Respected Sergeant leaves his post and praises community

Sgt Graham Vickers.
Sgt Graham Vickers.

Landslips, flooding and the Raoul Moat manhunt – life has been far from dull for Sergeant Graham Vickers during his time in Rothbury and Coquetdale.

But after eight years of overseeing policing in the area, he has moved on to pastures new.

Sgt Vickers has been posted to North Tyneside Area Command HQ Middle Engine Lane, in Wallsend.

However, his time in north Northumberland has left him with many memories, in what he described as being ‘eight wonderful years’.

He said: “It has been an immense privilege to serve such a wonderful community which has been so supportive, especially in overcoming the significant challenges we at times have faced.

“Our neighbourhood officers will continue to strive to deliver the best policing possible.

“I wish to sincerely thank my police colleagues and volunteers, our many partners and everyone in our community, for all the support and friendship over the years.”

Acting Sergeant Paul Sykes has taken on the role until the appointment of a new permanent sergeant. He is available to speak to at the Rothbury office.

Rothbury parish and county councillor Steven Bridgett praised Sgt Vickers’ work in the area. He said: “As a community we have faced some difficult challenges over the past eight years and Sgt Vickers and his team have been at the forefront on each of those occasions.

“I have no doubt that Sgt Vickers will be a miss and his departure is very much a loss for all of the Coquet Valley.

“He has built very close ties with our community over the years and one such example of this is the playing of the Last Post on the bugle, in church, during our Remembrance service each year.”