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Hampstead residents have launched a crowdfunding campaign to 'buy' more police officers

Isabelle Aron

Over the past few months alone, Londoners have launched crowdfunding campaigns for a death café, a floating cycle path on the Thames and a London-themed board game. We thought we'd just about seen it all, but now a group of Hampstead residents have started a crowdfunding campaign to pay for their own dedicated police officers. Er, yeah - you can do that, apparently. Sure, it's not as exciting as the previously crowdfunded cat café or a Crystal Maze live action game, but that hasn't stopped local residents from turning out their pockets and pledging £180,000 in the first six weeks of the campaign.

Hampstead residents believe that the closure of Hampstead police station in January 2014 has contributed to a rise in crime levels, which is why they're taking matters into their own hands. To get the green light, the campaign would need to raise £600,000, which would fund the scheme for the next three years. Turns out funding your own police force is an expensive business - who knew?

Read about the crowdfunded healthy chicken shop in Tottenham.

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