Police chief rides 120 miles visiting stations on his bike

Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart and some of his colleagues who rode 120miles visiting police stations in the county.
Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart and some of his colleagues who rode 120miles visiting police stations in the county.
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A POLICE chief led a team of fund-raising cyclists across his beat.

Durham’s Chief Constable Jon Stoddart and 15 colleagues and friends pedalled their way around the county visiting the main police stations.

The group raised £4,000, which will be split between Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC) and Women v Cancer, which supports charities concerned with breast, ovarian and cervical cancer.

Mr Stoddart, who announced earlier this month he will retire in October, said: “It’s for a very good cause.

“I cycle around Durham quite a lot and do a lot of training, but I’ve never done 123 miles in one day before.

“It’s a big county and really hilly.

“I was at Peterlee last week and Bishop Auckland the other day, and visit the stations quite regularly.

“But it’s something different doing it by bike.”

Setting off from headquarters in Durham, the cyclists stopped at 12 stations, including Chester-le-Street, Peterlee, Seaham and Durham.

In addition to officers, the group included CSI experts, a member of Durham County Council’s alcohol reduction team and force support staff.

Bryan Russell, executive manager of DAAC, said: “It went really well but the weather wasn’t very kind to us, so we had rain, wind and hailstones.”

He added: “There was a great team spirit and atmosphere.”

Donations can still be dropped in to any police station, addressed to the DAAC.