I left school in 1959 and took up an apprenticeship in plumbing and heating. I played football and cricket in the Bournemouth and Hampshire Leagues. After passing my final City & Guilds exams in my trade at Bournemouth Technicle College, I went away to sea as a ships plumber with the P&O Line in 1965, mostly doing world cruises. In 1970 I passed my Lifeboatman's Certificate in Vancouver.
I left the sea and joined the Metropolitan Police in London February 1972 and served in the Met throughout the rest of the 1970's - 80's, working in both the East End and Central London. I retired from the Met and worked for 18 months in forestry in Mid Devon, before starting work for the Dartmoor National Park Authority for whom I worked as a planning enforcement officer until I retired. I'm married, live with my wife and we have 5 daughters and 13 grandchildren.
I am a member of the National Association of Retired Police Officers.