Episode 5 Britain's Bravest Cops


Episode 5

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As an ex cop I am well aware of the hidden dangers facing Britain's

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police officers. What starts off as an ordinary day on the beat can

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suddenly turn into a life- threatening situation. In the week

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of the Police Bravery Awards we meet the ordinary officers who risk

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their lives to protect us. We hear stories of their extraordinary

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courage and join them on the street as they continue to crack down on

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crime. This is Britain's Bravest This week we are all honouring

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Britain's most courageous cops at the Police Federation Bravery

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Awards. Most of us are oblivious to the dangers lurking on our streets

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but the police are always on the lookout, ready to risk everything

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in the war against crime. Today we hear how one courageous cop risked

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her life to save officers in south London when they encountered a

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vicious criminal. The acid was so strong it had melted through the

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vest. It is supposed to be made a very strong stuff. We join Greater

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Manchester Police's elite unit in their hunt for their suspected of

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cleaning dirty money for the city's criminals, the money launderers.

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I think it is this one here with a black bag. You are under arrest on

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suspicion of money laundering. Follow the specialist officers as

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they pull out all the stops to make It is not just the public our

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police are called to protect. One night in April 2006 a routine of

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arrest dramatically escalated into a horrendous attack on two police

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officers. At great risk to themselves Katy Shepherd and

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Charlotte Bradbeer-Dubery stepped Met Police Officers Richard

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Holliday and Red Haddouch were on patrol in Earlsfield, south London,

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when they clocked a man wanted for breaching his parole. He had a hood

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up and a baseball cap so you could only see a little bit of his face.

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I knew it was him. We both knew it was him. Red reached out to grab

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his arm and he flung it back across us quite aggressively. He spun

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round on his heels and went. We chased him and literally didn't get

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over half the width of the road before he turned back on us and

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confronted us and was saying, "What?" It wasn't like, "What do

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you want?" It was like, "What are you going to do about it?" As if he

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knew that he had something that could hurt us. Stop there. He got

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this orange bottle out of his pocket and did a flicking motion

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towards Red and a slashing motion towards me with it. Straightaway I

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was aware that something had hit me. Initially I thought it was CS spray

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or something because I could feel the burning.

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Richard and Red collapsed in agony while the suspect seized his chance

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and ran. Pretty soon it was obvious it

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wasn't CS spray because the pain built up and up and it was so

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intense and there was nothing I could do to alleviate it all. It

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was at this point I pressed my orange button. I need assistance

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and a paramedic. By sheer coincidence Richard's

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girlfriend Louise, a fellow officer, was on duty in the police control

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room when his emergency call came through.

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I heard screaming, male screaming. When the emergency alarm went off a

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personal number comes up which you type in and I saw who pressed the

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alarm. It came up with his number. I remember being on my hands and

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knees and tried to talking to my radio and at one point I remember

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the pain got too intense and I let out this howl. Get off! There was a

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thought then that I don't know how this is going to turn out, I don't

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know what has happened to him and that I felt then that he was in

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serious danger and I was seriously concerned that he would make it.

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It wasn't just Louise who heard the call. It interrupted all police

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radio traffic and went out to every officer on duty that evening.

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we first initially heard them and it was literally screaming in pain

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like you have never heard anything really before, it was horrific. PC

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Katie Shepherd and her partner PC Charlotte Bradbeer-Dubery were

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nearby. Then Katie and Charlotte broke every rule in the police can

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book ignoring any risk to themselves they went to help

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Richard and Red. Richard has said it is acid. It was

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pretty evident that is exactly what it was. To see them in that amount

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of pain you can't really describe how you feel. Richard to begin with

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was very resistant of us going near him, touching him. He didn't want

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us to get hurt. But when you looked at his face and his forehead was

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literally grey, the skin was just dead. His saving grace were his

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glasses that effectively saved his sight. Fortunately enough we were

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right to buy a bar and so we directed the customers in the bar

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to bring us out water. Katie and Charlotte threw pints, jugs and

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bucket loads of water over Richard and Red to dilute the acid.

