April 6, 2020 5.04 pm This story is over 17 months old

Police dedicate episode of Channel 5 show to former sergeant with coronavirus who died

Episode 3 will air on April 6

Lincolnshire Police will dedicate Monday night’s episode of Channel 5’s ‘Inside The Force: 24/7’ to a former Lincoln police sergeant with coronavirus who sadly died last week.

Staff paid tribute to their much-loved colleague and retired officer Paul Pettitt, who died at Lincoln County Hospital after being diagnosed with coronavirus. His death also sparked a wave of tributes online.

In tribute to his memory Lincolnshire Police will dedicate episode three of the Channel 5 show to Paul.

Episode three will air at 9pm on Monday, April 6.

Mike Templeman, Sergeant at Lincolnshire Police, features in Channel 5’s new series ‘Inside The Force: 24/7’. Photo: Inside The Force,Channel 5, Mentorn Media, part of the Tinopolis Group

In the upcoming episode, PC Jess Hellawell and PC Simon Berger are involved in urgent manhunts across Lincoln.

There is a suspect wanted for sexual assault and stalking and police fear he might strike again and need to find him fast.

A dangerous man wanted back in prison goes on the run, with police hunting across the city before an arrest with tasers drawn.

Inside The Force: 24/7 follows Lincolnshire Police officers. Photo: Inside The Force,Channel 5, Mentorn Media, part of the Tinopolis Group

The show, which is produced by Mentorn Media, follows the work of the officers inside Lincolnshire Police’s former West Parade station, which closed in November 2019 before police joined ambulance and fire crews at the first tri-service operational station in the country at South Park in Lincoln.

The crimes are followed from various perspectives, including response units to CID and from custody to the force control room.

The four-part series will draw to a close when the final episode airs on Monday, April 13.

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