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Ground breaking new Channel 4 documentary hopes to reduce knife crime

A new three part documentary the Murder Detectives starts tonight, 30 November, and opens with a 999 call and the words “I’ve been stabbed really bad”, the last words uttered by 19 year old Nicholas Robinson who was fatally stabbed and died a very short distance from his doorstep at his home in Bristol in March 2014.

The new Films of Record series, directed by Bafta-winning director David Nath (Bedlam), was filmed over eighteen months with intimate and unprecedented access to the Avon and Somerset Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

Shoe on shovel
Nicholas' grave

Detective Superintendent Andy Bevan, Avon and Somerset police, who led the investigation, says: “I saw it as a real opportunity to tell the public what really goes on in a murder investigation.“

“Too many TV dramas depict the senior investigating officer doing everything but that’s not the case. The films give the audience a glimpse into the strenuous efforts of everybody involved - from the local policing team, to investigators, forensics and Family Liaison Officers - it was a whole team effort to bring the offender to justice and achieve some closure for Nicholas’ family.“

“We hope young people and their parents will watch the films and that they generate debate about what we can do about reducing the number of knives being carried on our streets.

If the film goes some way to stop young people arming themselves with knives then we’ve done a good job.”

A new campaign Knives Shatter Lives launches tonight at 9pm to coincide with the first episode to encourage parents to talk to their children about the devastating impact of knives.

The documentary will run for three consecutive nights from Monday 30 November at 9.00pm on Channel 4. Follow the discussion online at @ASPolice , @Channel4 and #MurderDetectives .