CCTV managed by Tower Hamlets Council has assisted the police with five arrests in the borough over the weekend, with four arrests being made on Saturday 12 March and a further arrest made on Sunday 13 March.
The arrests come as the council continues with its CCTV Transformation Programme, a £3.1million investment which will see every street camera upgraded with digital technology.
The new cameras will provide better visibility, allowing the council’s CCTV team to support the police to tackle crime more effectively, helping to keep residents and visitors safe in Tower Hamlets.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“Our £3.1m CCTV upgrade will help with the prevention, detection and reduction of crime in our borough. These five arrests are a great example of how our investment is having a positive impact on getting criminals off our streets.
“I want to thank our CCTV team who tirelessly work 24/7 to watch and review footage across the borough and keep our residents safe.”
On Saturday 12 March, following reports of a fight on Bow Common Lane, Tower Hamlets Council’s CCTV caught two suspects going down a side street as the police were approaching. The council’s CCTV team directed the police to the suspects, who were arrested for affray and for having an offensive weapon.
Councillor Sirajul Islam, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:
“The council supports the police to tackle crime and CCTV is one of the ways we support this. Our CCTV upgrade is ongoing, and I’m pleased to see some of our new cameras in action, playing a pivotal role in helping the police to make these arrests.”
A further two people were arrested on Saturday following a report of a road traffic collision at a junction on Brick Lane. CCTV footage revealed the collision was an assault and the suspect vehicle had driven off.
CCTV Operators tracked back through recorded footage and managed to obtain the registration number of the vehicle, they then located the vehicle and directed Police to it. The recording also showed that one of the suspects had recorded the incident on his phone, which could be used in evidence.
On Sunday 13 March, CCTV spotted a vehicle which had been reported as stolen. Police stopped the vehicle and, while it was no longer stolen, one man was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon as well as class A and B drugs.
The CCTV Transformation Programme is a large-scale, technically complex project. The network infrastructure and installation of upgraded cameras started in January 2022 and is well underway.
Posted on Wednesday 16th March 2022