Fly-on-the-wall documentary series Beat: Life On The Street returns to ITV1 for a second series following Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Oxford and Lancashire, introducing new characters and stories as well as returning to key figures and events from the last series.
In the third programme of the series officers are once more under attack in the Greenlands area and, while Oxford Police deal with Class A drug users, PCSO Jackie Fulham has a slightly stranger drug problem in Preston.
Following numerous complaints to both the police and Community Gateway, housing officer David Lingard, CBM Abid Majid and PCSO Matt Witte are issuing warnings to some of the tenants in the Greenlands area of the Brookfield estate. These warnings are the first step towards eviction and aren’t taken kindly to by some of the local youths, who show their displeasure by bombarding the officers with fireworks.
On the Ingol Estate PCSO Jackie Fulham is called out to investigate when workmen find a packet of unidentified vials by the side of the road. Upon discovering that the drugs in question are hormones, Jackie exclaims: “I’m so glad that some child didn’t find it and snap it open otherwise we could’ve had a child walking around with loads of hair or something.”
During his regular nightshift in central Oxford PC Phillips interrupts two drug users in a public toilet and high spirits get out of hand resulting in a street chase and an arrest for public disorder.
“I’ve been around here for six years”, he says, “And you know I can’t even go on holiday and they say, ‘Oh, PC Phillips is off for a couple of weeks,’ and they tend to get up to no good.”
Back on the Brookfield Estate things aren’t getting any easier for David Lingard who has been threatened by a tenant and has had to call for police assistance. He tells Sgt Tony Murphy that the occupant “said he was going to glass me in the face”.
The man in question is arrested by the officers leaving David Lingard to comment: “Let it be understood there are no ‘no go areas’ in Preston.”
Sunday 10 February 2008 5:00pm – 5:30pm on ITV1.