Cumbria

Cumbria police inspector in Queen's medal accolade

Cumbria Chief Constable Craig Mackey and Insp Joe Murray
Image caption Insp Murray (r) with Chief Constable Craig Mackey

A police officer who has dedicated 30 years to keeping the streets safe is among those from Cumbria to receive accolades in the New Year Honours list.

Insp Joe Murray, head of West Cumbria's Community Safety Team, has been given the Queen's Police Medal.

Andrew Beeforth, director of the Cumbria Community Foundation, has also been honoured and is appointed OBE for services to the voluntary sector.

Philanthropist Robert Bowman receives an OBE for services to music.

David Hitch becomes a MBE for services to Cumbria Police. He was a police officer between 1967 and 1999 and following his retirement he returned to the force as a member of staff.

Speaking about the Cumbria Police honours, Chief Constable Craig Mackey said: "I am delighted and very proud that two of our most dedicated members have received this honour.

"Both Joe and David have each provided outstanding service to the constabulary and the people of Cumbria for more than 30 years - they are role models for any officer wishing to join the service and an inspiration to everyone."

Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, James Anthony Cropper, is made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Former corporate director of Cumbria County Council children's services, Moira Swann, becomes an OBE.

Among those made MBEs are Norma Boyes, of Workington, an administration officer for the Rural Payments Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Maureen Richards was also appointed an MBE for her voluntary work for the mountain rescue service in Cumbria and Gerard Richardson for services to the tourist industry in Whitehaven.

Stella Canwell, former chief examiner for A-level English literature at the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance Examination Board, is appointed MBE.

Thomas David Smith, from Cockermouth, becomes an MBE for services to people addicted to drugs.

Kenneth Staveley is appointed MBE for services to the community in Kirby Ireleth and Ulverston.

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