The long arm of the law in Blackpool reaches further than you might think.
Officers at Blackpool South police station, on Montague Street, were amazed when they got a letter of thanks from grateful members of the public – who live in Australia.
Joan and John Pattinson, who live in New South Wales, sent the note praising the work of the resort’s police after watching them in action on the controversial TV show 999: What’s Your Emergency?
The Channel Four programme showed officers, paramedics and firefighters dealing with drunken revellers, people dependant on alcohol and those suffering mental health issues.
The internationally aired series received mixed reviews locally as many residents and business owners, while praising the portrayal of hard-working police officers, felt the show painted Blackpool in an overly negative light.
But the couple said the officers featured in the show were “a credit” to the force.
They wrote: “We know these are early good wishes for Christmas and the New Year but we just had to let you know that we are avid watchers of all the antics Blackpool Police have to put up with and are so pleased that you all have such great personalities and patience with some not so very nice problems.
“We are sure we definitely would not be anywhere near as patient and controlled as you all are.
“You are such great officers – a credit to your uniform and Britain.”
They explained they regularly travel to Blackpool to visit their aunt and stay at the Viking Hotel, on South Promenade, which is just behind the police station.
They added: “It’s so reassuring there are police officers like yourselves looking after people like our aunt.
“Next time we go over to the UK we would definitely like to pop into the station and meet you and to thank you personally for being such a great crew.”
Grateful police officers said they were delighted to get the kind note – and would be only too happy to give the couple a tour of the station if the decide to drop in.
Insp Matt Willmot sent them an email to say thank you. He wrote: “I have circulated your letter to all of my officers here at Blackpool South and across the division, and it is certainly the most-travelled letter of thanks we have ever had!”
He added: “It was something completely out of the blue.”