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Documentary series following Somerset's neighbourhood police. An operation to reel in a suspected heroin dealer uncovers a house of squalor.


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The friendly, caring bobby pounding the beat

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has always been the hallmark of British policing...

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Fantastic. Pleasure's been all mine, my friend.

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..and has even been immortalised on film by the fictional

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Dixon Of Dock Green.

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Good evening, all.

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Today's neighbourhood police teams continue that tradition,

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but also tackle the root causes of crime head on,

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by targeting known hot spots...

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Unlucky.

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..stamping down on antisocial behaviour...

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I'm arresting you for a public order offence.

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..and waging war on illegal drugs.

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I can smell cannabis already.

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In this new series of Neighbourhood Blues,

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we follow the policemen and women of Somerset,

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as they continue their quest to make our streets a safer place.

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Coming up...

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Strike, strike. Get down on the floor.

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..neighbourhood police tackle the scourge of heroin...

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The mind-set of these people is unbelievable.

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..deal with the fallout between two warring neighbours...

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And I'm going to put you in that cell in a minute,

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and I'm going to leave you there until tomorrow morning.

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You can tell the magistrate why you're acting like an idiot.

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Let me see my mum.

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..and arrest a drug user who has fallen foul...

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Move away from the car.

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..of his long-suffering girlfriend.

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Me and you are over, Josh.

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All illicit drugs are potentially dangerous,

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but probably none more so than heroin.

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It's highly addictive,

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and has devastating psychological effects on its users,

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and can completely destroy whole families.

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Addicts are a major problem for the neighbourhood police,

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as many of them turn to crime to fund their habit,

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while others take up dealing the drugs themselves.

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If you're addicted to drugs and alcohol, you have a habit to feed,

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and you need to feed that. And if it's an expensive habit

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and you're not employed, then, how do you fund that?

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Drugs and alcohol modifies your behaviour, you don't think straight.

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You commit crimes you might not ordinarily do.

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It's late afternoon in Weston-super-Mare,

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and the neighbourhood police team are being

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briefed by an undercover intelligence officer for an

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operation to take out a suspected prolific local heroin dealer.

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Today's job is aimed at a well-known class A drug user.

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That's the address there, and as you can see, the two porches actually...

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That's the front and back doors.

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Definitely those curtains are closed. So you will be able to get

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down the side of the address fairly well, to be honest.

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He's got a few previous possessions of class A, in '98,

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2008 and 2009, possession of heroin and cocaine.

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The plan is to catch the suspected dealer

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with drugs in his possession when he gets back to his house.

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So that's our plan today. He seems to be going up to the van with

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another guy. If he comes out, we just grab hold of him outside,

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and then execute the warrant at the address.

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The other option is if he carries on in the vehicle,

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next time he goes in the house, to go back out to the car,

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we'll just go for it and strike on the car, and detain all occupants.

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All right, happy? Let's get on.

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The neighbourhood police are taking no chances,

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and have assembled a large team for the operation,

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including plain-clothed officer, Andy Vallender.

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Police cameras are tracking the vehicle

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the suspected drug dealer is driving.

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They've followed him all the way to Bath,

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where they appear to show him collecting a consignment of drugs,

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and now he's on his way back to Weston.

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Andy has arrived at the suspect's house.

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Possibly, yeah.

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The vehicle that the subject is believed to be using

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has been pinged up on ANPR.

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The automatic numberplate reading devices around,

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and it looks like it's been to Bath or Bristol direction,

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and is now on its way back.

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All of a sudden, a person is spotted heading towards the house.

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It's somebody the police recognise.

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He's here, BLEEP.

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He's big, he's a big lad.

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A guy I've arrested on numerous occasions before, a very heavy

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class A drug user, appears to be waiting at this location already.

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Could mean that he's gone and pick up and what they call

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reloaded, which would indicate the fact that we have a possible buyer

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already waiting, so that could well be.

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As day turns to night, Andy is still

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waiting patiently for the suspected drug dealer to arrive home.

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So our plan is now to watch him return to the address,

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and then prior to him getting into the address,

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is for myself and Mike to take him out from the vehicle to the house,

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hopefully detaining him on the garden.

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Finally... That car dropped somebody off.

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..with night having fallen, the suspect vehicle returns,

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now with three men in it.

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It's now a race to get to the suspects

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before they can get rid of any drugs.

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It's indicated nearside now, we will park behind the van.

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Now, now!

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The cops rapidly converge from both ends of the street.

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The chief suspect has been taken down.

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Dropped it, something's in his hands. Yep. I've got him.

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Get him cuffed. Put him on his front, on his front.

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On his front, now! Get on your front, now!

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SUSPECT MOANS

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I haven't got nothing.

