Left school in 1960 and took up a plumbing apprenticeship. After passing my final City & Guilds exams in plumbing and heating, I went away to sea with the P&O Line as a ships plumber in late 1965. Left the sea in 1972 and joined the Metropolitan Police in London, where I served throughout the rest of the 1970's - 80's. After leaving the Met Police, I worked in forestry in Devon for a couple of years, before starting work for the Dartmoor National Park Authority for whom I worked until retirement. Married and have four daughters and 13 grandchildren. I am a member of the National Association of Retired Police Officers.