CCTV shoplift suspect was 'innocent bystander'

Essex County Standard: CCTV shoplift suspect was 'innocent bystander' CCTV shoplift suspect was 'innocent bystander'

POLICE say a woman captured on CCTV around the time two mobile phones were stolen in Colchester was an innocent bystander.

The thefts took place on December 30 in shops on Lion Walk in the town centre.

A woman contacted Colchester police after her photo was released earlier this week.

A police spokesman said: “Officers are now satisfied that the woman was an innocent bystander.

“She played no part in either theft and police are happy to clarify the situation.”

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1:39pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

And of course the police, and the owner of the CCTV footage, are all sincerely sorry for causing this woman undue stress!

I'm all for catching the criminals but too much reliance is placed upon CCTV these days with photo's published regularly. It can be helpful, but it can also be very intrusive and in the wrong hands, particularly of people who didn't actually witness the event, then serious errors of judgement can affect innocent bystanders, as it has in this case.
And of course the police, and the owner of the CCTV footage, are all sincerely sorry for causing this woman undue stress! I'm all for catching the criminals but too much reliance is placed upon CCTV these days with photo's published regularly. It can be helpful, but it can also be very intrusive and in the wrong hands, particularly of people who didn't actually witness the event, then serious errors of judgement can affect innocent bystanders, as it has in this case. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Sat 18 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

I am afraid its far too many pickled onions at Christmas for the camera operators, at the Colchester Borough Ali Ba Ba division.

You might do well during your tea break in watching good training movies such as Enemy Of The State.

As for the Police I'm sure that litigious letters will be arriving to Chief Officer Peter Sellers quite soon, (that is if the lady's got any sense about her):
I guestimate about £3,500 is the norm.
I am afraid its far too many pickled onions at Christmas for the camera operators, at the Colchester Borough Ali Ba Ba division. You might do well during your tea break in watching good training movies such as Enemy Of The State. As for the Police I'm sure that litigious letters will be arriving to Chief Officer Peter Sellers quite soon, (that is if the lady's got any sense about her): I guestimate about £3,500 is the norm. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 3

2:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

enemy of state says...

Now there is a surprise..... a perfectly innocent person gets their good character dragged through the gutter kicking and screaming because the police just decide to put up anyone's picture without making the proper checks. We are CCTV mad in this country. That lady going about her own lawful business has had her reputation ruined because of someone or a certain body couldn't be bothered to do the correct checks..... As we all do there is the usual no smoke without fire attitude, and having seen the article online with the picture that they run alongside and the text used you could draw no other inference that the lady in the eyes of the police was guilty!!!!!

IE "Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to in connection with the thefts."
maybe this newspaper and the police should abide by the code of conduct for what we as members of the public have to abide by here namely,
Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. that sums it up really. If the chief constable had to pay the damages out of his own wage packet then he might just run a far tighter ship.£50,000 would suffice in such cases.........
Now there is a surprise..... a perfectly innocent person gets their good character dragged through the gutter kicking and screaming because the police just decide to put up anyone's picture without making the proper checks. We are CCTV mad in this country. That lady going about her own lawful business has had her reputation ruined because of someone or a certain body couldn't be bothered to do the correct checks..... As we all do there is the usual no smoke without fire attitude, and having seen the article online with the picture that they run alongside and the text used you could draw no other inference that the lady in the eyes of the police was guilty!!!!! IE "Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to in connection with the thefts." maybe this newspaper and the police should abide by the code of conduct for what we as members of the public have to abide by here namely, Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. that sums it up really. If the chief constable had to pay the damages out of his own wage packet then he might just run a far tighter ship.£50,000 would suffice in such cases......... enemy of state
  • Score: 4

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