BBC viewers were left horrified at scenes in The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime, as a father was shot dead in front of his nearby children.
Father of two Luke Graham, 31, was shot by Wade Cox, 29, in Ashton-under-Lyne on June 13, 2018, in the midst of a violent turf war.
The documentary, which was filmed with Greater Manchester Police, showed CCTV footage of the horrifying moment, which happened soon after his children were seen playing nearby.
An investigation found that Graham had been dealing class A drugs in an area ran by an established gang, and that he’d been ambushed by three men after being lured to a house.
Graham was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.
DCI Liz Hopkinson, who led the investigation, said: ‘When a murder happens, there is such an overwhelming responsibility to find who did this and bring some justice to the family.
I’ve watched plenty of police documentaries that have numbed me to the violence and depravity that is meted out in this country, but that episode of #TheDetectives has chilled me to the bone. Pure evil. Respect to all the police officers who face vermin like that every day.
— Jack H (@jackterenceh) March 23, 2021
‘Quite often organised crime takes place in the shadows, in the back streets. But when you see a gunman burst out of a house onto a busy residential street and shooting in broad day light, with people sat in their front garden, children playing it’s tea time, that is horrendous.
‘These people are very dangerous individuals and they have to be caught.’
Cox was found guilty of murder and wounding with intent, and jailed for a minimum of 36 years. Four other men were jailed in connection with the murder.
The horrifying scenes were captured on CCTV (Picture: BBC2)
Viewers were shocked at the footage (Picture: BBC2)
Viewers were shocked by the documentary, with one writing on Twitter: ‘Beyond horrific, chilling and eye opening showing the realities around some of the organised crime gang violence in Manchester.
‘Great documentary though and interesting to see the police work involved in investigating these type of crimes.’
‘Woke up this morning after watching that Documentary last night #TheDetectives and still in shock at what I watched,’ another said. ‘Brutal doesn’t come close.’
‘I’ve watched plenty of police documentaries that have numbed me to the violence and depravity that is meted out in this country, but that episode of #TheDetectives has chilled me to the bone,’ one more said.
The BBC documentary follows Greater Manchester Police in their battle against organised crime.
The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime is available to watch on catch-up on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.