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ROSS KEMP: Birmingham more shocking than Afghanistan

HARDMAN Ross Kemp has revealed that filming a new documentary in Birmingham was one of the toughest he has ever made.

The former EastEnders actor who makes Ross Kemp on Gangs for Sky1 said filming in city gave him the biggest shock of his career so far.

He told the Metro in a new interview: “I am making a documentary about our armed response units and counter-terrorist units – armed police across the UK – [and asking] do we have enough to meet the threat that is now posed to us?.

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“Not only by terrorists but also by the increase in the use of handguns by drugs gangs.”

He even admitted that he has to “wear the same body armour that I wore in Syria on the streets of Birmingham”.

Kemp also said his new two-part documentary was more shocking than the effects of war on Afghanistan.

Kemp posed for pictures with police during a Birmingham raid which recovered a handgun and sawn-off shotgun.

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Kemp joined members of the Operational Support Unit of West Midlands Police in the operation in Billesley.

Crime-ridden Birmingham has seen almost 100 shootings so far this year, chilling new figures have revealed.

The city has been in the midst of a deadly gangs war for the past 18 months.

The Office Of National Statistics confirmed in 2017 that the West Midlands had ‘the highest rate of non-air firearm offences per 1100,000 population’ across the country.

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