A POLICE officer is to become the face of Bury St Edmunds after being voted a local legend – two months after he was reassigned away from the town.
Pc Mark Ellis had served the town for 14 years, with 13 of those spent at the town centre beat officer. Two months ago he was controversially reassigned to Haverhill.
Now his face is to appear on posters and billboards around the town after he won an online vote to be named a local legend.
“It’s ironic, it just goes to show how much value people placed on Mark’s presence in the town,” said chamber of commerce manager Ruth Brady.
Pc Ellis said he was ‘gobsmacked and overwhelmed’ by the high regard in which he was held.
“The bottom line is you give your heart and soul to the role and believe you are doing a good job so it really hits you in the stomach when you are moved,” he said.
Suffolk Police Federation Constables Branch Board Secretary Pc Graham Haygreen praised Pc Ellis.
“He has done a lot of excellent work in the town centre and is one of the most committed officers that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He goes beyond the call of duty, and really is a credit to the rank of constable,” he said.
Superintendent for partnerships and neighbourhoods in West Suffolk, Terry Byford said: “It is wonderful to see Mark’s commitment and service to the town acknowledged in such a fitting way, by those members of the community that he worked with.”