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Congratulations Stuart for receiving an employee award after receiving fantastic feedback from the Police, after assisting them in two assaults that occurred within the local area in July. Stuart caught both incidents on camera and was a great help to the Police who were then able to arrest the individuals concerned.

Congratulations to Mike Lewis and the rest of his team in Ormskirk after they were commended for their part in actively keeping crime rates low within the local area as highlighted in the following report: www.westlancs.gov.uk/cctvreport

New report shows how the effectiveness of West Lancashire Borough Council’s CCTV

Crime is low in West Lancashire and the Borough Council’s CCTV operations help to keep it that way. This important role is highlighted in a new report. 

Over the last five years the Council has invested heavily in the public open space system and expanded the scheme to install cameras in areas which previously had no coverage.  It currently operates 95 public open space cameras and these are monitored 24hours a day 365 days each year.

The authority has just published its second annual report in relation to the CCTV it operates, and key achievements highlighted in the report include:

•             CCTV staff assisted in 363 arrests by police officers in West Lancashire.

•             Evidential quality footage was provided to the Constabulary on 223 occasions

•             CCTV staff were involved in 499 missing/vulnerable person “incidents”

•             They were also involved in monitoring 345 cash deliveries/collections to ensure they were carried out without incident.

•             Operators also identified 1096 incidents themselves through their general monitoring.

Public Open Space CCTV cameras can act as a deterrent and can assist in the identification of people or vehicles involved in criminal activity. Many of the newer cameras are located near to roads that can be used to access or exit West Lancs and are proving useful in helping to tackle travelling criminals intent on committing crimes in West Lancashire

The figures in the report show the value of the system. There are 10 more cameras to be installed over the next year to provide an even wider coverage with the aim of making West Lancashire an even safer place.

Councillor Kevin Wright, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: "I am pleased to see this report as it underlines the value of the system and its operators. The experience of the operators and their close working relationship with the police helps to ensure we achieve great results from our system.

“CCTV can deter criminals and assist with making the public feel safe. West Lancashire is a safe place to live and work and we want to ensure this continues for years to come."

The full report is available on the Council's website via the following link www.westlancs.gov.uk/cctvreport. For more information on the Council’s CCTV system please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/cctv.

West Lancashire Police Inspector June Chessell said: “Lancashire Constabulary fully support the use of CCTV and it can assist us in providing key evidence. At a local level I am extremely impressed with the WLBC scheme which continues to go from strength to strength.

“The operators also perform a key task in relation to preventing crimes and perform a vital link between the streets of West Lancashire and ourselves. My officers regularly visit the suite and look at the footage.”

One of the issues the Council must have due regard to is the privacy of private residents. The software that is used allows for parts of the CCTV image to be completely blanked out. There are several existing cameras where privacy settings are installed to completely blank out windows or whole houses so that residents' privacy is ensured.

Keep up the excellent work!

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Enigma would like to say a massive well done to our 7-a-side football team, based at East Thames, for the competition they recently took part in.

Enigma were invited to take part in the charity tournament on Friday 2nd July by East Thames. All money raised would be going to support older people, people with learning disabilities and people living with mental health problems to overcome isolation and loneliness through sport and community activities.

We were asked to select a team name and the boys decided to pick Borussia Dortmund. Fittingly, the colours of Borussia matched those of Enigma so it was a good choice.

Aaron Lee, who works at West Ham Lane, was chosen to captain and put the team team together. However, he was not the only Enigma employee that was captain of a team. Enigma would also like to say well done to Glenn Begley, who also put a team together and whilst we wished them well, we were obviously rooting for Enigma's team to go all the way!

After winning each of their 5 games, the team sailed through to the final where they narrowly lost 1-0. It was an excellent team performance and a special mention goes to Aaron Lee, who captained the side. 

