PAUL Tyzack of Torrington at last has the chance to put his feet up - and return to his former love of sailing. He has retired after 31 years in the police force, 28 years of that time in his native North Devon, having been brought up in Barnstaple. Latte

PAUL Tyzack of Torrington at last has the chance to put his feet up - and return to his former love of sailing.He has retired after 31 years in the police force, 28 years of that time in his native North Devon, having been brought up in Barnstaple.Latterly a sergeant in Torrington, Paul has also served in Bideford and South Molton after an initial two years in Exeter.Apart from a couple of years in the CID, he had been in uniform throughout that time and always made a point, whatever his duties, of walking his beat each day, he told the Gazette.It was the personal contact with people that he enjoyed the most, said Paul.As a fitting way to herald his retirement, Paul last October walked in uniform along the South West Coast Path from the Devon and Somerset border to the Devon and Cornwall border, a distance of some 120 miles. He raised sponsorship for Cancer Research and the Children's Hospice South West.As a young man Paul gained a BSc degree at Plymouth Polytechnic and seemed destined for a career with BP in warmer climes. But the desire he had held since a child to become a policeman won through.During his earliest days in Exeter, Paul became interested in sailing and became a regular crewman, including once in the Fastnet race, with his then sergeant, Peter Phillips, of single-handed Transatlantic fame.In retirement he will find more time for country pursuits such as walking and fishing, playing the piano - and has bought himself a boat and hopes to get back on the water.Paul will also continue to take an active part in the community of Taddiport, where he is secretary of the village hall committee.