picture of the face of the bobby smiling out. The local papers had double cover spreads of the walk, such as the one above from the West Briton.

So what caused this unusual reaction? Local photographer Hugh Hastings, who worked with PC Hocking for 20 years, told the Falmouth Packet:

He was always a fantastic person. He represented Falmouth in such a superb way. Wonderful at his job. Always had a smile for everybody but he could do his job well at the same time.

He kept control in the most wonderful way. And he’s an irreplaceable icon. We’ll all miss him.

I also think that the reaction says that there is something special about Falmouth.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

5 Comments

  • There certainly is something special about Falmouth. We went canvassing there and my wife was chased down the street by a racist who in alternate sentences said that (1) everyone like her was sponging off unemployment benefit and (2) taking all the jobs of local people. She has refused to canvass in Cornwall ever again.

  • Alex Sabine 23rd Mar '15 - 2:00pm

    Richard: That must have been an unpleasant experience. But racism, ignorance and bigotry can rear their heads anywhere; though they are, I would like to think, less prevalent in modern Britain than they once were, and less so than in many other countries. They are certainly not unique to Falmouth. Personally (speaking as a Londoner), I have always found Cornwall, its scenery and its people to be a delight. I’m sure your wife would be pleasantly surprised if she gave it another chance.

  • It is such a shame that a piece highighting both a clearly fantastic public servant and the show of support his community showed has seen a comment such as that from Richard above.

    I imagine that Falmouth, like every part of the country, may have it’s share of idiots, but I have visited often including when on honeymoon in nearby St Mawes, and I think it’s a fantastic place. Judging it on the actions of a few is no better than those who seem to have judged your wife…..

    Well done for a life well lived if far too short PC Andy Hocking. I hope your family take comfort from the feeling shown by your community and never see the pointless comment from Richard.

  • [email protected]

    I am not judging your wife, sounds like a very unpleasant experience but refusing to canvass in Cornwall means she has semmingly stereotyped people in the same way the racist she was chased by has.

    You can’t write off the whole of Cornwall, or indeed even Falmouth, because of one individual.

  • SIMON BANKS 24th Mar '15 - 1:58pm

    I knew a Falmouth copper in a Liberal family who was one of three needed to arrest and subdue the mayor (drunk driving) and who next week arrested the Harbourmaster. No undue deference to authority, at least…

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarHywel 12th Dec - 12:16am
    Now that votes are in I think it's fair to cast a critical eye over the LIb Dem campaign... {Looks quizzically at calendar.....} Oh.......
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 11th Dec - 11:13pm
    @David Raw "the narrow social base of the post 2010 Liberal Democrat Party" Some interesting graphics for this here (https://twitter.com/undertheraedar/status/1190192038274310144), especially this one (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EIRpWQxXUAAkfyu?format=png&name=large) going...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 11th Dec - 10:59pm
    @John B "in 2 out of the 3 the Lib Dems are still the main challengers, and the third is a tight 3 way marginal"...
  • User Avatarfrankie 11th Dec - 10:55pm
    The “presidential” nature of a campaign dominated by the leaders of the two largest parties has been illuminated by research that also reveals how Labour...
  • User AvatarRoss McLean 11th Dec - 10:46pm
    "You need to get it sorted when the dust settles. Oh, do I? Righto. I'll make a note of that. Meanwhile, lets get back to...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 11th Dec - 10:12pm
    @ Ross McLean Just for the record, I wish your own personal endeavours well tomorrow.. and I hope and want you to win. But I'd...
Tue 7th Jan 2020