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Police Interceptors
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Police Interceptors title card
Created by Steve Warr
Bill Rudgard
Developed by Raw Cut TV
Starring Various
Narrated by Christopher Fox (2008 - 2015)
John Thomson (2015 - )
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 13
No. of episodes 139 (approx, excluding compilations)
Production
Executive producer(s) Steve Warr
Bill Rudgard
Producer(s) John Everett
Location(s) Essex, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Durham&Cleveland, and Cheshire (All in England)
Running time 55 minutes
Release
Original network Channel 5 (2008–present)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 9 May 2008 – present
Chronology
Related shows Road Wars
Street Wars
External links
Website www.channel5.com/shows/police-interceptors
Production
website
www.policeinterceptors.co.uk

Police Interceptors is a British TV documentary series that profiles the work of: a police ANPR Intercept Team (now known as the Territorial Support Team) in Essex (series 1, 2 and 3); South Yorkshire Police's Road Crime Unit and Derbyshire Police's Road Policing Unit (series 4); The Cumbria Constabulary's Roads Policing Unit (series 5); Lincolnshire's specialist police Road Policing Unit (series 6, 7 and 8); The Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police's Special Operations Unit (series 9 to 11); and Cheshire Constabulary (series 12). The Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police's Special Operations Unit returned as the hosts in September 2017 (series 13). [1] The documentary has been broadcast by Channel 5 since the first episode on 9 May 2008. The show is produced by the same people who did former Sky series Road Wars.

Interceptor team[edit]

The series features the following police officers from Essex Police, South Yorkshire Police, Derbyshire Constabulary, Cumbria Constabulary, Lincolnshire Police, Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police involved in high-speed car chases following car thieves in stolen vehicles, speeding and drunken drivers. They use the latest high-speed police cars to follow and hunt down boy racers presenting a danger to the public. The Interceptors also use the latest number-plate reading technology (ANPR) to detect drivers without car insurance, often resulting in an argument with the driver and the disclosure of other crimes. The chases are often interspersed with light-hearted incidents involving the team's food breaks, harmless drunks and practical jokes in the incident room. The show often identifies officers by humorous nicknames and on-screen graphics feature data on their years in service, likes and dislikes. Most incidents are tracked down by uniform officers from the Interceptor team but plain clothes and undercover police have also featured in the series.

Series[edit]

Series 1 began on 9 May 2008 on Channel 5 (as Five) and ran for six weeks with an additional compilation episode. Series 2 began at 8pm on 10 October 2008 on Channel 5 and ran for twelve weeks with two additional compilation episodes. Series 3 began on 7 June 2010 on Five for 15 episodes.[2] Series 4 began on 13 June 2011 on Channel 5 for 18 episodes as they followed South Yorkshire’s Road Crime Unit.[3] Series 5, consisting of 10 episodes, began on 28 January 2013, and followed the Cumbria Constabulary. Series 6, 7 and 8 all consists of 10 episodes and followed the work of Lincolnshire Police's Road policing, and special operations units.[4] Series 9. 10 and 11 are based around the work of the collaborative Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police's Specialist Operations Units. Series 12 follows the work of the Cheshire Police Roads Policing Unit.[5] Series 13, airing from 11th September 2017, saw a return to Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police's Specialist Operations Units. [6]

Series No. of Episodes Synopsis Original air date
1
7
The series follows the work of an ANPR Intercept Team in Essex.
9 May 2008 – 20 Jun 2008
2
14
The series returns to follows the work of an ANPR Intercept Team in Essex.
10 Oct 2008 - 21 Nov 2008,

13 Feb 2009 - 20 Mar 2009

3
15
Series three follows the work of an ANPR Intercept Team in Essex.
7 Jun 2010 - 17 Sep 2010
4
18
The first 8 episodes follows a South Yorkshire specialist pursuit unit, while the final 10 episodes follow a Derbyshire policing unit.
13 Jun 2011 - 1 Aug 2011,

16 Jan 2012 - 9 Jul 2012

5
10
The series follows high-speed pursuit Road Policing Units of the Cumbria Constabulary.
28 Jan 2013 - 4 Mar 2013,

9 Sep 2013 - 30 Sep 2013

6
10
The series follows units form Lincolnshire's Road Policing, and Special Operations units.
27 Jan 2014 - 7 Apr 2014
7
10
The series follows units form Lincolnshire's Road Policing, and Special Operations Units.
7 Jul 2014 - 11 Sep 2014
8
10
The series follows units form Lincolnshire's Road Policing, and Special Operations Units.
9 Feb 2015 - 20 Apr 2015
9
11
The series follows high-speed intercept teams the Durham And Cleveland Specialist Operations Unit.
2015
10
12
The series follows high-speed intercept teams the Durham And Cleveland Specialist Operations Unit.
Mar 2016 - May 2016 (approx.)
11
12
The series follows high-speed intercept teams the Durham And Cleveland Specialist Operations Unit.
Oct 2016 - Dec 2016 (approx.)
12
12
The series follows the Cheshire Police Roads Policing Unit.
20 Mar 2017 - 19 Jun 2017
13
≈12 (expected),

