Justin Proctor, 41, is leaving the forces after a 25-year-career to embark on a new venture cleaning wheelie bins.

A former paratrooper has given up a 25-year career in the army to embark upon what he believes is his biggest challenge yet.

Barnstaple dad-of-three Justin Proctor served two tours in Iraq and three in Afghanistan after enlisting as a 16-year-old school leaver.

But a new wheelie bin-cleaning business has given the 41-year-old family man a fresh focus after leaving the army at the end of March.

"I've enjoyed every single minute of my career and was offered another extension but it was based in Salisbury and I was commuting three times a week," said Justin, a Warrant Officer class 1 who was based with the Royal Logistic Corps at Chivenor.

"I made a decision for my family - all I've ever wanted to do is be home to bath the kids and put them in bed."

Justin said he was eyeing up management roles in Exeter when a chance meeting with a Green Clean franchisee holder in Roundswell sparked a new career cleaning wheelie bins.

He has now taken on the franchise for the Torridge District Council area.

"I'm looking forward to a new challenge but admit I'm completely out of my comfort zone," he said.

"In the military you've got your mates and it's like a family. You're used to being told what to do so it's a little lonely at the moment but I'm enjoying it."

To find out more call Justin on 01271 549488.