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  • Rob Richtering
  • 13 Feb 2018
Picture courtesy of The Yorkshire Post Picture courtesy of The Yorkshire Post

Scarborough Cricket Club are saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Lawrence Byford, a former club President.

Sir Lawrence ‘Lawry’ Byford passed away yesterday at his home near Harrogate, aged 92

He was a miners son from Normanton who was called up into the Royal Signals in World War Two before joining West Riding Constabulary in 1947, where he rose up through the ranks becoming a Divisional Commander. In 1973 he was appointed  Chief Constable of the Lincolnshire Constabulary. He later became an Inspector of Constabulary, before becoming the Chief Inspector of Constabulary in 1983, the year that he wrote a report into the investigation to catch the Yorkshire Ripper which led to major changes into the way that investigations into serial killers would be carried out.

In 1984 he was knighted, and headed up a Working Group into the IRA bombing at the Grand Hotel in Brighton.

Sir Lawrence was married to Lady Muriel for 67 years. Together they have three children, Bill, Mark and Jill.

Our thoughts are with Muriel and the family at this sad time.