Council CCTV network helps police arrest Enfield suspects

Three recent incidents have seen dangerous suspects caught by police with help from the council’s Enfield Public Safety Centre

Suspects arrested with help from CCTV
Suspects arrested in Southbury Road with help from CCTV

CCTV experts at Enfield Council have helped police to make arrests following three serious incidents captured on camera. 

Staff on duty at the council’s CCTV operations centre, known as Enfield Public Safety Centre (EPSC), in Edmonton, alerted police to the incidents.

On 1st June, a robbery took place in Town Park. An EPSC operator scanned the area on camera and witnessed two suspects running towards the bus station who boarded a 231 bus.

The bus was followed on camera to Morrisons car park in Southbury Road with running commentary to police. An unmarked armed response police unit monitored the suspects from a distance. Both suspects met with another two unknown men in the car park.  

One man was found in possession of a revolver gun and a machete and the other men were found in possession of Class A drugs. The suspects were arrested, and the vehicle was seized due to drugs being found inside and suspicion the vehicle was connected to other robberies in the borough.

On 10th June, a report was received of a sexual assault, also in Town Park. EPSC operators provided a description of the suspect to police over radio, and a sighting was made later that day near Enfield Town Library. 

An EPSC operator informed the Metropolitan Police, whose officers were in the surrounding area at the time, who identified the suspect and arrested him in the park. 

On 11th June, a report of a group of four juvenile males acting suspiciously in the high street was made. EPSC operators monitored the local area and spotted the possible suspects and sent an image to police.

EPSC operators continued to monitor the suspects as they visited a takeaway in Hertford Road, Ponders End. One of the suspects saw a police vehicle and ran off immediately. The officers at the scene detained a suspect on Hertford Road, who was found to be in possession of a knife. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Gina Needs, cabinet member for community cohesion and enforcement, said: “I would like to thank hard working staff at the council’s Enfield Public Safety Centre for their excellent work and expertise in detecting suspected criminals and helping to assist the police in making the streets safer in Enfield. 

“The award-winning EPSC staff monitor the borough 24 hours a day and seven days a week to ensure a safer Enfield for everyone.”

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