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TV stars go out on the front line with Cambridgeshire police in Channel 4 show

By Adrian Curtis

A group of TV celebrities are set to be featured on a Channel 4 programme that focuses on the front line of British policing with the Cambridgeshire force

TV presenter Katie Piper, Loose Women panellist Penny Lancaster, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle and comedian Marcus Brigstocke are the five well-known rookies being given the chance to see what it’s really like to be fighting crime at the sharp end.

The new hard-hitting series, Famous and Fighting Crime consists of four episodes and will start on TV tonight, February 11 at 9 pm on Channel 4.

The celebs will be with Cambridgeshire constabulary, responding to real 999 calls, working in custody, and even CID, as well as taking part in high risk drugs raids to keep order in rowdy city centres at the weekend.

Jamie Laing, Sandi Bogle, Penny Lancaster, Marcus Brigstocke and Katie Piper. (7084845)
Jamie Laing, Sandi Bogle, Penny Lancaster, Marcus Brigstocke and Katie Piper. (7084845)

Channel 4’s Famous and Fighting Crime will work alongside one of the busiest forces in the country. After years of budget cuts, police forces are under more pressure than ever and the five will be joining an army of 12,000 volunteer officers who police towns and cities all across the UK.

Volunteers known as ‘Special Constables’ have all the powers of a warranted police officer and work alongside their regular colleagues on the frontline but do so in their spare time, often working around their own careers and personal lives.

Famous & Fighting Crime was commissioned by Channel 4 formats commissioning editor Lee McMurray and head of formats, Dom Bird. The series is made by Blast! Films with executive producers Ed Coulthard and Dermot Caulfield.

Penny Lancaster. (7084856)
Penny Lancaster. (7084856)

Mr McMurray said, “We’re delighted to have secured such a smart, diverse cast of famous faces for this once in a lifetime opportunity, which will not only provide Channel 4 viewers with fascinating insights into the realities of modern policing, but also allow them to see some of their favourite household names in a new and surprising light.”

Mr Coulthard, added: “As police budgets go down, and the pressures on police forces go up, our celebrities are joining the thousands of volunteers risking everything on the frontline of policing today. It’s certain to be a life changing experience – no one can predict the criminals or the crimes they’ll encounter”.

Jamie Laing, Sandi Bogle, Penny Lancaster, Marcus Brigstocke and Katie Piper. (7084831)
Jamie Laing, Sandi Bogle, Penny Lancaster, Marcus Brigstocke and Katie Piper. (7084831)

Cambridgeshire constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic said the TV show was a grat opportunity for the force to show off the valuable work done by special constables.

He said: "This is a great opportunity to showcase the valuable work of the Special Constabulary and give viewers a chance to see some of the excellent work our officers do day in day out, but which often remains hidden. The series promises to be entertaining and impactful, offering the viewer a unique view of the role volunteers play in policing their own communities, and I hope it will inspire many others to volunteer for their police force.”

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