WINFIELD: PC Malcolm

Died October 2007, aged 69

The following tribute was published by the Wakefield Express on 31 October 2007: STANDING almost seven feet tall in his police issued boots and helmet and with an impressive handlebar moustache, Constable Malcolm Winfield cut a striking figure while out on the beat. Known as the Sheriff of Agbrigg, Mr Winfield was well liked and respected not only by those he protected, but also any criminals he happened across. So much so that on Thursday at 1pm scores of mourners are expected to pack out St Helen's Parish Church, Barnsley Road, Sandal for Mr Winfield's funeral service. Mr Winfield, 69, died at his home on Sandal Hall Close, Sandal, last Tuesday after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was with his wife, Camay, and children Tim and Suzanne.

Tributes have poured in for the grandfather-of-five who, despite being a firearms expert and experienced officer, never wanted to do any more than serve his community by policing the streets. Mrs Winfield said her husband had been a traditional policeman who served in Wakefield for 26 years for four different forces: Wakefield City, West Yorkshire Constabulary, West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police Force and West Yorkshire Police Force. He was regularly seen patrolling his beat by bicycle.

Tingley-born Mr Winfield worked in the mines before becoming a farmer and then joining the fire service. He married Camay in 1963 and the following year achieved his life-long ambition of joining the police. When his first child was born Mrs Winfield said the light on the police box at the top of Westgate flashed blue to alert him to the news. She said: "There was a phone call waiting for him to say he had a son." During his career Mr Winfield was often called on to protect politicians and royalty when they visited the district. He also served for a fortnight as an unarmed officer in Rhodesia in 1980, when the country became Zimbabwe.

Dorothy Bell, who was the first female inspector to lead a team of men at Wakefield and was Mr Winfield's superior for six years, said: "He cared about his job and took pride in it. Even his prisoners respected him. You knew when he was in the building because his laugh preceded him." During his retirement he indulged his passion for shooting, by stalking deer in the Scottish highlands and North Yorkshire. He also formed a police clay pigeon shooting club which was the first in the force to win a national award. His wife thanked Wakefield Hospice, where Mr Winfield spent some time during his illness, and a collection for the charity will be held at the funeral. 

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