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Life inside the custody suite at Humberside Police. Custody Sergeant Rich West must manage a group of youngsters in cells next to some of Hull's most hardened criminals.


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-The custody suite receive one of their youngest and shortest guests.

-Ever been in custody?

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I'll have a word with the officer, find out why you're here and I've got to ask you questions.

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-Just answer them, best you can, OK? Do you know what a lawyer is?

-No.

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A solicitor or a lawyer is somebody who will come to the police station

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and help you with the legal side of things - all the law and stuff like that.

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-Do you know how tall you are?

-No.

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Will you stand up against the ruler when you get a second?

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-Four foot seven.

-Yeah.

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The boy is 11-years-old but, arrested for theft,

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he's treated like any grown-up.

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I am authorising your detention here as my colleague said,

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if there is anything you are unsure about, just ask him

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and we will try and explain it better.

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Until it all gets sorted, I'm afraid.

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Welcome to The Lock Up.

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This is Hull, home to a quarter of a million people and Humberside Police.

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At police headquarters,

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the custody suite looks after 6,000 people every year.

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-Amongst them are 600 children.

-And your date of birth?

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-29 of the 12th, 1999.

-How old does that make you then?

-12.

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The man in charge,

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Sgt Rich West knows the lockup is frightening, whatever your age.

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My eight-year-old is bigger than that lad in J1.

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Just think if she was in here. It is scary.

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Brief circumstances, please?

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This young man has been seen to be on the lower roof

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of the old New York building, removing items of metal and lead and he's been arrested.

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All right, can you give me a signature?

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-Do you know what your signature is?

-No.

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If you can write your name just to say you've answered my questions.

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-Just write my name?

-Just your name in that box.

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You will go down to a cell. The officer will show you where the button is if you need help

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while we sort out what's been going on.

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Pick your boots up and follow me.

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-11 years old, first time in.

-He looks very worried that one.

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I think he was getting a bit teary there

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when we were cutting the cords out of his pants.

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OK, let's bring the next one in.

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The boy was caught with an older mate who knows the routine.

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-Come and stand here. Have you been in custody before?

-Yeah.

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When was it? A couple of weeks ago?

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Together they were found on a roof, suspected of stealing lead.

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And that's not all they were up to.

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That has to go in the bin. Too young to have them, aren't you?

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-That rubbish in your lungs.

-And your date of birth?

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He's 14 years old.

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Do you know how tall you are? We'd better check to see if you've grown.

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Go up to that ruler, put your back to it.

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Was 4'8". What we now? 5'1". You've shot up.

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-You won't grow any more if you keep using those cigarettes.

-Or cannabis.

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You just think when you were a child and I was still riding bikes when I was 14.

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So, to arrest someone who is 10, 11, 12 years,

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you just think what does the future hold for them when they start that young.

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Do you know what a solicitor is? Yes?

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-Do you want one this time? Or do you not?

-No.

-You're all right.

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In the lockup, there's a juvenile wing where the boys will be kept in separate cells.

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-Just grab your jacket and shoes.

-Do you want a blanket?

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It shocks me that they are that small. Makes you have the "aw" factor!

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When they are that young and you see them walking down the custody block

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but we don't get many in.

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We don't see a lot of kids that age, thankfully.

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Thankfully indeed, because this is definitely no place for kids.

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-Offences?

-Section 5, public order.

-For what?

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Routine patrol then we come across this gentleman with his penis out

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urinating in full view of on-coming traffic and members of the public.

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Get your finger off the table.

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Not living up to his name is Ricky Love.

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I go to speak to him and before we could do checks et cetera,

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the male's behaviour became very aggressive.

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You was going to batter me.

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-He was stressed and said he was going to bite our nose off et cetera.

-You're a fucking dog.

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I approached him and straight away he was abusive and very aggressive.

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I put the cuffs on him and he became even more aggressive, started struggling with us.

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He tried to spit at my colleague at the back of the car

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then it developed from there to where he was threatening to bite our noses off.

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I'm going to advise you now right at this moment none of that here, mate.

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You'd better make sure nothing like that happens again.

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-I am not like you.

-Turn around.

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Spitting is an officer's nightmare because of the risk of infection.

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-Don't look at me, look that way. Don't look at me because you are going to spit at me.

-Look at this.

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-Calm yourself down.

-What are you doing?

-Calm yourself down.

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-Why are you taking my trousers off? Look at you.

-Are you calm now?

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-I am not struggling.

-Calm down.

-Let go.

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I ain't struggled, what are you doing? My fucking hands.

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-Calm down then.

-I am calm.

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Then relax. No more silly spitting and noises, all right?

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-Get off me.

