New man in charge at town’s police station

BELPER’S top cop has changed for the first time in more than three years, after sergeant Richard Booth left to take-up a promotion.

The officer, who had been in charge of police teams including in Belper town, Kilburn, Duffield and Heage since May 2009, has taken-up an inspector’s post based at Buxton Police station.

During his time at the helm, Sgt Booth, who has lived in Belper since 1981, has run many crackdowns on issues such as speeding motorists, underage drinkers as well as combating thefts from vehicles and metal thieves.

He said the highlights of his time in charge were reducing the amount of nuisance vehicles on Coppice car park, working with young skaters in the area and preventing criminal damage on Nottingham Road, which had plagued the area for around 30 years.

“It’s projects like that I’m really proud of,” he said. “It’s been a really rewarding role.

“I have mixed emotions in leaving. I am a resident of Belper and I could quite happily have stayed, but would have been silly to have turned down a chance for promotion.”

He is replaced by Neil Glover, who was until recently a sergeant at Ripley police station and previously worked in Derbyshire Police’s Public Protections Team in Derby.

Sgt Glover will now take up overall control of the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team inBelper.

The officer, who has been with the force for 12 years, said: “I will be working to provide an effective service for Belper people and will be working closely with the local community to reduce anti social behaviour.”