Episode 6 Neighbourhood Blues


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Documentary series. A plush home is found to be hiding a secret when the team launch a dawn raid and uncover a cannabis farm hiding behind the chintz curtains.


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Neighbourhood policing has come a long way 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 are on the front line.

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INDISTINCT VOICES

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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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-Have you been drinking today?

-No.

-Why is your speech slurred, then?

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

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VOICE FROM WALKIE-TALKIE

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-Who do you think you are?

-BLEEP.

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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 are now under arrest 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, the neighbourhood team go after the dodgy dealers

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selling counterfeit wares.

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In his pocket we've got a small bag with about...

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Says about 100 tablets there.

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We go inside the imposing mansion house hiding a very weedy little secret.

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-Police!

-Police!

-Police!

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SHOUTING

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And after a neighbourhood officer spots a puppy

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in the garden of a woman banned from owning dogs, the RSPCA move in.

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So, we can do it now difficult way, or we can do it now the easy way. It's entirely up to you.

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The police are often criticised for not being tough enough

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on the types of everyday crimes that can ruin people's lives.

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Neighbourhood policing was brought in to change this and,

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at the same time, make the police more approachable.

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But are they really making a difference?

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Community policing has been in place across the UK for some time,

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but it has taken a lot of work to get the public on side.

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I think neighbourhood police teams do a great job.

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I live very near to a very large council estate,

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and so you would think there would be quite...problems from there,

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but there isn't, and I think that's due to the fact that the police are visual in our area.

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They seem to be able to engage people a lot more on a human level than they used to.

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Across the Humberside police area, the neighbourhood teams believe that by winning the trust of the public,

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they are beginning to see a significant drop in the types of

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grass root crime that can blight everyday life.

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A major way the police connect with the community is by making themselves available

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and approachable to listen to criticisms and concerns.

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Being there to talk to people as they do their weekly shop is a clever way of doing this.

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Today we're doing a drop-in surgery at Asda in Scunthorpe,

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meeting with the members of the public, letting them speak to us...

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..and if they want to ask us any questions, we can give them advice, crime prevention advice.

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Local man Benny knows first-hand the difference community policing has made where he lives.

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Sorting things out. And they have sorted things out.

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Over the past ten years, as he will tell you,

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it's gone from before you couldn't walk out the house, you couldn't leave it,

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without getting into an argument with somebody or something.

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Well, now, different altogether.

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Everybody talks to each other, is civil and that's it.

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We're neighbours.

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It's all down to the hard work of these and the council.

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but they've had to gain the trust, and we've had to gain the trust of them.

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See you. Ta-da.

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To be fair, Benny was one of the ones who, when we first started...

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He did talk to us, didn't he?

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He did, but he was a bit... He was a bit anti, he was a bit anti-police, to be fair.

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It's crucial for the police to foster good relations with locals like Benny,

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because it means they are much more likely

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to come forward with any worries or concerns about criminal activity in their area.

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There you are, young man, would you like a balloon?

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And, as we're about to find out, this information-sharing can lead to the neighbourhood team

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scoring major results that make headlines nationwide.

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Every day, neighbourhood police officers take dozens of calls from worried residents

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concerned about drug dealing and taking where they live.

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These tip-offs are often turned into action plans that have seen the teams

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launch a massive offensive against the drug trade in the region.

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Who do you think you are?

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I don't give a...

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-Full of it, in there.

-About 22 missed calls on this phone.

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If I was to hazard a guess, I would say that was a dealer's phone, yeah.

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Showing that even suburbia doesn't escape unscathed

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from the scourge of drugs,

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suspicions have been raised by comings and goings at a luxury home

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that could be hiding a secret behind the curtains.

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Sergeant Colin Jarratt has picked up the case,

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and has been granted a warrant to launch a raid on the property.

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He briefs his team of over 20 officers.

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First thing that we're going to do, we'll get the house surrounded.

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Force entry or we'll get entry to the property,

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we'll keep the surround on, because then we'll be looking at doing a systematic search of the house.

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If we let our guard down on the outside, anyone can do a runner.

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We're going to come from the Waltham direction,

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all the way down through Waltham Road.

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-Right, so it's this side that we're going to be going to?

-Yep.

-This one here?

-Yep.

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The main thing is making sure that you're

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looking after and looking out for yours and your colleagues' welfare.

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With the crew up to speed on the job,

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they head off in convoy to the location.

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The neighbourhood team are hoping that upmarket suburbia

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may just be the perfect cover for a major criminal to operate out of.

