CCTV helps trap cigarette smuggling suspects

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Prompt action by Fenland District Council’s CCTV team led to the arrest of two men suspected of cigarette smuggling.

They were spotted leaving a vessel berthed at Wisbech Port and carrying bulky baggage. The cameras followed them walking into the town centre and entering various business premises.

They were then seen returning to the vessel before heading back into town with even larger containers.

Following calls to the police and UK Border Agency, the suspects were stopped by police and searched and a large quantity of cigarettes were found. They were also in possession of a crowbar.

The two arrests were among 52 made as a direct result of CCTV intervention during the first quarter of this year. The service also contributed directly to 58 fixed penalty notices being issued and played a significant part in a further 79 arrests, fines and other positive outcomes.

Offences detected included assault, criminal damage, shoplifting, the use of illegal drugs and drink-driving. The cameras also enabled speedy medical assistance to be given to a woman spotted self-harming and helped trace a man who had been reported as missing.

Councillor David Oliver, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for community safety and chairman of the Fenland Community Safety Partnership, said: “The number and range of CCTV interventions over the past three months has again highlighted the effectiveness of the service in detecting and combating all forms of crime and disorder.

“It continues to act as an invaluable aid to the police and other agencies in our combined efforts to ensure that Fenland remains a safe place to live and work.”