-There you are, get yourself out. Put your hands up there. Put your hands up there.

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-Is it Ricky or Richard?

-Put your hands on there.

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And your middle name is Ricky?

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-Ricky, you are 27, yes?

-Yes.

-Do you class yourself white and British?

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-Yes.

-Do you know how tall you are?

-All right.

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N6.

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Two more kids have been arrested, this time on their way to school.

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Two juvy females coming in for a shop theft from St Stephens.

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-One of them has kicked off.

-Let's have a look.

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One is attacking security.

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-If you stand by that wall for me.

-I have spoken to the officers, they're two sisters.

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It's the younger sister's first time in custody.

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-And the brief circumstances, please?

-Police were called by security staff reporting that two females

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had been attacking them after being detained for shop theft.

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When we attended, the two females initially refused to give us details

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so, in order to identify them, we've had to arrest them.

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-So what are the issues of the shop theft?

-She has been seen to conceal a bandage.

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Can you take your hair grips and your bobble out as well.

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Oh no, but I need it.

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You will just have to go for the wild look.

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I know how you feel to be honest. I struggled with my fringe.

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Right, I am going to do a risk assessment

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so don't be offended by any of these questions asked.

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-Have you had any alcohol, drugs or anything like that in the last 24 hours?

-Solvents?

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-Not drugs.

-Have you had any alcohol?

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-How old are you?

-15.

-Can you take this lady down to J1 please, mate?

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Right, see later.

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It is a really low value shop theft but we couldn't ascertain their names or who they were.

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Once we got them separated, she's been a pleasure.

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It was bravado in front of her sister who was like a wild animal.

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We had to struggle with her to get her in handcuffs.

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-The older sister is 16.

-Are you all right?

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You have obviously been crying. Are you all right? And the offence, please?

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She's assaulted a security guard by scratching his hands and kicking him in the shins.

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Can you start taking your jewellery off?

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Everything. In the back of the van, she didn't have this.

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She has indicated that she has been chewing inside her lips.

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It has got to come out.

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That's what I do with it.

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It has got to come out.

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She is calm now, she wasn't initially.

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When we informed her that she was under arrest, she exploded.

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Luckily, I have got a muscly colleague who came to my assistance.

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And the cause of all this trouble?

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-What are the marks on your arm?

-Burns.

-Burns. How did you do that?

-Salt and ice.

-Salt and ice?

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Salt and ice is the latest schoolyard dare.

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The girls were nicking the bandage to treat this self-inflicted frostbite.

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-If you put salt and ice on it, it burns you.

-Why would you do that?

-Don't know.

-Just to see if it did.

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It's difficult for us, we need to get past the custody sergeant.

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When you are bringing in a child of 15 or 16 years old who's compliant

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then they're wondering why we've bought them here

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when we could deal with them by means of reprimand or caution.

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But we have to stress at the scene, that they were wild.

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They were like Jack Jekyll & Hyde. We had them her against the wall

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struggling to restrain her, she was like a wild animal.

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-Are you at work this morning?

-Time to call the girls' dad.

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They have been arrested for suspicion of shop theft in the town centre.

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Would you be available, sort of, as and when we need you to come down?

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Oh, you're heading you're quite welcome to do that.

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I don't know how long you might have to wait at the front desk

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but you can come down and you can have a chat with them

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at any point, if you want to.

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All right, Cheers now. Thanks, bye.

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In here! Yeah.

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Right, I just need you to take your shoes off.

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Put them in that. That's your mattress.

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I know you're not but you can,

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but it's better to sit on there than this hard thing, innit?

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All right, if you need us press this buzzer for anything.

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Like, toilet, or whatever. If you need to speak to anyone.

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Just press that buzzer and we'll come down to you. All right?

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The officers are going to go and get statements,

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from the security staff,

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and then as soon as your dad gets here

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we'll get to interview you, all right?

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'With juveniles there's two schools of thought.'

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one, you can be nasty, to make sure they don't want to come back,

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or you can be nice to them.

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Erm, I think having two, having two girls myself,

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I think I take the nice approach to them, um,

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to make sure that, one, they're not going to do anything silly to themselves.

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The fact that they go in a cell,

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that's a bit of a shell shock for 'em anyway.

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So they'll have calmed down, they'll be here for a few hours,

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think about what they've done and they'll be dealt with.

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BEEPING

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Who's buzzing? What number?

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The 11-year-old boy wants some attention.

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Are you all right?

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Are you sure?

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Is this your first time in custody?

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What do you think of it? Boring, innit?

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No tellies or PlayStations in here, is there?

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Once your dad gets here, what's he going to say?

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Kick your butt?

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Do you want a drink or anything? Cup of tea?

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Do you want sugar in it? Two?

