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Debate over the future of CCTV cameras

The surveillance commissioner has warned that councils are considering cutting down on monitoring CCTV cameras in a bid to save money. But while footage often plays a key role in investigating crimes, privacy campaigners are concerned whether they are value for money. Sasha Williams reports.


Police appeal after armed robbery

Police hunting a man who tried to rob an off licence have released CCTV footage.

A man went into Patel’s in Park Road, Mansfield, armed with what is believed to have been a gun.

It happened at about 9pm on Saturday 8 February and officers have released this footage of the robbery.

The man threatened staff but fled the scene empty handed. No one was injured.

He is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build, and wore grey jogging bottoms, a grey or black hooded jumper and a padded sleeveless jacket. He also wore a scarf over his face.

DC Joanne Leason said: “Although this man’s face is covered, someone might recognise what he’s wearing, his mannerisms or even how he walks.

“This was a terrifying ordeal for the person who was threatened so if anyone has any information please let us know.”

Common sense cops make York bin tippers clear up after themselves

CCTV in York caught three lads thinking they were getting away with it.

The trio were walking down Gillygate at around 2:30am on Tuesday 7th January when they start throwing wheelie bins and rubbish bags into the street.

Their fun was cut short though when police officers showed up and made the lads clear up after themselves.

Click below to watch the trio caught in the act:

CCTV issued as hunt for Harrogate robbery suspects continue

CCTV of car police are hunting in connection with robbery Credit: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police have issued CCTV images of two men and a car they wish to identify in connection with a robbery in Harrogate.

At around 12.10pm on Thursday 5 September 2013, three men in a maroon coloured Ford Focus pulled up near Mayfield Stores on Mayfield Grove in Harrogate.

Suspect wanted in connection with Harrogate robbery Credit: North Yorkshire Police

As staff were unloading cigarettes from a van into the store, two men from the Focus approached the van while staff were distracted and began to remove cigarettes from the vehicle.

A member of staff challenged the suspects at which point they pushed her out of the way. The woman fell to the floor and was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment to an arm injury. No weapons were involved in the incident.

CCTV of car police are hunting in connection with robbery Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The suspects stole around £500 worth of cigarettes and tobacco products as they left the scene in the Ford Focus.

Police have issued images of two men who they would like to speak to. The first man is described approximately 30 years old, well built and stocky. He was wearing a blue anorak, black cap and dark coloured trousers.

Suspect wanted in connection with Harrogate robbery Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The second man is described as white, of slim build, around 5ft 10in and aged around 25. He was wearing a blue and white checked top, dark trousers and a dark coloured cap.

Police release cctv after Sheffield fire

CCTV image of two men after Sheffield city centre fire Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for information after a fire at a building in the centre of Sheffield.

At around 6.30am on Friday, 19 April, officers received reports of fire at an unoccupied commercial building on Johnson Street, Sheffield.

Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the fire, and no arrests have been made so far.

Police have released a CCTV image of two men they would like to speak to, as it is believed that they may hold vital information that may assist with the investigation.

Anyone with any information about the incident, or who can assist in identifying the men pictured, should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 119 of 19 April 2013. Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Rotherham robbery: CCTV image released

Police have released this CCTV image of one of the men they want to talk to Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police investigating an alleged attempted robbery at Coral Bookmakers in Rotherham have released a CCTV image.

The alleged incident is believed to have occurred at around 1.40pm on Sunday, 10 March 2013, at the premises on Oakes Lane, Kimberworth Park, Rotherham.

It is believed that two white men wearing dark clothing and black balaclavas, one being armed with a gun, entered the bookmakers and made demands to the employees to open the safe and the tills before stealing £790 and making their escape.

The first man is described as being around 5ft 8ins and slim build, with the second man being shorter and also of a slim build.

Anyone with any information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 832 of 26 February 2013.

CCTV released following theft at petrol station

Picture of witness released by police Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police investigating an attack which left a Selby man unconscious, have released images of a witness and a suspect they need to trace. It happened at the Jet filling station, Bawtry Road, earlier this month, when the 22-year-old man tried to stop thieves from stealing fuel from the garage.

Suspect police want to speak to Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The man officers believe to be a crucial witness was captured on CCTV inside the forecourt shop at around the same time as the victim. The suspect was caught on CCTV on the garage forecourt.

Thousands of CCTV cameras in the region's schools

It has been revealed that there are more than two and a half thousand CCTV cameras inside schools across the Calendar region. Over two hundred of those are based in the changing rooms and bathrooms - that's a higher number here than anywhere else in the country.

Local councils argue its to safeguard the children, anti-surveillance campaigners say there's nothing to suggest it's having a positive impact. Adam Fowler reports.

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