Episode 10 Neighbourhood Blues


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Neighbourhood policing has come a long way

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since the days of Dixon of Dock Green.

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Good evening, all.

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From inner city estates to suburbia...

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..this new generation of community police officers

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are on the front line.

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What are you doing here?

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Police!

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Their aim is to develop a stronger bond with the community...

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Have you had any problems, then, over the last week?

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..crack down on the crimes taking place on their doorstep...

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-So you've been drinking tonight?

-No.

-Why's your speech slurred, then?

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..formulate fast action plans to take down the criminals.

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'Catch him. Careful!'

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Who do you think you are?

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Hey!

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In this new series of Neighbourhood Blues,

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we go to the Humberside Police region

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and get exclusive access to 24 teams of neighbourhood police officers...

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You're under arrest, mate.

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..as they tackle the problems blighting local people.

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You're now under arrest

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on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.

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..and rise to the challenge of making the streets a safer place.

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Coming up...

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The team track down the teenage street drinkers.

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-What have you been drinking?

-Just one beer.

-Beers.

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GLASS SHATTERS

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The operation to wipe out drug dealers

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working from their sofas picks up pace.

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If you went pointing that at an armed police officer,

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-you'd probably get yourself shot.

-And in a bid to curb house burglaries,

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the team show support and offer advice.

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So next time I'm in the area, I'll just pop in, see how you're doing.

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Criminals don't just steal from other people's houses.

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Many, like drug-dealers, run their criminal operations

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from the comfort of their own homes.

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These so-called "sofa dealers" cause great distress to local residents

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living on the same street as them.

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All over the Humberside Police region,

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the neighbourhood teams are cracking down on drug dealers.

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The thought of a dealer on the doorstep worries people nationwide.

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I would be quite wary of, perhaps,

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especially if you sort of thought

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someone you knew, that lived close by to you,

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was growing their own drugs or making their own drugs.

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It would be quite, I'd feel, an uncomfortable environment to be in.

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The team recently launched a strike against a crack dealer

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that saw three people arrested

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and cash, drugs and weapons confiscated.

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Today, again acting on intelligence passed to neighbourhood officers

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by worried residents,

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the team are hitting another suspected dealing den

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on a local housing estate.

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The team tool up and make final plans for their strike.

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One in, two in, three in, four in.

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It'll be your side, won't it, Will?

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No, no, it's your side. I'll go in nose-in.

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Key! Key!

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-Get in!

-Police! Stand still!

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Stand still! Stand still!

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Sweeping through the property,

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the occupants are quickly found in their bedroom.

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Sergeant Coffey breaks the news

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that they have been raided on suspicion of drug dealing.

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-Have we got everyone detained?

-Yeah.

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Just so you know, my name's Sergeant Coffey.

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We have a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant for this premises.

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You're being detained for the purposes of search

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in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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The living room is subjected to a thorough search.

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Once completed, the suspect will be moved there for questioning.

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With the living room coming up clean,

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the man is brought in to be spoken to.

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I'll ask you separately while the lady's here...

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but obviously we have a Misuse of Drugs Act search,

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we will conduct a thorough search of the property.

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Is there anything at this time that you want to declare

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that you believe might be illegal or be concerning

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that might affect yourself or your partner if you're responsible for it?

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There's some cannabis.

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-Some cannabis?

-Yeah.

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Whereabouts is that?

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-Just point to it.

-Whereabouts?

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-In there.

-Which drawer? This one here?

-Yeah.

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OK, there's some small amounts of cannabis and other items there.

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You do not have to say anything, but you may harm your defence

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if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court,

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and anything you do say may be given in evidence.

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-Whose are those items you've declared to me?

-The cannabis is mine.

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The cannabis is yours. There's a white powder there too.

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I don't know what the hell that is.

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The suspect informs the police of a serious medical condition,

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and asks them to get his medicine.

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It'll be the wrong one, whichever one I...

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I've got Warfarin here and Sotalol, is that what you take?

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Call the medical examiner if need be

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in terms of being allowed to have that medicine,

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-but it is prescribed to him.

-Yeah, all right.

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After finding the prescription drugs,

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the police need to check with the man's GP before handing them over.

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Is there anything that's particularly sentimental or important to you,

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so that when we're searching I can make sure we take good care of it

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and we don't cause any damage?

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Er...everything.

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OK, if you don't want to co-operate with us...

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After initially co-operating with the police and answering questions,

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the man decides to stop talking.

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This leads to him being escorted from the house to the custody suite

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to be interviewed.

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BLEEPED SPEECH

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Find out later, when the cops send in the dogs,

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if Buster's powerful nose can track down

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the suspected drug dealer's booty.

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In Britain, we like to think that our homes are our very own castles,

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but unfortunately, in the past year, there's been a dramatic rise

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in the number of house burglaries in the UK.

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Humberside hasn't escaped unscathed,

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but the neighbourhood teams have been fast to react.

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Last year, almost a million homes suffered a break-in,

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making it nationwide one of the worst years on record for house burglary.

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I was burgled at my own home.

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I've got to say, that was extremely scary at the time.

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I had to move house, because I never settled after that,

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but the process that happened after the burglary when it was reported,

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the police were just wonderful.

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The support that they gave me,

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and they really, sort of, made sure that the property was secure,

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and I was very grateful for that at the time.

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Neighbourhood teams always provide reassurance and support following a burglary,

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and over in Scunthorpe, Claire is on the phone

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to a pensioner who suffered a recent break-in.

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Are you in this afternoon for a visit?

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You are? Brilliant. I'll see you within the next hour, then.

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Every PCSO has their own patch,

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approximately four miles square.

