Meet Rav Wilding
Discover more about this history of the Frontline Police presenter.
Rav Wilding was born in Canterbury, Kent on 16 October 1977 and is the second of five children. His father is Mauritian and his mother is English. After secondary school he took an apprenticeship in construction before joining the British Army at 17. Due to his stature and physical fitness he was selected to undertake parachute training but a broken leg sustained on a training run cut a career in the Airborne unit short and after 4 years he left after medical staff advised him that it would be highly unlikely that his leg would ever be back to full fitness.
On leaving the army in 1999, Rav started working at Harrods store in Knightsbridge as part of the security team. After approximately 9 months at Harrods, Rav’s application to join the Metropolitan Police Service was accepted and he started training school. He joined the service at the start of 2000 and was posted to Peckham in South London. Whilst based at Peckham, one of the busiest boroughs in the UK he was involved in the high profile police investigation surrounding the death of Damilola Taylor. Rav was part of a specialist unit specifically created in the aftermath of the murder where he would work solely on the tough North Peckham estate.
After two years as a Policeman Rav responded to an advert for people to partake in a jungle adventure, to live for three months in an Australian rain forest. After three months in the jungle, Rav returned to Britain and went back to work in the police but this time in to the CID. Working within the CID, Rav was posted to units focusing on robbery, burglary and major investigations as well as a long spell working on a Sapphire unit dealing with rape and sexual assault allegations. He was quickly selected for Detective training and soon became a Detective Constable for the last 6 years of his service. During this time, Rav worked on many high profile cases and was a regular at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) where the most serious hearings were held.