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2000x058 - First Impressions, Part One
2002x019 - Episode 008
Ben, 21, was fast thinking, well educated and confident - sometimes too confident. One of life's easy achievers, he gained a cluster of GCSEs at school, and scored top grades in four 'A' Levels without really trying. University places were offered, but Ben took a gap year - which turned into two - and immersed himself in a zesty lifestyle of music and clubbing.
Ben was unusual at Sun Hill in having a liberal, middle class background. He breezed through Hendon, excelling in academic and behavioural studies - but he was also put on Section 15 (marked down) for attitude. Undoubtedly bright, his downside was that he showed little interest in the more mundane aspects of police work - and this was sometimes perceived as laziness. Whilst he was certainly intelligent, Ben could sometimes display an amazing lack of common sense. Always ready to argue a point, he often had frequent run-ins on insubordination and discipline.
He had a zero tolerance attitude towards drugs of any kind, following his sister’s death from taking ecstasy a couple of years ago. Some viewed his views against drugs as ‘obsessive’ and his colleagues sometimes became annoyed with Ben’s general ‘boy-scout’ approach to policing, but any comments were tinged with affection.
Tragically, Ben was one of the casualties of the Sun Hill fire when race riots got out of hand.