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Stop struggling. I'm not.

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Stop struggling. Stop struggling.

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It's positive, it's positive.

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Despite his denial,

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a large amount of suspected class A drugs has been found.

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I promise you! Good result.

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You're under arrest, my friend... I haven't got nothing. ..on suspicion

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of being in possession of a controlled substance with intent to supply. I haven't got nothing.

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You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence... Some of it's gone. ..if you do not mention

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when questioned something which you later rely on in court. I haven't got nothing. Anything you do say may

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be... BLEEP. Do you understand? I haven't got nothing. Right.

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A second man has also been safely detained on the ground, while the

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third one has been arrested beside the main suspect's vehicle.

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Where's your keys? I haven't got any keys, mate.

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Really? What door you going in, then?

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My partner's in there, I'm telling you...

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The reason... In there? Yeah. Right, come here.

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The police make their way to the house.

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Police with a warrant.

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There's nobody immediately around to welcome the visitors.

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Clear.

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But in the living room...

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Excuse me, excuse me.

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..is the suspected dealer's partner...

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Sit yourself down there.

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Put your hands on your knees.

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..and the man who arrived earlier.

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And, out of view, a seven-year-old child.

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That's it, keep your hands on there for me. All right?

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All right, little man? Are you happy there? I'm not handcuffing you, OK?

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All I ask is that you don't make any moves. You know the score, don't you? All right.

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Andy arrests the woman.

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20.53 hours, I'm going to arrest you also on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, OK.

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You don't have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned

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something which you later rely on in court. If you do, it may be given in evidence. The reason for your arrest

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is that we need to carry out searches of this property and other areas. All right? OK. OK.

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The man, when he turned up at the house,

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was also seen driving whilst he was banned.

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Outside, tonight's main target, the suspected drug dealer,

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is getting banged up while one of his two friends is read his rights.

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I'll explain the reasons. You've been... Nuh-uh. ..with these boys in that van to

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collect drugs today, which we've recovered, crack and heroin. You've been involved, you know

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what's going on, and for that reason, you're under arrest for conspiracy, which is an agreement

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with others, the three in the van, to supply drugs. Along with BLEEP who's been arrested inside, and

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along with BLEEP been arrested as well. OK, my friend? So you'll be interviewed at some point, but you

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ain't going anywhere until I've seen you off to Bridgwater nick. All right? Understand all that?

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So me and BLEEP are going to the same place, then? Yeah, yeah. Bridgwater, OK?

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Deaths from the illegal use of drugs are at their highest

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levels in England and Wales since records first began in 1983,

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and by far the majority concern heroin and cocaine.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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The suspected dealer and his partner have been long-time heroin addicts,

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and the effects on their health are clear to be seen.

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Her arm is horrendous. She's had to go to hospital,

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because she has got an injection mark, and it is horrific.

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Clearly infected. She may spend some time in the hospital.

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That's exactly the same, he's got worms. He's got maggots or something

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in his arm, he's saying. He's got things crawling in his arms.

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When we were restraining him, he's screaming because he's going,

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"Me arms, me arms," and he's got things crawling in there.

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All suspects have been arrested,

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and are on their way to custody, where they'll be

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interviewed about the drugs found during tonight's warrant.

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In the house, the extent of

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the suspects' squalid drug life is becoming apparent.

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So, going round the board, there's a couple of knives

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and a razor blade, and if you can see on the end of the razor blade,

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this clear brown powder all the way along the blade, and particularly

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around the end. The brown powder is a clear indication to me

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that that would be heroin. This cellophane wrap, to me,

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is a clear block of heroin. That's got a value of about ?200 to ?300.

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There are bags strewn across the floor,

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filled with even more shocking things.

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Syringes, used and new ones, in there too.

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There's lots of wraps of clingfilm and bags, and then what we've found

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inside it is a syringe with a brown liquid ready to be injected.

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That's normally, I would think, heroin in there.

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So, yeah, another little find.

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Tonight's raid is a great chance to reassure the public

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that the police are doing whatever it takes to stop illegal drugs

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spreading in our neighbourhoods.

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I think it sends an absolutely fantastic message out to all

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the public that we will do stuff about class A drug use

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and supply in Weston-super-Mare.

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And also they're now going to be in custody for some time, facing plenty

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of questions, and hopefully we'll get some charges at the end of it.

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The drugs recovered were found to be heroin and crack cocaine,

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with a street value of over ?1,000.

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The police's investigation into the suspected heroin dealer

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and his partner is still ongoing.

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No further action was taken against the other two men

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caught in the van alongside the suspect.

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However, the man who was inside the house was sentenced to six months

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in prison after he was found to have been driving whilst disqualified.

