Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Recruits Bitten by College Bedbugs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Recruits Bitten by College Bedbugs

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Byline: VALENTINE LOW

THEY are wanted for attacking police officers - but few of their victims have even seen them.

Working at night under cover of darkness, the gang is suspected of assaulting their victims at the Hendon Police Training College as they slept.

But officers have still managed to circulate a description of the suspects.

According to the investigation team they are reddish-brown in colour, round, flat and up to 5mm in length.

They are cimex lectularius - better known by their alias... bedbugs.

An infestation has allegedly broken out at the training college, where at least five trainees have complained of being bitten.

In an attempt to deal with the problem, the college has been fumigated and mattresses burned.

One victim was Pc Mokesh Kalsi, who was staying in a room on the 14th floor of the West Tower.

He complained of a rash and after visiting the college nurse was sent to Edgware Hospital where the bites were examined. …

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