Next Episode of Neighbourhood Blues is
Documentary series following the work of groundbreaking police teams around the UK as they confront the problems of troubled communities.
Northumbria Police launch Operation Flynn to target wanted and active criminals across their area. Run from police HQ, the neighbourhood teams with their links to the community are integral to making sure the operation is a success. First up, the team attempt to track down a man who is wanted on a weapons offence and hasn't turned up for court. They find him at home in bed but have to make an unscheduled stop before they take him into custody. The team also go on the hunt for a man who is known to become aggressive when he has had a few too many.
The Sunderland team are called to the city centre when one of their regulars has been found hiding in a bush after being accused of stealing money from a student.
The neighbourhood team are called to reports of a woman vandalising a window. When confronted, she becomes aggressive and her bad behaviour culminates in a shocking assault when she is taken into custody. This is the side of neighbourhood policing the public don't get to see, providing an insight into custody and the abuse staff often have to deal with.
The team also help a couple of young lads who have been left stranded, and make an unexpected discovery when on the hunt for a man who hasn't turned up for court.
The neighbourhood team race to the scene of a car crash in Sunderland, and PCSOs Mick and Deborah speak to witnesses to get to the bottom of what has happened. It soon becomes clear that the driver was uninsured, and worse still, he ran away rather than stick around to swap details with the victim.
Officers visit a man who may have been the victim of racist abuse by an antisocial teenager. When he shows officers shocking footage of the youth attacking his ground-floor flat recorded on his phone, the team act fast.
In the coastal town of Blyth on the North Sea coast, the neighbourhood team arrest one of their most active offenders. After he is released on bail, the man steals a TV and goes on the run. The team pull out all the stops to get him behind bars once more, and after he manages to evade them for more than a month they decide to organise a sting operation to finally catch their man.
PCSOs Mick and Andy catch a man smoking cannabis outside a children's dance school who claims his law breaking is for medicinal purposes.
And in Sunderland city centre, PCs Steve and Gill work closely with business owners and security teams to crack down on shoplifters.
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