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A 100-year-old woman who served as a constable during the war has received a personal visit from two police leaders today.

  • Last Updated: 15-12-2017 at 15:12

A 100-year-old woman who served as a constable during the war has received a personal visit from two police leaders today.

Eva Johnson, from Bardney, is celebrating her centenary having lived a life which has spanned four different monarchs and 20 prime ministers.

To mark her service in the force Eva was visited in her home by Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West and Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.

The pair heard how, as a young 24-year-old, Eva was sent to London during World War Two to train as a police officer and soon after found herself patrolling the dark streets of Scunthorpe at night.

Eva regaled her visitors with stories of the first American soldiers moving to Lincolnshire, how she is terrible at directions even now and still wonders if, when on traffic patrol, she sent a whole American Army convoy on the wrong road to Brigg.

Mr Jones and Mr West presented Eva with the gift of a Bobby Bear and a birthday card with a personal message from the Chief Constable Bill Skelly and the Commissioner.

Mr Jones said: “She's a wonderful person with a great memory for detail. A true pleasure to speak to her and she loved the Bobby Bear we took her.

“The stories of her time in the force during the war and after were fascinating and showed just how much change she has experienced and handled in her life.

“The obvious dedication she has had to public service over her life was a real inspiration.”

ACC West said Eva shared fond memories of the Assistant Chief who served during the time she served her force.

“She was keen to offer me some tips for success as an Assistant Chief Constable – and they were gratefully received in my first week in office,” he said.

“It was a privilege to have met her and extend our birthday wishes, as well as thank her for her service. She quickly fell in love with Bobby Bear and I hope it continues to have pride of place in her home for years to come.”

 

For more information contact Jon Grubb from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 07780 953575 or mjgrubb@btinternet.com