Britain’s longest serving copper celebrates 52 years on the beat

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But in all that time Special Constable Richard Warren has only made “around five arrests”.

The 74-year-old’s role as a countryside copper involves patrolling roads and driving vans carrying violent offenders.

Richard said: “I can arrestpeople but I don’t go out of the way to do that. My main role is to help people, mainly doing rural patrols and foot patrols.”

The dad of three from Hullavington, Wilts, who has been awarded an MBE as well as a string of long-service medals, added: “I am trained to use the extended batons and pepper spray and wear a body camera.”

He also volunteers as a litter picker and cares for his wife Lynette, 70, who has multiple sclerosis. But he has no plans to retire from his role as apart-time plod.

Richard said: “A lot of my work is with people who have concerns for welfare and missing persons.

“I’ll help out if any children are involved – for example the mum of an 11-year-old boy was taken into custody.

“I just kept him calm and informed about what was going on.”

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