A Newarthill police officer who spent his entire career in his home division has retired after 30 years in the force.
Alexander ‘Sandy’ Barton signed up for the police cadets straight after leaving Braidhurst High and joined the serivice proper aged 18 and a half.
He was first stationed in Motherwell where he spent six years before being moved to Bellshill for the majority of his career.
For 18 years Sandy worked out of the Newarthill and Viewpark sub-stations before his final six years took him to Coatbridge where he ended his career.
Sandy said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working the streets so really I had no desire to do anything else and was able to just stay as a beat cop.
“I have no immediate plans for what to do with my time, I think I’ll just enjoy a holiday for a wee while.
“I have mixed emotions about retiring. For 30 years this is all I’ve known and I daresay it will take me some time to get used to no longer having shifts.”
Sandy’s mum, Mary, still lives in Newarthill, although he lives elsewhere in Lanarkshire with his partner, Tina, and four children.