Documentary series following the traffic police. In the fight against crime the latest weapon the cops have are headcams, tiny cameras which record everything the cops see.
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13 million motoring offences every year.
It's gone through a wall, taken out a power cable
and somersaulted onto its roof.
More than 200,000 crashes and accidents.
Traffic cops patrol across 250,000 miles of road.
Come here, you little...
-Which pocket are yours in?
..and high water.
Back that way!
You're just making it difficult,
going through the deepest bit right in the middle.
-What's in there, mate?
..and keeping Britain's roads safe.
You've not got a licence, you're not allowed to drive!
And for the first time,
the police are collecting official evidence on headcams.
You press the record button and it's the evidence that will
ultimately get these people sent to prison.
Get that camera out my face now!
From a police officer's point of view, really, exactly what you
see on the head cameras is actually what we're seeing in real life.
-Chases caught on camera...
-Get on the floor!
..and arrests from the point of view of the cops.
We need to catch these people and stop them doing what they're doing.
I don't know why I'm feeling so sarcastic today.
I think it's because I've had a couple of ibuprofen,
that's what it is.
Traffic cops Lee Moody and Dan Kellett
are on flood alert ten miles north of Leeds.
We're en route to Pool-in-Wharfedale.
The call is overnight, due to heavy rain,
there's a large amount of flooding.
It's been one of the wettest years on record.
Today, nationwide heavy floods have caused deaths on the road
and trapped hundreds in their cars.
Most normal, sensible people have realised this is a deep flood,
don't drive through it.
You'd be amazed how many people drive through it
and then get into difficulties.
When we have this level of rain, as extreme as this, it does cause
massive issues, and the country can just come to a standstill.
You just know it's going to be a nightmare day.
They're taking over from officers who've spent all night
tackling flooded roads.
You know what we were saying about people driving through big floods?
That looks quite deep in the middle.
'It doesn't look that deep at that particular time -
'however, that's walking across the highest point of the camber.'
When you start getting to the verges, that is going to be quite deep water.
OVER RADIO: One-four - we may be delayed somewhat,
we've come down Arlington Lane,
we're heading towards the White Hart.
We're just having to assess whether we can get through
the flooded section of road here, may need to be closed as well.
Depending on the volume, the water can actually break the road surface.
It can burst pipes underneath, blow manhole covers off,
blow drain covers off and it can cause major issues.
Watch out, you're going to get wet.
No, that looks quite deep in the middle.
'You just have to suck it and know that you're going to get wet'
and your boots may be destroyed by the end of the day.
OVER RADIO: 'Tango-one-four, we're going to have to try and close it.'
Do you want me to go and stick some cones out the other side?
-Cos we don't want anyone coming through that, do we?
Across Britain, there are 52 flood warnings in place,
with 22 in Yorkshire.
With the Highways Agency busy with road closures across the region,
the priority for Lee and Dan now
is to close this road as quickly as possible.
'Increasingly nowadays, with the amount of traffic on the road,'
people are very much "me-focused".
"I need to get to where I need to get to as quickly as I can."
They're not concerned about why a road is closed,
they don't think about the fact that we've closed it for their safety.
Hello, we're just about to close this,
cos we're just going to have everybody flying round the corner,
and it's only going to get worse cos it's still raining.
It's entirely up to you.
Say that again?
You're in the 4x4, sir.
You know, on days like this, you're going to have
certain people in certain vehicles that think you can drive through it.
Although the flooding may not look too deep,
many cars can start to float in just two feet of standing water.
I think we're going to have to take the chance.
I'm afraid the road's closed.
There's a rather large flood.
It's not long before the cops need to assist people heading
to work who are stuck behind the flood.
You OK? Do you want me to watch your back?
Oh, right, OK. Just don't go forwards!
Do you want me to spin it round for you?
The issue that we had with this lady was it was a vehicle
she didn't drive on a very regular basis.
And it had an electronic parking brake.
Oh, dear! How embarrassing!
It was a case of the simplest way being for me to spin it round
and then give her some advice on making sure
she knew how to drive the vehicle before she got into it.
Nice of my colleague to watch me back, isn't it?
-There you go.
-Thank you very much.
What a bizarre handbrake.
-Okey-doke, thank you very much, see you later.
Okey-doke, no worries, see you later.
They've coned off the road, but can they keep it closed?
You - back that way!
Working across the whole Yorkshire and Humberside area
is the Regional Roads Crime Team.
Officers Gary Panther and Paul Smith are on patrol.
# There's a moose loose aboot this hoose. #
HE HUMS TUNE OF "HOOTS MON"
Their unmarked car gives them more cover on country roads.
A Golf has just sped past, unaware that they're cops.
Check us a vehicle please?
It was travelling at a little bit of speed,
but the occupant really caught our attention as it went past as well.
-Previous on it?
Just spotted a Golf travelling at speed to the Leeds area,
so he just came quickly through the village we just passed,
so we're going to catch him up
and just do some checks on the keeper and the driver of it.
