Crimewatch Roadshow’s Rav Wilding is returning to the frontline as an officer, 20 years after he first qualified at the Met’s police college.

The BBC presenter, 42, said it was his duty to “dust off the cuffs” to help the fight against coronavirus – even though his wife is pregnant with their first baby.

Posting his brave decision on social media, the TV star said: “This is a time when we must come together collectively, and have all hands on deck.

"Each and every one of us has a part to play in this war against an enemy we can’t see.

“That’s why when a call to arms came out, I stepped forward and answered that call. I’m therefore proud to announce that exactly 20 years after first joining up, I am returning to the Met Police to help in this effort.”

Rav is returning to the frontline as a police officer
Rav is returning to the frontline as a police officer

Wilding, who worked in CID for six years before quitting to concentrate on his TV work in 2008, will rejoin colleagues in London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

In November, he revealed that he and wife Jill were expecting their first child together following a “long, hard journey”.

It's almost exactly 20 years since he qualified for the Met
It's almost exactly 20 years since he qualified for the Met

He says the baby, due soon, had been made with “a lot of love and a little science”.

Writing on his Instagram account, Wilding added: “I have the full support of my wife Jill, who despite being heavily pregnant and self-isolating due to this horrendous virus, has encouraged me to step forward join my brothers and sisters ‘in the trenches’, and face this head on.

“It’s time to dust off the cuffs and get to work.”

Wilding, who took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 and also regularly reports on crime stories for The One Show, is not altogether abandoning his TV career.

He explained: “I won’t completely disappear and will be back to host my shows Crimewatch Roadshow and Ill Gotten Gains later this year, two series that both highlight the great work the police do, but right now my focus is stepping up to this challenge and rejoining the emergency services.”