Our Cops in the North follows fatal arson attack, robbery and drugs den death as last instalment of BBC series is screened

A murder inquiry launched after a fatal fire is at the centre of the final instalment in a documentary series on Northumbria Police.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 1:36 pm

Episode five in the first series of Our Cops in the North will be screened tomorrow, Monday, June 7, from 9pm on BBC One.

The blaze inside the building, which had been turned into accommodation and was home to 11 people at the time, reached 1,000 degrees.

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Detective Superintendent John Bent, then of Northumbria Police, outside Newcastle Crown Court as part of the BBC one documentary Our Cops in the North, which followed the work of his team as as they investigated the death of Patryk Mortimer in a blaze at the Manor House Care Home in Easington Lane. Photographer: Ryan McNamara

It follows Detective Superintendent John Bent, who has since moved to Cleveland Police, as his team works alongside forensic investigators to piece together what happened.

The programme’s makers say: “John Bent is proud of his record of solving all the murders he has investigated, but the odds are stacked against him on his latest case, a fire that resulted in one death but could have led to mass fatalities.

"The evidence has gone up in smoke, there is no CCTV footage, and community tensions mean witnesses aren’t coming forward.”

Patryk Mortimer died in a blaze at the Manor House Care Home in Easington Lane in November 2018, with Detective Superintendent John Bent leading the investigation. Copyright BBC/72 Films.

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The BBC adds about the show: “Sergeant Phil Hamlani and his neighbourhood team have gathered enough intelligence to raid the address of a suspected drug dealer, but they are aware that there is potential danger behind every door.

“Elsewhere, another life is under threat.

"A grade one call comes in from paramedics who are being obstructed from carrying out CPR.

Declan Lancaster is due to be sentenced for the manslaughter of Patryk Mortimer next month.

"Response officers Mark and Sarah rush to the scene, but the person has fled the scene, a drugs den.

"Despite the paramedics’ best efforts, the victim is pronounced dead.

"Meanwhile, reports of a hold-up at a local takeaway have come in, and the suspect is quickly identified from the CCTV.

"He is a repeat offender and a known drug user.

Officers inspecting the scene of the fire at the Manor House Care Home as part of the Our Cops in the North programme. Photograph copyright 72 Films/BBC.

"And rural cop Lee Davidson follows up on a curious case of cannabis plants that have been discovered at a country estate.”

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Our Cops in the North follows the work of Sergeant Phil Hamlani as his team carries out a raid on a suspected drug dealer. Image copyright 72 Films/BBC.
Cops in the North, episode five, features Wildlife Officer Lee Davidson. Copyright 72 Films/BBC, photographer: Ryan McNamara.
Our Cops in the North follows Pc Mark Goodridge as he and other response officers head to incidents. Photo copyright 72 Films/BBC.