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Do you understand what's happening to you?

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Keep the water in case you want it later on.

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Don't you fall off that bench -

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you're not the biggest of lads, are you?

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'Sometimes they come in and they really like, "Yes, I'm in again,"

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'and they try and think the big I am. It's a bit of bravado for them,'

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innit, really?

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Tell their mates that they've been in custody

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but these two, they do look a bit scared

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but you want them to have a bit of a fear factor

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to try and put them off coming again.

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BEEPING

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Now the older boy wants some attention too.

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I couldn't hear you, what did you say?

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Is that what you've run the buzzer for? For me to take your cup?

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Like...yeah.

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Right. I'm going to switch it off if you keep buzzing for no reason.

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It could just stay there until you're given meals, all right?

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Do you know what he rang the buzzer for, Sarge?

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-"I've finished."

-Oh, bless.

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Probably lonely and wants to talk to people.

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My eight-year-old is bigger than that lad that we've got in J1.

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Scary.

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Just think, if she was in here.

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HE CHUCKLES

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How old are you, Rich? You must be cracking on a bit?

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-29.

-What, again?

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Have you been stuck on 29 for about the last 15 years, have you?

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It's going to be a long night if you say I'm over 40.

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Or is it that you've snow on the roof, that makes you look older?

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THEY LAUGH

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Next, please!

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-Right, afternoon! Evening.

-Morning.

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You been in custody before?

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-Years and years ago.

-Right, well, what I'm going to do...

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John Farrow has just ploughed into a parked car

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but why he lost control is a mystery.

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..and the circumstances, please?

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We had a report that a male had been seen driving erratically and crashing into another vehicle.

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A witness spoke to him,

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he appeared to be under the influence of some sort of substance.

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MR FARROW HICCUPS

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Excuse me.

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How are you feeling at the moment?

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-Different.

-Different?

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Have you consumed any alcohol or drugs in the last 24 hours?

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-Yeah, I don't think I've had any drugs.

-You've had no drugs, right.

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-How much alcohol have you had?

-That's what I'm on about.

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Last night...

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..I'll have had about less than a bottle of wine last night.

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-Last night?

-Yeah.

-Right, what about today? Have you had anything today?

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-I've had nothing today.

-Right.

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-And you've had no drugs in the last 24 hours?

-No.

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-Well, something's making you slur a bit.

-Um, I've had a wacky baccy.

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You've had a wacky baccy.

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When did you have your smoke then? When was it?

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-When I got up this morning.

-Right.

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Do you use drugs every day? Do you use wacky baccy every day?

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Erm, no...

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If I had the chance I would but I don't.

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Right then, I'm going to authorise your detention at the police station

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so we can secure, preserve evidence

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in to the offence you've been arrested for. All right?

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Have I done anything wrong yet, then?

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Can't say at the moment. Do you want a solicitor?

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What for?

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I don't think it'll make no difference, will it?

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Well, it's up to you. Yes or no?

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-I'll think about it then.

-OK.

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Right, do you want to come over here then?

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'When he came in he was looking at me

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'but everything I was saying wasn't going in.'

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It was as though he had taken drugs or drink.

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-On manner of experience, what would your thought be?

-What's that?

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On this?

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-What? What you're being to blow?

-Yeah.

-I've no idea.

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Right, deep breath and blow.

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Keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going. That's it.

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Done.

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Now, what we do is we wait for the results, OK?

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Zero!

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So, it's nothing in my system at all?

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Yeah, if you've had some alcohol it's out of your system.

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Mr Farrow now thinks he can go home.

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-All these come...

-I'm all free, I'm all free!

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HE LAUGHS

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He blew zero so I think that's

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when he decided that that was his pass to leave.

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John, just come here, John. John, just come here.

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The results are zero, do you wan...?

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I ain't done nothing, truthfully. I ain't done 'owt wrong.

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You forced me into this, I've had enough.

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'When he was told that he'd still be residing with us'

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he decided that he was going to take exception to that

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and get a little bit stroppy.

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Right, what I'm saying is do you want a copy of...?

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I've run from police on all occasions and I will do.

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Right, this way now, come on.

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'He's had something, so we can't just let him go'

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because if he gets back in a car

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he could wipe somebody out and kill somebody this time.

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So then we've got, it's on our conscience

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and we could have prevented that.

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KNOCKING ON DOOR

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Answer the door!

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BANGING ON DOOR

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The girl's dad has arrived in reception and he's not happy.

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I mean, the way they're treating them kids...to me,

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as they're serious criminals and they're not. They've done one mistake.

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It's the first time ever they've been done up like this.

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I'm just going to go and speak to the dad of the sisters that have come in.

