Documentary series. Featuring a new weapon in the police's arsenal, the Taser. The 50,000-volt stun gun is now standard issue for all traffic cops in Bedfordshire.
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In Luton, a man on a bike is wielding a heavy chain. In Bedford,
a gang member has armed himself with an iron bar. Taser, drop it.
And on an estate, a woman has got an axe. So but it has thrown an axe
through her window, she has picked it up and run down the street with
it. A every day, police get called to potentially volatile situations.
Now they are arming themselves with a new weapon which will help put an
end to any dangerous confrontations. Put the knife down! 50,000 volt
Taser stun guns. What does he look like, the boy with the metal bar?
They are being shown the Taser and they are stopping. Normally they
would fight. They would strike police officers, damage, do
anything. Now they are thinking Bedford, it is said, is where
Christian set off from in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, on his
arduous journey to heaven. Nowadays, the traffic cops are there to aid
and abet anyone hearing from the straight and narrow. And temptation
is never far away. This is the lovely Midland Road area of Bedford.
Drug deals go one on the actual street corner. PC Chris Leah is
heading for the towns and there. All the sudden, he has noticed a
white van darting out of a side street. He's not even looking at
the road ahead. He's just constantly looking in his rear-view
mirror. Chris is going to see what his hurry is. As I'm about to make
the turn, Mark Casey, from our unit, in another vehicle, comes out of
the same street with his blue lights on behind the white van. We
turn around and start to follow him. The driver is not stopping for
Chris's colleague for some reason. As we have come around the corner,
by the time we have made the turn, the van has stopped. As we have
approached, we can see Mark approaching him. He resists
straight away. You are going to get the Taser! Get on the floor! Relax!
Put your hands where they need today! Listen to me! Listen Timmy!
You have a red dot on your back. The red dot is not just for aiming,
it's also a handy warning that the Taser is activated and ready to
fire. Do you understand?! As I looked to my left, on the front of
the van I saw quite a large screwdriver. Even a screwdriver can
give police grounds to suspect a person is carrying an offensive
weapon. Its Commercial Road. We are with him, he has kicked off as soon
as he got out of the vehicle. kicked off?! There's a screwdriver.
Who has got a screwdriver? He got the red dot from the Taser to calm
him down. What the (BLEEP) are you going on about? Look away from me,
now! We are up close and personal, trying to search them. There is the
fear that they could spit at you. Not deployed, just red dot.
back on the floor, sir. Why are you hurting me? He was still struggling
with the officers. We need to make sure he's not concealing anything.
We still do not know why he didn't stop. What is wrong with you, man?
Stay down, get on your front. are you hurting me so much? We are
not. You are, I haven't done anything wrong. If you had
stopped... I'm not insured, I've got tax and everything. That is my
job. The man is insisting he's just a shopkeeper and has done nothing
wrong. I'm going to sit you up. Just steady yourself. I didn't
swear at you, I didn't raise my fists. The first one that pushed me
to the ground, I am doing you for assault. Physical assault. Yeah, OK.
The van is 10 seconds away. sergeant in charge? Do you think,
yeah, I'm the owner of that shop, I'd gone round the block once, I've
got out my car. I haven't raised my fists, I've not sworn at them. I
asked the man what he is doing, he jumped straight on top of me. Yeah?
It's not failure to stop, I'd stopped. You are in a lot of
trouble. He's not in a lot of trouble, it's something that needs
to get sorted out back at the police station. The police computer
showing that he is not insured for the ban and is is not even his. So,
he's being arrested for TWOC, taking about owners' consent, as
well as failing to stop. I've been threatened with... What do you call
it? With a Taser. With a firearm. It's not a firearm. White, Stuart...
Are you going to calm down? calm, I'm a working person. Are you
going to calm down in the back of the car? You are in trouble, maker.
You get everyone down the police station, everybody that you can
find that knows I'm a good person. It wasn't his van. He said he
borrowed it from my friend. He wasn't on the insurance policy. He
was arrested for TWOC. I'm going to seize this, I'm the only one that
has seen it. The vehicle is going back to Grey Friars for a thorough
search. Having withdrawn to Taser and seeing the effects of just the
presence of a Taser, people coming down to being completely compliant
without even pulling a trigger. It was amazing. It's the first time
Chris has ever drawn up the Taser on the job. He qualified to carry
it only the day before. Where previously only firearms officers
were authorised to have them, now in Bedfordshire all of the traffic
cops are being trained to use them. The view was that traffic officers,
by the very nature of what they deal with, are more experienced.
