11 June 2008>
Two Caerphilly County Borough Council CCTV operators have been praised for alerting the police to suspicious activity in Oakdale, which resulted in an arrest for drugs offences.
The operators, who were monitoring CCTV at Caerphilly Council's CCTV control room, witnessed an individual in possession of what appeared to be drugs on 30 May outside the Oakdale Hotel and immediately alerted colleagues at Gwent Police headquarters.
Police officers who attended the scene were then able to seek out of the correct individual, who was searched and consequently arrested after they were found in possession of amphetamine.
Gwent Police Officer, Sergeant Robert Davies, said: "I would like to extend my thanks to the two Caerphilly CCTV operators for being so vigilant and swift in their actions.
"This not only illustrates partnership working at its best, but it is also a warning to the very small minority who choose to partake in criminal activity. CCTV cameras are being monitored for illegal activity and are an extremely effective way of helping the police to arrest people who are acting unlawfully."
Caerphilly County Borough Council's cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said: "CCTV is helping in the fight against crime and anti social behaviour in the local area.
"Not only does it provide good evidence, it's good for the public too in our attempts to decrease fear of crime levels throughout the borough. We're not just looking for villains, but looking out for the public as well".
Local councillor, Allan Pritchard said, "This will prove to local residents of Oakdale that the CCTV system does work and helps to monitor and record anti social behaviour in the centre of our community".
For further information on CCTV in the Caerphilly county borough, please call 01443 864374 or go to the Safer CCB website - www.caerphilly.gov.uk/saferccb
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