A well-known Burnham-On-Sea PC is moving onto a new role after two decades working in the area.

PC Pete Wills has served for 22 years with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, 20 years of which have been working in policing in Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar.

“I leave this week to start a new role as Force Wildlife Crime Officer,” he told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week. “It’s sad and exciting at the same time, having worked here in Burnham for so many years.”

“I have had loads of help over the years from people completing a wide variety of projects, from introducing a community-funded Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera in Brean, to helping to start radio security schemes with local pubs and campsites that have spread to local towns and villages to prevent crime and build a community team.”

“Over the years, I also suggested that Berrow villagers consider a speedwatch group after seeing a scheme on the local news and they are still going today. I’ve also carried people out of their houses during the Somerset Levels floods and even fallen flat on my face while visiting farms!”

“I’ve been to many sad events in the Burnham area as well which is a balance and brings things into perspective. In all, Burnham has been a great place to work and live and I’m taking great memories with me.”

Chief Inspector Lisa Simpson this week thanked Pete on his last day in the local PC role, as pictured here.

Recruitment is underway on a new PC to cover the Burnham-On-Sea area.