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Tuesday, June 19th 2012 17:00

A Brighton and Hove officer has been promoted to officiate at Premier League football matches next season.

A Brighton and Hove officer has been promoted to officiate at Premier League football matches next season.

PC Harry Lennard, who works for the Brighton and Hove Response Investigation Team, found out earlier this month that he has been chosen as part of the 2012 Select Group of Assistant Referees, which makes him one of 32 top assistants in the country.

PC Lennard said: "I'm absolutely over the moon about my promotion to the Premier League - I still don't think it has really sunk in.

"I've been passionate about football from a very young age and started refereeing in 1997, working my way up through youth and local football before officiating non league football on various feeder leagues. In April 2007 I was promoted onto the Football League Assistants list which means being a linesman on the Championship, League One and League Two until my promotion to the Premiership."

PC Lennard moved from Surrey to Sussex in 2006 to pursue a career with Sussex Police and feels many of the day-to-day skills he uses an an officer are useful on the pitch.

"I like to be outside and keeping fit is essential to my performance on and off the pitch as a busy police officer. In both jobs you have to remain calm under pressure and stay focussed on the job in hand. Obviously with the football there is the added pressure of thousands of fans and millions of people watching replays on television and scrutinising your decision making."


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