Tuesday, July 18, 2006

'Allo, 'allo, ..er .. um..

Wanted: a bobby for the biggest beat in Britain
By Richard Alleyne
(Filed: 17/07/2006)

As a police patch, the area around Rhiconich, in the north-west Highlands, makes Heartbeat seem more like Miami Vice.
It is Europe's biggest and quietest beat, where there is no gun crime (unless you count poaching), no drugs and no stabbings. A break-in is considered a crime wave.
Now the 900 square mile district, with a population of only 1,100 people, is looking for a new bobby to replace Pc David Inglis, who retires next month after 30 years in the Northern Constabulary.
He said that in a busy year he would send 15 people to court but usually the figure is around 10.
He has dealt with only a handful of break-ins in his nine years in the area, never a murder or serious crime, and the 51-year-old constable, who patrols in a white van, cannot remember the last time the cell in the three-bedroom, 200-year-old police house was used.
Daily Telegraph


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