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Famous faces to fight crime on the streets of Cambridgeshire

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A group of famous faces will take to the streets of Cambridgeshire in a bid to help tackle crime.

This isn't a new cost-cutting measure from our under pressure forces, to supplement their resources, but part of a new TV series.

Channel 4 has announced that a show called Famous and Fighting Crime is to feature TV stars pounding the beat alongside propper coppers from 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 taking part.

Arresting development: Famous faces to fight crime Credit: Channel 4

Cambridgeshire Police say it will help showcase the work of the force to a wider audience.

“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.”

– Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic

The famous crime fighters 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 and keeping order in rowdy city centres at the weekend.

Lee McMurray, Commissioning Editor for Formats at Channel 4

“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.”

– Lee McMurray
Dynamic duo: Hardy and Cumberbatch Credit: PA Images

Of course they're not the first celebrities to fight crime. Tom Hardy chased down a moped thief, while Sherlock Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch intervened to protect a cyclist.