A constable has been honoured for his efforts to drive drug-dealers from Heston's streets.

PC Stewart Forrester, of Heston East Safer Neighbourhood Team, has spent more than 30 years with the Met Police and has one of Hounslow's highest detection rates.

The 49-year-old father-of-two has been instrumental in the battle against heroin and crack cocaine since he came to the borough in 2000, following an 13 year stint in Hammersmith and Fulham.

He told the Chronicle he was 'chuffed' to be awarded a Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours list.

"I've really enjoyed my time in the force and I'm chuffed to get this recognition," he said. "I've chased suspects who put a gun in my face during an armed robbery at Acton Post Office and I've had a bloke try to stab me to death with a kitchen knife in a marketplace but over the years you forget more than you remember.

"Tackling drugs has been the main issue since I've been in Heston. You have to understand how and why dealers operate so you can zero in on them. For example, a lot of them will hide drugs in the cheeks of their buttocks or in their mouths."

PC Forrester first worked his magic on Heston's Convent Way estate, which he said was a drugs 'hotspot' when he came to the area but has since been cleaned up thanks to a government grant he helped secure.

Since then, he has helped rescue a kidnap victim, caught a gang of burglars who targeted a secondary school and busted a cannabis factory, to name just a few of his achievements.

His tireless work has earned him two Borough Commander's Commendations in the last three years alone, and Andy Atkinson, of Hounslow Community and Police Consultative Group, said he couldn't think of a more deserving cop.

"Stewart's a fantastic police officer who feels he always has to be out and about catching criminals and I'm delighted he's received this recognition," added Mr Atkinson