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24 Hours In Police Custody: Is Black Widow Victoria Breeden in prison?

A chilling start to 2021

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24 Hours In Police Custody concludes tonight (Tuesday January 5) with the second episode about Victoria Breeden but is she in prison?

The award-winning Channel 4 show is documenting a real-life crime, dubbed ‘Black Widow’ that grabbed the headlines in 2019.

One police officer said of the case: “In all my career I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

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Victoria Breeden in custody (Credit: Channel 4)

What is 24 Hours In Police Custody about?

Throughout nine series it has primarily followed Bedfordshire Police as officers investigate cases in Luton.

It documents the time spent by suspects inside the police station.

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During their stay at the station, police officers then try to get to the bottom of their suspected crimes.

During its run, some episodes have also featured stories from Cambridgeshire Police.

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One of the investigating officers (Credit: Channel 4)

What is Black Widow all about?

Victoria Breeden is alleged to be plotting to have her ex-husband killed.

It kicked off after a man handed Cambridgeshire Police a secretly recorded conversation between Victoria and another man.

In it, she offers to pay him to have her ex-husband murdered.

The Cambridge Police then have to work out whether this was a genuine threat or not.

How does Victoria Breeden’s ex-husband react to the news?

In shocking scenes last night, detectives dashed to see Rob Parkes to check on his safety, and broke the news about his ex-wife.

He was told: “On Tuesday night we had someone attend the police station with a recording basically stating that it was a recording of Victoria and another person conspiring to murder someone.

“The content of that recording is directed towards yourself.”

Visibly shocked Rob said: “The past history I’ve got with her… I never thought she would’ve gone this far.”

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Victoria’s dating profile (Credit: Channel 4)

Dating history investigation

DS Mike Barnshaw is tasked with getting to the bottom of the case.

The suspect, 39-year-old Victoria, had been using a dating site.

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And, while Breeden is in custody, in tonight’s episode the police decide to investigate her dating history to see if there are any links or similar stories.

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Is Victoria Breeden in prison?

Indeed she is! The so-called Black Widow was sentenced to nine and a half years in the summer of 2019, at Chelmsford Crown Court.

She had previously been found guilty of three counts of soliciting to murder ex-husband Rob Parkes.

24 Hours In Police Custody concludes tonight (Tuesday January 5) at 9pm on Channel 4

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