Chief Constable of Denbighshire, Major Thomas J Leadbetter


ajor T. J. Leadbetter, the Chief Constable of Denbighshire, obtained his disciplinary training in the Army, having served in the "King's Own Borderers" in various parts of

the world.


During the Fenian troubles he was stationed in Canada. Retiring from the Army in 1874 he became interested in Police work, of which he obtained his first experience through the courtesy of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir E. Henderson, who placed him at Bow Street, under Mr. Thomson, the then Superintendent of the E Division.


In 1878 Major Leadbetter was appointed to the Chief Constableship of Denbighshire. In the Jubilee Year Major Leadbetter represented Wales in a deputation of Chief Constables of England, Scotland, and Wales, for the purpose of

presenting to the Queen a congratulatory address. The deputation was received by Her Majesty at Windsor. Major Thomas J Leadbetter was the Chief Constable of Denbighshire from 1878 to 1911. (Police Review and Parade Gossip, June 1, 1894)


r. William Wilde was born in 1839 in Edgerley, Salop, the son of a farmer and became a butcher by trade. In December 1860 he joined the

Shropshire Constabulary as a 2nd class Constable, Warrant Number 364. In April 1861 he resigned at his own request but was reinstated the same day. In September 1863 he was promoted to 1st class Constable. He was stationed at Dawley Magna, Ruyton Elevens Town and Astley North Shrewsbury. After five years with Shropshire Constabulary he resigned in July 1865 and returned to his trade as a butcher.


In June 1866 Mr. Wilde was appointed Constable in Denbighshire Constabulary, Warrant Number 35, and based at Love Lane lock up in Denbigh. In 1870 he was promoted to Sergeant and made Inspector four years later in February 1874 at Wrexham A Division.


In April 1877 Mr. Wilde was promoted to Superintendent and two years later appointed Deputy Chief Constable at Wrexham. He served under three Chief Constables: Mr John Denman, Captain Price and Major Thomas J Leadbetter. In 1880 he was in


Mr. William Wilde, Deputy Chief Constable of Denbighshire


Command at the funeral of Chief Constable John Denman.


In 1891 Deputy Chief Constable Wilde's accounts were subject to internal audit carried out by the Local Government auditor following allegation of fraud and a private report by Mr R W Thomas of Liverpool on special audit. Both refer to Rhos gas account and missing discount. During this time Mr. Wilde tendered his resignation and made application for pension. Several Committee meetings later the matter was resolved but Mr. Wilde refused to withdraw his resignation and retired in December 1892 on pension. Mr. Wilde became a farmer at Acton Park farm in Rhosnessney.


During his retirement he rendered good service as a member of Wrexham Rural District Council and Board of Guardians. Mr William Wilde died 8 December 1915 and is buried in Wrexham Borough Cemetery. (Submitted by Vic Wilde, Great Grandson of DCC William Wilde)


Mr. Thomas Vaughan, Deputy Chief Constable of Denbighshire


r. Thomas Vaughan was born at Cynwyd, Merionethshire, in 1841, his father being an innkeeper there. When about 20 years of age, he went to Liverpool, and was

engaged at the Gas Works there for some time.


When he went to the City on the Mersey, Mr. Vaughan attended the night-schools at the Mechanics' Institute, for the purpose of acquiring the English language, and generally improving his education. When about 23 years of age, he joined the Liverpool Police Force. After serving for 16 months, he retired, to take a position in the Liverpool office of the Norley Coal and Cannel Company.


On his leaving the Liverpool Police Force, Major Greig, the then Chief Constable, remarked that he was sorry to lose a young and promising Officer, who had a clean book. He remained in the Norley Coal Company for two years and nine

months, and then, finding that the confinement did not agree with him, he joined the Denbighshire Constabulary on July 20th, 1868, and was first stationed at Wrexham.


In June, 1870, Mr.Vaughan was removed to Llanrhaiadr-yu-Mochnant. At length, however, he was ordered back to Wrexham, and at the end of 1877, Capt. Price, then the Chief Constable, offered him the Sergeantship vacant at Rhosllanerchrugog, which he accepted. On the 31st of December, 1879, Mr. Vaughan was removed to Denbigh by Major T. J. Leadbetter, the present Chief Constable, to look after the Superintendent's books, and take charge of the Denbigh Sub-Division. He was promoted to the rank of Superintendent, without previously serving in the intermediate rank of Inspector. This promotion took place on October 18th, 1880, and he succeeded Supt. Thomas Tudge, who was superannuated.


In March, 1892, he was promoted to Wrexham, and appointed Deputy Chief Constable of the County. Mr. Vaughan retired from his post in November of 1895 after nearly 28 years of service. (Police Review and Parade Gossip, 1 November 1895)


Austin Farinas from 1961


Below: four photographs of a Denbighshire Vauxhall Estate accident unit, c1965










1966 A110 in the later white livery without any police markings on the side



Rear of 1966 A110



Publicity shot of traffic bike from 1966 with divisional CID minivan


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