Calderdale police officers’ CCTV work snares offenders

Working together: Det Con Toby Facey, PC Elizabeth Barnett, Det Sgt Phil Jagger, PC  John Palfreyman and PC Howard Ainley
Working together: Det Con Toby Facey, PC Elizabeth Barnett, Det Sgt Phil Jagger, PC John Palfreyman and PC Howard Ainley

Back in April 2011, English Defence League (EDL) supporters on their way back from a rally in Blackburn descended on Halifax.

Protestors from factions in Halifax, Hull, Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Leeds gathered at The Courtyard pub on Wards End. They were marched out of Halifax by police after racist abuse was shouted at town centre traders.

It caused a lot of concern from shopkeepers and residents in Calderdale so clearly action had to be taken, said Det Chf Insp Terry Long. A small team of officers was put together and they spent weeks trawling through still images and CCTV from every shop and outlet in the area. It was not an easy task and the seven officers worked tirelessly to get the information they needed.

The team looked at 700 hours of CCTV that they had gathered and eventually it resulted in 13 people being convicted of public order offences. Some of the offences were even caught on camera.

Det Sgt Phil Jagger, who led the team, said: “It was a good team effort. We all worked hard and did some long hours.”

Also involved were Det C on Toby Facey, Det Con Simon Jenkinson, Det Con Rebecca Lawrence, PC Howard Ainley, PC Elizabeth Barnett and PC John Palfreyman.