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Monday, 25 October 2021

24 Hours in Police Custody is back and looking for “Bedfordshire’s Most Wanted”


BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 series, 24 Hours in Police Custody returns on Monday evening (22 March 2021), with the Bedfordshire Police investigation into one man’s string of criminal exploits, which culminated with the rape of two teenage girls.

The episode shows how officers, led by Detective Sergeant Clare Gilbert, tracked down suspect Barry Price, after he was named by the two young victims. It follows the team as the case builds against Price, with a nail-biting race against time on the custody clock until they finally see him charged.

Price, described by the judge at trial as a “self-entitled dangerous sexual predator” is now serving 18 years in prison for rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment.

Detective Sergeant Gilbert said:

“This first episode clearly demonstrates the complexity of our specialist team’s work, and we must praise the bravery of the two young women in coming forward, putting their faith in us, to investigate such serious sexual offences.

“We were happy to allow the cameras to follow us so the public can see not only what we do first hand, but also the challenges we face, and just how hard we work to bring perpetrators to justice.

“Anyone who commits rape or sexual offences must expect to face the considerable consequences of their actions.”

The episode (Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday 22 March 2021) is the first in the latest series, which has been following Bedfordshire Police’s most complex and challenging cases since 2014.

Victims of rape and sexual assault can receive support and guidance from the force and its partner agencies, including the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), as well as support through the criminal investigation process.

Reports of sexual assault, even if non-recent, can be made to the police by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

You can also contact Bedfordshire’s SARC by visiting the Emerald Centre, by email, or by calling 01234 842750.

If you have been affected by crime, Signpost offers free and confidential support to victims in Bedfordshire, whether it has been reported to police or not, and irrespective of where and when the crime occurred.

Contact 0800 0282887 or visit Signpost for Bedfordshire for further information.

John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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