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On arrival at the house, Colin musters his men into two groups -

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a strike unit to enter the house, and a group to create a cordon.

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Got them ladders, Paul? Because there's gates here.

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The police need to lock down the grounds of the property to prevent anyone escaping.

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Mindful that a watchman may have seen them coming,

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the team move in fast, entering the property by force.

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We'll get through, we just need the crow bar.

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-Police!

-Police!

-Police!

-Police!

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On entering the house, they begin a systematic sweep of the rooms,

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looking for any signs of criminals or crime.

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The house is suspiciously empty of furniture, and the curtains are all drawn.

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As the search inside heightens,

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outside the lock-down unit patrol the grounds, looking to catch any would-be fugitives.

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Police!

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Back inside, the team score their first arrest in one of the empty bedrooms.

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-Clear.

-Police!

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-INDISTINCT SHOUTING

-I've got one here!

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There's a Vietnamese man looking to make a break for it.

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Police!

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Further down the corridor, the first signs of equipment

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used for industrial-scale cannabis farming are found,

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including a fuse box wired to draw large quantities of electricity off the grid,

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to possibly power growing lamps.

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When an officer draws back a plastic curtain,

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every suspicion they ever had is confirmed.

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They find dozens of cannabis plants carefully potted and cultivated under hot lamps.

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With one suspect apprehended and evidence of cannabis production unearthed,

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the team send in the sniffer dog to track down more culprits and cannabis.

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No, come. Frosco, come.

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So he's just running round on his own at the moment,

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now we're just going to do what we call a systematic search.

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The dog leads his handler down another corridor to another room filled with potted cannabis plants.

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It's quickly becoming apparent that this is a large-scale growing operation

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worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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And the dog isn't done yet.

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His nose is thousands of times more sensitive than a human being's,

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and, as we find out later,

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the type of bark he's giving tells his handler he's caught a whiff of something or someone.

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The dog's barking to tell me there's people up there.

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Putting the bad boys of the drug trade out of business

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makes big headlines for the neighbourhood teams,

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but more important is the work they do building close ties with the local community.

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This can lead to information about crimes being passed from the public to the police,

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and it's not just the welfare of people the teams are concerned about.

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Each year, the RSPCA seize tens of thousands of pets from owners.

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BARKING

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BARKING

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Most of these irresponsible owners are then banned from keeping animals.

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Malnourished.

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He seems to be having difficulty walking on his back legs.

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I don't know whether it's a disability.

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But for some, this isn't enough of a deterrent.

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Today, one of the neighbourhood teams has given PC Rich Watson

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some worrying information about a young dog being kept nearby.

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Yesterday, one of our PCSOs has spotted an akita puppy

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in the back garden of a property nearby. No shelter for the puppy.

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It transpires that, through checks made,

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that the lady who lives at that address who has this dog,

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she's actually been issued with a ten-year banning order on dogs,

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so she's not allowed to keep dogs, and it would appear that she has yet another dog.

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So we're going to go around there now, seize the dog from her,

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and the RSPCA officer will deal with her for the relevant offences.

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It's RSPCA inspector Sarah Keith who will seize any dogs they find

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being kept illegally at the property.

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I've come to see you, mate. It's about your dog.

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Why, what about it?

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Rich and Sarah head to the house.

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On the way they meet the woman's partner.

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Is the dog in the house?

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-Is

-BLEEP

-in?

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We need to speak to her.

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I need to interview her in relation to breaching her disqualification.

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We can arrest her now, because that is an arrestable offence for breach of disqualification.

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if there's issues over the dog and the way the dog's being kept,

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you can be interviewed in relation to that.

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So we can do it now the difficult way, or we can do it now the easy way, it's entirely up to you.

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Do you want to show me where the dog is at the moment and where it's being kept,

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and I'll decide whether I need to interview you, as well?

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She's got a ten-year ban from dogs, so she's the registered tenant at the address,

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there is a dog living at the address, so she's in breach of her disqualification.

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So we're here today to get the dog and interview her about that offence.

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They head inside to speak to the woman,

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but a tough line needs to be taken by both Sarah and Rich to get to the dog.

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-She's in breach of the disqualification order.

-It's my dog.

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I don't care. It's in her house.

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You don't live here, do you? Officially?

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-So basically,

-BLEEP,

-we're seizing your dog, all right?

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It's under Section 19 of PACE.

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The puppy is seized,

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and Sarah's relieved to find him in a reasonably good condition.

