Regional News — January 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm — Updated: January 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Tributes to former North Wales police chief

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North Wales Police

The former chief constable of North Wales Police, David Owen, has died at the age of 85.

Mr Owen, who led the force from 1982 to 1994, died at his Llandudno home on Tuesday following a long illness.

Born in Betws-y-Coed as the son of a police sergeant, Mr Owen served as an officer with the Metropolitan Police and the Lincolnshire, Merseyside and Dorset forces before returning to North Wales.

In 1990, he became president of the Association of Chief Police Officers and the following year, he was awarded a CBE.

Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: ”David Owen was a highly respected man within the force, nationally and the community of North Wales. David will be remembered for his strong and effective leadership, and I know from personal experience he left a positive and lasting impression on all those who served with him.”

“On behalf of North Wales Police, I wish extend our condolences to his wife Patricia, daughter Gail and sons, Philip and Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

He added: ”The family have asked me to thank the many members of the public who expressed their good wishes to him and to them throughout his recent illness.”

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