A POLICE officer who helped set up a boxing scheme to keep youngsters out of trouble has received his MBE medal from the Queen.
Sgt Stephen Osbaldeston, who works for Derbyshire Police in and around Chesterfield, was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and was invited to Buckingham Palace.
He set up Ozbox, a free boxing-based training scheme for youngsters aged 12 to 19, in 2005, when he worked at Chesterfield Police Station.
The classes, now held across the county, are run by off-duty officers and aim to reduce nuisance and criminal behaviour by giving youngsters something to do.
Sgt Osbaldeston has 27 years’ service with Derbyshire Police.
He said: “It was a great honour to meet the Queen and receive my medal.
“It is nice to be recognised for all the hard work that has gone into Ozbox and through substantial funding it is now going from strength to strength.”