‘Abducted’ girl was ‘safe and asleep at home’ and CCTV was her being told off
A three-year-old girl who was feared to have been abducted was actually a toddler being told off for having a tantrum, police have revealed. Sussex Police said that the girl was ‘safe and sound, asleep at home’ after releasing CCTV images that sparked fears of kidnapping. The pictures showed the child in Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Brighton, and sparked a large-scale police hunt. Police said that they received calls suggesting that a man picked up a small child and walked off near a branch of Ladbrokes. ‘It is clear that the person who first called police in the afternoon had misinterpreted what they saw but was acting in perfectly good faith,’ a police spokesman said. The police helicopter was scrambled to take part in the search and witnesses have reported seeing the area around the shopping centre ‘crawling’ with police.
Police are currently investigating if the child was with their parents. The initial statement Sussex Police said: ‘Police are investigating a report of a possible child abduction outside Churchill Square, Brighton, between 3.30pm and 3.45pm today. More: UK. ‘However, there have been no reports of missing children and no trace of the possible suspect and the child on CCTV cameras. ‘Officers have made a wide search of the area and the police helicopter is also searching, after we received a report that a man may have picked up a small child and walked off. ‘Enquiries are also being made to establish whether the child was actually with their parents. ‘Anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously at that time outside Churchill Square and Western Road area or has any information about this is asked to contact police by ringing 999 quoting serial 903 of 03/11.
Cops searching Sarah Wellgreen analyse new CCTV of hooded man ‘acting suspiciously’ five days after mum-of-five disappeared
The grainy black-and-white stills reportedly prompted police to deploy specialist divers to scour mudflats near the scene of the footage in Kent on Thursday. They show a car parked on a side street in Greenhithe and a hooded motorist, who spends eight minutes in the area by the River Thames. Initially, the driver remains in the vehicle before getting out and walking towards a play area by a wall running along the riverbank, but returns to his car less than a minute later. Divers from Kent Police’s search and marine unit spent hours wading through the heavy mud while a high-tech drone was also deployed last Thursday. JIM BENNETT.
The following day, police raided the end-of-terrace house the 46-year-old beautician shared with taxi driver ex Ben Lacomna in New Ash Green. The CCTV footage is said to have come to light following a police appeal last week. Ms Wellgreen was in the process of trying to buy out Mr Lacomba, the father of three of her children, when she vanished. It is not known if he was at home at the time police swooped on the house. It is understood a further residential address in New Ash Green was also being searched as part of the ongoing investigation.
Sarah was still living with Mr Lacomba, 38, when she vanished on October 9. They shared the home in New Ash Green for the sake of their three children but she had secured a mortgage to buy him out. Her new partner Neil James, 45, said her need to live with Ben forced their own relationship to end briefly this summer.
The Pros and Cons of a CCTV System
One of the most recent advancements in modern technology has to be the creation of the CCTV camera system. As with any piece of helpful technology, CCTV camera systems have its own drawbacks, due to irresponsible usage. If you’re thinking about installing a CCTV system in your home or office, you might be thinking about weighing the pros and cons of a CCTV camera. There are a lot of valid concerns against a CCTV system. Heightened monitoringThe main purpose of a CCTV system is giving you the ability to see everything that happens in an area.
With a CCTV camera, you have a record of when an employee arrives or leaves. At home, a CCTV system can help you locate items that have been misplaced. Lessen crimeIn the UK, CCTV has been shown to reduce crime by up to 50%, closing half more cases than they would have without the use of a security camera. As with any piece of technology, there are still vulnerabilities in a CCTV system, which can be a huge deterrent to anyone planning to invest in a system. Criminals, with enough determination and know-how, can disable or access your CCTV system.
Unable to stop crimeWhile CCTV systems have been shown to lessen criminal activity and raise the probability of wrong-doers being caught, CCTV cameras are still just that: cameras. CCTV cameras aren’t very effective in stopping crime as it happens; you will need to pair it with other security systems, such as an alarm system, to make sure that you are fully protected from crime.