Dial 999 starring Robert Beatty
Introduction- "Dial 9-9-9. When in London, that's what you do to call the police. I know- I'm a policeman from Canada attached to Scotland Yard. My name's Mike Maguire."

1 The Killing Job
2 Special Mission
3 Illegal Entry
4 The Great Gold Robbery
5 Thames Division
6 Missing Person
7 Honeymoon
8 Commando Crook
9 77 Bus
10 Night Mail
11 Escape
12 The Big Fish
13 Special Branch
14 Mechanical Watchman
15 Ghost Squad
16 Fifty Thousand Hands
17 Fashions in Crime
18 Rolling Racketeers
19 24 Hours a Day
20 Hunter Hunted
21 Mined Area
22 Barge Burglars
23 Old Soldiers Sometimes Die
24 Extradition
25 Gun Rule
26 Key Witness
27 Down to the Sea
28 Exception to the Rule
29 Deadly Blackmail
30 Payroll Job
31 Motor Bike Bandits
32 Living Loot
33 Inside Job
34 Picture Puzzle
35 Rat Trap
36 Heads or Tails
37 Radio Active
38 Robbery with Violence
39 Death Ride

This ABC series, was filmed at AB Elstree Studios, two films being made per week. Ziv stated that the cost of the series amounted to US$1,250,000 (about 450,000). It was produced by the phenomenal Harry Alan Towers. Tom Fallon, who had set up the 999 telephone emergency service, acted as adviser and Robert Beatty had his finest moment starring as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police inspector, seconded to the British police. The series shows him gaining experience in the varied aspects of British policing. Towards the end of the filming, in early October 1958, shooting had to be suspended as Beatty broke a leg during a chase!
The series premiered on ABC Midlands/North on Sunday June 8th 1958, and on ATV London on July 6th 1958.
"It will take me a long time to live down Mike Maguire," claimed Beatty in 1959. "The part hits me in the eye whenever I show my face. I'm just waiting for a London bobby to tip his helmet instead of booking me for a parking offence." In a later interview he stated, with a slight exaggeration, that it "kept me out of television for about ten years." But the series was a big success. It even came first (top!) of the TAM ratings for week ending May 6th 1962 in the Scottish Television area!

Because Maguire worked alongside various police branches, he had no regular helper. These policemen however assisted him: Duncan Lamont as Insp Winter (#1 The Killing Job), John Witty as Sgt West (#3 Illegal Entry), John Warwick as Insp Blake (#9 77 Bus), John Howlett as Sgt Chester (#14 Mechanical Watchman), and Sgt Cole (#29 Deadly Blackmail), Richard Bebb as Inspector Pybus (#13 Special Branch) and as Sgt Bellamy (#22 Barge Burglars): Richard told me he appeared in other stories too.
Director Alvin Rakoff was booked to make the pilot films, these were: #1 The Killing Job, #5 Thames Divison, #19 24 Hours a Day, and #38 Robbery With Violence
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THE KILLING JOB
In this opening story by Ted Willis, we are introduced to Mike Maguire of the Canadian Mounties who has just flown in to "London Town" on work experience from Montreal.

Before even reaching the Yard, at midnight in Piccadilly he stumbles on a protection racketeer Dandy Evans (Peter Reynolds) who has been knifed after falling out with a 'colleague' Colletta (Sydney Tafler).
After being welcomed to these shores by the Assistant Commissioner at the Yard (Ronald Adam), Maguire is assigned to Detective Inspector Tom Winter (Duncan Lamont) of the CID, based at West End Central station.
Colletta with his heavy, Morris (Arthur Mullard, uncredited), is aiming to take over Evans' territory, so his former 'colleagues,' led by Joss (William Hartnell) give him an ultimatum, "to get out of town". He has one hour.
As he doesn't comply, Evans is despatched to adminster the chop. He and his gang get out their flick knives and there's a wonderful street chase past Trafalgar Square, WALKING! You mustn't run or the police might notice you.
But Colletta is cornered in Regent Car Park, as the knives comes out. Winter and Maguire swoop, carting away some of London's most notorious villains.
At 11.15pm on The Embankment, the pair mull over the case.

Note: Cockney rhyming slang is explained to Maguire by the helpful Colletta.
This was the only episode in this series to have been repeated on British national television since the 1960s. Television Heaven on Channel Four screened it, with an introduction by Frank Muir, that erroneously attributed the series to ATV.

