Accolade for Pont’s bobby on the beat

Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings, left, presents the town council's Meritorious Service Award, which includes a gift and certificate, to PC Rob Anderson.

Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings, left, presents the town council's Meritorious Service Award, which includes a gift and certificate, to PC Rob Anderson.

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A police officer who will retire later this year has been recognised for his efforts in Ponteland.

The area’s neighbourhood beat manager, PC Rob Anderson, has been with Northumbria Police for 30 years.

He took up his current post five years ago and he also did a stint in Ponteland in the 1990s. He has worked in other parts of Northumberland and areas of Tyneside.

At the annual meeting of local government electors, Ponteland Town Council presented him with its Meritorious Service Award and he was thanked for his hard work and commitment to the area.

PC Anderson said: “The part of the job I most enjoy is making people feel that it was worthwhile contacting the police by addressing the issues they raise.

“For example, there were things going on at an unoccupied garage by Ladywell Way and Kirkley Drive that were causing concern among residents in the area. With the help of others, I managed to find out who owned it and the garage was recently demolished.

“Technology changes so fast and some parts of the job now are very different to my first few years. I can remember when everything was done on paper.

“I will miss certain aspects of this work, but I’m ready to retire from the police service. I’ve done my 30 years and it’s time for me to move on.”

He received the award from Mayor Carl Rawlings.

Coun Rawlings said: “Rob has an air of authority and is known for a direct but fair manner. He is an approachable policeman who communicates well and he works hard to keep Ponteland a safe and pleasant place to live.”