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RIP Patrick Gibbins, BEM and Bar

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Patrick Gibbins was nicknamed "Pat the Cat" by his colleagues in Scotland Yard's Flying Squad because he survived so many battles with violent criminals unscathed. A familiar figure in London policing during the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, Gibbins investigated armed robbers and gangs including the Richardsons, who ruled swathes of the South London underworld.

Gibbins twice won the British Empire Medal. The first awarded after the capture in 1964 of Walter Probyn an armed robber and habitual escapee whose exploits captivated the newspapers of the Fifties and Sixties. The second award followed six years later.

Probyn had broken out of prison for the 15th time when Gibbins and a police team were tipped off that he was hiding in East London with his wife. The couple were seen to go into a shop in Poplar and the police moved in to arrest him. Probyn fired nine shots as he tried to evade capture. His wife was carrying 174 rounds of ammunition and repeatedly urged her husband to kill Officers. Gibbins managed to grab Mrs Probyn and hold her against the stolen car in which the couple had been planning to escape. Probyn, on the other side of the car, fired twice at Gibbins but missed. Probyn was later sentenced to 12 years for attempting to murder Gibbins.

Gibbins was given his second award in 1970 after a gang of robbers tried to ambush a cash delivery to a firm. Gibbins and another officer went after two members of the gang. Both suspects were armed with iron bars and had a bucket filled with ammonia. One robber swung his weapon at Gibbins but the detective knocked him over by swinging the car door at him. As the second man came at him wielding his iron bar Gibbins knocked him down with a punch, but the first robber then smashed Gibbins over the head with his iron bar. Gibbins, blood flowing down his face and clothes, chased after him for half a mile before collapsing through loss of blood.

The blow to his head left Gibbins with permanent injuries and he was forced to retire. He had earned 14 Commissioner's commendations, nine commendations from Old Bailey judges and a commendation from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Patrick Gibbins was born in Kenton, North London, in 1930. His father was a publican and he was brought up in Berkshire. He completed his National Service as a Corporal in the Royal Air Force Police and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1950.

Patrick Gibbins, BEM and Bar

Died on May 25, 2013 aged 83

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``Hero'' is one of the most misused words in the English vocabulary and it irks me when I hear it applied to people in the entertainment and sports businesses.

However, the late Mr Gibbins was clearly a man of great courage and there can be no doubt he was a hero in the proper sense of the word and one of that breed of copper which the great British public,unfortunately, take for granted.   

His family must surely be proud of his memory.

RIP

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Let's not forget that there are hundreds just like him, who took Policing seriously and put protecting and serving  the public as the first priority.  The public owe so much to people like him. :clap:

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A true hero in every sense and a credit to the ethos of law enforcement.  Also posted this on this on a RAF Police forum of which I'm a member. Some really great comments from serving and former members of the RAFP in recognising one of their own who moved from military policing to the civilian environment.

 

RIP Patrick Gibbins

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Wow, very impressive, and we all know one among many - I'm proud he's one of us but sad that men and women of equal worth are usually ignored because it's more sensational or politically advantageous for a bias press to focus on the likes of Ali Dazaie et al.

 

RIP to a real police officer.

 

Cpt D

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As Cpt D said "RIP to a real Police Officer"

 

There were (and still are) many more Police officers like Patrick Gibbins out there but, these days, actions such as those described seem more likely to incur some form of management wrath - I don't imagine Patrick Gibbins knew about risk assessment - his eyes were on the prime objective - nick the villain & protect the public ............................... 

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I had the honour and pleasure of serving with Pat Gibbins in 1972 as a DC at Collier Row CID. A lovely man, with a good sense of humour, a brilliant copper.

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