Wood Green police team stars in television documentary

A HIT police squad based at Wood Green is the subject of a series of television documentaries. ITV camera crews have spent the past two months with Haringey s robbery squad, who have recorded great success over the past year. The five documentaries, calle

A HIT police squad based at Wood Green is the subject of a series of television documentaries.

ITV camera crews have spent the past two months with Haringey's robbery squad, who have recorded great success over the past year.

The five documentaries, called Q Cars: Robbery Squad, start tonight (Thursday) at 11pm and follow the fast response team as they speed around the borough in the fight against robbers.

"Having been asked by ITV to make these documentaries is a testament to the officers out there working long hours," said inspector Dave Mann, who heads the robbery team.


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"It has come about because of our good performance record. This is really a good news story for Haringey."

Latest figures show a drop of more than 17 per cent for robbery. For the period April 2006 to February 2007 there were 1,589 recorded offences, compared to 1,919 the year before. Mobile phone are the most commonly stolen item, with cash and MP3 players also prime targets.

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The fast response tactics mean police can attend a scene in unmarked cars just moments after a crime has been committed. The victim can then be driven around the area in a search for the suspects while they are fresh in the memory.

Police hope the new series of documentaries will further deter people from committing robbery.

"We are sending out a strong message to robbers in Haringey that police will do everything in their power to see persistent offenders are arrested and brought to justice," said detective inspector Mark Young.

"The maximum sentence for robbery is life.

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