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Viewers have praised Loose Women star Penny Lancaster’s resolve after she was threatened with being stabbed while appearing on a new fly-on-the-wall documentary show.
Famous and Fighting Crime aired on Channel 4 last night, with Lancaster among a group of celebrities volunteering as special constables with the Cambridgeshire Police Force.
But Lancaster soon found herself helping the police chase down a suspected shoplifter, who then turned on them.
The woman threatened to stab Lady Stewart – she’s married to Sir Rod Stewart – with a ‘dirty needle’.
Many viewers praise the presenter on social media.
Massive respect for Penny Lancaster! #FamousAndFightingCrime
I'm quite impressed by this show so far. Showing the harsh realities of what officers face day to day!
— Harry (@itsmeharryt) February 11, 2019
Penny getting right in there! Go on las! #famousandfightingcrime
— Aston (@astonwilkz) February 11, 2019
Honestly penny shouldn’t have been left on her own to chase the girl imagine if she got stabbed #FamousAndFightingCrime
— 👸🏿 (@BeauteKila) February 11, 2019
Is Rod Stewart’s wife really chasing a knife wielding scumbag on C4? Fair play to the woman 👏👊#FamousAndFightingCrime
— Lauren Hughes (@LaurenAnnalls) February 11, 2019
Total respect for penny putting herself in that situation, not sure it was a safe idea mind! #FamousAndFightingCrime
— Sarah L W (@Misssarahwarne) February 11, 2019
She was also left shaken earlier on in the show, during a simulation in which a police officer took on the role of a potential attacker.
Lancaster then told how it brought back memories of an incident when she was 11 or 12, in which she was assaulted by a man in an underpass, but fortunately managed to fight him off.
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) February 11, 2019
The show also features Katie Piper, comedian Marcus Brigstocke, Jamie Laing from Made In Chelsea, and Sandi Bogle from Gogglebox.
It airs on Monday nights.