St Mary The Virgin Church, Weston Turville: Thieves Convicted!
A system was installed to assist the following a series of lead thefts across Buckinghamshire. The church had been targeted on 2 separate occasions and the costs of repair were proving far more than the insurance would cover. A camera system was subsequently installed by AD within a few days of notification. After a few weeks the suspects returned and were captured on the roof. Key holders were then contacted and in turn the police who prioritised resources . Despite this being in a rural setting they had units on scene within minutes as the call was also confirmed by ‘live video’. The operator activated the siren to disturb them and prevent further damage. Church staff met police at the church and at no point were placed at any risk. Police then arrested 2 suspects at the scene, both attended court and were given hefty sentences. Intelligence was also gathered on major gangs working in the area.
‘Both males got charged for offences and are to appear in court in the near future. It was down to your system that you had in place that allowed us a speedy arrival to scene. Don’t worry about having to attend court, both males are pleading guilty.’
PC 7008 MILLINER Thames Valley Police