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Shop crime is soaring, costing retailers over ?600 million a year,

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and slashing shops' profits.

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The majority of the estimated three million offences a year

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are, of course, shoplifting, but an alarming number are cases of theft

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by light-fingered store employees.

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In Weston-super-Mare, neighbourhood officer Sam Walton

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and her PCSO colleague have been called to a well-known

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high street computer gaming shop.

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I'm status six at Game on the high street,

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and I've got no reception inside the store.

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The only information she has is that an employee at the store

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is being held in a back room on suspicion of theft. Hello.

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A loss prevention investigator is here from the shop's head office.

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Like a lot of places on the high street now,

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this shop doesn't have any items actually out on display,

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so shoplifting by customers can be virtually ruled out.

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So that sets off alarm bells for us to start checking and looking

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at individuals, cos there's clear ways of conducting fraud or theft.

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What this pointed to was theft.

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So, in other words, stock actually missing from the store.

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Computer consoles, games and accessories have gone missing from

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a secure storeroom, which only certain people have access to.

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This has led to a particular member of staff being suspected.

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This young man I've got upstairs who works for us,

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he's a part-time sales assistant, and his name is Joshua.

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I put it to him, "Have you removed any stock from this store

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"without making payment?"

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He just made a frank admission to me that he had.

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He has been compliant and cooperative,

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so I've explained to him he's now in our disciplinary process.

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So I've formally suspended him,

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and that's where it kind of concludes with us.

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We want you to obviously prosecute him

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because of the nature of the actual event.

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It's time to go and see the young lad

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and hear what he's got to say for himself.

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Can you just stand up for us?

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Hi, Josh. I'm PC Walton, I'm based at Weston-super-Mare police station.

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This is my colleague.

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Joshua has made a full and frank admission

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to 121 out of 154 items he traded in for cash at Computer Exchange,

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to the approximate value of ?2,943.

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3,000. Sorry, ?3,493. ?3,943. That's right, yes.

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Items have been stolen

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and taken to a store that you can sell or pawn or exchange items.

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Even though he sold the stolen items in another town, his employer's

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loss prevention officer was still able to trace Joshua.

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I've got contacts and colleagues who work for CEX, Computer Exchange.

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To that effect, they've provided a full history of his account.

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As a result of that, I arrested him on suspicion of theft.

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I've got one adult male in custody.

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Can I have transport from Regent Street, please?

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The lad has only just turned 19,

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and has never been in trouble with the police before.

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If you pop yourself in there for me.

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The approximately ?4,000 worth of items so far accounted for

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is nowhere the total the store fear has been stolen.

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So while the lad is taken to the police station,

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more neighbourhood officers are making their way to his house

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to search it for any more stolen goods.

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Sergeant Mark Jenkinson has the tricky task of telling

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the young man's parents what their son has been caught doing.

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Sorry to bother you. It's OK.

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We've got Joshua in custody. Yeah, I've just heard. Come in.

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Is that OK?

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Basically, he's been stealing things from his employer.

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OK. He has? Yeah.

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Has he admitted it? Yes. Yes.

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There's an indication that there's property from the store

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here as well. That's why we're here. Right, OK. OK.

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And we've been granted power from our duty inspector

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in order to search this premises, OK?

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The news is every parent's worst nightmare.

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The cops soon find some damning evidence - the lad's bank statements

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which appear to corroborate his wrongdoing.

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If you look on the statement,

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he's got a cash deposit in Taunton of ?200,

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which would coincide with the dates that we're looking at

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in relation to the thefts from Weston.

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In the bedroom, it's an Aladdin's Cave of stolen computer items.

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These are all brand-new, unopened, untouched.

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Along with those sold at CEX and another pawn shop,

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the total value of all the stolen goods is approximately ?10,000.

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Brand-new, sealed.

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That'll be expensive. Wrapper's not even taken off.

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Joshua's been pretty prolific for a part-timer.

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We've got several games that we think were stolen.

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Everything we've taken relates to gaming, games consoles,

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and property that we think was taken from the store.

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A lot of people might pinch the odd pen,

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or even a ream of paper from their employer,

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but what this lad has done is a whole different computer ball game.

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I think, personally, that he has tried something,

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got away with it on a couple of occasions and, naively,

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just continued, and this has snowballed out of his control.

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If the business isn't able to recover the goods or the money,

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and continues to keep losing money, they'll either pass it on

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to the consumer, so the prices will go up and everybody has to pay more,

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or if they keep on losing money

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and can't afford to carry on the business,

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the business ultimately could close down.

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The lad was found guilty of theft and false representation,

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and given a 12-month community order,

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required to do 200 hours unpaid work,

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and ordered to pay compensation of ?5,500 to his former employer.

