TfL staff and London police among honoured

Several Transport for London staff members and Metropolitan police officers are recognised in the Queen's New Year Honour list.

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London heroes honoured

Metropolitan Police officers, Transport for London staff and figures from the arts have been recognised in the New Year Honours.

Among them, a man who has dedicated more than half a century to a boxing club in Bermondsey.

ITV's Piers Hopkirk reports.


New Year Honours: Met officers recognised

Several members of the Metropolitan Police Service have been honoured for their contribution to policing.

PC James Engelbach, 58, has received the Queen's Policing Medal for Distinguished Service for his 39 year career.

He says his most memorable moment was rescuing a man from a burning building in Paddington in the early 1990's.

Robert (Bob) Crawley, 58, has been awarded an OBE for his work in occupational health services, especially in helping staff manage stress.

Chief Inspector Vincent Hoar, who has 31 years service, has been appointed an MVO.

His role includes providing escorts for senior members of the Royal Family, including at the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen's Jubilee.

Boxing coach honoured with OBE

Steven Hiser Credit: ITN/Piers Hopkirk

Boxing coach, Stephen Hiser, has received a British Empire Medal for his services to youth boxing in Southwark.

Mr Hiser has given 49 years of service at the Fisher Boxing Club in Bermondsey, where he is currently head coach.

He volunteered for nearly 40 years, opening the club daily to help train young boxers, before becoming a paid employee.

Steven Hiser Credit: ITN/Piers Hopkirk

Artist Quentin Blake knighted

Quentin Blake Credit: ITN/Piers Hopkirk

Children's illustrator, Quentin Blake has been knighted in the New Year Honours list.

The artist from Sidcup in south east London recently turned 80.

He is best known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books.

His own heavily illustrated and quirky books include Mister Magnolia, Zagazoo and Loveykins.

Quentin Blake Credit: ITN/Piers Hopkirk

London teachers become Dames

Some 31 head teachers have been recognise in the New Year honours.

Among them is Joan McVittie, who transformed two schools in deprived areas of London and Sally Coates, who oversaw improvements at Burlington Danes Academy in west London.

Both become Dames.


New Year Honour for Sir Peter Hendy and TfL staff

Peter Hendy Credit: ITN

London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, is being awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, for services to transport and the community.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:

“Sir Peter Hendy richly deserves this honour. He has shown outstanding leadership as London’s Transport Commissioner, including overseeing the largest ever investment programme in the capital’s transport network and record breaking passenger numbers.

"He also led the successful operation of the transport network for the London 2012 Games, demonstrating to the world that London is the best city to live, work, visit and invest in."

London Underground’s Chief Operating Officer, Howard Collins becomes an OBE for services to the London 2012 Games and the London Underground.

Bus Service Controller, Nana Nyarko, becomes an MBE for services to London Buses following his outstanding bravery and commitment to colleagues and customers during the public disorder of August 2011.

MET Police Commissioner accepts Knighthood

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has been awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for bringing new energy and action on gangs, guns and knife crime.

He's also recognised for his focus on front line visibility and for overseeing policing during the Diamond Jubilee and London Games.

Commissioner Hogan-Howe says:

"I am very proud and thrilled at this recognition of the hard work of colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, South Yorkshire, Merseyside and Her Majesty's Inspectorate.

"I couldn't have achieved this without the love and support of my wife Marion, and my mum, who hasn't seen the day."

Five other members of the MPS and one retired officer were also honoured for their outstanding contribution to policing.

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