Police chief constable raises thousands of pounds for charity in tandem skydive alongside Red Devils

A top police officer has raised thousands of pounds for a worthy causes after taking part in a charity skydive event.

Tuesday, 7th May 2019, 4:29 pm
Chief constable Mike Barton during his charity skydive.

Durham's Chief Constable Mike Barton took the plunge in a tandem skydive with the Red Devils at the Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury, to raise money for the Police Treatment Centres.

He has raised more than £2,630 for the charity, which looks after thousands of injured and ill police officers every year.

Chief constable Mike Barton during his charity skydive.

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Mr Barton said: “Wow. It was like being fired out of a gun for the first 50 seconds followed by floating on the breeze like a leaf.

"It was an utterly bizarre contrast and an utterly unforgettable three minutes.

“Can I thank everybody for their generosity – it has been a long time coming because the weather gods have prevented me from doing it for about two years now.

“At least I have survived it unscathed.

Chief constable Mike Barton, right, after he had completed his skydive.

"I suppose it would have been ironic if I had broken an ankle and then had to go to the Police Treatment Centre to spend some of the money I had raised.”