As schoolchildren and shop workers across Cheshire dress up as superheroes and take on extraordinary challenges for Children in Need – police battled torrential rain to raise money for the charity.

Officers swapped their uniforms for lycra and cycle helmets as they took to their bikes and pedalled for Pudsey today (Friday, November 14).

And the bobbies, who cycled from stations across Ellesmere Port, Chester and Stockton Heath, were joined in their charity challenge by Chief Constable Simon Byrne who praised their determination to raise cash for such a ‘valuable cause’.

Chief Constable Simon Byrne joins officers for Children in Need challenge

They pedalled through the blustery autumnal weather before arriving soaked and windswept at Cheshire Constabulary HQ in Winsford.

Chief Constable Byrne said that the challenge had helped to highlight the benefits of cycling for increasing police visibility in the community.

The force hope to raise £1,000 for the BBC appeal and have set up a JustGiving page to collect the donations – so far they have raised £60, and hope that members of the public will donate to the cause.

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