In this week's episode, a woman reports being sexually assaulted in the street. She provides police with a very precise description of the perpetrator. An 87 year-old woman is assaulted and robbed outside her home by a patient from a secure mental health facility.
In Camden, North London, a woman reports being sexually assaulted in the street. She provides police with a very precise description of the perpetrator. His distinctive dress tells detectives he is responsible for at least eight reported incidences of sexual assault and indecent exposure in the area over two years without getting caught. As there is no forensic evidence and no CCTV of any of the offences, officers have few leads and they believe it is only a matter of time before he strikes again.
In Hackney, East London, an 87 year-old woman is assaulted and robbed outside her home. She suffers bruising to her arm and body and is hospitalised. Detectives investigating the attack obtain CCTV of the victim being followed from the post office to her home and circulate an image of the man on social media. A member of the public identifies him as a patient at a secure mental health facility. Detectives discover that despite having nearly 100 robbery convictions, including many against elderly women, he had been given unescorted leave on the day of the attack.
In Newham, East London, response officers Laura and Omar are on a night shift when they are called to an incident. A woman is shouting for help outside her flat. She has stopped a passing car and told the occupants she’s been beaten up by her boyfriend who is still inside the flat. Officers arrive at the address and arrest the man.
Episode six aired on Tuesday 28 November 2023 from 9pm to 10pm on BBC One.
Hear how the Met are looking to continue to change the way we investigate domestic abuse and support victims
Meet Joanne. She suffered a traumatic experience in college. Now as a police officer, she supports victims so they feel empowered to come forward.
In this episode Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe, who is also the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) lead on domestic abuse spoke to Joanne about the events that shaped her career as a police officer.
This episode featured two separate domestic abuse cases where the victims chose not to take their allegations further.
Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe speaks to Joanne