Line Of Duty: Jimmy Lakewell's Voice Heard On Gail Vella Recording, Say Fans

AC-12's DS Steve Arnott couldn't seem to pinpoint the voice on the corrupt audio file – but many viewers think they've cracked it.

Some Line Of Duty fans have proved they’re worthy of a job with AC-12 after seemingly cracking part of the case in the latest episode.

On Sunday night, viewers saw the anti-corruption inquiry into the conduct of DCI Joanne Davidson kick up a gear when Superintendent Hastings’ team reexamined the evidence in the Operation Lighthouse case.

After discovering Gail Vella’s devices had been stolen and replaced with clean ones prior to the journalist’s murder, they recovered a corrupt audio file of her interviewing an unidentified man about police corruption.

DS Arnott listened to a corrupt audio file of Gail Vella interviewing a man about police corruption
DS Arnott listened to a corrupt audio file of Gail Vella interviewing a man about police corruption

Vella’s former boss had revealed to AC-12 that she had been looking into the murder case of private detective Daniel Morgan (a real life figure who was murdered in 1987 after it was said he came close to exposing police corruption) and had also been approaching senior police officers about why there’d been a surpression of inquiries into the likes of Dale Roach (a character with links back to series three).

Arnott was then seen reviewing the incomplete audio file of one of Vella’s interviews, and while he didn’t seem to be able to identify him, many fans suggested it was corrupt solicitor Jimmy Lakewell.

The partial audio from Vella's laptop must be Jimmy Lakewell from S4. #LOD

If you want to check its on 33:10 on iPlayer

— Matt King (@Matt_king_314) March 28, 2021

Was Gail Vella interviewing Jimmy Lakewell in prison and that’s the voice on her computer? #LineOfDuty just saying

— Tony Homer (@colinpwitter) March 28, 2021

There’s one audio clip on the laptop. The voice sounds a bit like Jimmy Lakewell but that seems like a long shot. #LineOfDuty

— PC Simon Bannerjee (@PcBannerjee) March 28, 2021

#LineOfDuty tonight was crazy. They weren’t kidding when they said episode 2 took things up a notch! Also the voice on that podcast recording is Jimmy Lakewell (The bent lawyer from series 4) I know Neil from The Offices voice when I hear it!!

— Ashley Bell (@Ashley_Bell182) March 28, 2021

@Line_of_duty #jimmylakewell on that podcast! #grippingstuff tonight! Episode 2 #lineofduty

— katie ingram (@katiein31851909) March 28, 2021

Jimmy Lakewell was *for sure* the voice on that recording #LineOfDuty @Swanningoff @RoisinK71
(That revision is totally paying off for me!)

— Hannah Wilton (@Hannahwilton79) March 28, 2021

I reckon that voice is bent lawyer Jimmy Lakewell from series four, played by Patrick Baladi #LineOfDuty

— Michael Hogan (@michaelhogan) March 28, 2021

The male voice on the recording from Gails laptop sounded like Roz Huntleys lawyer Jimmy Lakewell from series 4. Was he providing information to Gail about the OCG #lineofduty @martin_compston @jed_mercurio @Vicky_McClure

— ✨Leanne Wells✨ (@lea2scott) March 28, 2021

The partial recording on Vella’s laptop sounds like she’s talking to Jimmy Lakewell. Did she uncover something in that conversation that got her killed ?

— Terry Plimmer (@TerryPlimmer) March 28, 2021

Lakewell – played by former star of The Office, Patrick Baladi – featured in series four of Line Of Duty as founding partner of the criminal law firm Lakewell, Dean & Stevenson, and was a university friend of antagonist DCI Roz Huntley’s husband Nick.

Lakewell was in league with organised crime and was part of a cover up in Operation Trapdoor, which looked into the kidnapping and murder of Baswinder Kaur, the disappearance of Leonie Collersdale and the attempted kidnapping of Hana Reznikova.

He was also responsible for instructing one of the “balaclava men” to intercept DS Arnott when he arrived at the Lakewell, Dean & Stevenson offices, which ended up with him being pushed down the stairs and sustaining injuries that have subsequently seen him develop an addiction to painkillers.

At the end of series four, Lakewell pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, but declined witness protection and refused to testify and was sent to prison.

Jimmy Lakewell in Line Of Duty
Jimmy Lakewell in Line Of Duty

It seems it’s highly likely that the voice heard in the recording is Lakewell’s, as one eagle-eyed viewer previously spotted that his photo is seen on an AC-12 suspect wall in upcoming scenes that originally featured in the series six trailer.

Let’s review the trailer again in light of last night’s evidence... On the wall of suspicion we have:
PC Ryan
PS Farida
Terry (I hope he’s safe) and Jimmy Lakewell.

Does anyone recognise any other faces?@shrinepod #LineOfDuty

— Kate (@KendalMintKate) March 22, 2021

The most recent episode of Line Of Duty also established other links to the show’s complicated past with the return of Ryan Pilkington.

The OCG member is now a fully fledged police officer working alongside DI Kate Fleming on MIT, allowing him to carry on with the gang’s work from the inside, and there are already some questions about his conduct.

Line Of Duty continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.


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