A 35-year-old woman was mugged in Buckhurst Hill on January 3

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: CCTV cameras in the council-run car park were not working when Sarah Woods was mugged CCTV cameras in the council-run car park were not working when Sarah Woods was mugged

A woman was mugged underneath CCTV cameras which she was later told were not working.

Sarah Woods, 35, was sat in her parked car in the council-run car park in Lower Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, when two men approached her Mini Cooper from either side and pulled the doors open on January 3.

One young Asian man grabbed her handbag from the passenger seat while the other attempted to distract her.

Miss Woods, who was screaming for help, got out of her car to try to get belongings back.

She said: “One of them was circling me.

“It was really frightening. I was screaming for help but there was no one around.”

Miss Woods said another Asian man was waiting for the other two parked close to the bottle bank in a dark Nissan with the letters FR at the beginning.

Following her ordeal, Miss Woods, of High Road, Buckhurst Hill, called the police.

This week, she received a letter from them stating that after speaking with Epping Forest District Council, the police had been made aware that the CCTV was “out of order” that day.

Miss Woods said she was seriously worried for the safety of young women who park in that car park.

“If that CCTV had been working they would have got the car they were in,” she added.

“They take money to park there and wardens are always checking cars and the CCTV doesn’t work.

“It’s just awful.”

The Guardian is attempting to contact the council for information over the CCTV.
 

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4:25pm Fri 17 Jan 14

jackblack007 says...

probably turned off to save money
probably turned off to save money jackblack007
  • Score: 7

7:35pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ColinOrient says...

Maybe a switched-on camera would contravene the dear old muggers' human rights. Seriously though this is an a rotten situation, as I am sure if the lady here had parked on a yellow line, an operating camera would quickly have ensured she soon received a hefty fine through the post.
Maybe a switched-on camera would contravene the dear old muggers' human rights. Seriously though this is an a rotten situation, as I am sure if the lady here had parked on a yellow line, an operating camera would quickly have ensured she soon received a hefty fine through the post. ColinOrient
  • Score: 11

3:10pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

This is a disgrace and whoever failed to change the film should be disciplined in case it occurs again, lives are at stake.
This is a disgrace and whoever failed to change the film should be disciplined in case it occurs again, lives are at stake. Upshirehorse
  • Score: 2

8:09am Mon 20 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

Alway remember to lock your doors as soon as you get into the car. Although a Mini will lock automatically when you reach about 10mph that won't protect against this kind of incident.
Alway remember to lock your doors as soon as you get into the car. Although a Mini will lock automatically when you reach about 10mph that won't protect against this kind of incident. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 3

10:53am Mon 20 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

At least this story will please Big Brother watch!!
At least this story will please Big Brother watch!! G_Whiz
  • Score: 3

5:40pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Trent12 says...

jackblack007 wrote:
probably turned off to save money
Really?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: probably turned off to save money[/p][/quote]Really? Trent12
  • Score: 2

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