Cornish policeman retires after 40 years on the beat

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Chief constable Stephen Otter (left) joined Pc Dave Dolling (right) for his last foot patrol

A policeman in Cornwall has handed in his warrant card after 40 years of being on patrol.

Pc Dave Dolling has retired after reaching his 60th birthday.

To celebrate his retirement, Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Stephen Otter surprised Pc Dolling by joining him on his last foot patrol.

They both wore capes and helmets similar to those that Pc Dolling originally wore in the 1970s when he first started.

'Best in public service'

Dave Dolling first worked as a constable in Devon, before moving to patrol around the Camborne and Redruth area 38 years ago.

He said he had never wanted to be promoted above his rank and was only leaving because he had reached the statutory police retirement age.

He said: "I've always lived in this area, my family was raised in this area and went to all local schools.

"I've been so lucky to police this area.

"I am part of the community and the community is very much part of me."

He said the secret of enjoying his work had been "simply the contacts and the numbers of people I've been able to work with".

Joining him for a patrol in Pool, Chief Constable Otter, who said he had never turned out in a cape for anyone before, said Dave Dolling had "given every single bit of himself to this community".

He said: "I think people like that represent the best in public service and I wanted to say a big thank you to him."

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