PC Kerim Harry Blakeman
PC Kerim ‘Kerry’ Blakeman joined Birmingham City Police in December 1951 having previously worked as a lift engineer in Birmingham. He attended Police Training College in Stafford and on leaving police training the Commandant wrote “Pc Blakeman is a very smart tall young man, he has excellent bearing, he has the makings of an excellent police officer” Kerim was posted to Steelhouse Lane Police Station in 1952 and earned £400 per annum! He spent the majority of his first 10 years patrolling in what we would know as a response officer in today’s modern era of policing. In 1962 Kerim featured in a Birmingham City Police recruitment brochure, the picture was taken at the bottom of Steelhouse Lane. November 1963 saw Kerim being part of a police escort helping to smuggle The Beatles into the Birmingham Hippodrome. Kerim was featured in an iconic picture with The Beatles and is stood behind Paul McCartney. Kerim had a keen interest in Traffic policing and always wanted to be part of “Traffic Patrols”. In June 1964 he became a grade 1 advanced driver and was posted to Traffic Patrols. On Monday 27th June 1966 Kerim was posted to callsign ‘Mike 28’ from Duke Street. He and was sent to Minstead Road, Gravelly Hill at 0657hrs where a Commer van had rolled into the main road and was obstructing traffic. Kerim pushed the van out of the way and collapsed having suffered a massive heart attack. He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital, he was just 35. Kerim was survived by his wife June and his two sons, Stephen aged 13 and John aged 9. June was pregnant with her third son at the time of Kerim’s death. He was named Kerry after Kerim when he was born in1967. In 1973, John joined the Police Cadets and then went into regular service with West Midlands Police serving for 30 years reaching the rank of Inspector. In 1988, Kerry also joined West Midlands Police, he reached the rank of Chief Inspector and retired in 2018. In memory of their late father, Stephen, John & Kerry all support The West Midlands Police Museum by volunteering at The Lock-Up in Steelhouse Lane.