I have lived in Middlesbrough since 1978, having moved here from the Midlands.
I joined Cleveland Police in 1984 and went on to serve in many departments in uniform as well as in plain clothes. I retired from Cleveland Police in 2009
During my police service I received commendations from Crown Court Judges on two separate occasions for bravery and tenacity in carrying out my duties on the front line of policing. I also received a commendation for saving a man’s life. Before I retired, I was decorated with the Exemplary Service Medal by Cleveland Police.
One of the many strength’s I have is an in depth knowledge of the inner workings of the police service and of the Criminal Justice system. As local people will know, I have seen the Criminal Justice system from many different aspects. I have spent many years fearlessly fighting for justice, truth and for what is right. I have represented myself without Barristers or Solicitors many times over the last 17 years, in the Courts, Tribunals and the High Court. I therefore know for sure that I can and will represent the public of Cleveland with the same tenacity, strength, passion and commitment.
As a result of my wide and varied experience spanning 28 years in the police service and through the Criminal and Civil Justice system, I believe that I can offer the public of Cleveland a unique skill-set and one that is certainly free from any political or Local Authority bias.