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Above: PC Mahad Abdalla and PC Naomi Pearce from Ealing Response Team

In Peckham, 39-year-old Juan Olmos Saca is found slumped in a passageway with a single stab wound to his heart.

When officers arrive at the scene they follow a trail of blood up to a flat where they find another man injured in bed and five other Latin American living in the flat. All six men are arrested as suspects and interviewed, but all are soon released except the man found injured in bed. The detectives don’t think his story stands up, but with no sign of a murder weapon they need to prove he’s lying.

In north London, the Met’s Community Safety Unit investigate allegations made by a 47-year-old woman that she has been emotionally, physically and financially abused by her friend and her friend’s father.

In Ealing, response officers Naomi and Mahad deal with a woman who has called seven times over the last week to complain about her husband. All too familiar with the caller the response officers go to check on her wellbeing and try to arrange for support to be put in place.

And another call takes them to visit a woman who has just received an email scam trying to blackmail her for money. She refuses to pay but wants the offenders reported so they can’t harass anyone else.

Catch up on the fifth episode

Watch the fifth episode on the BBC iPlayer

Behind the scenes

The fifth episode of the Met showcased a small part of what officers and detectives deal with 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We spoke to response officer, PC Mahad Abdalla and Detective Sergeant Mandy Reeve who featured in the episode. They describe what they would hope viewers would take away from the episode and how no day in their job is the same.

Support and information

Domestic abuse

The fifth episode featured a case where detectives responded to allegations of domestic abuse. We take all forms of domestic crime very seriously.

Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse, or knows or someone who may be a victim, are urged to call police on 101. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

In an emergency call 999. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

Alternatively, they can call the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Hotline on 0808 2000 247.

Email scam

Ealing Response officers helped a woman who received an email scam blackmailing her for money.

You can help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam emails to Action Fraud UK.

What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?

  • Do not click on any links in the scam email.
  • Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
  • Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.

If you've been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.