Episode 3 Britain's Bravest Cops


Episode 3

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Plaza next copper I am well aware of hidden dangers facing Britain's

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police officers. Suddenly a nice -- a knife is moved and the next

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movement can mean the difference between life and death. Each year

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the Police Federation Bravery Awards celebrate heroism and

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bravery. Week during those on the streets as they continue to crack

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down on crime. This is Britain's This week the most courageous

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policemen in country of being honoured at the annual Police

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Federation Bravery Awards. Most of them are ordinary officers fighting

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a daily battle to protect the public. It is a battle that often

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puts their own lives on the line as they go after the toughest

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criminals. Today we retell the story of a lone police officer who

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finds herself face-to-face with a violent burglar in a dark alley.

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All I could see was the hammer above my head and I thought he was

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going to hit me. It was the look in his eye. He had the capability of

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caving my head in. Pc Nick Peters launches a series of dawn raids

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against drug crime in Strong intelligence stating there

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is drug intelligence -- dealing taking place. And a tense stand-off

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for PC Natalie Webster and her canine partner Sadie. They were

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called in to help control anti- social behaviour before it get out

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of hand. It is protecting the Our brave cops come face-to-face

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with many dangerous situations on their quest to protect and serve

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the public but sometimes their actions go well beyond the call of

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duty. The heroism of one Wiltshire officer almost cost him his life.

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In January 2008 police dog handler PC Neil Sampson was out on routine

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patrol with his faithful partner Anya. It was an ordinary day. Day

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shift, nothing spectacular, very cold day, when I heard a report of

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a man in a block of flats with a knife and one of our firearms unit

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had been dispatched. They headed straight to the scene. I had been

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there for a short while and a man came at the block of flats. I

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called out to him. Spun and started walking towards me. He presented no

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threat but you walk -- but he was getting closer and there was blood

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on his trousers. As the man walked towards him he was momentarily

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distracted by the arrival of the firearms unit. I remember taking my

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eyes off him for a second, and the man that had been a preaching quite

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happily with no real threat was now advancing towards me with a knife

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in his hand. He was slashing backwards and forwards, left to

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right, across his body with the knife. He got to a point where I

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thought you are not going to stop, and you can have this. I sent at

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the dock. -- I sent the dog. She went straight at him and hit him

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head on and he turned and was slashing at her with a knife. My

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next memory is I don't know where I am but I can feel really hard

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banging on the back of my head. The man began a frenzied attack on Neil

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and by now firearms officers Mick Mansell and Ciarian Hickey had

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arrived and were closing in. He was lunging his knife into the back of

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his head, a downward slashing motion causing as much damage as

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possible. As they rushed towards Neil what happened next took them

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completely by surprise. He turned round to look at us and ran towards

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us. Not the sort of actions I expected. We discharged our taser

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is practically together -- tasers. They had no effect. You are meant

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to drop to the ground, you are not. Be delivered short, sharp -- sharp

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shocks they could have made him lose control of his muscles but he

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was oblivious. He jumped forward, took us by surprise. I took a pace

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back. Behind me was a concrete step and as I fell backwards to the

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ground he was over the top of May jabbing down and sloshing around

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with a knife. -- top of me. The attacker was targeting his second

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Kop. Neil was determined to rescue make and launched himself directly

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at the knifeman. Around wasn't thinking if I could kick his leg

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and hopefully disable him it would save M. Unfortunately I gave

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everything I had but I missed him. Neil collapse on the floor and the

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attacker started ferociously stabbing him again. From that point

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really I remember seeing a taster been deployed in very slow motion,

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watching the darts fly through the air was uncanny. His colleagues

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were doing everything they could to get a tackle of Neil but he seemed

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invincible. -- the attacker. tried with as much as force as they

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could, having no effect. At that point I picked my case up and

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stoned him without the card each. This time it would have delivered a

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painful shock. I tried five times to be no the region and the last

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one as a Pacitti and he shouted, the weirdest thing I have ever had

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-- as I pushed it in. He threw the knife, I grabbed hold of him and

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handcuffed him. He said, can I have a glass of water please?

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suspect had finally been subdued but at a terrible cost. Whilst

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trying to save Mick Mansell Neil had been stabbed several times.

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Anya the dog also sustained a knife wound but luckily both Anya and

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Neil made a full recovery and are both back at work. The fact I am

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sad here able to talk about this incident is amazing because you

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hear about kids getting stabbed and they die of one stab wound. I have

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had seven and still set it talking to you.

