Following on from the highly successful first series, this second series follows the work of Britain’s biggest and busiest police force as they deal with life, death, crime and its victims all across the capital. Filmed over the course of the year, we witness what The Met are up against; including firearms officers taking guns off the streets, a huge party in Hyde Park boils over leading to the stabbing of a young man and a grieving family confront the Met Commissioner, angry at the death of their son.
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The Met: Policing London
Across London, The Met is dealing with the pressures and dilemmas of policing a city of eight and a half million people.
Available on BBC iPlayerBBC One on Wednesday
21st June 2017 at 9:00PM
Police Constables Laura Walker and Oz Bhatti patrol the streets of Westminster. Recently qualified as a response driver, Oz gets his first chase at 4am when a 17 year-old who’s stolen his mum’s car refuses to stop for them.
On the hottest night of the year there’s an impromptu summer party for thousands of young people in Hyde Park. But when police intervene to stop the music they come under attack. Oz and Laura are called in as back up but the park descends into chaos, resulting in a vicious stabbing, captured on a mobile phone as it happened among the traffic on Park Lane. Detective Inspector Dave Bolton from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command leads the hunt to find the attacker.
In Stratford, East London Sgt Vicky Kneale is responding to the concerns of local residents and tackling the borough’s prostitution problem. Talking to the girls on the streets she gathers intelligence that a local hotel and several other properties are being run as brothels by one man. He thinks he’s untouchable, but Vicky is determined to bring down his major criminal enterprise.
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