Crime caught on camera

Cameras once again zoom in on crime and anti social behaviour as St.Helens streets continue to be made safer by St.Helens Council and Merseyside Police.
Camera operators have again teamed police colleagues covering a spate of town centre incidents.
Staff at the Asda store alerted CCTV staff to a possible drink/driver.  He was refused alcohol at the store and left driving a black VW Polo.
CCTV staff scanned their cameras looking for the vehicle and was sighted heading towards the Tesco store.  The driver is seen to get out and urinate onto his vehicle and then drive away.  He was stopped by a Police patrol and arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol in his body.
Later on August 1 a male assaulted a member of staff at the Tesco store who then use their St.Helens Chamber Shopwatch radio to alert CCTV staff to look out for him.  He was seen running across the bridge and in to some bushes.  He is monitored in case he manages to break away while Police patrols are called.  Police found the male hiding in bushes and then assaulted a Police officer.  He was arrested for assault.
On August 3  the Shopwatch radio is used to inform CCTV staff that a male in a store on the St Helens Retail Park has committed an offence of shoplifting.  Three cameras were used to scan the area to track him down.  Shop staff  found the male hiding near to the store and recovered the goods.  Police arrested him for theft.
Later  CCTV operators scanning camera images see a couple of men on the canal bank fishing near the 'Hotties' .  The operator watches as the two start to make cigarettes.  Believing that they may be using drugs, police were alerted and they stopped the males and search them.  They discover cannabis and drug related equipment.  A seventeen year old was arrested for possession.
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