A NORTH Durham community beat inspector has been nominated for lifetime achievement award.

Inspector Dave Marshall of Chester-le-Street will travel to London tomorrow to find out whether he has won the title in the awards, organised by the Jane's Police Review.

Insp Marshall began his career with Durham Constabulary as a probation officer in the town.

According to the force, he places "fervent emphasis on ensuring that he serves the community well".

He quickly became the face of the constabulary in the town centre and significantly broadened his experience after becoming a sergeant in 1983.

After promotion to inspector in 1991, he continued to pursue the ethos of working with the community and became recognised as an "excellent ambassador".

Supt Jamie McAloon of Durham Constabulary described Inspector Marshall as an "officer of the highest integrity".