Award for CCTV operator’s role in arson arrest

Press Release: 18/01/2013

(L to R) Cllr Patricia Stallard, WCC; CCTV operator Paul Houghton; Frank Adamson, Broadland Guarding Service

A CCTV operator whose work led to the arrest of a man in connection with a series of fires in Winchester city centre on New Year’s Day has received a special award.

Paul Houghton was presented with his award on Thursday 17 January by Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Culture and Sport for Winchester City Council, and Frank Adamson, Regional Director (South) for Broadland Guarding Service which monitors the CCTV contract on behalf of Winchester City Council.

Cllr Stallard said:

I was delighted to make this award to Paul. His work made an important contribution to the arrest and may also have helped to prevent far more widespread damage taking place. It shows the real value of our CCTV team.

Mr Adamson said:

This award is presented in recognition of the outstanding job undertaken by Paul. His swift action, professionalism and camera skill enabled a positive identification of the offender to police which prevented him from causing further damage.

The fires on the evening of Tuesday 1 January involved the Phase Eight clothes shop, the entrance to the Deanery and the Bengal Spice restaurant in Winchester.