LONDON – In March, when British detectives began their investigation into the poisoning of Sergei V. Skripal, the former Russian spy, they had little to work with but mounds of CCTV footage. On Wednesday, the authorities announced that the effort had paid off: Two Russian intelligence officers had been charged with attempted murder, the first criminal charges in a case that has driven a deep wedge between Russia and the West.Investigators released a cache of evidence, including security camera images that captured the progress of the two men from an Aeroflot flight to the scene of the crime, and from there back to Moscow. In the days leading up to the March 4 poisoning, the same two Russian men kept popping up on cameras. The investigation into the Skripal poisoning, known as Operation Wedana, will stand as a high-profile test of an investigative technique Britain has pioneered: accumulating mounds of visual data and sifting through it.
Neil Basu, Britain’s top counterterrorism police official, broke months of silence in a hastily convened Scotland Yard news conference on Wednesday, taking the unusual step of stripping journalists of their electronic devices to keep the news under wraps until arrest warrants for the two men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, had been issued. Two hours later, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that British intelligence services had identified the men as officers in the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence service. The day of the attack, Mr. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found barely conscious on a bench beside the Avon River. In the days that followed the Skripal attack, investigators began by collecting 11,000 hours of video from ports, train stations, shop windows, car dashboards and the roadways around Mr.
Skripal’s house. A big breakthrough took place nearly two months after the Skripals were poisoned, when the police arrived at the City Stay Hotel in East London, where the two suspects had spent the two nights before the attack. Officers took samples from the room where the two men had stayed, and sent them for laboratory testing. Two of them showed trace contamination for the nerve agent used in the attack. Correction: Because of an editing error, an earlier version of a headline and a summary with this article misstated the status of the two Russian suspects in the nerve agent attack on British soil.
Corby Borough Council
CCTV plays a significant role in reducing crime and disorder and increasing community safety and public reassurance as well as assisting the police in investigating crime. We have a number of CCTV cameras in and around our Neighbourhood estates, particularly in areas where we experience high volumes of crime and disorder. Through discussions at the Joint Action Groups by various frontline officers and through Community Consultation events such as JAG for ALL and our 4 ‘weeks of action’ the community and our frontline officers are often telling us that CCTV would offer a solution to the problems they are experiencing. CCTV not only impacts on crime but also increases the feeling of community safety. Corby Community Safety Partnership has also completed evaluations with CCTV projects that we have implemented including talking CCTV and personal CCTV kits offered to individuals.
To date the CCTV system at Corby Borough Council has resulted in over 4200 arrests directly attributable to the CCTV system and it has been instrumental in identifying and bringing to justice scores of offenders, including several high profile murderers in Corby Borough. The CCTV staff work closely with the police and local businesses, providing intelligence used in the detection and prevention of crime and disorder, helping to inform and direct officers on the ground and providing video evidence usable in court. Liaison between the CCTV and police control room at Police Headquarters in Northampton is achieved via a direct fibre optic link to a spot monitor located in the police control room as well as a dedicated phone line for direct communications between operators. The CCTV control room staff also have a police airwave radio. The close working relationships between the police, CCTV staff and local businesses has led to many police surveillance operations carried out within the CCTV control room and has led to numerous arrests and several commendations by Northamptonshire Police.
CCTV not only helps to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, it has a positive impact on how local residents and businesses feel. Pro-actively monitored CCTV contributes to the increased feeling of community safety and reduces the fear of crime.
The footage of Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton’s drunken rampage and assault of five men will be made public after his bid to have it suppressed failed. Prosecutor Katie McCann handed up CCTV of the Civic incident and pictures of the victims’ injuries in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday the footage and images will not be released publicly until after the Raiders star is sentenced in November. In June, Wighton, 25, pleaded guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of common assault, and one charge of public urination. The Raiders wanted to give him a six-week suspension, but the NRL came over the top and banned him for the final 10 games of the season and fined him $30,000 after seeing the footage. Wighton’s defence lawyer, Jason Moffett, had applied to have the footage suppressed, arguing the fullback was a well known public figure and would be subject to significant extra-curial punishment if the footage were to be released.
Dr Boss said any person of public interest who comes before the court risks their transgression being amplified in the press, but being highlighted in the media could not displace the need for an open justice system where proceedings are held and scrutinised in public. Dr Boss said an any extra-curial punishment Wighton suffered could be taken into account at sentencing. Police facts, tendered in court in June, said the footage showed Wighton head-butt and punch a man shortly after he walked out a Civic nightclub, about 2.45am on February 3. About 2.55am, a man approaches and shakes Wighton’s hand, only for the NRL star to shove and then punch the victim in the face. The documents said, about 10 minutes later, Wighton is seen to urinate on the road before attacking three men, headbutting and punching them in the head and face.
One victim suffered a laceration to the inside of his mouth, while another had a cut on his head. Wighton will appear for sentence before the Galambany Court – a specialised court for Aboriginal offenders, within the ACT Magistrates Court – next month. Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times.