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Police officers make 5-year-old Leon’s day

A police-mad schoolboy got an early taste of life in uniform after meeting up with local officers.

Five-year-old Leon Wood, who dreams of becoming a police officer when he’s older, was passing by Mansfield Police Station with his dad, Liam, on Thursday afternoon.

Asked by his son if it would be possible to meet a real-life officer, Mr Wood approached reception to ask if any were willing to come and say hello.

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PCs Kevin Marshall and Louise Martin, fresh from detaining a shoplifting suspect in Mansfield town centre, were happy to oblige and even let Leon sit in the front of their patrol car.

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Mr Wood said: “He absolutely loves the police and likes to watch all the programmes about them on TV. We very rarely come this way so I thought I’d take the opportunity to pop in and see if anyone was available to come and meet him.

“I didn’t know what to expect but I was absolutely delighted when they agreed to come and meet him. They were great with Leon and really made his day.”

Leon, a pupil at Forest Town Primary School, sat in the front of the car, tried on a police helmet and even got to turn the blue lights on.

PC Marshall, of the Mansfield neighbourhood policing team, said: “It was great to meet young Leon and I am sure that in 13 years or so he’ll make a really fine police officer.”

Leon is pictured with PC Louise Martin, PCSO James McKenzie, and PC Kevin Marshall.

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