Elite road po­lice team to star in hit TV se­ries

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - STU­ART GREER

CHESHIRE po­lice’s elite road team are the stars of a new se­ries of Po­lice In­ter­cep­tors.

The first episode of the ob­ser­va­tional doc­u­men­tary se­ries was broad­cast on Mon­day, March 20.

In the se­ries opener PC Tom Spowage tried to stop a sus­pected petrol thief who was not pre­pared to pull over.

Mean­while, PC Mike Jen­nings helped carry out a text­book ‘tac­ti­cal pur­suit and con­tain­ment’ (TPAC), and PC Jim Hunt dealt with an abu­sive drunk.

The new se­ries – on Chan­nel 5 at 8pm – will fol­low the team for 12 epi- sodes, cov­er­ing all ar­eas of the county, in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field.

The se­ries pro­vides a in­sight into the work by the elite of­fi­cers in the Cheshire Po­lice In­ter­cept team and re­veals what life is like for the peo­ple who try and keep our streets safe and crime free.

While of­fi­cers are set to be­come lo­cal celebri­ties with their star­ring role in the TV show, the real stars are the so­phis­ti­cated weapons used by the county’s road po­lice unit in the war against crime, in­clud­ing high per­for­mance cars equipped with num­ber plate recog­ni­tion sys­tems.

The pop­u­lar show has run since 2008 cov­er­ing Es­sex Po­lice, South York­shire Po­lice, Der­byshire Con­stab­u­lary, Cum­bria Con­stab­u­lary, Lin­colnshire Po­lice, Durham Con­stab­u­lary and Cleve­land Po­lice.

Last month view­ers were in­tro­duced to Cheshire Po­lice’s team with a spe­cial episode of Po­lice In­ter­cep­tors called ‘Smash and Grab’.

Steve Grif­fiths, from Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary’s Roads Polic­ing Op­er­a­tions Team, said: “Our In­ter­cep­tor team have been op­er­at­ing pro­fes­sion­ally with a high level of skill for a num­ber of years, and this work will now be high­lighted in the Chan­nel 5 show.

“We work ev­ery day to tar­get crim­i­nals and bring them to jus­tice and now the pub­lic will be able to see how we go about this work and what is in­volved in the job.”

Cheshire Po­lice star­ring in Po­lice In­ter­cep­tors on Chan­nel 5

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