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Star Wars actor supports Hampshire Fire Service campaign

A new campaign launched by Hampshire fire chiefs to educate drivers on how to react to emergency vehicles on the roads has gained unlikely support from a famous Hollywood actor.

The #INeedMySpace campaign comes after an increasing number of drivers have delayed fire engines getting to incidents - and as part of their awareness campaign, @Hants_fire tweeted a Star Wars themed meme and tagged actor Mark Hamil, who played Luke Skywalker in the franchise.

Credit: @Hants_Fire

The actor subsequently seen the Tweet and 'liked' it, prompting Hampshire Fire Service to react online.

Californian born Mark Hamill, 66, is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy from 1977 to 1983. A a role he reprised in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue say the campaign comes as a number of incidents in which motorists hinder emergency service vehicles with erratic driving and poor parking is "worse than ever before."

More information on the campaign and raising motorists awareness on what to do when encountering an emergency vehicle on the road can be found here.