Cyclists in awe of Sidmouth police sports car

PUBLISHED: 12:39 26 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:40 26 September 2013

Sgt. Andy Squires admires a Lotus police car ahead of the Tour of Britain start in Sidmouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 3624-38-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Sgt. Andy Squires admires a Lotus police car ahead of the Tour of Britain start in Sidmouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 3624-38-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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Sidmouth police arrived at the Tour of Britain in style as they showed off a £50,000 sports car.

The Lotus Evora – in full force livery – attracted turned heads and awed looks as Sergeant Andy Turner and his colleagues took the full streets as a chance to reach drivers.

It has been lent to the Devon and Cornwall Police for free by the manufacturer, but is not used in operations or high speed chases.

“We have taken the car to a few events now and the response has been overwhelming,” said Sgt Owen Messenger, who borrowed the car from Lotus.

“People literally flock to it. It’s a stunning looking car and with the police badges it’s very unusual.”

The initiative was launched to aid interaction with younger drivers and discuss road safety with those who might not otherwise engage with the police.

A police motorcade also led the riders as they set off on their race to Haytor on Dartmoor.


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