Police in China have recruited a retired basketball player to work as a traffic cop – because his commanding size gets the attention of errant motorists.

At 2.3m tall, Chu Yu is China’s tallest police officer and something of a novelty on the streets of Dalian, a city in north-east China’s Liaoning province.

Aged 25, he was a basketball player who quit after numerous injuries and found himself looking for a job. After a stint at college he was approached by the local police academy and asked if he wanted to become an officer.

“With a stature such as yours, you will command nothing but respect,” the local police chief told him.

“The department likes to place tall guys like me on traffic duty precisely because we are more likely to be noticed by motorists in traffic,” Chu said. – Daily Mail