Funeral of former police chief Gordon Cairns to be held today
The funeral is taking place today (Monday January 7) of retired Scunthorpe police chief Gordon Cairns. It will be at the town’s Woodlands Crematorium at 2.30pm.
Father-of-four Mr Cairns died in the town’s Lindsey Lodge Hospice, aged 80.
Born in Edinburgh, he started his working life as a post office sorter in Scotland before serving for three years in the Royal Navy as a telegraphist on aircraft carriers.
In 1955 Mr Cairns signed on with the police force in Grimsby and in 1966 he was appointed a detective sergeant in the former No 3 Regional Crime Squad.
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Three years later he moved to Scunthorpe as a detective inspector and in April 1974 was appointed the head of the town’s CID, then 37-strong.
At the time detection rate in the town was running at 50 per cent of all crimes recorded.
In February 1975 he was appointed deputy sub-divisional commander at Cleethorpes.