POLICE officer Richard Baldwin has been thanked for his work and efforts covering the Overton beat by the parish council.

PC Baldwin has left to cover the Highclere and Burghclere area after working in the Overton area since July 2005.

Chairman Tom Ridler said: “The parish council would very much like to thank Richard for all his efforts. He went above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions and really became involved in the Overton community.

“We wish him well in his new role and hope that at some future point he may be able to return to the village to resume his duties.”