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Still to come -

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the law comes down hard on a lad with cannabis in the attic.

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It's unusual it comes like that, but when it does, it's lovely.

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And kids on an estate learn a lesson in the law.

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Just calm down. You said... One at a time, one at a time.

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Whether it's acts of vandalism or verbal abuse, antisocial behaviour

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by nightmare neighbours wreaks havoc on a lot of people's lives.

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In the worst cases, property can be damaged,

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threats of violence made, and the police called in.

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Disputes between neighbours can escalate to very high levels,

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and so we like to get in there very early on, to put in interventions

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and problem solve them before they get to those

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high levels of violence or high levels of dispute.

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Early intervention is what I would like to see every single time.

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Here in beautiful Bath, not everybody, it seems,

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loves thy neighbour.

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Just round the corner there's a job, somebody's rung it in.

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Some criminal damage, I think they've had their CCTV camera

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ripped off, and the person thinks he might know who it is.

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The people involved are no strangers to Adge Secker.

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He's been trying to resolve a long- running clash between a particular

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intimidating woman and other tenants in her block.

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Yesterday afternoon,

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she's broken the camera off this bracket here, as you can see.

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I've got a photo of the actual camera,

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but I need to take that, just of the bracket that it was on.

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So, I'll do that.

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The man whose camera was broken

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has been living in fear of his neighbour.

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I heard the banging...

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This is yesterday? ..about 4.30. What, yesterday afternoon?

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Right. Yeah.

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I've stood by my front door. Yeah. On the inside? Yes. Yeah. I've been

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told no confrontations... Yeah, that's fine. I don't know what she's

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going to do and what she ain't going to do.

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And I heard her say, "That camera can't look at me any more,

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"because I've knocked it off the wall." And she laughed.

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So this is a matter of criminal damage we've got here,

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but there's all sorts of background stuff going on.

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It's all to do with antisocial behaviour as well.

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Is that the one that she's knocked off the wall, is it?

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Yes. She told the neighbour that she was dusting,

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which is a lie, because...

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..you have got to give that a good smack to get that off the wall.

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That was put in for my own safety. Yeah.

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Four weeks ago, the woman was served with a community protection notice -

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an order to stop her from doing particular things.

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Which is - no abusing me, no verbally abusing me... Yeah.

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..not using any threatening behaviour. Yeah.

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Not to have any contact with me. OK.

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Whatsoever. Well, yesterday...

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If she's knocked that off the wall, or she's ripped it off the wall...

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Yes. ..that's nothing to do with any orders from court,

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that's an offence of criminal damage. That's correct. What are we going to do about that, then?

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I've... Are you going to support me in a prosecution? Yes.

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At the end of his tether,

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the man wants an end to his prolonged nightmare.

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He suffers greatly with his nerves. He has done for a long time.

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But ever since...

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this young lady here has been acting in an antisocial way -

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that is being drunk, shouting out the window,

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and everything else that goes along with it -

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it just makes his situation worse for him, and completely intolerable.

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Now, to me, that is the embodiment, if you like, of antisocial behaviour.

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And it's selfish behaviour,

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and it seriously impacts on other people's lifestyles,

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and I'm not going to tolerate that at all.

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With his Sergeant, Adge goes to see if the neighbour is in.

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I've got my Sergeant with me. Where are you? In the front room? I'm in the lounge. OK.

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Like all disputes, there are always two sides to every story.

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The woman says the camera was spying on her,

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and that she didn't break it. Adge has arranged for her

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to come down to the police station for an interview.

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The first time in a long time we've actually got a substantive

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offence against her that we can progress a little bit.

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So, that's what I'm going to do tomorrow.

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Later...

0:23:230:23:25

I'm sick of this!

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..Adge has his hands full as the woman refuses to play by the rules.

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I have just about had enough of you

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and I'm going to put you in that cell in a minute,

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and I'm going to leave you there until tomorrow morning.

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You can tell the magistrates why you're acting like an idiot.

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Weston-super-Mare has one of the highest numbers of people

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receiving benefits due to dependency on drugs in the whole of the UK.

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Many of them are housed here by local authorities

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because of the abundance of cheap accommodation.

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But whilst this has solved one problem,

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it has led to another - an influx of drug dealers looking for business.

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Sergeant Colin Batchelor and his neighbourhood officers are working hard to fight the problem,

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cracking down on anyone suspected of dealing drugs of any kind.

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OK, mate. Yeah, soon as, mate, because obviously they're all waiting. We could do with

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striking while the iron's hot, but all right, pal.

0:24:210:24:23

Colin's on his way to help search for a youth who's dumped

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a man-bag full of drugs over a fence before scarpering from the police.