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It's in reasonable nick, yes. The girl who was being interviewed is claiming it's not her dog,

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and it belongs to her boyfriend who lives at the address

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but isn't actually registered as living there as far as the council are concerned.

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The likelihood is we will have to wait and make the...

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Let the courts decide, make a decision as to the fate of this dog.

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Find out later if his owner will face prosecution.

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The UK trade in fake designer gear

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is worth over a billion pounds a year.

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Eager for a bargain, many people don't think twice

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about picking up an imitation at a fraction of the high street price.

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Many of these knock-offs are made in sweatshops from materials

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that are toxic and the proceeds used to fund drug-smuggling and people trafficking.

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Across the country, people are getting wise to the dangers.

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Counterfeit goods being sold without the quality control is wrong. It's wrong to very wrong.

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You get issues obviously with toys that are made abroad

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and have dangerous paints on them, dangerous dyes in them.

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They're not well put together, and you take them apart and they've got sharp edges.

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I think it's... Counterfeit goods starts from being bad to going to be extremely serious.

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I think especially with children's toys, it's kind of horrendous because

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especially, you know, when you hear all the stories of there being lead paint being used

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and things like that, and there can't be that kind of quality control with counterfeits,

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so it's a big problem.

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He went out, he came back in.

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Over in Hull, a dramatic rise in the sale of counterfeit goods

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at market stalls and by street pedlars has seen the team take action.

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I'm going down to work with one of our partner agencies,

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Trading Standards.

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We're going to be working at one of the local markets

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where they believe that there are some counterfeit toys being sold.

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They're dangerous, they can fall apart, they can injure children.

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People are buying these, they're buying them cheap,

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they think they're getting the real thing, and it isn't.

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Last year, thousands of counterfeit toys were seized in Hull.

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The neighbourhood team have arranged to meet Trading Standards officers in a market car park,

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and they will be on hand to provide support when they seize any goods.

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Yeah, yeah. Are you splitting into two separate teams?

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-Yeah, if you follow on behind.

-Yeah.

-In about a minute or so.

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Yeah, no problem.

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Penalties for those caught selling fake goods

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can be as much as a £5,000 fine or six months in prison.

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It's confirmed this is the stall they're after,

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so with the help of the neighbourhood team, Trading Standards begin seizing the goods.

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They're obviously being quite compliant at the minute, as you can probably tell.

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Which is good, which is always nice.

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But this doesn't seem to be putting off the shoppers.

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It just amazes me, the amount of people that are still coming up.

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They can see, we're quite obviously taking things off the stall,

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they're being bagged up, you know, we're here, Trading Standards are here,

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and yet people are still trying to buy things. It beggars belief sometimes.

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Counterfeit toys are often poorly made and don't meet safety standards.

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With the potentially hazardous goods off the stall,

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Lorraine now wants to ID the trader.

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It's PC Summerfield, I'm just down on Walton Street Market at the moment.

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Could you oblige me with a person check, please?

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But the details he's giving Lorraine just don't add up.

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Have you got any bank cards or anything on you to prove your name?

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Driving licence?

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-Am I not down at that address?

-No, you're not down at that address,

-BLEEP.

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Are you registered as a voter there?

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-I haven't voted since I've been there, so probably not.

-Right.

-Should be that address, though.

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With no trace of the man on the police database, Lorraine decides to ask around

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the other traders if they know him, and she gets to put a name to the face.

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The hat man knows you, he knows your name.

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-Do you know his surname?

-BLEEP.

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LORRAINE LAUGHS

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With the named trader now placed under investigation, the team head back to the station.

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No, no trouble. Everybody was compliant.

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All details obtained, no issues.

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Really we were just there to sort of stand by, just in case it did get a bit heated,

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but thankfully it never, which is always nice.

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Still to come, the neighbourhood team go after the dodgy dealers selling counterfeit wares.

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-Police!

-Police!

-Police!

-Police!

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Earlier, the team raided a very unlikely looking drugs factory,

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housed in an executive-style home.

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On searching the property, they found cannabis ready to crop with a street value of £113,000.

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The sniffer dog may be done with searching out the drugs,

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but something or, more precisely, someone has caught his attention.

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DOG BARKS

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Up in the attic. The dog's barking to tell me there's people up there.

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The officers enter the attic space through a trap door.

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Hiding amongst the shadows in the rafters is another Vietnamese man.

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With two arrests under their belt, Colin Jarratt marshals the team

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into a fresh search group to explore the vast and rambling mansion.

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We'll get these sorted and then we'll have a good look around and see the exact scale of it.