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Initially when they sat me down on the kerb it was the first time I

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allowed myself to think of anything other than pain and I thought how

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bad is this going to be? All way through this I pretty much had my

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eyes closed because I was worried about the acid going in my eyes.

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Every now and then I opened my eyes a little bit and I remember seeing

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the hair on my arm burning up and seeing that I had part of my

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trousers burnt into my neck on my left leg. Going through my head I

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thought my entire face might be completely burnt. All I could feel

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was the pain, I had no idea of the extent of it.

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As more officers arrived the area was cordoned off while Katy and

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Charlotte continued to douse Richard and Red with water.

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As much as you don't want to let them know really what you can see,

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you have to support them and tell them it was all going to be OK. But

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it was awful, really bad. This acid was so strong it had melted through

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the Met vest. Which is supposed to be made of really strong stuff. And

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here it was, being crippled by this acid.

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As all the acid was running off me with the water and splashing

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everywhere obviously it was going over them so they were getting

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diluted trickles of acid going on to them.

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You don't really feel any sort of pain when you're dealing with

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somebody in an extraordinary amount of pain.

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It is amazing to think of them being that brave but amazing to

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think you have people on your team that care that much about you that

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would actually do anything to help you.

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An hour after the attack the chemical was finally identified as

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sulphuric acid. All four officers were taken to hospital.

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It was only really when I saw him at a hospital and saw him for

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myself I thought he did look bad, but as long as he is here and alive,

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anything else you could deal with afterwards.

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Katie and Charlotte's courageous actions earned them a Police

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Bravery Award and a Commissioner's Commendation.

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We were just doing what anyone in our position would have turned,

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what any officer would have done. So we feel quite honoured and

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slightly humbled about the recognition of the award.

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Thanks to Katie and Charlotte neither Richard nor Red received

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any lasting damage to their sight but it took over a year of painful

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operations for Richard's facial injuries to heal. The offender was

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tracked down four days later and As all our officers' experience

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shows there is no such thing as a simple arrest. Things can turn

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nasty in a flash but our brave cops will do whatever it takes to make

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our streets is safer place, especially in our major cities

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where crime is at its worst. Manchester, a multicultural

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metropolis of around 2.5 million people that is renowned for its

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impressive architecture as well as its culture and art scene. But

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Manchester is also known for something else. It is one of the

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UK's worst cities for crime with a staggering 29,000 violent attacks,

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burglaries and robberies recorded in one month alone. And the

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catalyst for some of this? Drugs. Something Sergeant Andy Buckthorpe

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knows all about. The main issues are people are

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taking drugs, Class A drugs, and have to fund their habit somehow.

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Generally speaking they are not employed, they don't have a great

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deal of income legitimately. So the only realistic way they can fund

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their habit is by committing crime. But Greater Manchester Police are

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fighting back. In February 2009 the proactive unit made up of 10

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specially-trained police officers was set up to target the city's

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villains. On average we do three or four

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drugs raids per week depending on the amount of information we get

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through from the public. Basic riot training. We are also training in

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method of entry be it from using the enforcer to smash someone's

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door in to doing a full entry going through windows.

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The surprise factor is key to all raids and requires heavy-duty

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equipment to make a quick entry. PC Gavin Johnson is one of the

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officers responsible for getting through the door.

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The first bit of gear, this has many functions and uses. We can use

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it for putting in glass windows if we need to do a window entry. It

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has a spike on one end that can be utilised. And a flat edge to smash

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the window. It has a serrated edge here which we can use for clearing

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up the glass to make sure it is safe for officers. This weighs in

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the region of 23 kilos, 20,000 pounds of kinetic energy. Usually

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another person on the other side and we will check the door for

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weaknesses. It comes up and down striking into the door. Nine times

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out of ten we will be in in a few seconds with this piece of kit.

