Picture special: How the emergency services helped Margaret's detective dream come true

The story of a Sunderland pensioner who wanted to become a police officer for a day has touched hearts across the country.

By Debra Fox
Wednesday, 10 April, 2019, 14:23
Officers set up a mock crime for Margaret to solve on her special day.

Margaret Thornton, who has terminal cancer, dreamed of becoming a detective during her childhood on Wearside. And when Northumbria Police heard of her ambition, they teamed up with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to make it a reality. Here, we take a look at how her magical day unfolded, and share some of your messages of support for the emergency services in granting the 70-year-old her wish.

Mary Pinder: "That's brilliant and it was great what the officers did to make her dream come true."
Irene Beer said: "Looking good Margaret can't wait to hear all about it."
Mary Clark said: "What a lovely thing for the police to do for that lady, to make a dream come true for her."

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Julie Harvey Davis said: "Good for you Margaret, well done."
Allison Berney said: "Well done it just takes a good person to make this possible."
Sharon Smith said: "That's fantastic, best wishes to Margaret."
Sarah Donnell said: "This is brilliant."