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Fit former detective and soldier Walter Anderson of Leysdown is 86 and looking for a job

By John Nurden

Walter 'Andy' Anderson is pretty fit for an 86-year-old.

He lives on the Isle of Sheppey and has served with the Army in the Middle East and spent 25 years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police where he encountered some of Britain's toughest criminals.

But he is now facing his biggest challenge. He wants a part-time job.

Walter is 86 and wants a job
Walter is 86 and wants a job

The great grandad moved to Sheppey 16-years-ago and lives in Warden Bay Road, Leysdown, with his third wife Sandra.

Life is good but perhaps getting a tad boring.

Mr Anderson, possibly Britain's oldest job seeker, admitted: "There is only so much gardening a chap can do. Besides, I could do with the money."

He popped into the office of our sister paper at the Sheerness Times Guardian in Sheerness High Street hoping to take out an advert offering his services as a handyman.

He said: "I don't mind what it is. I can turn my hand to most things."

But he added: "I haven't told my wife. She knows nothing of this. It will be a bit of a surprise for her. I don't think she will like it!"

Mr Anderson was born in London.

Walter 'Andy' Anderson is from Sheppey
Walter 'Andy' Anderson is from Sheppey

After leaving school he trained as a warehouse man before being called up for National Service.

He served with Kent regiment The Buffs in Egypt and had to guard the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

After being demobbed, he joined the Met and worked his way up to Detective Sergeant.

It was while there that one of his undercover officers, Det Con John Fordham, was killed by notorious crook Kenneth Noye.

Noye was acquitted after claiming it was in self-defence.

"I haven't told my wife. She knows nothing of this. It will be a bit of a surprise for her. I don't think she will like it!" - Mr Anderson

He was later arrested for the road-rage killing of Stephen Cameron and served almost 20 years before being released last month from Standford Hill Open Prison at Eastchurch.

After his retirement from the police, Mr Anderson, a father-of-two, spent a stint as an accident investigator interviewing witnesses, measuring roads and taking photographs.

He has since ditched his car but he can still drive.

If you believe you have a job for him, call us on 01795 580300 or email timesguardian@thekmgroup.co.uk and we will put you in touch.

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