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Car lover drives home US police car

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Malcolm Gibbs is a lover of unusual vehicles who doesn't mind forking out the cost of car insurance cover for his new pursuits, the latest of which is an original decommissioned US police car.

Even police in his home town of Loughborough smile and wave at the 63-year-old motorist as he drives to work in the 1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6 litre Interceptor.

He said: "It used to be an Interceptor, for chasing crooks down the highways.

"I bought it from a company in Surrey that imported it back in 2005 for doing some advertising. I found out it was going to go on for sale. I went down, fell in love with it, and bought it."

Mr Gibbs bought the Interceptor, complete with working sirens, lights, a CB radio and two spotlights, for £8,500 about 10 weeks ago.

"It's the genuine police package, it's got that many switches on board I don't know what half of them do," he said.

Next he expects to be able to purchase a General Lee - the Dodge Charger used in TV show The Dukes of Hazzard.

But he is afraid his wife June might not agree to have more cars in their garage, as he already owns a Dodge Ram B250 van, as well as a 33ft Winnebago.

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