Longest-serving Met officer retires after 47 years in the job

09:17 07 August 2013

The UK

The UK's longest-serving officer outside New Scotland Yard. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

Archant

The UK’s longest serving bobby today hangs up his truncheon at Scotland Yard.

Pc Mountain in Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour in 1972. Picture: Metropolitan Police ServicePc Mountain in Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour in 1972. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

Pc Mick Mountain joined the force more than 40 years ago at the age of 19. Now 66, Pc Mountain - who policed the Brixton riots as well as the Silver, Golden and Diamond jubilees - is retiring from what he describes as the world’s best police service.

“What can I say… I stick at things,” he said. “Looking back, joining the police was the best piece of advice my Dad could have given me.

“I will always be proud to have been in the Met, as I believe we are the best police service in the world.”

Scotland Yard said Pc Mountain has arrested thousands of criminals, starting in Wimbledon as a bobby on the beat with just a whistle and a truncheon and ending his career as an officer at the Palace of Westminster.

Pc Mountain in Horse Guards Parade this week. Picture: Metropolitan Police ServicePc Mountain in Horse Guards Parade this week. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

After 18 years policing the corridors of power, Pc Mountain said it was the everyday people he encounters he will miss most. “I love coming into work everyday and meeting so many different people,” he said. “It’s what spurred me to stay in the job all this time and the thing that I will miss the most.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Mark Edwards was jailed over lying about a drink drive collision.

A father and daughter have been sent to prison after they attempted to cover up what happened on the night of a drive drive collision.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Police would like to speak to this man [Images from Metropolitan Police]

Police are hunting a man who groped a woman on a bus bound for Heathrow Airport.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Muhammed Tahir is forbidden to use the tube [Photo: British Transport Police]

A middle-aged man from Hackney has been banned from using the London Underground after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a female passenger.

Monday, April 20, 2015
The Cathay Airways pilot has been released on bail pending a further investigation (Photo by Christian Keenan/Getty Images)

A pilot has been arrested at London Heathrow airport after he allegedly tried to travel with a number of knives on a passenger flight to Hong Kong, police have said.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Asim Marku was skilled in Leyton on Thursday last week [Photo: Metropolitan Police]

The Metropolitan Police have arrested 43-year-old Hysni Aydyli in connection with the murder of a 34-year-old man in Leyton.

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Peter Fox was captured on CCTV in Euston Station [Photo: Metropolitan Police]

Police have released CCTV pictures of Peter Fox walking through Euston station and appealed for the 26-year-old to contact them after his mother and sister were found dead.

Breaking News

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A traveller has died after falling onto the Central Line tracks at Liverpool Street station.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...