New police inspector for Warminster and Westbury Alan Webb says he has big shoes to fill, after being announced as the replacement for Lindsey Winter.

He has served with the Wiltshire force for 21 years, first as a Swindon PC for seven years, then as a sergeant in Trowbridge.

Insp Webb, 46, who lives in Melksham, was made an inspector six years ago and took on the roles of county duty inspector and inspector in the force control room.

He also spent three years as head of the firearms department, leading it through the Torch Relay and Olympics, before being a response inspector at the Trowbridge hub.

Insp Webb, who is married with sons aged 21 and 25, said: “I’m chuffed to get the job and I am looking forward to working with the extended police family, PCSOs, specials and partner agencies.

“I want to continue the excellent work undertaken by Lindsey, who has led her team magnificently, showing dedication, determination and commitment to a town that is her own.

“I believe that policing today cannot be successful without the support of the community and I want to work with the local council, military, schools and the public.

“Lindsey has left me some very big shoes to fill and I need to settle in a bit before I set any goals.”

Insp Winter, who will move to the police contact centre in Devizes, said: “I have really enjoyed my work and I’ve met some lovely people and made good friends along the way.”