Tonight’s '24 Hours In Police Custody' Focuses On Two Brutal Luton Stabbings
Tonight's episode of 24 Hours In Police Custody will focus on the brutal knife crime epidemic in Britain.
The episode will show interviews, live footage and body-cam recordings of the brutal stabbings, both in broad daylight.
One particularly shocking scene at the start of the episode shows a knife fight take place between three teenagers at a shopping centre in Luton in the middle of the afternoon, leaving a trail of blood in their wake.
Another horrifying case centres around the murder of 18-year-old Azaan Kaleem, who was knifed in front of his girlfriend as he walked to Luton town centre. He died from his injuries two days later.
Kaleem's mother, Roseann Taylor, told the Sun on Sunday in an interview to mark the anniversary of his death that she had purposely brought her son out of London as she was worried about his safety.
"I thought it best, as a single parent, to take my only child out of London because it didn't seem it would be safe for him. So I brought him to Luton," she told the newspaper.
"He's kind, loving. You know, what 18-year-old walks round a shopping centre holding his mum's hand?
"He's not in and out of trouble. I've never had the police come to my door."
One detective, Detective Sergeant Tom Hamm, of Bedfordshire Police's Serious Crime Investigation Team, appears on the documentary and says the rise in knife crime is a "national emergency".
During the episode, Detective Sergeant Hamm says: "I'm tired of coming into work and thinking, 'I wonder who's going to get stabbed today?'
"I've never known it in ten years to be as bad. If you were to equate it to a disease, this would be a national emergency.
"It's inevitable someone will die. It's the law of averages."
24 Hours In Police Custody will be shown on on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.
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