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Special Mission
Maguire's assistant is Sgt Wilson (Donald Bisset).
An exciting story set in Fleet Street, where a gang have planned to rob a payroll of 20,000. The Cleenite Company have dug this suspicious hole in the pavement, cover for the gang: the theft effected, the two crooks quickly change clothes and nonchalantly pose as workmen. They have passed the proceeds to their boss (Basil Dignam), who conceals the cash in a bundle of newspapers about to be delivered.
All three villains watch as Maguire pokes around, he cleverly spots the discarded clothing and arranges for the area to be cordoned off. The boss watches anxiously as the loot is taken away in an Evening News delivery van.
The two other crooks try to leave surreptitously, but Freddy rather stupidly stumbles just outside the window where Maguire is masterminding operations. Maguire pounces on him, eager for any sort of clue, while Charley (Michael Ripper) slips away with his boss to trail the van which is delivering in the Stockwell area. Freddy soon comes clean, and the search is on for the van driven by Willy Harris. Maguire jumps on another delivery van, driver Bob Marsh.
The pursued van is stopped and the cash recovered, but the watching crooks quickly retrieve their loot. They drive away but two vans pursue them, soon to be three, and they are hemmed in. (Some of the vans get mixed up by continuity, Maguire is seen in two vans, and the original van with the loot seems to change number plates also!)

Uncredited speaking parts: 1 Attacked guard. 2 Worried man. Cars: 564PMH. 6MML- the crook's car. Police cars include MXC334 and RPB437. News vans: CXO396, SGK817, ULT918, and SXD496

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ILLEGAL ENTRY
Maguire's assistant is Det Sgt West (John Witty).

"Why should a jewel thief try to steal a fur coat? Why should an accomplice ransack a flat when the coat was known to be in storage?"
The case actually starts when a thief attempts to break into Luxford's, the furriers in Melton Street. He's caught and Maguire's probing questions show that Karl is a foreigner (clever deduction there!) who has been smuggled into the country to work for some criminals.
As Karl has been arrested the crooks persuade his illegal immigrant wife Helga (Adrienne Corri) to steal the fur coat her husband failed to nick. To do so, she breaks into the flat of Baroness von Falcon (Patricia Laffan) and obtains a copy of her signature, which is then forged. She goes with the necessary authorisation to collect the mink coat from Mr Luxford. However Maguire is there to arrest Helga too- "I'll have to ask you to come to the police station." She confesses and gives a detailed account of how they entered England.
In a subplot, Maguire discovers the real reason for the thieves' interest in the coat- there's a valuable ruby hidden in it! The countess is ordered to pay the outstanding duty on it.
Microscopic examination of Karl's clothing proves he's been on a fishing boat recently and this leads Maguire to the docks, and the trawler Boy Tom. The police swoop just as the latest batch of illegal immigrants are arriving. A chase round Billingsgate fish Market and the case is closed

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The Great Gold Robbery
Maguire is attached to Flying Squad and Supt Robinson (Lloyd Lamble) and is assisted by Ted Ford (John Howlett).

The Edinburgh to London express is robbed of its mail. Time 5.35pm. In the area where the mailbags were thrown from the train, a clue is found, footprints show one of the crooks had a limp.
The gang are already planning their next job, at a warehouse in London Airport. Ginger Clark, who works here is knocked out, and his place taken by a member of the gang, Bluey Bronson. Clark does reveal that earlier he had been offered a better job- by a man with a limp!
Bronson is kept under surveillance, he has given his fellow workers dope which has knocked them out. The gang drive up and enter the warehouse. Maguire pounces, and although the boss limps off to his van, Maguire leaps on board and prevents his escape.

Uncredited speaking roles: 1 Crook (Arnold Yarrow). 2 Second crook. 3 Porter at Euston. 4 Railway inspector. 5 Mail porter. 6 Guard. 7 Ginger. 8 Forensic man (Edwin Apps). 9 Flying Squad officer.
Police car: MXC334. Car: HWM759. Police van 395LMM. Crooks' van: KJY754

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Thames Division
with Lloyd Lamble as Supt Stanford.

