Popular police officer retires after 30 years

Police dog handler Dave Ashley is looking forward to retirement with  Poppy, and English Springer Spaniel and Henry, a Malinois. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Police dog handler Dave Ashley is looking forward to retirement with Poppy, and English Springer Spaniel and Henry, a Malinois. Picture by Jane Coltman.

An experienced officer, who served Northumbria Police for three decades, has retired.

PC David Ashley stepped down from the Force on Tuesday, having spent 27 of his 30 years as a dog handler.

The 51-year-old, who lives in Scotland, has helped communities right across Northumberland during his time.

He admits he enjoyed his stint as a policeman, but feels ‘fantastic’ to retire.

He leaves with his police dogs – English springer spaniel Poppy and Henry, a Malinois – and says he will continue to work with dogs.

The married father-of-two, who has one grandchild, said: “I have enjoyed my time in service as a policeman.

“I hope I have served the community well, because that has always been my intention. I have always tried to be firm, but fair.

“It has been a great experience and I have seen so many changes – changes in people, changes in society and changes in equality.”

He was most recently based at Alnwick and has also worked with other police forces, such as Durham and Police Scotland.

In the wake of Monday night’s attack in Manchester, David paid tribute to those still in the profession.

He said: “It just shows what good work the police do. Police get slated from time to time, but officers have a hell of a job to do.”

Alnwick and Rothbury Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves paid tribute to David.

She said: “He was a well-liked and very popular officer who was extremely hardworking and dedicated.

“He put himself above and beyond the call of duty and he will be sorely missed.”