Long-serving PC calls time on tunnel career

One of Sheffield's most respected Policeman PC Peter Booth(left) is retiring from South Yorks Police,and on Saturday at Hillsborough it was Peters last game working at Hillsborough were for many years he has been on duty on the Players Tunnel
One of Sheffield's most respected Policeman PC Peter Booth(left) is retiring from South Yorks Police,and on Saturday at Hillsborough it was Peters last game working at Hillsborough were for many years he has been on duty on the Players Tunnel
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HELLO, hello, hello. Or perhaps it should be more a case of goodbye, goodbye, goodbye from this policeman - and this time it is for real.

Last year, the police newspaper Billboard incorrectly informed its readers that PC Peter Booth had hung up his helmet.

That was bad enough - but the year before it was posted on several social network sites that he had died.

But this time he really has left the force, or at least he will have come January 8.

PC Booth, 50, joined the police as an 18-year-old, when his dad, Eric, drove him from their home in Barnsley to Sheffield where he sat his formal interview.

And, over the 32 years that have followed, Peter has loved every minute of his job.

Best known as the beat policeman for High Green and Chapeltown, last year he was named runner-up in the UK community police officer of the year awards.

He was presented with a medal and plaque by Home Secretary Theresa May at a ceremony in London, when he was described as “a community treasure”.

PC Booth is also known as the bobby who stands by the tunnel at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium - and occasionally at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground.

Over the years he has met some great players many of who have stopped to chat.

He policed his last game at Hillsborough earlier this month as the Owls drew 4-4 with Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield, a game PC Booth described as “a cracker”.

PC Booth said: “I’ve loved my time at the football and I hope both Wednesday and United win promotion.

“If that happens - and my team, Barnsley, stay up - then that would be fantastic.”

Married to Pat with three daughters, Peter is due to start a new job the day after his official retirement.

He’ll be working on the Pastoral Team at Ecclesfield School.

But before that he and his wife will be guests of honour for Wednesday’s home game against Tranmere on January 2.