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After his brush with police dog Anya the offender spent three weeks

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in hospital and is in prison. Neil and his colleagues received a

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police bravery award and Anya received the highest honour in the

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land, a gold medal for the People's Unfortunately what Neil and his

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team went through it is not uncommon. Into doesn't donate one

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knife attack -- attack was recorded every 24 minutes -- in 2008. In

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Northamptonshire at the police are fighting back. They are dealing

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cannabis from the address. Groups coming and going at all times.

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Recently they launched Operation Guardian to track down on

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spiralling crime rates across the Today after months of preparation

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officers are about to swoop on properties and search for illegal

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drugs as they battle to read out crime. Pash read out. It is 7:30am

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and a highly trained team of officers are are preparing to raid

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three addresses. We will Pullen, make sure nobody pulls in. You

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drive past the dress and there are two officers at the rear. -- past

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the address. Nick is on his way to arrest a suspect for drugs offences

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and searched his house. It has attracted a lot of anti-social

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behaviour outside and men between 18 and 30 hanging around the area,

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being a nuisance to neighbours and causing a lot of concern, so much

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so There is a residents get to go near the dress. Some areas are

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beginning to have a reputation for anti-social behaviour and Nick and

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his team have to be prepared for the worst. He might be an empty

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dress. On the other hand he might be a group of people with firearms,

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knives. We do our best to research this so we were limited been a

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threat towards us as police officers. We have full protective

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equipment including stab vest. But we do have to be mindful of what

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dangers thereof. Sometimes properties have even been booby-

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trapped with fissures weapons designed to injure anyone who comes

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through the door. -- vicious. sure everyone is ready. Happy?

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Two officers in riot gear get ready to force the door before anyone

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inside is alerted to the presence Are you all right? Take his seat.

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We asked -- here as part of Operation Guardian. We believe

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there's drug-dealing taking place at this address. We have a warrant

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to search the premises. That is fine. The do you understand? Yes.

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Before I go through the details are there any drugs in his property.

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Yes. Court totally by surprise the suspect these the police to his --

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without a fight. Shockingly it is hidden in a box of children's

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sweets. Cannabis their own backs. A small plastic box. Some scales.

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understand we are here to do our job. Anything as we need to know?

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Straightaway the gentleman has stated he has got cannabis on an

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and we have placated his box in kids' playroom. With some scales.

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Potentially 40 or 50 individual wraps would would be about �10 each.

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We have to send us away to sea distributors and dependent on the

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strength it depends what happens. This year in just one day alone

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there were five arrests for drug- related crime in Northampton. With

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an estimated 3,600 drug-users in County it is an ongoing battle. But

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this is a good result for the Operation Guardian team. Keen to

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make people aware the police are watching the area news of the rest

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is quickly broadcast. I have spoken to the inspector and

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given him the details and within five minutes he has put on Facebook

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and twitter stating and Mail Under arrest from this address, what the

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her address is and the community know within five minutes which

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keeps everything happy and up-to- date. Northampton police have found

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it pays to have a high profile in areas of drug crime and one local

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people to witness the rates and see the police are waiting and winning

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an active walk on drug did -- a war on drug dealing. Supplying cannabis

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carries a stiff sentence of 14 years. It is by far the most common

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type of drug dealing. But across town surveillance has led

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Northampton's drugs what to a potentially more serious crime. --

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scored. We have intelligence a man is doodling in heroin and cocaine -

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- dealing. He has had several warrants in the past, he is aware

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of Operation Guardian and were off for police sentence we use. There

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was a lot at stake. If court and found guilty of dealing Class A

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drugs offenders face up to life in jail. Even being convicted of

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possession can lead to unlimited fines or a sentence of up to seven

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years. He was known to us for robbery. His associates and known

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for GBH. They could potentially have any domestic weapons such as

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kitchen knives, knuckle-dusters, anything they can get their hands

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Nick and his team never know when they are heading into a potentially

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risky situation. Unfortunately, violence against officers is all

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too common. Last year, over 100 police officers were assaulted in

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Northamptonshire, three of them seriously. Are we ready? Today,

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anything can happen. The enforcement team is primed and

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ready to go. Police! Inside, it's blatantly obvious what's going on

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We haven't done a complete search yet, however we have straightaway

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the pungent smell of cannabis. We went straight through and we found

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the remnants of a cannabis factory which is potentially a lot bigger

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than we first suspected. The male isn't in the premises, so we'll

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look to try and locate him. There are a few scrappings here of what

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he's done to try and sell. For now, we'll search the premises and see

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what else we can find. Even though the suspect is absent, Nick

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believes he has struck gold. It's obviously a sophisticated operation.