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There's some question about his suitability for appropriate adult.

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When kids are in custody

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they need an appropriate adult to represent them.

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Normally, that's a parent but not always.

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I'm Sergeant West, I'm the custody sergeant at the moment.

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I understand there's some issue regards fingerprints and photographs.

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You're not...?

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Right. Have you...?

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I appreciate you've been in custody yourself before, is that right?

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So you know that by law we can take fingerprints by force if need be?

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Right, why is that then?

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Just...?

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But there's nothing in law that stops us from doing that.

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You can walk out, by all means, for me.

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What I can then deem is that you're not appropriate

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to be an appropriate adult...

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and then I can just get youth offending team

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to do that on my behalf.

0:18:180:18:20

So, are you happy for me to go and do the fingerprints and DNA, then?

0:18:200:18:23

OK, so I'll go and do that

0:18:230:18:25

and I'll keep you updated once that's been done.

0:18:250:18:27

The Youth Justice Service looks after kids in custody

0:18:270:18:31

when an appropriate adult can't be found.

0:18:310:18:34

Obviously, his concern is his children are in custody,

0:18:340:18:36

um, which is understandable.

0:18:360:18:38

Any parent whose children are in custody

0:18:380:18:39

are normally quite apprehensive.

0:18:390:18:41

What we do try to ensure is the parents understand

0:18:410:18:43

why the children are in custody and the process

0:18:430:18:45

in regards to what's going to happen.

0:18:450:18:47

Are you going to cooperate during the interview?

0:18:470:18:50

Well, I appreciate that and I want these girls out of here

0:18:500:18:53

cos it's not a place for them

0:18:530:18:54

and I want them to be released as soon as we can

0:18:540:18:56

but I can't do that if I'm having little problems

0:18:560:18:58

being chucked in the way, am I?

0:18:580:19:00

If I think you're going to be obstructive then

0:19:000:19:02

I just won't let you into the custody suite.

0:19:020:19:06

OK.

0:19:060:19:07

Right, in that case then,

0:19:070:19:08

I'm not going to let you act as appropriate adult, all right?

0:19:080:19:11

I'm going to let Youth Offending Team do that.

0:19:110:19:14

'You could tell that he was being obstructive.

0:19:140:19:16

'It's an inconvenience for him.'

0:19:160:19:18

And, for me, he's not going to have the kids' best interests at heart.

0:19:180:19:22

So at least if Michelle from the offending goes in with them

0:19:220:19:25

she can be independent, she can act, she's used to it,

0:19:250:19:27

she can act on their best interests.

0:19:270:19:29

You want to come up, please?

0:19:310:19:32

So, if you put your hand out.

0:19:450:19:47

Now, your fingerprints, your photos

0:19:470:19:49

and your DNA will be used to specifically search against any crimes.

0:19:490:19:53

Have you ever watched, like, CSI or anything like that?

0:19:530:19:55

-Where they put it through a computer?

-Yeah.

-Match it.

0:19:550:19:57

-To find out who we are.

-Yeah, that's what we do.

0:19:570:19:59

Lovely.

0:19:590:20:01

And if you just want to step that side.

0:20:010:20:03

It may be the 15-year-old's first time in custody,

0:20:030:20:06

but it's new to her dad being on the outside.

0:20:060:20:08

This way.

0:20:080:20:09

Ricky Love has slept off his anger at being caught

0:20:480:20:51

peeing in the street, and is now fit for processing.

0:20:510:20:55

Ricky's a hard man with a long criminal history,

0:20:590:21:02

but recently things have changed,

0:21:020:21:05

and he's beginning to see the value of family.

0:21:050:21:08

When was you last in, Ricky?

0:21:080:21:09

A while ago?

0:21:110:21:13

So you've not been in for a while?

0:21:190:21:21

You getting fed up of it?

0:21:250:21:27

How old is he?

0:21:290:21:30

Yeah.

0:21:350:21:36

It's the drink, demon drink, isn't it?

0:21:410:21:44

Well hopefully you won't be here too long, all right?

0:21:470:21:50

Can you just sign there to say that they're your prints, please?

0:21:500:21:53

Do you want a cup of tea or do you want water?

0:21:550:21:57

Cup of tea, please.

0:21:570:21:58

-Do you want sugar?

-Two, please.

-Two sugars.

0:21:580:22:01

Come on then, we'll take you back.

0:22:010:22:03

You'll be all right. Come on.

0:22:060:22:08

Just treat it as a one-off.

0:22:110:22:13

I'll get you your brew, all right?

0:22:200:22:23

I've been in and out of jail the last 11 years, in and out, you know.

