CCTV monitors Hertford Saturday Night Madness

CCTV monitors Hertford Saturday Night Madness

Incidents

Parliament Square, Hertford, 26th Feb. 01:48 hrs.

In the early hours of this Sunday morning the Blackbirds pub called controllers over the Town Link radio requesting that cameras be placed viewing the front door of the venue, where an argumentative man  outside had started becoming aggressive with the door staff.

Police officers attended the pub, but soon had to call for more officers to attend when fighting broke out amongst the people inside the pub and continued while they were being ejected from the premises.

Controllers witnessed men wrestling with the police officers until they were forced to use their PAVA spray on one man.

In the ensuing melee a police woman went down to the ground with a suspected broken ankle as the fighting continued.

Two men were arrested for assault, but another man became aggressive and using threatening behaviour, so that  officers had to use force to arrest him.

Several men were arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, as still more police units had to be called to deal with the hostile and aggressive crowd.   The shameful tally from this fracas included several antagonists suffering the effects of PAVA and a female officer who had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance.

As if this incident itself was not bad enough two weeks later, again in the early hours of a Sunday morning, another fight involving a crowd of up to twenty people broke out in Parliament Square that resulted in bloody injuries and a man losing part of his ear and being taken by ambulance to hospital.

Armed Male in Wheel Chair Located by Letchworth CCTV Operator

Armed Male in Wheel Chair Located by Letchworth CCTV Operator

Incidents

Monday 12th December 2016 Late Afternoon

While on his patrols the Letchworth CCTV operator monitors a male in wheel chair waving something around his head in the Ivel Court Shops in the Jackmans Estate in Letchworth.

The male appeared to be distressing all the people in the shopping area and had been previously monitored in the area on other occasions exercising signs anti-social behaviour.

The male is then seen to put the item into his chair and shout at others. Meanwhile the operator had used the Partnerships direct line to the police control room and had officers on route to the male.

Police officers arrive and locate the item in the male’s chair and discovered it was a fairly large knife hidden into a metal tube and this had been the item he had been waving around.

The male was arrested and charged for possession of a bladed article.

Stevenage CCTV Controller Catches Theft From Car

Stevenage CCTV Controller Catches Theft From Car

Incidents

Monday 5th December 2016 in the early hours

During his early morning patrols a CCTV Operator spotted two males outside of the Coach and Horses Public House.

One of the males is seen leaning down and pulling something from the bottom of a VW Golf near the pub and moving away from the car.

Police are informed and the images are patched through to the Police Force Control Room in Welwyn Garden City for the police operator to monitor the pair.

Police officers are direct the males and they stop the pair nearby.

After inspecting the vehicle to determine what had been taken the police arrest one of the males for stealing a spotlight from the vehicle.

Stevenage CCTV Control Room help as dog handler and his police dog wounded

Stevenage CCTV Control Room help as dog handler and his police dog wounded

Incidents

Rowland Rd. Stevenage, 5th Oct. 01:15 hrs.
An incident involving the Hertfordshire CCTV Partnership that was reported in the national press concerned a suspicious call to a taxi firm in Stevenage.

The firm had received a call in the early hours of the morning requesting a taxi to take passengers from Rowland
Road in Stevenage to London.

The firm were suspicious that the call was linked to an armed robbery of a taxi driver earlier on.
The police, including a dog handler, attended the address in Rowland Road and CCTV controllers monitored the scene from a camera by the local shops. As the officers arrived, the occupants of the address made off. A man and a woman left in a car and one of the men left by the rear of the address and was monitored near the shops running and carrying what appeared to be a large knife.

When the police dog handler and his dog gave chase and the man was cornered, he stabbed and seriously injured the dog and wounded the officer’s hand before being restrained and arrested.

The couple who escaped in a car were stopped and also arrested for having an offensive weapon. A final arrest was made of another man who had hidden in the garden at the address in Rowland Road.

This story received national press coverage reporting the story of the injured police dog Finn and his handler. The wounded officer was treated for his injury and discharged from hospital, while Finn eventually recovered from head and chest wounds and returned to police duties in December. The incident is a success for the usual teamwork between controllers and officers, but rightly so, the dog got all the news plaudits with the online petition “Finns Law” being signed by more than 120,000 people to have what happened to PD Finn to treated like assault of a police officer and not criminal damage.
Stevenage CCTV helps find murder suspect

Stevenage CCTV helps find murder suspect

Incidents

7Th Of November 2016, Lunchtime
The Police Control Room contacted CCTV controllers with details of a man named as a suspect in the murder of Peter Shickle, which had been re-ported by the press and on TV. Both the victim and the suspect were from the Stevenage area and the police were anxious to locate the suspect and so requested any possible help.
A CCTV controller began an area search of the town centre for any sign of the suspect, whose name was known to him. Some time later the controller spotted the suspect at the rear of the multi-story car park and informed the police and patched his images through to their control room via the control room’s direct video link.
Shortly afterwards the suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder by police officers in the Town Square and was taken away into custody in Hatfield.

