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Barnstaple policeman swaps blue lights for a silver Rolls

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 April 2017

Andy Brock with his Barrum Cars Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Picture: Tony Gussin

Andy Brock with his Barrum Cars Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Picture: Tony Gussin

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In a 27 year career Inspector Andy Brock has rescued flood victims and recently attended the funeral of PC Keith Palmer – now he is embarking on a new career in the wedding car business

Inspector Andy Brock (right) with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary colleagues in London for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer. Inspector Andy Brock (right) with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary colleagues in London for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer.

A Barnstaple inspector has swapped his policeman’s tunic for a chauffeur’s uniform after retiring to start his own wedding car business.

Inspector Andy Brock, 48, has begun a new chapter by retiring from the police force after 27 years.

He and his wife Lisa have created Barrum Cars, hiring out a mint condition classic Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1979 to transport brides in total style.

He said: “In the police we can deal with negativity, whereas when you drive the car it is all positive and lovely, so it’s nice to get that sort of balance.”

Andy Brock in London in his dress uniform. Andy Brock in London in his dress uniform.

But he said being a police officer had also been a great career. He added: “It’s been a really incredible experience and I can’t think of any other roles that would give me such an array of experiences, from rescuing people in floods at Umberleigh to being in the lead vehicle for two stages of the Tour of Britain.”

One of Andy’s final roles as a police officer was to join colleagues from across Devon and around to world at the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the recent London terror attack.

He said: “It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life, but also one of the most fantastic, seeing so many colleagues from across the world alongside every other force in the UK.

“To stand shoulder-to-shoulder for such a cause and to pay tribute to a fellow colleague who won’t get to enjoy retirement but was the same age as me, was very humbling.”

Andy has had a varied career, joining the police in 1990 after six years in the RAF, he served in Newquay, Exmouth, Ilfracombe, South Molton, Braunton, Bideford and Barnstaple.

He has held a number of roles, including being in charge of events such as royal visits, critical incident manager for North Devon and helping tackle modern slavery and trafficking.

You can find out more at the Barrum Cars Facebook page

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