Friday, 3 August 2007
The Consumer Police
THE vital work carried out by trading standards and environmental officers from Tameside is to be the focus of a TV documentary series..The teams from Tameside council are featured in a new peak-time fly-on-the-wall series focusing on the work they do.Over a four-month period cameras shadowed the workers as they tackled everything from the menace of mini motorbikes, underage alcohol sales and uninhabitable houses in the Tameside area. They are also captured on film clamping down on private hire cars touting for business, checking rubbish enforcement and restoring a 1900s refuse cart to celebrate 100 years of waste management in Tameside.The series The first episode will show the team from Tameside visiting a squalid flat where they are forced to move the tenant out because of fears for his health. They are also seen looking for and catching rats.Robin Monk, head of environmental services, said: "Our staff enjoyed having the filming crew with them and the series will give people an opportunity to see the work we do."Hopefully, they will get to see parts of the work we do, which perhaps they did not know was being done by the local authority. "The mini motorbikes are dangerous and we deal with them, but there are other issues such as food hygiene that we deal with and people in the region may not be aware of that side of things."And he explained: "When we were approached we were keen to get involved because it will let people know, not only in Tameside, the work that is being done to protect them."Helen Tonge, from Title Role Productions, the production company behind the series said: "We were thrilled to be able to work with Tameside and Lancashire to show the diverse jobs they have to do across the region."We captured some great characters in the series."The Consumer Police is on ITV1 on Friday 3rd August at 8pm.