INDISTINCT RADIO COMMUNICATION
Where have they gone?
You tend to find the cars have gone
a little bit further than you expect.
So if you don't see it initially,
it's worth just pushing on and trying to locate them,
second-guessing the route it could have possibly travelled.
Just double check.
If he has, he's been tonking it.
-All right, innit?
Think so, yeah. Saw brake lights. He's just there.
Oh, he's there, look! He's there, look!
The check produces further information on the driver.
-Received, mate. We'll see who it is.
So immediately, it just gives you a little more suspicion that
there's something wrong with the vehicle or driver.
It's a bit of cat and mouse, really.
You do want to catch them and they don't want to be caught.
Don't park there. HE TUTS
It'll be all right now...
The cops' headcams capture events from a police point of view,
and are part of a new evidence gathering kit.
-Hiya, mate, you all right?
-Is it your motor?
-Just turn the engine off for a sec, mate.
-Sorry, I didn't know if...
No, you're fine. You got your licence on you?
It's one of those moments, you get out and you don't know what's
going to happen, so you're always on edge.
I want to ask you - and I bet you know what I want to ask you -
there's a strong smell of cannabis coming from the car,
which means you're going to be searched under
the Misuse of Drugs Act along with the car.
-Right. You're going to be searched.
-Is there owt else other than that?
My first thoughts are,
"He's handed that bit of cannabis over to me far too easily."
As if to say, "This is all I've got in here, officer, thanks very much."
Are you working at the minute?
All right. How's that going then?
Do you want to jump out, pal, and go with my mate?
He's going to conduct a search, cos it stinks of cannabis.
Have you got anything in your pockets at all?
-No, so I'll just give you a pat down, mate.
Possessing a small amount of cannabis
comes with a police warning or an £80 on-the-spot fine.
-In that tin.
-Little bit more?
-I'll find it, don't worry.
He can see exactly what I'm doing here and what I'm looking for.
-Did you get a warning for cannabis before?
We tend to find that
if people have got quite a substantial amount
of cannabis on them,
they may well hand over a small amount like he is there,
in the hope that we don't look any further
and just take it as, "That's what he's got."
How much you get a car, then? That pay all right?
It depends, I'm trying to get on to more expensive valets,
higher class, instead of trying to do these £10, £15 jobs.
-Detailing, that's where the money is, isn't it?
My mate had his Beemer done recently, £300 or something.
Hard work, like, isn't it?
Alloys and stuff like that, you've got to make alloys gleam out
to make anybody be happy about anything.
-It's a nightmare, really.
'If we can keep them talking and occupied,'
it makes our job easier, really.
It's one of those, it's kind of a double bluff.
Paul's talking to him about all sorts of things
and he's probably thinking Paul's mind's not where it should be,
but I know and Paul knows that we're concentrating on exactly
what we should be doing,
and that's searching this vehicle for further drugs.
'I've had a look inside the car and found the metal tin, which was
'just alongside the steering column, in a small compartment underneath.
'It contains one bag of cannabis.
'We do often get it where it's like a decoy,
'as if to say "That's all that's in the vehicle."
'We've got the camera on the side of his head, it's providing,
'basically, point of view of exactly what we see.'
If we do go into searching and end up seizing anything,
it shows exactly where we've found it,
the condition when we've found it, and the position,
so really, it's quite a good evidential tool for us to have.
'We've gone to the boot, and as I open the boot
'there's quite a lot of car cleaning equipment and stuff,'
which obviously ties in with the job that he does.
You got, like, contracts for businesses?
POLICE RADIO CHATTER
What's in there, mate?
-What sort of birthday present is it?
What sort of birthday present is it?
Took a little bit of time coming to that conclusion.
Are you sure?
I could tell by Gaz's face, it were definitely not a jumper.
Thought it were just a complete cock-and-bull story, to be honest.
Don't feel like a jumper.
And to be honest, as I turned round and saw his face like that,
I knew straightaway it was something in there that shouldn't be.
I'm going to open it, pal, all right? Cos I don't...
That feel like a jumper to you?
No. We know what it is, mate, don't we? Smell it.
All right. Put these cuffs on you a sec.
Right, mate, at this moment in time, you're under arrest
on suspicion of possessing a Class B with intent to supply.
You don't have to say anything, but it may harm your defence
if you do not mention something you may rely on in court.
Inside the parcel, as you can see, it wasn't a jumper,
it was quite a lot of cannabis.
I've seen it before,
where drugs have been wrapped in wrapping paper like this.
But for some reason, as I pulled it out,
I just instantly knew it wasn't a present.
If it had been a present for his mum or his relative,
then I would have been a bit sorry for him,
but at the end of the day,
we need to have a look and make sure,
and he's trying to transport drugs in his vehicle,
purporting to be a parcel, so...no sympathy, unfortunately.
It looks like there's about half a kilo of it.
Possibly, at a guess, about £1,000 worth.
Once it was broken into individual deals,
there were obviously a fair few in there.
