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Mayor Praises Work of CCTV Officers in Bringing About Arrest of Christmas Tree Vandals

Tuesday 7th December 2010

 

Mayor Dave Hodgson has praised the work of Bedford Borough CCTV officers in their vigilance which identified two individuals causing damage to a Christmas tree in Silver Street. On the evening of Sunday 5th December, officers in the CCTV control room identified a male and a female causing damage to the Christmas tree lights which decorate the tree situated on Silver Street. Upon spotting this act of vandalism, officers swiftly informed the Police, who were then able to arrest the individuals in Lurke Street.

 

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “We want everybody to enjoy Christmas in Bedford town centre and mindless vandalism like this will not be tolerated. The Council CCTV unit will work with the Police to ensure the protection of property in our Borough and the safety of residents.”

 

Cllr Will Hunt, portfolio holder for Community Safety, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “As Christmas approaches we will work to ensure that anti-social behaviour is not tolerated and provide the Police with the evidence which they need to bring prosecutions. Bedford Borough Council works hard to keep local residents safe and secure 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the use of its exceptional CCTV unit.”

 

Since November 2007, the CCTV team have submitted well over 1,000 evidence packages to assist in prosecutions for various criminal cases as well as playing a vital role in several high profile murders.   The Council is also now using a series of wireless, mobile CCTV cameras, which can be moved at short notice to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour hotspots in a targeted, effective manner.

 

Furthermore, earlier this year the CCTV Control Room team in Bedford were named the best in the country by the National CCTV User Group due to the outstanding results they consistently deliver.

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