Fakenham Border Force officer made an MBE

Cutter commander Shaun Edwards, who has been made an MBE. Picture: Shaun Edwards

Cutter commander Shaun Edwards, who has been made an MBE. Picture: Shaun Edwards - Credit: Archant

A senior officer in the UK Border Force's Maritime Command has been made an MBE for services to law enforcement and humanitarian services in the Mediterranean.

Cutter commander Shaun Edwards, from Fakenham, said he was 'humbled' to receive the honour.

'I regard it as an award for all those that work in the cutter service doing a difficult job in arduous conditions,' he said.

'It has been a pleasure and privilege to have them as colleagues and friends. I would also like to thank my family and friends for their support and understanding during my years of service.'

Cutters normally patrol UK waters and searchn vessels suspected of smuggling or carrying illegal immigrants.

Between May and October 2015 two of the five-strong fleet, HMC Protector and HMC Seeker, were sent to the Mediterranean to carry out search and rescue operations at the height of the refugee crisis.