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-C'mon.

-He's cleared the building now,

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we've just told them there's someone in the loft.

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It's bone time for the sniffer dog who, with his job done, is taken for a well-earned treat.

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Do you understand English?

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Back outside, another officer is taking one of the apprehended men to the van

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so he can be transferred to custody for questioning.

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Stand there for me, I'm going to search your pockets, OK?

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Just in case he's got any objects.

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Obviously he's going in the back of the van now,

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whether he's got any objects on him that obviously he can

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cause harm to himself with or harm to anybody else.

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It's a cursory search before we get him to custody.

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Step up there.

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Just have a seat. Sit down for me please, sit down.

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The heavy police presence on this normally peaceful street is beginning to attract a crowd.

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Somebody just phoned me this morning who'd driven through the village and said, "What's going on?",

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and I wasn't aware of anything, so I just had a walk down to see what was happening.

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And it seems the neighbourhood team get a big thumbs up from local people

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for the interest they take relating to residents' concerns about crime.

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In Waltham, they come along to the parish council meetings,

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give regular reports to the parish council.

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They even use the parish office in Waltham as one of their local bases,

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so it's a very effective partnership.

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Back inside the house, the neighbourhood team

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comb the property for further evidence linked to the manufacturing and distribution of drugs.

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A hot spot is identified in the garage,

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where assorted gardening gear and tied sacks filled to the brim demand Colin's close scrutiny.

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They've clearly had a crop. What's in the bags, do we know?

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-Soil.

-Soil? Is it in all of these?

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-No.

-No?

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This could be the crop.

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And on opening one of the bags, it's apparent that the team have hit the jackpot.

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That's, that's the cannabis leaf that's been cropped, by the looks of that.

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While some of the evidence of cannabis production will be bagged

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to be used at trial, the majority of the crop is uprooted.

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It'll be sent for immediate destruction at a furnace facility

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used by the police to destroy the spoils and wares of crime.

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Are we smashing a hole in this?

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Yeah, one more. Even the new ones.

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Another problem Colin needs to tackle is to get the experts in to make the illegal wiring safe.

0:20:300:20:36

Could you contact the Electricity Board, please,

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and arrange for someone to come down and isolate this property?

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There is a bypass here.

0:20:420:20:44

Scenes of crime officers and CID have also arrived on the scene,

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looking for any identifying marks that can link the criminals

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to the cultivation of cannabis.

0:20:510:20:53

-Is it off?

-Well, there's still lights on in there.

0:20:530:20:55

And it's not just extra coppers who've arrived to take a look.

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As we find out later, the team round up their suspects

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and begin to examine the major haul of illegal drugs.

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In Hull, the team have been launching a crackdown to put people

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who trade in counterfeit goods out of business.

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They know that market stalls can also be outlets for stolen goods,

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and it's an illegal trade they're determined to call shop on.

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I know the damage counterfeit goods could do to the perfume industry, the make-up industry.

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I think people, most people, are pretty aware

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if they go to a market and find something really cheap,

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you know, I'd certainly know that there was something suspicious about it.

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I think I'm always really wary of counterfeit goods.

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I would be, especially buying something on a market stall that's clearly branded,

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a brand that you would maybe know and that you wouldn't necessarily expect to see on a market stall.

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I think I would personally be really wary of buying it.

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But I have, I bought perfume once that was sort of quite a big brand,

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and it was clearly not the real perfume. It was actually really horrible.

0:21:590:22:03

The neighbourhood team have got a suspect on their books that they've been monitoring for some time.

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Information suggests he is not only selling fake goods, but also

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genuine designer gear stolen from freight trucks, offloading it

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to market stall owners and independent retailers in the region.

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Sergeant Mick Stevenson updates his team on the intel

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they have on the suspect.

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About eight weeks ago, CRT and Trading Standards did a joint operation

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on the market in relation to counterfeit goods.

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Now, we seized about 1,000 items.

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Of those 1,000 items, about £100,000 worth has already come back as being counterfeit.

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But from this one particular guy, we seized about 605 items

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out the back of his lorry that, at the time, we thought were counterfeit.

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But it's transpired that they are not.

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They'd actually been stolen in thefts-cum-robberies from HGVs in the West Midlands area.

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-On one job, there was a million pounds' worth of

-BLEEP

-jeans stolen,

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-and the bulk of what we recovered the other week is

-BLEEP

-jeans.

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The team are going to try to intercept the suspect before dawn.

