CCTV staff make arresting impact on fighting crime

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EAGLE-eyed town centre CCTV operators have helped police make several arrests in recent weeks.

On one occasion, police asked for help in tracing two men suspected of committing a burglary at the Windle Pilkington building.

A description was circulated, CCTV operators soon spotted them and police arrested them on suspicion of burglary.

Officers also recovered a quantity of copper piping and other metals believed to have been stolen from the building.

And at 11.30pm on July 7, CCTV operators spotted a silver Ford Mondeo estate car being driven erratically along the Linkway.

Staff monitored the vehicle’s movements while calling the police.

The vehicle was stopped by officers a short while later and the driver was arrested for drink driving.

Police also found that the driver had no licence and the vehicle no MOT and as a result, the vehicle was seized.

The culprit will need to pay towage and storage fees and produce valid insurance before it is be released to him.

A council spokesman said the operation was proving invaluable to detering criminals from St Helens.