Cornwall Police 'Gangnam' Style
Police have hit the streets of Falmouth 'Gangnam Style' tongue -in-cheek video to help raise funds for a young boy left with disabilities following a brain tumour.
Sergeant Gary Watts persuaded colleagues from the town station to join him in a public re-creation of the cult music video by South Korean rapper Psy.
Officers and PCSOs put their dancing skills to the test to film the parody at various locations in the town, including Falmouth Quay. It has now been posted on the Force Youtube site and has been made for a serious purpose to raise money for 12-year-old Josh Wilson, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004.
Following treatment the youngster, from Bury, now has severe neuromuscular disabilities that require a fully-adapted home; his family needs to raise £25,000 to pay for a ceiling track hoist, a special medical bath, building work and other basic equipment.
The idea for the fun video first began when someone on behalf of Josh, who is a big fan of the police and fire service, requested a police helmet through his popular Twitter account.
Sergeant Watts said: "This isn't something we would normally do - we don't give out any uniform for obvious reasons.
"However, I could see from pictures and tweets that Josh is mad about the emergency services and it would be a unique gift."
The Force authorised the request and a pre-used helmet in good condition was sent to Josh.
Pete Appleyard from Roseland Media and Emma Rushton took up the challenge and soon the hashtags #GangnamPoliceman and #SargeDancesGangnam were a regular sight on Twitter.
Gary's follower count increased by more than 1,000 within a few days. Others to feature include PCs Barry Nicholas, Chris Vincent and PCSOs Ellie Grey and PCSO Chris Braddon, the team got together on the 2 January this year to film the footage around Falmouth.
With just a short time to film and no rehearsal it was a frantic few hours. Where ever the team filmed they drew a crowd of bemused onlookers.
Anyone wanting to donate to Joshua?s Journey fund can do so via: www.superjosh.co.uk
The video was recorded, edited and produced at no cost by Pete Appleyard and the team from Roseland Media, and the officers completed the video in their own time.