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Walking their beat every day, they become a familiar face to residents,

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and often the first point of contact if there's a problem.

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This is an elderly gentleman, in his eighties,

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who's woke up to find someone's attempted to break into his workshop.

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We're just going to go to give him

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a bit of crime prevention advice and reassurance.

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-Hello, is it Mr

-BLEEP?

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-Yes.

-It's regarding your attempted break-in.

-Ooh, that's quick.

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The victim takes Claire to the spot

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where the burglars tried to gain entry.

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This is a new lock I've put on, right?

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Now, on Thursday, this was hung down here.

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-Right.

-They smashed it off, I've got the old one in there.

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It must have been very amateurish

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because having got the lock off there, they could open that...

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-Yeah.

-Why were they trying to get that off?

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The garage is full of expensive machinery.

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Old wood-turning lathe, you see,

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-a bandsaw...

-Right.

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I do wood-carving as a hobby, so...

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Do you? What do you make?

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-Hmm? I'll show you when we go inside.

-Brilliant!

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Most burglaries are by criminals looking to steal possessions

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to sell on and fund drug habits.

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Nothing is sacred or no-one is safe from these types of law-breakers.

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I would maybe suggest covering your windows up.

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Yeah, that's... Somebody said that yesterday.

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-I've got plenty of old curtains. We could soon rig something up.

-Yeah.

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To prevent him becoming a target again,

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Claire offers some advice.

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-You've done right in double...

-Double-nutting.

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..nutting those, and you've got all your locks and your hasp over.

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The only thing you could maybe get is an alarm.

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It's not... It's more of...

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You can get them just from your local DIY store,

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and it just sits,

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and when the seal's broken, it's like a kind of window lock.

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You can get those, and they're not that expensive,

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so that if someone did get in your garage and open the door,

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it would break that circuit

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and obviously raise your attention and your neighbours'.

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These kind of crime tips help make residents crime-conscious

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and help to deter burglars,

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and Claire's got herself one very satisfied customer.

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-There's your crime number and that's my name. My name's Claire.

-Right.

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And that's my direct mobile number if you should have any problems.

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So any problems or advice, yeah.

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And next time I'm in the area, I'll just pop in, see how you're doing.

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-Yes, no worries.

-And see how you are, keep you company for a bit.

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-You can have a cup of coffee.

-Oh, brilliant.

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Or something stronger if you like.

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-And a biscuit?

-And a biscuit.

-Oh, that's it, I'm coming!

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All right, make sure all your gates and your doors are locked.

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I'm impressed with the service

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because people have said, "Have you reported it?"

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"Yeah, I've got a crime number." "Oh, you know, that's all..."

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-No, we like...

-I'll tell them, "No, this time it was spot on."

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See you later. Bye-bye.

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Since the initiative to reduce burglaries in the region began,

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break-ins have fallen by over a third.

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As we've already seen,

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fear of burglary is a major concern to most people,

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but properties are vulnerable in other ways,

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to crimes such as vandalism and squatting.

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Reports of squatting have doubled in the past two years,

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and in Hull city centre,

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the police are investigating reports from local residents

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that squatters have turned an abandoned pub into a drugs den.

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It appears that there may be somebody squatting.

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There's fresh signs, such as food and stuff lying about.

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Even though the police haven't found anyone camped out at the old pub,

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it remains a trouble trap,

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so they'll be making sure that the owners securely board it up.

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Over on the other side of town,

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Sergeant Steve Lamb is out and about in the city centre.

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The team have upped their patrols in the area

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to make sure the shopping district remains a family-friendly place,

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free of crime.

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Something that shoppers and shop workers

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often complain to the neighbourhood teams about

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is people begging in the city centre.

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When Steve spots a homeless man who he suspects may be looking to beg,

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he acts firmly but fairly.

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Just a quick check. If there's nothing outstanding,

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I'll have a quick word and then you can be on your way.

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-OK, mate?

-Yeah.

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Three-zero, I'm on Silver Street.

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Can you oblige me with a person check, please? I have tried PNC.

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Just whilst I'm waiting for that,

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-where you living at the minute?

-Wherever I can get my head down.

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-Staying in a friend's tent sometimes.

-Mate, obviously,

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it's cold, I appreciate that.

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You are living a bit rough, but you can't sit down and beg in the street.

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-I've not asked anyone for anything.

-I haven't said I've seen you begging

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but you're also out there with your blanket and your kit,

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so do me a favour, mate. Obviously at this time of year, officers are out,

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they will challenge you. Just... look after yourself, all right?

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-OK, no problem.

-Take care, thanks for your time. Thank you.

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As the man moves on, Steve reflects on his predicament.

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I mean, I've got no doubt that he was setting himself up to beg,

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without any question, but obviously, living rough, isn't he?

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Shaking, obviously alcohol, I think would be the issue there,

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but he was decent enough.

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Further down the road,

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Steve comes across another homeless man.

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This time he's not begging, but street drinking in an area

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where consuming alcohol in public is banned.

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You know you can't sit here and drink beer, don't you?

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Just a minute, just before you go,

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I won't take your sealed ones off you.

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Just have a quick look at them, mate.

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It's all right, OK, mate.

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Can you do me a favour, will you put that empty can in your bag

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-and pop it in the bin for me when we get off?

-I don't mind.

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We'll be two minutes and then you can be on your way. Obviously,

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you know you shouldn't be sat here drinking beer. You know that, yeah?

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OK, mate, you can get off. All the best.

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Steve doesn't confiscate his alcohol on this occasion,

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but warns the man off and moves him on.

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As Steve continues his patrol, he comes across another problem.

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Three-zero, I'm on George Street, Grimston Street.

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I've just come across a vehicle

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that's got the front passenger window smashed.

