Next Episode of Neighbourhood Blues is
Season 8 / Episode 1 and airs on 25 September 2017 11:00
Documentary series following the work of groundbreaking police teams around the UK as they confront the problems of troubled communities.
Neighbourhood officer Dom Bryant gets an anonymous tip off that some cannabis is being grown at a house in the small village of Burnham-on-Sea. Dom goes to investigate but soon finds out that all is not what it seems. Police switchboard operators are used to taking the odd 999 call but in Somerset they've been inundated with hundreds of nuisance calls, all from one man. After numerous warnings, the police have finally had enough and neighbourhood officers are going to arrest him. And, in Bath, a call comes in for neighbourhood officer, Roger Parker over the city's special communications network that connects the high street shops' security departments with the police. CCTV cameras in a large department store have picked up an Italian student in the act of stealing some clothes.
The number of Illegal immigrants working in the UK is very difficult to put a figure on. In Bath, the neighbourhood team are clamping down on people abusing immigration laws and have called in Immigration Enforcement to investigate two restaurants under suspicion of using illegal workers. After a recent spate of stabbings in Weston-super-Mare, the neighbourhood police are determined to come down hard on the offenders. After a report of an altercation between a number of youths, where one has been slashed across his face, officers race to catch those involved. And, after a room in a seaside hotel is trashed, Russ Millier gives chase to one of the suspected offenders along Weston's sandy beach.
A young man is viciously assaulted in broad daylight in Weston-super-Mare. Luckily for the neighbourhood police the motiveless attack is caught on CCTV, showing an unusual getaway car, which helps them track down the suspected offender. Russ Millier gets called to help his PCSO colleagues arrest two young men suspected of robbing a lad of his designer man bag, the latest 'must have' accessory for teenagers in Weston Super Mare. When he gets there, he makes an unexpected discovery inside the man bag. And, when a woman's handbag is stolen from her house in a distraction burglary, the neighbourhood team sends for four-legged help in the shape of Argo, a three-year-old German Shepherd dog.
A strange, late night break in turns from being a manhunt into a search-and-rescue for the neighbourhood team, after it quickly becomes apparent the young suspect is lost and confused in freezing mid-winter conditions. In Bath, the hunt is on for a street beggar, who has skipped his court appointment. When neighbourhood officers arrive at his home they're shocked by what they find. And in Bridgwater, a drunk pensioner causes trouble at a local pub. After being thrown out and damaging a window, the police get called in to try and calm him down.
Racial tensions run high in Sunderland following a race-hate attack. When officers discover a chilling note attached to the brick thrown during the attack, the neighbourhood team race to get the occupants of the house to safety. In Southwick, north of Newcastle, the neighbourhood team uncover a cannabis farm worth over a quarter of a million pounds. And PCSOs Craig and Gill help an elderly man who has been left shaken by a recent burglary.
In the coastal town of Blyth on the north east coast, PC Stuart Thomson must take a sensitive approach and use all his skills as a neighbourhood officer when he deals with the bullying of a disabled boy by a group of young people. The neighbourhood team raid the house of a nuisance neighbour and possible drug user, and PCSOs Mick and Deborah are called to a van on fire.
In Southwick, Tyne and Wear, the neighbourhood team are called to a man who is being tormented by a pair of antisocial youths. One of the lads is arrested, while the mother of the other admits she is finding it hard to control her wayward son. Together they work with the distressed mother to keep the boy out of trouble. A man living in a caravan causes distress to residents, and an evening shift of calls to antisocial youths keep the Blyth team busy.
The neighbourhood teams crack down on illegal drugs. The Washington team raid the house of a man who has reportedly been growing cannabis in his loft. In Southwick, officers raid the house of a possible dealer. Plus a woman behaving badly outside a nightclub takes things too far, and the team give two German tourists a welcome surprise.
In Tyne and Wear, the Sunderland neighbourhood team are called to an act of racist graffiti outside a mosque. When more graffiti appears on the house of a resident close by, the team notice similarities between the two acts of vandalism and attempt to hunt down those responsible. In Washington, PC Glen assists a woman who has been harassed by youths on mopeds in the local park. And PC Louise puts her local knowledge to the test to find a runaway who may be hiding on a busy railway line.
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