3 (aired)

The series follows high-speed intercept teams the Durham And Cleveland Specialist Operations Unit.
11 Sept 2017 - (current series)

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2008)[edit]

Essex

# Synopsis Original air date
1
Series following the work of a high-speed police interception unit in Essex. Police chase a drug dealer on a motorway at night, a drunk driver endangers his life in a bid to avoid arrest and the team of interceptors pursue one of the area's most wanted car thieves.
9 May 2008
2
The Essex-based high-speed police interception unit pursue a gang of would-be jewellery thieves, while a burglar leads the team on a car chase.
16 May 2008
3
The high-speed police interception officers pursue a thief in a souped-up Ford Mondeo who outwits their turbocharged cars and causes chaos when he drives up a one-way street in the wrong direction. After one of the unit's vehicles is rammed, a stinger device is called upon to stop the criminal in his tracks.
23 May 2008
4
The police pursue an escaped prisoner driving a stolen Ford Focus down the wrong side of a dual carriageway and a stolen van being driven erratically through the streets of Essex. Plus, the Air Support Unit's helicopter is called into action late at night to look for an armed robber.
30 May 2008
5
A police chase ends with the driver of a stolen Lexus crashing the luxury motor, and the police interception unit deal with a car which is deemed too sexy by officers. Elsewhere, a high-speed pursuit results in a head-on collision with one of the team's hi-tech vehicles.
6 June 2008
6
The team discover the garage hideout of a gang of burglars in a country lane, and pursue a BMW driver who endangers his life by running across four lanes of a busy dual carriageway to escape with a suspicious package. The police interceptors also apprehend a mother driving with no tax, insurance or MOT, who turns out never to have passed her driving test.
13 June 2008
7
A compilation of footage from the first series following the work of the high-speed police interception unit in Essex.
20 June 2008

Series 2 (2008–09)[edit]

Essex

# Synopsis Original air date
1
A pair of knife-wielding criminals driving a stolen vehicle are pursued by the officers, and the number plate on a drug dealer's car flashes up on the police radar, leading to a risky interception.
10 October 2008
2
The unit are called to the heart of the Essex countryside, where they face a race against time to help rescue a man pinned beneath a tractor, and the air support crew are called out at night to assist in the high-speed pursuit of a car thief in Southend. Meanwhile, the interceptors pursue a rogue driver around the back alleys of north east London.
17 October 2008
3
The police are led on a high-speed chase across north London by car thieves, and also respond to reports of a driver swerving across a motorway. Meanwhile, the interceptors stop a vehicle, but find the occupants armed and ready for any encounter.
24 October 2008
4
Officers pursue a group of international car thieves as they try to leave the country in a stolen BMW, and police chase a drunk driver through Epping Forest. In Southend, burglary suspects fleeing back to London find themselves surrounded by multiple interceptor units.
31 October 2008
5
The unit's high-tech helicopter is called upon to help in the pursuit of a motorcyclist who is driving at speeds of up to 130 mph and shows no sign of slowing down for oncoming traffic or police cars. Meanwhile, a petrol thief risks danger when trying to destroy the evidence and an officer road-tests the latest weapon in the ongoing fight against crime - a Subaru Impreza STi.
7 November 2008
6
The police dog unit is called into action to chase a thief seen trying to break into a lorry, and the pursuit of a Land Rover leads the interceptors to a haul of prestige stolen cars. A seized Lamborghini brings out the team's competitive streak, and the presence of an intruder puts the station on full alert.
14 November 2008
7
Featuring some of the best moments of the series so far, including the pursuit of two knife-wielding robbers endangering both themselves and the public in a stolen Toyota. The officers also use a mixture of technology and old-fashioned legwork to chase a drug dealer whose number plate flashes up a warning on the PNC.
21 November 2008
Break in schedule
8
The officers in Essex are called upon to take drastic action when a pursuit from London arrives in their area, and a car thief is forced to face the consequences of his actions.
13 February 2009
9
Members of Essex's high-speed police interception unit chase a kidnapper in a lorry across three counties. Elsewhere, the team's adapted vehicles are pushed to speeds of up to 115 mph while in pursuit of a joyrider. The officers also get a chance to drive with the Subaru World Rally Team.
20 February 2009
10
A high-speed chase comes to an end when the pursued car becomes trapped in a cul-de-sac, but catching the robbers involved proves more difficult. Meanwhile, officers are forced to get physical when a fight erupts outside a nightclub, and boy racers in Southend are stopped in their tracks.
27 February 2009
11
Essex's high-speed police interception unit chases the drivers of a stolen BMW X5, and the Stanway team gives two unsuspecting car thieves an early morning wake-up call. Elsewhere, officers discover a vehicle that has been turned into a four-wheeled petrol bomb, and a road-tax evader encounters trouble with the law.
2 March 2009
12
Stanway Police are first on the scene of a bad car crash on a country road. Four cop cars pursue a speeding Jeep down the M25. An 83-year-old man fails to notice that police are trying to pull him over. Elsewhere, the interceptors join forces with Kent Police for Operation Lockdown, with all entrances and exits to the Lakeside Shopping complex being monitored by automatic number plate recognition technology.
6 March 2009
13
The interceptors have to drop everything when a speeding 4x4 rushes past them. The Stanway team pursues a man with a machete on the run in a public park. At police headquarters, the chief inspector unveils the latest weapon in the interceptors' arsenal.
13 March 2009
14
Featuring some of the best moments from episodes 8–13 of Police Interceptors Series 2.
20 March 2009