Let's put the knife down and look after you first. Their offices that
are used to providing a fast response across the county in
Put the knife down! The battery operated gun fires two needle tip
tarts. When they strike the target they release a five second, 50,000
volt electric charge, which temporarily paralyses the subject.
Second shot, he started to advance and you came out brilliantly.
basics they are taught is that any level of threat you off the back to
somebody has to be proportionate. We do have to be able to justify
the use. Officer with a Taser, put the knife down! Taser! Turn
yourself over, now! It's a judgment call for that particular officer.
Whether they go initially for their Taser or if they consider CS gas.
It's all dependent on circumstances. It's how that officer reacts at the
time. The driver of the white bat arrested at Taser point has been
brought to the main police station in Bedford. He's in a waiting room,
waiting to see the custody sergeant, although he thinks he should be
seeing a doctor. I needed to be beaten up because I was so violent
I was so violent that I needed all of these cuts. But it's not
excessive force, because I wasn't You were controlled. This is called
being under control, look how bruised that is. Lookouts Guinea my
wrists are. Look how bruised that is. -- look how skinny my risks are.
He didn't stop. Anybody else, if you were not a police officer, you
would be done for assault. In a second you are going to find out it
is my friend's car, I'm insured to drive it, everything I've told you
has been the truth. You lot ain't got nothing. No assault, nothing
will stop you have to check the way that you deal with people, the way
that you restrain people, practise it a bit more, practice people
skills. You lot obviously haven't got any. I may be cheeky, but I'm
not a criminal. I tried to explain once or twice why we did what we
did. But, of course, he had his feelings on the matter and what
ever. He didn't want to listen. In the end, I switched off and let him
rant. In the end I think he got tired of his own voice and calmed
down. Everybody is searched when they are brought into custody. Now
the man has even more to feel aggrieved about. The cops have
found his week. He didn't declare it. He waited until we found it,
when the custody sergeant searched him. He wanted him strip-searched
to see if there was any more. the screwdriver, you are on
suspicion of possession -- possession of an offensive weapon,
as well. He fails to stop for the police, he's got no insurance,
possession of cannabis. But he's Sorted. A after the red dot, the
red tape. However much the cops like having the Taser, they don't
care for the paperwork that goes with it. Whenever anything happens
with the Taser, whether it is the red dot, or if you do what they
call arcane the Taser, if you take the cartridge off, or if you have
deployed it fully, there is a Taser form and they use of force form
that needs to be filled in. shopkeeper, he said he didn't do
anything wrong, pleaded guilty to failing to stop the police and not
being insured. He was fined �100 and given six points on his licence.
He was not charged with possession of an offensive weapon or cannabis.
20 miles from Bedford in Luton there has been some trouble on an
estate. Somebody has had an axe thrown through their front window.
Fortunately, the whole area is under CCTV surveillance and the man
who did it has been caught with a large chain, making his getaway on
It's not the normal kind of thing the traffic cops get involved with.
But now they are Taser trained and the man has got a possible weapon,
they are in demand. PC Shona Gillen and Sam Sparkes are only getting
sketchy information about what has gone on as they race to the scene.
We've got a report of a bail that has smashed the window. We are not
sure if he is still in the property. We have been given Taser authority.
We are going, in the first instance, and as Taser officers. Offensive
weapons, bade weapons of firearms, we are just a back-up system. An
extra bit of help. -- bladed weapons. He's gone back to the
address. This isn't at all like a routine traffic stop. It's a whole
new ball game for Shona and Sam. The anxiety is tightened. We are
going into a situation that we already know is potentially
dangerous. RADIO: A man with combat style clothing, with a peaked cap.
