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It’s a hard life living rough on the streets of London, even at Christmas… In part one of this two-parter, DCs Mickey Webb and Jacob ‘Banksy’ Banks are shivering on the banks of the River Thames, waiting to examine a body that has been fished out of the water. He’s a young bloke called Jake Evans, dressed in expensive clothes but a shabby coat. Curious…

Investigations reveal the coat belongs to a local vagrant, Reggie (played by Jay Simpson, best known as Desk Sergeant Ian Brooke in Foyle’s War). Talking to Jake’s fiancee, Susie, DC Grace Dasari finds out that Jake had been volunteering at a shelter for the homeless. Now all they have to do is work out how he ended up dead in Reggie’s coat.

Mickey’s having more luck than Banksy with the local homeless population, so he stays on the streets and gains the trust of Nicola, who leads him to Reggie. Not knowing Mickey’s a detective, they share some drinks with him and, talking about Jake’s death, Mickey hears that Reggie suspects someone called Greg.

Mickey contacts Banksy and tells him where he can pick up Reggie. But at the police station Reggie clams up. All he’ll reveal is that someone is terrorising the homeless, but he won’t say who…

*The story concludes on Tuesday, 29 December.