Video: Pc Paul pulls no punches to help

PUBLISHED: 17:23 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009

Pc Reading in his day clothes

Pc Reading in his day clothes

A BOXING copper has gone 50 rounds to help youngsters achieve their potential. Pc Paul Reading, a ward constable in Potters Bar, took on all-comers to raise around £1,000. The cash will buy new equipment for the North Herts Amateur Boxing Club which is

A BOXING copper has gone 50 rounds to help youngsters achieve their potential.

Pc Paul Reading, a ward constable in Potters Bar, took on all-comers to raise around £1,000.

The cash will buy new equipment for the North Herts Amateur Boxing Club which is based at the Wayne Armstrong Gym in Hitchin, where Pc Reading is a trainer and committee member.

He said: "I've got a few bruises, but it went very well, it was a really good turn out and I completed the 50 rounds.

"The club has been struggling financially and I wanted to help - too many boxing clubs are closing down.

"It's brilliant for youngsters to get involved. As a police officer, it's a great way to keep youngsters out of trouble.

"It teaches them responsibility and respect and keeps them fit."

Gym owner Wayne Armstrong said: "Paul did really well, taking on about 20 sparring partners with a half minute rest between rounds.

"We wanted to raise the money because there is a real problem raising it through funding.

"We have about 20 boys in the amateur club and about 20 to 30 kids doing weights and fitness.

"The money raised will pay for new equipment, like a new canvas and sparring gloves.


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