Beat: Life on the Street

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 last programme of the series, police in Oxford raid a property being used for mass cannabis production and in Lancashire officers tackle two difficult cases where young women have made allegations against their partners.

Following reports from local people the North East Oxford team are part of an operation to search a suspicious house in their area. After forcing their way into the property, the team discover it’s being used for the harvesting of cannabis. Whoever has been using the house has taken great pains to hide their activities, including special ventilation systems to reduce the smell and lights on timers, in addition to stealing electricity from the grid.

“These sorts of things will fund the larger sorts of crime,” says PC Rob Fisher, “they’ll fund the crime syndicates, the big prostitution rings, it’s a big business and they earn a lot of money from it and it’s illegal, so from my point of view we’ve done our job for the day.”

On the Brookfield Estate PC Abid Majid visits Rebecca – a young woman who has accused her partner of domestic violence on several occasions but keeps retracting her allegations. After 15 police visits PC Abid feels the only option is to separate the two with an ASBO.

In Rawtenstall, PC Gareth Henderson and PCSO Pauline Cadman are also dealing with a domestic dispute. A young mother has called the police claiming her partner snapped her bank card and smashed two phones in an angry rage when she attempted to go out for the evening.

PCSOs Rachel Cooper and Stacey Wiggins visit an elderly lady who is very upset after having an item stolen from her husband’s memorial garden. While the girls aren’t sure they’ll be able to recover the item they are moved by the woman’s situation and decide to schedule a welfare check for the following week which will be the one year anniversary of her husband’s death.

Following an attempted break-in on the Ingol Estate, PCSO Jackie Fulham schedules a meeting to reassure the residents and advise on preventative measures as well as arranging a leaflet drop with helpful tips on security.

“I’m part of the community,” says Jackie, “I’ve become like the post man really. Without it, we miss each other.”

Sunday 2 March 2008 5:30pm – 6:00pm on ITV1.

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 programme four PCSOs Stacey Wiggins and Rachel Cooper deal with a sad situation on the Barton Estate and Sgt Murphy and his team attempt to ensure that bonfire night doesn’t go with too much of a bang in Brookfield.

Known drug user Graham lives with his girlfriend Vicky on the Barton Estate and has signed an acceptable behaviour contract which limits the amount of people allowed in his house at any one time and prohibits overnight guests. If Graham does not adhere to the terms of his ABC he can lose his house and local neighbour police teams carry out regular welfare checks to ensure the house is not being misused. PCSOs Rachel and Stacey are saddened to discover during one of these checks that not only is Graham unwell but it appears that the house is being used for illegal drug activity.

In Preston Sgt Abid Majid and PCSO Matt Witte pay a visit to two twins who have been stealing from their mother. Already on remand for assault the girls are proving too much to handle for mum Avril and she has turned to the local police for help.

Following another visit by PCSOs Rachel and Stacey, Graham has run out of chances and police arrive armed with a warrant to search the premises for drugs. Their discoveries leave Graham and Vicky facing eviction.

Bonfire Night on the Brookfield Estate means a busy night for Sgt Murphy who explains: “We’re not out to spoil anybody’s fun tonight, it’s a top night out for everybody, it’s one of the big nights of the year really but the main game is obviously making sure it’s safe for people to stand round these fires.”

Sgt Murphy’s first cause for concern is a bonfire in the back garden of a property which has filled the house with smoke. After moving the residents outside he leaves the fire brigade in charge only to discover another bonfire into which youths are throwing fireworks.

Sunday 17 February 2008 5:10pm – 5:40pm on ITV1.

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