Desmond Patrick Costello was one of the most brilliant New Zealanders of his generation – a linguist of genius who spoke ten languages and could learn one in a month. He was also a war hero who used his linguistic skills to lead his battered unit from behind German lines in Greece to safety in an incredible journey of bravery and daring. Appointed as a diplomat to the New Zealand legation in Moscow after the war he wrote the first western eyewitness account of the Nazi death camps.
When a Yorkshire beauty therapist paid to have a tattoo removed by a local salon, she ended up with third-degree burns. The Sheriffs get the man that carried out the disastrous removal to pay up. Then the Sheriffs get a Bristol BMW garage to pay up, get money back for a woman in dispute with a roofing company, and convince the owner of a demolition company that he has a debt to pay.
Sheriffs Craig and Tom get a rude awakening when they go to collect a debt from a wedding photographer on behalf of a disgruntled Bride and Groom. Lawrence and Kev pay a visit to a builder who left a South Coast woman's house half-finished. A motorcycle racer wants her money back from the garage she bought her bike from, and an electrician wants his money from a loft conversions company.
A former army medic is owed money by a private ambulance company who he carried out work for but wasn't paid. Can Sheriffs Lawrence and Kev convince the company director to pay up? Sheriffs Craig and Tom go in search of a debt owed by one farmer to another, and a North London hairdresser is owed money by a salon furniture wholesaler. Can they recover all the money?
Tempers flare when Sheriffs Lawrence and Kev chase up a debt on behalf of a man with multiple names. Can they get him to pay up? A former gym instructor is owed wages by a gym, a remote-control plane enthusiast has a serious issue with the car he purchased, and a photocopier wholesaler owes a substantial sum to a former employee. Can the Sheriffs recover all the money needed for their clients?
Squatters have taken over a building in South East London and the owner wants them removed. But tensions rise when the Sheriffs are left with no choice but to force their way in. A south coast puppeteer bought a faulty van from a local garage, and Sheriffs Darryl and Mark are on the trail of a dentist who owes a colossal debt. But where is the elusive debtor?
Sheriffs Tom and Craig visit a Coventry convenience store in an attempt to clear a big debt. Sheriffs Lawrence and Kev are called to well-known London pub that’s been occupied by squatters, barricaded and booby trapped. Sheriffs Marc and Kev visit a South London garage to try and get money back from a disgruntled former business associate.
When a couple arranged to have their spectacular Indian wedding filmed, they never dreamed it would take over 18 months to see the disappointing results. They were so unhappy; they won a High Court Judgment against the video company. A Cambridgeshire garage owner sold a car with multiple problems and failed to give the buyer her money back. Can the Sheriffs recover all the money owed?
A British holidaymaker's trip to Portugal was ruined by a 12-hour delay. He took legal action against the airline but still hasn't been paid. So, Sheriffs Chris and Steve have been called in to check out the check-in. A ski instructor is owed unpaid wages by the holiday company he worked for, and a Chinese education centre owes a former student £34,000. Can the Sheriffs recover all their money?
A pub landlord paid £10,000 for wind turbines on the roof of his Dartmoor pub that didn't work. The Sheriffs go in search of his money. An Oxfordshire car mechanic fixed a rental company's van, but they refused to pay him, and a civil servant bought a top of the range car as a retirement present, but it ended up costing him over £1700 for major repairs. Can the Sheriffs get their money back?
A central London guitar school sold a customer's classic guitar and then kept her money. Can the Sheriffs change their tune? A ski instructor wasn't paid over £600 of wages by the holiday company he worked for, and a trainee electrician bought a car that turned out to have seriously faulty locks. Can the Sheriffs recover their money?
A building owned by a charity has been occupied by squatters in East London. Can the Sheriffs get the squatters out and return the building to its rightful owners? We meet the creator behind some of the country's most loved children's TV characters from Button Moon, who was shocked when someone sold his designs to make money. Will the Sheriffs be able to get him the money a court says he's owed?
Marie Jeanne Kreiser’s family was looking forward to seeing her for Thanksgiving, 1987, in but she never arrived.
Claudette Osborne-Tyo was the mother of four children when she went missing, sending phone messages received too late.
Amber Tuccaro was 20 years old, and the mother of a 14-monthold boy when she travelled with her baby and a female friend from Fort McMurray to Nisku, Alberta with the plan of heading to Edmonton the next day, August 18, 2010. When she left her friend and son on Amber decided to hitchhike into the city, and was picked up by an unknown man. There was a conversation with this man that was recorded - it was the last time Amber’s voice was heard.
Patricia (Trish) Carpenter, a 14-year-old mother of a two-month-old boy, was found dead at a Toronto construction site on Sept. 25, 1992. The coroner’s investigative statement says Carpenter’s body was “wedged very tightly, head-first, into a pit…” and that she died of asphyxiation. The case was quickly wrapped up, with no evidence of foul play reported. However, the coroner eventually deemed it necessary to have an inquest into Patricia’s death.
Leona Brule was just 18 years old when she went to visit her boyfriend in Edmonton, Alberta, from Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, where she had been working as a live-in-nanny. It was March 1989…and about a year later when Leona stopped coming home to visit her mother, Leona’s mom filed a police report. RCMP suspects that Leona was living on the streets in Edmonton in the 1990s, but Leona has never been found, and her case remains open.