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It bears all the hallmarks of a theft from.

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Can I pass you some details?

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It would appear, initially, that there are no suspects or witnesses.

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I'll just see if I've got sufficient for crime details

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and I'll add those to the log.

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The downside is, that's the only reason somebody's broken the window,

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because they've seen your mobile phone in there.

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-I know.

-I'm going to pop back to the office now,

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I'll get it crimed and I'll give you a bell.

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Whilst Steve continues being a bobby on the beat,

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the team who were earlier securing the derelict pub

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have already been tasked to their next job.

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We're on Prospect Street now, ready.

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We've got a team of three ready for you.

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They're responding to a call in a shopping precinct

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about three men acting suspiciously,

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the concern being they may be looking to shoplift.

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Retail theft costs the UK

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approximately £1 billion a year in lost earnings.

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The men who have been apprehended

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are in a store in the city's main shopping precinct.

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They were spotted by the in-store CCTV cameras,

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acting suspiciously in the aisles.

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The team take the suspects' details

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whilst they try to get to the bottom of what has, or has not, happened.

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Yeah, we've got three, we're talking at the moment.

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To avoid causing alarm to other shoppers,

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one of the men is taken to a detention room

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in the back of the shopping precinct.

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The police give the low-down on what they have found out so far.

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The other two lads, they're with the male

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that they've got in the detention room at the minute.

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Checks have been completed on the other two.

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Although they were in company with him,

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they've not actually committed any offences as such.

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Cos they've not done anything, we sent them on their way.

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They've been banned from the store.

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Do you understand what I'm saying?

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Well, go back to wherever you're going,

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don't be going round the shops

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because it's obvious what you're up to and everyone's watching you,

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so if you're out trying to commit further thefts,

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you won't be very successful and you'll end up in the cells.

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With the man released with a warning, the team explain

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why they had reasonable grounds to detain him in the first place.

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We know he was going to attempt to leave.

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He didn't have enough money to pay for what was in his basket,

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but we'd rather get in there and prevent the crime from happening

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than sit there and basically witness the commission of an offence.

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It's... He's in there, we've sent a message out to him

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that we're aware of him, we know what he's doing

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and he's not welcome in the city centre.

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For the neighbourhood team,

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warning people off committing an offence carries greater rewards

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than having to chase down a criminal and catch him in the act.

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Over a quarter of all calls the neighbourhood team receives

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relates to anti-social behaviour caused by youths.

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In Humberside, the police are always looking for new ways

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to put a stop to this problem.

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During the past three years,

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the number of teenagers who admit to drinking in public

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has soared to 70%.

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It's a growing problem across the country,

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and one the neighbourhood police teams are determined to stamp out.

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We did have it when the youngsters,

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there's a church next to us and they were sitting in the garden there

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-drinking and smashing bottles.

-Oh, yeah.

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We did have that for a few months, the summer before last,

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but the police soon sorted that out as well.

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In Hull, they've started an initiative

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to keep teenagers away from booze and give them a place to hang out.

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The council, in partnership with the police,

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run a special alcohol-free club night.

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PC Alan Cowley and the team are tasked with making sure

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that no-one tries to get into the club already tanked up,

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and it's not long before they spot some potential trouble-makers.

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-All right, boys, what we up to?

-Nothing. We're off in Pozition.

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You're off in Pozition, are you?

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You seem to be hiding on the benches away from me cos I was there.

0:17:120:17:16

-We're waiting for his girlfriend.

-Waiting for my mate.

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Waiting for your mate? He says you're waiting for his girlfriend.

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Are you? Where's she coming from, then?

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She's coming from, erm...

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her mam and dad's house.

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Coming from her mam and dad's house? All right, then.

0:17:270:17:30

How much have you had to drink tonight?

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Alan is unconvinced. The lads look worse for wear,

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and he suspects they are heading to the under-18s' nightclub.

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You've either smoked something or had something to drink tonight.

0:17:380:17:41

-No, I had a cig, that's it.

-You had a cig?

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-What was in the cig? Anything that shouldn't be?

-No.

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When you go to the door in there, they're going to breathalyse you.

0:17:470:17:49

-All right, then.

-We haven't had nowt to drink.

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Okey-dokey, then. So as I say...

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We're waiting here for his girlfriend cos she's got the tickets.

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You seem to be acting out the ordinary and keeping out my way.

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No, she's literally over there.

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-Have you started on a few?

-What do you mean, "started on a few"?

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-(LAUGHS)

-No, I haven't, no.

0:18:040:18:06

-All right, mate, have a nice night.

-See you later, cheers.

0:18:060:18:09

Those lads go on their way quietly, but further down the street

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Alan spots a group of youths hanging around the club

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that he suspects haven't been drinking lemonade all night.

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Just as we was approaching the club tonight,

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the three youngsters who I spoke to,

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I saw from a distance tossing aluminium cans away.

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Get them picked up and pop them in the bin for me.

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-Will do.

-Thank you.

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On speaking to them and asking them to pick the cans up,

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it was obvious their speeches were slurred and their eyes was glazed.

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How much have you been drinking tonight?

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-Nowt.

-No alcohol whatsoever?

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-No.

-Why's your speech slurred, then?

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-It ain't.

-It was.

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They've been drinking alcohol.

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For that reason, I've asked them to leave the area tonight.

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If they go in the club in that manner, they could cause problems.

0:18:520:18:55

What were you drinking? You've not just been drinking energy drinks.

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-No, nothing.

-Nowt at all?

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You stink of it. What you been drinking?

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-Just the one beer.

-Beers.

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-Just one.

-One beers.

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How old are you both?

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-Age?

-16.

-16.

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-17.

-17.

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-16.

