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Thursday 10th September 9.00pm

Natalie Pinkham travels the country to find out the true stories behind some of the most dramatic crimes caught on camera. In the final instalment of the series, a car thief leads the North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit on a hair-raising dash across Derbyshire, cops stay one step ahead of drunken troublemakers in west London and a man in Middlesbrough steals an ambulance from the scene of an emergency.

This week’s action kicks off with a high-speed pursuit across the Derbyshire countryside recorded by the North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit. A stolen Ford Sierra 4×4 is driving so quickly and erratically that police on the ground must keep their distance for safety’s sake. “He’s got absolutely no idea what’s going on around him,” says PC Alan Hudson, who captured the footage from the hi-tech EC135 chopper. In an attempt to get away from police, the car thief starts to weave in and out of oncoming traffic, narrowly missing a bus and a number of other vehicles.

When the driver enters a built-up area full of people, the officers on the ground decide that he is posing a real threat to the public and must be stopped. They move in and attempt to burst the runaway car’s tyres with the stinger, but the driver moves onto a grassy bank, relying on the Sierra’s four-wheel drive to evade the police vehicles. However, the crook eventually runs out of luck and comes to an abrupt halt at a dead end. The driver and two passengers attempt to make their getaway on foot but are soon rounded up by officers on the ground. For his efforts, the driver earned himself a year in a young offenders institute and a three-year driving ban – despite having not yet passed his test.

In Brent, north-west London, 150 CCTV cameras ensure that police are always one step ahead of troublemakers across the borough. On a Saturday night, the streets outside pubs and clubs turn into potential hotspots for trouble as drunken revellers get into fights. On one particularly busy weekend, a fight between two men soon escalates into a brawl involving a number of people. Thanks to an early warning from operations manager Alvin Wakeman at the CCTV control centre, however, police arrive on the scene before anyone is badly injured. “There are certain people who go out for this type of thing,” says Alvin.

Elsewhere in Brent, the cameras pick up an audacious robbery in broad daylight. A black BMW driving past a cash-in-transit vehicle slows down, then drives away – only to come back into view moments later. Just as the security guard gets out of the van with a case full of cash, two hooded men jump out of the BMW, grab the case and attempt to flee. The hapless pair clearly have not planned their getaway, as one struggles to fit the bag into the back seat, while the other smashes his own face on the door. “It’s like a comedy of errors,” says Alvin. However, the robbers managed to make off with the money and are still wanted by police.

In Middlesbrough, Inspector Gary Hatton and his men are involved in the pursuit of a crook in a Vauxhall Astra. Wanted for theft and a number of assaults, the driver is doing all he can to get away, racing through a busy housing estate and a university campus. “This is a really dangerous scenario,” says Gary. “We had to put this one to bed.” Once the chopper joins the chase, it is not long before the reckless driver grinds to a halt and is arrested. He was eventually sentenced to six years in prison.

Also this week, a particularly heartless vehicle thief makes off with an ambulance from the scene of an emergency, a driver fleeing the cops evades the stinger three times and Natalie is left hanging while performing a safety check on a police chopper.

Friday 4th September 8.00pm

Natalie Pinkham travels the country to find out the true stories behind dramatic crimes that have been caught on video. In this instalment, a driver takes on four police cars in a spectacular pursuit, a getaway car goes up in smoke and some bad weather brings a world record-breaking air balloon crashing back down to earth.

This week, a driver demonstrates that breaking up really is hard to do when a row with his girlfriend sends him hurtling over the edge. In a sensational high-speed chase, the mad motorist takes on four police cars and a chopper. But it seems this rabid Romeo is messing with the wrong cops…

Elsewhere, in east London, the police helicopter spots a gang of thieves unloading their ill-gotten goods. As the cops on the ground try to get the men nicked, their intensive assault-course training definitely comes in handy. And when the crooks are rugby-tackled to the ground, this is one scrum they will not get out of in a hurry.

Also this week, a getaway car fails to reach its destination when it goes up in smoke. And some of the worst weather in years brings a world recordbreaking hot air balloon crashing back down to earth. Not only does the famous inflatable meet a grisly end, the storm also forces a light aircraft with a broken undercarriage into an emergency crash landing. Will the pilot manage to make it out of the wreckage alive?

Friday 14th August 8.00pm

Natalie Pinkham travels the country to find out the true stories behind dramatic crimes that have been caught on video. In the second episode, Natalie heads to Northern Ireland to join police on a border patrol, visits a helicopter unit in the Midlands and joins the Met ASU in a high-speed pursuit.

This week, Natalie is back with the North Midlands air-support unit (ASU) to witness the extraordinary lengths to which some criminals will go to avoid the long arm of the law. One runaway driver speeds away from the police, only to find his path blocked by a dead end. The hapless crook ditches his vehicle and continues his jaunt on foot, crossing rivers and railway lines – before eventually running out of breath at another dead end.

Elsewhere, the Metropolitan ASU gets a call from a concerned wife who seems to have lost her husband. In this bizarre case, it only takes the chopper crew one phone call to track down the missing man, who reluctantly emerges – red faced and bad tempered – from his temporary refuge. Later, the ASU races to a pursuit in south London. When the helicopter arrives on scene, the driver quits his car, scales a wall and attempts to hide in a nearby tower block.

A trip over the Irish Sea brings Natalie to the Maydown Road Policing Unit near Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Natalie joins the officers on a routine border patrol to get a feel for police life on the north-south border in Ireland. Dangerous drivers plague the carriageways, with one inebriated motorist playing chicken with a bus at death-defying speeds and overtaking on a blind bend –with almost devastating consequences. Drink-driving is always a bad idea, but the addition of twisting country lanes often makes a lethal combination.

