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A Norfolk PC, and former chair of the Catholic Police Guild, has received a special award from his Chief Constable for his work over the last five years in helping over 36,000 young people become better drivers.

Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey presented PC Andrew Nattrass with a Special Recognition Award at the recent Norfolk Safer Community Awards (NOSCAs). He said: "Andrew's dedication in protecting young people on our roads and rehabilitating offenders has been unwavering. While it's impossible to say how many lives have been saved through the delivery of this presentation, I'm confident young people are better educated to face life behind the wheel."

The award was for services to roads policing in Andrew's role as young driver education co-ordinator, ensuring that students from Year 11 and above at schools and colleges across the county have benefited from seeing a presentationabout the dangers of driving and being a passenger.

"The presentation focuses on what we call the Fatal Four," said Andrew. "They are speeding, driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, mobile phone use while driving and the dangers of drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts."

"I was really pleased to receive the award. The role has been challenging but very rewarding. There has been a drop in the number of young people killed and seriously injured on the county's roads. This may be in part due to the presentations."

Andrew, who is due to retire from the force this year after 30 years of service, has spent the last 25 years working as a Roads Policing Officer on the county's roads and often carried out the role of Family Liaison Officer following fatal road traffic collisions.

Andrew is the long-standing Norfolk representative on the Catholic Police Guild of England and Wales and for two years was the national chairman of the Guild. In this role he had the honour of presenting a Metropolitan Police helmet to Pope Francis.

Pictured above is PC Andrew Nattrass (right) receiving his award from Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey.