Cop-on-bike heads to Paris from Met’s Bow centre for Dwarf sports charity

Wilf O'Donoghue, age 4

Wilf O'Donoghue, age 4 - Credit: MPS contact

Met cop Mick O’Donoghue is taking a few days off from his manor in London’s East End and getting on his bike to cycle to Paris.

The father-of-six is helping raise funds for the Dwarf Sports charity.

He sets off from the Met’s Central Communication Command centre in Bow on June 11 to head to the coast, cross the Channel and be in the French capital after five days of hard peddling.

Mick’s youngest son, four-year-old Wilf, who was born with a genetic condition called Achondroplasia—commonly known as Dwarfism—will be there to see him off.

Wilf is “a real character” who has benefited from the work the charity does for him and others like him and their families.

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Mick, who leads a group of six parents on the London-to-Paris ride in aid of the Dwarf Sport Association, is an inspector at the command centre in Wellington Way, after having served in the Met’s neighbouring Newham police division for seven years.

He and his colleagues deal with as many as 5,000 emergency and non-emergency calls a day—by far the busiest police call centre in the country.

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The centre opened just four years ago also handles the communications and control of all police officers across 11 London boroughs.

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