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Allo! Allo! Allo!

What's all this - Moonlighting?

In the immortal words of Gilbert and Sullivan 'a policeman's lot is not a happy one'. As you can see from this sad image the Nottinghamshire Constabulary is reduced to sending it's officers out in quiet times to secure lucrative taxi fares in order to help pay their wages. Now you may think that this is a bit of a comedown for this proud British police force but far from it - 'Operation Cabbie' has increased the intelligence gathering capabilities of the force five fold since it was introduced last spring and public confidence in the Police has soared to new levels - there have even been at least two births and eleven proposals of marriage in cars being used this way since the scheme began. The friendly everyday presence of officers, who are prepared to give you their opinion on everything (even if you don't want to hear it), rivals that of the London cabbie and is giving a new lease of life to quiz games back at police station socials.

If you are unlucky enough to be picked up by an armed response unit the drivers are instructed to put you down and refund the money or offer you 'the ride of your life ' deal - which at a flat rate of £25 gives you a story you will be telling for some time to come - of course you are still left with the problem of how to get home.

A similar scheme is being considered for the fire and ambulance services with minibars and club night specials where semi-commatose innebriates effectively get the chance to go to bed before they get home and can be delivered by a stretcher of their choice. This is not a bad idea for Nottingham which probably has more pubs and clubs in it's inner square mile than anywhere else in the UK.

Well folks that's all for today from Fantasy Nottingham - I hope you enjoyed the ride along the narrow rails of what passes for my humour!

'Evening All!'

For Jerzy and Francis and an ever changing topsy turvey world!

p.s If you know who stole the missing hub cap please phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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