999: What’s Your Emergency? viewers were astonished to learn that a community referred to a serial offender, who was notoriously known for stealing petrol, as ‘Diesel Dick.’
The 14th series of the Channel 4 documentary aired on Monday night and followed a group of police officers across the country responding to emergency service calls.
The first episode saw several policemen taking to the streets in Doncaster, Sheffield.
However in Rotherham at around 1am, PC officers Rachel Sharratt and Lauren Henderson encountered Colin, aka Diesel Dick, who was known for stealing petrol from businesses and cars.
‘He’s been doing it for years, he’s a nightmare,’ they said before taking him to the custody centre.
‘Some people know me as Diesel Dick,’ said Colin.
‘They say I p**s diesel out cos I’ve nicked that much in the past. I prefer working on nights. There’s nobody about you get seen less. I don’t go to bed till about four or five in the morning,’ he added.
It was concluded at the end of the show that Colin pleaded guilty to the theft and was sentenced to 90 days in prison, suspended for two years, and no longer on a tag.
‘I’ve now been straight for over a year,’ he said ‘And I’ve started to turn my life around.’
Fans were a little confused over the nickname choice at first but once the episode progressed some quickly took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
‘Imagine your criminal moniker being Diesel Dick, it’s nearly as bad as The Wet Bandits,’ one tweeted.
While another poked fun and wrote: ‘Diesel Dick, gets better this episode.’
Fans also praised night support worker PC, Sarah Birch, for comforting a caller who recently lost his wife.
One person tweeted: ‘That lady, the mental health support worker, what a star.’
‘Absolute Gem of a Call Handler so much care and Compassion…Working Alongside Police I see how hard it is behind the scenes people don’t realise how difficult it is there really are some amazing people out there keeping us all safe,’ another wrote.
999: What’s Your Emergency? returns next Monday at 9:00pm on Channel 4
Credit: Original article published here.