There is a man with a peaked cap up ahead. Is that him? We were
informed by two PCSOs that they had stopped a male fitting the
description of the offender. Could you left your top up for me? The
one thing he didn't have was the chain. But it gave us enough
grounds, the description. He could have dumped it. Do you mind if we
need your bike up against here for a moment? Anything on you that will
hurt me, my colleagues or anybody else? Any idea why I might speak to
you? Please don't drop your trousers, I can't be doing with
this sort of stuff. And not allowed such to touch you, because I am
female and you are male. The man is not happy about it, he thinks he's
been racially profiled. We don't know who you are. He was a bit
annoyed. He did try to give us the impression that we stopped him
because he was black. We explained that he matched a description.
Description of what? A man involved in an incident. What kind of
incident? I can't disclose that. I've got it, you're going to have
to fill that out. His been confirmed over the radio that they
haven't got the right man. The one they are searching for has just
They have got him. Well, almost. Go, Go! Taser! He is house tupping!
He will be going round the back of the property! It was frustrating.
We were so close and yet he sprung like spring chicken over the fence
and we were never going to catch him. This chap still has the chain
and he is will built. Because she had the Taser, I went to where he
was last seen and then drove round to the other side of whether houses
could have come around. We need a unit here. We need another one...
71, he was garden hopping 10 gardens down from Montrose Avenue,
which will lead him... He has gone over the fence. Hello? Can I get
into your back garden? One of the households came out and saw what
was happening and they were very kind and let me go into their back
garden. Stand by. He has jumped over a fence. He is on foot, garden
hopping. Unfortunately, Sam has been led right up the garden path.
There is a little courtyard he could have got into. Sam did a
thorough search of the gardens either side to see if he was hidden.
More news has come in about the initial incident. We were told that
an axe had been used to we are looking at a man who has already
smashed a window, had made off from officers, was desperate to do
whatever he could to get away by jumping over fences and definitely
had quite a large chunky chain around his body and that if he
needed to, he could have used that against an officer to get away.
RADIO: He has run off... INDISTINCT. While the man hunt goes on in
Newton, back in Bedford it has been reported that there is another man
carrying a potentially very dangerous weapon on the high street.
Traffic cops with Tasers have been called in again. PC Carl climb
the's service experience makes him just the man for the job. I was in
the arm forces, I went to the Gulf war in 91, or where I got an injury,
I was sent back with a broken arm and dry when straight from the army
into the police. The man they are looking for have got a chainsaw. He
is not doing anything threatening with it but the cops cannot afford
to take it lightly. There is restaurants, cafes, banks, a
pedestrian area and he has the chainsaw and a bottle of rum.
He is obviously a threat to himself. The firearms team... We will see if
Pre-emptive Taser, OK? No questioning. In the back if
possible. If there is anybody carrying a chainsaw, they will get
tasered. We discussed possible tactics. We can't let him use the
device. It is the lethal weapon. With alcohol, what we know already
and the town centre? No. We came up with a plan. We were Taser in front
of the vehicle just to incapacitate him. It is a full-scale alert. Lots
of cops are heading for the scene. I don't think we will make it there.
The fire engine sounds pretty close. The firearms officers have reached
the scene first. He is in cuffs on the floor. All right. If you just
Listen, I work as a landscape gardener! The man his only an
honest woodcutter, he is claiming, and is just going about his
business. I just went last night for a drink with one of my clients!
This is shameful! There is nothing illegal on me! It must be something
to do with someone at what don't like me because I am a good
gardener. I want an apology, please. In front of all these people, you a
shaming me. Turn around, I will put you down. Do that all you like, I
have done nothing wrong. I got a bit drunk with our last night and I
left my chainsaw at home, which I used for purposes and I can give
you phone numbers and even tell you where I was last night. Despite his
insistence that it is only gardening tools, the man's chainsaw
is being seized at gunpoint. are taking a man's living away! You
are taking my living away from me!! We are not. I have done nothing
wrong! Jolly good. I am a tree surgeon? Are you going to nick me
for being a good, honest, living Pete macro citizen! -- BEEP
citizen! Come on then, Sunni then, get some BEEP evidence! -- Sue me
then. This is wrong! No, you...! Sit down. I am a hard-working
citizen! You have nothing to worry about them. He was intoxicated, a
very verbal, very anti-police. now very high rate. I pay my taxes!
Look at them! I do everything! This is called anger! I am not allowed
to be a citizen! It is a police state! It is a police state, not
allowed to be a citizen! I am not going to kick off... You can't do
this to me. Put your arms behind your back. You can't do this to me!
