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Burnley disturbances policeman honoured by Queen

Deputy Chief Constable Chris Weigh who has been recognised in the New Year's Honours (s)

Deputy Chief Constable Chris Weigh who has been recognised in the New Year's Honours (s)

A top policeman who played a leading role in the response to the disturbances in Burnley in 2001 has been recognised by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours.

Deputy Chief Constable Chris Weigh has been awarded The Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for services to policing.

Mr Weigh (48) joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1984 and has dedicated his entire career to policing in the county.

In March 2001 he was promoted to superintendent and posted to Pennine Division where in the summer of that year he led the policing response to the disturbances.

He has also been the driving force behind the constabulary’s Beyond Expectations campaign, aimed at ensuring the quality of service delivered to the public, and the Sustaining Excellence programme of delivering the force’s organisational reviews.

He has held a number of lead roles with the Association of Chief Police Officer (ACPO) and has also been regional lead for collaboration and interoperability, and most recently for unmanned aerial systems.

Mr Weigh has been the Deputy Chief Constable since November 2009. He lives in Lancashire and has two children.

He said: “I am delighted to receive this award. I’ve been very lucky to work with great people in a great organisation and I am very proud of this achievement.”

Sgt Pete Sculpher, who has most recently worked in road policing, has been awarded an MBE for services to policing and the community while Det. Sgt Neil Fowler has been awarded The Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for services to policing.

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Chris, Neil and Peter.

“They have all worked for Lancashire Constabulary for many years and each has made an invaluable contribution to the success of the organisation over that time and I would like to thank them all for their hard work, dedication and professionalism.

“I know that their families will quite properly be feeling very proud of them, as am I, and I’m sure they will enjoy a wonderful day at Buckingham Palace at their investiture.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Clive Grunshaw added: “I am extremely pleased and proud of all the recipients. It is just richly deserved recognition for their dedication to policing in the county.”

 

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