Jo Pavey tops West Country's honours list

Devon runner Jo Pavey has been awarded an MBE for services to athletics. 1,163 people were honoured this year - 70% of those were recognised for their community work.

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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 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.

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