BRADFORD on Avon police constable Martin Annetts was presented with the Golden Gudgeon Award this week by the town's Chamber of Commerce.

The recognition is given to people, who the business community feels, have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the town.

PC Annetts, a police officer for the past 27 years, said he felt honoured to be awarded the Golden Gudgeon.

He added: "I feel privileged to have been carefully considered and nominated, and then chosen for this award, especially as the others nominated also deserve this.

"It is also a privilege to police the community of Bradford on Avon. Officers, like me, working in the town's Neighbourhood Policing Team work hard and do what we do to give the people of Bradford on Avon the best policing they deserve."

The Gudgeon depicts the fish which is on top is a weather vane on the town bridge and lock-up and has a local saying of 'under the fish and over the water'.

The award has only been given to a handful of people in the town and Caroline Philpott, former president of Bradford on Avon Chamber of Commerce, said that PC Annetts has become a well-respected part of the community.

She added: “Martin has always been passionate about the town, he makes it a priority to find out what is going on, he is very approachable.

"We, as a business community, feel very confident that he will do his best for us, he is well known in the town and even when he is off duty he keeps his ears and eyes open.

“I think everyone can tell a story as to how Martin has helped a situation and how understanding he has been.”