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001: 'Conviction: Breaking Point'

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001: 'Conviction: Breaking Point'
Aired Wednesday, Jul 8 2009 at 20:00 BST on ITV1

Part 3 of 6

Sergeant Smith and P.C. Ben Gayle are on patrol when lorry driver Babur Sherdil breaks suddenly in the middle of a road, jumps out of his vehicle and runs away.

Ben chases after him while Smithy opens the back door of the lorry and is knocked to the ground by a group of Afghan males, making a break for freedom. Smithy is about to give chase when he hears a young girl, Jala crying for help while trapped under some heavy boxes. As Smithy struggles to free her, the boxes shift uneasily and he manages to release her just as they come tumbling down.

Smithy ventures back inside the van to try and free her father, Jaweed, but he is too badly injured and later dies in hospital. Later, as Smithy scrubs his hands clean of Jaweed’s blood, he determines he will get justice for Jala…

Back at the station, translator Sammy helps the officers interview Zemar, one of the men who escaped from the van. Sammy also translates for Jala, but the young girl later tells D.C. Stevie Moss that Sammy told her to lie. Jala tells the D.C. that she came to England with her father to live with her aunt, Ara Byat, who is eventually traced and reunited with Jala. Later, Smithy demands to know why Sammy encouraged Jala and Zemar to lie.

Sammy admits he sensed they were involved in a dangerous situation and was trying to protect them. All Sammy knows is that the driver who ran away collects rent for a landlord on the Westgate Estate and Smithy is stunned to hear that the landlord is Jason Devlin…

Smithy realises that the Devlin’s are clearly involved in a people trafficking operation and that he needs to get the Afghan community to trust the police in order to obtain evidence. Sammy takes the Sergeant to a local refugee centre where he eventually breaks down the barriers and convinces the Afghans that he is there to help.

Afterwards, Smithy walks back to the Westgate Estate with a group of people from the centre and is horrified to see Jason and his heavies turfing illegal immigrants out of his properties. As residents start to fight back, the situation quickly escalates and a full blown riot kicks off.

Backup is called for and in an attempt to protect Jason, Stevie runs to the other side of the estate with him. Stevie quickly notices a suspicious looking holdall in Jason’s car and as she attempts to investigate, Jason viciously attacks her.

Smithy, attempting to control the riot with Sergeant Stone, sees the attack and in a blind rage, races over to Stevie, who has been beaten unconscious. Smithy grabs Jason and with unstoppable force, begins to beat him. Stone is stunned when he witnesses Smithy, covered in blood and panting over Jason’s unconscious, limp body… Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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