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With a single blow the enforcer can open doors with up to seven

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different locks, bolts and chains. From time to time we encounter

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doors that have been really heavily reinforced, especially council

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doors. The modern council door poses problems. We can bring in

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this which we refer to as the blower. It has a kevlar pillow

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which when inserted into the frame it is blown up to three, four times

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the width it is now which in turn pops the door open.

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One major spin-off from drug dealing is money laundering. It is

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a serious crime and it is estimated up to �48 billion is laundered in

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the UK every year. The proactive unit's Scott Taylor has the low-

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down. Money laundering is the process by

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which large amounts of money are acquired through criminal activity

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and then given the appearance of being obtained through legitimate

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sources. They may drive nice cars, go on holiday two or three times a

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year, nice houses and money laundering gives a legitimate cover

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to how they are living this lifestyle. In the past few weeks

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tens of thousands of pounds have been uncovered by Greater

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Manchester Police that is believed to be illegal profits from crime.

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This morning the specialist team is off to arrest a woman who has been

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linked to making the cash look legitimate. Scott and his team have

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received intelligence indicating where they might find her.

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If we can get an entry into the address and that female is present

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after arresting her we will conduct a search. We will be looking for

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specific items relating to the offence. Financial documentation,

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bank details, both linked to her and other individuals that may have

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involvement in this offence. Even though these officers have knocked

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on suspects doors hundreds of times they can never predict what might

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happen. There was a case a year or two ago where a sergeant I was

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working under was quite severely stabbed to the armed. Fortunately

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his injuries weren't as bad as they could have been but it just

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outlined the risk there is when we go through people's doors.

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With all the officers now at the target's house they need to work

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fast. They cover all the exits in case anyone inside tries to make a

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run for it when they hear that But after a few minutes of banging

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on the front and back doors it is not looking good. Unfortunately

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there is no answer. We have not got a warrant to enter the address with

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force. We were hoping the female would be present. She is not.

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The team find out the woman is in the city centre. They call her and

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incredibly she agrees to meet them. Scott and fellow PC Brandon Jolly

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Whether she knows what we are going to do, I do not know. To search her

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address, we need the authorisation, but we can only get that after she

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has been arrested, so it is imperative we get to her at the

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earliest opportunity, get her arrested, to commence the search of

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her home address. It's here on the left now. It's here now. I think

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it's this one here with the black bag, mate.

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Just as arranged, the woman is waiting at the rendezvous.

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Just listen to me for a minute, you're under arrest on suspicion of

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money-laundering, OK? So you do not have to say anything, but it may

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harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something

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which may be used as evidence in court. Anything to do say may be

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given in evidence, OK? Have a sit down with us, all right? We're just

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waiting for the van crew to arrive to take her in. She's not been

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searched. It's been a straightforward arrest

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and the suspect's been read her rights. A van has arrived to take

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her off to the police station, while Scott and Brandon drive back

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to her house. She's been arrested for the money-laundering offence.

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A colleague and I will be returning to her home address with the keys,

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with colleagues of ours who've managed to get authorisation for a

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house search. And we'll just conduct a house search at her

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address and hopefully find some items in relation to the offence

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she's been arrested for. Within a few minutes, they get back

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to the house. But despite letting themselves in, they still need to

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be sure no-one's inside. They can never be too careful.

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Hello, police! With the coast clear, there's no

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time to waste. Do you want to do the one next to

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Every single room and every single item is being thoroughly examined

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for any bank statements, savings accounts or financial paperwork

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linked to money laundering. So far, A lot of boxes just all around the

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edge here. But then upstairs in the loft, they

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make a dramatic find. Smell that. It's in a cool bag.

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It's not what they are looking for and puts a whole new spin on this

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investigation. Happy with that? Yes.

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The find suggests that other things may also be going on at the house.

