Staff help to catch robbers

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CCTV operators in Chesterfield have been presented with awards for helping to secure the arrests of two men suspected of being involved in a robbery in the town.

Derbyshire Police presented CCTV staff with certificates to recognise their efforts to help officers arrest two men.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said a teenager had been headbutted and had his mobile phone stolen in the town’s Queens Park.

Cameras picked up the incident in the police control room but when officers arrived the suspects had fled.

CCTV operators were given a description of the men and scanned all the cameras operating at the time until they spotted two men matching their descriptions on Clarence Road.

Officers were informed, tracked them down and arrested them.

Inspector Steve Ball from Derbyshire Police asked for a ‘Good Work Notation’ to be presented to the CCTV staff involved.

He said: “This is a certificate I generally give out to my officers, but I thought that I’d send one to the two CCTV operators for their efforts on this occasion. The citation on the certificate reads ‘The positive actions and effective communication shown by the CCTV staff demonstrated excellent partnership working and secured early arrests in connection with a serious offence’.”

Soo Massey, CCTV Services Manager for Chesterfield Borough Council, welcomed the awards.

“The staff were surprised and delighted with the certificate.

“Working in partnership with the police and other services continues to help us achieve good results and make Chesterfield a safer place.”