A new series on the BBC due to come out later this year is based on gruesome crime scene cleaning.
Paul ‘Wicky’ Wickstead, is a state-certified cleaning technician with a very special field of work: as a crime scene cleaner he is responsible for the removal of any signs of death.
Wicky works for Shropshire-based cleaning contractors Lausen and is usually found, together with his baby-blue pickup truck, at crime scenes after the police have concluded their detective work.
Armed with chemicals, scrubbing brushes and cleaning rags, Wicky removes the gruesome mess at the scene of the crime. When carrying out his duties, he stumbles across the strangest of people: from the victim’s relatives, employers, neighbours and acquaintances, to occasionally even the murderers themselves. And because he’s a sociable type, he sometimes gossips more than he cleans.
We know a lot of our members have started training in forensic and crime scene cleaning and whilst this series is not going to make the industry look glamourous, it also will highlight the level of work and training that goes into professionally working in a field like this.