£10 bags, probably at least 100 bags in there,
so at least £1,000 worth, I guess.
People are finding it very hard at this moment in time,
with the current economic climate,
and they need to fund their lifestyle and fund it in other ways.
People turn to crime, unfortunately.
To evade the law, drugs are ferried through the quiet countryside.
People would be quite shocked that somebody's been stopped
in their local village and that amount of drugs has been seized.
But it is going on.
People do pass through these remote villages
in hope that the police aren't there.
Well, we're not going to be like that, are we?
Well, who were it, mate?
It'll be a case of taking the lad back to the custody suite now,
booking him in, getting all this exhibit seized.
With the cannabis haul captured on headcam,
Gary and Paul have strong evidence the driver was in possession.
If proven for dealing, he could face a severe prison sentence.
On rural back roads north of Leeds,
Lee and Dan try to cope with one of the wettest days of the year.
You - back that way!
At this point, I think we'd only been on duty for about 45 minutes.
I was already starting to get frustrated.
Right, I appreciate that, but the road's closed,
with all the cones, because you can't come past.
SHE TALKS INDISTINCTLY
Please make sure the cones that have been moved are back across the road.
'It may seem a little harsh under these circumstances,
'we do get quite forceful with people.'
However, you've got to.
And I've now realised my boots aren't as waterproof as I thought they were.
Days like today are really busy.
We're going from one job to the next to the next to the next.
You don't get time to stop and think.
Extremes of weather make our job 100 times worse.
Rising water levels can cause a serious accident.
Water, water everywhere.
And not a drop to drink.
Aw, should have brought the kayaks! Perfect day.
Under circumstances like this,
where there has been heavy rainfall or quite inclement weather,
you know that it's going to be a very long day.
They have to keep the roads closed, motorists out of the water
and emergency call-outs down.
This is the road we were initially coming to.
We got stuck further down the road at the other flood.
We've managed to negotiate that now and get down to this,
and as you can see, it's a hell of a lot deeper than the one further down.
It was next to quite a flowing river, and obviously you had
all of the rainwater coming down from the fields as well.
It was completely flooded from one side to the other.
And now there's something else.
Basically, it's been reported from Ed,
who's on the other side of the road closure,
that it looks like, potentially, a cycling club are coming down.
He's advised them that they won't be able to get through
and should turn round.
However, they all put their hands up, said, "OK" and carried on coming.
With rural roads like this, you do get a lot of pedal cyclists,
the hardened cyclists who will go out in all weather.
Now, the problem for them is, any detour -
especially round this area - could be massive for them.
Oh, he's coming under the barrier,
so we'll wait and see how far he gets.
One-four, they're going to be brave. Just about to enter the water.
-Now we're walking.
Morning. Well, fair play to you, cos your bike's not going to break down.
The only thing we would say is, with flood water, you don't know
what's going on underneath, regarding manholes or if any pipes have burst.
I wouldn't do it, but fair play to you.
But I wouldn't get on a bike in this weather anyway.
No, well, we don't let a little bit of rain stop us.
Fabulous. Take care.
Now you're just making it difficult,
going through the deepest bit right in the middle.
One-four, just for information, we're closing Pool Road,
with Caley Hall - Charlie-Alpha-Lima-Echo-Yankee.
It's not long before one frustrated motorist decides to go for it.
No, no, no.
That's why the "road closed" sign is up.
He gets a bit wound up by them sometimes, but...that's just Lee!
I do sometimes get a little bit frustrated with people,
when they can clearly see the road's closed,
they know why it's closed
and we're only doing it for their safety.
But they don't appreciate that.
Have you driven past the "road closed" sign?
Well, that's why you're having to reverse back, isn't it? Yeah.
It clearly tells you, sir, we can't do much more.
I tend to be quite chilled, I don't let it wind me up.
It doesn't really achieve anything
by getting annoyed with them.
You laughing at me with my hat on?
My kit had increased on that day.
Because it was raining, I decided to put a hat on to try
and keep some of the rain off, which didn't go down very well with Dan.
This is what I've got to put up with every day.
-You're so aggressive today, Lee.
-Why am I aggressive?
On this one day across Britain,
emergency breakdown services deal with more than 5,000 incidents.
400 are cars stuck in flood water.
It looks like the problem here has been people purposefully
blocking the drains.
We found a bottle shoved up one.
Another one were blocked up with a rag.
There's a big hole here.
-I'm going to get absolutely drenched now, aren't I?
It's no secret that this country is getting wetter by the year.
We're getting a lot more rainfall. It can't cope with it at the moment.
It's certainly not something we're going to get rid of,
and I think days like that are going to become more
and more commonplace as the years go on.
The road policing units deal with Britain's busy roads.
Lee and Dan have just heard that something's happened
on one of the major roads into Leeds.
We've had a call from an elderly female.
Basically, she's been in the car with her husband
and it looks like her husband may have had a stroke at the wheel.
He's left the road and crashed into a lamp post.
It was looking quite serious, I think information had been
passed that the gentleman was unconscious in the vehicle.
