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Old style police cape kept by Ilfracombe police constable

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

EVENING ALL: Last day for PC Paul White. Picture: Rob Tibbles . To order this photograph call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref: BNRT20120927A-006_C

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WEARING his traditional police cape PC Paul White cut a distinctive figure as he patrolled his beat in Ilfracombe for the last time.

In the days before stab vests and Tasers the dark cape was a standard part of the police uniform.

But they have not been issued to officers for 35 years.

PC White got his when he heard of a colleague who had one when he joined the force in 1986.

He liked the traditional uniform so wore it a few times while out on patrol.

Paul has now left the force, having worked his final day as an officer.

He served as Ilfracombe's Neighbourhood Beat Manager for 26 years.

As he wore the cape on his final patrol he said: "The force used to issue them. But with the advent of stab vests people stopped wearing them.

"The problem wasn't that they wouldn't fit, it was that they were so hot.

"They are black and it only takes a bit of sunshine for you to get really hot."

"There aren't many around any more. They slowly disappeared."

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  • trickyP1  |  October 12 2012, 2:07PM

    It's not a good look is it.

  • Bayview  |  October 12 2012, 1:53PM

    We could do with a few more 'caped crusaders' on the streets of Ilfracombe today!

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