Now in its seventh year, 24 Hours in Police Custody is back on Channel 4 tonight and once again looking for “Bedfordshire’s Most Wanted”.
The BAFTA-nominated series follows Bedfordshire Police’s investigation into one man’s string of criminal exploits, which culminated with the rape of two teenage girls.
Tonight’s episode, screened at 9pm, follows officers, led by Detective Sergeant Clare Gilbert, as they track down suspect Barry Price.
After the two young victims had come forward and bravely named Price as their rapist, cameras follow the team as they build up their case, culminating in a nail-biting race against time on the custody clock until they finally see him charged.
Price, described by the judge at trial as a “self-entitled dangerous sexual predator” is now serving 18 years in prison for rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment.
Detective Sergeant Gilbert said: “This first episode clearly demonstrates the complexity of our specialist team’s work, and we must praise the bravery of the two young women in coming forward, putting their faith in us, to investigate such serious sexual offences.
“We were happy to allow the cameras to follow us so the public can see not only what we do first hand, but also the challenges we face, and just how hard we work to bring perpetrators to justice.
“Anyone who commits rape or sexual offences must expect to face the considerable consequences of their actions.”
The episode is the first in the latest series of 24 Hours in Police Custody which has been following Bedfordshire Police’s most complex and challenging cases since 2014.
Tune in to Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday (22 March) for the first new episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody– and follow @bedspolice on Twitter each week for live tweets during the episodes. #24HoursInPoliceCustody