New Barnstaple Sector Inspector Earl Napier is back in charge in the town where he served as a PC

Barnstaple's new police inspector is looking forward to returning to the town where he spent so many years.

Earl Napier is the new sector inspector for Barnstaple, taking on the role temporarily held by Insp Shaun Kenneally, who returns to running the Torridge sector.

He joined the force from the Royal Marines 15 years ago and has spent two thirds of that time working as a police constable and then sergeant in Bideford and Barnstaple.

His career has included time with neighbourhood beat teams, response and pro-active units as well as the past two years at headquarters in Exeter.

He said: "I am absolutely elated to be back in Barnstaple running the sector and will endeavour to forge partnerships and good relationships with supporting agencies in delivering local policing."

Insp Napier, 39, has a particular interest in mental health issues and says he is keen to work with the Devon Partnership NHS Trust and others to provide a police contribution to dealing with mental health issues in the most appropriate way for vulnerable people in the community.

In his new role he will be in charge of the Barnstaple community policing and response teams.