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This is a heavy-duty lamp that provides enough heat for cannabis

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so they can grow rapidly, 24 hours sunlight. So the plants are growing

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almost from a tiny bud on there to about there for about three months.

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Once it's got a bit bigger than that, you can dry it out and chop

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it down and it's ready to go. police are now finding that more

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and more cannabis is been grown here, rather than being imported

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from elsewhere. Over here, we have the main buds from the plants. He's

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drying this out now so he'll chop up the leaves and sell them on, or

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he'll take the bud from it and grow from there. In one year alone

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across the UK, nearly 7,000 illegal cannabis farms were uncovered.

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Feeding the habit of nearly 1 million regular cannabis users. In

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Northamptonshire last year, police shut down 150 cannabis factories.

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But of course, Nick wants to get the man behind this one. We've got

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an officer outside waiting just in case he comes back. He'll be wanted

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for conservation of cannabis. that's not all, during the search,

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officers have also found what they suspect are stolen goods. That

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PlayStation is linked to three crimes. There's a serial number

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which matches one given by the victim of a burglary, so we believe

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that's one from a burglary. Everything is carefully bagged and

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recorded. We'll call that bedroom one and two. We want all those

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plants over there. Put them in a bag, that's the bud. All the plants.

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Nick's team are closely followed by a sniffer dog to make sure nothing

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is missed. We're looking for Class- A heroin and cannabis. We're

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finishing off the bathroom and kitchen, finishing here and then

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into the attic. You tell us what you want. I'll just work my way

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round. But the strong smell of cannabis is hightening the dog's

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senses. Their noses are very sensitive, so it's not ideal to

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search in an address where there's a cannabis factory. That said,

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she's got a very powerful nose so hopefully if there is some Class A

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here, she'll find it. But the dog draws a blank. Nick and his team

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dismantle what's left of the cannabis factory. We've made sure

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that all our efforts are concentrated on seizing the

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evidence itself, taking down anything used to grow the cannabis,

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and then look to locate the male, which should be put on our wanted

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system, and we'll speak with him when he comes in. There's now a

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warrant out for the arrest of the suspect. Since launching Operation

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Guardian, Northamptonshire Police have seen a 20 per cent reduction

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in robberies, burglaries and vehicle crime across the county.

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And the high-profile campaign against drug offenders seems to be

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Thankfully, there were no nasty surprises for Northamptonshire

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Police today, but last year, their fellow officers were not so lucky.

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Three plain-clothed cops were watching a block of flats in an

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unmarked car one December afternoon. They had a warrant to arrest a

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highly dangerous man. Recently released from prison, 44 year-old

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Ian Scott had spent the past 24 days on a crime spree. There's not

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really much to do except wait to see if the off's been sighted. We

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were anticipating that we might be sitting in the car all day. But of

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course, that wasn't to be. After just a few minutes of surveillance,

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the officers spotted their suspect coming towards their car.

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noticed a male matching his description walk along in front of

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us approximately 20 metres away. From all the information we'd been

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getting and from the information of his description, I was confident

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that this was the person we were looking for. Three of us got out of

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our car at the same time, identified ourselves as police

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officers and told him to stop. He became very agitated them and I

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would think he was worried. He turned round and he started to run

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away from us back where he'd come from. At that point, we started to

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run after him. The unarmed officers were dealing with an unpredictable

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suspect and he was about to prove just how dangerous he could be.

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remember him reaching into his left pocket and he pulled out a plastic

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bag which he unravelled and dropped on the floor, and inside this bag

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was a black hand gun. I could see the look in his eye and he was

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definitely pointing it in my direction. The gunman fired

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directly at the officers. Instinctively, Jon and Richard

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dived for cover, but Raj stood still, frozen to the spot. I could

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just see the whole of the end tip of the firearm and when he shot it,

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I thought, what am I going to do from this point? Shall I continue,

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shall I fall to the ground, or shall I just remain where I am? I

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thought, it's too late, I'm going to get shot and I'm going to be

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dead. Raj heard the gun fire another three or four times, but

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astonishingly, all the shots missed. What the officers did next showed