Series 3 (2010)[edit]

Essex

# Synopsis Original air date
1
Three police units unite in an effort to stop an out of control 4x4 as it careens dangerously through the streets of Basildon. And the ever-reliable Eurocopter is on the trail of a pair of delinquent teenage car thieves.
7 June 2010
2
Police race to intercept three men suspected of robbing a string of plumbers' merchants. A fleeing van speeds the wrong way round a major roundabout and causes a huge crash. Police investigate illegally customised motors in Basildon, and a man threatens to take on a whole street full of officers.
14 June 2010
3
Four joyriders have a lucky escape from the wreckage of a Ford Mondeo, stolen property is found in the back of a vehicle, and the interceptors have to rush to stop a suicidal man from jumping onto the M25.
21 June 2010
4
The officers intercept a stolen car, foil a cannabis grower, engage in a series of drugs raids and calm a drunken sailor.
28 June 2010
5
The officers intervene in a public case of spousal abuse, chase after a racing 4x4 and try to break a county-wide car theft operation.
5 July 2010
6
The officers face a 40-mile dash to prevent a potential suicide. One of the Evos comes a cropper on the road, and a thief is caught with a haul of stolen clothes in his van.
12 July 2010
7
The interceptors catch a gang of car thieves red-handed. Officers clamp down on car crime at Essex's biggest shopping centre and help get the M25 moving after an accident.
19 July 2010
8
Officers conduct a 48-hour hunt for a thief who stole a 4x4, and their perseverance pays off when they manage to catch the culprit. Meanwhile, in Clacton-on-Sea, a tip-off sends the interceptors to a drug den, and the Essex chopper team co-ordinates a manhunt when three high-profile suspects evade capture by fleeing into a field full of cows.
26 July 2010
9
A knife-wielding man ruins New Year celebrations, and the interceptors race to capture a gang of fugitives. As snow causes chaos on the roads, Grant becomes furious with the guardian of a child travelling without a seatbelt.
6 August 2010
10
Biggers and Andy track down a suspected drug runner on the M25. Emily and Grant join forces with Ofcom to raid an illegal pirate radio station. The new Evo 10 goes down a storm with thousands of boy racers at the national car cruise.
13 August 2010
11
The officers chase three men armed with a burglary toolkit and also stop a suspected drug-driver.
20 August 2010
12
Officers contend with riotous World Cup revellers, an offender who has breached his ASBO and a shifty suspected drug dealer. Elsewhere, the interceptors are forced to close the Dartford Crossing in order to halt a stolen vehicle.
27 August 2010
13
A rude biker finds himself the subject of police attention, and a disqualified driver tries to evade the long arm of the law.
3 September 2010
14
The police helicopter pursues an armed thief who is trying to evade arrest, and the team's new recruits put their detective skills to the test by apprehending suspected burglars. Elsewhere, PC Russ Gay tries to calm down a group of unruly drunken youths, and a sniffer dog makes an interesting discovery inside a stolen car.
10 September 2010
15
The team pulls over a very angry driver and the Air Support Unit has its work cut out pursuing an athletic burglar.
17 September 2010

Series 4 (2011–12)[edit]

South Yorkshire (2011)