We may look at having to close the road for quite some time
while we conduct the investigations we need to conduct,
obviously given the medical complications
and the age of the parties involved.
Figures show that every five minutes,
someone suffers a stroke in the UK.
Nine out of ten are over 55 years of age.
When it occurs behind the wheel of a car,
the consequences can be fatal.
He's unconscious still.
Just confirming he's unconscious, that's received, thank you.
Obviously we're not at the scene,
we can only go on the information that's being passed,
but all the time, that's heightening our stress levels, if you like,
cos we're having to think about what we're going to do when we get there.
An ambulance has arrived.
-All right, the gentleman's in the ambulance.
-Is this chap still unconscious?
-No, no, no.
The gentleman wasn't still unconscious.
However, there was concern that he may still have passed out,
leading to the collision.
-He's not still unconscious.
No, they think he might have lost consciousness
just as the collision happened.
-At the moment, we think he's all right in the back?
A TIA, or "transient ischemic attack",
also known as a mini-stroke,
may have caused the driver to black out.
-How we doing?
-Erm, he's complained of tummy pains since lunchtime today.
-And then he says it just got really unbearable.
The last thing he remembers is
-turning round at the island at the bottom.
But I was just going to have a word with his partner to see what
she knows about what happened.
Am I able to jump on and have a quick chat with him, is that all right?
-She's in the second car back.
It's still not clear if the driver has suffered a stroke.
Have you eaten anything different to normal?
Anything fatter, any pastry or a lot more spicy things, or...?
And I take it you've had them before, so that's nothing new?
With Lee on the ambulance, Dan speaks with the passenger.
-Is he your husband, then?
We just need his details - what's his full name?
Edwin William Tune.
You've got to be careful how you deal with the other people
involved, especially family members, in a situation like this.
His partner was saying that, basically, he's gone a bit funny,
kept saying he felt ill.
She said, "Pull over." "Nah, I'll be all right."
He's gone, "I feel really ill now."
And then he's gone completely vacant.
He's on the back of the ambulance and he keeps going in and out.
He's still conscious, but they're just having to...
They don't seem to have any concerns, do they?
I think they're having a few more now,
because his blood pressure keeps dropping.
The gentleman's partner was still in our vehicle,
she's obviously concerned, still shaken up by the collision,
but obviously, the longer we're there
and the longer her partner was in the back of the ambulance,
she's getting more concerned as to what was going on.
Ted's just having some checks at the moment.
His blood pressure's a little bit up and down,
they're just doing another couple of checks, which is why I've come off.
They're concerned about the driver's condition, so make a decision.
I'm going to go shut the road,
if you can tell the Panda to reverse down and shut this junction here
so they can't get out.
'So the decision was made,
'until we were happy that he'd got down to the hospital
'and been thoroughly checked out, that we were going to close the road'
and deal with it as a serious incident.
Under the circumstances, it has to be investigated.
If he'd subsequently died, we'd have been called on
to answer to the coroner as to the cause of the collision.
I don't know how you want to do it or say it, we're going to close
the road and treat it as a potential at the moment.
Just because of his age.
When we're saying we're treating it as a potential...
We try not to use that term in front of people at the time,
injured parties, et cetera.
Basically what that means is we're treating it as a potential fatal.
It's a precaution, but Lee is aware that the action may cause
even more concern for the driver's partner.
I don't know if you want to tell her
that we're just stopping traffic from coming up,
-or however you want to put it.
-Yeah, I'll word it nicely.
Two-two, just for information,
we're going to be closing the ring road at the Berwick road roundabout.
We've just spoken to supervision, so just for anybody that might be
responding, they won't be able to come up this way.
If we put some tape across here, would you just be able to
hang in this junction for us, to stop anybody from coming?
Why he's crashed, no-one's certain.
Tests on the road and hospital checks might provide some answers.
Out of the city, traffic cops Mark Claxton and Andy Barron
receive reports of an accident near Hebden Bridge.
-What channel is that on?
-Call 02, if you want to tell them we're going.
Yeah, working nights, it's a particularly
dark, cold and miserable night.
In fact, I think it was literally freezing.
During winter months,
there's a threefold increase in accidents on Britain's roads.
The lines are down, the vehicle's on its roof.
We're listening to it,
getting more and more information coming through on the radio
that there's power lines involved as well.
On arrival, it was a mess.
There were a lot of things to do and consider.
A lot of hazards.
Hiya, all right?
Is it a power line or is it a phone wire?
-No, it's power.
-It's a power line.
'It's pitch black, emergency services are there,
'ambulance and fire brigade.'
Looks like the car's failed to negotiate this left-hand bend.
It's gone through a wall, taken out a power cable
and somersaulted on to its roof.
The priority is to get the scene safe -
to get the battery disconnected, the power lines cut.
And then assess what we've got
and make sure there's nobody else injured.
Residents come out to have a look.
There's no sign of the driver or any passengers.
We heard what sounded like an aircraft coming past the house,
and then a loud bang and all the electric went.
