We are fortunate to have experienced neighbourhood police in St Pauls but one of the number retired in June. Chris Adams was given a farewell do at St Agnes Park on 7th June, brought together by Jo Mansfield and Friends of St Agnes Park. PC Adams was the longest serving neighbourhood watch policeman in the whole of the Avon and Somerset force who stayed in St Pauls for his entire 27 years of service. Nicknamed Blackbeard, he was friends with Joe Gardner, another of our local PC’s who retired a year ago and whose son, Jason won a gold medal at the last Olympics running in the relay race.
Before becoming a policeman, PC Adam was in the Merchant Navy and spent two years studying Engineering in Liverpool. So, as a country boy growing up in Dorset he had experience of big cities and a variety of countries. He said he really enjoyed working in St Pauls and wishes us all the best and feels that the area does not deserve the stigma attached to it. He added, “I don’t think St Paul’s is any worse than other Inner City area”. In retirement he wants to catch up on his gardening and various home jobs and will be volunteering with Avon Wildlife Trust. He is a keen bird watcher and sea fisherman.
Written by Hilary Finch