-16.

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You're not going in here tonight, boys,

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because you've been drinking on the streets.

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You've had that energy drink, that's not just energy,

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I can tell by your eyes and the state of your speech, OK?

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So what I'm going to do is ask you all to leave the city centre

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-and not come back here tonight.

-All right.

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If you don't do that, I'm going to issue you with a Section 27 notice

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which'll order you to do it, and if you come back then

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or refuse to leave, you'll end up getting arrested.

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I'll not take that option at first, I'll ask you to leave the area.

0:19:400:19:43

All right? So you go and you don't come in here tonight.

0:19:430:19:45

Thank you very much.

0:19:470:19:49

One of the lads Alan sent on his way

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was just heard shouting abuse back at the police.

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Alan goes to check if he's still around.

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Just to make sure he goes. If he carries on playing the clown,

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I'll lock him up for drunk and disorderly.

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If he goes home and takes my advice, that's OK.

0:20:030:20:05

They took the option of running off up the street,

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so that'll solve that problem for tonight.

0:20:080:20:11

The lads getting sent on their way

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sends a warning to the queue of over 100 teenagers

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that's building up outside the club.

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-Steady breath into there for me.

-The place will be shut down

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if the no-alcohol ban is breached, and security teams stand on the door

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to spot-breathalyse everybody entering.

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It's preventative rather than reactive.

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We'd rather turn people away that have possibly had a drink

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zrather than get into fights later on

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and sort of criminalise themselves by getting arrested.

0:20:340:20:37

It's easier to turn them away and turn them back into the care of adults, really.

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With incidents of teenagers drinking on the streets

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having almost halved in Hull, the initiative seems to be working,

0:20:460:20:49

but the neighbourhood team always needs to be on hand

0:20:490:20:52

to pick up the pieces when things go wrong,

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as we find out later.

0:20:540:20:56

Coming up...

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Buster uses his crime-busting nose to sniff out a hidden stash.

0:21:020:21:05

Don't be silly.

0:21:060:21:08

And the classroom of children

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who get the chance to become young Sherlocks.

0:21:100:21:13

We need to treat this very seriously

0:21:130:21:16

because if me or PC Anderson go to a crime scene,

0:21:160:21:19

we can't just mess about and laugh. We've got to treat it seriously.

0:21:190:21:23

Earlier, a raid on a council estate

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saw two grandparents arrested,

0:21:330:21:36

but so far, no hard evidence has been found,

0:21:360:21:39

so it's time to send in the dogs.

0:21:390:21:42

Earlier on, when we came in,

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he declared there was a bit of cannabis and that amphetamine

0:21:430:21:46

that's been seized and taken over there,

0:21:460:21:48

but the dog's been knocking really hard on this. It's got some bags,

0:21:480:21:51

and did you get something else as well, Amanda? Or just...

0:21:510:21:54

-That.

-The little box...

0:21:540:21:56

-All right, yeah.

-..with a little bit of amphetamine as well.

0:21:560:21:59

But despite moving them, although it might just be residue left over,

0:21:590:22:02

the dog's really interested in this area

0:22:020:22:04

so we need to get stuck into that area.

0:22:040:22:06

The systemic search of the house is a slow process,

0:22:060:22:10

having to be all the more thorough because dealers are always coming up

0:22:100:22:14

with new and imaginative ways to hide their stash.

0:22:140:22:16

But the ever-eager Buster just keeps finding

0:22:160:22:19

more and more mini-stashes.

0:22:190:22:21

Another tin of cannabis this time.

0:22:220:22:24

Hang on.

0:22:240:22:25

Downstairs, the police make a discovery

0:22:250:22:28

that could place the suspects in even more hot water.

0:22:280:22:31

When we first looked under this table,

0:22:310:22:33

we looked up and wedged into the table,

0:22:330:22:35

literally, so that if anyone was at this table, they could...

0:22:350:22:38

It was hidden, but you could retrieve it from the table like that,

0:22:380:22:41

which obviously, if confronted with somebody like that,

0:22:410:22:44

would be very worrying. It turns out it's only a CO2 pistol,

0:22:440:22:47

but it's the fact that obviously it's exceptionally realistic-looking,

0:22:470:22:50

and if it was pointed at you, you would think

0:22:500:22:53

you were being pointed at with, you know, a fully lethal weapon.

0:22:530:22:57

As the high-low search of the house continues,

0:22:570:23:00

in the kitchen, Sergeant Coffey finds another dangerous weapon.

0:23:000:23:04

ELECTRICITY CRACKLES

0:23:040:23:06

That's a home-made electrical taser device, basically.

0:23:060:23:09

If you drove that into somebody, not only would they get

0:23:090:23:11

the prongs sticking in their flesh, but it'd give an electrical shock,

0:23:110:23:15

so that's actually a prohibited weapon.

0:23:150:23:17

It's not as if they've made it out of curiosity,

0:23:170:23:20

just to see if they could do one.

0:23:200:23:22

It's attached to here, sat charging, ready.

0:23:220:23:25

Hopefully, it'll fit into one of these.

0:23:250:23:28

As drugs and weapons continue to be gathered as evidence,

0:23:280:23:31

a visit from the local housing officer

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brings more bad news for the lady of the house,

0:23:330:23:35

who remains under detention in the living room.

0:23:350:23:38

-We'll be looking at serving notice on your property.

-For what?

0:23:380:23:41

Because obviously you're in breach of your tenancy agreement.

0:23:410:23:45

You have been causing a nuisance, you have had complaints.

0:23:450:23:49

From who?

0:23:490:23:50

From people living around here.

0:23:500:23:53

All right, we're walking out now.