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Result. It's looking, the consistency and

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smell, is looking like a controlled drug, amphetamine. Which is classed

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as a controlled drug under Class B, under the Misuse of Drugs Act. It's

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commonly known or used as speed. From the smell... Cheers, mate!

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It's quite high in purity. The substance will need to be lab

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tested to confirm exactly what it is, but the officers seem pretty

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convinced it's the real deal. You'd be looking at several

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thousand pounds. But they'll bash that down to make it go further

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with mixing agents, so you can easily multiply the price by four

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to get a realistic price. Between �2,000 and �4,000.

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There's no doubt it's a lucrative business.

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You tend to find a lot of these actually in freezers, because

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they'll freeze it. In large blocks. This has obviously been sat up

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there defrosting, I would have thought, ready to be cut down.

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We've gone into the bag and as soon as we've opened it, amphetamine has

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a certain smell and straightaway, it's been quite overpowering. In

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the freezer bag, you've got these ice packs, tinfoil wraps. They do

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sell it in all sorts of forms, but they put it into the wrap and it'll

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be sold on in tin-foil wraps. So that's quite a substantial amount

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there. It looks like it hasn't even been bashed down yet, so it's a

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significant amount. So it's a significant find and it goes hand

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in hand with the searches we were doing, the money side of it. So

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we'll be seizing the amphetamine as one exhibit and the packaging as

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another. So it's quite a good find for us, that. So quite happy with

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that. Speed, or amphetamine, is a Class-B

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drug that carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years for dealers. Even

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if you're carrying it, you could be imprisoned for up to five years.

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Strike! A bit like yours, that one, isn't it? Drugs are drugs, mate.

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To maximise profits, dealers bash down, which means they add other

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substances to the pure amphetamine to make it go further. And even the

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most innocuous ingredients will work.

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If they were cutting it, we'd be looking for large quantities of

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glucose, for the simple reason being that it can add to the effect.

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They can bash the drug down, put the glucose in, because glucose

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turns into sugar in the body and gives you a rush, which the

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amphetamine does itself. So it's available in supermarkets and is a

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cheap way of bashing that down really. So we're looking for large

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quantities of that. That's the main thing we're looking for.

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Every inch of the kitchen needs to be searched. And while they don't

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turn up any glucose, they find something more interesting.

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There we go. So we've got there just some digital scales. It's got

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white powder on. Again, they'll be bashing it up, getting the deals

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ready and weighing it on there. It's got traces of the amphetamine

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on, which is another good find for the paraphernalia, so they'll be

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seized also. The elite squad is uncovering even

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more evidence. Getting in the kitchen cupboard,

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and snap bags, quite significant again for the possession of the

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intent to supply. The drugs, the scales, we also found a bit of

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money there, it's all coming together nicely, so it's just

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another piece of evidence to add to the rest. There we go.

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While evidence is being collected in the kitchen, the team is making

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sure they've got everything. You missed that first time round,

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come on! You thought it was a chicken nugget, didn't you?!

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And the officers finally track down paperwork that could be linked to

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the money-laundering offence they've arrested the suspect for.

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Obviously, as a result of dealing drugs and leading that lifestyle,

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they can make a lot of money. We're intending to seize any bank details,

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or any related to any cash or any assets that they might have, and a

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further investigation will be carried out at a later date in

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conjunction with the criminal aspect, which basically leads to

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the seizure of large amounts of money and stopping the accounts,

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etc. Meanwhile, in the bedroom, how much

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the suspect officially earns has come to light.

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There's a quantity of payslips which relate to the arrested

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individual. She earns about �94 a week.

