You’ve heard of the laughing policeman – now the singing policeman has become an internet hit.
Busking cop PC Will Medley was filmed serenading the public on Briggate in Leeds as officers took an informal approach to keeping public order during the Tour de France weekend.
The video, which shows him borrowing a guitar from a street entertainer before giving a note-perfect rendition of Stuck in the Middle with You, has been viewed more than 174,000 times.
PC Medley, who has played the guitar for nearly 15 years and used to play in a band, said: “There was a great atmosphere in the city centre for the Tour de France and when I was on patrol in Briggate a busker asked me if it was okay to play.
“I had a chat with him and told him that I played the guitar. He asked me to play a song so I obliged. There weren’t that many people there at first but when I started playing a crowd started gathering and showing support. Someone shouted ‘get on the microphone’ so I did.”
The performance was filmed by colleague PC Matt Thirkill and posted on the neighbourhood policing team’s Facebook page, where it was liked thousands of times.
Many users also commented on the clip. Helen O’Kane wrote: “A class act! Wonderful to see on such an epic day for Yorkshire.”
Sergeant Andy Berriman said: “We did joke that Will is now wanted as the prime suspect for an offence of theft of limelight but the public’s response both at the time and to the Facebook posting has been fantastic.
“It is without doubt the biggest response we’ve had to anything we’ve posted on our Facebook page and the comments it has received are overwhelmingly positive. We set out during the Tour de France to show the human face of policing and that clearly came across with officers getting into the spirit of the event in Leeds and further afield.”
Watch PC Medley’s performance at www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.