# Synopsis Original air date
1
A new series follows officers in South Yorkshire's Road Crime Unit, which is based in Sheffield. They pursue a drunken driver and join forces with the helicopter to track down a wanted criminal on a motorcycle. Meanwhile, a new driver crashes into an unmarked police car.
13 June 2011
2
The unit uses 20 cars and two helicopters in its pursuit of a reckless driver across two counties. Officers also discover more than expected when they track down a runaway motorcyclist, and a torrential downpour hampers the work of law enforcers at a traffic collision on the M1.
20 June 2011
3
The unit pursues an armed drink-driver through a graveyard, and a romantic night out is disrupted by an alcohol-fuelled brawl. Officers also give a lesson in road safety to a man who used his moped to transport more people than it was designed for.
27 June 2011
4
Officers track down a driver trying to outrun the law, and hatch a plan to apprehend a disqualified motorist. Elsewhere, a man makes a feeble effort to hide his identity from the police.
4 July 2011
5
A drug dealer who has been driving dangerously reveals a surprising amount of information when he is pulled over, and friends try to baffle the team by changing their names. Also, an officer has a shock in store for a law-breaking driver.
11 July 2011
6
A large quantity of drugs is discovered when an uninsured motorist is pulled over, the helicopter is used to track down a pair of burglars. A driver suspected of road rage is stopped and found to be armed with a table leg, finally an officer's search for people who avoided paying a taxi fare causes disruption.
18 July 2011
7
An officer pulls over a Lamborghini that is not quite what it seems, another officer is involved in a risky confrontation with a gang of hoodies. Finally, police pursue two known offenders through Sheffield.
25 July 2011
8
An officer is nearly run over by a desperate driver, and another's patience is tested by a drunken motorist. Also an officer goes in search of a suspicious character, and a group of youths tries to deceive the interception unit.
1 August 2011
Break in schedule

Derbyshire (2012)

# Synopsis Original air date
Break in schedule
9
The officers from Derbyshire Police have their hand full on Halloween with a gang of lorry thieves trigger a major manhunt, a young man is busted for heroin possession, a fraudster is taken into custody and a high-speed chase involving a supercar travelling at 142 mph.
16 January 2012
10
The officers catch a driver with suspicious goods in his boot, and the chopper tracks a runaway driver after he ditches his car and legs it to the local fair. Also a drink-driver collides with a surgery, and the driver of an uninsured car tests the officers’ patience to the limit.
23 January 2012
11
The officers have to deal with a driver who mounts pavements, bumps into cars and collides with an ambulance as he tries to escape. Also an out-of-control motorist crashes into an interceptor's vehicle, and a helicopter is called in when a driver tries to lose his pursuers by taking the chase off-road.
30 January 2012
12
A drink-driver is involved in a crash, a van full of criminals loses control in a high-speed pursuit, and the police helicopter is involved in a lengthy manhunt. Officers also pursue a motorist who thinks he can outrun the law.
6 February 2012
13
The officers hunt down a horsebox full of illegal plants, a drunk driver crushes one of the team’s favourite car. Elsewhere officers give an insight into taser tactics, a dopey driver gets a severe dressing down for his attitude to child safety and there is a very important visitor in Chesterfield.
13 February 2012
14
The officers head to a Christmas party that has turned into a full-blown riot, a driver is chased through Ilkeston also a drunken woman is caught giving her daughter a lift to the shops. Plus, Kev is seconds away from disaster when he places himself in the path of danger to prevent a car from becoming a fire ball.
20 February 2012
15
A runaway suspect puts officer life in danger, Scott Jeffreys and Adam Shipley investigate the contents of a motorist's boot, and officers are called to a New Year's Eve pub brawl. Also five police vehicles are involved in a motorway chase.
27 February 2012
16
Scott and Dave use GPS technology to track a pair of mobile-phone thieves, and a car crashes into a house over the Christmas period. Plus, Nick pursues a criminal gang. Also Jason contends with his own traffic nightmare.
5 March 2012
17
Scott and Dave use GPS technology to track a pair of mobile-phone thieves, Jason searches for a hit-and-run driver after being called to a convenience store. Elsewhere, an uninsured driver tries to wriggle out of a fine.
2 July 2012
18
A runaway driver is uprooted in a very unusual hiding place.
9 July 2012

Series 5 (2013)[edit]

Cumbria

# Synopsis Original air date
1
A new series follows Cumbria Constabulary Road Policing Unit. They pursue a drunk and runaway men who has a knife, also officers deal with a suspected drug dealer, Officers also have to deal with a trailer full of cows that has crashed and blocked a main road into Carlisle. Finally a drunk driver crashes his car into a pub which ruptures main gas pipe
28 January 2013
2
This time officers have to deal with a stick of dynamite that has been brought into one of Carlisle's police station, also the armed response unit (ARU) are dispatched to report of a gun being spotted in a city centre bar. Officers have to deal with a car crash involving a drunk driver and trapped cyclist. Finally officers help out a teenager when his car hits a wall at night time.
4 February 2013
3
Phil finds out what happens when the driver of a Subaru Impreza decides to take on an HGV!
11 February 2013
4
Martin is blown away by a flat-out Focus travelling at over 100 mph along the M6.
18 February 2013
5
The team smash down a door in order to save a man's life.
24 February 2013
6
It's Black Eye Friday in Cumbria.
4 March 2013
Break in schedule
7
A drunken driver is in the fast lane of the M6.
9 September 2013
8
A van driver tries to ram an officer off the M6.
16 September 2013
9
Hayley helps two badly injured bikers.
23 September 2013
10
The team tackles some high-spirited boozers in Barrow.
30 September 2013

