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Cop that! Police Chief spars at knockout club.

BIRMINGHAM'S top cop put on his boxing gloves when he visited a 'knockout' scheme aimed at bringing youngsters and police closer together.

The region's top cop paid a visit to Walsall Police Amateur Boxing Club and was given the chance to practice with a young boxing enthusiast.

Chf Const Chris Sims spoke to young boxers and the club's coaches, who are all volunteers, before putting on boxing gloves and sparring with one of the coaches.

PC Alan Poole, who helped to set up the club a year ago, said: "I invited the chief to visit the club to see how popular it has become. I introduced him to some of the young boxers as well as the coaches, when he asked if he could have a go at sparring with the coach.

"He proceeded to spar for a few minutes and was a great sport. He really understood what we are trying to achieve here at the club and was very supportive.

"Police officers train at the centre and through their interaction with the club this helps to break down the barriers between the police and young people. I was thoroughly impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication shown and wish the club continued success."

Launched last November, Walsall Police Amateur Boxing Club was the brain child of Willenhall boxer Shaun Hargreaves, who wanted to create an amateur boxing club and fitness centre that could be enjoyed by the local community and the police.

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Chief Constable Chris Sims in the ring.
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