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by | 3rd, November 2005

‘“I NEED ARREST,” puns the Sun’s headline above the news of the country’ most prolific copper.

If the cap fits

For the record, this cop is former South African policeman Diederik Coetzee, and he’s just felt his 309th collar of the year.

Armed with a canister of CS gas, a baton and mountain bike, PC Coetzee, 48, has set a new record for the number of criminals caught in a single year.

To the Mail, Coetzee is “living proof” that bobbies on the beat cut crime. And without the “horrendous” paperwork this super cop thinks he could have easily doubled that total.

“It’s not my place to say how Britain is policed, but an officer staying in the same place for a number of years gets to know everybody,” says Coetzee, who has been pounding the beat on the Ladybrook estate in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, for the past five years.

Coetzee has no ambitions to set Government policy, only to catch more villains. The man the Express calls “the Enforcer” aims to take his tally to 380 by year’s end and to surpass the magical 400 barrier in 2006.

We wish him the very best of luck with his mission to purge the streets of wrongdoers.

But a word of warning – tough talking David Blunkett is back on the job market, and if the former Home Secretary turns to policing, Coetzee’s record could be under threat…’

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