Series 6 (2014)[edit]

Lincolnshire

# Synopsis Original air date
1
Join Lincolnshire's finest as they patrol Britain's longest road, the A1.
27 Jan 2014
2
This week, Jon puts his body on the line as he tackles a drunken yob in a domestic row.
3 Feb 2014
3
The Lincolnshire law enforcers intercept an illegal car operation.
10 Feb 2014
4
Dan catches a pair of green-fingered lads at Spalding's annual flower show.
17 Feb 2014
5
A van thief gives the interceptors the run around then takes a wrong turn into Disaster Street.
24 Feb 2014
6
This week, Jon is forced to wrestle with a drunken man on the high street in Lincoln.
3 Mar 2014
7
A violent man wreaks havoc in a hospital, and the driver of a stolen VW Beetle rewrites the highway code.
10 Mar 2014
8
A runaway cow causes problems and a wanted petrol thief's stealing spree comes to a halt.
17 Mar 2014
9
Rich Marriot and the Operational Support Unit side step the guard dog when they carry out a drugs raid
24 or 31 Mar 2014
10
A criminal gang are busted in their hotel beds.
7 Apr 2014

Series 7 (2014)[edit]

Lincolnshire

# Synopsis Original air date
1
The operational support unit smashes through a bedroom window in a daring drugs raid.
7 July 2014
2
Mark hits a lucky streak when a car thief careers across his path.
14 July 2014
3
Jon Peacock comes across a half-naked man out on the streets in the middle of winter.
21 July 2014
4
Dan tracks down a driver who has given him the slip.
28 July 2014
5
The dog unit hunts down a weapon-wielding brawler roaming the streets of Lincoln.
4 August 2014
6
As storms batter the UK, the chopper team face a race against time to rescue a trapped woman.
11 August 2014
7
A high-speed pursuit takes the officers off-road.
18 August 2014
8
One man claims that he has been driving with a dodgy numberplate for the past 18 years.
25 August 2014
9
A wanted man using a false identity is apprehended.
1 September 2014
10
Jason Baxter investigates an accident where the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
11 September 2014

Series 8 (2015)[edit]

Lincolnshire

# Synopsis Original air date
1
Barry outsmarts a disqualified driver and Carl makes a jaw-dropping discovery when he pulls a car over.
9 February 2015
2
The team hunt a lad wanted for assault and a driver tries everything to avoid a breath sample.
23 February 2015
3
Dan Brigginshaw is kept on his toes when a suspect does a runner, and a routine vehicle check turns into a drug bust for Suzie Ranyard.
2 March 2015
4
Barry hunts a man suspected of assault.
16 March 2015
5
Jim is hot on the tail of a speeding motorcyclist.
23 March 2015
6
A late-night reveller talks himself into trouble, and Sergeant Baxter is confronted by a dishonest driver.
30 March 2015
7
The team stops an uninsured driver with a violent past.
6 April 2015
8
The hunt for a suspected burglar takes an unexpected turn, a late-night stop reveals a bag of drugs and Jon has a tussle with a fallen tree.
13 April 2015
9
Dan is in hot pursuit of a two-wheeled tearaway, a drunk driver nearly causes a calamity, and Mark deals with a three-car collision.
15 April 2015
10
Dog handler Martyn finds himself in the firing line when he cops a tasty right hook, and Dan is given the runaround by an uninsured driver.
20 April 2015

Series 9 (2015)[edit]

