Treat for boy who can’t wait to be a cadet

Youngster Cormac O'Kane, eight, with Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Youngster Cormac O'Kane, eight, with Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

An eight-year-old boy is so desperate to join the police cadets that he wrote to the top brass asking if they could change the rules for him.

Young Cormac O’Kane, from Blackpool, told Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw “it seems a long time to wait” until he is 13 to sign up.

I have wanted to be a police cadet my whole life

He wrote: “I have wanted to be a police cadet my whole life.”

Although he did not manage to get the age limit lowered, Cormac was invited to a cadet attestation ceremony in Blackburn last week.

On the stage at King George’s Hall, Mr Grunshaw and Chief Constable Steve Finnigan presented the youngster with a special cadet cap.

Mr Grunshaw said: “It is brilliant to see the enthusiasm for the Volunteer Cadet scheme that Cormac has.

“I am really proud that people as young as Cormac are determined to help out Lancashire Constabulary and their communities. I was delighted to present Cormac with a cap to look after until such a time that we can bring him into the Cadet scheme.”