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remarkable bravery. There's no way this guy's getting away from us now,

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considering what he's done and the time of day. Loads of people

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milling around, and if we'd left this guy run off with a firearm,

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who knows? Myself, Raj and Richard continued to pursue him. At great

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risk to themselves, the officers were now in hot pursuit of a

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dangerous criminal. Jon dashed round the back of the building to

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cut off any escape route. I was faced with the suspect with his

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back to me and he had the firearm held up pointing at Richard and Raj

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at very close range. The two brave officers found themselves staring

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down the barrel of a gun. You see scenes like this in movies and

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things like that and you don't really realise that it could happen

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to you. So when it did happen, time slows down and you do kind of,

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there was a momentary pause of, OK, so now what happens? While the

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plain-clothed officers were wearing stab vests, they had little

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protection against bullets. happened so quickly. We all gave

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him clear instructions, put the gun down, it's the police, put the gun

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down. It was touch and go. wrong move could mean the

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difference between life and death. Then Richard and Jon saw their

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chance to end this nightmare. think there was a sense of

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realisation that he'd been caught and he wasn't going to be going

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anywhere. When I saw him kind of relax his shoulders and lower his

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arm and drop the gun to the floor and I saw Richard and Raj inch

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towards him, I knew they were going to try and contain him, and I

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caught him from behind and he was taken to the ground. Finally, the

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violent robber had been caught. It turned out the gun was in fact an

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imitation, but the officers couldn't have known that at the

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time. For fearlessly tackling what they thought was an armed and

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highly dangerous man, they each received a police bravery award.

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Sometimes, I think we take it for granted that we'll be going home at

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night and, realistically, that incident brought home that there

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are some really horrible people out there that are intent on causing

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harm to individuals and police officers, and that maybe we

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shouldn't take it for granted that everything's going to be OK.

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offender is now serving more than eight years in prison for shooting

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at the police. Thanks to the courage of those three officers,

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another dangerous criminal is off Just like we saw with our brave

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cops in Northamptonshire, arresting violent criminals is one of the

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toughest jobs for Britain's police. There's always the danger that

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someone's going to get hurt. But in the most extreme cases, the police

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have one last trick up their sleeves - the dog unit. Police

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officer, stop! Stop, or we'll send in the dog! Police dogs are not

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pets, these highly-skilled animals are trained to attack everyone

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except the officer they're partnered with. At the end of the

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day, no matter what, Sadie will protect me. That's one thing she

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will do. And if someone comes to attack me, she'll protect me. And I

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will always look after her as well. But I feel that having the dog

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there is a great support. handler Natalie Webster works the

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beat in West Mercia Police with her German Shepherd, Sadie. They've

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been partners for more than four years. This highly efficient team

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provides back-up on the most dangerous call-outs, from firearms

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incidents to public disorder. feel 100 times safer having Sadie

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than I would do if I was on my own. Obviously, I've worked on my own as

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well and in some situations, I wouldn't get Sadie out, but I know

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she's there in the van if the situation arises that I need to get

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her. It's Friday night at Worcester Central Police Station. Natalie and

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her fellow officers are preparing to raid a house to arrest a man

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who's jumped bail. What we'll do first is go round the building,

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bang the door, and if we can't get any response, see if he's in there.

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If he's in there, we'll use our powers and go in. Do you want me to

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go round the back? Yes, if you would. We're going to an address to

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try and arrest somebody who's wanted on warrant. He's known to

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have mental health problems and he's not taken his medication, so

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they suspect he may be a problem, so they've asked for dog support.

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Sadie will protect the arresting officers and the public if things

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turn ugly. And with more than 100 assaults on West Mercia Police

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officers last year, the cops are always glad for some canine back-up.

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You can start walking while he's drinking.

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Any job can be dangerous and anything can turn into a dangerous

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job. Sadie can stop anybody running off. She's also there as a presence

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barking. Sometimes, that's enough to stop somebody from playing up.

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They'll see the dog and think, no, it's not worth it, and they'll

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comply. If not, the dog can be used if it's necessary. Once at the

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address, Natalie and Sadie quickly get into position, trying not to

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alert the suspect. Whilst two officers cover the front door,

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Natalie and Sadie head round the back in case the suspect makes a

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It's a tense few minutes, but Sadie's presence is enough to

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intimidate the man and he doesn't resist. I'm going to have to give

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you a pat down to make sure you haven't got anything sharp.