How the hell can you do this to me?! I'd done nothing wrong! Leave
me alone, Mr police -- this is police brutality! BEEP off! What
are you going to do, hold my hand? No, we are waiting for the van to
take you back to the mix. Why? Because you are not being very
civil. And you are not either! Why? Because I haven't got a black
uniform? My grandad fought to stop idiots like this. This is a Nazi
state. This is a Nazi state. Nazis! Nazis! My great grandad died for
you! Look at this! The Nazis are here again! We are there to protect
him and the public and ourselves and I am not a nap three. I am
carrying my chainsaw, I worked with it yesterday, which I can prove.
Somebody flipping help me! The only help that is coming is the police
vans. He will be taken to the need to calm down and sober up. I am a
law-abiding citizen! That hurts! What hurts? What are you doing with
my hands? This isn't wrong! I am a law-abiding citizen and I have not
broken any law! I have broken no law! Listen!! Get in. Get this
flipping Thing Off me! Tell me what law I have broken! Tell me what law
on have broken! How many times do you need to be told? Tummy Wardlaw
I have broken! Nazi state! -- tell me what laws I have broken! Tell me
what laws I have broken! The it is not right to carry a chainsaw,
which could be used as a weapon, in a public place. I think 999 would
have gone ballistic, the number of calls we would have got. Walking
around with a chainsaw? Not really... A good mix Jeff.
There was never any real danger of a chainsaw Massacre. The good
people of Bedford can breathe freely again.
In Luton, the man suspected of putting in his neighbour's front
window still haven't been found but a girl who knows him has and she
has just been on the phone to him. Hello! Is he coming back? I just
spoke to him, he is a bit frightened. He caused criminal
damage but... If you can speak to him and tell him to calm down.
I thought I would be cheeky and ask to speak to him. Babe? What is his
name? John. John? It is the police. Listen, calm down, all right? You
do need to speak to us, you know that, sweet. You need to come and
speak to us but listen. Come to us and we can sort it out, all right?
She is with me and she wants you to get it sorted as well. She is fine,
she has given me the phone to speak to you so she is fine. Sam calmed
him down and made him see sense and he had given himself up. Local
bobbies have found and a vested John and in the meantime, it is
becoming clear that this is a dispute between warring neighbours
that had started the previous day. Because of what happened yesterday,
he retaliated because I had to take my daughter to school... Having
been chased by a woman with an axe, it appears John then returned it,
with interest, through her window. Further information is coming to
light from CCTV footage. While Sam and Shona were trying to catch John
on his bike, back down the road, control room operators have seen
that a woman was brandishing the axe and is then making sure she
It was her window that was smashed and she tried to take the law into
her own hands by chasing after John. Sam and Shona need to get there
She has thrown it into a garden which we have now recovered...
Report of an axe and an offensive weapon being used. We were issued
with a Taser authority and because other officers had come to join the
search for this other chap, we have a fair few officers with Taser
authority. There. Yeah. When we turned up there were two PCSOs
already and a lot of commotion from inside the property. She is in the
window and she is agitated. If he knows her, that would make more
sense. The woman's name is Angela and the cops know her well but they
are taking no chances with her. turned up and he has had dealings
with Angela in the past. Angela? Tim has a Taser as well so we both
went into the property to speak to her while we stayed outside. I want
to know why he put an axe in here! Just to let you know, 850 and 380
got are inside the property. All divisional units have taken a step
back and we are letting them deal with it to calm it down. For you
could fill the house with offices and all it would do would
antagonise the situation at whereas sometimes it is better to go in low
key and try to sort it out. You are arrested me because I am swinging
an axe! The young lady whose property it is, somebody threw an
axe through her window, she picked it up and ran down the street with
it. Instead of dealing with her as an injured person, we then had to
deal with her as an offender because she had then been seen in a
public place with an offensive weapon. Whatever the reason for it,
the feud has got out of hand. need to get to the bottom of it
because she is a potential witness to something so we could be looking
at witness intimidation, which is quite a serious offence of stock we
need somebody to board up my window. We will sort that out. Listen, I
need my bits and pieces. You have had your methadone. Even though it
was her window the axe was thrown through, it is Angela who is being
arrested for possessing the offensive weapon. It CCTV can make
a copy for us, we will arrange for it to be collected. She has calmed
down a lot now. The only problem is keeping Angela Quinn it. She has
broken my window with an axe. keeping Angela quiet. Angela...
