Police called to rescue group headquarters

Philip Pearce-Smith

Philip Pearce-Smith

First published in News

POLICE were called after the former executive officer of a Hampshire rescue group was found trying to gain entry to its headquarters.

Philip Pearce-Smith, pictured, who founded the Lepe-based League of Venturers 50 years ago, is involved in a bitter power struggle with his successor.

The new executive officer is Martin Bennett, one of the charity’s three trustees.

However, Mr Pearce-Smith has reappointed himself director of a limited company within the Venturers after criticising the way the service was run. The Venturers have temporarily ceased operating as a result of the dispute.

A police spokesman confirmed officers were called to the lifeboat station after he was found trying to gain entry to the premises. He added: “Mr Pearce-Smith said he was the company director and stated that he was allowed access to the building, but a third party present denied that this was the case.”

Mr Pearce-Smith, 79, of Long Lane, Holbury, refused to discuss the incident.

Mr Bennett said: “The three trustees are still running the Venturers, and no he [Mr Pearce-Smith] has not taken over.”

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1:29pm Fri 1 Jun 12

superchef says...

That man really needs to put the past behind him and move on. Doesnt he realise, that the service the venturers give is very important at this time of year? Oh, yes he does but unfortunatly he isnt allowing them to get on with it because of the past!!
That man really needs to put the past behind him and move on. Doesnt he realise, that the service the venturers give is very important at this time of year? Oh, yes he does but unfortunatly he isnt allowing them to get on with it because of the past!! superchef
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5:46pm Fri 1 Jun 12

biggsp says...

This guy has always caused grief down at Lepe.
He needs to hang up his cap and let the younger generation help people on the waters of the solent!!
This guy has always caused grief down at Lepe. He needs to hang up his cap and let the younger generation help people on the waters of the solent!! biggsp
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7:38pm Fri 1 Jun 12

forest hump says...

The guy is barking
The guy is barking forest hump
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4:34pm Mon 11 Jun 12

fredman1954 says...

Superchef is right, I knew Tiffy many years ago and his heart and sole were in the group. The time comes when you need to let go and let the group move on into the future. Causing problems, and not letting go will lead to the deline of the group.
Forest Hump. I do not think that the "guy is barking" I would suggest that after so many years looking after the group he is finding it hard to let go which is understandable. I do hope that common sense will prevail before it gets silly. Gents do the right thing, give the guy some respect but Tiffy let go and retire with dignity.
Superchef is right, I knew Tiffy many years ago and his heart and sole were in the group. The time comes when you need to let go and let the group move on into the future. Causing problems, and not letting go will lead to the deline of the group. Forest Hump. I do not think that the "guy is barking" I would suggest that after so many years looking after the group he is finding it hard to let go which is understandable. I do hope that common sense will prevail before it gets silly. Gents do the right thing, give the guy some respect but Tiffy let go and retire with dignity. fredman1954
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5:17pm Mon 11 Jun 12

superchef says...

Anyone know the latest on this story?
Anyone know the latest on this story? superchef
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5:17pm Mon 11 Jun 12

superchef says...

Anyone know the latest on this story?
Anyone know the latest on this story? superchef
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