Brighton Beach Patrol Series Finale

Friday 6th November 8.00pm

Concluding this week is the documentary series following the work of the police, lifeguards and RNLI volunteers who patrol Brighton’s worldfamous beach. In the final instalment, the bombdisposal team is called to the seafront when a suspect package is washed ashore.

Every summer, some eight million people descend on Brighton as the town’s population doubles in size during the holiday season. The big draw is the world-famous beach, one of Britain’s most iconic seaside destinations. Filmed throughout the summer of 2009, this series follows the emergency services on land and sea, day and night, as they work to ensure that holidaymakers’ good times do not end in disaster.

The cameras follow the work of Brighton’s lifeguards, who last year carried out 41 rescues, and the police community support officers, who patrol the beach and enforce the town’s bylaws and regulations. They are supported by the RNLI, who coordinate sea rescues in their lifeboats. These vessels can be called out at a moment’s notice to save boats and swimmers in distress. The programme also catches up with the officers behind Sussex Police’s ‘Operation Marble’, which aims to stop drunk revellers running wild through the town’s streets every weekend.

Through the work of the emergency services, ‘Brighton Beach Patrol’ meets people from all walks of life, from drag queens and beach cleaners to teashop owners, nightclub bosses, hotel managers and fishermen. The series is set against the backdrop of Brighton’s year-round programme of festivals and events, ranging from Gay Pride to the Brighton Carnival and the season-ending White Air Festival.

Together, the cops, characters and partygoers form a rich and diverse assortment of human life – a testament to why Brighton remains one of the country’s top tourist destinations, with record numbers of visitors this year.

In this episode, it is the end of Brighton’s busiest ever summer. Far from the season petering out quietly, Brighton’s emergency services are faced with one of their toughest challenges yet when a suspect package washes up on the shore. Can the bomb-disposal team defuse the situation in time?

Elsewhere, the lifeguards don their Speedos and lower their flags one last time as their manic summer draws to a close. It has been a dramatic few months for all of the team.

Also this week, the annual Birdman event takes off on the south coast. Serious competitors and fancydress participants fling themselves off the pier in their homemade crafts to decide who will earn the title of Worthing Birdman 2009.

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  • Anonymous

    I watched this with interest and was impressed by the PCSO good interpersonal skills. However was appalled at the attitude of the police man and his superior, they used their uniform to push and shove young intoxicated men and felt this was an appropriate form of policing. By violently pushing and shoving these young men and not excepting an angry response was absurd .
    Why use this form of policing, which is surely assault, when there are appropriate avenues of the Law to be used in such circumstances. I guess it says it all when one young policeman states he enjoys working at weekends!!!!

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