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Pensioner steps down from her volunteer role

Superintendent Sharon Stavers, volunteer Elizabeth Clifton and Sergeant Graham Vickers.
Superintendent Sharon Stavers, volunteer Elizabeth Clifton and Sergeant Graham Vickers.

She’s manned the office of her village police station, offered crime-prevention advice and even helped a resident who felt threatened by doorstep sellers – but now a Coquetdale woman has decided to call time as a police volunteer, at the age of 90.

Dedicated and community-minded Elizabeth Clifton has been offering a helping hand to officers in Coquetdale since 2009, providing a link between villagers and the local policing team.

But the Second World War veteran who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force believes the time is right to stand down, albeit with a heavy heart.

She said: “It has been very fulfilling to be a volunteer and help the community, because I feel very passionate about the community.

“I am disappointed to be stepping down as a volunteer and I will miss it, but it is common sense, because my mobility is a little bit dodgy now. I did think that I would be going on until my 91st birthday.”

Elizabeth’s duties as a volunteer have included working on the front office at Rothbury Police Station at weekends and attending parish council meetings on behalf of officers.

As part of a special farewell at the station last Friday, Elizabeth was presented a plaque which contained a thank you from the Force’s Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, recognising her contribution.

Superintendent Sharon Stavers paid tribute to Elizabeth’s volunteering efforts.

She said: “Elizabeth has been an invaluable asset, not just to the police, but also to the community. She has been a huge link between the police and the community.”