OBE honour for Mark

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CASTLEFORD councillor Mark Burns-Williamson received an OBE from the Queen for his services to policing and the community.

Coun Burns-Williamson, chairman of West Yorkshire Police Authority, was honoured for his contribution to regional and national policing governance as well as his work in Castleford during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

He said: “It was a great honour to receive this award from the Queen and to be recognised in this way.

“I have met and worked with some great people in the community and in policing circles over the years – without their support this wouldn’t have been possible.”

The councillor was elected as chairman of the authority in June 2003 and has been re-elected to that position each year since then. He was elected as national chairman of the Association of Police Authorities in September 2011.

Coun Burns-Williamson added: “I am proud to serve on and lead the authority. Policing is constantly changing, which makes the work extremely challenging and never more so than in the current climate.

“However, it is very rewarding and I enjoy it immensely. I want to dedicate the award to all those I have worked with, my family and the community of Castleford.”