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And the suspect's passport shows she's frequently travel to exotic

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locations. The search has also uncovered a well-used savings

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We've recovered what we've come to recover and more. Obviously, the

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drug element is a big bonus and she's obviously got questions to

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answer regarding that offence. She's been arrested on suspicion of

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the money laundering offence and now there's a drug element in it as

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well, which just shows all the things slot together. People with

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large sums of money are very often involved in the supply of

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controlled drugs. It's been a good result for Greater

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Manchester's Proactive team and it tells the city's criminals they

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will continue clamping down on serious offences and illegal

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Even when our coppers are off-duty, they're never off the job. Highly-

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trained to deal with the first signs of trouble, their instinct is

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to protect the public, whatever the risk to themselves.

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It was around 4pm in the typical English seaside town of Weymouth,

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in Dorset, when Dave Stroud, an off-duty police sergeant, popped

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into the town centre with his wife, Rhiannon.

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It all happened on the day before New Year's Eve. My son, who was

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four at the time, myself and David went into town just to do some New

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Year's shopping in the sales. And after that, we separated,

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because time was running out for the car park, we needed to get back

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within the hour. While Rhiannon went back to the car,

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Dave had to run one final errand, when his detour took a dramatic

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turn. I was walking down St Mary's Street,

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which is the main shopping street in Weymouth, when I heard a

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commotion. You've been following me! I haven't,

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I don't know what you're on about! Two people were having an argument,

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shouting. I walked towards the two people and shouted, explained that

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I was a police officer. But the attacker appeared not to take any

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notice, or not hear, and continued to land blows on the face of the

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victim. And at that point, somebody standing quite close by shouted,

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watch out, he's got a knife. And I could see in his left hand a knife

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with the blade open. Dave still hadn't returned. I did

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start getting a bit concerned, but then I thought, he's probably just

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bumped into somebody, just chatting to somebody. He levelled the knife

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at my chest, at which point, I grabbed hold of the wrist, trying

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to restrain the knife hand. And there was a bit of a struggle

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and, in doing so, I felt a sharp pain, and I presumed at that point

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I'd been cut. I managed to shake his hand quite violently enough to

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force the knife out of his hand and it fell onto the floor. I arrested

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him at that point and I knew I'd been cut.

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Meanwhile, Dave's wife was still waiting for him at the car,

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oblivious to what was going on. I was keen to speak to Rhiannon on

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the phone, so I asked the security guard to dial the number from my

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mobile. I spoke to her and I said, I'm sorry I'm going to be a little

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bit late. He was totally calm. Nothing to

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worry about, everything's fine, and I've been stabbed. And I was like,

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sorry, you've been stabbed? He was like, yes, I've been stabbed, and

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I'm just waiting for the ambulance. I could see a large pool of blood

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on the floor, and it was at that point I had a chance to look at my

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fingers, and I saw that my fingertips of my left hand had been

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quite badly cut down to the bone. Dave's actions were above and

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beyond his call of duty, and heroic. Dave was taken to Dorchester County

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Hospital, where his injuries were stitched.

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I never saw his fingers, because they were always dressed, until he

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showed me the photos. And I think it was then that I realised quite

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how bad the cuts were. They were very, very deep, to the point where,

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you know, he could have lost his fingers easily. He was being

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branded a hero. He didn't see it like that at all, and still doesn't

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see it like that. He sees it as anyone would have done exactly the

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same. It turns out that the attacker was

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a paranoid schizophrenic and had stopped taking his medication. He

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was jailed for 12 months for the attack and is now receiving medical

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help. I realise now that if I'd placed

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myself in a vulnerable situation, the outcome could have been an

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awful lot worse. And although I didn't think too much about it at

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the time, I've had a chance to reflect on it since and would have

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hated to have been killed, leaving my wife and my children without a

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father. Dave was incredibly brave. He did something that he is trained

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to do, but that he did not have to do, he was not on duty. Dave

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stepped forward, put his own life on the line.

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If Dave was to see something like this again, I know he would

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intervene. I know he would get involved. He wouldn't be able to

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help himself, quite honestly. I just hope that he doesn't ever get

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hurt again in the way he was, or something worse.

