Show focuses on domestic issues

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THE CONTROVERSIAL show which has got all of Blackpool talking focused on the light and dark side of relationships last night.

Channel 4’s 999 What’s Your Emergency showed all sides of the resort’s domestic troubles inside and outside the emergency services.

The programme continued to paint a less than pleasant picture of Blackpool as stories of abuse were told throughout the show.

The camera followed paramedics Mandy Jenkinson and Paul Atherton, a couple who have worked together for 13 years.

Their relationship was one of the show’s rare light moments as their easy-going personalities were able to overcome the horrors they witnessed on a daily basis.

Tough PCs Jamie Robinson and Claire van Deurs Goss revealed how their shifts often suddenly change from attracting unwanted attention on a weekend shift to resolving serious assaults.

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One late night stint on Queen Street showed the unwanted attention revelers hand out on a busy Saturday night.

But if that was one of the lighter moments of the documentary what followed certainly was not.

PC Robinson was sent to a stabbing in Queen’s Park where Jack Tindall, 19, had been attacked with a broken bottle, leaving a gaping wound in his stomach.

His girlfriend’s baby was due in five months time and the stabbing was the wake up call he needed as he vowed to grow up and raise his family without trouble.

The more frustrating side of the police’s job made an appearance when a 35 weeks pregnant women was strangled by her violent partner but she refused to press charges.

But one brave women, who had been punched three times on a night out with her 18-year-old boyfriend in Blackpool, did make a statement and he was given a suspended sentence.

Tragically, the innocent and helpless victims - children - was also a talking point.

A six-year-old boy could only stand by and watch as his mum was headbutted and had her nose broken by her partner.

She confessed to having been attacked before and told the cameras her life was normal because “every women is hit by their partner at some point.”

Harrowing recorded phone calls to the Emergecny Contact Centre made the viewer listen in to a nine-year-old and 12-year-old calling the police for help as their mum’s horrifying screams could be heard in the background.

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