Maguire tours the Port of London. The Case of the Rangoon Maid begins with James Carson (Michael Balfour) demanding more payment from shipping company owner Byers. He needs to be "taken care of." Byers' right hand woman Pauline (Delphi Lawrence) fixes it.
Maguire joins local police on board Carson's ship The Rangoon Maid, where he was third engineer. Maguire learns about a radio message that Carson had sent asking for triple price for his job. This proves to be related to heroin smuggling. Some of the stuff seems likely to have been hidden in Carson's right shoe, which the gang have removed.
The killer is Lalong, a frightened steward, who after a chase around the ship, manages to dive overboard and run ashore. He is sheltered by Byers, who has to silence him. The corpse is taken away on the barge Lilian, but Maguire has been watching the gang and they are all rounded up.

Pauline's sports car: PYX238

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Missing Person
A girl is pushed over Waterloo Bridge late at night. The third such murder.
Maguire's plan is to find the next "likely victim". We see who it is: Toni Miller (Barbara Steele), who "lost her father in the war" and has run away from home after a row with her mother over her dancing at a cabaret.
She goes to stay with her friend June (Vera Day), who suggests Toni tries an escort agency. Escorts Ltd offer her a job, meeting Peter Anderson who is staying at The Cumberland Hotel.
Maguire traces the club where Toni had been dancing, then finds June. But he is always one step behind, now interviewing Walters of the agency. "You haven't got a hope" of tracing her.
Toni is now meeting her date outside the hotel and they have walked to the river. They take a meal at the Royal Festival Hall. They talk. Luckily a constable spots them.
Maguire has searched Yard records and from Walters had learned that the criminal has a nervous tapping habit. This enables his identity to be established.
The couple walk along the bridge- it is still daylight. A policeman and Maguire prevent the killer from striking again. Though he runs off, Maguire soon fells him.
Maguire takes Toni home, for a happy reunion

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Escape
Mike is attached to CID Central. With Jack Lambert as Superintendent.

After a tour of London's back alleys, we encounter a gang planning a safe robbery. Boss is Harry Killian (Peter Dyneley). He gives the incompetent Jack the order of the boot, so by way of revenge Jack snitches on "the Killian mob." Thus police swoop and all except the boss are caught, including Bill, "the less intelligent half" of the Killian brothers.
Police quickly trace Harry, who offers his alibi. He was at a football match. Chelsea won 3-2. Sounds unlikely.
Harry visits Bill in prison and makes him understand that he will be sprung at Bow Street Magistrates Court.
Mike Maguire is getting bored, waiting for action. He has to be ready to give evidence.
Under the mashed potato on Bill's lunch tray is an object that enables him to escape, locking the door behind him. Harry disguises him as a football fan, travelling with supporters to watch an England match in Holland. The two brothers board the airport bus.
Maguire is at the airport, spotting in his clever way that here is a likely way for the prisoner to escape. Twenty flights need checking, and the sight of police causes Bill to panic, and he is easily caught. Harry runs away, chased by Mike through the hangars. A tackle fells Harry and he is driven away in a police car.

Taxi: ULT356. NLN820 police car. XPC894 ditto. 30LHX airport coach

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The Big Fish
Maguire is attached to Fraud Squad, working with Inspector Dean (Clifford Evans).

At Brighton racetrack, horses are switched: Mrs Ruth Harrison (Jane Hylton) has this dud horse Daisy May, "badly off form this season," but it is swapped for Marjery Daw belonging to Paul Grant (Griffith Jones). Thus betting at "a fancy price" of 25-1 nets a tidy sum for the ring, organised by Myners (Raymond Huntley).
A nobbled telephone cable explains how bookies were unable to lay off the betting on Daisy May. Maguire checks with Ruth Harrison, who shrugs it off with "outsiders sometimes win." But very conveniently the horse has since died, so comparisons cannot be made with its photo and that of the winning horse.
A search warrant for the offices of Associated Turf, Myners' business, is obtained and those who had placed bets on the horse are contacted. However Sir Arthur (William Mervyn) takes offence at the questions, claiming he never bet on the horse, ditto, in a five second cameo, Mrs Rigby played by Irene Handl.
How can it be proved that horses were switched? But worried he will be exposed, Grant rides off on Marjery Daw, intending to quietly shoot it. "There he is!" Grant is prevented from shooting the animal.

Cars: Grant's- VDU 336. Police cars- NLN820 and MXC334. Horsebox- SMU958

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SPECIAL BRANCH
Maguire's sidekick is Inspector Pybus (Richard Bebb). He is also assisted by Sgt Frazer of CID.
Director: Terence Fisher.