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Dave was lucky to get away with just an injured hand. But there's

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no doubt his heroic actions stopped an innocent bystander getting

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seriously hurt. He earned himself a Next, we're heading back to

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Manchester to join the specialist Proactive unit, who face a daily

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struggle to target the villains who give their city a bad name. And top

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of Sergeant Andy Buckthorpe's list are those involved with drugs.

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The majority of people in those areas are good law-abiding people

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and the last thing they want to see is drug users turning up trying to

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sell drugs and committing crime in between to fund their habit.

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It's coming up to 7pm and the team is getting ready for a raid.

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Right, everyone, listen here for a sec. The plan for this evening is

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we've got a drugs warrant we're going to be executing. Gav and

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Scott at the door, Chappers at the back. If you can go straight in as

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number one, followed by two, three, four and five. Good. Right, is

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everyone ready to rock then? Let's rock and roll then.

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Before any raid, all the police have to go on is intelligence. They

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do their best to ensure the information is right, but until

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they go through the door, they can never be certain. As they psych

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themselves up for the job in hand, everyone's on edge. It could be a

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dangerous environment we're walking into, we don't really know until we

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get there. But hopefully, we can get in and get everybody under

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control as quickly as possible and avoid any silliness. This is the

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time now where the adrenalin is going, because you really don't

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know what you're going to be walking into in a few minutes. It's

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the time when the nerves start With 100 years of combined

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experience they have encountered many dangerous situations.

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often go into addresses and there are people hiding behind doors

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waiting for people to come in. The elite team is heading for a housing

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This is a close-knit community when news travels fast and the police

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are a highly visible presence. So the team is parked some distance

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away to stop anybody from raising the alarm at the property they are

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The front door is unlocked so it is a quick, unforced entry. Once in

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the house it is apparent the occupants posed no threat to the

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The occupants are not happy which the police are here. Everybody is

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safe, nobody has been hurt. They are explaining what will happen.

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Just going to bring the van around. We will get rid of the entry kit,

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get a search kit and do a systematic search and turn

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something up. But there is one issue. The suspect they are looking

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for is not in the house. The young lad isn't here at the

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minute but we will work with what we have got. The information is

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there so we will carry on regardless and he might turn up

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midway through the search. Inside the Proactive Unit begins searching

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each room, one by one, for any evidence of an offence. Raiding

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homes can provoke a reaction and local residents have begun to

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gather outside. We are in the process of searching the premises,

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midway through. Once we have done we have got a drug dog that will be

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coming to have a look around so potentially there has been drugs in

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their that have perhaps been moved recently. The dog would indicate on

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it. The police have yet to find any evidence of wrongdoing. Carrying

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out raids is a risky operation and sometimes it can upset local

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residents. Finally, the police sniffer dog arrives. We have got a

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drugs dog in attendance. It has gone into the address. It is a

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great weapon intensified been something we have missed. -- in

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terms of finding stuff. There will go in there, have a root around all

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the rooms. What we have done that I do well would be happy to we have

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not missed anything. Inside the house the occupants are distressed.

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The search has been going on for a while and the police still haven't

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found any evidence. Stand at the door! Officers rush in to stop

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things from getting out of hand. All I want is some air. Outside the

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watching crowd is also getting agitated. Everyone is fine. I am in

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charge so I am talking to you. I am in charge. Everything is all right.

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It is a highly charged atmosphere. Don't you threaten me, mate. Grow

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up and stop being like a child. Calm down before you get locked up,

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that is my advice. Inside everything has settled down and

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thankfully so have the onlookers. Obviously we have come in from flak

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from the locals on the street. They are still mucking about. --

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knocking. We tried to avoid anything. The search is over and

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either the officers nor the sniffer dog have found any drugs. The

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occupant wants everybody to know. Excuse me, there is nothing in my

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We have obviously been there, spent a few hours searching the dress,

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the dog has been through, not find any drugs or cash. In this case the

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information given to the police has proved to be wrong. But for the