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So, we're going to try as best as we can to flood the area.

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He seems to have gone to ground somewhere.

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Colin's heading for the Bournville Estate, where drugs are a problem.

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The estate, at the moment, in terms of controlled drugs...

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is an issue for us.

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I hasten to add that it's a small group of individuals

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that are dealing, both class A and class B drugs.

0:24:570:25:02

Can someone tell me what's happened? We spotted the bike that way.

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So he's on a bike. Yeah. A push-bike? Yeah.

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What's been retrieved?

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Yes, please, mate.

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The drugs in the man-bag the lad flung away are wraps of cannabis.

0:25:240:25:30

That's cannabis in there, is it? Yeah, it is.

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The neighbourhood team have been tipped off the wanted lad

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might be inside a house nearby,

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and they've been allowed in to have a look for him.

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Colleagues have just gone into an address here where they think this individual may be.

0:25:430:25:48

As you can see, we've only been here a few minutes,

0:25:480:25:50

and the activity of people on foot has increased already.

0:25:500:25:54

Oh, here we go.

0:25:540:25:56

A young man in the house has been arrested,

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but it's not the one that did a runner earlier.

0:25:590:26:02

Keep pulling me around, I swear... What are you going to do?

0:26:030:26:06

Oh, sorry, big man(!)

0:26:060:26:08

This lad has only got himself to blame for being arrested,

0:26:080:26:12

as Colin's colleague Russ Millier explains.

0:26:120:26:17

Dopey... Yeah? ..invites us in to check the house... I saw that, yeah.

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We do a check of the loft,

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girlfriend opens up the loft, and a carrier bag falls out.

0:26:240:26:26

He grabs that, tries to go into a room with it.

0:26:260:26:29

I follow him into the room and say, "Give me that carrier bag."

0:26:290:26:32

He went, "Why?"

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I said, "Is it yours?" He said, "Yeah, it's mine."

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Open it up - it's full of cannabis, scales, the lot. A whole bag full of it.

0:26:370:26:40

Despite the original suspect who discarded the man-bag getting away,

0:26:400:26:45

finding another haul of drugs in an attic makes it still

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a rather good day's work for the team.

0:26:480:26:51

It's unusual it comes like that, but when it does, it's lovely.

0:26:510:26:55

He's got everything there in the bag, the whole makings - the

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tinfoil wraps, the cannabis, the cannabis wrapped up and the scales.

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And a very unhappy face to go with it.

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The police have a good idea who the lad with the man-bag was -

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a 17-year-old that they're confident of catching up with very soon.

0:27:110:27:16

We know who we're after.

0:27:160:27:18

We've got the evidence that the individual has dropped.

0:27:180:27:21

So, we'll go and pick him up at our leisure.

0:27:210:27:24

He won't know when we're coming, so he can wait for a little bit,

0:27:240:27:27

and we'll do it at our time.

0:27:270:27:30

The suspect's mother has turned up.

0:27:300:27:33

She's distraught and, not wanting to be on camera, can't be seen while she talks to Colin.

0:27:330:27:39

SHE SOBS

0:27:440:27:46

Listen to me...

0:27:460:27:47

You can see her through the window.

0:27:480:27:50

Look, my mum is crying! Mum! Mum!

0:27:530:27:57

The arrested lad's mother isn't the only woman in his life he's upsetting.

0:27:570:28:01

Stay away from him! Thanks a lot(!) Thanks a lot(!)

0:28:010:28:06

Go away.

0:28:060:28:08

Let me talk to... Mum! Mum!

0:28:100:28:13

Me and you are over. Can I just speak to him quickly?

0:28:180:28:21

No, you can't speak to him. Open the window! Move away from the car.

0:28:210:28:24

Me and you are over, Josh.

0:28:240:28:27

The young man is arrested for possession of cannabis,

0:28:290:28:32

and is being taken into custody.

0:28:320:28:34

The drugs were found in the attic of his girlfriend's house,

0:28:360:28:39

where the lad had been staying.

0:28:390:28:41

Officers are now going to carry out a full search of the place,

0:28:410:28:46

but Colin's got a problem.

0:28:460:28:48

All right, stop the language. You're already up to your neck in it, all right?

0:28:480:28:51

BLEEP! BLEEP! BLEEP!

0:28:510:28:54

And he's not standing for it.

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Oh, here we go. He thinks he's bad. You can come in.

0:28:570:29:02

You can both just get the BLEEP off me, now! No. OK, let's go.

0:29:030:29:06

Oh, my God, see what I mean? I'm arresting you for a public order offence, all right?

0:29:060:29:09

So you can sit... BLEEP. There's no need for that at all.

0:29:090:29:12

So, you understand why you're under arrest, yeah? You're under arrest for a public order offence.

