Heartbeat

Sunday, 15 August 2010, 8:00PM – 9:00PM on ITV1

A latter day Robin Hood is operating in the area and baffling the police, while Oscar Blaketon and Alf Ventress are divided over their latest private investigation.

Oscar Blaketon and Alf Ventress are hired as private detectives by Douglas Philpot, a golfing friend of Oscar’s. Their job is to track down Douglas’ son, Ian who left home three months earlier. Their first lead is a clerk at accounting firm Smith and Fairweather, where Ian used to work, who told Douglas he’d recently seen Ian at a club in Whitby. Oscar goes to see the clerk and is rewarded with the name of the club where Ian regularly spends time. Meanwhile, Alf questions Douglas’ wife Mary and learns that Douglas and Ian have rarely seen eye to eye and on the night Ian left, he’d had a blazing row with his father. Alf and Oscar start to realise that Ian most likely left because his father was a bit of a bully who disapproved of Ian wanting to find his own way in life. Nevertheless, they decide to continue their search and finish the job.

Meanwhile, a number of mysterious burglaries in the area are causing a problem for Sergeant Miller and his team who so far have no concrete leads. The Aidensfield Arms is next to be targeted by the thief; as well as being robbed of the takings from the till, poor Dawn Bellamy has £20 taken from her wallet. Later that day David discovers Peggy has an unexplained envelope full of cash for exactly £20 and believes Peggy is somehow connected to the pub break in. When David confronts Peggy she is upset because she is, in fact, one of a number of elderly people who have been given the large wad of cash by an anonymous donor.

David tells PC Joe Mason about Peggy’s windfall and, upon inspection of the banknotes, he realises the burglaries are connected to the anonymous ‘donations’. It seems as though a modern-day Robin Hood operating in the area is stealing from local councillors to give to those less fortunate. Then, digging deeper, the Police establish that the recipients of the cash ‘donations’ are all somehow connected to a new block of flats, most having been re-housed by developers Sunlight Holdings and consequently charged more than they can afford.

Oscar and Alf continue to pick up on the trail of Douglas’ missing son Ian and enlist David’s help to look for him in the club in Whitby where they expect him to visit that evening. David searches the club and his inconspicuous manner causes attention from a barmaid who thinks he’s an undercover policeman.

Back in Aidensfield the series of burglaries continue when Douglas’ home is struck. Douglas disturbs the burglar and discovers it is none other than his son, Ian. As the police arrive, Ian manages to slip out of the backdoor and heads to the club. Oscar and Alf are lying in wait outside the club and spot Ian arriving. The Police are not far behind and plan to siege the club, but are too late when Ian slips away for a second time.

Oscar and Alf manage to track Ian to the offices of Sunlight Holdings. Ian proclaims he has been trying to make amends for his father who was one of several councillors who took a bribe to allow an unpopular development that allowed Sunlight Holdings to knock down affordable homes so that they could build flats and overcharge the new tenants. The Police arrive on the premises, but Ian refuses to be arrested without a fight…

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