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CATCHPOLE, officer. A name formerly given to a sheriff's deputy, or to a constable, or other officer whose duty it is to arrest persons. He was a sort of serjeant. The word is not now in use as an official designation. Minshew ad verb.

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I was able to position myself above Snowy on a ladder, before bringing her back to safety with a catchpole.
Mr Catchpole, who was born in 1907, spent almost seven decades outside his country, teaching in mostly military schools in India and Pakistan.
lt;BCarole Catchpole, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal
Mr Catchpole, of Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, told Ipswich crown court: "Three men pushed their way into the flat.
Mr Catchpole said: "I live in Leicestershire so before joining SEMLEP I lived away from my family during the week.
Catchpole, whose life of crime includes a number of sex offences, was spotted causing trouble on the train and, when approached, it was found he was drunk and had no ticket.
Mr Catchpole said the growth in UK start-ups was being fuelled by the ease and speed with which a company can be started - usually within hours and generally for less than PS20.
For readers who already know how to use Drupal to manage websites, Sheltren, Newton, and Catchpole explain how to scale a Drupal site up without losing speed or performance quality.
After an ominous silence since his appointment, Red Button's snitch in the North East spots this press release: "Tees Valley Unlimited is pleased to confirm that managing director Stephen Catchpole will stay with the organisation until March 2016.
Multi-celled life, I think, is unlikely," News24 quoted Catchpole as saying.
Stephen Catchpole, chief executive of WDC, said: "We are absolutely delighted by this news.
The second model is the escalation or 'Snowball' model (Helmreich 2000, Helmreich & Musson 2000, Catchpole et al 2005, 2007, 2008b), which describes how serious harm can arise from the accumulation of small, otherwise innocuous and unconnected sequences of events.