Saturday 16 December 2017

Police clamouring for islands beat

The Isles of Scilly has proven a big draw for the world's would-be police officers
The Isles of Scilly has proven a big draw for the world's would-be police officers

People from across the world have applied to be a police officer on the picturesque Isles of Scilly.

The advert for a new constable went viral after it was posted on Facebook last week and applications have come from as far as Thailand and Australia.

It was described as "quite possibly the most enviable policing post in the UK or even the world".

The islands are not renowned as a hot bed of crime but any potential candidate would need to know how to handle a stray seal in the high street or be able to pacify drunken chefs arguing about salt.

Crimes investigated by the officers recently include a goldfish found abandoned on the steps of the police station, a short sighted horse vandalising cars and a 50-year-old row over a shed.

Sergeant Colin Taylor, who posted the advert, said he forgot to mention the job was only open to serving Devon and Cornwall officers and that the deadline was April 3.

"I think I may have overcooked the job advert," he said.

"The phones were red hot at the police station all weekend.

"Commiserations go to hopefuls who contacted us from Ukraine, Texas, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Philippines, Thailand, Spain, Greece, loads from Italy, Australia, Germany, Portugal, South Africa and a smattering from England, Scotland and Ireland."

Fortunately for any potential candidate they will no longer have to share an office with Mowgli the cat - given the honorary title of deputy chief constable - as he has recently retired.

Press Association

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