In the aftermath of the illegal immigrants' riot on the Westgate Estate, Sergeant Dale 'Smithy' Smith is still struggling with his attack on people trafficker Jason Devlin. Should he confess to his bosses or keep quiet? Smithy carries that tension into a training exercise and lashes out at Sergeant Callum Stone. Callum knows what Smithy did and thinks he should keep quiet about it but Smithy's conscience says different... At Sun Hill, Jason Devlin is making an official complaint against Smithy. DCI Jack Meadows and DI Neil Manson want to believe Smithy's innocent but Jason has a witness to back up his story. Jack sends DC Stevie Moss to ask Smithy if he wants to change his statement before the case goes to court. Stevie's already said that Smithy was a hero during the riots, saving her life and Jason's. She doesn't want to ask Smithy if he has been lying but she has to. Will he tell her the truth? Back at the station, Superintendent John Heaton is keen for his officers to put Jason Devlin and his father Matthew behind bars and not just because he wants to see justice done. John has a new job as the head of a unit which will target human trafficking – and he wants Inspector Rachel Weston on his team... Story continues on July 16.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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