ONE of the area’s most well-known detectives is bidding a fond farewell to Calderdale.
Detective Inspector Tony Nicholson is leaving the division’s CID to join detectives in Bradford South.
“It’ll be a new challenge and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“I’ll miss the officers here and the people.
“It makes it easier to come to work when you’re working with such a dedicated bunch of people.”
Detective Inspector Nicholson worked in Bradford South before he came to Calderdale four and a half years ago.
Since then he has lead investigations into several high-profile cases including a spate of taxi driver robberies in 2009.
He was at the forefront of work by the police with taxi chiefs and Calderdale Council to halt the violence against the district’s cabbies.
As a result, taxi security has ben boosted across the division with measures including more cameras in cars.
He also led the investigation into the murder of 23-year-old Amy Booth, who was savagely attacked at her Halifax home in 2008.
The detective says often the key to solving crimes lies in the community, and he has found the pressure of people living in an area has sometimes forced culprits to hand themselves in.
“It’s people saying this is not acceptable and we don’t’ want it happening here.”