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He's due to make a delivery of goods to traders at the local street market,

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but instead of buyers, he's about to be greeted by the coppers.

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OK, soon as we sight him, we'll let you know.

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They put the area under surveillance and sit and wait.

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We'll let you know when it passes by, we'll follow it down,

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and then we'll let you do the dirty deed at that end. Over.

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'Roger.'

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After a few minutes, they spot the suspect's vehicle.

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He's just coming on now, followed by a smaller, white van.

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He's taken the first right into Walton Street Market.

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No sooner has he stepped out of his van, the team move in to arrest him.

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To let you know we've been doing some enquiries in relation to that property

0:23:520:23:57

-that we seized from you the other week.

-Yeah.

0:23:570:23:59

-And it's, it's come back as stolen property.

-Right.

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-So obviously we need to speak to you about that.

-Right, yeah.

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As the cuffs go on, the police break more bad news -

0:24:070:24:10

he's not just losing his dodgy stock, but his truck too.

0:24:100:24:15

-Mr

-BLEEP,

-what we're going to do,

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because your vehicle has obviously been used in the commission of crime,

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i.e., the last time that we seized the articles from you,

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and there's possibly some more this time, we're going to seize the vehicle.

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so we're going to recover it to the police station at the moment.

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Both the man and his van are taken back to the station so the team can investigate further.

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As day breaks, the team make an inventory of the contents of the man's truck,

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and it's not long before they find boxes and boxes of what could be incriminating evidence.

0:24:390:24:45

Well, from what we've taken off the van so far,

0:24:450:24:48

some of that is identical to some of the property already identified as being stolen,

0:24:480:24:52

so clearly we've got the batch numbers and that to sort out,

0:24:520:24:55

and get them off to manufacturers and see if they can identify them for us.

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The man has subsequently been charged with facilitating the acquisition of criminal property

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and is awaiting his day in court.

0:25:030:25:04

Still to come, the team round up their suspects

0:25:100:25:13

and begin to examine the major haul of illegal drugs.

0:25:130:25:16

The police team up with the RSPCA to arrest a woman banned from keeping dogs.

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She's saying she doesn't own it and she doesn't keep it.

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She participates in that keeping on a daily basis, simply by living in a house with it.

0:25:270:25:32

And a man pedalling more than just fake designer goods gets nicked.

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Basically, he's got a large quantity of counterfeit aftershaves, watches, Ralph Lauren T-shirts.

0:25:370:25:43

Sergeant Steve Lamb and PC Gareth Walker are two of Hull's most familiar faces.

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Most days they can be seen out and about or responding to direct calls for help.

0:25:540:25:59

For me, neighbourhood policing is all about trying to provide

0:25:590:26:05

a really good policing service to the communities that we serve.

0:26:050:26:10

They are both good, old-fashioned coppers at heart...

0:26:100:26:13

Please. Don't insult my intelligence, please.

0:26:130:26:17

..who know that community police work makes a real difference.

0:26:170:26:20

Within a neighbourhood, most of the complaints that we receive are,

0:26:200:26:24

we have lots of neighbour disputes to resolve.

0:26:240:26:28

Working in a busy town centre,

0:26:280:26:30

we have lots of complaints. Retail crime takes up a lot of our time.

0:26:300:26:35

Other incidents that happen in the town centre,

0:26:350:26:38

people are blighted by street drinkers,

0:26:380:26:41

so a lot of our everyday work is geared towards that,

0:26:410:26:45

particularly in the town centre during the...

0:26:450:26:47

Well, both the daytime and the night-time economy.

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A key skill of any neighbourhood police officer is to know your patch and the people on it.

0:26:490:26:55

Within a neighbourhood team, you really do know the people

0:26:550:26:58

that are affecting you every day, the people that are harming your communities most

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so they're the ones that you're going to target regularly

0:27:020:27:06

and try and do something positively.

0:27:060:27:09

But Steve knows that it's crucial to keep the public on side in the fight against crime.

0:27:090:27:14

We obviously encourage our communities to speak to us.

0:27:140:27:17

A number of different... We use...

0:27:170:27:21

We have regular meetings, surgeries,

0:27:210:27:25

we use social, sort of, networking sites.

0:27:250:27:28

Some of our information comes to us

0:27:280:27:32

via our partners within the Hull City Council.

0:27:320:27:35

Just by simply speaking to people on the streets.

0:27:350:27:38

We're only as good as the information that we're getting, really,

0:27:380:27:41

and if the information is current, it's up-to-date,

0:27:410:27:45

then we will react to it and we'll work with it,

0:27:450:27:47

and we'll try and do something with it.

