Former Lancashire Police chief dies aged 81

Top cop: David Mander

Top cop: David Mander

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One of Lancashire’s top police officers of a generation ago has died at the age of 81.

Former assistant chief constable David Stuart Mander, who served the county force for 32 years, passed away peacefully in St Catherine’s Hospice near Preston.

Mr Mander became a policeman in 1955 and rose through the ranks to be ACC before retiring in 1987.

During his career, part of which was spent in charge of Chorley, he worked on many high profile cases and earned a reputation as a dedicated and loyal officer.

He worked on the infamous Operation Angel into allegations of council corruption in Preston and in 1985 he was appointed to lead the police inquiry into the deaths of 13 people in a pile-up on the M6 near Garstang.

His funeral will be on December 8. A private committal will be followed by a service of celebration at Kingsfold Methodist Church at 11am.