On October 13, 1994, the body of 38-year-old Janet Sylvestre was discovered in a wooded area, just outside of Saskatoon. Evidence at the scene indicated she was the victim of homicide. Janet's case remains unsolved. Janet Sylvestre was from the Dene nation and grew up in northern Saskatchewan, but as an adult spread her wings and moved to cities like Edmonton, Toronto and then Saskatoon, but she was known to return home to La Loche, to visit her family.
Lorilee Mae Francis was 23 or 24 the last time she was known to be seen or heard from by family or friends on October 20, 2007. She was last known to be in Grande Prairie, Alberta. When Lorilee didn’t contact her family during the Christmas season, her family reported her missing. She may left her home of her own will, or she might have been trafficked. Lorilee was the mom of two children. She was afflicted by addictions, and that took a toll on her whole life.
14-year-old Amanda Cook went with her dad and brothers to the Rossburn Fair Festival on July 13, 1996, near her home in Waywayseecappo. The last time Amanda's dad saw his little girl was 6:30 or 7:00 that evening. Four days later, Amanda's lifeless body was found, beaten to death. Amanda's life was taken over twenty years ago and even though one man stood trial three times for her murder, her case has never been solved.
The last time 44-year-old Sindy Ruperthouse was last seen was in Val D’or, Quebec, at a hospital, on April 23, 2014. She had been beaten up and had multiple broken ribs. When Sindy had her last conversation with her family, Sindy asked for a large amount of money. Sindy said she would call back, but her family never heard from her again. Sindy’s case has been reopened after an investigative report by Radio-Canada shone a spotlight on their Sûreté du Québec’s mishandling of Sindy’s case.
On April 1, 2009, 16-year-old Nicole Daniels was found frozen to death behind a rental car agency in Winnipeg. When the autopsy report came back, Nicole’s family was shocked to find that no foul play was suspected. The cause of death was hypothermia, with acute alcohol intoxication as a significant contributing factor. However, Nicole’s family remembers her getting into a vehicle with an older man who they suspect Nicole met in a phone chat room. They believe that her death was not an accident.
When 23-year-old Cheryl Johnson’s family learned that she was found drowned in Sydney Harbour in May 2001, they were in shock. Cheryl was a strong swimmer. She had left the night before with $200, and was found with only a toonie in her pocket. Cheryl’s case was closed by law enforcement after only two days of investigating. It was determined that there had been no foul play connected to Cheryl’s death. Cheryl’s family is unsatisfied with this determination, and want answers.
On September 17th, 1999, 44-year-old Elizabeth Dorion arrived at Mile 94, a commercial fish camp, where she stayed almost four days with friends. The last time she was known to be seen was September 20th. She was wearing a button sweater, t-shirt, and jogging pants. Elizabeth was reported missing on November 13th, 1999. At 5'4", Elizabeth was approximately 150 lbs. at the time of her disappearance. Two ground searches were conducted by the RCMP, but Elizabeth was never found.
In this episode, there’s a foot chase in Weston-Super-Mare as officers try to collar a runaway suspect, the team have their work cut out searching a sprawling estate and all its outbuildings and in Bridgwater it threatens to kick off when the officers help evict a particularly disruptive household.
This series follows Avon and Somerset’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams as they tackle the crimes that annoy ordinary people on a daily basis. We highlight the tools at their disposal, and the methods they use, to keep their communities safe.
In this episode, officers respond to reports of squatters desecrating a graveyard, a trail of text messages lead an officer to a sophisticated and incriminating set-up in a suspect’s garage and in Weston the team are immediately suspicious when they spot two men carrying a TV through a park, but have to wait for it to be reported stolen before they can act.
In this episode, officers in Weston-Super-Mare are out in force to raid an address associated with drug use, in Bath the Neighbourhood Team hunt a prolific shoplifter who’s caught red-handed on CCTV, and an officer revisits a mother who’s left heartbroken by her son’s drug addiction and criminal behaviour only to get a nasty surprise.
In this episode, the team blue-light to a neighbourhood dispute that has escalated into a violent break-in, an unruly twelve year old is taught a shocking lesson in an attempt to make him learn the error of his ways, and the police help coordinate a search and rescue mission when a rambler becomes stuck in Weston-super-Mare’s treacherous mud flats.
In this episode, we discover the full extent of the Neighbourhood Team’s battle with ‘legal highs’, powerful psychoactive drugs that can be legally bought from high street stores, officers respond to a man who has been stabbed in mysterious circumstances, and a pair of boozy day-trippers are sent packing by Bath’s city centre team after one of the pair is caught short in the bus station.
In this episode, the team get an unexpected surprise when they attend a fire at a rural house and uncover a cannabis farm, a recently released convict decides that he misses prison life and books himself a return ticket behind bars by assaulting a cameraman, and a wheelchair-bound street-drinker gives the Neighbourhood Team an ear-bashing they’ll never forget when they try to arrest him.
In this episode, the hunt is on to catch an armed robber who is running rampage through the shops of Bath, an officer hears the tragic story of an elderly couple conned out of £25,000, and the team has to use extreme measures when their colleagues are locked inside a house with a prisoner!
In this episode, the team leap into action when an intruder is reported to be charging through people’s homes, an officer uses sign language to help a deaf couple that are being bullied, and police in Weston-super-Mare prepare themselves for the busiest day of the year when pop super-group McBusted come to town.