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Surprise and delight at honours.

Byline: By NEIL ATKINSON News Editor

A FORMER Huddersfield detective and a community rail campaigner are honoured today by the Queen.

Chris Gregg, who headed West Yorkshire's murder squad for many years, has received the Queen's PoliceMedal in the birthday honours list, just weeks after leaving the force after 33 years.

And Paul Salveson, of Slaithwaite, who has battled to save Britain's under-threat rail lines, gets the MBE.

There is also an MBE for New Hall prison officer David Pratt, who has worked at the Flockton jail for 14 years.

Former Det Chief Supt Gregg has started a new role with the UK's largest independent forensic science specialist company.

His final police post was as head of West Yorkshire Police's Homicide And Major Enquiry Team - a team he headed since its formation in 2005.

Det Chief Supt Gregg was born in Dalton and has also lived in Paddock and Kirkheaton. He now lives in Wetherby, but remains a committed Huddersfield Town fan.

He said: "I am surprised but delighted with the award of the Queen's Police Medal. It's a great honour and I am proud to receive it.

"I think it reflects on the excellent work and professionalism of the team of detectives I had worked with and led in dealing with many of the serious crimes in the area".

He is now working for LGC Forensics, which is based at Culham in Oxfordshire.

Dr Salveson, 55, now works for Northern Rail but has been honoured for his work in championing the cause of community rail lines - notably the Penistone Line.

He said: "I'm delighted. It is a surprise. I like to think its recognition for the work we have done at the Association of Community Rail Partnerships.

Local rail lines play a vital role in communities but they are under threat of closure. We need to make them fun to use."

Dr Salveson lives with partner Jo and has two daughters, Alice and Natasha.

Senior prison officer Pratt has worked for the prison service for 34 years - the last 14 at the Flockton women's prison, where he works on the segregation unit.

He is a former Yorkshire prison officer of the year.

"I never expected this honour", he said. "I love my job and enjoy the work".

Brighouse man John Wainwright receives the MBE for his work in helping to keep open the region's roads.

He is a winter services officer for the Highways Agency.

There are also MBEs for Paul Taylor, of Batley, for charity work and for Iqbal Bhana for his work in the Batley community.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2008
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