When I came out, there was two people running -
well, walking up the road.
I shouted to see if anybody was hurt,
and they just ignored me and walked off.
'First of all, why have they run off?
'Is it a case of the car's stolen?'
He's got it wrong and crashed it, they're going to run away
and decide what they'll do about it later?
Or is that they've been drinking?
We still have a duty of care to search the surrounding area
and make sure they haven't collapsed somewhere in a nearby field.
Cos if they had collapsed and we hadn't looked for them,
there is a good possibility
they would be dead in the morning with hypothermia.
Areas such as this, where...
Generally, in built-up cities, you can immediately differentiate
what's a power line and what is a telephone line,
but if you look over there, the line that's been demolished looks like it
would be a British Telecom line,
but it isn't, it's an electricity pylon.
And that's how a lot of houses out here have their supply connected.
As you can see, it's now darkness up and down the street.
It's caused a lot of damage and put a lot of people out,
at this time of night and in this cold weather,
without any power to their homes.
'As far as I'm concerned, you don't roll a car to that extent,
'causing that much damage,
'completely snapping in half one of those wooden posts'
that supply electricity...
You don't do that at 20, 25 or 30mph.
I thought it was actually a lot more serious,
like there was someone seriously hurt.
I just can't believe they walked away from it
and didn't say anything!
-It's just unbelievable.
-It would happen when it's minus two...
I've left the window open as well.
And you've left the window open at the house.
They've found the driver.
Invariably, people who are in shock or have done something,
they always want the comfort of home.
So they will run, like a rabbit does, to its warren.
If you somersaulted like that, I mean...
Yeah, I'd probably get him checked and see.
The fact he's now at home
is suggesting the vehicle isn't stolen,
but there's still got to be a reason as to why he's left the scene
or gone to where he has.
With the ambulance crew checking on the car driver,
Mark and Andy focus on the rest of the damage.
The silver car, the jeep this Audi's hit, do we know whose it is?
Have they come forward at all?
DISPATCHER: Valerie Harris, she lives at number five.
It was a mighty crash and all the lights went out,
because that's an electric cable they've pulled down,
having landed on my car first.
To me, it looks like it's written off.
One of the neighbours has put the kettle on, so we'll have a brew.
They were good, good community spirit there.
They worked together, clubbed together well,
and the morale seemed quite high with the residents,
they all seemed to know each other.
The difficulty is recovering it.
It's a massive inconvenience to the owner of this car,
which I'm trying to make slightly better for her.
Cos at the moment, all she's seeing is a lot of fluorescent jackets
stood around not doing anything.
At least minus one degrees at the moment, it's bitter.
And when they're losing electric like that,
they're also losing the combination boilers
that a lot of these houses will be.
So in effect, they've got no heating, no light, no TV.
The cost involved with that will be absolutely thousands of pounds.
From the police call-out to the ambulance crews
to the fire brigade -
the cost and the people involved in having to sort that lot out
is absolutely massive.
The driver isn't seriously injured. He's been lucky.
A few feet either end at the back of me,
he could have gone straight down into a ravine.
It's just open fields, extremely big, steep banks,
terrible weather conditions.
If he'd have gone down there, he would have somersaulted and rolled.
Still a fairly spectacular collision,
but, yeah, to have got out from a sports car like that
after rolling it how he has, and manage to walk away
and get himself home, quite miraculous really.
Back in the city, Dan and Lee wait for news on the driver
who had a suspected stroke at the wheel.
-He crashed into a lamp post.
-How is he at the moment?
He's all right, we're just going to phone
-and decide which hospital to take him to.
We've closed the road cos we're treating it as a potential
at the moment, just given the fact we're not 100% sure how he is.
Had he been a younger guy,
we may have looked at it slightly differently,
but because of his age, his previous medical history -
we'd been informed he'd had strokes in the past -
then obviously the issues he had through the day...
When did he last have a stroke?
Right. Oops, watch that door.
It's still not clear
if the cause of the crash is a stroke or food poisoning.
The Collision Investigation Team is at the scene.
They keep the road closed so tests can be completed.
But it's a Saturday evening on one of Leeds' busiest roads.
Last thing we want to do is leave people stuck
on a Saturday evening in loads of traffic,
so they're going to have to be waiting a little bit longer,
but if we can try and get it through,
everyone will be a little bit happier, hopefully.
Were there other factors that caused the crash?
They examine the vehicle, but they also examine the road surface,
and they use all their electronic gadgets to map out the road surface.
What they'll be doing is taking measurements of how wide
the road is, how long it is, marking all of the white lines,
any debris that might be on the road, any potholes.
Rob's now placing a device on the vehicle called SkidMan, and what
we're going to do now is a series of skid tests with the vehicle.
They'll drive down the road at speed and then slam on the brakes
as hard as they can, which will cause the vehicle to skid to a stop.
Ooh. Front bumper gone. Can he come off forwards?
Cos he's taken that bumper off.
I don't think the wheels are pointed in the same direction.
