Quick thinking CCTV officer helps police secure offenders

The quick thinking of a CCTV Control Room officer has helped police in Brent catch a group of violent men and take a number of dangerous weapons off the streets.

Joint working between Harry Michaels, a Brent CCTV Control Room officer, and the Metropolitan police earlier this month has led to the successful imprisonment and prosecution of a number of offenders in one fell swoop - brent.gov.uk.

On Sunday 15 October, Harry spotted an assault taking place on Kingsbury Road, where a man was being attacked by four others, some using planks of wood as weapons. Acting quickly, Harry alerted police to the incident and directed officers to the offenders.

Not taking his eye off the ball for a second, Harry continued to monitor the scene closely, which is when he saw a second man close by with a number of weapons, including two axes and hammers. It was not immediately known whether this man, identified as Ionel Morosan, was preparing retribution for the earlier attack and police were directed quickly to the location of Mr Morosan, who they arrested on site.

Throughout the rapidly unfolding series of events, Harry closely monitored and relayed live information to police officers, which was of paramount importance for their safety and for the successful outcome.

All four men arrested for the assault were charged with Common Assault at Hendon Magistrates Court and have been sentenced to 14 weeks imprisonment. Following a review of the incidents on CCTV by officers, Ionel Morosan was arrested and later charged with Possessing Offensive Weapons.

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:

“This is an excellent piece of joint work by our CCTV team and the Police. Had it not been for our CCTV officer, the situation could have escalated and it could have resulted in something far worse.

“This type of horrifying attack demands a full and urgent response from Police and from the council. We are determined to play our role in bringing violent criminals to justice and preventing these incidents in the first place. Our cameras will be completely renewed with £2.3M of new spending over the next two years and, along with investment in local Police, Council CCTV will play a key part in bringing about a Safer Brent.”

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