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P.C. 243 (Derek Etchells)

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P.C. 243
Occupation Police constable
First appearance 5th March 1973
Last appearance 13th June 1973
Number of appearances 2
Played by Derek Etchells

P.C. 243 was one of the offiers on the scene when Coronation Street was closed off and evacuated after a gas leak at No.1 in March 1973. The constable answered to Sergeant Harrison, responding swiftly to his orders to put diversion signs at either end to keep traffic away and get onto a gas board man. During the crisis, the constable kept on the lookout for Bobby, Minnie Caldwell's missing cat, who was eventually found by Ted Loftus. After a few hours, they were given the all-clear and the residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Three months later, he called into The Kabin just days after it had opened and asked Len Fairclough and Rita Littlewood if they had cleaned up the shop. Seeing how puzzled they were at his question, he told them that the previous owner, Walter Biddulph, had sold under-the-counter porn He said that it was only on a small scale and they’d never been able to catch him in the act. The comment solved a mystery for Len and Rita - why so many male customers had been mysteriously buying Pig Producers' Monthly, one of them asking if Walter had been in touch with Denmark.

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