Durham and Cleveland

# Synopsis Original air date
1
The team tackle a runaway stolen van, a stand-off between armed officers and a dangerous knifeman, a man wielding a length of guttering following a roadside stop and chase a stolen 4x4.
2015
2
Dog handler Jimmy Grieves collars a thief in the act, the interceptors use the big red key to open the door of a drugs farm, and Darren Cawthorne deals with a driver who is literally kicking off.
2015
3
Kev Salter and Ian Squire hunt for a man roaming the late-night streets with a machete. The driver of a feisty Fiesta makes off from the cops and takes the pursuit off-road.
2015
4
Interceptor Damien Stevens draws his stun gun on an aggressive driver, the hunt for a suspected armed robber turns up a nasty surprise for dog handler Jimmy Greaves, and the cops get kitted up to raid the home of suspected cannabis grower.
2015
5
Damo Stevens hunts down a heroin dealer, Jacko rushes to a critical car crash, and the Interceptors investigate some potentially hazardous goods.
2015
6
PC Damo Stevens takes on an aggressive arsonist intent on bringing Darlington to a standstill, dog handler Andy Hunt is called to a violent domestic disturbance, and Sergeant Kev Salter is hot on the heels of a runaway quad bike.
2015
7
The Interceptors are outnumbered and outmuscled when they stop a coach load of cage fighters following an anonymous tip that there are drugs on board, and Kev and Andy pull over a Peugeot but the occupants are in no mood to hang around.
2015
8
Kev and Steve go on the hunt for suspected heroin dealers and reveals a shocking way to rewire your house, while dog handler Liam attends the scene of a suspected arson attack.
2015
9
Justin and Paul chase down a gang of suspected car thieves. It takes seven interceptors to stop a violent thief who tries to sink his teeth into them.
2015
10
Special episode featuring footage of the elite interceptors coming under attack while trying to keep the bad guys off the streets, from axe-wielding criminals to thugs who are handy with their fists.
2015
11
With the aid of new stories and archive footage, this special showcases the vital role that the dogs play in collaring criminals. Featuring the highly trained police dog teams in the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, the dogs are observed in training and in action..
2015

Series 10 (2016)[edit]

Durham and Cleveland

# Synopsis Original air date
1
Andy has a high-speed chase through a housing estate and Kev pays an early-morning visit to a drug dealer.
11 March 2016
2
Damo and the firearms team tackle a gunman at a supermarket, while Gareth engages in a headlong, death-defying pursuit along roads, pavements and back allies. Elsewhere, an offender makes his getaway from Kev and Mark, and Jimmy Grieves faces down five angry men on an estate in Hartlepool.
18 March 2016
3
Rookies & Raids Special: Rick Edwards hosts a collection of some of the most extreme chases the Interceptors have been involved in, including a hot pursuit through a housing estate.
1 April 2016
4
Deadly Pursuits: Rick Edwards presents a collection of the most extreme chases the interceptors have been involved in, with incidents include Neil and Stokes in hot pursuit through a residential estate
8 April 2016
5
The Fatal Four: Rick Edwards joins Durham and Cleveland’s dedicated team of enforcers as they hunt down, stop and lock-up anyone breaking the rules of the road, with Kev Salter showing him how to spot a drunk driver, before the presenter rides shotgun on an interceptor night shift.
11 April 2016
6
Kev ends up having to pepper-spray a suspect resisting arrest. Richie and his colleagues take part in a tactical pursuit and containment operation on a stolen car in the snow. Spike raids a cannabis farm, and Paul rushes to rescue two people whose car is crushed by a falling tree.
18 April 2016
7
Liam and his dog Vader bring down a fleeing suspect, while Kev and Spike rescue a man trapped in an overturned car after a spectacular crash. Pete is forced to pull out his Taser when arresting a violent offender
25 April 2016
8
An insight into the world of night-time policing, featuring interviews with officers who make up the Interceptors team, as they explain how to deal with the criminals who run riot on the streets after dark. Damien and Mark are forced to take drastic action against a violent suspect on New Year's Eve, officers race to stop a drink-driver who is heading the wrong way up the M6, and a burglar takes the Interceptors on a late night pursuit.
2 May 2016
9
Kev and Pete pursue a runaway car into a pitch-black farmer’s field, Jacko takes part in a major heroin bust, and rookie police dog Elsa chases a runaway burglar through the streets of Middlesbrough.
9 May 2016
10
Interceptor Paul has a close shave with a stolen vehicle.
16 May 2016
11
Chris and Andy pursue a drug dealer through back streets.
23 May 2016
12
Fast & Furious: A pursuit ends in a fireball for Damo and Nyci, while Kev and Mark chase down a gang of motorbike thieves and Jacko pursues a runaway car through the park. Plus, Liam and police dog Vader tackle a suspected thief.
30 May 2016

Series 11 (2016)[edit]

