24 Hours in Police Custody

  • Series 7 Episode 6: What Lies Beneath

    The police receive a phone call claiming that body parts are buried in a garden, but are they being deliberately drawn into a brutal gang war?

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    Series 7 Episode 5: Fifty Shades of Abuse

    A teenager is rushed to hospital with serious injuries that suggest she's been tied up and assaulted. She says she got them during sex with her boyfriend. But then she disappears from hospital...

    Accounts of sexual violence which some viewers may find distressingThis episode is subtitled47 mins
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    Series 7 Episode 4: A Second Chance

    A woman calls the police to a block of flats in Luton, where a bloody hand print is found on the wall, and a disturbing case unfolds

    Strong language and images that some viewers may find distressingThis episode is subtitled47 mins
  • Series 7 Episode 3: A Knife Through the Heart

    A man lies dying in the street from a stab wound to the heart. Police investigate this tragic case, which has a surprising and disturbing twist.

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    Series 7 Episode 2: The Kane Line

    This episode has unprecedented access to a major covert surveillance operation, which culminates in 10 simultaneous armed dawn raids against organised crime gangs

    Strong languageThis episode is subtitled47 mins
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    Series 7 Episode 1: Body in the Grass

    A woman's body is found in overgrown grassland. When detectives inform her partner of her death, his behaviour marks him out as the chief suspect.

    Contains images and descriptions that some viewers may find upsettingThis episode is subtitled68 mins
  • Series 6 Episode 6: Too Close for Comfort

    A woman tells the police that a man who she thought of as a friend has begun to stalk her. He denies it. The police try to work out who's telling the truth.

  • Series 6 Episode 5: Frequent Flyers

    The police search for a couple who they believe have exploited a young, vulnerable woman by taking over her flat to use it as a drugs base

  • Series 6 Episode 4: Shallow Grave

    Police dig in a Luton garden, searching for the body of a woman who disappeared in 2003, as they turn up the heat on suspects in a case that has puzzled and frustrated them for years

  • Series 6 Episode 3: Left for Dead

    A man lies dead in a Peterborough park. The position of his body raises intense suspicions but rigor mortis has set in and the trail of evidence is going cold. Detectives are called in to investigate.

  • Series 6 Episode 2: Car Attack

    Bedfordshire Police are called to Dunstable Town Centre, where a man has driven a car into a group of revellers outside a kebab shop before fleeing on foot

  • Series 6 Episode 1: Sex and Corruption

    This extraordinary episode has unprecedented access to a major investigation into an allegation of police corruption, as detectives track down, arrest and then charge a fellow officer

  • Series 5 Episode 5: The Golden Bracelet

    Bedfordshire Police are particularly busy. A young care worker denies stealing a gold bracelet. A young man denies being involved in a stabbing. And another suspect is questioned about an assault.

  • Series 5 Episode 4: Code of Silence

    A man has been attacked and left unconscious on the floor of a crowded pub for over 30 minutes. Detectives face a wall of silence as they search for evidence.

  • Series 5 Episode 3: Human Chains

    A man comes to Luton Police station claiming that his life's in danger and that he's just escaped from a slave-owning gang. Over 200 officers launch a dawn raid on the suspects.

  • Series 5 Episode 2: Their Time Will Come

    A distressed woman arrives at Luton Police station, where officers have to tell her that her 76-year-old husband is under arrest following allegations of historic child sex abuse

  • Series 5 Episode 1: A Moment of Madness

    This episode explodes onto screens as a blood-soaked man walks out of a hotel lift holding a fire extinguisher and shouting that he's killed someone. Can detectives disentangle what happened?

  • Series 4 Episode 9: A Complaint of Rape

    A young woman has made a complaint of rape against a man who she met in a bar. What follows is a series of interviews with the woman and suspect, as police try to unpick the different accounts.

  • Series 4 Episode 8: In Plain Sight

    During Luton's May carnival, a man enters a house and sexually assaults two young children. Bedfordshire Police are determined to find him before he can strike again.

  • Series 4 Episode 7: Lethal Weapon

    A suspect is on the run from Bedfordshire Police's specialist gun crime unit. He's believed to be armed and dangerous.

  • Series 4 Episode 6: Home Truths

    The number of incidents of domestic abuse reported to Bedfordshire Police has surged to over 200 a week. And it can be difficult to navigate personal stories of real-life drama.

  • Series 4 Episode 5: The Black Balaclava

    Bedfordshire Police investigate a rash of knife-point robberies. But without good CCTV images, they have to rely on old-fashioned detective skills.

