Officer helps carry the torch to Olympics

Doncaster-born PC Kevin Tonkinson of the Metropolitan Police Service will be part of the specialist Torch Security Team, guarding the Olympic Torch as it make its way around the UK.
Doncaster-born PC Kevin Tonkinson of the Metropolitan Police Service will be part of the specialist Torch Security Team, guarding the Olympic Torch as it make its way around the UK.

THE Olympic torch will be landing in the UK today courtesy of David Beckham.

But one of the people in charge of looking after the torch during its relay around the country is Doncaster-born police man Kevin Tonkinson.

PC Tonkinson, 38, is part of the Metropolitan Police Service’s specialist Torch Security Team who have undertaken 18 months of training to be able to protect the Olympic flame and those lucky Torch Bearers chosen to run with it.

PC Tonkinson usually works as an officer in Hackney, where he works on a response team responding to emergency calls and was on of 664 officers who applied to accompany the torch on its journey.

He said: “I am really excited about the Games and the Torch Relays. It is an opportunity to show the world that Britain is a great place to visit and that we can put on a fantastic sporting event. I am just so honoured that I will be able to play a small role in this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Numerous hours have gone into preparing for the role, but outside of work Kevin has been preparing with his own training regime, by regular long distance runs to ensure that he has the stamina and endurance which he will need to complete his role.