0:22:260:22:30

This is where it's led me but the most important thing in my life now

0:22:300:22:35

is my son,

0:22:350:22:38

and that has kept me out of prison for...nearly two years in August.

0:22:380:22:42

It's made me proud of myself. It's kept me off drugs.

0:22:440:22:48

He's sobering up a bit now.

0:22:480:22:50

I think he's maybe just been silly, urinating in the street.

0:22:510:22:55

Um, he wants to get back to his son, so...

0:22:550:23:00

I think the sergeant's going to arrange to get him out of here

0:23:000:23:03

as soon as he can.

0:23:030:23:04

So I'm bringing up two girls what aren't my girls.

0:23:040:23:08

They're my girlfriend's girls, but they call me dad.

0:23:080:23:11

That means the world to me. That's what I want in my life.

0:23:110:23:14

It's always been up there, like.

0:23:160:23:18

You always say, "I'm never going back," but you do end up going back,

0:23:180:23:22

but now I've got everything not to go back,

0:23:220:23:24

and this is why I'm angry with myself for having a stupid wee.

0:23:240:23:28

Here you go, Ricky.

0:23:310:23:33

I'm going to have a word with the sarge

0:23:360:23:37

about what's happening with you, all right?

0:23:370:23:40

Cos you've come off drink a bit, haven't you?

0:23:400:23:43

So watch that cos it's really hot.

0:23:430:23:45

Um, yeah, so I'll come back and tell you what's going to happen.

0:23:450:23:49

A brew does wonders for everyone.

0:23:530:23:55

Even the girls' dad is starting to see sense.

0:23:580:24:00

'He's calmed down a hell of a lot now.'

0:24:000:24:03

He needed a tea with some sugar in so I've given him that,

0:24:030:24:06

which seemed to build bridges.

0:24:060:24:07

I'll let you know as soon as we know.

0:24:070:24:10

'I think he's appropriate now.'

0:24:100:24:12

A cup of tea - it can turn anybody around.

0:24:120:24:15

A nice cup of tea.

0:24:150:24:16

Come through.

0:24:160:24:18

Do you want to leave your hat off? I don't think you'll need it in there!

0:24:190:24:22

What have you been doing? You've been doin' something. Should've been at school.

0:24:300:24:34

Yeah, I know...

0:24:340:24:35

Never mind that you know.

0:24:350:24:37

You all right?

0:24:440:24:45

I bet you've been scared.

0:24:450:24:47

Do you want to come this way with me?

0:24:480:24:51

Both girls will now have Dad in on their interviews.

0:24:510:24:55

You could look at the triage side of things,

0:24:550:24:57

but there has to be an admission. It can't be that they're denying it.

0:24:570:25:00

Unfortunately, if there is a denial, it will go straight to court

0:25:000:25:03

because there's no other process we can do if they don't admit to what they've done.

0:25:030:25:07

Triage means they'll be released without further action,

0:25:070:25:11

as long as they know that what they did was wrong.

0:25:110:25:14

You've been arrested for shop theft for a £1.65 packet of bandages.

0:25:140:25:19

-Yeah, we had £1.54...

-I gave you money this morning.

0:25:190:25:22

Yeah, I know, but we had to get a bandage.

0:25:220:25:24

-I always give you money.

-Yeah, I know...

0:25:240:25:27

So you've gone into Tesco with your sister, yeah?

0:25:270:25:30

Don't cry.

0:25:300:25:32

Let me get you some tissues.

0:25:320:25:33

I give you pennies, darling.

0:25:330:25:36

Come here.

0:25:360:25:39

I knew you'd be upset.

0:25:390:25:41

-So were you on your way to school? Is that where you were going?

-Yeah.

0:25:410:25:45

-What was wrong with

-BLEEP's

-arm? Why did she need a bandage?

0:25:450:25:48

She's... You know what people have done, like a sort of ice challenge?

0:25:480:25:52

-Yes.

-She's done them.

0:25:520:25:53

And, like, one arm started bleeding and it goes all down her arm, so...

0:25:530:25:58

So you knew

0:25:580:25:59

you'd need a bandage and you knew you didn't have enough money

0:25:590:26:02

and you knew you were going to steal it, is that what you're saying?

0:26:020:26:05

We didn't know we were going to steal it until, like,

0:26:050:26:07

we worked out how much we had left, because we felt we had enough.

0:26:070:26:10

-And then, like, the police came and

-BLEEP

-started kicking off

0:26:100:26:16

and they put her in handcuffs because she was, like, real stressy.

0:26:160:26:21

Do you understand that taking something from a shop

0:26:210:26:24

-that's not yours is wrong without paying for it?

