IMAGINE my surprise and pleasure to see a very young ‘me’ featured on your letters page (September 22) under the heading “Policeman riddle”.

IMAGINE my surprise and pleasure to see a very young 'me' featured on your letters page (September 22) under the heading "Policeman riddle".

I joined the old Huntingdonshire Constabulary in 1960 and at the time, 1963/4, I was the village bobby for the Offords, Great Paxton, Toseland and Yelling, and I rode around my beat on a 200cc LE water-cooled Velocette motor cycle or 'Noddy bike'.

Because there was no police house available, this was then a single man's beat, and I lodged at what was then Great Paxton post office with Dick and Phyl Jackson and their three daughters.

In those days it was important to be known and to recognise people who might be willing to lend a hand if and when necessary.

Billy Mack who lived on Graveley Road, Offord D'Arcy was one such person, and my friendship with him led to my calling on him to assist at the incident described by his daughter, Jane Upchurch.

TONY BURNLEY

High Street

Brampton