Heaton Radio Taxis have six cabs fitted with two way radios. Some crooks lead by Waymac (Martin Benson) seize the chance to take over the firm temporarily, because they want to assassinate Dr Stafford, an American scientist, who is flying in to London Airport and then being escorted to Harwell. By so doing they hope to "strain relations between Britain and the United States." No comment needed.
Fortunately one of the taxi drivers overhears their plan and manages to warn the Yard before being shot dead in a phone box.
Controlling six cabs, the crooks are able to cover every possible route the prof might take. Stafford is shadowed as Maguire and Pybus shield him off the plane and in to a waiting police vehicle. He's actually a decoy, but Maguire still manages to save the double's life before dashing off to join Stafford "on route A4."
Taxi No 1 waits in ambush, with the idea of puncturing the tyres before Taxi 6 moves in for the kill. But Maguire is too good for them and Taxi 1 is captured and the driver of Six wounded.
So Waymac orders remaining his Taxis to rendezvous with him at the junction of the A4 and A320 "west of Reading."
However Pybus swoops on the hq of Heaton Taxis and overhears where they plan to strike next- near a bridge at Littlewich Green on the A4 ("Route 4A" this time!). This is Tykes Water Bridge.
So there the assassins wait, by a mud track that seems nothing like a main road. Cunning Maguire again proves smarter, by borrowing a van which he drives himself to reconnoitre the location. On foot eight police then creep up on the gang. The peaceful country scene is filled with fighting. Maguire has great pleasure in informing the captured Waymac that it had been a wild goose chase anyway!
A final philosophical comment from Maguire referring to the dead taxi driver, "the courage and tenacity of the ordinary unknown man, that sets the pattern for an entire nation." He was being serious too

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MECHANICAL WATCHMAN
Maguire is attached to S Division.
His assistant is Sgt Tom Chester (John Howlett).

"Police, Scotland Yard. This is a Burcot Automatic Burglar Alarm, operating at Beldon's Fur Shop High Street Rocksfield. These premises are being broken into." A quick swoop leads to the capture of Davies but the other two thieves escape.
Davies has had several convictions, working previously with someone named Len Peters. Peters' mate Darren Carson reports back to their boss Bernard Rolt. The stolen furs are handed to furrier Samuel Finch (Arthur Lowe uncredited) whose task is to remove the branding and remodel the skins.
Investigation reveals only two fur stores have not yet been targetted by these thieves, Anson's, and Fur Fashions, at 98 Cavendish Square W1, and owned by Mr Rolt.
Maguire sets a trap for Rolt after yet another robbery. He suggests that Rolt installs a Mechanical Watchman in his store as everyone else is doing so. All except Gordon's. Rolt pricks up his ears. Inside information from the Yard itself!
But of course Maguire is ready and waiting at Gordon's. Twelve garments have been given "special treatment."
"All I have got to do," remarks the poor manager, "is wait to be robbed." Indeed it is not long before the crooks drive up in a stolen car 412 LMK. Maguire watches from a nearby unmarked van. He follows as they drive away, "if I lose them now," he admits, "I'm in big trouble."
The crooks switch from the stolen vehicle to their own van. Maguire is on the ball however as they pursue the thieves past St Paul's. The furs are deposited with Finch and after they have driven off, Maguire arrests them.
Maguire lets Finch work on the furs, as he wants the boss! Rolt plans his next move a few days later- pretend his own premises are being ransacked. At the same time the newly remodelled goods are collected from Finch and taken to "The Broadway, Golders Park." The new Mechanical Watchman is set off. Maguire arrives immediately: "Mr Maguire, you got here fast!"
Rolt plays the innocent until an infra red lamp on the furs shows up the marks 'MM,' Maguire's own initials that he had had invisibly branded on them. After a struggle, Maguire completes his arrests

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GHOST SQUAD
A strong cast in this pre-ATV Ghost Squad story with Elwyn Brook-Jones playing Scott the leader of the criminals, Douglas Wilmer as his right hand man, and Russell Napier, as Supt Farrel head of the Ghost Squad.

