The Met: Policing London

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The Met: Policing London

Series 3 - Episode 7



The final sentient moments of 51-year-old Desmond O’Beirne are captured on CCTV; he’s seen approaching a group of men in busy Trafalgar Square before two of them chase him. Desmond is punched to the ground by one man, then kicked hard by another, as he lies prone and unconscious. Desmond is taken to hospital in a critical condition with catastrophic brain injuries. Six months later, he dies.

It’s an appalling crime but, considering how many people were in the square, a tourist hot spot, there are no witnesses, until police launch a huge media appeal with help from Desmond’s sister, Vivienne.

In the final episode of an excellent series, The Met also looks at the city’s endemic knife crime, including the grooming by gangs of young children, and we follow PCs Naomi Pearce and Mahad Abdalla on patrol in west London.


In Newham, east London, the Trident team is targeting one of the capital's most dangerous gangs, whose leaders groom school children to commit violent acts of crime - and DCI Jim McKee gets a lead after the kidnap and torture of a teenage boy. New Scotland Yard appeal for witnesses to come forward when a man falls victim to an attack in Trafalgar Square, and dies later from his injuries. In Ealing, response officers Naomi Pearce and Mahad Abdalla deal with a drunk-driver. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Lennie James
Executive Producer Shona Thompson
Series Producer Catey Sexton