Goodbye Mavis

Police in Honiton bid farewell to Mavis, who retires after 24 years serving Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

POLICE in Honiton came out in force to bid a fond farewell to Mavis Bird, who has retired from the station’s front desk after 24 years of service to Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

Mavis, who is the ‘face’ of the constabulary in Honiton, was praised during a celebration attended by senior officers last week.

She started out as a Special Constable before becoming employed by the force and has worked in Exmouth.

“I will miss my colleagues and the company – they have all been very good. They all treat me like mum,” said Mavis.

Over the years, Mavis has seen many faces come through the doors and she has seen staff rise up through the ranks.

“There have been 15 inspectors since I got the job,” she said.

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“Honiton police station has been a good place to work. It is one of the nicest stations in East Devon.”

Chief Superintendent Jo Tennant, who travelled to Honiton to pay tribute to Mavis’s years of dedicated service, said: “Mavis, you are definitely East Devon at heart. Honiton and East Devon are going to miss you lots and lots.”

Debra Hollamby, from Sidmouth police station, and Anne Marie Collins, from Axminster, were also praised for their years of service on the front desks in the Axe Valley.

Anne Marie, who has served in Honiton, Seaton and Axminster, leaves the force after 14 years. She said: “I am sad to leave. I have enjoyed it as there have been plenty of challenges and you get to meet people from all different walks of life.

“I am sad to leave everyone behind.”

They were also presented with flowers from Chief Superintendent Tennant and were joined by their families, as well as colleagues from Honiton, Seaton, Axminster, Sidmouth and Exmouth.

Chief Superintendent Tennant added: “We are all here to say a very heartfelt thank you and good luck for the future.

“Everyone wishes you the best for the future and everything that it brings.”