0:27:470:27:49

As Gareth confirms,

0:27:490:27:51

it's all about making neighbourhoods safer, happier places.

0:27:510:27:54

Neighbourhood policing has a key role to play within the policing structure as a whole,

0:27:540:27:59

as CID do, as the incident response teams do.

0:27:590:28:02

Our main focus is about improving the quality of life for local residents

0:28:020:28:05

and making their lives easier to live with.

0:28:050:28:08

If they've got constant anti-social behaviour that's taking place,

0:28:080:28:12

or they've got neighbours that are causing them annoyance, then somebody has to deal with that.

0:28:120:28:15

Before neighbourhood policing was introduced,

0:28:150:28:18

their problems would get passed from the police to the council to Social Services,

0:28:180:28:22

to different departments, whereas now neighbourhood policing can take a grip of the problems

0:28:220:28:25

and actually get results for the people that it's affecting.

0:28:250:28:29

In my 11 years of policing, this is the best job that I've done,

0:28:290:28:32

and I think it's just this particular neighbourhood team

0:28:320:28:35

because you have got a very busy city centre,

0:28:350:28:38

it changes on a night-time, moves into that night-time economy,

0:28:380:28:42

but outside of that, we've got some very busy, sort of, housing estates

0:28:420:28:46

and all the problems that that brings in.

0:28:460:28:49

There's all sorts of stuff, so, for me,

0:28:490:28:51

it's certainly the best job that I've done in the service, yeah.

0:28:510:28:54

We've come to see you, mate.

0:28:590:29:01

Earlier, a neighbourhood officer out on a beat walk

0:29:010:29:04

spotted a puppy in the garden of a home belonging to a woman

0:29:040:29:06

banned from owning a dog following acts of cruelty upon a previous pet.

0:29:060:29:10

The team's response is a reminder of just how wide a range of problems they deal with on a daily basis.

0:29:110:29:18

Well, that's right, that's the beauty of the community policing.

0:29:180:29:22

The officers in a given area will generally know who's who

0:29:220:29:27

and what's been going on.

0:29:270:29:29

So obviously with my colleague, she's a PCSO in the area,

0:29:290:29:33

and she was aware of the previous incident

0:29:330:29:37

and therefore had concerns that if they had a dog in the future,

0:29:370:29:43

you know, there may be some welfare issues for that dog.

0:29:430:29:47

Your local policing teams gather intelligence which is

0:29:470:29:50

relevant to your local neighbourhood.

0:29:500:29:53

I think without that, it's quite probable that this,

0:29:530:29:58

this incident with the dog would have gone unnoticed.

0:29:580:30:01

Rich went with RSPCA inspector, Sarah, to move the dog to safety.

0:30:010:30:06

He's also placed the woman under arrest for questioning about the alleged offence

0:30:100:30:14

and takes her back to the station.

0:30:140:30:16

There she will be interviewed by an RSPCA Officer.

0:30:160:30:20

-Thank you,

-BLEEP.

0:30:200:30:21

No, it'll be the RSPCA, they've got all the powers to deal with

0:30:210:30:24

these types of incidents, so they'll interview her.

0:30:240:30:27

We just obviously have the power of arrest,

0:30:270:30:29

so we're facilitating that.

0:30:290:30:31

-You don't have to

-BLEEP

-film me, do you?

0:30:320:30:35

Sarah explains exactly what she believes the woman may have been guilty of.

0:30:350:30:40

The ban, the way the disqualification is worded,

0:30:400:30:43

is that she's not allowed to own, keep or be responsible for.

0:30:430:30:47

It says "ownership or participating in the keeping of dogs."

0:30:470:30:51

So even if she's saying she doesn't own it and she doesn't keep it,

0:30:510:30:54

she participates in that keeping on a daily basis

0:30:540:30:58

simply by living in a house with it.

0:30:580:31:00

Akitas, if they're trained to, can be aggressive.

0:31:000:31:04

They can make brilliant family dogs, as well,

0:31:040:31:07

but unfortunately they're sought after for the wrong reasons.

0:31:070:31:10

What Sarah's going to do next is basically interview the female we've arrested for the offence.

0:31:100:31:16

And then if she is, if it's decided she'll be prosecuted,

0:31:160:31:20

I will get sent a summons to serve on her.

0:31:200:31:23

The case against the woman who breached her dog disqualification order is ongoing.

