A KNUTSFORD woman has been honoured by the Queen for her work in helping Cheshire’s police force run smoothly.

Margaret Ollerenshaw has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to policing.

Mrs Ollerenshaw was named as deputy police commissioner in December, but was first named on the former police authority in 1995 and was chairman until it was disbanded in the autumn.

She was selected in her new role by police and crime commissioner John Dwyer, who was elected for the Conservatives in a poll in November.

The former magistrate told the Guardian she had lived in Knutsford most of her life, and enjoyed taking her dogs for walks in Tatton Park.

“I didn’t expect anything like that, and it was quite a shock when I opened the envelope,” she said.

“It’s an immense honour to be recognised for your work.

“It was wonderful to work with Cheshire Police and the authority – both the staff and the members – and it was a privilege to work so close with dedicated police staff.

“I now hope to continue to be of service as deputy police and crime commissioner for Cheshire.”

It was reported in the Guardian in December that Mrs Ollerenshaw will work three days a week supporting John Dwyer in her new job, and has been given a salary of £22,500 a year.