Former Chief Constable dies at 71

Alan Dyer rose to top post after being brought up by foster parents.

A former Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police has passed away peacefully after a long illness.

Alan Dyer died aged 71 on Monday, May 23 at Crossways nursing home, Renhold.

He leaves wife Penny, daughter Sally and son Jonathan.

He joined the Bedfordshire force in 1982 as Deputy Chief Constable from County Durham and was appointed the tenth Chief Constable of Bedfordshire in 1985.

He retired in January 1996.

Mr Dyer was held in high regard within the county and did an enormous amount of work for the local community.

Until his ill health, he was heavily involved with the NSPCC, Macmillan, St Johns and the Rotary Club.

My Dyer was born on January 4, 1934 at Bircotes in Nottinghamshire. Originally named Alan Butt, he was placed into care with the local authority in September 1939 and was raised by foster parents.

During this period he was known as Alan Bond. He was educated in Nottingham and left school at the age of 15.

He subsequently left his foster parents and lived with Nick and Doris Dyer, who became his adoptive parents, and he officially changed his named by deed poll in 1955.

His adoptive parents had lived in Bedford before moving to Nottingham in the 1930s and Alan would often visit friends and relatives in the county.

After joining the Nottinghamshire Constabulary in 1954, My Dyer quickly rose through the ranks, from uniform patrol to CID, detective sergeant, detective inspector and detective chief inspector.

In 1986 he was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for his outstanding service.

A private service will be held at Bedford Crematorium on Thursday, June 2, followed by a service of thanksgiving at St Peter's Church in Harrold at 2pm. Donations are requested to the NSPCC and British Heart Foundation.