It's always better to do it
in the vehicle that's been involved in the collision,
because obviously, that gives you an exact and true reading of that vehicle.
But unfortunately, it's too extensively damaged
and it's too unsafe to do so.
What we'll do is the same procedure, but use the police van,
which still gives you an indication of the quality of the road surface
and the level of grip here today, which we can still use.
You've made me laugh.
That is my entire aim in life, Dan, to keep you happy.
To members of the public,
it can sometimes look like they're having a bit of a laugh,
flying up the road and seeing how much they can brake,
but it's all about checking the surface of the roads.
HE GROANS WEARILY
The driver is recovering.
Now, Lee and Dan want to know why he blacked out at the wheel.
Can you remember more of what happened?
Coming up towards Seacroft, and at that point in time,
I don't remember much for...
I don't know how long it was,
I must have blacked out at that point
and veered off the road where you found me.
You're looking a lot better,
you're a bit more coherent than you were on the ambulance as well.
Depending what they say tomorrow,
or when they've checked you tonight,
will depend on whether we make a referral to the DVLA for you
to have a medical examination for continued use of your licence.
What we need to be happy with is that the issue that's caused
the collision on this occasion has been an isolated incident,
ie a bout of food poisoning,
and it's not an underlying medical condition he has,
potentially due to his age.
The last thing we want to do is say that you can't drive.
So what we'll do is wait to find out what the doctors say.
Even then, it's not our decision,
we'll just make a referral to the DVLA and they might turn round
and say they want one of their doctors to check you out.
Quite all right.
No, it's not caused us any trouble.
It's what we get paid for, sir, it's no problem.
We're glad it's ended up like this rather than any other way,
so it's not a problem.
We'll speak to you tomorrow. See you later, take care.
We've spoken to him, he's got all his family round him now.
He's very jovial. He seems very happy.
He's hooked up to a drip, he hasn't been seen yet,
he's been booked in and is waiting to be seen, but he seems a lot happier.
So whether it's just been a case of food poisoning or something,
we're not sure at the moment, but at the end of the day,
it's all about his safety and everybody else's safety on the road,
but fingers crossed it's nothing too serious
and he'll be back out and about shortly.
After further tests, the mystery is finally solved.
It transpired that the gentleman may have eaten something which had
disagreed with him, which had caused some medical issues,
and that was what had caused him to black out.
He was put on a course of medication,
and in the following couple of days was back to normal.
Hull, Easy Yorkshire.
One of Britain's busiest ports,
and a city with a high rate of drugs and car crime.
Paul and Gary are patrolling in an unmarked car.
Look at these boys here.
THEY HUM STEPTOE AND SON THEME
'Me and Gaz both like a singsong in the car.'
Just a way of passing time sometimes.
Reports come through of an attempted theft close by.
A suspected bicycle thief has been disturbed at a nearby garage.
When that call came in and we were nearby,
you get a bit of adrenaline and want to take part in it.
-Got lights on, Paul?
-Which way is it?
-Left, left, left.
The reporting police officers are already following on foot.
There's a officer who's just shouted up to say they're chasing
a gentleman on foot who's just tried to steal a pedal cycle.
We're literally just around the corner, so we're making
our way there now, and hopefully, we'll be able to detain this lad.
I can't, there's a car up me arse, Gaz.
Gary wears a headcam to record events
for use as potential evidence.
Whereabouts has he gone?
-It's behind, it's behind, stop!
The adrenaline starts to go, you're on high alert, as it were,
and hopefully, you'll be able to catch the lad.
Come here, you little...
Gaz obviously saw that I was chasing him over the railings,
and he decided to take a path that led him around the outside,
so we did sort of a pincer on him.
I'm looking at where he is,
then looking at the gap in the fence, where he is,
gap in the fence, and I'm thinking, "I better get there before he does."
Put your hands out, pal. Put your hands out!
Put your arm up.
You're under arrest, mate,
on suspicion of attempted theft of a pedal cycle.
You got anything on you?
Owt sharp that's going to hurt me or you?
You what, mate? Needles in your bag, you've nothing in your pockets?
-All right, just asking cos you're going to be searched shortly.
'We don't know whether those needles are capped,'
so it's another thing for us to be aware of.
RADIO CHATTER, SIRENS WAIL
Going to stand you up shortly, mate, all right?
Now they have him under control, the suspect
and the contents of his bag are searched further.
-They your house keys, pal?
-Watch that bag, pal. Are they loose in there?
-Which pocket are the needles in?
-The back one.
He's told us he's got some needles for drug use in the rear of his bag,
so just asking him which pocket,
I didn't want to put my hands in anywhere
where I might get a nasty shock.
-They all capped, like?
You going to get that camera off my stuff please?
We record what we're doing, I've told you, mate.
-No, I won't!
-You'll have to, won't you?
-Cos you're not going to be going anywhere.
He's got some articles in his pocket,
some screwdrivers that he's obviously tried to attack the lock with,
so I've seized them at the moment.
