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Somerset police officer who led flood response receives MBE

Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters has been awarded an MBE Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The officer who led the policing operation in response to the Somerset floods in 2014 has been awarded an MBE.

Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters, the Area Commander for the north east, has been given the award for her service and dedication to the communities of Avon and Somerset.

Caroline headed up the police operation throughout the floods which caused widespread devastation in 2014.

She started her career with the Metropolitan Police in 1987 before joining Avon and Somerset police in 2003. Caroline is married with three daughters.

I am absolutely thrilled and genuinely taken aback. I am immensely proud to receive the award. I would like to thank my husband and family for all their support throughout my career - I could not have done it without them. Policing is a fantastic career and I feel so privileged to work with some great people.

– Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters

Devon's Jo Pavey tops West Country's honours list

Jo Pavey celebrating winning the Women's 10000m Final at the European Championships 2014 Credit: Adam Davy/PA

Devon runner Jo Pavey has been awarded an MBE for services to athletics.

The 41 year old mum-of-two won the 10,000m gold medal at the European Championships last year, and has competed in the Olympics four times.

1,163 people were honoured this year - 70% of those were recognised for their community work. Our reporter John Andrews went to meet some of the West Country's local heroes.

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South West Queen Birthday Honours List

South West Queen Birthday Honours Credit: PA: Steve Parsons

The Queen is giving the honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to the following:

Charles De Lisle Innis (71) from Beaworthy, Devon is being recognised for his voluntary service to the community in Torrington and Haterleigh, Devon.

Heather Ann Ogburn (56) from Plymouth, Devon, is founder of HMS Heroes and she is being recognised for services to education.

Elizabeth Margaret Ropschitz (62) from Teignmouth,Devon, who is a Mental Health Co-ordinator is being honoured for services to Older Prisoners in Devon.

The British Empire Medal (BEM) is being given to the following:

Percy George Davey (73) from Crediton,Devon, is being recognised for services to Young People in Crediton, Devon through the Scout Movement.

Desmond Norman Libby (58) from Fowey, Cornwall, is being recognised for services to the community in Polruan, Cornwall.

Donald John Roberts (84) from Torquay, Devon, is being recognised for services to young people through Swimming and to Bellringing in Torquay.

Prince Charles letters reveal he was FOR the badger cull

The letters were published today after a long legal battle Credit: PA

Letters from Prince Charles made public for the first time have revealed how he was FOR the badger cull.

After a lengthy court battle, the Prince's correspondence to Labour ministers a decade ago have been published. In one of his letters to the Prime Minister he says it's "intellectually dishonest" that the over-populated badgers can't be culled.

Princess Anne visits Lynton and Lynmouth's cliff railway

The Princess Royal has been visiting Lynton and Lynmouth's cliff railway to mark its 125th anniversary.

Schoolchildren lined the route as Princess Anne was given a guided tour. She also met descendants of the original engineer who came up with the mechanism that runs the railway.

Tourists have been able to ride the train for free today as part of the celebrations.

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A royal visit for Dorset schoolchildren

Prince Charles planted a tree at the school Credit: ITV News

Prince Charles was at his namesake school in Dorset yesterday to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The prince dropped in to the Prince of Wales School in Dorchester, met some of the pupils and planted a tree to mark the occasion.

He originally laid the foundation stone in 1993 and officially opened the building two years later.

St Ives lifeboat appeal raises £100,000

The Queen greeting the RNLI crew of the existing lifeboat at St Ives in May 2013 Credit: PA

The RNLI in St Ives has taken a huge step towards getting a new Shannon Class lifeboat.

The Queen launched the appeal in May 2013 and it's raised more than £100,000.

It's hoped the town will take delivery of the lifeboat in autumn 2015.

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