Top cop Mick retires after 30 years

RETIRING: Superintendent Mick Wharton is retiring after 30 years with West Yorkshire Police.
RETIRING: Superintendent Mick Wharton is retiring after 30 years with West Yorkshire Police.

A POLICE officer is retiring after more than three decades with the force.

Superintendent Mick Wharton, from Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, will finish his last shift with Kirklees police today.

He joined the West Yorkshire force in Bradford in 1980, as officers were hunting the Yorkshire Ripper.

Since then, Supt Wharton has worked across the region, becoming superintendent for Kirklees in 2007.

He said: “Throughout my career I had always wanted to work in Dewsbury, as that is where I grew up and was the place I knew best.

“I have had a fantastic career with many highs and will be sad to be retiring from the police.”

During his career, Supt Wharton has worked on the miner’s strike, Leeds United FC matches in Europe and the Shannon Matthews case.

On Shannon, he said: “I’m not sure if this was a career high or a low, because of the reputational issues it caused Dewsbury.”

Supt Wharton, now of Horbury, said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and joining community groups.