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cropped-foodbank.jpgHere’s a heart-warming story from Paul Timney on Facebook:

“Just been accosted by my local POLICE. !!! BUT, GOOD !! was walking past poliss station, (Newcastle) CID bloke (who I know ) says ” still helpin THE HUNGRY ? ….” my reply ; saying NOWT ! He sez ….. ” wa freezers f****d , got loads in ! ,” ….So I axed ” Like what ? ” he sez ” Breakfasts and Pie dinnas” Me, says, YES ! So went in (voluntarilly ) and came out wi 46 dinners and 82 Breakfasts ! All semi defrosted , use by date 2019 .Ma freezers full , so been on phone 2 local HELPS. ; ;people coming … .. I wud never of thort to ask at Police station 4 food. Thanx N.P.F. (Etal Lane)”

The use of language is a little inventive so for those having trouble, it seems the freezers at Etal Lane Police Station, in Newcastle, have broken.

They contained 82 breakfasts and 46 dinners which were thawing out.

So a member of Newcastle CID called out to Mr Timney, knowing he helps people who go hungry (due to any number of reasons, including poverty, no doubt) – possibly at a food bank, although I don’t know him well enough to say anything for certain – and offered him the food.

It’s an act of kindness that many may consider extraordinary, as it came from the police – and that is precisely why I thought it was worth flagging up.

Let’s hope other authority figures follow the example – or perhaps even try to overturn the legislation that has forced people to turn to food banks.

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