Police officer signs off at 30 years on the beat

Former Policeman Neil Wilson with his Statue presented to him on leaving the Police Service after 30 yeras service. ANL-160224-170733009
Former Policeman Neil Wilson with his Statue presented to him on leaving the Police Service after 30 yeras service. ANL-160224-170733009

After 30 years of pounding the beat around West Norfolk, a police officer has finally hung up his hat.

PC Neil Wilson is embarking on a well-earned retirement after three decades on the force.

Mr Wilson, 52, has been a familiar face as a beat bobby in Fairstead and Gaywood along with helping to rescue lost £10 note for a little girl.

Since starting off his career in Hunstanton in 1986, Mr Wilson has seen a host of changes.

He said: “It has been a privilege to work through the generations.

“I started off with a wooden truncheon and have finished up wearing body armour.

“It has been a long and interesting career.”

Mr Wilson joined up at the age of 22 after growing bored with a factory job and watching his brother go into the Nottinghamshire force.

He was initially posted to Hustanton and worked with “older boys who had been on the job for 20 to 25 years.”

During his career, he has had stints in Downham and Hunstanton but has spent the majority of his career in Lynn.

Mr Wilson was given the nickname of “Ginge” during his time in the Fairstead and Gaywood areas.

He said: “It was a wide ranging job. You could be called toa sudden death or a car accident.

“Once I lifted up a drain cover to get a £10 note for a little girl who had lost it.

“It would always mean a lot when people said thank you.”

Mr Wilson retired from Lynn station on February 16.

He said: “I would like to thank all my friends who have made my retirement something else. My colleagues have been brilliant.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time.”

Mr Wilson, who lives in Lynn, is looking forward to spending more time with his family. He is also hoping to be able to commit more time to Norwich Pipe Band, where he is a bass drummer.

The band are due to be performing at Heacham and Burnham Market Carnivals along with the Berlin Tattoo later this year.