SIXTEEN arrests were made as a result of the CCTV cameras in Henley in the last
SIXTEEN arrests were made as a result of the CCTV cameras in Henley in the last three months of last year.
A total of 241 incidents were monitored by the cameras, including one in which two youths were spotted on motor scooters heading the wrong way along two streets in the town centre.
Police officers were dispatched and one of the youths was detained and his scooter impounded. The other youth sped off but was monitored by camera and was found hiding in an alleyway.
In another incident, a man was reported to police for causing problems on a pleasure cruiser. He had been drinking and was said to be agitated.
Police tracked down the man’s wife to a pub and reunited the couple before taking them to a taxi rank.
An hour later there was a call from another pub where door staff were struggling with the same man who was trying to gain access but was refused entry as he was intoxicated. Police removed him from the scene.
The cameras, which are recording 24 hours a day, also help police with antisocial behaviour.
Police issued six section 35 orders, banning offenders from entering an area for up to 48 hours. One on-the-spot fine was also handed out.
The town council has set aside £15,000 in this year’s budget towards the cost of 20 machines in the town centre and £8,000 to operate its own three cameras in Mill Â Meadows.
Thames Valley Police is looking to reduce its share of the costs of CCTV by £300,000 by 2017.