Durham and Cleveland

# Synopsis Original Air Date
1 Interceptor Stu Chaney deals with an alleged assault and a missing crossbow, Amanda stokes discovers crack on the A19, Paul Faulkner nicks a bloodied drunk driver hiding on a rooftop, and a brand new patrol car takes a battering when Neil Armstrong helps TPAC a runaway MG. 5 September 2016
2 Jacko leads the firearms squad against a man believed to own numerous weapons, a runaway rains roof tiles onto interceptors from the top of a building and a suspected car thief gives Dicko the slip before running straight into Paul. 12 September 2016
3 Kev and Pete are in a high-speed pursuit involving our fine feathered friends, Jimmy and his dog Boas have their hands full when a dangerous weapon is found early in the morning, and armed response teams are called out to deal with a drunken gunman. 19 September 2016
4 Paul Jackson has his work cut out stopping a runaway van driver who is causing havoc, and a street disturbance leads Paul Faulker and Lee Wilson to stare down the barrels of a shotgun. Kev Salter and the team raid a cannabis farm and make a shocking discovery. 26 September 2016
5 Presenter Ortis Deley rides along on two interceptor night shifts, during which Jacko and Bully spring a stinger trap during a high-speed pursuit, and Kev and Pete tackle an out of control street brawl. 3 October 2016
6 The Interceptors are in for a nasty surprise when they respond to reports of a fight involving a handgun and a machete, and the clock is ticking for Paul Jackson as he tries to talk down a bloke threatening to take his own life with a knife. 10 October 2016
7 Ian 'Stappers' Stapley pursues a trail of sparks left by a car thief with a burst front tyre, Jacko heads up the firearms team as they look for two men seen carrying a sawn-off shotgun and Shadow the police dog nearly takes a bite of a barricaded burglar. 17 October 2016
8 A training exercise primes the interceptors for the real thing this week, when they have to bring a suspicious car to an abrupt halt, leading to a bumper drug haul. Then, in a strange turn of events, a quad biker evades Jacko, before having a change of heart. 24 October 2016
9 Kev Salter takes drastic action to stop a vehicle the cops suspect has class A drugs on board, and a nasty street fight leads to a taser being drawn. 31 October 2016
10 Hoppsy goes after a disqualified driver who legs it over two fences, Damo gets his stinger out to stop a drunk driver and Kev solves the mystery of a car abandoned in a field. 7 November 2016
11 Ortis Deley follows officers from Cleveland and Durham's specialist unit as they embark on a series of operations targeting crimes connected to narcotics. From chasing down people driving under the influence of drugs to raiding cannabis factories, Sgt Kevin Salter and his crew take on the drug game's key players in the north-east of England. Showcasing all the action of one eventful night, Ortis is in the thick of it as the interceptors ultimately seize more than £500,000 of contraband 16 January 2017
12 Kev Salter takes drastic action to stop a vehicle the cops suspect has class A drugs on board, a nasty street fight leads to a taser being drawn, Mark Shepherd has his work cut out when a late night pursuit heads off-road, and the arrest of a wanted man leads to drugs and a lethal weapon being discovered. 23 January 2017
13 Ortis Deley joins an elite team of police officers in Cheshire, as they embark on a dangerous drug raid. Rick Edwards follows officers as they embark on a high-speed pursuit of a runaway driver. Plus, officers in Durham investigating a car theft ring discover where a huge collection of stolen vehicles has been stored 6 February 2017

Series 12 (2017)[edit]

Cheshire

# Synopsis Original Air Date
1 Tom tries to pull over a suspected petrol thief who is unwilling to stop, Mike corners a criminal in a text-book manoeuvre and Jim deals with someone who can't control his tongue or his bladder. This episode was dedicated to PC Gavin Smith. 20 March 2017
2 Gordo and Dan unleash their tasers to help arrest a knife-wielding teenager, Jim leads five units to box in a car suspected of carrying drugs, and Tim and Tom tackle a mouthy drunk who has crashed his van. 27 March 2017
3 Gordon Morris leads a raid on the house of a suspected drug user, but the door won't budge. Rich 'Pecker' Woodward is in pursuit of a souped-up hot hatch. A late-night reveller kicks off in Nantwich town centre. Police dog Bonnie goes on the hunt for two runaways. Jim Hunt deals with a double act that can't seem to decide which one of them owns the dope. 3 April 2017
4 The Interceptors come under attack from a gang of violent armed robbers, Jon and Chris have their work cut out catching up with a dangerous speeder, and the boys in the 'Big Blue Van' respond to reports of bottles raining down on the streets. 10 April 2017
5 Jim heads up a raid for a suspected drug dealer, Dan and Gordy respond to reports of an alleyway attack, and Jon goes on the hunt for a serial frugal driver. 24 April 2017
6 Tim and Tom team up with Merseyside police to raid a house, and a van-load of taser-packing interceptors respond to an alleged assault with a meat cleaver. 1 May 2017
7 Dog handler Bob hunts down a suspected knifeman, Jon and Chris are on the trail of suspected armed robbers, John wrestles with a drunken reveller, and a tattoo provides a clue to a major drugs bust. 8 May 2017
8 Jenno joins a TPAC-takedown of a man suspected to be armed, Dan and Gordy hit the door of a suspected drug den, Ian nicks a driver who is so drunk that he cannot even put his shoes on the right feet, and Steve rushes to help a pregnant lady caught up in a three-car smash. 15 May 2017
9 Jim and the team take to the road to spring a trap on suspected drug dealers, while Dan and Gordy track down a man seen roaming the streets armed with two knives. John picks up the pieces of an unbelievable multi-car pile-up, plus an early morning raid sees the Interceptors bust through doors in search of class-A drugs. 22 May 2017
10 Jenno and Bucko race to assist when Jim is rammed by a runaway driver, while Dan and Gordy are forced to get physical with a drunk who is menacing a young family. Armed officers descend in numbers following reports of a gun on the motorway, and a have-a-go hero helps to tackle a runaway drug driver. 5 June 2017
11 Dan and Gordy engage in the high-speed pursuit of a dangerous disqualified driver, the Big Blue Van is called in when a late-night scuffle spirals out of control, Jim's intuition is proven right after a routine stop reveals a secreted stash, and the hunt is on for a wanted man in a bobble hat. 12 June 2017
12 Sean uses the big red key to give a drug dealer a door knock he won't forget, Jim chases down a speeding driver which leads to some drug-related discoveries, Jenno gets a faceful of pepper spray, Jim handles a gobby drink driver and Tom hunts down a violent armed robber. 19 June 2017

