Truncheon Masterclass for Birthday Fran!

A Warrington woman celebrated her birthday in style with a visit to the Museum of Policing in Cheshire.

Fran, 27, who has Down Syndrome enjoyed trying on police capes and headgear, seeing the liveried car and a police dog. She visited the old Victorian cells which house the museum’s collection of artefacts including  uniforms and badges from all corners of the world, displays of a cell escape and the ever popular collection of handcuffs and weapons.

Stalwart volunteer Ann gave Fran a Masterclass in using riot shields, handcuffs and a truncheon – which Fran was thrilled to experience.

The visit to the Arpley Street Museum was arranged by PC Jayne Drum, wife of Chief Inspector Neil Drum, after Fran’s family made contact via Facebook.

PC Drum said: “Fran has been to the site before, but was only able to have an outside tour as the museum was closed. We decided to arrange the visit to mark her birthday. She is absolutely fascinated to see inside.”

Fran visited with her sister Stephanie, mum Michelle and Aunt Annette.

Michelle said: “She loves the police and has done since she was a child, she sees them as friends. She always waves at police in cars, and even at airports she loves to have a selfie with the police.”

Stephanie said Fran loves the David Lloyd Leisure Centre, the Police and The Greatest Showman…indeed Fran came dressed as “Showman” for the tour, but soon ditched that for police garb.

After the tour PC Drum said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to arrange this for Fran’s special day. They are a great family and they’ve had a fantastic visit.”

Visits to the museum are by appointment and can be arranged by contacting  www.cheshirepolicemuseum.org.uk or by phoning 01606 36 5803

 Tours are free, but as the museum is a charity donations are always welcome.