Police use Lady Penelope's details as a template for checking suspicious cars on the its database
Bosses at the Met today confirmed that the Thunderbird puppet's details were stored as a template on the PNC, including a named driver listed as Nosey Parker, Lady Penelope's bushy eyebrowed chauffeur Aloysius “Nosey” Parker in the hit TV show.
In a Freedom of Information request, police also released a screenshot of what traffic officers first see when they pull someone over on roads in London to check their details.
The screenshot lists the Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM) as FAB 1 and says the made and model of the car is a Rolls Royce Futurama.
The online form, which flashes up on cop car computers, also states the Lady Penelope's insurers are Burchill and gives a number of 0845 123456 – although this is actually the helpline number for people claiming Disability Living Allowance.
In the policyholder details section it states: "Lady Penelope Creighton, Creighton Towers, Slough, Berkshire” and says the permitted drivers include “the insured” – Lady Penelope – and chauffeur “Nosey” Parker.
The template also states that class of use for the vehicle is “social domestic and pleasure”.
Thunderbirds, which is set in 2065, hit our screens in 1965, but only lasted two series, with 32 episodes made in all by creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
The show follows the exploits of the Tracy family and their International Rescue team, which is dedicated to saving human life all over the globe and has a range of super-powered vehicles at its disposal, including a rocket plane, spacecraft, submersible and space station.
Met bosses confirmed that the Thunderbird puppet's details were stored as a template on the PNC
Screenshot of what traffic officers first see when looking to check car details on its database
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Lady Penelope is an undercover agent who helps International Rescue in its battle with villains, including Hood and his half-brother Kyrano.
The pink Rolls Royce, which was the largest of all the models and puppets made for the show, stretched to just over 7ft long and cost £2,500 – the equivalent of nearly £50,000 now – to build.
Londoner Laurence Brooks, 46, of Wandsworth, south London, said the template showed that cops “do have a sense of humour”.
He said: "It's nice to see that cops have got a sense of humour, although if they had to chase Thunderbird 1 or Lady Penelope in her Rolls I don't fancy their chances."