Double gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock has been warned by Basildon’s top police officer that he should put his pride and joy into a secure bank vault before returning to Basildon. 

Speaking EXCLUSIVELY to Southend News Network, Snr Det Ins Nigel Fence OBE made it perfectly clear that the town was ‘no place’ for individual items of such high value. 

He said: ‘Max should be delighted with his gold medals in the floor exercise and pommel horse, but he needs to do everything possible to prevent his Rio 2016 gold medals from ending up in Cash Generator.’

‘We have already run an extensive campaign this Summer to warn residents of Basildon against having nice things, and these high-profile ‘local boy done good’ achievements have the potential to do more harm than good.’

‘Our iPhone iNcognito scheme has been a huge success this year, with officers handing out 5000 special phone cases that makes iPhones look like Motorola handsets from 1999 – smartphone thefts in Basildon have dropped by 25% as a result.’

Geoffrey Milking is Head of Sporting PR at Southend Borough Council, and he said that Max Whitlock’s golds were fantastic news for Southend. 

He said: ‘It is important to remember that Max is from a borough that is only two boroughs away from Southend, and this is fantastic news for a town with our prestigious history of sporting excellence.’

‘Our Olympic pedigree is better than any other area of the country.’

We asked Mr Milking to explain this statement. 

‘Because Tom Daley, that’s why.’