This is Aaron's review of the experience in his own words:

Enigma was asked to assemble a football team to take part in an East Thames' organised charity tournament on Friday 2nd July. Dannie asked me if I would be captain of the team and I was more than happy to take on the responsibility. We assembled our team with the help of Sufi and also managed to get ourselves a shirt in time for the tournament. On the day of the tournament we learnt that we had to play 5 games in our group, and a 6th game depending on where we finished in our group. We managed to win all 5 of our games and top our group, by some way, scoring 10 goals and only conceding 1. Unfortunately when we got to the final we lost 1-0 to the winners who had previously won the tournament for the past 3 years.

As captain of the Enigma football team, I was proud of the way in which we conducted ourselves throughout the tournament and represented Enigma and I could not have asked for anymore from the players who were all brilliant and showed full commitment throughout.

Finally, I would like to thank Sufi for helping me to assemble the team, Nilpa, who was a big help in getting our shirts for us, and to our manager, Dannie who cheered us on during every game so much so that his voice went hoarse by the end of it. He went above and beyond to get us anything we needed and we are very grateful for his support.



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Police officer sustains broken tooth and man knocked out in assaults in Castle Street Cirencester
www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/13330477.Police_officer_sustains_broken_tooth_and_man_knocked_out_in_assaults_in_Castle_Street_Cirencester/?ref=erec ;

20-year-old Jack Ayres locked up after attacking two police officers in Cirencester
www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/13334568.20_year_old_Jack_Ayres_locked_up_after_attacking_two_police_officers_in_Cirencester/?ref=erec ;

Well done to Stuart Parker who was praised by the local police team in Cirencester for his "excellent work" in assisting the police to locate a violent offender. His "quick thinking and clear communication" was particularly commended as if it had not been for that, it would have led to large scale disorder. The offender was arrested.

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Enigma’s CCTV site in Stafford is to star in Channel 5’s television series, ‘Caught on Camera’.

The show focusses on the benefits of CCTV cameras in society and screens incidents in which CCTV has helped catch criminals and secured convictions or assisted the public and authorities in a range of incidents.

Stafford Borough Council was especially chosen by the show’s producers owing to its successful partnerships with businesses, local police and other organisations, which have resulted in cutting crime in the area.

The CCTV operation is based in the town’s Civic Centre and the Operations team consists of Barbara Ashton and Marc Wood. The team are currently in the process of recruiting further Operatives.

The production team spent many hours reviewing footage and filming on the streets of Stafford both through the day and at weekend nights as well as speaking at length with Barbara, pictured, who, for once, got to experience life in front of the cameras rather than behind it.

She said: "The film crew was keen to see footage of the day-to-day operations from the CCTV Control Room. I showed them how we responded to calls from businesses and the police to a range of issues where they needed the help of CCTV in successfully catching offenders.

"It is important we get good footage of the incidents so it can be used in future prosecutions if required – and this is something that the film crew were keen to capture.

"It was a new and different experience being in front of the camera rather than my usual role of being the one behind the camera, so to speak. But because the job requires a lot of concentration, and you are always focussed on what you are doing, I very soon forgot the TV cameras were there. I can't wait until Wednesday to see how it will actually come across on the telly."

Enigma would like to congratulate all the CCTV Operators based at the Stafford site for all their hard work and for the deserved national recognition they have received.

The episode will be aired on 10th June 2015 at 9pm on Channel 5.

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This month we would like to shine the spotlight on two employees from our CCTV division for their excellent work in their respective fields.

Firstly, Patrick Muirhead, who works in Falkirk received deserved praise for "his quick response, as, in conjunction with the Shopsafe bid team, he was able to help quickly find a missing 4 year old boy in Falkirk Town Centre before he headed to the main streets of the town." The boy was safely reunited with his parents and the incident was brought to the attention of our Site Supervisor via the CCTV Review Officer. 

Secondly, Gill Pattison, who works in Gosport and Fareham received a commendation letter from the Police sent to her by Chief Inspector Pegler on 19th May 2015, in recognition of her quick thinking and initiative when dealing with a vulnerable person who went missing recently in Fareham. Gill was instrumental in helping to locate the missing person and the Client was highly impressed with her actions and wanted Enigma to recognise her fantastic work.

Enigma would like to congratulate both Operatives for their outstanding CCTV work which is actively helping their local areas. Keep up the great work!

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