0:23:530:23:55

No longer wanting to speak to the police,

0:23:550:23:58

the woman is now also taken to the station for formal questioning,

0:23:580:24:02

but in the back garden, Buster is still going strong

0:24:020:24:05

and has alerted the neighbourhood team to something suspicious

0:24:050:24:08

hidden in the garden shed.

0:24:080:24:09

I've just searched the shed. Buster was showing an interest in the shed,

0:24:090:24:13

and in the top up here,

0:24:130:24:15

there's been tucked that white block.

0:24:150:24:16

It may or may not be amphetamine,

0:24:160:24:18

but obviously the only way they'll know is testing it.

0:24:180:24:20

His dog was indicating real high up in the shed out there.

0:24:200:24:23

BUSTER BARKS

0:24:230:24:24

He's obviously still barking, excited.

0:24:240:24:26

He's found that hidden in the shed,

0:24:260:24:28

in the area the dog was indicating. We're not 100% certain what it is,

0:24:280:24:32

but there is a good possibility that it is amphetamine,

0:24:320:24:35

and the only way to be absolutely certain is to take it to a lab

0:24:350:24:38

and have it forensically tested, so that's the plan. Good find.

0:24:380:24:41

Couple of hundred quid there, won't there be?

0:24:410:24:44

As the search continues, as well as drugs,

0:24:470:24:49

more potential weapons are found.

0:24:490:24:51

If you were carrying that on the street

0:24:510:24:53

and your intention was to threaten somebody

0:24:530:24:56

or to cause somebody distress with it,

0:24:560:24:58

you would be committing a criminal offence,

0:24:580:25:00

and of course people use this thing

0:25:000:25:02

committing robberies and other such crimes,

0:25:020:25:05

and drug dealers use them to threaten one another,

0:25:050:25:07

because the weight and feel of that is very, very realistic

0:25:070:25:10

and I think if you was to go pointing that at an armed police officer

0:25:100:25:14

or make a threat, you would probably get yourself shot.

0:25:140:25:16

So we don't like to see these out and about.

0:25:160:25:20

The search is interrupted when the back doorbell goes.

0:25:210:25:24

On opening the door, there is a surprised-looking caller.

0:25:240:25:28

Because of what's happened at this address today,

0:25:280:25:30

as of this moment, you are detained for the purposes of the search.

0:25:300:25:33

Oh, for the search, all right.

0:25:330:25:34

-My colleague'll search you, all right?

-No worries.

0:25:340:25:37

-Is there anything that you've got on you now that you shouldn't have?

-No.

0:25:370:25:40

-All right, we'll go through it now, all right?

-No problem, yeah.

0:25:400:25:43

That is paraphernalia, but it's all clean.

0:25:430:25:46

The woman is given an on-the-spot search.

0:25:460:25:48

Coming up clean, she is free to go.

0:25:480:25:52

-All right.

-OK?

0:25:520:25:53

-Mind how you go.

-Thank you.

0:25:530:25:55

But she is a familiar face to the neighbourhood team.

0:25:550:25:57

The female is known to us,

0:25:570:25:59

and indeed, most of neighbourhood policing in Scunthorpe.

0:25:590:26:03

She is a drug user, OK?

0:26:030:26:05

And the intelligence we've received

0:26:050:26:07

is that people do come to the rear of this premises

0:26:070:26:11

when they wish to get their drugs, basically,

0:26:110:26:13

so to me, that simply validates what we're doing here.

0:26:130:26:17

She wasn't expecting that,

0:26:170:26:18

and no doubt got a rather unpleasant surprise.

0:26:180:26:21

All the evidence of drugs and weapons gathered

0:26:210:26:24

are taken away for examination.

0:26:240:26:26

Good ties with the community have seen the neighbourhood team

0:26:260:26:30

able to act on good information from locals,

0:26:300:26:33

who want to see their communities a safer place.

0:26:330:26:36

Before any further legal action was taken

0:26:360:26:39

with the male suspect in this case, he unfortunately passed away.

0:26:390:26:43

His wife received a police caution for possession of a Class B drug.

0:26:440:26:48

No further action was taken

0:26:480:26:50

in relation to any of the weapons uncovered at the house

0:26:500:26:52

and the taser was destroyed.

0:26:520:26:54

Teenage street drinking has become a major problem across the UK.

0:27:020:27:06

A quarter of 15-year-olds

0:27:060:27:08

say they regularly consume alcohol at least once a week.

0:27:080:27:12

PCSOs Vicky Barlow and Vicky Pennington

0:27:120:27:14

have picked up the reins of a patrol

0:27:140:27:16

looking for kids breaching the Hull city centre alcohol ban.

0:27:160:27:19

We'll be out either on foot or on cycle or, like this, on car,

0:27:190:27:22

in the car, where obviously we're covering a massive area,

0:27:220:27:26

and we've got the time to just drive up and down

0:27:260:27:30

any streets, any hot-spot areas, any problem areas.

0:27:300:27:33

The streets are quiet, but it's not long before

0:27:330:27:37

the pair spot a young man looking very much the worse for wear.

0:27:370:27:41

-You all right there?

-Yeah.

0:27:410:27:44

On your way home?

0:27:440:27:45

Are you all right?

0:27:480:27:50

-Yeah.

-Have you fallen over?

0:27:500:27:52

Can I go home?

0:27:540:27:55

-Course you can.

-Where's home?

0:27:550:27:57

Where do you live? You're not in trouble,

0:28:000:28:02

just saw you laid on the floor, making sure you're all right.

0:28:020:28:05

Whilst the police are not there to provide a child-minding service,

0:28:050:28:09

the man's drunken condition, coupled with freezing cold temperatures,

0:28:090:28:12

means they can't trust him to get home alone.