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Although the arrest has gone smoothly, Natalie and the team

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suddenly find themselves in the midst of a threatening situation.

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You BLEEP! BLEEP! You what? You want to watch your mouth, or you're

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going to get locked up! Without a second thought, Natalie confronts

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the man. I suggest you go home, you've had enough to drink, haven't

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you? The young man appears drunk and is becoming aggressive. Stop

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being an idiot and go home. I've seen you before. Natalie and the

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other officers are instantly on their guard. At moments like this,

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anything could happen. You're the drunk one, calm yourself down, get

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yourself home. The man seems to be spoiling for a

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fight. You've called us over by the way you're mouthing off, why don't

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you just go home? For the moment, Sadie stays in the van. She's

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trained to catch criminals and will bite, so Natalie has to choose

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carefully when to use her. If I had Sadie here, the rest of the group

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might move away more quickly. But you've got to justify it. It's

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somebody just being drunk and disorderly at the end of the day,

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it's not a serious offence, so this time it's not necessary to get her

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out, there's enough police to deal with it. The question is always,

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haven't you got anything better to do? Well, yeah, we have, but at the

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end of the day, you can't leave him shouting in the street and being

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drunk. For Natalie and her fellow officers, dealing with drunken

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troublemakers is all too common on a Friday night. But it's a problem

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across the country, with 70 per cent of stabbings and beatings done

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It is not too long before Natalie Just been called to a shout from a

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paramedic attending an end to cheat -- incident in the High Street.

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Things must be serious. All the emergency services have a special

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alarm button that lets them intercept police communications

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when they are in trouble. Natalie the lights to the scene. -- blue.

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The young woman has attracted a crowd and things are getting tense.

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Natalie heads in with Sadie to try and calm things down a see what

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she's doing, don't walk into the dock. You will get bitten. Groups

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of Duncan disorderly revellers are roaming the streets and getting out

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of hand. Dogs are an effective tool for the police. They can often

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With Natalie's help the late night troublemakers are soon under arrest.

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When you have got a dog you act in a different way. Whereas a shift

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officer might get hands-on, arrest people, if you have got your dog

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they will do the work. Unless you're going to use it to buy

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somebody you want to keep people away porky people away from

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officers. -- keep people away. is a busy night. Within minutes of

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sorting out one at drunken showdown there is another one kicking off

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seven miles away in Worcester city Pubs have called Last Orders and

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everybody is spilling out onto the streets. There has already been a

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fight and one youth arrested. Natalie steps straight in with

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Sadie to support her fellow officers. Despite having an

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aggressive police dog snapping at them the arrested youths mates are

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getting edgy. Natalie uses Sadie to do what she does best, keep back

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the rowdy crowd while her fellow officers moving to arrest his

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Get him. Friends of the young man are trying to get closer to the

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arresting officers but Sadie keeps them away. Don't go near, keep back.

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You want to go round, go that way. Definitely a useful resource

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protecting the offices dealing with the prisoner, so it is keeping

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people away from them. It has been a hectic time for Natalie and her

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fellow officers. With all these revellers out on a Friday and

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Saturday night they see five times more violent crime in the city

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centre and typically it all happens between midnight and the early

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While Natalie Spen is a lot of her shifts supporting fellow officers

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making arrests, with CD by her side she is often called to deal with

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incidents on heroin. -- with Sadie. Intruders have been spotted at a

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farm and Sadie's sensitive nose is needed. I'm coming over. Within a

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few minutes Natalie is on the scene. Hello. Did you call us? How many

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were there? Two. Had they gone to the left? I don't know. They have

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gone this way. Thank you. Two males made off on foot and I'm going to

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Good girl. It was the end of the farm he chance upon the intruders.

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I just took the dog out for his nightly walk and he was walking at

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the back when he saw something cracked down and assure my torch

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and there was a man trying to steal the diesel -- I shone. Another one

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came down from the upstairs granary down the steps and they both ran

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from the corner. The diesel thieves fled as soon as they were disturbed

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by the farmer. Sadie has picked up their scent and Natalie wastes no

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time chasing after them into the night. This is incredibly risky.

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Natalie is hot on heroin with no back-up and has no idea how

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dangerous they can beat -- a date - Sadie is focused and doing a

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tremendous job. She tracks the suspect for 50 minutes before other

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officers arrived. Did you go of the The main road, you will come up.

