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24 Hours in Police Custody

  • 2017
  • Season 5
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

Summary

A man emerges from a hotel lift covered in blood, and claims to have killed someone. Other cases include a serious assault in a pub.

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Episode 1: A Moment of Madness

Summary

Documentary following the work of Bedfordshire Police around the clock as they investigate a number of major crimes. A man emerges from a hotel lift covered in blood and holding a fire extinguisher, before approaching the reception desk and shouting that he has killed someone. Cameras follow every twist and turn as detectives try to work out what really happened at the hotel close to Luton Airport, which has suddenly become a chaotic and bloody crime scene

Review

The excellent, eye-opening series about Bedfordshire police returns with a deeply disturbing case. In the Hilton Hotel at Luton Airport a man is waving around a blood-stained fire extinguisher in the lobby. The man – a 21-year-old Latvian – has attacked a fellow guest in the lift and wants to surrender to police. “All blood, everywhere blood,” says the receptionist to the 999 operator.

When Sgt Williams takes control of the scene, it’s all more chaotic than it would be in a crime drama. As paramedics treat the victim in the right-hand lift, other guests keep emerging from the left-hand lift, oblivious, to find a lobby full of tetchy coppers (“This side of that thing. You’ve just walked through blood…”) As the investigation unfolds, it looks to be a chillingly random crime in which the victim was simply “the unluckiest man in the world”.

Details

Released on
2017-06-05
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Crew

rolename
Series directorJohn Douglas
Executive producerSimon Ford
Executive producerHamo Forsyth
Executive producerFlavia Taylor

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  • Summary

    Documentary following the work of Bedfordshire Police around the clock as they investigate a number of major crimes. A man emerges from a hotel lift covered in blood and holding a fire extinguisher, before approaching the reception desk and shouting that he has killed someone. Cameras follow every twist and turn as detectives try to work out what really happened at the hotel close to Luton Airport, which has suddenly become a chaotic and bloody crime scene

    Review

    The excellent, eye-opening series about Bedfordshire police returns with a deeply disturbing case. In the Hilton Hotel at Luton Airport a man is waving around a blood-stained fire extinguisher in the lobby. The man – a 21-year-old Latvian – has attacked a fellow guest in the lift and wants to surrender to police. “All blood, everywhere blood,” says the receptionist to the 999 operator.

    When Sgt Williams takes control of the scene, it’s all more chaotic than it would be in a crime drama. As paramedics treat the victim in the right-hand lift, other guests keep emerging from the left-hand lift, oblivious, to find a lobby full of tetchy coppers (“This side of that thing. You’ve just walked through blood…”) As the investigation unfolds, it looks to be a chillingly random crime in which the victim was simply “the unluckiest man in the world”.

    Details

    Released on
    2017-06-05
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Series directorJohn Douglas
    Executive producerSimon Ford
    Executive producerHamo Forsyth
    Executive producerFlavia Taylor
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