Officers honoured for long service

More than 80 years’ experience between the four officers honoured in North Devon.

Police officers in North Devon have been honoured for long service and good conduct by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Sergeant Simon Butler, PC Andy Peel and PC Richard Bacon from the local investigations team in Barnstaple and PC Mark Hendry from Lynton were all recognised for 20 years’ service.

PC Peel told the Gazette: “It’s nice to be recognised by Devon and Cornwall Police for the years you’ve put in.

“Between the three of us in the investigations team we’ve got about 70 years of policing experience.”

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PC Peel’s citation from the awards ceremony described him as “well liked by all of his colleagues and takes a genuine interest in his role within the crime department.”

He spent the first 15 years of his career with Nottinghamshire Police before moving to Devon, where he volunteers a lot of his time to develop young officers wishing to obtain promotion.

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His colleague Sgt Butler has worked in Devon since 2001 after moving from the Hampshire Constabulary in he joined in 1992.

Highlights mentioned in his citation included karate chopping down a door in Ilfracombe after a street robbery and finding the suspect stood red handed.

It said: “He is dedicated, with an inner calmness and professionalism that demands respect from those around him.”

PC Hendry, who is stationed in Lynton, began his career in the Metropolitan Police service in 1991.

After 10 years with the force, including standing in the box at the Old Bailey for an IRA bombing trial, being run over by a motorbike and rescuing colleagues in the London May Day riots, he moved to Devon in 2001.

He initially worked for four years in the Ilfracombe neighbourhood team before moving to Lynton police station.

His citation said: “Mark is a dedicated, reliable and committed police officer whose service to his community is second to none.

“His dedication to providing an excellent public service is a credit to the organisation and the uniform he wears.”

PC Bacon has served 23 years in the force but declined to have his citation made public.

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