The One Where Dan Gets a bit Enthusiastic
Still in Reading, Dan and Daz are called to the scene of a robbery, with eight youths setting upon one, and start the hunt for possible suspects in an area to which they have fled and split up. Dan can hear people working their way through undergrowth, who have transferred to a railway track. He then hears footsteps crossing a bridge and heading towards another where some ARV officers are expected to be waiting. They are then startled by footsteps on a footbridge above them, and race over it, only to find that they’ve chased down the ARV officers. Oddly, there’s a couple of youths lurking in undergrowth on the wrong side of a fence who, on being bluffed that there are more officers coming up behind them, work their way through brambles and nettles to the fence only to claim, unprompted, to be absolutely innocent of anything. Much fun ensues as they help the lads scramble over the fence, before they’re arrested and take a nice stroll all the way back to the car. Why they were out in the undergrowth remains a mystery, as they had nothing to do with the mugging at all.
Roma and Flipper are patrolling in Slough, and are on the way to assist Waller and Kev who have been having trouble dealing with a bunch of youths in a car who have vociferously objected to a drugs search – to the extent that Waller has had to use his pepper spray on one of them. They have clearly been in possession of drugs paraphernalia, and one of them has swallowed some of his stash, while the rest is still in his pockets. As one of them seems immensely nervous, which turns out to be down to having class A in his pocket.
Back in Reading with Dan and Daz, who are on the tail of three cars driving stupidly. Matters deteriorate when, eager to overtake one of his mates, the rearmost driver goes over a roundabout on the wrong side and continues round a blind bend. The cars are speeding too, but they stick with the roundabout violator rather than the other two, which peel off and disappear. When pulled, the lad turns out to have had his license for only four months, which could now have three points added to it, along with a lecture from Dan about how it feels to go and advise a family that one of their loved ones is dead thanks to a dangerous driver. Then Daz crowns the whole thing by advising the lad that a copper who knows him personally is on duty as they speak – and has heard all about it on the radio. It seems he is going to visit the lad’s parents, and those of his mates, and wants to lad to know that if he pulls a stunt like that again, he’ll be losing the car!
Still with Dan and Daz, still in Reading, now on the trail of a van which has been reported to have been seen driving erratically and carrying three people well known to police. The van is quickly located – having been stolen – and work begins to track down the suspects. They find one, who has already been tackled by another officer, and run the gauntlet of much bad language from both the suspect and his family when they nick him – before having to put him on the floor when he fights against their attempts to put him in the car. Things don’t improve when they try to get him in a van – amidst the usual claims of ‘harassment’ alongside profane threats. Once he’s on his way, the Guys head back to the van where another suspect has returned to it and been apprehended. Dan steps in to make the arrest, only to be stopped by Daz – as it’s his turn! The guy isn’t particularly happy, but he’s a lot more cooperative than his confederate.
Conrad is in Slough with Lloydy, and they’ve just spotted a shifty looking fellow in a car park who spikes their crim radars. While they watch him, someone approaches and what looks like a deal takes place. The decision now is who to go for – the lurker or the guy who appears to be a customer. They pick the lurker, and he is quickly apprehended. Acting on a hunch, Lloydy then hastens to a bookie’s where he finds the passer by. As the man has nothing on him, it look like he might be the dealer instead; but they need to do still more digging to find out who is who. The lurker explains that he has just purchased the drugs in his possession, adding that he didn’t have quite enough money and handed over what he did have. Interestingly, the passer by has a similar amount of money that fits in with this explanation, but this turns out to be purely coincidental.
Dan and Daz are in Windsor, at the end of a busy week, when they decide to pop into a local park as part of their patrol, only to find that, instead of using the drive, they’ve ended up on a footpath and have to try to get off again without grounding the vehicle before actually making it into the car park. There they find two youngsters having a smoke – one of which turns out to be carrying some cannabis, something he admits immediately without demur. It’s only a titchy amount, and he’s been honest about it, so they decide to tackle it by taking him home to his parents for them to deal with.