A WOMBWELL man who clocked up 30 years’ service with the police before helping children stay on the straight and narrow in his retirement has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

Alan Studd was earmarked for the accolade in the Queen’s 2020 New Year's honours list and will be presented with his medal at Barnsley Town Hall later this year, before attending a Buckingham Palace garden party in the summer. The 53-year-old, who rose to sergeant level for West Yorkshire Police, retired from service in 2014 but has spent his time ever since keeping youngsters away from crime as the senior section officer of Wakefield’s Special Constabulary.

Part of his responsibilities include overseeing activities for youngsters - including a go-karting club - visits into schools and organising youth clubs.

He will be presented with the BEM for services to young people and the community.

“It’s far more rewarding to see youngsters on the periphery of crime and antisocial behaviour turn their lives around,” Alan told the Chronicle.

“In many ways you see them go full circle.

“It’s a huge honour to have my work recognised but it is something I love doing.

“We’re waiting to hear when the medal presentation is, but we know it’ll be at Barnsley Town Hall and then we’ll be heading to London for the summer garden party."