Brokers are often asked to place some pretty odd risks, but this one must take the biscuit.

One told Backchat about being asked to find public liability insurance for security men at Morecambe Bay who check cocklers' permits, refusing entry if necessary.

Given the recent controversy surrounding illegal immigrant cocklers in the same place this was not an easy task. "You can imagine the reaction of the various markets I approached," said the bemused broker.