0:28:120:28:15

Knowing there's not much point in giving him a telling-off

0:28:150:28:18

in his current condition, they take the softly-softly approach.

0:28:180:28:22

Don't worry about it.

0:28:220:28:24

Are you going to be able to walk or do we need to take you home?

0:28:240:28:27

Are you going to be all right?

0:28:270:28:30

They decide it's safest to give him a lift home,

0:28:310:28:34

provided he knows where he lives.

0:28:340:28:36

-Like I said, if you're going to be sick, let us know, won't you?

-Yeah.

0:28:380:28:42

-Good lad.

-Sorry.

-Don't apologise.

0:28:420:28:44

Finally, he provides them with an address,

0:28:440:28:47

and the officers can drop him off there.

0:28:470:28:50

HE HICCUPS

0:28:510:28:52

Can you manage?

0:28:590:29:01

HE HICCUPS

0:29:010:29:02

What Mum and Dad will think about him coming home in such a state

0:29:070:29:11

remains to be seen.

0:29:110:29:12

The back seat of the police car may have had a lucky escape,

0:29:120:29:15

but the same can't be said for the doorstep.

0:29:150:29:18

Let's just hope he's taken them to the right house.

0:29:180:29:21

You don't have to apologise to us, fella.

0:29:210:29:23

Mum'll probably make you clean it up in the morning.

0:29:230:29:27

-Does this one belong to you?

-Yeah.

0:29:270:29:29

Can we leave him with you? We just found him laid out on Newbridge Road.

0:29:290:29:33

Just bring him in a minute.

0:29:330:29:35

Come on, then, we'll keep you upright.

0:29:350:29:38

Sorry.

0:29:380:29:39

Vicky explains to the boy's parents that he must not drink

0:29:410:29:44

or be found drunk in the controlled alcohol zone again,

0:29:440:29:47

but they also find out that there were other factors in play

0:29:470:29:51

that caused him to fall into such a state.

0:29:510:29:54

He's on some kind of medication

0:29:550:29:57

where he's not supposed to have too much to drink,

0:29:570:29:59

but at least he's not passed out.

0:29:590:30:02

With the lad now safely tucked up in bed,

0:30:020:30:04

the two Vickys return to their patrol,

0:30:040:30:06

hoping they don't have to nurse any more teenagers

0:30:060:30:09

who have gotten on the wrong side of the beer can, as well as the law.

0:30:090:30:13

All across Humberside,

0:30:170:30:19

neighbourhood police officers get inundated with calls from the public

0:30:190:30:22

about problems taking place on their doorsteps.

0:30:220:30:25

It's up to the police to review these complaints

0:30:250:30:28

and to allay residents' concerns.

0:30:280:30:30

Today, PCSO Shaun Casson is looking at any complaints

0:30:330:30:37

that have come in from the public overnight.

0:30:370:30:39

This morning, I've looked through the intelligence reports

0:30:390:30:43

and we've come up an address, on north Hull,

0:30:430:30:45

which we're going go do what we call a door-knock

0:30:450:30:49

and see if we can talk to that person relating to him growing cannabis.

0:30:490:30:53

Home-growing of cannabis has escalated in the past few years,

0:30:530:30:56

with the majority of the UK's illegal supply

0:30:560:30:59

coming not just from gangs who cultivate it on an industrial scale,

0:30:590:31:03

but individuals who grow it in spare bedrooms, lofts and sheds.

0:31:030:31:08

The team suit up and head in convoy to the destination.

0:31:080:31:11

They carry out dozens of these kinds of raids every month,

0:31:110:31:16

and have scored major successes

0:31:160:31:18

at keeping drugs off the city's streets.

0:31:180:31:21

And these kinds of high-visibility raids reassure the public

0:31:210:31:24

that the police are doing everything they can

0:31:240:31:26

to make their communities a safer place.

0:31:260:31:29

Mick could break the door in,

0:31:290:31:30

but decides to take the softly-softly approach...

0:31:300:31:33

-Mr

-BLEEP,

-come down to the door, please.

0:31:330:31:35

..and ask the householder to come and speak with him.

0:31:350:31:38

Morning, how are you?

0:31:380:31:40

Can I just come in and have a word with you?

0:31:400:31:42

Thank you very much.

0:31:420:31:43

Once inside, Mick announces the reason for the team's visit.

0:31:430:31:48

I'm Sergeant Stevenson from the Community Reassurance Team, OK?

0:31:480:31:51

These people with me are obviously my staff.

0:31:510:31:53

DOG BARKS We've come because we had a complaint

0:31:530:31:56

that there's a strong smell of cannabis coming from your address,

0:31:560:31:59

and as soon as you opened the door, first thing I smelled was cannabis.

0:31:590:32:02

Are you growing cannabis at this address?

0:32:020:32:05

The man says he isn't. Behind closed doors, Mick tells the man

0:32:050:32:09

he's going to act on his suspicions and search the property,

0:32:090:32:12

-the hard way or the easy way.

-Let me just explain something to you -

0:32:120:32:15

if you won't allow us to search with consent,

0:32:150:32:18

then, because I can smell cannabis, that gives me reasonable suspicion,

0:32:180:32:21

and I'm going to arrest you,

0:32:210:32:23

but if I arrest you, you will stay arrested. All right?

0:32:230:32:27

If you give us consent and we look round and we do find something,

0:32:270:32:31

there's always the possibility that you won't get arrested

0:32:310:32:33

and we'll interview you at the address.

0:32:330:32:35

I'm explaining it to you, so you know...

0:32:350:32:37

The man admits to having one plant.

0:32:370:32:39

I'll explain it to you so you know where we stand.

