Simon Dell fell in love with Lundy Island on his first visit at the age of 8, and has been returning on a regular basis for the past 40 years. He leads guided walks there, and is a member of the Lundy Field Society. He is a Dartmoor National Park Guide, a member of the National committee of the Police History Society, and a member of the Devon & Cornwall Police Museum Committee. He has published nine books on policing, as well as Dartmoor Prison and industrial archaeology, and has written for various Dartmoor magazines and periodicals and The Times Educational Supplement. In 1997 he was awarded an MBE for his work with Dartmoor Rescue Group and services to the community of Tavistock.