HERE IS a new one on me!
A regional daily newspaper’s former crime reporter has left to retrain as a police officer.
Jack Maguire has said farewell to the Jersey Evening Post after almost six years to take up a new career with the island’s police force. He was deputy news editor at the time of his departure last month, but had previously covered crime for the title.
Jack has been sworn in with 10 other new recruits at Jersey’s Royal Court by Deputy Bailiff Robert MacRae. According to the website HoldTheFrontPage, Mr McRae told him: “You’re no stranger to this court, although not for being in the dock.”
Addressing all the recruits, he added: “It is marvellous that the police has attracted individuals from so many different backgrounds with a huge range of experience.”
The group had been due to fly to the UK to start their training with Norfolk Constabulary, but the coronavirus pandemic means that they will now complete a reduced initial training package in Jersey. Jack wrote on Twitter: “I’ve retired as a journalist. If you’ve got a story, I don’t care (unless it’s really, really good). Seriously, please continue to support local journalism.”