THE funeral of a policeman who served the public for more than 30 years will be held in the North-East on Friday.

Superintendent John Tyrrell, who spent most of career as a dog handler, moved to the region from his native Surrey in 1977.

He transferred to Durham Constabulary as a chief inspector with the dogs and mounted section, then in 1984 he began a three-year stint covering the Chester-le-Street and Derwentside areas.

In 1987, he was promoted to superintendent, becoming the sub-divisional commander for Derwentside.

He then took on the same role in the Sedgefield sub-division in June 1989, where he served until April 1992.

His final posting saw Supt Tyrrell based in an administrative role at force headquarters until his retirement in September 1992.

In 1970, he was commended by the chief constable of Surrey for the consistent good work of him and his police dog over the previous 12 months. He also received the police long service and good conduct medal in 1984 after completing 22 years service.

In his retirement, he was a keen dog walker, award-winning photographer and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

He lost his lifelong love Deirdre before Christmas and leaves a daughter, Julie Donaghue and son, Gavin.

Mrs Donaghue said: "He was a family man and a dedicated police officer.

"He did not take any nonsense off anybody and got the job done. He was well respected for that."

The service will be held at 11.15am on Friday at St Cuthbert's Church, in North Road, Durham City, followed by cremation at Durham Crematorium.

Friends and family will gatherat Mount Oswald Golf Club, in Durham.