Rod Stewart has admitted he can’t sleep while his wife Penny Lancaster patrols the streets as a Special Constable.
The ‘Maggie May’ singer told Magic Radio: “I don’t sleep, I don’t sleep when she’s out on the beat. Until I know, she’s safe in the car.”
Penny found her passion for policing after appearing on Channel 4 ‘s Famous and Fighting Crime in 2019.
She joined the ranks of volunteer officers within Peterborough police, and signed up to dedicate her time to patrolling the streets after the series concluded.
Speaking on Magic Radio for Prince’s Trust Day alongside Rod, the star told why she has embarked on this new journey.
Penny said: “I did it initially as a TV show a couple of years ago working with the Peterborough police, and I just love the experience so much.
“What’s wonderful about working with charities is, as Rod said, it’s that sense of giving back and feeling how lucky we are, we want to do something, but it never feels enough.
“Somehow, working with the police, you feel like you will make a difference every day if it’s tangible, you have got your feet on the ground, you are interacting with the public, you are dealing with whatever comes your way,” she explained.
During the chat, rocker Rod – reportedly worth £200million – revealed how he worries when Penny is on patrol and that it has led to him struggling to sleep.
Speaking in June this year, Penny – who shares sons Alastair, 15, and ten-year-old Aiden – told how her work as a special constable often saw her patrol bridges and she had managed to help persuade one man from taking his own life.
Speaking on Gabby Logan’s podcast The Mid Point, Penny said: “We look after the bridges. I think a lot of people because of the pandemic have been thinking of taking their life, sadly.
“At one point, it was every day there was someone that was jumping. A lot of the tasks we were given was to man the bridges.
“We would be walking up and down the bridges.”
“It just so happened that this young man approached me holding prayer beads in his hands and was just crying and shaking and said ‘I feel really suicidal, I don’t know what to do, help me’.
“The priority was to assist him off the bridge and get him away from immediate danger and find a quiet place to sit and talk to him.
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“Be that down to earth person, forget you’ve got a uniform and [I’m] a mother so I could empathise with him. [You] try to understand but of course you can never really put yourself in someone’s shoes like that.
“He opened up about his relationship with his parents, his father was very religious and was upset that he wasn’t religious. His mother was calling, asking where he was because she was concerned.
“He was in second year of university, was struggling with all the Zoom calls and not being in contact with people.
“The first thing you do as well as getting them to safety is to call out a mental health triage nurse.
“She joined us after about 20 minutes so together we chatted and in the end, he felt happy and safe enough to go home.
“I later contacted him with my police device and made sure that he was safe and just to remind him that there is always someone out there that will help. It felt good.”