Police Praise Mid Devon Council Employee After Successful Criminal Investigation
Posted on: 12 July 2018
A CCTV supervisor working for Mid Devon District Council has been praised for his part in bringing an offender to justice.
Working in a small office, tucked away in the centre of Tiverton, the CCTV supervisor keeps a vigilant watch on 26 cameras which monitor the town. Although he works part time, when the need arises, he will work day and night to help play his part in the criminal justice system.
In April he was called upon by the police who were investigating an allegation of attempted rape in Tiverton.
Having got the call for help he headed to his hub of monitoring screens and began the arduous task of trawling hours of recorded footage. The task is laborious and repetitive but it’s something he loves.
He said: “The police gave me the victim’s account and that is my starting point. I viewed the cameras where the victim had been and quite quickly I saw there was a man whose actions and body language really made me notice him and it was clear he was a potential suspect. But while we had clear footage of a suspect on cameras through the town, that didn’t mean we knew who he was or where he was now.”
The CCTV supervisor continued working the following day and night and began the task of working backwards through the footage, tracing movements of the suspect. He viewed hours of recordings until he had a breakthrough moment and the hours of work paid off when he traced the suspect stepping out of a property. The Council then passed the address to the police and from then on the investigation accelerated.
He added: “That moment when I saw the suspect coming out of the property was such a good feeling. I thought then this is it, this is such a good result. It really was a good feeling.”
DC Chris Hawkins, from Devon & Cornwall Police, praised the CCTV supervisor and said: “On a personal note you were the person responsible for finding the man in Tiverton town centre and locating his address. Without your knowledge and expertise I believe that the investigation would have been delayed, allowing a dangerous offender to be walking the streets and potentially targeting other lone women.”
Local Policing Commander, Supt Matt Lawler, praised the CCTV operator, adding: “His dedication and commitment undoubtedly cracked this nasty case. As a direct result of his efforts to locate the suspect through hours of CCTV work, we have been able to make an early arrest and, we believe, protect further women from attack. He can feel rightly proud of the impact he made in this case, and Mid Devon residents can be reassured that the councils’ CCTV system and staff are helping to keep them safer.”
Simon Newcombe, from Mid Devon District Council, said: “We know CCTV is an important tool for tackling anti-social behaviour and more serious crimes such as this. Our CCTV supervisor has, quite rightly, been singled out for praise in this case and we are very proud of the work they have done helping bring an offender to justice.”
The CCTV supervisor added: “CCTV is such a good thing for the town, any town really. On my watch I know we’ve prevented an axe attack and a crossbow attack and helped catch many criminals who seem so complacent but they aren’t above the law.”
Liviu-Mircea Maior, 35, admitted one charge of assault by penetration and was jailed for four and a half years when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court in June 2018.
The full story can be read in Devon Live here: https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/prowler-victim-tiverton-stalking-maior-1639590Posted in: Community