Episode 217 is the 1874th episode of The Bill.

DI Neil Manson has to take the flak for Don Beech's escape from custody. Cavanaugh tries to pin the blame to avoid a heavy jail sentence, and Meadows calls in the DPS on Manson.

DCs Rob Thatcher and Ken Drummond are on an overnight obbo watching the flat of a crucial witness in a fraud case, when Drummond's teenage son Alex shows up, claiming to have caused the death of a prostitute.

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