|ITV broadcast date|| 25th July 2010|
|Next episode||The Rapture|
Local Hero is an episode of series 26 which first aired on sunday 25th july. The episode had 3.7 million viewers with a 14.5% share.
When Kenneth Harvey is found hanging in a local park by Harry Wallace, Chairman of Community Watch, Burke and the team are called in to investigate the scene.
When Burke and Reid visit Kenneth Harvey’s wife, Elaine, they come to realise there might be more to this than meets the eye: she is bitter towards the Community Watch, suggesting they are to blame. To find out more, Burke and Reid talk to Tommy Bannerman, also on the Community Watch committee, who suggests certain locals are not happy with the changes Wallace and the council have implemented.
Ross and Fraser question another Community Watch member, Jennifer Cameron, who is direct about wanting more stringent security on the estate…. the kind of action Kenneth would have taken. Jennifer suggests the team should talk to the Hamiltons, since it was Kenneth Harvey’s petition which got the family kicked off the estate. Could the Hamiltons be responsible for Harvey’s death?
When Reid and Burke question Frankie Hamilton he states he was home on the night of the murder, although no one can vouch for him. His confrontational son, Rab, doesn’t have an alibi either. Fraser finds out that Mrs Hamilton died of alcoholism but was being treated for depression before she died. Being kicked off the estate made her condition worse but was this motive enough for murder?
When Community Watch Chairman, Wallace, takes Reid on a personal tour of the estate, Reid is impressed by his ambition and dedication, and we can see she has a soft spot developing. Meanwhile Burke visits Elaine Harvey who says that her husband would have stopped at nothing in order to make the estate safer. She also explained his determination to become Chair and take Wallace’s place. Later, Bannerman tells Reid and Burke that Wallace was aware of Kenneth’s ambitions. Would Wallace have wanted Kenneth out of the way?
While Burke wants to keep an eye on Wallace as a suspect, Reid puts her personal feelings before her career and challenges Burke on his decision. Furthermore Reid goes that one step further and accepts a dinner invitation from Wallace. The next morning Reid wakes up in Wallace’s apartment where he tells her he did 3 years in prison for accidentally killing a man. When Community Watch member Jennifer is found with a bullet in her head and Wallace is seen throwing a metal object into the river, it seems that Reid may be in over her head…