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A Captive Audience

by | 10th, January 2006

‘LOOK on in wonder as the cop removes Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie’s trilby, reaches inside and pulls out a huge bunch of flowers.

Feast your eyes upon the wonder as PC Knacker reaches behind the defendant’s ear and produces the missing diamond ring.

Gasp in excitement and awe as Marvo ‘The Marvellous Man In Blue’ makes evidence appear before your eyes, producing signed confessions, witnesses and even CCTV footage of the crime in progress.

It’s amazing. Quite right it is that such feats of magic should make it to the Express’s front page beneath the banner: “SCANDAL OF POLICE WITH SECOND JOBS ON THE SIDE.”

As if by magic the story also features in the Sun, the paper telling its readers of a “Spell in the nick” and how “Cops have part-time jobs as magicians”.

Essex police say that 229 of their 3,349 officers are moonlighting to earn extra cash to buy homes.

While the most common nice little earner is driving, the figures, gleaned under the Freedom of Information Act, show that 12 coppers are listed as musicians or entertainers.

It’s hard not to think of these multitalented coppers performing before a captive audience, trying out their parlour tricks and melodies on prisoners before unleashing their criminal acts

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