CCTV Repaired After Theft
Halesowen CCTV repaired after a handbag thief got away.
16:39 11 February 2019
A thief was able to get away from stealing a woman’s handbag because a number of CCTV cameras in Halesowen town centre were not working for several weeks, it has been revealed.
A man from Colley Gate, Mick Poultney said that his wife had her handbag stolen in the town centre during the run-up to Christmas. His subsequent enquiries to the council revealed that the council’s surveillance equipment in the town centre have not been working for weeks and have just been recently repaired.
He said: “I think they have only been repaired because I mouthed off after finding out about it. It shouldn’t be like that.
“They should always be working. This is what we pay our rates for. I’ve got cameras on the allotment I run. They only cost £20 and they are brilliant cameras.
“As well as the £240 cash, the thief took bank cards which they used in six places – we got that money back through the bank but that’s not the point.
“It’s the stress - my wife wouldn’t go out for two weeks. I couldn’t care less about the money. My confidence in the council has gone out of the window.”
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