Rodney 'Rod' John Leake
Served with Essex Police from July 6, 1972 and died on June 20, 1996.
Police Constable Rodney 'Rod' Leake was born on 1st July 1946. He joined Essex and Southend-on-Sea Joint Constabulary on 6th July 1972 and was initially stationed at Basildon. His aptitude for motor transport and driving brought him to the attention of the Traffic Division and he was subsequently posted to Chelmsford Traffic.
His particular specialisation was motorcycles. At 11.08am on Thursday, 20th June 1996 he was on routine motorcycle patrol on the B1019 road near Ulting, known as Doe's Corner, when he was in a collision with a lorry.
He subsequently died from his injuries at Broomfield Hospital. He left a widow, Joan, and two children, Susan and Michael.
A colleague of Rod's, Police Sergeant Iain Masheder recalled;
"I was a probationer when I first met Rod at Halstead Traffic, on my Traffic attachment. We soon realised we had much in common, especially motorcycles, and it was he who encouraged me to apply for Traffic and in particular motorcycles. So I did. As a result I enjoyed many happy years of police motorcycling. A career which reached it pinnacle when I became a motorcycle instructor. I was one of his instructors on his last course and I would just like to say It was a pleasure and a privilege to know and ride with such a fine motorcyclist."