NEW hi-tech CCTV screens came to the aid of police when they were investigating a nasty graffiti attack on a village hall.
The screens at Nantwich police station can pinpoint anybody or anything and were of enormous assistance when officers were trying to track down who was responsible for daubing Bunbury village hall with offensive remarks.
To demonstrate to the Chronicle the power of the CCTV cameras, they were focused on Police Community Support Wardens Sharon Jones and Jemma Cole. Their faces were brought up perfectly on to the screen in the station.
NPU team member PC Liz Smith said: 'The images are certainly clear enough for us to be able to use them as evidence in court.'
Inspector Chris Brierley, who runs the new police team, said: 'The new equipment really is first class.'
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council CCTV manager Brett Hall said: 'The new plasma monitors have been specially designed for CCTV work and should be a terrific help to the police.
'Everything now is digitally recorded which means the police can check on any previous incident within seconds. They seem very determined to make Nantwich a safer community.'
Insp Brierley said: 'We are having considerable success in using the CCTV to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
'In recent weeks flower tubs in Nantwich town centre have been trashed. We have made arrests in connection with these incidents.
'And at Bunbury two youths have also been arrested for a particularly vigorous graffiti attack on the village hall.
'The unit will be at full strength shortly. Nantwich people will then be able to see the difference we're making.'