AN RSPCA inspector from Wirral has won a top award for his tenacity investigating animal cruelty.

Deputy Chief Inspector Anthony Joynes was presented with the Anderson-Plumbe Award at the RSPCA Honours ceremony.

He joined the society five years ago and has become one of its busiest inspectors, having investigated 359 complaints of animal cruelty and neglect from worried members of the public in just one year.

This resulted in 11 convictions in the courts.

Kevin Degenhard, RSPCA chief inspectorate officer, said: “Anthony goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that the animals in his area are protected from cruelty and neglect.

“He has shown ingenuity, tenacity and dedication to ensure those who abuse animals for fun are brought to book.”

The Anderson-Plumbe Awards are presented to inspectors in recognition of special merit and ability.

Inspector Joynes said: “This whole year has been a blur because it has been so busy. I was so made up when I found out I had got the award. It is nice to be recognised, although that isn’t why I do the job.”

Channel 5 newsreader and former GMTV presenter Emma Crosby presented the award and said: “It’s reassuring to know there are inspectors like Anthony who will do everything in their power to fight for justice for animals.

“It’s a shame that the RSPCA has to deal with so many calls for help but great to know someone like Anthony is there to respond to them.”