He'll be given a bit better search in custody, he's got a lot of needles.
He'll be stealing a bike to fund his drug habit, I'd think.
Nationwide, more than a third of all robbery
and shoplifting is carried out to fund an addiction.
The cops now need to get the suspect to custody.
Leeds - a city with over 200,000 motorists,
but just 30 traffic cops to keep them safe and on the move.
At Killingbeck Police Station,
it's the beginning of the afternoon shift
for West Yorkshire traffic officers Chris Worsnop and Simon Binks.
The Rover runs a red light.
Brake light out.
Well, he's not having it, is he?
He's had that one and all, hasn't he?
Two red lights are enough to prompt Chris and Simon into some action.
Any time. Any time today.
Have a quick chat.
Last year, West Yorkshire Police
dealt with more than 145,000 motoring offences.
-Hiya. Just a quick check, is it your vehicle?
Have you got your documents on you?
Just come sit in the car a minute, we won't keep you long.
Eh-eh-eh, back seat, back seat.
Checks on the man's car
reveal he may be committing further offences.
DISPATCHER: Insurance not held, MOT expired...
INDISTINCT RADIO COMMUNICATION
-Yep, I'll get back to you.
-Is MOT expired?
Well, that's least of your problems - insurance.
No, no, no, I have MOT on this.
West Yorkshire is one of the worst areas in the country
for motor insurance offences.
In 2012, more than 3,500 motorists were prosecuted here
for driving without cover.
Have you MOT'd it since August of this year?
Definitely, I want to try my MOT, I've actually not got it there.
It should be in my car.
Right, I think we may be confused here with road tax,
as opposed to MOT.
-There's a road tax on there.
Simon goes in search of the documentation.
He's just said the MOT certificate's in the car,
so I've just come to have a look for it.
Just need to verify who he is.
Driving without an MOT is now a mandatory £100 fine.
But if the driver is also found to be uninsured,
he could be facing an additional £200 fine
and six points on his licence.
You're not named upon being the owner of the vehicle,
there is no insurance linked to the vehicle
and the vehicle is showing no MOT.
So there's numerous offences disclosed at this moment in time,
-and I need to go and verify that you are who you say you are, OK?
So do you have any form of identification upon you?
Driving licence, insurance...
I have no identification on me, I was just coming from town.
You have a passport, excellent.
There you go, want to see if your MOT's in there?
Yeah, two-six, could you run this driver through please?
Details when you're ready.
-I'm not writing on it.
-That's my writing, that's yours.
-Just the insurance, yeah?
-Yeah, give 'em a ring in a second.
The driver's identity is confirmed,
but Chris and Simon still need to verify the information
on the Police National Database is correct.
-Yeah, provisional. Get back to you.
And now the computer says he doesn't have a full licence.
You have a provisional driving licence.
Cos recently, I just...
I just got my application for - what do you call it?
International driving licence, I'm from Ghana,
that's why I'm driving it.
Have you, since you came to the country -
eight years ago you say -
have you passed a driving test?
-Driving test for what, for Ghana?
-No, no, no.
My international licence.
It's only valid for a year, that. You've been here nine years.
Yeah, bruv, boss...
Sorry for calling you "bro."
I just started driving cos I got the international licence.
-And you can even see my insurance.
-You cannot drive in the United Kingdom...
-Just let me finish please.
-I understand what you're saying,
but I've not been driving seven years.
-I wasn't driving at all.
-You're not listening to me.
-Boss, you can even see when it was issued.
You're not listening.
Once you have been a resident in the United Kingdom
more than 12 months,
you need to exchange your international licence,
for a UK driving licence.
What am I failing to comply now?
You've not got a licence, you're not allowed to drive.
-When I have international licence?
-No, you're not listening to me.
Your international driving licence has expired.
Yeah, hiya, it's PC Binks from West Yorkshire Police.
Yeah, we've just stopped a vehicle that's showing no insurance
on the Police National Database,
wondered if you could check it out for me?
While Simon checks with the Motor Insurers' Bureau
that the driver is also uninsured...
..60 miles away in Hull...
Come here, you little...
..a chase through the back streets of Hull has ended with Gary and Paul
catching a suspected bicycle thief.
He's carrying 50 drugs needles and being detained
until transport arrives to take him to custody.
Which one of you was fast enough to get him?
-Pretty much both at the same time.
-You got him, didn't you?
I had to scale a fence, like, know what I mean?
It were 12 foot, wasn't it?
Weighs about 6st, that's why he caught him first.
'There's quite a lot of banter that goes between me and Paul.'
If you're not enjoying it and having a laugh,
the motivation to do the job isn't there as well.
I think it keeps us going, our banter.
Circumstances are this gentleman has been sighted trying to steal
a pedal cycle on Park Street, close to Tesco's.
He's been chased by PCSO.
He's tried to steal somebody's bike, and that bike could have been
somebody's who travelled to work on it.
That could have been his mode of transport,
we need to catch these people and stop them doing what they're doing.
They cause massive amounts of misery to all sorts of people.
