THE police get called out for all manner of reasons - but perhaps their most unusual request has been to help a Wigan four-year-old give up his dummies.
Little William Johnson made the grown up decision to send his comforters to children in Africa, but after getting upset about losing them, his mum, Kirsty, asked bobbies to get involved to spur him on.
I want to say to the police how much it means to William. It was really special to him, as he was offered the choice of anything in the world and he chose to meet the police. He is just obsessed with the policeMum Kirsty
Unfortunately as the dummies were used and deemed unhygienic, she could not send them away, but didn’t have the heart to tell William, who believes his kind act was much appreciated by an African family.
Kirsty, 32, said: “As we go to Aspull Methodist Church, he had learnt a lot about children in Africa and decided they needed the dummies more than he did. I think it is lovely that he has thought of others and it has been a great way to encourage him out of dummies. “He was so upset about having to give up his dummies that his dad Neil and I asked him what he wanted more than anything in the world, thinking he would choose a toy.
“He said he wanted to be a policeman, which was a tricky task to arrange. So I asked him where he wanted to go, hoping he would select a play centre or a theme park, but he said a police station.
“I sent a post on Facebook, as I have a few friends in the police, so I thought they may come to my house in uniform in a van.
“I also asked if there was any community events and then out of chance, I contacted my ward councillor Chris Ready, who said he could arrange it.
“William was really pleased about it. I didn’t think it would be possible for him to see the police on his own. He has been really good about not needing his dummy - this was to reward him and encourage him. I don’t want him to lose his enthusiasm and he will use this as a positive experience.
“I want to say to the police how much it means to William. It was really special to him, as he was offered the choice of anything in the world and he chose to meet the police. He is just obsessed with the police.”
William, who lives with his parents and seven-year-old sister Elizabeth in Aspull, said: “My mum tells me that it’s time to give up my dummies for when I start Aspull Church School. I decided to send my dummies away to the children in Africa as I have learned a lot about this country. I love everything to do with police. I hope that one day I could be a policeman. If I could have one thing in the world it would be to be a policeman and visit a police station.”