A Devon police officer is preparing to pound the streets of London in his first ever marathon to raise money for Crimestoppers.

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43 year-old PC Martin Perry is Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Ivybridge, and hopes to raise more than £1,500 for the crime-fighting charity.

PC Perry said: “Running is new to me, but I’m going to give it a go. When I started I got struck down with lots of injuries, mainly because my body wasn’t used to it, but now I’m training three to four times a week.

“I want to run the London Marathon because my wife did it in 2015 and is running it again this year. She’s a very successful runner so I thought it would be good to share the experience - even though she will have time to change and shower before I finish!”

PC Perry is now preparing for his first half-marathon in Bath in March, in the hope of building himself up.

“I’ve only ever run 10ks before. Prior to running I trained in the gym a few times a week, but to get anywhere with running it takes all my spare time,” he added.

To help reach his fundraising target, PC Perry recently recruited his team-mates from Ivybridge police neighbourhood police team to ride static bikes as far as possible between 9am and 5pm.

The stunt was staged at Tesco Lee Mill, surrounded by a stand giving out advice on crime prevention and promoting the work of Crimestoppers to local shoppers.

PC Perry said: “The day went really well and helped to raise the Crimestoppers profile locally. We also managed to raise £225 towards my target from donations and a raffle, so that’s a great start.”