Hayley achieves her childhood dream

PUBLISHED: 09:24 02 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:24 02 December 2013

Axminster's  new PCSO Hayley Widger with Sgt Steve Paynter. Photo by Chris Carson

Axminster's new PCSO Hayley Widger with Sgt Steve Paynter. Photo by Chris Carson


Local woman is Axminster’s new Police Community Support Officer

A childhood dream to become a police officer is now a reality for Hayley Widger.

Since her days as a pupil at Seaton Primary School the 25-year-old has wanted to join the Force.

Now she has become Axminster’s third Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) set to become a familiar face as she patrols the town.

It is a job she is relishing, working amongst the community she knows so well.

“I am really pleased to join the team here – it is good to be back in the Axminster area,” she said.

“I am looking forward to meeting up with some old friends and making some new ones, too”

Hayley, who studied health and social care and leisure and tourism as a sixth former at Axe Valley Community College, went on to complete a two year National Diploma in Public Services at Exeter College.

Moving towards her goal of joining the police she next successfully applied for an SIA Security Licence and has worked across Devon and Somerset as a retail security guard, latterly at Tesco, in Chard.

At Axminster, under Sgt Steve Paynter, she will work alongside PC Simon Rodgers and fellow PCSOs Andy Trott, who covers both the town and rural areas, and PCSO Amanda Wooster, who is on rural patrol.

Hayley said she was looking forward to learning the ropes from her experienced coleagues, hopefully working her way up through the ranks during the coming years.

She says she is very keen for the public to approach her with any problems they may have.

“Don’t hesitate to come up and talk to me,” is her message. “I am one of your community now.”

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