A man from Daventry has admitted to being shocked after being awarded an OBE in the latest New Year’s Honours announced by the Queen.
Andrew Basford, who lives in Wardens Lodge in North Street, Daventry, was given the Order of the British Empire medal for his services to law enforcement.
The 50-year-old works as the principal officer and manager of engineering development at the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.
Mr Basford said: “I am just utterly gobsmacked by the award. I do not quite believe it is going to happen but it is quite amazing and an honour to receive it.
“The first I knew of the award was when I got a letter through the post.
“I don’t think I believed it then and I don’t believe it now. It is amazing to be recognised for the work that I do.”
He has worked for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency for the past 30 years and has been keen to pay tribute to the hard work of his colleagues.
Mr Basford said: “A lot of the work I do has been based overseas and acting as a liaison between the UK and abroad.
“I could not have got this without the efforts of the people based abroad and in this country.
“They are a fantastic team and I am delighted to work with them.
“A big thank you to my friends and family as well for their support over the years. It has not been easy going abroad at a moment’s notice, but they have all been very supportive. A big thanks especially to my kids Annabel, 15, and George, 12.”