VIDEO: The Bill star helps police in Kettering launch drink-drive campaign

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Former The Bill star Mark Wingett has helped launch Northamptonshire Police’s Christmas drink-driving campaign in Kettering.

Wingett, who played Det Sgt Jim Carver in the ITV police drama, gave his backing to a police initiative to increase their presence on the county’s roads in the build-up to Christmas.

Actor Mark Wingett, DS Jim Carver from The Bill, helps Northants Police with their Christmas drink-drive campaign

Actor Mark Wingett, DS Jim Carver from The Bill, helps Northants Police with their Christmas drink-drive campaign

Police made 17 arrests for drink-driving in the first week of December, compared to a total of 103 for the whole of December 2013.

Wingett, who is starring at this year’s Lighthouse Theatre pantomime Aladdin, said: “I am here supporting Northants Police because if I can just stop one person getting injured or somebody getting arrested during the Christmas period because of drink-driving I think that’s a very worthy thing to do.

“I think my character got tested a couple of times, which he failed, unfortunately, and I just hope that doesn’t happen to any members of the public.

“I am completely happy to be here and I give police my full support.”

Actor Mark Wingett, DS Jim Carver from The Bill, helps Northants Police with their Christmas drink-drive campaign

Actor Mark Wingett, DS Jim Carver from The Bill, helps Northants Police with their Christmas drink-drive campaign

The Christmas clampdown is part of the police’s Futures Programme, and the force’s Chief Insp Dennis Murray said: “We are here today stopping members of the public and checking to see if they’ve been drinking and driving, and giving them advice about drinking and driving.