School-safety car brings attacker to justice

NSL’s Wirral Council parking team helped to bring an attacker to justice simply by being in the right place at the right time recently.

One of the civil enforcement officers (CEO) was driving the Council’s school-safety CCTV car to ensure vehicles weren’t dangerously parked, when he witnessed an assault. The CEO was able to capture it on the car’s camera – the first time that the CCTV car has been used in this way. The footage was handed to the police, which resulted in the defendant’s arrest. Victor Thurgill, of Willmer Road in Birkenhead, appeared before magistrates on 17 May 2013 where he pleaded guilty of assault by beating. Thurgill was given an eighteen-month supervision order, a three-month curfew, and was also ordered to attend the community domestic violence programme.

Detective Inspector Rachel Wilson, from Merseyside Police, said:

“The CEO acted promptly and effectively and his quick thinking has helped us to bring this man to justice. His actions in catching the incident on CCTV and then bringing that footage to us are to be praised. Otherwise the attacker may have gone on to repeat his behaviour resulting in even worse consequences.”

Cllr Harry Smith, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, said:

“This demonstrates the positive impact having these camera cars out on the streets can have. They are there primarily to enforce parking regulations, but in this instance they were able to use their onboard technology to gather evidence of a crime as it was being committed, which played a major part in gaining this conviction. Well done to the NSL enforcement officers involved.”


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