Retired officer sets target to keep town safe

Barry Peach in his new role as Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Business Watch and PubWatch co-ordinator. ANL-151218-163707001
Barry Peach in his new role as Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Business Watch and PubWatch co-ordinator. ANL-151218-163707001

A retired police officer, whose job it is to know where every firearm is located in Lincolnshire, is preparing for a new challenge – to support businesses and pubs in Skegness in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.

Residents are more likely to recognise Barry Peach as a police dog handler in the Channel Five TV series ‘Police Interceptors’.

There will always be an idiot who wants to fight the world

Barry Peach, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce East Coast Business Watch and PubWatch co-ordinator

Preparations for his new role with Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce as East Coast Business Watch and PubWatch co-ordinator are in the very early stages, but he hopes to liaise with schemes already in place to see how he can suppport them.

Since retiring as a dog handler after 35 years, the son of a village bobby has been employed as a firearms officer, working for Lincolnshire Police through G4S.

Checking security, new licences and renewals may seem a far cry from when he was a firearms officer looking after former PM Margaret Thatcher during the years he spent with Thames Velley Police – but in these days of global gun crime it is no less important.

He said: “We have a good system in place - we know where all the guns are in the county. But there will always be an idiot who wants to fight the world.”

Before retiring from the dog section after 35 years - along with his German Shepherd called Razer and a cocker spaniel named Rufus - he had a variety of roles within Lincolnshire Police. These included response driver in Mablethorpe, spending two summers and then 11 years with CID in Skegness, and three years with child protection.

Preparation for his new role with Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce as East Coast Business Watch and PubWatch co-ordinator is in the very early stages, but he hopes to liaise with schemes already in place in the New Year to see how he can suppport them.

Eventually, Mr Peach will cover Louth, Horncatle, Mablethorpe, Spilsby and Alford, as well as Skegness. He said: “There is a lot we can do to deter crime and make the night-time economy safer so people can enjoy themselves.”