BBC’s Four Lives viewers slam police over ‘Grindr killer’ drama

Four Lives viewers have expressed their shock at the actions of the police as depicted in the BBC drama.

The three-part drama, based on real events, focuses on the evil actions of serial killer Stephen Port, who claimed the life of his first victim, Anthony Walgate from Hull, before going on to murder three more young men to fulfil his depraved sexual fantasies.

The final episode was broadcast on BBC1 this evening.

Port, who became known as the ‘Grindr killer’, is currently serving a whole-life sentence in HMP Belmarsh, south London, after murdering the men over 15 months between June 2014 and September 2015 in Barking, east London.

The drama, starring Sheridan Smith and Stephen Merchant, has highlighted some of the police failings which probably cost lives, according to an inquest jury.

Stephen Port’s four victims were Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25. Their lives have all been commemorated in the BBC drama.

On Twitter, many viewers expressed their shock at the events depicted in the drama.

One viewer @simy_78 said: “How the police dealt with the grieving families makes me angry.”

Another @philipnolan1 wrote: “I’m shouting at the television. The Keystone Cops would have conducted a better investigation than this.”

A post from @traylorholmes said: “The families did more than the police.”

Another viewer @davidalleyne wrote: “ #FourLives has to be one of the most frustrating watches. The incompetence of the police dealing with the cases was unfathomable.”

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