The Metropolitan Police has brought a large amount of uniforms used in ITV1’s The Bill to stop them falling into criminal hands.

BBC Online reports that the Met brought 400kg of clothing and items after The Bill ceased screening in August.

A Met spokesman said: “When the announcement was made that The Bill was to cease production, the Metropolitan Police approached the production company with a view to acquiring all used and unused items of clothing and uniform.

“The purpose of this approach was to ensure that Metropolitan Police uniforms did not enter the public domain and give rise to the potential use by unauthorised persons in the commission of criminal activities.”

The cost of the kit wasn’t publicised, but it included shirts, trousers and pullovers, plus 29 body armour covers, 28 high visibility jackets, four inspector flat caps and 22 constable bowler hats.