New CCTV helps to identify vandals

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News from Northumbria Police

Alnwick’s new CCTV system has been praised by police after it helped identify offenders following a spate of window damage in the town centre.

Last month, in the space of just a week, numerous businesses suffered vandalism.

It wasn’t the first time that premises in the main shopping streets have been targeted, with a series of attacks earlier this year and also in the summer of 2016.

In August, Alnwick Town Council, in consultation with the Alnwick policing team, invested in and installed state-of-the-art CCTV around the town.

And it has already paid dividends, as officers have used the new cameras to trace a number of culprits in relation to the recent window damages.

Alnwick and Rothbury Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “This CCTV system has been reviewed by officers and has provided crucial evidence to assist Alnwick police to positively identify two males responsible for separate damages to windows in the town centre in October.

“One male has been interviewed and admitted an offence of public disorder and the damage to The Chocolate Spa window which occurred in the early hours of October 7.

“Another male has been arrested for damage to the windows at No Limits Gym and is to appear at court next week.

“This outcome sends out a positive message and it should assist to reassure the local independent businesses and the community that offenders will be brought to justice.

“It also lets the town council know that, having installed the CCTV system, it has assisted to identify and support a prosecution.

“Northumbria Police will not tolerate this type of behaviour and offenders will be brought to justice.”