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Sergeant Tim Burch, left, says farewell to Superintendent Dave Wakelin at Newark Police Station. - 190309MAT1-3
Sergeant Tim Burch, left, says farewell to Superintendent Dave Wakelin at Newark Police Station. - 190309MAT1-3
Newark’s deputy police chief has retired after 30 years on the force.
Sergeant Tim Burch (52) worked his final shift on Wednesday.

His decision to become a policeman after leaving the Royal Navy was supported by the late Superintendent Ted Brooks, of Newark Police, whose daughter he was dating.

Sergeant Burch went on to marry Anne Brooks and the couple, who live in the Newark area, have a son, Ben (24).

When Sergeant Burch first went on the beat he was equipped with a wooden truncheon and a set of handcuffs.

During riots in Nottingham in 1980 he was told to defend himself with a dustbin lid.

He said as more criminals armed themselves the police had to match the threat, and today were equipped with stab-proof vests, CS spray and extendable batons.

Inspector Jerry Butler, who retired last year as Newark police commander, described Sergeant Burch as his best right-hand man.

Sergeant Burch was responsible for the successful implementation of the safer neighbourhood policing system and the smooth introduction of police community support officers.

Superintendent Mark Holland, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Sergeant Burch embodies the traditional values of policing, which in many ways is the model that we are trying to return to.

“It is that experience that we have been drawing upon to get us back to where we want to be.

“He set the standards and will be sorely missed.”

Mr Burch intends to spend his retirement walking coastal paths, coaching boys’ hockey, playing golf, gardening and doing d-i-y.

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