Details of the murder suspect and his appearance at St Albans Crown Court received widespread coverage in the local press and BBC Regional News.
The good work of CCTV controllers is seldom ever acknowledged in the news, but is an essential part of maintaining public safety.

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Hitchin CCTV Control Monitors as Public Prevent Attempted Suicide

Hitchin CCTV Control Monitors as Public Prevent Attempted Suicide

Incidents
Bancroft, Hitchin, 16th Oct. 2016 01:13hrs.
Controllers patched images through to the Police Control Room after hearing over Airwaves of a woman who had been running into the road at Bancroft and Ickleford Road, in an attempt to kill herself.
Controllers continued to monitor the situation as the woman was pulled from the road by several members of the public, who had to restrain her on the floor to protect her from harm.
The woman continued to struggle and attempt to put herself in harms way, until police officers arrived and managed to move her to a shop doorway. It was discovered that the woman suffered from serious mental health problems and she was taken away to be assessed and was eventually sectioned for her own safety.
We believe that in the early hours of this particular morning, members of the public intervened in a very positive way to helpthe woman. Cheers!
Baldock CCTV Operator Monitors Due To Concern For Elderly  Man

Baldock CCTV Operator Monitors Due To Concern For Elderly Man

Incidents

High St. Baldock, 11th Oct. 14:16hrs.

A telephone call from the police control room requesting controllers to view the High Street in Baldock, concerned the welfare of an elderly man reported to by lying in the road there.
Controllers patched images through to the police’s direct feed at the police control room and monitored an elderly man who could be seen lying in the road covered in a blanket.

Three members of the public were comforting the man while two other men were seen to be directing the traffic at the scene.

A police unit arrived at the scene and waited for the ambulance that had been requested to attend.
CCTV Controllers continued to monitor the situation for further developments as the elderly man was helped to get back on his feet and police officers walked the man across the road to a doctors surgery close by.

The elderly man had suffered a broken jaw and had lost several teeth in a bad fall. The incident could have been worse but for the concern and kindness of the members of the public who immediately stepped in to help
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Stevenage CCTV Helps find wanted car

Stevenage CCTV Helps find wanted car

Incidents

 5th of September 2016 around 19:00

The CCTV operator for Stevenage reacts to an ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) activation at the Corey’s area. A white BMW had just hit the cameras the male driving was possibly wanted. Police located the car in the Leisure Park. Cameras monitored the car and assisted officers in locating it on the Leisure Park. The car was empty so police sat back and monitored it from a distance. The male returned and following PNC checked is was arrested and the car seized.

ANPR is used for flagging up cars of interest and no other car is monitored.

CCTV Operators locate arsonists in Hertford Town Centre

CCTV Operators locate arsonists in Hertford Town Centre

Incidents

Thursday 7th July 2016 02:30am

CCTV operators for Hertford located a group of three males who had been setting small fires using rubbish bags in the town centre.

The call came in after police officers located a bag of rubbish on fire in Maidenhead Street. Meanwhile the CCTV Operators find more fires in the town. After reviewing footage of the area three males are seen to set the fires.

The CCTV Operators then searched the town and found the three suspects in the area trying to set another fire near to the bus station. The operators then directed the police officers to their location.

All three were arrested for arson and criminal damage.

CCTV monitors as a Member of the Public helps police arrest shoplifters in Hertford

CCTV monitors as a Member of the Public helps police arrest shoplifters in Hertford

Incidents

22nd of March 2016 Lunchtime.

WH Smith, Hertford call the CCTV Control Room via the Shop-link Radio System to report a male and female had shoplifted some DVDs and are getting into Black Mercedes that is parked up outside Toni and Guy Hairdressers.

The Operator picked up the car on CCTV and patched the images through to Police County Control Room in Welwyn Garden City. rnrnThe cars number plates have been tampered with to make the registration look different to its actual number.

The male is seen driving and female seen in the passenger side with the DVD’s putting them into a bag. rnrnThe police controller who was monitoring the images from the Police Control Room Car directed a Police officer who is accompanied by a Police Community Support Officer to the car which is stopped on Fore Street near the roundabout with South Street.

The driver, who clearly did not want to be arrested decided to try and drive through PCSO and female officer but is stopped by a member of the public’s car, which they drove to block the offenders car.

The Male and Female are arrested. The car is also seized under the proceeds of crime act.