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Police sergeant overwhelmed at response to murder blog

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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A POLICE sergeant from Truro has been overwhelmed at the response to an internet post inspired by his young daughter’s reaction to the murders of officers in Manchester.

The ‘blog’ by Gary Watts about why he does his job has had more than 4,000 hits and been shared and praised across the country.

The “incredible” response has included a message from Father Ted television series writer Graham Linehan, who wrote on Twitter: “Really good post.

“I hope you know we all felt for you this week.”

The heartfelt blog, entitled Why? looked at what it means to be an officer after his six-year-old got upset about the deaths of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes allegedly killed by Dale Cregan.

He told the West Briton: “You don’t know whether it’s a reaction to the story or the realisation that I am a police officer too.

“I didn’t want to pursue it and give her ideas she may not have had.

“But it opened my eyes. Normally we just put our head down and get on with the job regardless. We are at less risk than those in places like Manchester, but colleagues do get assaulted every other week – I have too.

“To my youngest, police catch robbers and anyone the police come into contact with is a bad person.”

Sergeant Watts, who lives in Truro but is based at Falmouth, writes regular blogs but did not expect the article to be so popular.

“I write them in the hope it means something to someone,” he said.

“It is great that the response to this has been so positive.

“My wife was the one person I wanted feedback from though and she was pleased with it.”

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