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.
With violent crime on the increase and the ever-present threat of terrorism, The Met want more armed police on the streets. Whilst they continue the process of recruiting a further 600 firearms officers, one of their most experienced cohorts, Derek, has nearly 20 years’ experience patrolling London’s streets. He leads his team on a pursuit through London to intercept a car suspected of carrying a gun, a last resort tactic known as an armed stop.
Gangs are a major problem for police and in Harlesden a long running turf war has had horrific consequences. A young man has been shot; an innocent casualty of a violent gang feud. Detectives Hitesh Patel and Paul Connelly work for Trident, the Met’s specialist gang unit. They have focused on one of the most notorious gangs in Harlesden, working undercover to put an end to as many of them as possible and stop the drug trade thriving on the streets of North West London.
Over the last five years robberies committed on mopeds have increased tenfold across London and in Islington there’s an epidemic of phones being snatched, often by teenagers. Pursuing them is controversial following the death of a local teenager, Henry Hicks, whilst driving a moped. His family are waiting for the results of the Coroner’s Inquest - the police believe he died from reckless driving, his family believe he died as a result of a police pursuit. The Met Commissioner (at the time) Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe visits Islington and is confronted by the grieving family. Against the backdrop of this community tension, Sgt Steve Brown, who grew up in the area, is determined to arrest and convict the phone snatchers currently operating on his home turf.
It’s the start of a bank holiday weekend and a young man has been stabbed in Hackney. Police Constables Dave Carron and Paris Smith rush to the scene but the victim doesn’t want to tell them anything about what’s happened. As he’s taken to hospital the next emergency call comes in – less than a mile away there’s been another stabbing. For Dave, one of Hackney’s most experienced response officers, it’s an all too familiar Friday night but for Paris, arresting anyone for a knife is one of the most satisfying things she can do.
Across London, Detectives from The Met’s Sexual Offences Unit are trying to gather evidence against a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman with Downs Syndrome. Rape is one of the hardest crimes to investigate and Detectives are struggling to understand exactly what happened in her flat that night - without it there’ll be no chance of bringing her attacker to justice.
Staff in newsagents and supermarkets in South East London have been terrified by masked gunmen demanding that they hand over money. The Met’s dedicated robbery unit The Flying Squad, have been called in. Using all their skills of undercover surveillance and forensics, detectives are in a race against time to catch them before they strike again.
In Brixton custody suite a detainee has stripped naked and is refusing to come out of his cell and go to court. In another cell a 54-year-old man has been brought in for threatening the cashier in his local supermarket with a knife. Looking after them is Inspector Brian Smith, responsible for up to 40 detainees at a time in the challenging and unpredictable environment of London’s busiest custody suite.
In Croydon, South London, reports of mutilated cats have stoked rumours that a killer may be on the loose. The case has been handed to seasoned Detective Andy Collin, more used to investigating gangs and organized crime. To crack the case Andy calls in a specialist in animal forensic pathology, and criminal profiling experts from the National Crime Agency and with fears that the attacks on animals could escalate to humans, the race is on to find a suspect.
At New Scotland Yard, senior police officers plan their strategy for this year’s anti-capitalist Million Mask March event. Commander Harrington is determined to avoid the ugly scenes of last year – angry clashes and a police car set on fire. This time, they’ve got new tactics and 3000 cops on the ground. As the protestors take to the streets, the pressure is on for the police to keep the balance between the rights of the protestors and keeping the city safe.
PC Paul Molyneux is on the hunt for Ealing’s most wanted burglars. Staking out the parked car of a well-known criminal Paul and his colleague Katy are thrown into a 60mph car chase when he fails to stop for them. Frustrated by the short sentences given to some burglars by the courts, Paul’s ready for retirement. We follow his final days after a thirty-year career with The Met.
In Newham, East London a group of drug dealers are operating in an area, believed to control much of the drug supply for East London. Local residents describe it as a no go area and it’s up to Detective Colin Stow and his team to solve the problem. Working undercover to take down as many of them as possible, they reveal the inner workings of the drug trade and their attempts to stop it thriving on the streets of London.
A crucial lead has just come through for murder detectives investigating the tragic death of an elderly man in North London. DNA found on a cigarette at the crime scene has given them their first suspect in a case they’ve been trying to crack for the last eight months. Detectives now have 24 hours to interview him before he can be charged or let go.
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