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 Fundraiser held in honour of former police officer


​Family, friends and colleagues of a former police officer who tragically died last year have raised more than £7,200 in his memory.

PC Phil Clapham, who was affectionately known as ‘Clappers’, served with Durham Constabulary from 1998 until his retirement in 2015. During his career, he received two commendations and one bravery award.

He was commended for his actions in June 2014 when, while off duty, he confronted four men who were committing an armed robbery at Shotton Post Office. Phil chased the offenders but was threatened with a firearm so they escaped, but he then returned to the scene of the crime to look after the victims.

He was also commended for his professionalism and determination during a sensitive investigation which ensured the safeguarding of a vulnerable victim and her baby. The investigation also resulted in the successful conviction of the defendant who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for rape.

Phil sadly passed away on October 19 last year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was 55-years-old when he died.

On Friday, nearly 300 of his family, friends and former colleagues gathered at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, where they raised more than £7,200 for Alice House Hospice, in Hartlepool, in his memory.

Sharon, Phil’s wife of 34 years, would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event.

It was a truly great night in memory of a great friend.