0:32:390:32:41

Because you just said you have one plant,

0:32:410:32:43

I'm now going to caution you and tell you, you don't have to say anything,

0:32:430:32:46

but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned

0:32:460:32:49

something which you later rely on in court.

0:32:490:32:51

Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Do you understand that?

0:32:510:32:55

All right, mate. Now you're under caution, be careful what you say.

0:32:550:32:58

Are you going to allow us to search with consent?

0:32:580:33:01

You are? OK.

0:33:010:33:03

Going to have a quick look upstairs.

0:33:030:33:05

With the law laid down, the team commence their search,

0:33:050:33:09

and Shaun's experience leads him

0:33:090:33:11

straight to the heart of the home-growing operation.

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And he's used the second bedroom.

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As you can see, he's put this plastic sheeting across.

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It's just a basic set-up.

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This is a basic set-up. He's got just that one plant growing there,

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plus he's had a little cutting off that one

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and some cuttings off this small one here.

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So far, they have found the one plant the man admitted to,

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but Shaun's keen nose leads him through to the other bedroom.

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This wardrobe here has got three small ones.

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But it's not the first time

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the man has been found growing cannabis at home,

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which places him in a more serious position as a repeat offender,

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which this time could even see him made homeless.

0:34:020:34:05

What's happened at this address is,

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because we've found cannabis plants being grown again,

0:34:070:34:10

this is the second occasion in council property,

0:34:100:34:13

so on this occasion, he's being arrested

0:34:130:34:15

and he's now going into custody at Priory Road Police Station.

0:34:150:34:20

We've got the neighbourhood nuisance team down.

0:34:200:34:23

They'll photograph the property

0:34:230:34:24

as well as our crime scene investigator,

0:34:240:34:27

and they'll take their own independent action

0:34:270:34:29

in relation to tenancy enforcement,

0:34:290:34:31

and I would imagine on this occasion, he'll probably get evicted.

0:34:310:34:34

A further search of the house

0:34:340:34:37

turns up some evidence of cannabis dried for use.

0:34:370:34:40

These have obviously been full at one point

0:34:400:34:42

cos they've all got remnants of cannabis in them.

0:34:420:34:44

Clearly, he's had some pretty decent grows in that room at the back.

0:34:440:34:48

There's three plants in the front bedroom

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which are growing inside a wardrobe.

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They're about nine or ten inches tall altogether.

0:34:520:34:54

They look relatively healthy

0:34:540:34:56

and they're just growing under a single normal light-bulb.

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They look as though they've got some way to go yet

0:35:010:35:05

before they're fully grown

0:35:050:35:07

and they'll be ready for harvest.

0:35:070:35:09

In the back bedroom, there's another plant, which is more established

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and it's quite bushy and quite well on the way to being fully grown.

0:35:120:35:15

It's had a couple of other plants growing in there too

0:35:150:35:18

which appear to have died, either through neglect

0:35:180:35:22

or they've just not established themselves properly.

0:35:220:35:25

So, in total we've found four plants.

0:35:250:35:27

The team does an inventory

0:35:270:35:29

of the drugs and the associated growing paraphernalia

0:35:290:35:32

they have found in the search.

0:35:320:35:33

The strong police presence on the street sends a sign to residents

0:35:360:35:40

that the neighbourhood team take their complaints seriously,

0:35:400:35:42

and also sends a warning to criminals

0:35:420:35:45

that they will not hesitate to take action

0:35:450:35:47

to put a stop to criminal wrong-doing.

0:35:470:35:50

The man was found guilty of possession

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of a Class B controlled drug and was fined £100, plus costs.

0:35:570:36:02

In the Humberside Police region,

0:36:060:36:08

the team are looking to get the youngest members of the community

0:36:080:36:11

on side in the fight against house burglars.

0:36:110:36:15

A new scheme sees officers Paul and Andy

0:36:150:36:18

turn a classroom into a crime scene.

0:36:180:36:20

Neighbourhood teams are a familiar face to pupils and teachers,

0:36:210:36:24

during both good times and bad.

0:36:240:36:27

Generally, most PCSOs are spot for certain schools

0:36:270:36:31

and it's their job to go into the schools,

0:36:310:36:33

liaise with the staff and pupils, ensure things go OK.

0:36:330:36:37

Through my role, I've been invited

0:36:370:36:39

onto the governors' board at that school as well,

0:36:390:36:42

so I've got a good relationship,

0:36:420:36:43

good understanding with the staff and pupils at the school.

0:36:430:36:46

To complement the regional crackdown on break-ins,

0:36:490:36:52

Paul and Andy have come up with a fun way to teach children

0:36:520:36:56

about the work of police officers in catching burglars.

0:36:560:36:59

They turn the classroom into a ransacked living room

0:36:590:37:02

and leave behind some clues.

0:37:020:37:03

'We also want to try and get them to work out'

0:37:030:37:06

how he's got in, which way he's gone, what he's tried to do,

0:37:060:37:09

what he's tried not to do, so it's not just about finding the evidence,

0:37:090:37:12

it's also finding the method, the way in which they've come out,

0:37:120:37:16

the way they've gone out.

0:37:160:37:18

Hopefully, they'll pick up on a lot of it

0:37:180:37:21

and hopefully, they'll all get some good clues together

0:37:210:37:24

and piece the story together

0:37:240:37:27

The budding detectives listen as the police tell them what lies ahead.

0:37:270:37:32

We need to treat this very seriously

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because if me or PC Anderson go to a crime scene,

0:37:340:37:37

we can't just mess about and laugh. We've got to treat it seriously.

0:37:370:37:41

Because it's a crime scene,

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once you get in there,

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you're not allowed to touch anything. OK?

