Fun-loving police officer soaked with spray gun during kids’ charity outing


HILARIOUS footage has captured the moment a police officer is soaked on one of Scotland’s busiest streets with a water gun.

The clip was recorded on Tuesday during the annual Edinburgh Taxi Trade Kids Outing in aid of sick children.

The event, now in its 70th year, sees taxi drivers take time off to transform their cabs into wacky creations and take disadvantaged kids to the seaside.

The video was filmed on Shandwick Place in the capital and shows the officer getting drenched by one of the delighted children.



Stephanie Ellis, from Penicuik, Midlothian, uploaded the 10-second-clip to Facebook with the caption: “I love that the police enjoy it as much as us.”

The funny footage shows the police officer getting soaked by a water gun as they sit on their motorbike.

Dressed in the fluorescent police uniform, the officer gets drenched but luckily have their motorcycle helmet to stop their face and hair getting wet.

The officer is powerless to stop the soaking as a loud laughter can be heard from behind the camera, whilst a nearby photographer is also caught with some of the spray.

Stephanie added in the comments section of her video: “Hahaha none were in our sights, it’s such a great day.

“I haven’t seen my daughter laugh so much in ages. Even though she doesn’t soak people she loves laughing at everyone getting soaked.


The police officer took the soaking in good spirits


“The policeman was great. A real top sport.”

Speaking today about the clip, Stephanie said: ““The day is so special you can see from every taxi just how much effort has gone into the planning each and everyone.

“The smiles on everyone’s faces from the children to the cab drivers to the police.

“The day is brilliant and it’s the first in a Long time I’ve seen my daughter Brooke laugh so hard.

“I’m thankful to Douglas Stewart our taxi driver from Midlothian who each year takes Brooke and this year he went all out and got us hoses as well.

“The day is brilliant and means a lot to us as parents for a day were Brooke can be herself and we don’t have to worry.”

Facebook users have been quick to react to the clip.

Gillian Mcluckie wrote: “I went on the taxi outings years ago with my three boys, and it was always great fun. I embarrassed my kids by getting into a water pistol fight at Musselburgh, and ended up getting drenched.

“The one day in the year you can attack a policeman without getting arrested.”

Whilst Glyn Skinner added: “Brilliant.”

The charity day takes hundreds of children on a colourful parade through Edinburgh’s streets and to the beach for a day out.

The taxi drivers dress their taxis up in a whole range of different styles, from Buzz Lightyear to Postman Pat and Shrek.

Organisations that have been supported by the colourful convoy include The Richmond’s Hope Trust, Cash for Kids, Dance Base’s Community Outreach Programme, The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, Edinburgh Zoo’s Dreamnight and Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Edinburgh road policing officers happily support the taxi trade’s generous children’s outing each June.

“It’s all in a good cause and, knowing they might end up at the business end of a water pistol, the motorcycle officers make sure they wear their best waterproof pants.”