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    AndyBSG wrote:
    Ells wrote:
    @Gina Marden - this is Basildon not downtown New York.... They are 'police' not cops.....
    Uhhmm, you do know the phrase 'cops' originated in the UK back in the 18th century?
    Fully aware of it thanks Andy, 'cop' is to get hold off or seize and became a phrase used in this country by criminals - i.e. 'it's a fair cop'. From this the police became known as 'coppers' (not cops).

    Calling police 'cops' is a purely American tradition relating to the metallic composition of their badges (copper - shortened to cop)."
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Massive haul of cannabis seized in raid

A MASSIVE haul of 400 cannabis plants was seized by cops in a raid.

Officers burst into the outbuilding at the back of a property on the Wickford stretch of the A127 on Tuesday.

They found a makeshift factory with hundreds of the Class B drug plants growing.

A 56-year-old man from Wickford has been arrested.

*Full story and pictures in Thursday's Echo

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