FOLLOWING the departure of Inspector Sarah Blake last month, Dursley and Stroud now have a new police inspector.

Inspector Paul Cruise will now be heading up the neighbourhood team.

Insp Cruise came to Gloucestershire Constabulary in 2007, having worked as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police Service and Cleveland Police.

"The majority of my service has been spent working in front line response policing," he said.

"In recent years I have worked within the Community Harm Reduction Team, focusing on a more restorative approach to policing.

"This included working alongside initiatives such as the Aston Project, Children First and Schoolbeat.

"Having recently moved into my role of the Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector for Dursley and Stroud, I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to work with a fantastic team of officers and staff who are intent on providing the highest level of service to all who live, work and visit here.

"I very much look forward to forging strong working relationships with the communities, businesses and our partner agencies in the area."

Inspector Sarah Blake joined Gloucestershire's mounted police section at the start of the month.

She said: "I am very privileged to have worked with such a fantastic team of people who give many hours of their own time to support the constabulary.

"I look forward to continuing working with the Dursley and Stroud team in my new role."