Thousands of police staff 'moonlight'

Police form a barrier during a rally in London. Credit: REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Nearly 3,500 police officers in London are moonlighting in a second job.

Scotland yard says some of its officers combine police work with other roles like driving and flower arranging and working as magicians and vicars.

The second jobs have all been approved by police bosses, but politicians have called for a clampdown on the practice.

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