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:26:240:26:28

And this is the consequence of that. Even when you do it

0:26:280:26:31

with the best of intentions,

0:26:310:26:33

it's still stealing. The daft thing is,

0:26:330:26:35

they have a first aid point in St Stephen's,

0:26:350:26:37

-so you could have gone to a security guard and they'd have given her a bandage.

-Yeah, I know.

0:26:370:26:41

All right, let's get you in there.

0:26:410:26:44

'I'm a bit annoyed that it's over a bandage.'

0:26:460:26:48

I saw her with money this morning. I'd never have pictured it.

0:26:480:26:51

If I'd known that was all, I'd have got her one myself.

0:26:530:26:57

She's all yours.

0:26:570:26:59

Now it's the older sister's turn, and she's in bigger trouble,

0:26:590:27:03

also accused of assaulting the security guard.

0:27:030:27:06

If they'd behaved at the scene, they wouldn't be here.

0:27:060:27:08

The security would have dealt with it, wouldn't have got the police involved.

0:27:080:27:12

So it's gone from a simple, low-value shop theft

0:27:120:27:16

to a possible assault,

0:27:160:27:18

coming into custody and going through the system.

0:27:180:27:20

Stop shaking.

0:27:200:27:22

Tell me what happened.

0:27:220:27:24

We tried just to get out, and he pushed me against the wall.

0:27:240:27:27

I didn't make it so I kicked off, and I started punching and kicking him.

0:27:270:27:31

Then he rammed me into the door.

0:27:310:27:33

And then the police came.

0:27:330:27:35

They probably needed to take your details first,

0:27:350:27:37

and that's why they were asking you to stay a bit longer.

0:27:370:27:40

Yeah, but there was no need to push her against the wall.

0:27:400:27:43

I understand that. I just need to talk to her

0:27:430:27:45

about the allegation that's been made against her at the moment.

0:27:450:27:48

But it's no use saying "allegation against her".

0:27:480:27:51

At the end of the day, he's done what he's done.

0:27:510:27:54

They are allowed to...

0:27:540:27:55

He's not allowed to do it to a minor.

0:27:550:27:57

-I've got the right to knock his head off.

-No, you haven't.

-I have.

0:27:570:28:01

Can I ask you to calm down,

0:28:010:28:02

otherwise I'll ask you to leave the interview

0:28:020:28:04

and leave the custody suite, OK?

0:28:040:28:07

Do you think that that behaviour

0:28:070:28:08

that you showed there is appropriate?

0:28:080:28:11

I don't know what happened, I just...

0:28:110:28:13

-Just got a bit angry?

-Yeah, first time I've done it.

0:28:130:28:15

When you're nice to people, like you're being nice to me now,

0:28:150:28:18

and you're talking to me quite respectfully

0:28:180:28:20

and I'm talking to you respectfully,

0:28:200:28:22

you get more out of people, don't you?

0:28:220:28:24

I don't need to tell you that assaulting somebody

0:28:240:28:27

who was trying to detain you for a criminal offence is wrong.

0:28:270:28:31

-I'm sure you understand that, don't you?

-Yeah.

0:28:310:28:33

Andrew, my advice to you would be, do not go round and punch him.

0:28:340:28:38

-I want to.

-I know.

0:28:380:28:41

But we all want to do things, don't we, and we can't do them.

0:28:410:28:44

Otherwise, you'll end up in here, which is no use to these two, is it?

0:28:440:28:47

It's scary.

0:28:470:28:49

I honestly thought they'd either deny it,

0:28:490:28:52

or Dad would be more obstructive than he was,

0:28:520:28:55

but he was all right until the second interview,

0:28:550:28:57

so we did OK, really.

0:28:570:28:58

'Both of them have no previous convictions,

0:28:580:29:01

'so I'll look at speaking to the Youth Offending Team

0:29:010:29:04

'for disposal by way of triage.'

0:29:040:29:06

Hopefully, that'll be better than taking them to court.

0:29:060:29:09

And they're definitely banned from Tesco as well,

0:29:090:29:11

so the outcome there's better. I'm just hoping Dad doesn't go in.

0:29:110:29:14

John Farrow, the man who crashed his car,

0:29:190:29:23

but wasn't over the limit, is getting impatient.

0:29:230:29:25

No.

0:29:270:29:28

OK.

0:29:320:29:33

This has all been explained to you, hasn't it?

0:29:380:29:40

You've been locked up for being unfit through drink or drugs,

0:29:420:29:44

so it's an impairment,

0:29:440:29:45

following the accident you had. Can you remember that much?

0:29:450:29:48

Exactly. That suggests to me that you're still under the influence.

0:29:500:29:53

He's started trying to tell me what to do,

0:29:580:30:01

but there's only one gaffer in here and that's me,

0:30:010:30:03

so I don't like it when people try and tell me.

