Three people have been arrested following a knife fight in West Kensington .
CCTV operators from Hammersmith and Fulham Council , using a camera recently installed in Alice Giliatt Court following residents’ concerns of anti-social behaviour and drug dealing, helped police with the arrests on Monday (April 4), just before 5pm.
They used the camera to guide police officers to where two knives had been discarded after a man had been threatened at knifepoint during a fight.
It also tracked the three suspects who were then arrested for affray and possessing an offensive weapon.
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The new deployable cameras can be set up in a fixed position at a given location and then manually operated by the H&F CCTV team, and came into operation following several months of successful trials.
They were jointly developed by the council’s CCTV service and security experts Vemotion.
'CCTV frightens them'
Cllr Larry Culhane , head of Hammersmith and Fulham’s community Safety said: “We listened to residents’ concerns, acted upon them and installed cameras in crime hot spots, leaving criminals with no place to hide.
“This has led to two dangerous weapons being removed from our streets and three arrests being made.
“Tackling crime and reducing anti-social behaviour is a key priority for us, we’ll stop at nothing to ensure that residents feel safe in and around their own homes. I hope these arrests reassure residents of that.”
Keith Hunterhas has lived in Alice Gilliatt Court nearly all his life and was mugged himself 15 years ago.
The 65-year-old welcomed the new camera. He said: “If there is CCTV, or a bit of a police presence it frightens them, so this is great news.
“It’s just as well they [the police and CCTV team] do what they do. It is well appreciated, as look what it’s done. It’s marvellous that they have made a couple of arrests.
“I do feel safer when there’s CCTV like that. It was badly needed, when you can deter it, because you don’t want that sort of thing. Drug dealing and muggings.”
CCTV controllers play a vital role assisting police and keeping streets safe.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council funded 44 more officers in the borough .