The One With Waller's One Man Door Replacement Outfit
Charlie is now with Conrad, and they’re in Chalvey where they spot a roughly dressed couple walking along, one of whom is carrying a load of copper piping under her arm. As scrap metal is commanding high prices, this looks rather suspicious, so they stop the pair. There is something of a language barrier to cross over, as the couple are Russian, though Conrad is able to elicit that they claim they found the copper in a pile of rubbish. As there is no reason to doubt this, they are allowed on their way, though it is likely that Charlie would have preferred it if the couple had had some mints in their rucksack rather than cider.
We join another new face – long standing dog handler Andy Burke. He and his new dog, Hawk, are out and about. Hawk is inexperienced, but enthusiastic and capable and they’re now in Maidenhead to track a suspected assailant following a punch-up. Hawk catches someone – but it’s an innocent person who has crossed the suspect’s trail. Fortunately, this isn’t a problem as the guy has spotted someone hiding in the bushes. These are too thick to allow Andy through, so they rely instead on getting through to the gardens that overlook the bushed area. This turns out to be more of a challenge than expected – but, once through, Hawk comes into his own and starts tracking again, and this time there are no thick bushes in the way.
Back to Sunny Slough with Mish and Charlie, to deal with a bloke who is blatantly using his phone at the wheel – and smoking a cigarette at the same time! It’s Mish’s turn to do the honours, but it’s not easy as the guy is endlessly trying to justify his phone use by saying that he was answering the call, not making it. He is, therefore, convinced that he has done nothing wrong; and claims he’ll take the matter to court. Which he doesn’t…
Daz has a new crewmate – Dan Ruffle – and they’re and about around Reading to catch up with another ‘vamoose’ burglary, involving a rather tasty Merc. As it has a ‘tracker’ device, this will be a reasonably easy task – assuming they don’t take too long putting the four-mast aerial on the roof of the car. The stronger signal immediately alerts them that the car is within three miles of their position – but it soon becomes clear that the Merc is still moving, and they lose the signal. They don’t give up, however, and the signal is restored soon enough, so they finally track the Merc down.
Waller and Flipper are heading through Reading to assist a woman who has called to seek help to deal with an apparent intrusion into a flat above her own. The previous occupant has form for violent assault on police, so Waller kits up and carries out the Proactive Door Knock to see who lurks within. The flat is a total dump, with bits of everything all over the floor – but no people. A wary search of the attic finally confirms that there’s nobody there. Until the council can board it up, Waller does a bit of door repair – having done the initial door wrecking.
Back on patrol, Waller and Flipper are heading off to look into a report of someone hiding in bushes near a cinema complex – which suggests that he is either lying in wait, or looking for a theft opportunity. Instead, however, it turns out that he has been enjoying a very, very long pub day and has managed to simply end up in the bush for reasons best known only to himself. As it’s not a good idea to leave him lying around, Waller comes to his rescue by calling the guy’s Mum.