Candid cameras catch out offender in Barking


Barking and Dagenham Council’s CCTV operators have once again been successful working with the police to identify a man who assaulted another male in Station Parade, Barking.

The incident took place in the early hours of Tuesday 1 May and CCTV operators took immediate action when they saw the assault taking place.

Officers contacted the police who arrived just three-and-a-half minutes after receiving the call with two units racing to the scene.

The suspect was arrested approximately half a mile away after CCTV tracked him to a nearby location after he fled the scene, while one police unit stayed with the victim.

 

‘We are determined to clamp down on crime and other anti-social behaviour and our CCTV cameras will catch anyone who is breaking the law’

 

The CCTV images proved invaluable to assist in this arrest and will be used as robust evidence to pursue a successful prosecution.

The suspect has been charged with actual bodily harm (ABH) and there is an ongoing police investigation.

Jonathon Toy, Operational Director for Enforcement Services, said: “I want to praise the two officers who showed quick reaction, calmness under pressure and alerted the police straight away when they saw the assault taking place.

“Their actions allowed the police to quickly find the suspect and play an important part in any prosecution.

“We are determined to clamp down on crime and other anti-social behaviour in our borough and hope this will send a strong message that our CCTV cameras will catch anyone who is breaking the law and we will work with the authorities for the strongest possible action.”