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Former top detective and secretary celebrate special anniversary.

A MAN who helped track down some of Britain's most notorious killers has reason to celebrate.

Former long-serving Huddersfield detective John Stainthorpe and his wife Shirley have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

The couple, who live in Huddersfield, enjoyed a family meal at The Three Acres, Shelley.

Mr Stainthorpe, 82, had a police career spanning almost 40 years. He joined in 1952 in Shipley and it was there that he met Shirley at a dance at the town's Victoria Hall.

The couple married in October 1954 and went on to have two sons and three grandsons.

Mr Stainthorpe served all over Yorkshire and the couple arrived in Huddersfield in 1973 when he took charge of Hudders-field CID.

He later became a Detective Superintendent and served in Leeds and in Bradford.

His career included the Black Panther case, the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, the Moors Murders and the murder of young Sarah Harper in Morley.

Mrs Stainthorpe, 78, spent many years working in a bank and later became secretary to the managing director of a Huddersfield textile firm.

In their retirement they have enjoyed travels around the world and still enjoy trips across the UK.


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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2014
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