Well-known Burnley police sergeant dies

MISSED: William James Hannah (S)
MISSED: William James Hannah (S)

A RETIRED police sergeant who worked in Burnley for 27 years has died.

Mr William James Hannah died at home in Minehead Avenue aged 70 after a long battle with heart disease.

He was a popular figure at Burnley Police Station where he worked his entire career starting out on the beat before moving to CID and latterly as desk sergeant.

His wife Doreen said he enjoyed reading, music and crosswords, as well as holidays abroad with friend and former colleague Peter Watson.

She added: “William was an advanced driver so he also loved driving his car on country runs. He started work as a wood-cutting machinist at Earnshaws before joining the Special Constabulary and then the police.

“He became very well-known in the town and had a very good sense of humour.”

Mr Hannah who also leaves children Andrew and Michelle and grandchildren Lucy and Tom, was a former pupil at Heasandford Junior and Barden Boys’ School.

His funeral is at St Andrew’s Church on Monday at 10-30 a.m. followed by cremation at noon. His friend Mike Griffin, chairman of the local Police Officers’ Association, will speak at the service.