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sergeant and his team there will be no let-up in their ongoing battle

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Police Bravery Awards are not just given to those who arrest the bad

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guys. They are given to those who help the good guys as well like our

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next courageous cop who risked his own life diving into freezing

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waters to save a woman in trouble. August 2007, and Gwent PC Keith

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Seagrim and his wife had just turned in for the night. It was

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about 11:30 in the evening. We were in bed when I wife said she could

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hear a woman screaming. Help! screams were definitely from

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somebody in some kind of distress. The couple's home just outside

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Newport lies on the edge off a river. -- of. They rushed outside

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fearing someone had fallen in. Quite a lonely spot. It is an area

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of thick undergrowth, trees, brambles. To get to the river bank

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itself you have to literally force your way through all the brambles

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and undergrowth to get there. Can you hear us? Please, help! It was

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pitch black, couldn't see anything. Then by a process of listening to

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where the screams were coming from we managed to find the lady. I

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think I can see someone's hand. They found the poor woman treading

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water at the bottom of the 11 foot riverbank, immersed up to her neck.

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She was very distressed. Scared. But very pleased that we had found

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her. At first we thought we would be able to get her out ourselves.

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That was the intention. But it soon became very apparent that was not

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going to happen. Phone emergency services quickly. Keith knew there

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was only one thing for it. There was no other way to get her out.

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Other than to go in to help her. It's a tidal river and I was aware

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a young boy had previously down there. You just don't think. She

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was shouting and screaming and calling for help. I didn't have any

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choice really other than to jump in. Keith was taking a huge risk. The

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river is very fast-flowing with strong currents. If he was swept

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away there was a good chance he would drown. When I jumped into the

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water it was absolutely freezing. It did take me by surprise because

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it was August. You imagine the water to be really warm. It wasn't.

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I am on my way, don't worry. I had a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. I

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wasn't exactly equipped to go into the water. It was very cold. It

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became apparent really quickly but that is why the lady was in such a

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bad way. The woman had fallen into the cold river while trying to

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rescue her dog and had been in the water for an hour and a half. She

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was exhausted and showing signs of hypothermia. I thought it will

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start talking to her as keeper conscious because it appeared to me

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she was drifting a bit. The body was going slightly floppy. I

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thought if she passes at now in the water and they have a bit of a

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problem. But that wasn't all. Keith soon discovered her leg was trapped.

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Don't leave me! For water it was probably to the base of her neck

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and her foot was stuck through a tree root which had grown out under

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water from one side of the bank so she was well and truly stuck and

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couldn't move. Keeps wife went to call the emergency services while

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he did his best to keep her head out of the water and keep a

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conscious. It was freezing. I had only been in half-an-hour and I can

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feel my legs. They now face a long and terrifying wait for help.

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knew they would come, my colleagues would come. It was just a question

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of when. It seemed like a lifetime but eventually my wife managed to

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get back. I went back to the riverbank and reassure the labia

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Reassure the lady that help was on its way. I needed to go back up the

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path to guide them in. By now Kay had been in the freezing water for

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three hours. Keith was keeping her head above the water and she was

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slipping out of consciousness. Time was of the essence. I was able to

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hold her against the bank. All the time you are worried about the

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speed of the river flowing. Finally the rescue service arrived and they

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gave Keith a sore to try and cut cane least. I went under the water

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and held the branch and cut her free. Three-and a-half hours after

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she fell into the water she was pulled to safety. She was taken to

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hospital with hypothermia but has since made a full recovery. I was

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proud of Keith for going in and staying with her for so long. I

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didn't dwell too much on what could have happened. Because it was good

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that we had a successful outcome. can smile now but at the time I

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don't suppose I was smiling so much. I don't think I would have done

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anything different to any other person. Any man that would have

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come in that situation would have jumped in. The only advantage I had

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as a police officer is that you stay,. --,. -- calmer. He received

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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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