  • Series 4 Episode 4: One Punch

    When a man dies after being punched outside a nightclub, the police must establish whether it was an unjustified assault on an innocent man or an act of self-defence with tragic consequences

  • Series 4 Episode 3: Love Thy Neighbour

    Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League, is held in Luton police station following a vicious assault on a Muslim man. Meanwhile, a Muslim woman seeks protection from her husband.

  • Series 4 Episode 2: To Catch a Paedophile

    The police race to find evidence to charge two men who've been lured to a fake meeting by paedophile hunters posing as underage girls. But is the involvement of the vigilantes a help or a hindrance?

  • Series 4 Episode 1: Human Cargo

    Bedfordshire Police are called to investigate frantic banging from inside a refrigerated HGV lorry. But have the migrants inside been the victims of people trafficking?

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  • Series 3 Episode 5: A Sixth Sense

    DC Cathie Layton investigates the case of a man who is alleged to have assaulted a taxi driver and stolen his keys. But her instinct tells her that all is not what it seems...

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  • Series 3 Episode 4: Mother's Day

    The police release a young man who's been accused of a vicious assault when he gives his mother as an alibi. But when she fails to support his story they have to try to find him again...

  • Series 3 Episode 3: Partners in Crime

    DS Simon Hancock and DC Cathie Layton have 24 hours to interview two men who they suspect are behind a string of knife-point robberies. And neither man knows what the other's saying...

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  • Series 3 Episode 2: Guilty Little Secrets

    Bedfordshire Police must decide whether to charge two men arrested as part of a nationwide operation against people possessing and, in some cases, distributing indecent images of children online

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  • Series 3 Episode 1: Bad Blood

    DS Emma James and DC Cathie Layton pull a 22-hour shift to find the evidence against a young man accused of robbery and assault, who denies everything and paints himself as the victim

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  • Series 2 Episode 6: Frequent Flyers

    Cathie Layton and Brett Jones used to work together in the police, but now Brett's a legal rep, representing one of Luton's prolific burglars, with DC Layton on the other side of the table

  • Series 2 Episode 5: Age Concern

    Several elderly people have been sexually assaulted in a graveyard. The police have a sample of an attacker's DNA from a previous crime scene, and arrest a young man. Will his DNA match?

  • Series 2 Episode 4: Punchdrunk Love

    This episode follows cases where alcohol and relationship tensions mix in a dangerous cocktail. Investigating Officer Lisa Hutchinson says nine out of ten cases can be of domestic violence.

  • Series 2 Episode 3: Human Traffic

    This episode follows an investigation into suspected human trafficking. DC Tom Stean says 'Human trafficking is getting worse and worse. I think Luton is a magnet.'

  • Series 2 Episode 2: A Short, Sharp Shock

    Two teenage girls are arrested after a fight broke out in a nightclub. And the police also arrest a 61-year-old man who's never spent a night in the cells before.

  • Series 2 Episode 1: A Crime of Passion

    Hardened detectives DS Hutton and DC Brecknock are shocked by an extraordinarily disturbing case of attempted murder in an ordinary terraced home

  • Series 1 Episode 7: The Crime of the Century

    Acting sergeant and double amputee Wil Taylor and his team investigate the case of three sex workers. Are the women victims of trafficking, or are they exploiting others?

  • Series 1 Episode 6: Honour Thy Father

    In Luton, a devout Muslim has been arrested for violently assaulting his daughter with an iron after she married a man he doesn't approve of

  • Series 1 Episode 5: The Morning After

    It's Saturday night in Luton, and Bedfordshire Police are dealing with drunken domestic disputes and a booze-fuelled fight

  • Series 1 Episode 4: The Drug Drop

    This episode opens with a young man accidentally dropping a large quantity of cocaine from his jacket pocket outside a petrol station - all caught on CCTV

  • Series 1 Episode 3: The Confession of a Paedophile

    This episode follows the team of four detectives working full-time on child abuse cases in the dedicated Safeguarding Investigation Unit at Luton Police Station

  • Series 1 Episode 2: Love Hurts

    In this second episode of the observational series shot inside Luton Police Station, two PCs are determined to get to the bottom of two contrasting cases of domestic abuse and harassment

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  • Series 1 Episode 1: The Conspiracy to Murder

    This extraordinary episode opens with the dawn arrest of a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. The film documents the work of the lead detectives as they investigate and interview the suspect.

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