Angela... You are shouting, you on the phone. Come and get the axe you
BEEP and this, that and the others. Take a seat, my friend. Why did he
put an axe in my house?! OK. I have got a big hole in my window! I have
got somebody waiting to get something repaired, I don't know
what is BEEP going on but they are making me because I had an axe but
I am trying to tell these people that a big user had an axe, blah
All day scene is the way began axe. The guy is telling me to come
around the corner. But the man smashed my flipping window on
camera. She was on her phone to her a key worker. I had no issues for
safety otherwise she would have been handcuffed. We were trying to
keep her onside. She can be a handful, when she kicks off. She
may be female, but when she wants to fight she can be fairly strong.
I'm going off the phone, OK? All right, sweetheart. Your methadone,
you've had what you need for how long? Half-an-hour... Only joking!
Don't keep me in all night. would I want to keep you win all
night? It's not good, the sergeant will hate you. When was the last
time you were in? I muck up on a charge, Crown Court next week. Its
total bullocks, you know what I mean? That ginger Scot. I hate that
Ginger nut. He tried arresting me and knocked the methadone out of my
mouth. When he jumped me, I flicked it by accident. He went over the
city, he was getting his mace spray, like, crying, get your hands up! I
was, like, idiot. You know what I mean? Angela is well known to
Bedfordshire police, more so than a lot of officers. She's probably
been in the police station more times than the officers of Bedford
to police. Angela is going to be processed in custody and
interviewed both as a victim and offender. She was physically
searched, booked in. That is where our involvement ended with her.
well as the Taser, Bedfordshire's traffic cops have the use of
another recently introduced bit of advance the electronic kit, the
automatic numberplate reader, the ANPR. It detects... Something is
wrong! And it warns of any superstitious -- since --
suspicious vehicle. In a quick glance eyesore that the vehicle and
occupants were responsible for the supply of drugs. The ANPR instantly
cross references of the registration plate with details
held on the police national computer database. I've got a drugs
vehicle on Harrowden Road, towards the Tim Pyke roundabout. The car
has to be poor though band checked to see if there is any substance to
the information. I can't see how many is in it. It may be worth
If you are on your own, the adrenalin goes at it. The governor
what is in the car. You are always worried about have anything is
going to be discarded as you drive along. Martin has got behind the
car, a silver Aldi. OK, buddy. The vehicle stood out. The windows
are darkened. Without stereotyping, that sort of vehicle is
predominantly used by people that like to be in possession of or
It's pulling over, just be mindful of us, please. Without stereotyping,
the man is not like the usual drugs dealer. He was quite a muscular lad.
What is your name? Mervyn Dixon. The have I met you before?
normally pretty good with phases. I'm not sure about yours. Have you
got a licence? Whose car is it? It's my car. I very much aware of
people's sighs, the body language. I recognised the face. But I just
couldn't pin it down. Have you got any identification? If no, I
haven't. I'll have a look. Is there anything in a vehicle that
shouldn't be in the vehicle? Martin has got a bad feeling about
this man. He's going to search him. Everybody that get into my car,
I've had it before when somebody produced a knife. So I'm going to
party down. Martin's mate has turned up just in time. Taser! On
If he doesn't come down, he'll be in for a bit of a shop. Put your
Up you get, come on. What was that for? I was being fair with you.
What was that about? Be honest, before I start digging. Its fine.
Why did you run off? Who is car is After having two Tasers pointed at
Don't pull away from me, it's not What is your problem?! It's a case
of once bitten, twice shy. I've got something on me. Where? Well, it's
drugs, isn't it? Get off him. trying to fight. He's not going to
fight anybody, he's got cuffs on. An off-duty policeman is lending a
hand. What have you got on you? Something in this pocket.
reason for the desperate attempt to get away is now abundantly clear.