0:37:450:37:48

Does anyone know why?

0:37:480:37:50

Because they might have fingerprints on.

0:37:520:37:54

Mmm. So, we're going in,

0:37:540:37:56

we're looking for clues how they broke in,

0:37:560:37:58

what they've been looking at, what they might have been searching for

0:37:580:38:02

and the means they've used to actually break into the school.

0:38:020:38:06

There's some obvious clues in there,

0:38:060:38:08

but there's also some really hard clues in there.

0:38:080:38:14

The young Sherlocks begin surveying the crime scene

0:38:190:38:22

and make a note of everything

0:38:220:38:24

they think may be a clue as to what happened.

0:38:240:38:27

Time's up. Andy musters the group back together.

0:38:310:38:34

Is this everybody?

0:38:360:38:37

-The jungle.

-The jungle!

0:38:370:38:39

Crowbar -

0:38:390:38:41

so he might have used that to do what?

0:38:410:38:43

-To get in.

-To get in, yeah.

0:38:430:38:45

And how did he get in?

0:38:450:38:47

One young lad picked up on a very important clue.

0:38:470:38:49

They've reached their arm in, put the key in

0:38:490:38:53

and then, because they've cut themselves on the arm,

0:38:530:38:56

they went over to the tap, got a paper towel

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and left some blood on it.

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The idea that the burglar may have been injured during the break-in

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-sets the young minds racing.

-He had blood on his hand, on his arm.

0:39:040:39:08

-Mr Norton?

-Yeah.

-The school caretaker?

0:39:080:39:11

-Yeah.

-Yeah!

-Just a minute!

0:39:110:39:14

We can get in a lot of trouble for even suspecting him of doing it,

0:39:140:39:18

so let's just hear him out, let's hear what his story is first.

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Come in. Sorry, come in.

0:39:220:39:24

-Oh, right.

-You know, Kim asked us to come

0:39:240:39:28

-and have a look at this burglary?

-Yeah, the burglary.

0:39:280:39:32

Our SOCO officers have had a day off,

0:39:320:39:34

-so we've had to use these pupils to help.

-Right.

-OK?

0:39:340:39:38

For some bizarre reason, they think it was you.

0:39:380:39:41

-Me?

-Yeah!

-What happened to your arm?

0:39:410:39:44

-I just cut it when I was in my shed last night.

-Shed, OK.

0:39:440:39:47

-Yeah, I just cut it on a nail, like, so...

-Do we believe him?

0:39:470:39:50

No!

0:39:500:39:52

Right, hands down.

0:39:520:39:54

Right, OK, where was you last night?

0:39:540:39:56

I was at home, yeah, I was at home watching telly.

0:39:560:39:58

-Can anyone prove that?

-There was a football match on.

0:39:580:40:01

Yeah, my wife. Me and the wife watched that football match, yeah.

0:40:010:40:04

- Hang on. - What football match was it?

0:40:040:40:06

Went to penalties, Crystal Palace.

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But I went out with your wife last night.

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CHILDREN: Ooh!

0:40:110:40:12

Thank you, Mrs Woods.

0:40:120:40:14

-He's lied.

-Why would he lie, then?

0:40:140:40:18

If he's lying, why would he lie?

0:40:180:40:19

To get out of trouble, to blame someone else.

0:40:190:40:22

Mr Norton has a car

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which the police and the junior detectives want to inspect.

0:40:240:40:27

Aww!

0:40:270:40:30

How's that got in there?

0:40:300:40:33

-Do you think I've got enough evidence to arrest him now?

-Yeah!

0:40:330:40:36

-Right then, sir.

-Oh, dear.

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CHILDREN LAUGH

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Due to the fact you've got stolen items

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or items believed to be stolen in the boot of your car,

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-I'm arresting you on suspicion of burglary.

-Oh, no!

0:40:440:40:46

-You're nicked!

-Oh, no!

0:40:460:40:49

'Could tell by their faces they enjoyed it, they loved it.'

0:40:500:40:53

And they've been round school telling everybody

0:40:530:40:55

exactly what they've been doing.

0:40:550:40:57

In fact, a couple of the teachers even said to me,

0:40:570:40:59

"Oh, you did this, you did that, you did the other,"

0:40:590:41:02

so they took it all in.

0:41:020:41:03

You could tell by their faces, they thoroughly enjoyed it, yeah.

0:41:030:41:07

What would you like to say?

0:41:070:41:09

Thank you!

0:41:090:41:10

'They really enjoyed it, they were really inquisitive,'

0:41:100:41:13

they worked the clues out well, they put the story together

0:41:130:41:16

and we got the suspect in the end.

0:41:160:41:19

As I say, they all did really well.

0:41:190:41:21

Another job well done.

0:41:210:41:23

Yeah, if only every burglary was that easy.

0:41:230:41:26

As we've seen today,

0:41:310:41:32

neighbourhood policing teams are there to listen to the public,

0:41:320:41:36

act upon their concerns and cut crime,

0:41:360:41:38

but they need local people to stay on side

0:41:380:41:40

or this style of policing to work,

0:41:400:41:43

and the only way that can happen is if they continue to deliver results.

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Always looking to right the wrongs that bring good neighbourhoods down, the Police are once again rising to the challenge of making the streets a safer place. With teenage drinking on the rise the Humberside Neighbourhood Team launch a new initiative to keep the streets free of youngsters looking to take a wrong turn with the bad stuff. Following complaints from residents, the police continue their ongoing initiative to rid housing estates of drugs. In a bid to raise crime awareness amongst youngsters, the team visits a primary school where they turn a classroom into a crime scene. Can the budding young Sherlocks find enough clues to give the real police a run for their money in the crime detection stakes?


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