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The Met: Episode four

Updated Thursday 11th June 2015

This episode of OU/BBC's The Met: Policing London looks at tackling the city's crime after dark - from abusive drunks to robberies. 

Bernard Hogan-Howe outside New Scotland Yard Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Filmed over the course of a year, The Met: Policing London follows officers of Britain’s biggest and busiest police service as they deal with life, death, crime and it’s victims, all across the capital.

On an average night, the Met receives over 4000 emergency calls, keeping London’s 800 on-duty response cops busy from dusk ‘til dawn.

Crimes thrives in the shadows and in the residential streets of North London, a burglar has been caught in the act and it’s down to  PC Waz Din to, literally, talk him down when the suspect is found hanging from a first floor window.

8 miles away, on the busy streets of Soho, something sinister is lurking behind the bright lights. For the past two years, Detective Superintendent Kevin Southworth has been gathering evidence on the thieves and drug dealers exploiting the area. Tonight, with the help of 400 riot-trained officers, he’ll make his move. 

After dark, London’s clubs and bars come alive but as the punters spill out onto the city streets, it’s up to the cops to take the abuse from punters who can’t hold their booze. And the long night can be a lonely time for those suffering from mental health issues as Constables Ian Gray and Christine Wratten rush to help two Londoners who are feeling suicidal.  

This episode is part of The Open University's/BBC's co-production The Met: Policing London. You can view more information on the series and episode guides here. 

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