Caught on camera

Merton’s Neighbourhood Wardens have been getting results with the help of CCTV and the Police.

One of two recent incidents occurred at St Helier Station on 6 March 2006 while St Helier warden Chris Doyle was patrolling Green Lane in Morden. Chris heard shouting and the smashing of glass coming from the station. Upon further inspection, he noticed two young males throwing rocks at lights and a glass shelter on the platform.

A quick call to Merton’s CCTV office was made and a camera was quickly directed at the station to witness the incident unfold before Chris approached the two males and managed to detain one of them while the other escaped. Police arrived shortly after to make an arrest.

In the second incident, Wimbledon Town Centre warden Neil Robinson was patrolling The Broadway in Wimbledon on 10 March 2006 when he was alerted by Merton’s CCTV office of two females acting suspiciously around an elderly lady in Morrisons.

Neil soon learned the elderly lady’s purse had been stolen and was told by a CCTV operator that the two female suspects had walked into nearby Books Etc.

The two women were subsequently approached by Neil and arrested by Police soon after. The stolen purse was later found sandwiched between shelving in Books Etc.

Enyi Njoku, Merton Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens Supervisor, said:

“This is proof of the valuable contribution the wardens make in keeping Merton safe and sound.”

Superintendent Michael Wood, Borough Commander said:

“These examples show the excellent partnership working in the borough between the Wardens, CCTV and the Police. I would like to thank these individual wardens for their quick thinking and swift action and the CCTV operators for helping to provide invaluable evidence.”