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Vinnie Jones joins Northumbria Police road unit for TV shoot

Former football enforcer and big screen hard man Vinnie Jones found himself on the right side of the law when he spent time filming with a police force.

The 50-year-old, who was a member of the Wimbledon Crazy Gang, spent seven days with Northumbria Police's Operation Dragoon road policing unit.

Famous for a no-nonsense style of play on the pitch, Jones' other clubs included Leeds United, Sheffield United and Chelsea.

Following his retirement he capitalised on his on field image by landing roles in blockbusters such as Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Gone In 60 Seconds and Mean Machine.

Along with his film crew, the midfielder followed the initiative's enforcement officers out on the roads as they responded to incidents across the force area.

"I've really enjoyed working with such an impressive unit. It's been a privilege to be allowed to see how Operation Dragoon works and I'm looking forward for the public to be able to see how this unique team deal with the situations they encounter on the job," he said.

Chief Inspector John Heckels, who heads Operation Dragoon, said: "It's been great having Vinnie and the cameras with the Operation Dragoon team over the last week.

"The crew were embedded within the Op Dragoon team allowing them to see what officers have to deal with and respond to out on the front line.

"I think he found it really interesting and enjoyed it and we certainly got some second glances when officers turned up to incidents with Vinnie Jones alongside them."

The 10-week will be aired on Spike later this year.

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