June 5, 2009
camera operator praised in helping solve Burnham robbery
CCTV camera operator has this week been handed a police award
for his role in helping to catch a thief who stole £40,000
of diamonds from a Burnham-On-Sea antiques shop.
Donbavand collected the commendation on behalf of Sedgemoor District
Council's CCTV Office following the raid in July 2008.
were called to the scene in Victoria Street and staff at the CCTV
unit were able to identify the registration of a taxi the suspect
used to leave the scene.
two hours the male was arrested in Bristol and on searching him,
all the stolen property was found in his clothing.
Superintendent Sandy Padgett said: "This commendation is
in recognition of the dedication and professionalism of all the
staff at Sedgemoor District Council's CCTV office that support
this district in the prevention and detection of crime and community
2008 and 2009 there have been 22,000 camera actions, resulting
in 200 arrests as a direct result of the actions of the CCTV staff
and over 400 from police requests for assistance.
police officers, residents and council staff were honoured at
the ceremony by district commander Chief Superintendent Sandy
Damian Kearney, who presented the awards, said: "I was delighted
to be able to present these awards in recognition of some fantastic
work. It is a testament to the continued commitment of the Constabulary's
officers, local partners and the community to work together to
make safer, stronger neighbourhoods."
are Superintendent Damian Kearney and Barry Donbavand