0:30:030:30:05

BANGING AT DOOR

0:30:050:30:08

He's still obviously under the influence of something.

0:30:080:30:11

To work out what he's under the influence of,

0:30:140:30:16

the cops have another trick up their sleeve.

0:30:160:30:20

These boys are here to do the Field Impairment Test,

0:30:200:30:23

which is a series of interesting little tests

0:30:230:30:28

to see if they think that he's under the influence.

0:30:280:30:32

If they deem that he is, then they will ask for an FME

0:30:320:30:35

to come out and take blood,

0:30:350:30:36

obviously for the offence of impairment.

0:30:360:30:39

Can you take him down with the traffic officers into the yard?

0:30:390:30:42

-Yeah.

-Take him that way.

0:30:420:30:43

-VIA MONITOR:

-'Right.

0:30:430:30:45

'Won't take too long, but it's just a series of tests

0:30:450:30:47

'to see whether you're actually impaired to drive.'

0:30:470:30:50

Now the bobby's showing him how to do it.

0:30:500:30:52

'You must raise your right foot, keeping your legs straight

0:30:520:30:55

'and your toes pointing forward.'

0:30:550:30:56

This is the one leg stand test. He's got to lift his foot.

0:30:560:31:00

..Pointing your toe six to eight inches off the ground.

0:31:000:31:04

Count out loud.

0:31:040:31:05

1,001, 1,002.

0:31:050:31:08

'1,002, 1,000...'

0:31:080:31:10

-'Which bit'd you like?

-Can I stand on that?

-Right,

0:31:160:31:18

'the next one is called the finger and nose test.

0:31:180:31:22

'When I tell you which hand to move,

0:31:220:31:23

'you must touch the tip of your nose with the tip of that finger.'

0:31:230:31:26

We might have the old...

0:31:260:31:29

'Right. Next one,'

0:31:320:31:34

you must take nine heel to toe steps along the line.

0:31:340:31:37

He needs to walk toe-to-toe, and not go off the line.

0:31:370:31:41

'Keep your left foot on the line and spin around using little steps.'

0:31:410:31:46

Either the line keeps moving, or he's not adhering to that line.

0:31:470:31:52

'Right, done. Come here, young man.'

0:31:520:31:55

# Because you're mine I walk the line... #

0:31:590:32:02

Right.

0:32:050:32:08

I would say that he has passed the test.

0:32:080:32:10

The items that he has failed are not down to his impairment,

0:32:100:32:14

but may be down to his lack

0:32:140:32:16

of possible mental capacity to understand what was meant of him.

0:32:160:32:18

So I would say that he isn't impaired, based on this test.

0:32:180:32:23

He's certainly under the influence of something.

0:32:230:32:26

I would suggest that a blood test

0:32:260:32:27

would be a more accurate reading of exactly what's in his system,

0:32:270:32:31

and a doctor's statement to indicate whether he feels

0:32:310:32:34

that he would have been impaired at the time of driving.

0:32:340:32:37

'From my observations about the test,

0:32:380:32:40

'it looked like he may have failed it.

0:32:400:32:43

'However, the bobbies have come back and said that he's passed.'

0:32:430:32:45

They still think he may be under the influence of something, which coincides with

0:32:450:32:49

the fact that he's said he's under medication, and he's had some today.

0:32:490:32:52

But Mr Farrow is now refusing to co-operate any more.

0:32:520:32:56

We've tried to get blood. He's been in a while. He's refused to give urine.

0:32:580:33:02

He's refused to give blood.

0:33:020:33:03

Therefore we're going to keep him in custody until the morning,

0:33:030:33:08

until he's fit. Let the medication wear off.

0:33:080:33:11

Then he'll be fit to be spoken to and fit to be charged as well.

0:33:110:33:15

A night in the cells brings most people to their senses.

0:33:210:33:25

As a new day dawns at Priory Road, it's checking out time.

0:33:250:33:29

The first to leave are the two boys

0:33:290:33:32

suspected of stealing lead from a roof.

0:33:320:33:34

Are you ready to go?

0:33:340:33:36

Having admitted their crime, they're about to be released without charge.

0:33:380:33:42

All the 11-year-old needs to worry about is his mum.

0:33:420:33:46

Cup of tea.

0:33:460:33:48

Is he yours?

0:33:500:33:51

'You don't want them to come back. It's not an environment'

0:34:060:34:08

that you want a small child to basically be in.

0:34:080:34:11

While you're on bail, you don't want to commit any more offences,

0:34:110:34:14

all right?

0:34:140:34:16

I don't think you will come any more, to be honest.

0:34:160:34:19

You've got very neat writing as well.