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This time that thieves have got away. We tracked away through the

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fields and come out on a driveway. They have clearly got into a

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vehicle. Unfortunately that is where we lost it. As West Mercia's

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patch covers a lot of farm and agriculture crime is on the

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increase. With the spiralling cost of fuel, default deft from farms is

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a growing problem. -- diesel theft. There is some consolation for this

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farmer. We believe they got away empty-handed. The barrels are still

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left in situ so they have been spooked and maybe they have got

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some billion pincer. Looked like they have got away empty handed.

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There is nothing left for Natalie and Sadie to do so they had into

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plan to deal with any drunken strugglers. Tonight the evening has

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been slow to start with but picked up. A bit of a truck with the dock.

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A couple of other incidents were the dog wasn't able to be used but

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I have been noticeable. And that is Britain's police officers know all

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too well that night patrols bring with them an extra element of

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danger. Trouble is more likely to erupt under the cover of darkness.

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One night in 2010 Humberside PC Lee's Smith was running one last

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errand before the end of her shift. -- Louise. 9pm she was driving into

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the town centre where a call came over the Prince -- police radio and

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alarm had gone off at a shot close by -- shop. The front of the

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building was fine, the shutters were down and it looked in order. I

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thought I best check the back of the premises as we do to make sure

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the premises is secured throughout. Galloway was very dark so I was

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quite wary. I make sure I had my wits a white -- a balmy -- the

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alley way. I had a rustling sound. I saw a man dressed in dark

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clothing. Half inside the building, half out. The door open. He she

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disturbed a burglar and found herself in a terrifying predicament.

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She due risk tackling the man on her own or letting go? -- should

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she risk. I was away from the main road when the people were present.

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Quite scary. I did think I really could do with some help now. I wish

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I had a colleague with me at this present time. I just kept thinking

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I'm not letting you get away with this. She summoned all her courage

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to confront the man. As I approached I said to him stay way

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you are. He did. He stayed hunched over he teamed, initially. He

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started to spin round so then we came face to face. But before she

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knew it he broke free from her grasp and ran towards a 10 ft metal

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fence. He was trying to clamber over it but she wasn't giving up

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that easily. Appleton back down by his jacket. We started scuffling.

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At that moment because he seemed a lot stronger than me I thought I

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eight need back-up so I pressed my Her call one straight through to

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the police control room and cut into radio traffic alerting all

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But for the moment she was all on her own, grappling with a desperate

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man. I was dead king and to his jacket because he was trying to

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escape -- dragging. He produced a hammer, held it above the head.

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Kept saying let's go. I said no. At the Hamadan. Or legacy was the

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hammer for my head. Thinking as yet know what is going to happen. I

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thought he was going to hit me with it. The look in his eye, he had the

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capability of cabling my head and with a hammer and it was quite

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frightened. -- caving. A single blow to the head would be enough to

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seriously injure or even kill her. Although she had called for back-up

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she was still very much on heroin. I tried to put my left arm up to

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move the on holding a hammer away from by which point he even bit,

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left arm. I yelled. The pain was so quick and sharp and then let go. He

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had a chance to turn round and round off but I was seconds and

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then pulled him back. All I could think of was I'm not letting this

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person go. Through sheer determination she managed to keep

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hold of the suspect. When back-up arrived and I could hear the sirens

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the relief I felt was immense. Finally her fellow officers found

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her at an straightaway arrested a man. It did on them he he could

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have hit me with his weapon -- dawn on me. It could have gone straight

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through my head. Officers could have turned up to find me laid at

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the scene if it had gone terribly wrong. But it is part of my day-to-

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day role and I expect I might come across situations like this or

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confrontation and it is part of daily life as being a police

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officer. Her heroic actions got the result

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she wanted. The dangerous man was put behind bars for three and half

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years for burglary and assault. Louise was honoured in this year's

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Next time... We retell the moment when teach

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courageous officers to go -- 1 two courageous officers struggled

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through heat to rescue a mother and baby from a flat fire. My thought

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was she doesn't answer the door there was a possibility and might

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Passat. We are on the streets of Aberdeen with an elite police dog

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As Britain's most courageous police officers are honoured in the Annual Police Federation Bravery Awards, Britain's Bravest Cops tells their stories and highlights the day-to-day bravery of officers on the frontline. Each episode reconstructs extraordinary acts of heroism, and follows police units up and down the country in hazardous operations as they crack down on crime.


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