Officer worked Diana’s wedding and her funeral

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A POLICE officer from Grantham has called time on a distinguished career which included covering Princess Diana’s wedding and her funeral.

Angela Jones attended the village school in Foston before studying at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.

It was here in Grantham that she got her first taste of crime-fighting.

Proud mum Margaret Jones, formerly owner of Charity Jones in Guildhall Street, said: “She was working as a Saturday girl for Gilbert Paul, also in Guildhall Street, when she pursued her first criminal, chasing a shoplifter who had stolen a shirt from the window display.

“She gave chase and cornered him in the nearby George Hotel and successfully retrieved the shirt. She was only 16 but it was her first taste of crime.”

Angela went on to join the Metropolitan Police. During her two years there she regularly policed West Ham football matches, as well as being on duty at the front gates of Buckingham Palace for the wedding of Charles and Diana.

Angela then transferred to Northamptonshire Police, becoming one of the force’s very few female detectives.

She was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and was involved in investigating the most serious of crimes, including murders. She also cultivated an excellent record helping victims of sexual abuse

Margaret said: “The opportunities to help people deal with the past and then move forward brought Angela immense satisfaction and pride.”

During her time spent with Northamptonshire Police Angela received two commendations - one for bravery and another for work convicting a murderer.

Ironically, her time spent with the force also brought her back to Princess Diana. She was on duty at Althorp House, home of the Spencer family in Northamptonshire, for the funeral of Princess Diana.

Her final years working for the police were spent as a National Crime Adviser, working for a branch of the Home Office.

Angela has returned to the live in the area after retiring from the force.

Margaret said: “She is able to enjoy her passions for walking and bird-watching. As for investigating crime, she now restricts herself to watching detective programmes on television whilst trying to guess the identity of the killer!”