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Sureillance cameras lead to 100 summer arrests

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:52 05 October 2010

CLOSED circuit TV cameras helped police arrest more than 100 people during July and August. Latest figures released by Tower Hamlets council show there were 45 arrests last month and 65 in July. The cameras helped catch 11 people for public order and affr

CLOSED circuit TV cameras helped police arrest more than 100 people during July and August.

Latest figures released by Tower Hamlets council show there were 45 arrests last month and 65 in July.

The cameras helped catch 11 people for public order and affray, eight for criminal damage and four for assault.

Of the 342 incidents monitored by the council's CCTV room in August, images from 171 were handed to police for evidence for possible future prosecutions.

In July, 327 incidents were monitored by the CCTV room and images from 174 of these were handed to police for evidence in possible future prosecutions.

The latest results mean that 519 arrests have been made as a direct result of the borough's CCTV this year.

Lead councillor for community safety Abdal Ullah said: "Figures like these show that our CCTV is really effective in detecting crime.

"Through close working with the police, arrests are made to keep crime off our streets. The cameras are there to keep the law-abiding majority of people safe.

"The team in the CCTV room works really hard and the cameras are monitored 24 hours a day. I think they should all be really proud of their work in helping to make the borough safer.


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