A Burwardsley student has been honoured at a Cheshire Police ceremony by winning the Cadet of the Year award.

Ashley Tether, 18, was presented with the award at a ceremony at the constabulary’s Winsford headquarters on  May 6.

The Bishop Heber High School student was praised for his community engagement, in particular helping to raise the profile of the cadet programme and encouraging young  people to consider a career in policing.

He has also been instrumental in facilitating contact  between police and the PCC’s Youth Ambassador, and police officers with a number of different groups, showing a real understanding of the complexities of policing.

He has sought new ways of working, becoming a conduit  between the police force and the youth community and has represented the Constabulary at community meetings and discussion forums.

In addition to the unwavering support Ashley has shown to Neighbourhood Policing, he has supported the force at high profile events in the policing calendar.

Ashley has dedicated more than 400 hours of his spare  time to the cadet programme in the past 12 months and, on completion of his A-levels, intends to study a masters degree in strategic policing at the University of Cumbria.

Ashley said: “Volunteering with the Police Cadets has  given me a great sense of achievement, particularly in the work I have undertaken within the community.

“I am very proud to have received the award for Cheshire  Police Cadet of the Year but I could not have achieved this without the help I have received from serving officers, staff and PCSOs. These officers have welcomed me into the  police family and helped me to gain experience in many  different fields of policing.”

Cheshire Constabulary’s Stronger Communities manager Andy Williams said: “Ashley has proved to be an excellent ambassador for Cheshire Police and epitomises  the ethos of the volunteer cadet programme. I have found  him to be an extremely committed, enthusiastic, resourceful and dedicated cadet.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him and to get to know him. I feel his efforts in support of the force are rightly recognised with this award and wish him well for what promises to be a bright career ahead.”