BBC Crimewatch has announced that Martin Bayfield is to join its presenting team

Date: 12.03.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.10
Category: BBC One
Working alongside the show's current presenters Kirsty Young and Matthew Amroliwala, Martin’s first show will be on BBC One on Tuesday 20 March at 9pm.

Martin served as a police officer in the Metropolitan and Bedfordshire forces, during which time he also played top-flight rugby, winning 31 caps with England and three with the British Lions. Martin left the police when rugby turned professional.

Martin says: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team on Crimewatch. It is a great honour to be asked to join such an important programme and to lend my support to a police service I served so happily for ten years and who supported me so magnificently through my rugby career."

About Martin Bayfield

Martin joined the Metropolitan Police straight from school in 1985. He served in London for four years before transferring to the Bedfordshire Police in 1989.

Whilst playing rugby for Bedford Martin was selected for the England team’s tour to Australia and Fiji in the summer of 1991.

At 6ft 10” Martin was an intimidating presence on the beat and on the pitch and was one of the tallest players in first class rugby.

Martin played second row for Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues between 1985 and 1998

Since retiring from rugby, Martin has worked as a commentator and summariser for BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live, written for The Daily Telegraph and appeared on The Weakest Link, Ready Steady Cook and New Tricks. He co-anchors ITV's rugby coverage including the Rugby World Cups of 2007 and 2011, and acted as the body double for Hagrid the Giant in the Harry Potter films.

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