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John Heaton
Supt. John Heaton

Supt. John Heaton

Birth Name: John
Full Name: Johnathan Heaton
IC: Gender
1Male   Male
Marital Status: Married to Rhiannon Heaton
Occupation: Police Officer
Affiliation: Metropolitan Police
Curr. Posting: Sun Hill
Curr. Rank: Superintendent
Curr. Title: Director of Trafficking Unit
Curr. Call Sign: Sierra Oscar 52
Occ. Status
TRANSFERRED to Human Trafficking Unit
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Portrayed by:Daniel Flynn
 ● First Appearance: 2006x044 - Episode 421
 ● Last Appearance: 2009x045 -Conviction - Judgement Day
List of Appearances

Superinendent John Heaton was a character in The Bill from 2006 until 2009.

Time at Sun Hill[edit | edit source]

Heaton arrived at Sun Hill to replace Adam Okaro, who had been promoted to Borough Commander (Chief Superintendent). Heaton showed a zero tolerance approach as he arrived, which was immediately negative. He also wanted to phase out older officers such as PCs Tony Stamp & Reg Hollis, however, they proved their worth.

Barry Green[edit | edit source]

In his first major case he wanted to bring down a former villain, Barry Green, who had thrown a former colleague of Heaton's into motorway traffic, paralyzing him. The investigation crossed over into a PDO case for Terry Perkins involving Max Little, who went to jail for Green, and then for slashing his mother's face with a bottle. His main motive was to see his son Taylor, who was falling in with Green as a runner, much in the same way that Max did. As Taylor is arrested for stabbing, Max fears Barry will have him sent down in the same way that he did. As Heaton and Perkins interview Taylor with his mother (legally his grandmother and Max's mother). Suddenly PCs Dan Casper and Will Fletcher find Max about to throw Barry into the same motorway where Heaton's colleague was paralyzed. Terry convinces Max to stop Taylor from going down, and Green was arrested by a smug Heaton.

Ray Moore and the Skens[edit | edit source]

A former cop and now villain Ray Moore, came to Sun Hill and started harassing Heaton. As he was released from remand for murder when he threatened his witness, Moore was suspected of shooting a Sken gangster. Lewis Hardy's girlfriend Tash Niles, a nurse, is assaulted when she witnesses the dying gangster's last words as she tended to him in hospital. When she refuses to retract, her brother Rudy is shot and when it appears he might die, Lewis assaults Moore and after a fight he Moore is knocked out, and after Lewis confides in his cousin Dominic, a Sken associate, and Moore is found dead next to a multi-storey, but the main suspects are then found having overdosed on bad coke stolen from Moore. Lewis is cleared, and after Heaton sends him undercover with the Skens, he transfers to Trident.

Moving Target

An anti-racism gig goes horribly wrong when a local MP, Paul Sagger, and a local community leader and the gig's organizer Nadim Mura, are shot. Mura dies but Sagger survives, however an artifact that was vital to a smuggling operation with Sagger in the center, goes missing. Digging by DC Grace Dasari & DI Neil Manson uncovers that a third stray bullet was directed at Heaton. As Manson calls John, a bullet flies through his car windows, narrowly avoiding him and Sagger, who he had in his car. After a long day, Sagger is about to be arrested and moved to a station, when the gunman, Sagger's assistant Derek Jacobs, shows up and abducts him in the yard, with a bomb strapped to himself. He is talked down, Jacobs' bomb was fake and Jacobs and Sagger are arrested, for murder and smuggling respectively.

Feet of Clay[edit | edit source]

Heaton's integrity was questioned when he apparently jailed the wrong suspect 20 years ago when he was a DC. After it appeared the suspect was innocent, Heaton said it needed to be confirmed and the suspect slit his wrist in his cell. When the suspect was cleared, Heaton was lucky to keep his job.

Leaves Sun Hill[edit | edit source]

Main article: Conviction

After busting a human trafficking ring, Heaton sets up a specialist trafficking unit with Inspector Rachel Weston, DS Stuart Turner and DC Kezia Walker.

Service Record[edit | edit source]

Main article: Service Record

Family and Relationships[edit | edit source]

Major Storylines[edit | edit source]

Preceded by:
Superintendent Adam Okaro
Succeeded by:
Superintendent Jack Meadows

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