Maguire works alone as a Ghost Squad operative.
One such operative, McTavish, is working undercover in a dockland warehouse, but becomes "too nosy." He is crushed to death when a crane load of boxes lands on top of him.
Maguire replaces him, "they'll stop as nothing to protect their racket," Supt Farrel warns him.
So as Bill Brodie, he obtains a job loading crates at the docks. As a test, he's needled by one of the villains (Michael Brennan), "what did you lift back home- matchboxes?!" With "knuckles like concrete," Brodie passes that test, and is given a better job. Maguire questions us, "had I been promoted to a job with the gang that was raiding the London docks, or was I simply being promoted to an accident?"
He briefs a female Ghost Squad contact, even though he's being closely watched by the gang. Then at last, he is offered 50 to assist in a robbery. Now. So how can he warn the police? At the height of the raid at the docks, he pretends to kick a felled watchman and borrows a phone. But no sooner has he picked up the phone than he's rumbled. Maguire finishes two of the crooks off but Scott, the boss, drives off with the loot. However, some quick thinking from the watchman causes the lorry to crash into the river just as the police arrive, late as usual.
Farrel steps out of his police car, "the air round here is smelling better already!"

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FIFTY THOUSAND HANDS
After 6 months in London Maguire joins a county constabulary (in the county town of Letchford).
He is assisted by Inspector Bill Gates (John Warwick).

"The watchman caught me at it!" He has to be shot in a 9,000 hold up at United Plastics. This gives Jack Bingham (Bill Fraser) a problem, since his partner Jeff (William Hartnell) is badly injured and cannot walk. So Jack calls an ambulance to the crime scene and with professional aid gets Jeff carried to an ambulance which he then neatly nicks.
Maguire discovers the abandoned vehicle. A tramp informs Maguire he saw the pair transferring to a Morris Minor heading in the Letchford direction.
Jeff is in a bad way, so Jack breaks into Letchford Hospital to steal some morphia, but theft turns to murder when he's forced to strangle a nurse who spots him at it.
"He and his wounded pal are somewhere in this town," notes Maguire, so after placing a cordon around the whole area, he proposes a novel action, "without precedent in the annals of British crime," that of fingerprinting the entire town, population 25,000, hence the title of this film.
The Chief Constable arranges for this to be done, and somehow everyone is cooperative, but what happens when the fingerprint man arrives at Jack's hideout? Jeff's prints are taken as Jack thinks they aren't looking for him. But they are. He'd accidentally left his prints in the hospital.
Maguire and Gates zoom off to 8 Croxley Gardens. A final chase enlivens the tale. Jack flees by crashing his Morris Minor out of his garage. Some hope of escaping the cops with those wheels! The police Wolseley has soon caught him up, and resorting to a foot race, Jack struggling with Maguire, rolls down into a steep quarry and is arrested.
A straightfaced Maguire comments as 24,999 sets of prints are ceremoniously burned, "without public goodwill any police force is licked"
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24 Hours a Day
With (uncredited) Wensley Pithey as Inspector, and, briefly, John Witty as Sgt Benson.

Maguire happens to spot Canadian villain Red Caldwell (Robert Arden), and he tails him to a bank, where Red gives the name Arthur Smith. Maguire knows Red's modus operandi when robbing banks, but according to the manager, his bank is "impregnable."
Next door is the tobacconist shop of Henry Burns, who with his invalid wife Bella is held at gunpoint while Red's gang check out the cellar, Red's usual method of getting in to a bank. More is nearly made of the plight of Bella, but in the end isn't.
Maguire checks the shop out, and notes a suspicious looking blow torch. So the bank manager is dragged off his golf course to check out his bank. Bang! An explosion opens up the cellar to the vaults, "looks quiet enough!"
Police are on the watch as Maguire enters the Burns shop a second time. Red knocks him out and wants to shoot his nemesis, but the others in the gang prevent that. They dash away with their loot in a truck, but Maguire daringly leaps on to the back. A foot chase across bomb sites ends when Red is felled by Maguire.

Police car: MXC334. Taxi: OLK143. Red's truck: OLM77

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BARGE BURGLARS
"Why do I work with fools?" moans Harry Fowler referring to his crooked gang of thieves. Might he also have been referring to the one-scene supporting cast whose feeble acting does not match the assured style of the main participants?
Maguire is attached to D Division.
His assistant is Det. Sgt Frank Bellamy (Richard Bebb).