In Middlesbrough, Cleveland Police show Natalie what not to do after an argument with a lover. One inebriated driver takes his partner’s car for a spin after a row, but ends up smashing through bollards and hitting a house.

Also this week, a family feud turns into carriageway chaos, an ex-con lets loose with a chainsaw in the centre of town, and it is time to duck and cover when shop workers find themselves trapped with a firework, lit and ready to blow.

Natalie Pinkham travels the country to find out the true stories behind dramatic crimes that have been caught on video. In the first episode, police chase a suicidal motorist down the M1; Natalie gets a bird’s-eye view of London with the Met helicopter team; and a drug dealer races through the streets of Carlisle.

This week, Natalie visits the North Midlands chopper coppers to find out about one of the most dramatic pursuits ever to happen on British roads. It is rush hour and a suicidal motorist is being chased down the M1. The driver tries his hardest to escape but the helicopter crew soon has the man cornered. When the driver realises the game is up, he sets fire to himself and his car – with predictably explosive results.

Natalie then takes to the skies with the Metropolitan Police Helicopter Support team and finds out what it takes to track criminals over London. She is with them as they check the skies over Heathrow as part of their anti-terrorist patrols. Escaping the Met helicopter is no easy task when two people are riding one moped, but this does not deter a couple of hapless criminals. A chase of planes, trains and mopeds ensues as the officers track the offenders to an underground station.

Later, the Met chopper lifts off once again in search of a man with a knife. Officers involved are not sure what to make of the suspect when they spot him hopping from garden to garden with the odd dance move in between. After a chase and tackle, it is time for a last waltz as he is treated to a free ride to the local police station.

In the East End of London, meanwhile, Natalie visits a shopkeeper who caught a would-be jewellery thief. The plucky shop owner slammed the door on the thief after he tripped the shop’s high-tech security system.

Also this week, Natalie heads to Cumbria, where the local police tell her how a reckless drug dealer tore up the streets of Carlisle in a desperate bid for freedom. Exclusive footage shows how the driver tried to force police off the road before eventually hurtling through a garden wall. Even then, he refused to give up…

Natalie Pinkham travels the country to find out the true stories behind dramatic crimes that have been caught on video. In the first episode, police chase a suicidal motorist down the M1; Natalie gets a bird’s-eye view of London with the Met helicopter team; and a drug dealer races through the streets of Carlisle.

This week, Natalie visits the North Midlands chopper coppers to find out about one of the most dramatic pursuits ever to happen on British roads. It is rush hour and a suicidal motorist is being chased down the M1. The driver tries his hardest to escape but the helicopter crew soon has the man cornered. When the driver realises the game is up, he sets fire to himself and his car – with predictably explosive results.

Natalie then takes to the skies with the Metropolitan Police Helicopter Support team and finds out what it takes to track criminals over London. She is with them as they check the skies over Heathrow as part of their anti-terrorist patrols.

Escaping the Met helicopter is no easy task when two people are riding one moped, but this does not deter a couple of hapless criminals. A chase of planes, trains and mopeds ensues as the officers track the offenders to an underground station.

Later, the Met chopper lifts off once again in search of a man with a knife. Officers involved are not sure what to make of the suspect when they spot him hopping from garden to garden with the odd dance move in between. After a chase and tackle, it is time for a last waltz as he is treated to a free ride to the local police station.

In the East End of London, meanwhile, Natalie visits a shopkeeper who caught a would-be jewellery thief. The plucky shop owner slammed the door on the thief after he tripped the shop’s high-tech security system.

Also this week, Natalie heads to Cumbria, where the local police tell her how a reckless drug dealer tore up the streets of Carlisle in a desperate bid for freedom. Exclusive footage shows how the driver tried to force police off the road before eventually hurtling through a garden wall. Even then, he refused to give up…

Natalie Pinkham travels the country to find out the true stories behind dramatic crimes that have been caught on video. In the first episode, police chase a suicidal motorist down the M1; Natalie gets a bird’s-eye view of London with the Met helicopter team; and a drug dealer races through the streets of Carlisle.

This week, Natalie visits the North Midlands chopper coppers to find out about one of the most dramatic pursuits ever to happen on British roads. It is rush hour and a suicidal motorist is being chased down the M1. The driver tries his hardest to escape but the helicopter crew soon has the man cornered. When the driver realises the game is up, he sets fire to himself and his car – with predictably explosive results.

Natalie then takes to the skies with the Metropolitan Police Helicopter Support team and finds out what it takes to track criminals over London. She is with them as they check the skies over Heathrow as part of their anti-terrorist patrols.

Escaping the Met helicopter is no easy task when two people are riding one moped, but this does not deter a couple of hapless criminals. A chase of planes, trains and mopeds ensues as the officers track the offenders to an underground station.

Later, the Met chopper lifts off once again in search of a man with a knife. Officers involved are not sure what to make of the suspect when they spot him hopping from garden to garden with the odd dance move in between. After a chase and tackle, it is time for a last waltz as he is treated to a free ride to the local police station.

In the East End of London, meanwhile, Natalie visits a shopkeeper who caught a would-be jewellery thief. The plucky shop owner slammed the door on the thief after he tripped the shop’s high-tech security system.

Also this week, Natalie heads to Cumbria, where the local police tell her how a reckless drug dealer tore up the streets of Carlisle in a desperate bid for freedom. Exclusive footage shows how the driver tried to force police off the road before eventually hurtling through a garden wall. Even then, he refused to give up…

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