0:29:120:29:17

You can sit there and I'll take you down to custody, all right?

0:29:170:29:21

Apart from the bag of cannabis, no other drugs were up in the loft,

0:29:210:29:26

but elsewhere, there is plenty more evidence of cannabis use.

0:29:260:29:30

DOG BARKS

0:29:300:29:32

So, a sniffer dog is brought in to help do a thorough

0:29:320:29:34

search of the rest of the house.

0:29:340:29:37

You can hear his nose going all the time and, afterwards, if you touch

0:29:370:29:40

his nose, it'll be very hot because there's so much air going through.

0:29:400:29:43

It's not long before Rufus shows just how hot his nose is.

0:29:520:29:57

More cannabis.

0:30:050:30:07

Well done, pups. Well done.

0:30:070:30:09

A growing number of cannabis finds on the estate recently

0:30:140:30:18

have been on teenagers, in their fashionable man-bags.

0:30:180:30:21

This is what's locally known on the estate as a man-bag.

0:30:250:30:29

It's, uh... It's very nice.

0:30:290:30:31

In fact, it is used by numerous individuals on the estate

0:30:310:30:36

for the concealment and transporting of drugs.

0:30:360:30:39

The difficulty is that it's generally done on bike.

0:30:410:30:45

This one in particular we've found upstairs absolutely

0:30:450:30:49

stinks of cannabis and, in fact, belongs to the individual

0:30:490:30:55

that we've arrested not long ago.

0:30:550:30:58

So, these, unfortunately, are my scourge of the estate at the minute.

0:30:580:31:01

So, say no to man-bags.

0:31:010:31:03

The lad who obligingly let the police in to search his house

0:31:070:31:11

was charged with possession of the cannabis they discovered

0:31:110:31:14

in the loft, and was fined ?145 and given a 12-month community order.

0:31:140:31:20

No further action was taken against his EX-girlfriend.

0:31:200:31:24

The suspect who got away on his bike was caught a few days later.

0:31:250:31:30

However, as there wasn't conclusive evidence to prove the man-bag

0:31:300:31:34

or the cannabis in it was his, the case was dismissed.

0:31:340:31:37

Earlier in Bath, we saw Adge Secker dealing with a nightmare neighbour.

0:31:450:31:49

So, that's an offence of criminal damage.

0:31:490:31:52

Are you going to support me in a prosecution? Yes.

0:31:520:31:56

OK, all right, let me go and see her, then,

0:31:560:31:58

and we'll arrange for me to interview her there, OK?

0:31:580:32:00

I need you to come down to the police station.

0:32:000:32:02

I'll be here at nine o'clock tomorrow morning, OK?

0:32:020:32:04

A day later, Adge is back, as promised, along with a PCSO

0:32:080:32:13

to take the woman to the police station.

0:32:130:32:16

It's Kim. Come on.

0:32:250:32:27

Wakey-wakey.

0:32:310:32:32

You arranged... You've got to come and speak to PC Secker, haven't you,

0:32:340:32:37

today? Whatever's been done, I didn't do. So, no.

0:32:370:32:41

Yeah, but you need to come talk about it, don't you? Come on.

0:32:410:32:44

Let's get a little bit organised.

0:32:440:32:47

No. I'm tired. You can't ignore this.

0:32:470:32:49

We've got to go and have a talk about it.

0:32:490:32:51

Somebody else done it, not me.

0:32:510:32:53

Are you going to come with me voluntarily, or not?

0:32:530:32:56

Are you?

0:32:580:33:00

I'll give you five minutes.

0:33:020:33:03

At the police station, Adge conducts an on-the-record interview

0:33:080:33:11

with the woman, before deciding what action to take against her.

0:33:110:33:15

OK. So, what happened yesterday then, in the communal area of your flat, with Derek?

0:33:150:33:19

I put a hat over the camera.

0:33:190:33:21

And then I fell off the chair, and the camera sort of slipped,

0:33:210:33:24

but it didn't come off.

0:33:240:33:26

OK. But you said you put the hat over and... No.

0:33:260:33:29

I was trying to put the hat over...

0:33:290:33:30

..you slipped... Oh, do you know what? I've had enough of this.

0:33:300:33:33

Just stay there.

0:33:330:33:36

No, don't arrest me, because I'm not lying.

0:33:360:33:38

As I've said to you before, quite clearly, if you don't answer

0:33:380:33:42

these questions, I may have to arrest you. No. What's the point?

0:33:420:33:45

You're accusing me of lying about something I haven't even done.

0:33:450:33:48

I tried to put a hat over the camera to...stop invading my privacy!

0:33:480:33:53

And...I fell!

