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Serious about a comic

02 November 2006


Sir, - The Christian Police Association's comic Cops and Robbers (News, 13 January) has not been "banned" by the Met. I am the publisher, and understand the Met's sensitivity to anything considered to have racial overtones.

The position is this: the Met wants wider consultation with other staff associations (who appear to be very much in favour of this initiative to reduce crime and help build safer communities for us all), and they want it to be multifaith, which it cannot be.

The main objection appears to be the picture of a male of mixed race with a knife. If it were a white male, there would be no problem, but this is a true story; so there should really be no objection. The next edition carries the story of Brian Greenaway, ex-Hell's Angel, now a prison chaplain, and can be seen at www.copsandrobbers.org.uk.

The Christian Police Association is trying to raise £5000 to publish this new edition. Any churches wishing to sponsor these comics will receive one comic for every £10 donated. This will enable the comic to be given freely to those arrested and in police or prison cells, and will offer readers hope of a changed life and a future by the true stories of ex-criminals, now Christians.
Member of the Executive of CPA, London Branch
(PC, Robbery and Burglary Squad
c/o Leyton Police Station, Francis Road, London E10 6LJ)

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