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British cops on Grafton Street? Relax, it's just BBC in town for crime drama...

DUBLINERS did a double take as Grafton Street was turned into a British location for a new BBC crime drama.

Irish shoppers may have wondered if they had stepped into the Twilight Zone yesterday after spotting a British police car and emergency services near Neary's Pub off Grafton Street.

However, it was all props for new BBC2 crime drama Vexed.

British police cars, ambulances and even cast members wearing British emergency service uniforms were seen on set, as actors Toby Stephens and Ronny Jhutti captured scenes for the comedy-drama.

The Beeb's latest six-part series, which is being directed by Ian Fitzgibbon and Keiron J Walsh -- who was at the helm of hit show RAW and the Savage Eye -- is being filmed in Dublin until April.

And Vexed is not the only crime drama production currently being filmed in the capital.

RTE's hit show Love/Hate kicked off production for its third season last week and the crew of the IFTA award-winning programme have been spotted all over the city.

Love/Hate star Tom Vaughan Lawlor, who plays new king pin Nidge, jetted in from his London home last Thursday.

Script details of the upcoming season are being kept firmly under wraps, but dad-of-one Tom recently told the Herald that he's predicting his character to follow the same route as crime boss Aidan Gillen's John Boy -- who was gunned down in season two.