Line Of Duty fans were sensationally told that late Gangland boss Tommy Hunter was Jo Davidson’s blood relative in tonight’s breathtaking fifth episode (Sunday April 18).
But who was Tommy Hunter and what other shadows does he cast over the series?
Where does Tommy Hunter fit in Line Of Duty?
The fans were in suspense after the breathtaking cliffhanger of the fifth episode.
After Forensics Bods DS retrieved Davidson’s DNA from her ex, Farida Jatri’s house, he compared it to records from police databases.
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Ted was shocked to see the name of the game – a blood relative of Davidson’s was in the database.
So who did she fit in with?
It was Gangland boss Tommy Hunter who fans last saw alive in the second series.
Who Was Tommy Hunter?
Hunter was played by Brian McCardie and acted as a gang overlord in the unnamed fictional town of Line Of Duty in Midlands.
He made his first appearance in the first series with a number of police officers and other high profile names under his command.
One of his projects was money laundering through a hair salon.
Also there was the soaring real estate developer Jackie Laverty, who happened to be the secret lover of the supercop DCI Tony Gates.
When Laverty was murdered by Jäger’s OCG, he came into direct contact with Gates, who was trying to piece together what had happened to his lover.
When AC-12 and Steve Arnott were snooping on the case, Hunter urged Gates to take action.
Arnott was captured and tortured by Hunter’s men, but survived thanks to a daring rescue mission from Gates.
How did Hunter infiltrate the police?
One of Hunter’s specialties was blackmail.
He did it to Gates on the first series, and he did it to others too.
Take Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan.
DI Cottan was a member of AC-12, but by the end of the third series it turned out to be the mysterious “Caddy” figure – an OCG man inside who routinely thwarted the anti-corruption unit’s investigations .
The fan favorite’s connection to Hunter was this: He was literally a caddy for Hunter at Edge Park Golf Club.
And then there’s the bad boy from series six, Ryan Pilkington.
The young pc has been consistent throughout the Line Of Duty history.
He first appeared in the first series as a teenager and was hired by Hunter as an errand boy on the Borogrove Estate.
Now he’s a full-fledged murderer.
How did Hunter die?
At the end of the first series, it was revealed that evidence Gates found in his investigation into Hunter was never used because he was a police informant.
At the beginning of the second series, DI Lindsay Denton was hired to take Hunter from his safe home to a police station after a threat to his life arose.
On the way to the station, however, the convoy was ambushed and Hunter seriously injured.
And in the hospital, one of the ambushers killed him.
Why? It turned out that Dot Cottan himself ordered the hit to cover his own tracks.
Hunter’s shadow is still great
Tommy Hunter’s death may have seen the end of him, but his presence is still huge throughout the series.
We got a hint of Jäger’s preference for young teenage girls with the Carly Kirk case, but more revelations were made in series three.
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It was revealed that Hunter, along with Councilor Dale Roach and CS Patrick Fairbank, was part of the boy sexual abuse scandal in Sands View.
And in addition to being named as Jo Davidson’s father in episode five, there was more …
His son was involved in the murder of the young black Lawrence Christopher.
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