South Yorkshire team itching for a close shave

Air support staff at South Yorkshire Police air operations unit who are taking part in thei year's Movember. From left, Capt. Matt Loosemore, Dave English, maintenance manager, Temporary Sgt. Matt Lucas and PC Ian Cooke
Air support staff at South Yorkshire Police air operations unit who are taking part in thei year's Movember. From left, Capt. Matt Loosemore, Dave English, maintenance manager, Temporary Sgt. Matt Lucas and PC Ian Cooke
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MEMBERS of the ‘hair’ support unit in charge of the South Yorkshire Police helicopter are on an operation with a difference - raising cash for charity.

A 10-strong team, including two pilots, two sergeants, a maintenance manager and five police observers, are on a high at the amount of cash they have raised for the annual Movember charity event.

Every November men across the world are sponsored to grow moustaches.

So far they have raised over £700 which will go to prostate and testicular cancer charities.

Air support members, who fly the police helicopter across South Yorkshire hunting for criminals and missing people and monitoring incidents from the sky, have used Twitter to keep their followers up to date with the growth of their moustaches and have posted pictures of their facial hair.

Sergeant Matt Lucas said they are desperate to shave their moustaches off.

“It is getting to the point now where we have had enough of them and they are really beginning to itch,” he said.

“We decided to do this after some of the roads policing team did it last year and we thought it would be something fun to do for a good cause.

“We’ve had fantastic support from friends and family as well as our followers on Twitter who we have kept up to date with our progress.

“We have had a brilliant response we are really, really pleased.

The lads have been pruning their facial hair into unusual styles – attempting trucker, Burt Reynolds and Magnum-esque moustaches.

Matt added: “It has been good fun but our partners can’t wait for December to come so that we can shave them off.”

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