0:33:530:33:56

So what? I didn't break the camera. OK.

0:33:560:34:00

Just listen to me a minute, OK?

0:34:000:34:02

Because you're the one that's going at 35,000 feet very quickly, not me.

0:34:020:34:06

And I'm trying to establish what happened. I just want to go to bed.

0:34:060:34:09

You can go to bed when I've finished with you.

0:34:090:34:12

Adge has got some surprise news for the woman about the camera she damaged.

0:34:150:34:20

It's a dummy camera.

0:34:200:34:23

What's that mean? It's not a camera.

0:34:230:34:25

Why is it...? Why does he have it there, then?

0:34:250:34:29

It's a preventative measure.

0:34:290:34:31

Yeah, I accidentally broke the camera,

0:34:310:34:35

but it was a lightning storm and...

0:34:350:34:36

Can I go now? Cos I really need a fag. No, just wait!

0:34:360:34:39

SHE GROANS

0:34:390:34:40

OK, so the time is now 10.15 am.

0:34:400:34:45

And this interview has now concluded.

0:34:470:34:50

Now she has admitted causing criminal damage to the

0:34:500:34:53

dummy camera, Adge is going to give the woman a police caution.

0:34:530:34:57

It's a way of dealing with a minor crime without having to go to court.

0:34:570:35:02

Come down with me, then.

0:35:030:35:05

This job is more about...

0:35:050:35:07

A lot more about than a little bit of criminal damage.

0:35:070:35:11

It stretches back two years of behaviour by that lady there,

0:35:110:35:15

which has caused untold misery to a number of residents

0:35:150:35:19

and neighbours along her street.

0:35:190:35:21

So, are you happy to receive the caution?

0:35:210:35:24

I ain't got much choice, have I?

0:35:240:35:25

Well, the other option is you go to court.

0:35:250:35:27

Right, the offence is criminal damage...

0:35:270:35:29

She's been given a police caution, which is

0:35:290:35:34

a positive way of us disposing of matters.

0:35:340:35:37

Can you sign on there and say you accept the caution, please?

0:35:370:35:41

Now, some people might look at that and think she's gotten off with it.

0:35:410:35:44

That's certainly not the case.

0:35:440:35:45

A caution is definitely on your record,

0:35:450:35:48

and it's a way of us disposing of things in a more appropriate way.

0:35:480:35:54

All of a sudden,

0:35:540:35:55

the woman's had enough of behaving in an appropriate way.

0:35:550:35:59

I'm sick of this!

0:35:590:36:02

Why don't you just do as you're told for a change?

0:36:020:36:05

Come and wait here, because the sergeant's got to give you something. Come and stand here.

0:36:050:36:09

Why have I got to stand there? He's got to give you something.

0:36:090:36:11

He hasn't got long enough arms to give it to you from over there.

0:36:110:36:14

Her behaviour is so erratic, and it's all to do with alcohol.

0:36:140:36:19

I have just about had enough of you

0:36:190:36:21

and I'm going to put you in that cell in a minute,

0:36:210:36:23

and I'm going to leave you there until tomorrow morning.

0:36:230:36:26

You can tell the magistrates why you're acting like an idiot.

0:36:260:36:28

Behave yourself! Behave! Right? Behave!

0:36:280:36:33

This is the last time I speak to you about this.

0:36:330:36:36

Next time, I'll put you in the cell.

0:36:360:36:38

She used to be a nurse. She plays the flute, she plays the piano.

0:36:390:36:43

She comes from a lovely family.

0:36:430:36:45

Antisocial behaviour, it just blights people's lives,

0:36:490:36:53

and nobody else can deal with it except for us,

0:36:530:36:56

and that's what we've done today.

0:36:560:36:58

PCSOs play a vital role in the neighbourhood police team.

0:37:050:37:08

Hello! Good morning!

0:37:080:37:11

Unlike PCs, they're able to devote far more of their time

0:37:110:37:15

focusing on building relationships...

0:37:150:37:18

Nice to meet you, yeah? Yeah, you too.

0:37:180:37:19

..and gaining the respect of local residents, young and old.

0:37:210:37:25

Police Community Support Officers, they're great. They make up about

0:37:260:37:29

half of our neighbourhood team in North Somerset and in Weston.

0:37:290:37:32

They are the eyes and ears of the organisation in terms of being

0:37:320:37:36

in touch with the community. They go out there,

0:37:360:37:38

they attend community events...

0:37:380:37:40

SIREN WAILS Whoa.

0:37:400:37:42

..they support local community groups...

0:37:420:37:45

I'll go and get the details and I'll contact the council.

0:37:450:37:48

They'll deal with some of the issues that police officers haven't got time to do.

