Police review Benefits Street over crime concerns

Police have today launched a review of footage captured by TV documentary Benefits Street following complaints about possible criminal activity caught on camera.

The programme, broadcast by Channel 4 yesterday, followed residents in James Turner Street in Winson Green, Birmingham.

One of the images captured by the Channel 4 team, shown in the opening episode of Benefits Street
One of the images captured by the Channel 4 team, shown in the opening episode of Benefits Street Credit: Channel 4

Officers from West Midlands Police said they were "inundated" with comments from viewers throughout the programme and in the hours afterwards expressing concerns over some of the activity shown.

They have now launched a review of the footage to assess whether any criminal investigations should be carried out.

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Police launch review over 'Benefits Street' footage

Police have launched a review of footage captured by TV documentary Benefits Street following complaints about possible criminal activity caught on camera.