Standing, or perhaps loafing, at the corner of the street, is shifty looking Sandy (Harry Fowler). With his accomplices, they don their masks, robbing a goods depot and making their unique escape on a Regent's Canal barge. Suddenly they look just like tourists.
Maguire checks out anyone who might have inside knowledge about the firm, and one, Patrick Donovan, seems suspicious as he's flitted his digs without paying the rent. When he's traced he runs away, but straight into the path of a lorry, and he is no more.
20,000 is stolen from a clothing factory. "No car," observes the factory owner which turns Maguire's attentions to the nearby canal.
One of the gang, Maxie, starts spending his stolen money and shooting his mouth off with two girls, but by the time Maguire and Bellamy are on to him, the gang is out on a last job, a second floor Mooney Street office. Maguire tails them in a police car, they apparently oblivious of his presence. When the crooks do run off, they make for their usual barge, where Maguire delivers some hefty punches before the rest of London's police force descends to arrest them.
Pronounces the pompous Maguire, "there's no end to the inventiveness of the criminal mind. That's why this is one job you can never afford to go to sleep on"

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Old Soldiers Sometimes Die
with Hugh Moxey as Sgt Freeman

At Buckingham Palace, tourist Fitzgerald is conned by Major Smith and his partner Burling. The racket has netted them 40,000 in the last two months. Though Fitzgerald quickly reports the swindle to the police, Maguire is seconds too late to apprehend the conmen. A girl called Helen tells him they've just left.
Maguire poses as a tourist and eventually, in Trafalgar Square, "our fish take the bait." Smith takes him to a flat and introduces him to his partner, with an offer of a cast iron deal to make money. However Helen recognises Maguire, and the crooks attempt to run Maguire down. All innocent, he returns to the conmen with his money, and promptly arrests them.
However an investment expert declares that the shares Maguire had purchased are bona fide. The gang work out that Fitzgerald could testify against them so they set out to kill him. Fitzgerald is watching the trooping of the colour when the crooks spot him. They are foiled in their plan when Maguire and Freeman pounce.

Uncredited speaking part: Policeman in car. Cars: VGK84. Police car: MXC334. Taxis: PUV123, JXU210. Crooks' van: TPX 224. OOW567. Some filming in Heath Hurst Road Hampstead
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EXCEPTION TO THE RULE
Introduction: "Perhaps the one thing which makes the British police force unique among law enforcement agencies of the world is the fact that its officers don't carry guns. But desperate criminals sometimes call for desperate measures- there's always the exception to the rule." Maguire is attached to Z Division. His assistant is Sgt Wilson (Gordon Bell).
Paul Whitsun-Jones plays the leader of a gang of 3 whose modus operandi is to commit 3 robberies in quick succession then flee the country via the nearest airport or port. After a holdup at an export company in Croydon, they shoot dead a bank messenger in Purley, and then head for a Redhill factory making remote controls.
Descriptions of the crooks suggest they are foreigners. Maguire spots the pattern from previous jobs. They must be making for Gatwick Airport, so he sets up roadblocks, but the trigger happy crooks burst through one, shooting wildly. In Pulborough Lane Chelsham they shoot dead a patrolman who has apprehended them. A constable on his bike spots the trio entering the factory and phones for help. Maguire zooms up, "there are a lot of people in that factory and those guys don't care whom they shoot."
The crooks are chased around the premises, before finding a hiding place in the caretaker's room.
"The place is surrounded!" shouts Maguire (no megaphones here!). "Throw down your guns... you haven't a chance." Their response is in the style of the cowboys, keep shooting, so as there is "only one language they understand," Maguire puts in the urgent request for firearms. While he shunts a passing locomotive into an ideal location for an assault on the caretaker's room, they escape through the now evacuated factory. One is shot, one caught, the last runs away but good old Maguire rugby tackles him.

A lot of bad driving can be seen in this film. The crooks who at one point, even though Gatwick is southwards are "heading north," crash the gears of several cars. Worse when Maguire's police car NLN820 is backed, it hits something! No wonder later Maguire is in a different car, the one seen most frequently in the series, MXC334
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MOTOR BIKE BANDITS
Maguire is attached to X Division.
His assistant is Det.Sgt Leonard (Richard Bebb).