You are under arrest on suspicion of being in possession of a
controlled substance with intent to supply. You don't have to say
anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when
questioned something you later rely on in court. Anything you say will
be given in evidence. Do you understand? I'd never been more
relieved to see Tim than on that particular day. I think he did am
absolutely fantastic job in stopping him. The guy -- run-off is
a big bloke. Kim didn't have used that much force. The only tap his
leg. Then it was a case of the bigger they are, the harder they
Tim was the saviour on that day. Without him, the chase would have
gone further. You are killing me, mate. I can't feel my hands. Burden
has been left licking his multiple We'll get the ambulance when you
get into custody. We need another unit here to drive. That can go and
Get yourself down on their side. Martin has an idea where he might
have got his muscles from. A lot of drug dealers aren't necessarily
drug users. They genuinely look after themselves. However, if they
are caught, and they do spend time at Her Majesty's pleasure, they
have even more time to be able to work on their health, being able to
build themselves up. It's not only sprinting and body-building, Mirfin,
it seems, goes in for ball games as Martin is a good sport and doesn't
bear grudges. You were going all right, and then you did that.
I'm going to try and get rid of it. If I Dobbin to you again, every
time, irrespective, you are having handcuffs. No problem. -- If I bump
With the amount of cash he had in his pockets, two mobile phones, it
all goes towards the bigger picture, dealing with drugs. At the police
station, its apparent just how big the drugs haul is. The size of half
a blob of butter. It's crack cocaine, worth several thousand
pounds. I just said, about your licence, he said, I know I'm doing
bird. He's putting on the injuries a lot. I think he'll try to get out
to hospital. You know, handcuffs and all three of us. After the
inquest, there is time to relive the finer points of the rest will
stop the bloke is running towards Tim. But this is the passenger seat.
Stay there! OK! One in custody. Right, that was stupid, wasn't it?
Come back to the car. He's quite a big bloke. He's trying to pull him.
We go down the bank. He was a very cool character. Albeit, he ran off.
We used what we would say is reasonable and appropriate force at
the time to restrain him. He never once offered violence towards us.
However, that isn't to say that he would not. It's no wonder he was so
desperate to get away. He had been in prison recently and was only out
on licence. Being caught with a big lump of crack cocaine means he will
certainly be going straight back Despite inflation rate soaring, the
street price of cocaine and crack cocaine has fallen by half over the
last 10 years. It contributed to a alarming rise in class A drug abuse.
You know the reason why you are here? On suspicion of possession
and intent to supply, because of the quantity and the amount of
money you had in cash. We have to have a chat about that, once we'd
got the injury sorted out. He had to go to hospital to get his knee
and shoulder checked out. He had a few superficial cuts on his hands
from rolling on the ground when he initially fell over. But I think it
all turned out to be OK. It was just tender around his knee and
shoulder. Quite a large quantity of cash, two mobile phones. He's been
arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. Those facts
are being relayed to the duty inspector, who has authorised what
they call a section 18 search. That gives us the power to go around to
the House he lives that and carry I'll grab you a couple of blankets
and a cup of tea. When darkness falls, trouble involving bored
teenagers often erupts in many towns and cities across the country.
There's MAL, chasing a group of youths with a metal bar.
Surprisingly, Bedford, a small market town, sees more than its
Traffic cops Tanveer Hussain and Carl Klein are on their way to an
incident on an estate. There was a report of a male with an iron bar,
chasing a group of young males and females around the estate. About
three minutes away. Just ask about The Informant, see if there is back
up. It's a very dense housing estate. You are living on people's
doorsteps. It's mostly terraced houses, backing onto houses. They
have a communal play areas. The kids have nothing to do. It's just
the recipe for antisocial behaviour. It was raining. Why they are not
inside, I don't know. They are causing issues with the other
residents. But these youngsters say it is not then, that adults that
have stirred up the trouble. came out with a metal pole. He
can't catch the boys, we girls, we don't see why we should be running.
He says, if we can't get your boys, we will get some of you girls.
