A FORMER South Molton bank manager has returned to the town in a new role – as the area s new rural policeman. PC Adrian Micallef, who swapped a career behind the counter for a job on the front line four years ago, started work as the South Molton Rural N

A FORMER South Molton bank manager has returned to the town in a new role - as the area's new rural policeman.

PC Adrian Micallef, who swapped a career behind the counter for a job on the front line four years ago, started work as the South Molton Rural Neighbourhood Beat Manager on Thursday.

The former South Molton Community College pupil will be well known to many people in the town, not least his old customers at NatWest Bank.

"I decided to change careers in 2005 and joined the police force as a response officer in Barnstaple after completing my training," he said.

"Becoming a beat manager is something I really wanted to do and I'm looking forward to engaging with the local communities in an area that I am very familiar with."

PC Micallef, 28, heads up a three-man team - with PCSOs Jerzy Rozputynski and Mike Livett - responsible for policing 26 parishes in an area spanning North Molton, Witheridge, Chulmleigh and Umberleigh.