Eastleigh CCTV Operators Praised for Quick Thinking
CCTV operators praised for quickly alerting police to a serious assault in a town centre.
18:58 20 May 2021
Community leaders in Eastleigh borough have praised CCTV operators for providing vital evidence leading to a conviction.
Last September, Jeremy Black Simons, 20, was convicted for a serious assault that took place in Eastleigh in August 2020. According to the court documents, Simmons viciously attacked his female victim as she walked along Leigh Rod on August 4, 2020.
Cabinet Lead for Health at Eastleigh Borough Council, Cllr Tonia Craig said: “I’m pleased that our CCTV system and the quick thinking of our operator helped the Police in this incident.
"Our CCTV throughout the town helps to assist in the detection, prevention and deterrence of crime, which in turn provides for a reduction in the fear of crime and provide reassurance to those who live, work and visit Eastleigh."
Detective Constable Sean Owens from Hampshire Constabulary’s Amberstone team, said: “I would like to commend the victim for her courage that she has shown throughout the whole investigation. This was no doubt an awful ordeal which she was faced to re-live; but we must praise her for doing so, as it is not always easy to do so.
"I would also like to say thank you to the CCTV operator who alerted police to the attack – undoubtedly their quick thinking ensured that the victim was not subjected to a more severe and violent attack.”