Village cop looks back

Community officer Blair Watson had been community officer in Newtongrange for 16 years is to retire.

Community officer Blair Watson had been community officer in Newtongrange for 16 years is to retire.

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A community council has said a fond farewell to a police officer who has served the village for the past 16 years – as he prepares for retirement.

Blair Watson (52), is as a well known face in Newtongrange. But, following recent health problems, Blair has been on ‘desk duty’ as he awaits retirement later this year after 30 years of service.

At last week’s Newtongrange Community Council meeting he gave his last ever police news update and received a bottle of whiskey as thanks for his service to the community.

Speaking at the meeting he said: “I don’t know if there is many villages that still have that local bobby. I think I’m the last sort of one.

“There is no policeman that knows the village like I do.

“I still get CID officers asking me about certain things in the village.

“And cops say to me, how can you work and stay in the same place? But I have not had a problem with it.”

Community council chairman Jason Ferry said: “Blair has given us a great deal of service as the community officer. If you have got a problem, you go and see Blair, everybody knows Blair. You’ll be missed.”