Death of respected policeman

A POLICEMAN who had a major influence in the investigation, arrest and conviction of a Hemsworth man for murder has died.

DC Edward 'Steve' Williams, who worked for West Yorkshire police for almost 25 years, was suddenly taken ill and died a few hours later on Monday, March 22, aged 55.

He was involved in investigating the murder of 19-year-old Julie Curran, from Hemsworth, whose body was found on wasteland next to Felkirk Church in 2004.

Billy Watts was found guilty of the crime by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court and was sentenced to life in prison, with a recommendation that he serve at least 15 years.

Bradford-born Mr Williams began his police career with the Metropolitan police in London in 1982, transferred to West Yorkshire police in May 1985 and worked on uniform patrol at Pontefract before moving into CID three years later.

Police will form a guard of honour at Mr Williams' funeral, which takes place at St Cuthbert's Church, in Ackworth, at 11am tomorrow.

A wake will be held at The Angel pub afterwards and all friends or colleagues are welcome to celebrate his life.

Mr Williams leaves a widow, Alma, son, Jason, daughter, Danielle, and eight grandchildren.