A farmer lent a hand to help police clear roads of fallen trees during the storms earlier this month.

Tom Mixture, from Woodoaks Farm in Maple Cross, joined two officers for a 207 mile trip across Three Rivers, Watford, Hertsmere, and Thames Valley.

During the 14 hour shift, the team managed to reopen 21 roads clearing routes of fallen trees and branches after strong winds swept across Hertfordshire.

These roads included Sarratt Road, Sarratt Lane, Chorleywood Road, Harefield Road, Denham Way, Solesbridge Lane, Chalfont Road, Chalfont Lane, Grove Mill Lane and Oxhey Lane.

Despite the heavy rain, Mr Mixture got to work with his industrial chainsaw by using it to cut the wood into smaller pieces. He then helped PC Christian Gottmann and PCSO Cloe Moy to lift and remove it from the carriageway.

To thank him for his help, PCSO Moy presented Mr Mixture with a certificate of appreciation at his farm.

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The police and the farmer already enjoyed a fruitful relationship after officers had helped tackle illegal biking on his farmland.

PC Gottmann said: “Tom is the true embodiment of community spirit and is just an all-round nice guy.

"We are so grateful to him for his assistance because it meant we were able to keep the district moving during the dreadful weather we were having.

"It also shows just how important it is to foster relationships with key members of the community, as they can have a hugely positive impact on the wider public when we all work together."

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Mr Mixture said: "I enjoy helping out when I can and it’s a great feeling to help others. PC Christian Gottmann, PCSO Cloe Moy and their team are doing such a great job keeping a close eye on the local farms tackling motorbikes causing a nuisance, monitoring fly tipping, poaching and theft.

"They are very quick to respond if we have any troubles or concerns. It is great to have the opportunity to give a little help back whenever I can.

"Thank you also to Chief Inspector Matt Phillips for the certificate of appreciation and the very kind words, it means a lot."