0:31:310:31:36

But, for the team in their fight against the sale of counterfeit goods,

0:31:480:31:52

they're proving that their bark IS as strong as their bite,

0:31:520:31:55

especially when they know that the sale of knock-offs is often linked to other crimes,

0:31:550:32:00

such as drug-dealing.

0:32:000:32:01

In Hull's city centre, the team have been launching a crack down against counterfeit goods-sellers.

0:32:030:32:08

Knowing that the trade of knock-off perfumes and handbags is

0:32:080:32:11

often linked to wider criminal activity such as drug dealing.

0:32:110:32:17

Whilst many of these goods are sold from market stalls, others are sold

0:32:170:32:21

by pedlars who sell in pubs or on street corners.

0:32:210:32:24

Over at one of the city's shopping precincts, the store security have called in the police.

0:32:240:32:30

A man was initially detained by security on suspicion of stealing headphones,

0:32:300:32:33

but when searched by the police, he was found to be innocent of shop theft.

0:32:330:32:37

but new suspicions were raised by something else he had in his bag.

0:32:370:32:40

We've then come in, had a chat with him.

0:32:400:32:43

He's given us a sort of semi-plausible excuse for what he was doing with the headphones.

0:32:430:32:47

However, he's got bags full of counterfeit goods,

0:32:470:32:50

which, by his own admission, are counterfeit.

0:32:500:32:53

We've got headphones, aftershaves, watches.

0:32:530:32:58

But it's not just counterfeit goods he was carrying.

0:32:580:33:01

I've asked him if he's got anything else about his person, he said no.

0:33:010:33:04

I can clearly see he's got something in his pocket that he's not bringing out.

0:33:040:33:08

Checked his pocket, and in his pocket got a small bag

0:33:080:33:12

-with about... Says about 100 tablets in there.

-There's exactly 100.

0:33:120:33:15

Yep, and he's admitted they're his, that he's purchased them.

0:33:150:33:18

Sleeping tablets. I use them, I need them.

0:33:180:33:20

Sleeping tablets are popular on the black market with clubbers and ravers,

0:33:200:33:24

and, if supplied without a prescription,

0:33:240:33:27

they can be considered to be a Class B drug under the Misuse Of Drugs Act.

0:33:270:33:32

The man is claiming they are for his own personal use,

0:33:320:33:34

but the team are unconvinced and call in their governor Sergeant Steve Lamb to search the man.

0:33:340:33:39

I just need to do a quick search. You don't have to get any clothes off, it's no problem at all, mate.

0:33:390:33:43

-Just a quick pat down just for their safety.

-They've searched me already, but...

0:33:430:33:47

-OK. Right, so nothing else in your pockets?

-No.

0:33:470:33:49

-No sharps, nothing at all?

-No.

-OK, mate.

0:33:490:33:54

No more drugs are found, but the team decide to take him back to the station

0:33:540:33:58

so he can be searched more thoroughly.

0:33:580:34:01

-Do I have to walk out the shop like this?

-Yes.

0:34:010:34:03

When I haven't even stolen anything from this shop?

0:34:030:34:05

-Delta 123.

-INDISTINCT VOICE FROM WALKIE-TALKIE

0:34:050:34:08

Basically he's got a large quantity of counterfeit aftershaves, watches,

0:34:100:34:14

Ralph Lauren T-shirts, Lacoste T-shirts,

0:34:140:34:16

which he's admitted they're all imported from Thailand,

0:34:160:34:19

and he sells them in the local pubs.

0:34:190:34:21

But the counterfeit goods could be the least of his worries.

0:34:210:34:25

Yeah, he's got a small package with him which contains about

0:34:250:34:29

100 blue tablets which are benzodiazepine,

0:34:290:34:31

which he's got unlawful possession of, as well, so that's why he's been arrested, as well,

0:34:310:34:35

for possession with intent to supply those tablets.

0:34:350:34:37

Back at the station, the man is booked into custody,

0:34:410:34:44

but before the team have the chance to search him, something falls from his pocket.

0:34:440:34:48

Oh, sorry.

0:34:500:34:52

Brilliant.

0:34:520:34:54

It's yet more drugs.

0:34:560:34:58

Right, just to remind you that you are still under caution.

0:34:580:35:01

-Yes.

-And obviously they've just dropped from you. All right?

0:35:010:35:05

-Can I have an exhibits bag, please?

-Yeah.

0:35:050:35:07

It's going to look more worse now for him, for what he did in the custody suite.

0:35:070:35:11

Cos he kept on saying they were for himself, they were for himself.

