24 Hours in Police Custody

  • 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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  • 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 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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?

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.'

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  • 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.

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  • 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 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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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    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.

    With strong languageThis episode is subtitled46 mins
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