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Hebridean policeman's lot is a happy one

BRITAIN'S most under-worked policeman has an impeccable record as a community's law enforcement officer -- 19 years without a single crime.

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Roadman Archie McConnell has been a special constable since 1974 on the Hebridean island of Colonsay -- population 102 -- where the last recorded crime, treachery against the king, was in 1623.

His biggest investigation came two years ago when he interviewed the crew of a yacht suspected of stealing a collection box from neighbouring Islay.

''I went in my roadman's boiler suit, stood the lads in a line and asked the guilty parties to own up,'' he said in an interview with Bella magazine.

''They didn't, so I let the Oban police take over the case. I didn't hear the result.''

The 52-year-old unpaid bobby does have a uniform -- which he last wore on General Election day ''when I manned the polling booth to prevent riots''.

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