0:37:480:37:51

Thank you very much. Thank you. Bye. Bye.

0:37:510:37:53

Having a passion for helping people, like PCSO Laura Bray does,

0:37:550:37:59

is essential.

0:37:590:38:01

We have a meeting at one o'clock. With? With Angela. Oh, right, OK.

0:38:010:38:05

It's the Woolavington meeting. Oh, right. OK.

0:38:050:38:08

Woolavington, just outside Bridgwater,

0:38:080:38:11

has a large housing estate, where Laura's efforts organising

0:38:110:38:15

community projects for young people haven't gone unnoticed.

0:38:150:38:19

She's worked absolutely tirelessly, and there have been times, I think,

0:38:190:38:23

when she's felt that it's been a real uphill struggle.

0:38:230:38:28

It's her energy and her kind of vision from her real love

0:38:280:38:33

of that community that has inspired me and has made me really think,

0:38:330:38:39

"Yeah. You know, we CAN make a difference there."

0:38:390:38:43

Laura's plans include a disco for the younger residents.

0:38:430:38:47

LAUGHTER

0:38:470:38:49

Yay! We're all going to the disco!

0:38:490:38:51

It's been a while since I've been to a disco.

0:38:510:38:53

Yeah, see you at the disco.

0:38:530:38:55

As well as coordinating community events, Laura's always

0:39:000:39:03

available to sort out antisocial behaviour problems on the estate.

0:39:030:39:08

Today, someone's called in complaining about some graffiti.

0:39:080:39:13

Some kids have got some aerosol cans

0:39:130:39:15

and they've been spraying the fence in the park.

0:39:150:39:18

So, they've obviously graffitied it, damaged it, etc.

0:39:180:39:22

Laura's beat manager on the estate is Jim Murray,

0:39:280:39:31

who's already here, trying to get to the bottom of what's gone on.

0:39:310:39:35

Apparently they had hold of the cans and they were giving them to a girl,

0:39:350:39:38

and she was spraying the wall. Is that right? Yep.

0:39:380:39:40

Where is she now?

0:39:400:39:41

There she is.

0:39:410:39:45

You sprayed a small blue line. Yeah, that's it. A small blue line.

0:39:450:39:49

You sprayed the "Laugh Out Loud", he sprayed the grass.

0:39:490:39:53

And the wall. Just the wall.

0:39:530:39:54

Oh, so you sprayed the wall, you sprayed the fence,

0:39:540:39:57

and you did some spraying on the fence.

0:39:570:39:59

So, all three of you have done something, haven't you? Right.

0:39:590:40:01

I did a tiny bit.

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It's the school holidays, and the kids are bored.

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If we can get it off and it's not permanently damaging anything,

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then we haven't really got a crime as such -

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it's more antisocial behaviour.

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But we obviously need to speak to parents.

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First up, Laura visits the home

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of two of the boys she's just spoken to.

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Hello.

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We've, erm... The boys have been spray-painting.

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I spray-painted grass. That's not the point.

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No, hang on, it's not just grass.

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It's a fence, with an aerosol of some description.

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We're waiting to return with a bucket of water.

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Right. To clean it up.

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Yeah. No worries.

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Thank you. Bye.

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Now for the girl's mum.

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Hello. Hello. Hello, how are you? Yeah, I'm fine, thanks.

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Has she told you? Yeah. We need to try and get it off.

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It really wouldn't... Well, you need to come and help get it off,

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because you put it on there, you can come and help get it off.

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It's important for the neighbourhood police to get involved in what

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may be minor acts of misbehaviour, if only to help teach

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youngsters the difference between right and wrong at an early age.

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And now I get to spend all afternoon...

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making sure that they can try and get the paint off.

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Except I don't imagine that will happen.

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But it will need a fair bit of elbow grease.

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It doesn't particularly look to me like it's coming off. So, erm...

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There's only one thing for it.

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I think the twins' dad is going to get some paint,

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and I think we're going to try and repaint it.

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The quickest and easiest solution.

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Laura's way with the youngsters

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has impressed the residents on the estate.

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With the hard work

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and the continuous work with our PCSO, Laura Bray...

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Laura Bray. Yay, Laura!

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..she has pulled miracles.

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Just calm down a second. CHILDREN ALL SPEAK AT ONCE

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One at a time. One at a time!

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No, hang on.

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She's a star. An absolute star. Yep.

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She deserves a...big medal. She really does.

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Say cheese to the camera, Laura.

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It's all in a day's work for this committed PCSO.

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As we've just seen, neighbourhood policing is far from being

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only about crime-fighting. Neighbourhood officers are there

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to engage with the public and gain their confidence,

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ensuring the police service as a whole benefits in the long run.

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Until next time,

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evening, all.

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