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A prison director who has helped turn around the lives of offenders has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

John Biggin, director of HM Prison and Young Offenders Institute in Doncaster has received the award for services to offender and management and rehabilitation.

Mr Biggin, of Elm Road, Hemsworth, joined the prison service in 1986 as an officer rising through the ranks to become director of Lowdham Grange Prison in Nottingham in 2007.

He then joined the Doncaster prison in 2010.

Dad-of-one Mr Biggin, 49, said: “I am incredibly proud to be awarded an OBE.

“I received the letter and I presumed it was some sort of tax demand.

“It’s one of those things where you have to read it two or three times to believe it.”

Mr Biggin’s most successful achievement has been a family-based project which encourages prisoners to maintain family ties.

He said: “It’s not so often that people in my line of work get recognition for doing work so it means a lot.”

Simon Pilling, chief fire officer of West Yorkshire fire and Rescue Service, has been awarded a Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

Mr Pilling said: “I am proud and honoured to have been awarded the medal.

“It is an absolute privilege to lead West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as Chief Fire Officer and to have been an operational firefighter for over 28 years.”

 

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