Police pull out all the stumps for injured cop

INVERELL police are pulling out all stops (or stumps) to help out their injured mate with a cricket match fundraiser.

To help raise money for his treatment and support, the colleagues of Senior Constable John Fleming will host a Police vs Mayor’s XI Twenty20 benefit match on March 28.

The veteran police officer is still in a serious but stable condition in John Hunter Hospital following an accident involving the pushbike he was riding and a car at Inverell last Monday.

His family have been keeping a bedside vigil ever since and have been supported by Senior Constable Fleming’s extended police family.

Inverell Police Station duty officer Inspector Rowan O’Brien said police didn’t waste any time in rounding up support for a benefit for their mate and his family.

The event will be held at Varley Oval from 6.30pm, with a gold-coin donation at the gate for entry.

“Businesses have come on board to provide items for us to be able to auction on the night,” he said.

“Certainly Inverell police have done some strategic recruitment with our new Aboriginal liaison officer, Matt Cutmore, who’s a handy bowler.

“We look forward to him whistling a couple past the ear of the mayor, who considers himself to be a bit of a cricketer.”

Those who can’t make it on the day are invited to make a donation to the cause via Police Bank – account name: Inverell Police Social Club – Fleming. BSB: 815 000, account number:100359741.

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