Born: January 6, 1938; Died: July 18, 2012.
James Paterson, who had died aged 74, was a young apprentice mechanic who ended up becoming one of the UK's top police officers.
Born in the Borders, he joined the small Oldham Borough force after his national service and worked his way up through the ranks of detectives to become assistant chief constable, crime operations, of the vast Greater Manchester Police.
He led a number of high-profile investigations, the most notorious being the search for the serial sex attacker dubbed the Coronation Street rapist, and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for his contribution to the police service.
After retiring he worked for the Forensic Science Service and later the intelligence services, in a consultant police liaison role, before returning to his roots in Scotland.
The son of a gamekeeper, he was born in Duns and raised in Abbey St Bathans. After leaving Berwickshire High School he completed an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic and was called up for national service in the RAF where he became an air traffic controller.
But by the time his two years' service was over he had met his future wife, Maisie, and the catalyst for his change of career was her move to Oldham for family reasons. Mr Paterson, known as Jim, began applying for jobs in the north-west of England and, in 1962, joined Oldham Borough Police.
He was a uniformed police constable for a relatively short time before moving into the Criminal Investigation Department. He worked his way up, promoted to detective sergeant at Bury CID in 1972.
Meanwhile the Oldham Borough force had become part of Lancashire Constabulary which would later be amalgamated into Greater Manchester Police (GMP). It was during his time with GMP, as a detective chief superintendent in the 1980s, that he headed the hunt for the UK's most wanted man, rapist Andrew Longmire.
The investigation, known as Operation Osprey, followed a string of horrific attacks on young mothers and women in their late teens across the Greater Manchester area. The culprit was nicknamed the Coronation Street rapist because many of the attacks took place in terraced houses.
The operation continued over several years and as the net closed in on him, Longmire went on the run. He was on the loose for three months, armed with two shotguns and a bag of ammunition, and was eventually caught after shooting at two unarmed officers who confronted him in a car park.
He was brought to justice using DNA technology which was then in its infancy and his case was the first time one man had been linked to so many offences through DNA testing. Longmire is currently serving 12 life sentences – 11 imposed in 1988 for 11 rapes, three attempted rapes and a range of other offences. The last was handed down two years ago, following a cold case review of a rape committed in 1981.
Mr Paterson, who served under two chief constables, Sir James Anderson and Sir David Wilmot, received the Queen's Police Medal in 1992 and retired from the force the following year.
During his 30-year police career he had investigated and headed many important cases and, in the process, was responsible for a change in senior CID management style, engendering a more approachable, balanced atmosphere thanks to a quiet, mild-mannered character combined with formidable abilities and experience.
Widowed in 2000, he remarried in 2002 and moved back to the Borders, living in Lauder where he was a member of Lauder Golf Club and Probus. He was also a member of Kilspindie Golf Club at Aberlady in East Lothian, fundraised for Arthurshiel Animal Rescue Centre in St Boswells, for which he developed a website, and supported a family in Kibera, Kenya, through sponsorship.
After being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis about four years ago, he returned to England to be with his family.
He is survived by his second wife Wendy, sons Ian and Colin who are both police officers with Greater Manchester Police, and grandchildren James, Charlotte and Molly.
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