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24 Hours in Police Custody: What happened to ‘cuckooing’ pair and HIV test police officer

The penultimate episode of popular Channel 4 show 24 Hours in Police Custody focuses on a 'cuck..

By admin , in Cambridge , at March 19, 2018

The penultimate episode of popular Channel 4 show 24 Hours in Police Custody focuses on a 'cuckooing' investigation after two "prolific offenders" take over a vulnerable woman's home and use it as a drug den.

The hit fly-on-the-wall documentary returned to TV screens last month (Monday, February 19) for its sixth series – with excellent reviews after showing the inside story of how Bedfordshire Police caught one of its own officers Gareth Suffling.

Episode two of the series told the story of a man who was hit by a car outside a kebab shop in a case of mistaken identity.

Episode three of 24 Hours in Police Custody focused on Kelly Ann Almond – a woman who used a mobility scooter to dump her dead friend's body .

Episode four showed the investigation into a pensioner who helped cover up the murder of a woman dumped under rubble in a garden 15 years ago .

Episode five of 24 Hours in Police Custody, called 'Frequent Flyers' airs on Monday, March 19, on Channel 4 at 9pm.

Scene of suspected ‘cuckooing’ by offenders at a vulnerable woman’s flat (Image: Channel 4)

What happens in episode five?

The fifth episode is called Frequent Flyers and a young community officer investigates a property involved in "cuckooing", which is the term used for when criminals take over the home of a vulnerable person to use it as a base for drug dealing.

The officer discovers a young woman with learning difficulties, who is a serial offender, who is shocked when she realises that the paraphernalia discovered in her bag is not hers.

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The episode synopsis reads: "Police are searching for a couple who they believe may have exploited a young vulnerable woman by taking over her flat in order to us it as a drugs base.

Community officer Craig Pearce is leading the operation. He knows the female offender as she was present at his first ever arrest.

"But as he pursues his suspect he has no idea of how both their fates will continue to entwine as the case takes a surprising and disturbing twist.

Cameras follow in intimate detail a case which has suddenly become very personal."

Episode five starts off with Bedfordshire police receiving a phone call from a woman concerned about her cousin, who has learning disabilities.

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The caller tells police: "There’s two people living with her that are using heroin and I think they are dealing heroin as well."

The caller also says her cousin told her the couple had pinned her down and forced her to inhale heroin.

Bedfordshire Police suspect a flat has been taken over by known offenders, Jade Carrey and Iftikhar Ahmed.

PC Craig Pearce, leading the investigation, says that Jade Carrey has been 'cuckooing'.

Jade Carrey (Image: Channel 4)

With police unable to find Jade’s boyfriend Iftikhar and Emily, the tenant of the flat, still missing, Jade is released while investigations continue.

The victim is found safe and well, and had been hiding out at a family friend's house.

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With the victim reluctant to detail any offending behaviour that points to cuckooing, the investigation shifts to finding Iftikhar Ahmed.

The police have received intelligence that Iftikhar maybe staying at a local guesthouse.

Iftikhar Ahmed being bailed at Luton Police Station on charges of theft and robbery (Image: Channel 4)

In one part of the episode, the desk officer says: Iftikhar Ahmed’s obviously very well known for confidence tricks. Going up to random people in the street. Um, saying I’m locked out my house, my wife’s pregnant.

"I need £20 for a taxi. People quite willingly give up their money. He’s quite convincing in what he does.

"He’s kind of known around as Shiftie Iftie."

Ahmed is later found by police after another call to the Bedfordshire police force control room.

PC Craig Pearce interviewing Jade Carrey for possession with intent to supply class A drugs (Image: Channel 4)

A female caller said Ahmed came to her disabled mother's door and intimidated her to give him money – she gives Ahmed's full name to the police.

Police receive a tip off that Ahmed is staying with Jade at a friend’s house.

Ahmed is initially arrested for theft and robbery – but answers no comment in his police interview, much to the frustration of police, who say he knows "how to play the system".

Jade Carrey has returned on bail after 6 weeks. Officer Craig Pearce plans to question her further about the knives found in her bag.

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Police officer pricked with needle

Officer Pearce gets pricked with a needle he finds in the bag.

The hospital can’t rule out infectious diseases and prescribe a month’s course of anti-HIV medicine.

Jade still needs to be questioned about the knives.

She was arrested outside The Ridings in Luton – and was caught with a knife. She tells police she didn't know there was a knife in her bag – and that Ahmed put it there.

PC Pearce then has to go to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision.

The pair are arrested again after a string of burglaries in Luton.

Jade Carrey outside Luton police station before answering bail and further questions on possession of knives (Image: Channel 4)
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What happened to Iftikhar Ahmed and Jade Carrey?

Iftikhar Ahmed was convicted of twenty-one counts of fraud and three counts of handling stolen goods.

He was sentenced to twenty months in prison.

Jade Carrey was sentenced to twelve weeks in prison for possession of a bladed article.

but the sentence was suspended and she remains on the streets of Luton.

PC Pearce received anti-HIV medication for a month.

Two months later, doctors confirmed he was disease-free.

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