Series 13 (2017)[edit]

Durham and Cleveland

# Synopsis Original Air Date
1 Family Matters: Jacko tries to stop a suspect who throws a package out of the window during a car chase, Liam and sniffer dog Louis are called in to help discover why a man was in such a hurry to flee from the cops, and a young driver claims he has been coerced into breaking the law by a family member. 11 September 2017
2 Pursuit and Youths: The skills of the interceptors are put to the test as they go in hot pursuit of reckless youths. Jacko is on the hunt for a wanted teenager, and the interceptors are hot on the heels of a stolen silver Micra. 18 September 2017
3 Hide and Seek: After a high speed pursuit, interceptor Liam Sewell hunts down a wanted teenager. Meanwhile, Jacko plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a youth who flees on foot. 25 September 2017
4 Cops and Conflict:Dog handler Mark Sheenan tracks down a suspect believed to be cultivating drugs, who won't come quietly. Interceptor Jules Bennett rushes to assist a fellow officer, and Jacko chases a runaway in a high speed pursuit. 5 October 2017
5 After Dark: Presenters Rick Edwards and Ortis Delay are out with the police interceptors as they tackle the difficult night shift. Ortis is with Spike as they pursue a fleeing car that drives into a dead end, while Rick is with dog handler Ian as they're called to back up the firearms squad. 21 October 2017

Ultimate Police Interceptors[edit]

On 8 August 2011, a new show started entitled Ultimate Police Interceptors, a compilation of the best bits from episodes of the previous series.[7]

Series 1

# Synopsis Original air date
1
The new recruits are put to the test by a burglary.
8 August 2011
2
A runaway driver leads the interceptors on a lengthy pursuit.
22 August 2011
3
The interceptors deal with a knife-wielding man in Essex
30 September 2011
4
The interceptors weed out a drug dealer.
7 October 2011
5
The team contends with a street-fighting man.
14 October 2011

Series 2

# Synopsis Original air date
1 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 12 March 2012
2 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 19 March 2012
3 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 2 April 2012
4 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 9 April 2012

Series 3

# Synopsis Original air date
1 The specialist pursuit team arrest a man for domestic violence but he refuses to accept the situation he has found himself in, while Jon Peacock is kept on his toes by a nimble criminal. Elsewhere, a raid has an unexpected outcome when officers head to a suspected drug dealer's home. 15 September 2014
2 A routine drugs raid brings officers from Lincolnshire Police's specialist team face to face with an armed suspect, and some rogue traders get a taste of their own medicine. Plus, a drink-driver receives an unwelcome home visit. 22 September 2014
3 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 27 September 2014
4 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 6 October 2014
5 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 13 October 2014
6 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 20 October 2014

Series 4

# Synopsis Original air date
1 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 5 June 2015
2 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 12 June 2015
3 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 19 June 2015
4 Highlights of the road-crime documentary series. 26 June 2015

Compilation shows[edit]

The Essex series included Best of Police Interceptors showing highlights of the chases and incidents from the previous programmes. At the end of series 4, Ultimate Police Interceptors contained highlights from previous shows with updates on the fate of the criminals since the series' first airing.

Police Interceptors: Special Edition[edit]

A spin-off to series 2, Police Interceptors: Special Edition,[8] was presented by Natalie Pinkham and Chris Barnes on Fiver (now 5*) in 2011. This was a follow-up show to the main edition featuring highlights from the chases, interviews with members of the Essex team and the presenters participating in "hands-on" reconstructions and police training exercises. The series received negative publicity when one presenter, pretending to be a thief stealing a Vauxhall Ambulance Van, was pursued by officers in two patrol cars for around an hour.[9] The police were accused of wasting time and putting lives at risk, although the officers claimed it was part of a training exercise. The show's producer argued that "...It gave" insight into the real work that police do...."[9] Presenters also took part in incident simulations, like driving a car while a stinger is deployed to puncture the car's tyres.

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