With the suspect now in custody, thoughts turn to the foot chase.
Right place, right time.
Yeah, I thought I'd give Gaz the easy run through the flat bit
while I went over the steeples.
You've seen Hot Fuzz, haven't you?
To some people, it might seem like a minor crime,
but it is a massive problem and seems to be getting bigger.
It's an easy way for drug addicts to get easy money,
by selling a bike on for 20, 30 quid
and getting the drugs they can use that day.
We do target the higher level criminal,
but at the end of the day, if crime's happening
and we're there, we'll deal with it.
It's no problem, it's what we're here for,
so we do tackle all crimes, and they are interlinked.
He's obviously got quite high drug addiction,
with the amount of needles he's had on him.
It might be a chance for him to actually sort himself out
and get some help while he's in custody,
with the drug referral worker.
It's estimated five million burglaries and robberies
are prevented through successful drug treatment programmes
across the country every year.
Back in Leeds, checks have confirmed the red Rover driver who ran
two red lights in front of the cops is unlicensed and uninsured.
You don't have to say anything, but it may harm your defence
if you do not mention something you later rely on in court.
Nowadays, rather than arresting motorists committing
driving offences and taking them into custody, police interview them
at the roadside and report them straight to court.
-Give me a ticket, man.
-Do you understand what I've said?
I didn't hear nothing of what you said, so you can say it again.
You don't have to say anything, but it may harm your defence...
-Can I just talk to you...?
-No, I'm interviewing you.
Kassim, I am interviewing you.
Every time you talk over me, I start again.
So wait, when I'm ready you can start.
Can't I talk before you start
reading me all these like I'm in a movie?
You already recorded me anyway.
You said you wanted to give me a ticket.
I know I'm talking to you.
You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence
if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court.
With his rights finally read and accepted,
Chris interviews the driver.
If anything happens to this car, I'm going to sue you, man.
You what, sorry?
-Sorry? Was that a threat?
-How can I threaten you?
You're threatening me.
Was that a threat, Kassim?
How can I threat you? I'm in your car, man.
You are threatening me, you say I threaten you.
You have guns, you have everything.
I've got nothing and you say I am threatening you.
-Come on, man.
-I haven't got a gun.
With his interview concluded,
the driver is now asked to provide a fingerprint
to verify his identification when he appears at court.
I'm now asking you - will you provide your fingerprint to prove that
you were present in relation to this interview?
Boss, let's be fair to each other, why do you need my fingerprint?
At this moment in time, I cannot verify who you are.
The issue we are going to have in the future
is when you go to court for this offence,
you saying, "It wasn't me."
Ah! You took everything from me,
you even trying to pick my wife's car,
I say, "OK, go on", and you are demanding...
Are you willing to provide a fingerprint or not?
If I say no, you're going to arrest me, yeah?
You guys, you are making me look like I have no rights.
Are you going to give me your fingerprint
to prove that you are the person I've interviewed at the roadside or not?
Boss, why you trying to do this to me?
To prove that you are the person
that I've interviewed at the roadside.
So right now, you're calling me a criminal,
you have to judge me and everything, what is going on?
Right, since the fact you're not being very helpful...
-You going to lock me up?
-Kassim, you going to let me finish?
Because all you do is interrupt, you're very rude. You are very rude.
We're going to get the fingerprint machine down,
the Lantern, we're going to put you on the Lantern.
-In your office in Bradford?!
-You're not even listening, are you?
You're in a different zone to me, completely.
Oh, no, that's a long thing, I will give you this thing.
Right index finger, please. Into the pad, on there.
-Don't bother, mate, he's giving his fingerprint now.
-Sign there for me.
-I'm not signing it, you said you want...
-Well, I need that!
No, no, no, you see, now you are changing.
That's your fingerprint, I need you to sign that that's your fingerprint.
You said you want one, I'm not signing it.
Everything you said I've done it, but I don't sign.
-So you're refusing to sign it?
-I've done it, I'm not signing it.
Right. OK. "Refused to...sign."
-I'll let you out then. Finished with him, aren't we?
Despite the man's refusal to sign, he will still be reported to court
and his car is going to be confiscated
for being unlicensed and uninsured.
-How difficult can you make a straightforward job?
Across the UK,
police seize more than 2,500 uninsured vehicles a week,
but still there are 130 deaths
and more than 26,000 injuries caused by uninsured drivers every year.
The man in the red Rover was disqualified from driving
for six months and fined £125 for driving unlicensed,
uninsured and without an MOT.
The man who ran from Gaz and Paul in Hull
was charged with attempted theft of a pedal cycle.
He was fined £35 with a £15 victim surcharge.
The driver who crashed into a power line was fined £525 for failing
to stop at an accident and driving without due care and attention.
And the driver caught with gift-wrapped cannabis
was found guilty of possession in court.
In the fight against crime the latest weapon the cops have are headcams, tiny cameras which record everything Yorkshire's Regional Roads Crime Team see and allow officers to gather evidence as they work.