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FIRST PARISH CONSTABLE TAKES TO THE BEAT IN NORTH YORKSHIRE

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The UK's first parish constable took to the beat yesterday in the village of Sleights, near Whitby in North Yorkshi...
The UK's first parish constable took to the beat yesterday in the village of Sleights, near Whitby in North Yorkshire, Monday's Northern Echo reports (p7). The trial scheme will last for six months.

David Billington will patrol in the evenings at weekends, as well as continuing his job as a glass maker. Mr Billington will have the same powers as a policeman, with a uniform, truncheon and handcuffs, though he will be unpaid.

He has previously worked as a special constable in the Whitby area for six years.
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