Talking CCTV - ignore at your peril

RED-faced and out of pocket, this is the first lout captured by Ipswich's new talking CCTV cameras.Without a care for anyone around him, the 21-year-old drops his fast food packaging, then - despite warnings from CCTV operators - he positions himself up against a nightclub doorway and prepares to relieve himself.

RED-faced and out of pocket, this is the first lout captured by Ipswich's new talking CCTV cameras.

Without a care for anyone around him, the 21-year-old drops his fast food packaging, then - despite warnings from CCTV operators - he positions himself up against a nightclub doorway and prepares to relieve himself.

And when another warning booms from the speakers attached to the cameras in Dog's Head Street, rather than sheepishly admitting his error and walking away, he makes a gesture with his backside toward the camera.

The man's acts were caught on camera and led to him being arrested and hauled to Ipswich police station where he was slapped with an £80 fixed penalty notice.

The incident, which happened at about 2.35am on Tuesday, sparked the first use of the new “talking cameras” which have been installed in four locations in the town centre as part of a £500,000 Home Office scheme.

Anti social behaviour officers today issued a warning to others that they too faced being nabbed by the hi-tech crime fighting devices if they didn't behave.

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Andy Solomon, the borough's anti social behaviour network coordinator, said: “The CCTV operators were doing their normal monitoring of cameras. He was seen to deposit his chip wrapper on the floor and the officer told him to pick it up but he didn't.

“He then was given a second piece of advice but he then went to relieve himself so the police were duly informed and he found himself being arrested and being brought to the police station.

“It cost him a very uncomfortable stay in the police station and £80 out of his wallet.”

The new talking cameras are located in Dog's Head Street near Pals nightclub, underneath the Lloyd's Avenue arch at the Cornhill, in Old Foundry Road and in Tower Street.

Mr Solomon today urged people to heed the warnings issued over the speakers by officers monitoring CCTV but warned they would not always be given warnings before police were called.

He said: “What people have to realise is the use of the voice facility is at the discretion of the operators and they could have informed the police directly but they felt this man should have the opportunity to pick the paper up but he chose to ignore it.

“The message would be ignore it at your peril.”

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A DRUNK man who urinated in the street is today £155 worse off.

Mark Robinson admitted he had too much to drink on May 5 this year when police officers spotted him at 1.40am relieving himself in Ipswich town centre.

The officers attempted to give him a fixed penalty notice but when the man refused to take it they gave him a court summons.

Robinson, 36, of Carlton Road, Kesgrave, said: “I had too much to drink and it affected my judgement on taking the fixed penalty notice. I can't remember much about the night.”

Robinson was fined £80, made to pay £60 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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