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Neighbourhood Blues launches new series

Neighbourhood Blues launches its third series featuring Avon and Somerset Police on Tueday 3rd May. This series follows neighbourhood officers and PCSOs in Bridgwater, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

Each episode lasts 45 minutes and will be aired over nine consecutive days at 11.00am on BBC1.

Neighbourhood Blues opening screen

The series is positive and tells a story of the varied work we do on a daily basis. Inspector Sharon Bennet said of the experience: “It was certainly strange to begin with, but very quickly you get used to having a huge camera pointing at you. It sounds strange but it becomes second nature, you talk to the person behind the camera, the cameraman becomes a member of the team, after all he was with us for 5 months. When you have to explain what you are doing and why it makes you realise how varied our role is, how much knowledge we all have.

Sharon’s funniest memory of the filming was: “watching a mounted officer on the Bournville Estate canter off and catch a mini moped, you don’t see that every day! Highlights for me are being able to show the public how much we work together both internally, with units coming together to conduct thorough and safe warrants to externally, us working with North Somerset Council, the communities and other agencies in a whole manner of ways to tackle local issues.

She hopes the public will see that:

“Officers genuinely care about their communities, they are compassionate about others, but human too."

I have been hugely impressed with every member of the team, I know how professional and caring they all are, this is an opportunity for the public to get a glimpse of what everyday life is like in neighbourhood policing, how varied and diverse our work is, the multitude of skills our officers have, and how quickly we all have to adapt to different situations.”

PC Tex Freeman said “I would definitely do it again, it was very enjoyable. I think the show will demonstrate to the public the variety of jobs we deal with.”


Ep 1
1. In this episode, the team in Weston-super-Mare are hitting six different properties hunting for drug dealers.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • Sgt Colin Batchelor
  • PC Dom Bryant
  • PCSO Billy Cooper
  • PC Russ Millier
  • PC Tex Freeman
  • PCSO Susan Venn-Adams

Ep 2

2. In this episode, the Neighbourhood team race to find two suspects after a man is stabbed in broad daylight in Weston-super-Mare.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • Sgt Colin Batchelor
  • PCSO Howie Wilton
  • PC Jim Murray
  • PC Adge Secker
  • PC Tex Freeman
  • PCSO Dan Wheller
  • PCSO Kim Tanner

Ep 3

3. In this episode, the team raid an address in Bridgwater, where illegal drugs are believed to be at the heart of the problem.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • Sgt Colin Batchelor
  • PC Jen Atkinson
  • PCSO Nicola Mitchell
  • Insp Sharon Bennett
  • PC Wayne Hughes

Ep 4

4. In this episode, a neighbour from hell has tenants in here block of flat living in fear. It's a tough case for neighbour dispute specialist, Adge Secker.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • PC Adge Secker
  • PC Sam Walton
  • PCSO Lora Bray
  • PC Russ Millier
  • Sgt Colin Batchelor

Ep 5

5. In this episode, Rob McIvor gets called in to investigate and extraordinary case. Art galleries have been inundated with nazi themed hate mail posted through their letterboxes.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • PC Rich Smith
  • PC Rob McIvor
  • PC Wayne Hughes
  • PC Dom Bryant

Ep 6

6. In this episode, the call centre are inundated with hundreds of nuisance calls, all from one man. After numerous warnings, neighbourhood officers are going to arrest him.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • PC Russ Millier
  • PC Dom Bryant
  • PC Roger Parker
  • PC Tex Freeman

Ep 7 (1)

7. In this episode, after a recent spate of stabbings in Weston-super-Mare, neighbourhood teams are determined to come down hard on the offenders.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • Sgt Colin Batchelor
  • PC Russ Millier
  • PC Marc Stephens
  • PC Alice Durston
  • PCSO Jo Farrow

Ep 7

8. In this episode, when a woman's handbag is stolen from her in a distraction burglary, the nrighbourhood team sends for help in the shape of PD Argo.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • PC Jon Phippen
  • PC Russ Millier
  • PCSO Justin Robbie
  • PC Jen Atkinson
  • PC Kev Curd
  • PC Jim Murray

Ep 8

9. In this episode, a late night break turns from being a manhunt to a search-and-rescue after the young suspect is lost and confused in freezing mid-winter conditions.

Officers appearing in this episode:

  • PC Kev Curd
  • PC Jim Murray
  • PCSO Sarah Jane-Mees
  • PC Roger Parker
  • PC Luke Keenan
  • PC Kemo Jarju

Tune in to BBC One at 11am every weekday until Friday 13th May to catch the new series.