0:35:110:35:13

When we asked him, when he was first searched,

0:35:130:35:15

"Have you got anything more on you?", he said no. So... And now he's been...

0:35:150:35:20

Why he dropped them out like that, I don't know.

0:35:200:35:22

We was going to find them.

0:35:220:35:23

What have we just found?

0:35:230:35:24

A second bag of blue tablets.

0:35:240:35:26

-We need to

-BLEEP

-his own confession last time.

0:35:260:35:28

I'm Sergeant Bailey, I'm the custody sergeant.

0:35:280:35:31

Have you had any today?

0:35:310:35:33

Er... Well, I'm only on one, one a day.

0:35:330:35:36

-And have you taken today's?

-Yeah.

0:35:360:35:39

No charges were brought against the man for the sleeping tablets.

0:35:390:35:42

However, following a search of his house,

0:35:420:35:45

the man was charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and money laundering.

0:35:450:35:50

The case is going to court.

0:35:500:35:52

Back over in Grimsby, the police have descended on suburbia

0:35:570:36:01

to bust a cannabis farm hidden by the facade of an executive home

0:36:010:36:04

in one of the most upmarket streets in the region.

0:36:040:36:08

Hundreds of plants with a street value of tens of thousands of pounds

0:36:090:36:12

have been seized, and two men arrested.

0:36:120:36:15

Back at the house, the team have done a final tally of everything they've seized.

0:36:170:36:22

-330 plants in total.

-Right, good haul, good haul.

0:36:220:36:25

And then in the garage from a previous harvest,

0:36:250:36:28

we've got pots and root balls of 136.

0:36:280:36:30

We're looking at, we're looking at roughly around about £180,000 worth of cannabis plants, yeah.

0:36:300:36:35

Which is, you know, it's a significant haul.

0:36:350:36:38

That's £180,000 worth of drugs that have been taken off the streets,

0:36:380:36:41

so I'm very impressed with that.

0:36:410:36:43

The haul means that the neighbourhood police

0:36:440:36:47

have seized a staggering 4 million pounds' worth of cannabis this year alone.

0:36:470:36:51

Yeah, we've managed to get everything removed from the house.

0:36:510:36:55

It'll be a case of getting it as tidy as we can possibly get it,

0:36:550:36:59

ready for the occupants or the owners of the house

0:36:590:37:01

to obviously return to it, and they'll have to take up the issues of damage

0:37:010:37:05

that's been caused by the people inside there.

0:37:050:37:08

Obviously the investigation's going to continue.

0:37:080:37:11

That'll be going on through to today, possibly into tomorrow, with the serious crime team.

0:37:110:37:16

So it's just a case of now the next stage continues.

0:37:160:37:20

The two men captured at the house were both found guilty of producing a controlled Class B drug.

0:37:220:37:28

Their green fingers earned them both a 30-month stretch inside.

0:37:280:37:32

The man who rented the house has been arrested and charged

0:37:340:37:38

with being concerned in the production of a Class B drug.

0:37:380:37:42

And, as we've seen, the neighbourhood team's always on the lookout for trouble

0:37:490:37:53

and willing to lend an ear to listen to residents' complaints about wrongdoing on their doorsteps.

0:37:530:37:58

But the information gathering is only worth anything

0:37:580:38:02

if the intel leads to criminals getting caught.

0:38:020:38:05

Coming up next time...

0:38:050:38:08

The sticky-fingered, foul-mouthed shoplifter feeling the full force of the law.

0:38:080:38:12

-You think I haven't forgot your face, you

-BLEEP.

0:38:120:38:15

The team take a zero-tolerance approach to tearaway teens.

0:38:150:38:19

You can't stand still for two minutes,

0:38:190:38:21

you're asking to be locked up, your eyes are all over the place.

0:38:210:38:24

And the police find more than one type of grass growing around this man's shed.

0:38:240:38:27

This shed's also full of cannabis. plants,

0:38:270:38:30

so we'll be seizing all the plants that are in this one, as well.

0:38:300:38:32

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Showing that no two days in a police officer's day are the same, the Humberside Neighbourhood Team take on a whole host of new cases that see them challenged to the hilt.

A plush home is found to be hiding a secret when the team launch a dawn raid and uncover a cannabis farm hiding behind the chintz curtains. The RSPCA and the police join forces to visit the home of a woman banned from owning dogs after a puppy is spotted running around in her back garden. The neighbourhood team also try to track down the dodgy dealers suspected of selling dangerous counterfeit goods.