0:34:190:34:21

'You could tell he was scared, and he was thinking about what he's done.'

0:34:210:34:24

I don't think he'll commit any more offences, really.

0:34:240:34:28

'I know sometimes, we feel sorry for them.'

0:34:280:34:30

But the message is that we don't want them back,

0:34:300:34:34

and I think Mum will give him more punishment than we can.

0:34:340:34:36

-I've got family.

-Lovely.

-That's what I miss.

0:34:420:34:46

Ricky is also being reunited with his child.

0:34:460:34:50

For weeing in public, he's got a 12 month conditional discharge.

0:34:500:34:54

I didn't really mean no harm but...

0:34:540:34:57

that's the way things are.

0:34:570:34:59

-How are you feeling at the moment?

-Different.

-Different.

0:35:000:35:05

John Farrow, the man who crashed his car,

0:35:050:35:08

WAS under the influence of drugs -

0:35:080:35:10

prescription painkillers for a bad back.

0:35:100:35:12

'I hadn't been to my doctor for a while,

0:35:120:35:15

'and my tablets were all coming down to my last ones.'

0:35:150:35:19

I didn't realise that I shouldn't have been taking certain tablets while driving.

0:35:190:35:23

Didn't even kick in.

0:35:230:35:24

Right, Mr Farrow, are you fit and well to get home?

0:35:240:35:29

I will do my best.

0:35:290:35:30

He wasn't done for the crash, but for refusing the blood test.

0:35:300:35:34

He was fined £50 and banned from driving for a year.

0:35:340:35:37

I must admit, next time I see any of you, I will run.

0:35:370:35:41

Well, you'd better start running now, then.

0:35:410:35:45

Anyway, see you later, Mr Farrow.

0:35:450:35:47

-You'll be with us again in about a month, OK?

-I can imagine. Cheers.

0:35:470:35:53

The father of the two shoplifters is nervously awaiting their fate.

0:35:560:36:00

-But Dad's got to help them do that.

-They're first going to be triaged,

0:36:190:36:23

which means they're going to get released. As far as we're concerned,

0:36:230:36:26

it's over and done with.

0:36:260:36:27

There's no criminal conviction or anything.

0:36:270:36:29

We do need, obviously, as part of it,

0:36:290:36:32

we want to make sure triage works,

0:36:320:36:34

because we don't want them back in police custody.

0:36:340:36:37

I don't know how you feel about that?

0:36:370:36:40

I'll do whatever I can.

0:36:400:36:42

We'll hear from you when you get back.

0:36:420:36:45

OK, we'll go to the desk

0:36:450:36:46

and explain to the girls what's happening.

0:36:460:36:49

I think they've learnt their lesson. She has. Definitely, haven't you?

0:36:530:36:56

The state of you.

0:36:560:36:59

I'll explain what's happening.

0:36:590:37:01

There will be no further action at this time.

0:37:010:37:04

The truth has set them free, but was it the whole truth?

0:37:040:37:07

In the nicest possible way, I don't want to see you in here again, OK?

0:37:200:37:23

You're free to go.

0:37:230:37:25

Good. I've been here five hours.

0:37:250:37:28

-I'll give you a ring later on.

-All right.

-All right, cheers.

0:37:280:37:31

See ya.

0:37:310:37:34

I'm happy with them, but I'm also annoyed

0:37:340:37:36

that they pinched a bandage when they had money on them.

0:37:360:37:39

They've got to pay for it. They've taken, what, 70-odd pence.

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Could have avoided all this, couldn't you? Eh?

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Where we can, we will deal with juveniles outside of custody

0:37:480:37:52

and get other agencies involved like Youth Offending.

0:37:520:37:56

But it can't be nice for people to come in here.

0:37:560:37:58

I know I'm in here, and it's nice seeing me,

0:37:580:38:02

but not with kids in here.

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Next time, it's shutdown in The Lock Up.

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Have you got rigid cuffs?

0:38:200:38:21

A man who's been seized is having a seizure.

0:38:240:38:28

Calm down.

0:38:280:38:30

Another man picked up...

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..is having a paddy.

0:38:340:38:35

And if you value your freedom, assaulting an officer

0:38:430:38:47

isn't the best course of action, no matter how rock solid your defence.

0:38:470:38:50

Well, I tell you what,

0:38:510:38:53

-I've read some fairy tales in all my life, but

-that

-takes the biscuit.

0:38:530:38:58

Fair enough.

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Two thousand kids pass through the custody suites of Humberside Police every year. In Episode Four of The Lock-Up, Custody Sergeant Rich West has to play it both hard and soft to manage a group of kids in cells next to some of Hull's most unappealing criminals.