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Last Updated: Friday, 10 November 2006, 12:37 GMT
The Bill faces real crime drama
The Bill
The Bill has been running for more than 20 years
ITV1 police drama The Bill found itself the victim of a real-life crime after a burglar stole editing equipment and a tape from the show's London studios.

The Metropolitan Police said a man aged about 50, wearing a high visibility jacket and a black hat, sneaked into the building on Wednesday morning.

The man had pulled up in a white Ford transit van with a male passenger of a similar age and wearing a flat cap.

A spokeswoman for The Bill said the tape was in one of the stolen machines.

"We can't comment because it's now a police matter," she added.

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The police said no-one has been arrested yet and they were continuing with their inquiries.

The show, produced by Thames Television, started in 1983 as a one-off drama, Woodentop, with The Bill following in 1984.

The twice-weekly series, set in the fictional Sun Hill Police Station, has become a staple in the primetime ITV schedule since its launch.

Its 20th anniversary episode in 2004, which was a special live show, attracted close to 10m viewers.


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