A novel way of robbing offices has been devised by an ingenious gang. You stand on the roof of a stolen van, point your gun through a first floor office window and steal the payroll. Then make your getaway in the van, quickly abandoning it for motor bikes.
Thus we watch as van LMY564 drives up to Hexton and Elliot's offices, and the 8,000 payroll is stolen. The Phoenix van is abandoned as the crooks zoom off across fields on their motorcycles. Then to a motor cycle scramble to establish an alibi. While Maguire is still puzzling out how they got away, they're preparing another job, a rent collection agency. Maguire works out how they operate and that they use a woman accomplice just as we see the trio locate a suitable removal van (in the scene it's shown as Tennison Avenue - in Borehamwood).
At the motorcycle scramble meeting Maguire learns one rider, Kemp, has gone awol, along with his mechanic Groves. Then they hear the van has been stolen from outside 97 Bolster Lane, to where Maguire rushes to interview the plump lady who saw it all.
There's an alert out for a Joseph Barnes Hammersmith van, but Maguire's one step behind the crooks who at this moment are smashing a first floor office window. The robbery ends with a shooting. Maguire somehow anticipates where they're heading for, to switch to their bikes. Idly waiting at the side of a road, the girl, Sue is waiting, and there's the van, but the two villains flee across the fields. Maguire's motorcycle cops follow but not close enough. Last seen down the Wembley road. Police cars and bikes flash after their quarry.
The crooks have only one chance, hide in the old Wembley Stadium. "We're trapped, there's no way out," groans Groves pretty obviously, as the police arrive. With a loudhailer, Maguire shouts in confirmation, "you haven't got a chance of getting out."
Groves gives himself up leaving Kemp to shoot it out- just as well there's no soccer match going on! Maguire does that old circle round and attack from the rear trick, and overpowers Kemp.
With the football pitch as a backdrop, Maguire ends with some more words of wisdom for his sergeant

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Rex Langmaid kindly provided this synopsis of

35 Rat Trap
Det. Sergeant Hadley, investigating organised crime, is lured by a sandwich-board man (Pete Ashley's brother Joe in disguise) to a derelict warehouse where Pete Ashley (Sydney Tafler) and his gang trick him into runnling through a loading door to his death.
Maguire questions Sawyer, another gang boss who has been intimidated by Pete Ashley and his henchman Tiny. Sawyer lets slip a comment about a man wearing built-up heels.
Later Inspector Maguire and Sergeant Stevens see Ben Cotton collecting the sandwich boards Joe left outside the warehouse, and follow him to the Koolkat Club owned by Pete Ashley. They notice that Joe Ashley is wearing high heeled shoes, recalling Sawyer's comment about built-up heels. When they go to question Cotton (not a gang member but an employee) at his home they learn he has died in an "accident."
Maguire, frustrated that everybody is afraid to talk about the Ashleys, goes round London offering a reward to anybody who tells him about a man with high heels, hoping to be lured into the same trap that Hadley fell into. Joe disguised as a sandwich board man accosts him and leads him to the warehouse while two of Ashley's thugs ambush detectives following him. Maguire, having recognised Joe, pushes him into the room where Pete Ashley and his strong-arm man Tiny are waiting, and Tiny coshes Joe in error.
In the fight that follows a knife-wielding Pete Ashley falls through the fatal door but leaves Maguire hanging on its hook. Stevens and the detectives, having dealt with Ashley's thugs, arrive in time to stop Tiny finishing Maguire off.
As Maguire and Stevens are congratulating themselves for a job well-done an announcement is coming over the radio about another assignment...

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Death Ride
with Patrick Barr as Chief Constable Harris, and Humphrey Heathcote as Sgt Wilkins.

A family argument over a car. James Armstrong (Clive Morton) won't let his wife Betty drive it, since he needs it. But he suddenly changes his mind. Betty drives away. She crashes.
Since he is a friend of Armstrong, Chief Constable Harris calls Maguire in, taking him to the scene of the accident. Then Maguire questions Armstrong, who resents the intrusion. Maguire also checks with the garage which had serviced the vehicle. He inspects the wrecked car, and works out that the brakes must have been tampered with, and he also breaks down Armstrong's alibi.
Worried Maguire is nosing about too much, Armstrong clumsily attempts to run the policeman down. He decides he had better get away, taking with him secretary Barbara, who has already guessed what Armstrong had been up to. "The eternal triangle" crumbles as he dashes away leaving her behind as police arrive. In his boat 'Boo' he is pursued by Maguire in a launch. In the chase Maguire chucks a boat hook at the pursued, who is knocked out, falling into the river, never to be seen again.

Cars: SLA935, Morris Traveller driven by Betty. KYV733 Commissioner's car. MXC334 police car. TVC277 Barbara's car

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