Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ross Kemp on Patrol with the Armed Police

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ross Kemp on Patrol with the Armed Police

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TIME for hardman Ross Kemp to pull on his bulletproof vest again as he joins armed officers on the frontlines of British crime.

As he heads out with officers who have experienced being confronted with lethal weapons, it raises the issue of whether police at any level can be left unarmed today.

First he sees how two unarmed officers deal with a violent man who is threatening them with a kitchen knife, revisiting the scene with two constables, Alex and Debbie, of Northamptonshire Police.

Debbie says: "I honestly thought that Alex was going to be killed."

Later Ross goes out with a covert mobile armed support surveillance team on the hunt for a suspect with a gun in the West Midlands, but the man is aggressive when the team tries to arrest him.

Ross also visits a counterterror police training base for the first time - designed to instil military-style tactics into everyday police officers. …

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