Officers met a very special visitor during a Project Servator deployment at Stansted Airport.

Essex Police officers Pc Potts and Pc Peek were patrolling at the airport with police dog Holly, when they ran into Cyril Banks, 94, a Second World War veteran who served on the Arctic convoys, during the D-Day landings and in the Far East.

Mr Banks is a well-known face around hometown Bishop's Stortford, particularly for his charity work with the Not Forgotten Association, which helps serving and ex-service men and woman.

Pc Darren Potts said: “During our Project Servator deployments at the airport, we get the chance to speak to people from all different walks of life but it’s not every day you bump into someone like Cyril.

"It was fantastic meeting Cyril and hearing about his stories from the Royal Navy. We wish him all the best for his fundraising.”

Project Servator sees highly-visible yet unpredictable police deployments designed to deter, disrupt and detect criminal activity – from shoplifting and pickpocketing to more serious crime including terrorism.