Epping Forest District Council says that CCTV cameras which did not record a mugging are now working

Council says CCTV problem was 'temporary'

Council says CCTV problem was 'temporary'

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The council has moved to reassure people using its car parks after a woman was mugged close to CCTV cameras which were not working.

Sarah Woods was targeted on January 3 in the car park in Lower Queens Road in Buckhurst Hill on her way home from work.

Despite being shaken Miss Woods was hopeful that the offenders would be caught due to the CCTV in the car park.

She was outraged when she found out that it was out of order.

Today, the council has said that the problem was “temporary”.

A spokeswoman said: “We would like to reassure everyone that the CCTV cameras are working.

“We experienced a temporary problem with the recording equipment which means that we don’t have footage of the incident on 3 January in Buckhurst Hill.

“However, we can assure people that with interim arrangements in place we are continuing to operate CCTV cameras and are confident that a re-occurrence of the issue should not arise.”

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7:47pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Fat lot of good then after the event. Happens al the time with CCTV around the country, they spend millions installing but fail to maintain unless of course it is monitoring parking or speeding.
Fat lot of good then after the event. Happens al the time with CCTV around the country, they spend millions installing but fail to maintain unless of course it is monitoring parking or speeding. Villagecranberry
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8:48am Wed 22 Jan 14

hursthill says...

I am pleased the council spokesperson is confident with the CCTV.

Fact is CCTV failed when most needed. Somebody at the council is responsible & should be sacked.
I am pleased the council spokesperson is confident with the CCTV. Fact is CCTV failed when most needed. Somebody at the council is responsible & should be sacked. hursthill
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5:35pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Trent12 says...

hursthill wrote:
I am pleased the council spokesperson is confident with the CCTV.

Fact is CCTV failed when most needed. Somebody at the council is responsible & should be sacked.
Hursthill have you never had an electrical item in your house go wrong?

Sometimes people's comments on here are worthless!
[quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: I am pleased the council spokesperson is confident with the CCTV. Fact is CCTV failed when most needed. Somebody at the council is responsible & should be sacked.[/p][/quote]Hursthill have you never had an electrical item in your house go wrong? Sometimes people's comments on here are worthless! Trent12
  • Score: 4

8:03pm Wed 22 Jan 14

hursthill says...

trent12 is very sensitive, he must work for the council !

CCTV is supposed to be continuously monitored. Are we to believe it just happened to break down as Sarah Woods was being mugged ?

A little bit of sympathy for the victim, rather than defending incompetent council employees would be appropriate.

To describe Sarah Wood's comments as worthless is beneath contempt.
trent12 is very sensitive, he must work for the council ! CCTV is supposed to be continuously monitored. Are we to believe it just happened to break down as Sarah Woods was being mugged ? A little bit of sympathy for the victim, rather than defending incompetent council employees would be appropriate. To describe Sarah Wood's comments as worthless is beneath contempt. hursthill
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9:32pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Trent12 says...

hursthill wrote:
trent12 is very sensitive, he must work for the council !

CCTV is supposed to be continuously monitored. Are we to believe it just happened to break down as Sarah Woods was being mugged ?

A little bit of sympathy for the victim, rather than defending incompetent council employees would be appropriate.

To describe Sarah Wood's comments as worthless is beneath contempt.
I do not work for the council but do work for an electronics company whereby we see things break down!

Sarah's attack was terrible, and i did not say her comments were worthless just yours!
[quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: trent12 is very sensitive, he must work for the council ! CCTV is supposed to be continuously monitored. Are we to believe it just happened to break down as Sarah Woods was being mugged ? A little bit of sympathy for the victim, rather than defending incompetent council employees would be appropriate. To describe Sarah Wood's comments as worthless is beneath contempt.[/p][/quote]I do not work for the council but do work for an electronics company whereby we see things break down! Sarah's attack was terrible, and i did not say her comments were worthless just yours! Trent12
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