Where is the house? I can take you up there. What does he look like,
the old boy with a metal bar? about 44 stop wearing what? Pyjama
There are always two sides to the story. Carl is going to find out
what the story is. Has there been an incident? They have been
shouting, yes. Anything to do with this house? No. Anyone else in your
house? My kids. No other adults? There was began arguing around
there. The kids were saying they were going to get the adult. Keep
the noise down. Dies, keep it schtum, yes? Shut it. -- guys.
man they are looking for lives further up the alley. The estate is
like a rabbit warren with a maze of paths and passageways. Everybody
Hello, it is the police, sorry to bother you. We have heard a report
of disorder, some sort of incident? You are going to hurt my children,
or you? So stay where you are. He is only a kid. This intimate, you
come here... Inside, we will talk to you. The young lads appeared and
it upped the ante. They walked past and there was a few choice words
said between the two of them. has just come up with the
allegation that one of you said you were going to rape his kids. No, no,
no. That is what he said! This is after he chased us. They are
outside his house making a lot of noise and his children are in bed
silky politely ask them to move on and he got a torrent of abuse.
Tensions are still running high between the youths and the two
fathers. You keep pushing me on the estate, especially youth. You tried
to kill me! You are getting into people's faces. He got into
everyone else's face. Have you seen the reaction on that? But made it...
Shut up, I am not talking to you. A have had altercations with you.
threatened me. Me? You threaten my children again, you are BEEP dead.
One of the guys was ex army, he was quite irate and I think if we had
just walked away, the kids would have gone back and somebody would
have got hurt. Why do you create the problems...? Tanveer and Carl
need help before the situation gets out of hand. Hello guv. BEEP. I
think it is a tinderbox. Residents, two angry men, fed up with youths,
he has gone out with something and had to go off the tie gives. I
think he has been spat at by a youth, threats had been made -- he
has had a go at the youths. They are quite a rate. We need some high
visibility to keep their children away. You try to speak to one party
and you get other people coming in. There were five of them initially
and now there are 10 or 11. Go, all right? Or we will start making some
arrests. Get out! You are pushing me! Of am asking you to leave.
Where are you going like this? have no idea. We have had a couple
of problems beforehand. We have asked them obviously politely to go
and they always get a bit, because they are in a group, they tend to
end up together and they give you a lot of abuse, and they gave me a
lot of abuse tonight, and obviously I saw red because they said a
couple of certain things what they shouldn't have said about my
children. They said I am going to rape your children. I went, what?
And obviously lost it and chased after them and they all ran off
because they are only young kids and that was it relief. I come back
and obviously we had all this hassle and the police came out and
hopefully it has been sort of, like, sorted out. We will get some more
units down here and see if we can appease everybody. The they want to
be noisy, fair enough but do it at your house, I don't care, don't do
it around us. As a road traffic officer, this is not my cup of tea
but we are here to help potential violence but if we can get rid of
the young kids, hopefully the problem is solved and the safer
neighbourhood teams can intervene but there is not much we can do.
Something like tonight when the children on really, there should be
something when we can put hands on bodies, take them home and get the
parents to be responsible for the kids, no matter what age. If they
are living at home, they should be responsible but as Tanveer says...
Too far gone. You see this in every town and its East Street, you get
kids just over 10 with nothing better to do -- every town and
every street. Prime example, this chap sitting with his family, goes
and asks them politely to move on, they are making too much noise, and
this is the result of it. It is boredom if anything. We managed to
disperse the children, my colleague spoke to the aggressor off their
two men and told them in no uncertain terms that what he was
doing was wrong and could be arrested but to arrest them in
front of the kids, their Christmases would have all come at
once, it is not the done thing. Trouble on an estate is one thing
but trouble between a States is quite another. While Tanveer holds
the fort, Carl has got more problems to deal with. This time
postcode gangs are involved. A gang issue raised its head last year,
the red and black bandana gains, MK42 and MK4, divided by the river,
sporadic issues between them and between the police. A group of
youths has congregated on the bridge between two Estates. Local
officers with dogs have had a bit of success dispersing some of them
but others are reluctant to go. my arrival, there were 20 on the
RAP MUSIC. When they are on their own, most of them are quite nice,
normal human beings. As soon as they get into a group, there is
this bravado of playing up to the police. Unless they get the
dispersal order from a court, a lengthy procedure, there is little
the cops can do about yobs congregating apart from requesting
they move on, which takes manpower. We have a dedicated van at weekends,
with special constables patrolling, to bolster numbers because we do
need that. We are thin on the ground anyway and with these sorts
of incidents, we will attend them and disperse and record any details
all offences. No one has been arrested for any offences but with
several police dogs on hand, one of the youths is claiming he has been
bitten. Has the? I have got three bite marks! One there! That is
where you fell off your bike. Yeah? One there! I got BEEP bitten!
