The Regent Street offices of financial PR agency Mainland PR were
burgled last week. Thieves scaled the roof of its five-storey building
and broke in through a back window.
The light-fingered rascals made off with pounds 15 petty cash but didn’t
bother with Mainland’s computer equipment leading managing director Neil
Mainland to speculate that they were ’lunatic drug addicts’.
However, the drug crazed loons left a vital clue to the robbery -
smudged finger prints on a glass.
When Mainland reported this case-breaking lead the local plod didn’t
seem too concerned. Rather than send forensics around to take the dabs
they posted a ’do it yourself’ finger printing kit to corporate PR man
Ralph Jackson of Jackson Communications, who shares the office with
Jackson got the hang of the kit by practising on his own fingers.
’Colleagues were surprised his prints aren’t already on record,’ quipped
Things have reached a sorry state when the most sophisticated police
force in Britain is relying on a corporate and public affairs specialist
to bust crime. But Mainland tells me that no real damage has been done
to clients, who include city ’superwoman’ Nicola Horlick. ’Our clients’
darkest secrets are safe with us,’ he says.