999: What's Your Emergency - C4

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The first responder series 999: What's Your Emergency returns with an episode about the high street and how it's become the focus for anti-social behaviour

As a new series of 999: What's Your Emergency gets underway, a special episode focusing on the decline of the high street and the rise of anti-social behaviour (Monday, 9pm, see our TV Guide for full details).

As high streets have become more derelict, thanks to the twin pulls of out-of-town and online shopping, they have become increasingly the focus for all sorts of anti-social behaviour.

PC Sean

PC Sean doesn't like what's going down on the high street

In the last five years Northamptonshire’s police have seen a 78 per cent increase in the number of arrests for carrying a knife or weapon.

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We catch up with PCs Louise O'Sullivan and Sean Whelan as they attend a call from a distraught homeless man who has taken refuge in a shop after being threatened with a knife.

It is no surprise to PC Sean Whelan: "Going back 15 years ago, the town centre was the heart of the community. For me now, it's somewhere I don't go."

Grim and sobering viewing.

TV Times rating: ***