Get off me! Hold on, what are your resting before? Grab him. Wait
there. ATOC was let his beforehand on some troublemakers -- a dog.
Unfortunately for him, he has now been arrested because he was
possibly one of them. If they are committing public order offences we
will deal with them but if they are not, it is purely dispersal. Gangs
have spread here from London and are of such concern that the police
have has signed an officer especially to deal with them.
think they are imitating Los Angeles Galaxy, the American
presence whether trousers are warned halfway down your backside,
it is a status symbol where your bank and is on your body depending
on your rank. It is a major issue but it could will spiral out of
control -- where your bandana is on your body. It is 3:30am and after
having kept the peace in MK42, Carl has been called north of the river,
to an incident in MK4. That is black bandana area, where most of
those reside. The rate is from the south of the town. Somebody has
called in reporting two young men smashing a bus shelter.
description was really good, and mixed-race male with a knife and a
white male with an iron bar. It is a matter of leapfrogging the roads
and searching. Stand by. Carl has spotted
something. I thought two men matching that description standing
under an archway to a block of flats. Being in an unmarked police
car, Carl has managed to creep right up on the men. As I got out
and I saw one of the Mail's holding an iron bar with a bandana.
A whatever you have got, drop it. Carl is ready for anything. I have
got a Taser, drop it. Put your arms out to the side.
One male has made off, with a yellow top. I have one others with
a red dot and a metal bar. Sorry? Whatever, the man that has gone has
got a yellow top. Turn around and put your hands on the wall. Hands
up. Spread your legs. I am going to set you. Have you got a knife?
Do not move. Seeing a red dot and been told that
it is a police have also with the Taser, nine times out of 10 people
will drop their weapon, stop what they are doing. If they don't burn
the device will be activated and they will be incapacitated.
What is your mate's name? Give him a shout for star I don't know him.
Is that your bandana? I put it on the floor, brother. You have got
your cuffs round my ankles. I will release it in a minute. Were you
involved in criminal damage at the bus-stop?
I got the blow with the iron bar so I assume the mixed race mail had
the knife. It is a mixed-race man with a
yellow top who went off where I am now through the flats.
Do you want to put your trousers up a bit so you can walk properly?
Yeah? I said pull them up. Come on into the car. Bring my bandana.
will bring it back. We show the Taser with the red dot
and they stop, or whatever they do. Normally they will fight. To evade
police capture, Babel fight. But now they are thinking twice. --
they will fight. It is eight months bath. And his
bandana, which he is so worried about. -- weights bar. The gangster
is going to be taken in for questioning while Carl resumes the
search for his friend with a knife. He didn't even know it was old bill
at first. He was in possession of death. He put it down. Thank you.
OK. Carl has called for if sniffer dog. I am waiting around the back
for the sniffer dog. If he has gone passed this way, there will be a
fresh track and I do not want to contaminated. There is a man out
there with a knife. He knows the old Bill are looking for him now.
Two great big holes in the Perspex bus shelter. I should think that
the glass got smashed so many times, they put it back with Perspex. It
would have taken a big whack to smash it. Probably from the metal
bar we have recovered. In the end, Lama was insufficient evidence to
link the man with the bandanna who happened to be carrying an iron bar
with a damaged under the bus shelter so he was released without
charge or stop -- with the damage done to the Bath jotter so he was
released without charge. The man who claimed the police were all
Nazis was released without charge after sobering up. His chainsaw was
returned to him. Mervyn Dixon had tried to escape the Taser cops and
was sent back to prison, serving four years and eight months. No
further action was taken against Angela for running around with an
axe that was used to smash a front window. Nor were any charges
In the dead of night, cops disarm a gang member by 'red dotting' him with the laser light from a new weapon in the police's arsenal, the Taser.
Introduced to combat potentially dangerous offenders, the Taser is no longer just in the hands of specialist firearms officers; in Bedfordshire, the 50,000-volt stun gun is now standard issue for all the force's traffic cops.