The observation skills and quick actions of a Hemel Hempstead CCTV operator have been praised by police after the crook he helped them to bag was convicted.
Israr Ali, who works in the town’s CCTV control room, has been presented with a certificate of recognition by police Chief Insp Glen Channer, after he witnessed a burglary and guided officers to the culprit.
Israr, known as Izzy, noticed a man acting suspiciously and on closer inspection, saw he was attempting to break into the Windmill Cafe in Adeyfield on June 7.
He radioed police and directed them to the culprit, who had been wanted for a number of other offences in the town.
Jay Wilson, 35, of Elstree Road, Woodhall Farm, was charged with attempted burglary and admitted to five further burglaries in the area. He appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court on July 21 and was given a 26-week suspended sentence, as well as a three-month curfew. He was also ordered to pay a total of £285 in costs and compensation.
Chief Inspector Channer said: “Izzy’s observation skills and quick actions enabled my officers to locate and arrest Wilson, who we had been seeking in connection with burglaries in Hemel Hempstead.
“This certificate recognises his work that day and our appreciation for his actions. We work closely with the CCTV room and this shows the benefit of partnership working.”
But it isn’t the first time Izzy’s eagle eye has led to a criminal getting sent down.
Just last year, he helped police put a stop to a sexual assault by a taxi driver on a 20-year-old women in Piccotts End. The attacker, from Tring, was jailed.
Dacorum Borough Council cabinet member for residents and regulatory services Neil Harden said: “Our CCTV operators work well with police colleagues and are instrumental in helping to detect and prevent crime. I am proud of Izzy’s exceptional work and dedication to playing his part in crime prevention.”