The power of CCTV footage and public appeals was recently proved after Anthony Francini, a Derby pub-goer, handed himself in after footage was published of him touching a paramedic inappropriately. Mr Francini stoked the woman’s back and squeezed her bum as she reached for equipment from her bag. She had been treating an elderly man who had collapsed on the stairs of the Standing Order pub.
Francini pleaded guilty to common assault and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £1,000 in costs. Judge Michael Fowler stated: “There are two principal aspects to your behaviour that have been wholly reprehensible. It offends because it’s sexually offensive to women to treat them that way. Paramedics helping individuals ought to be able to do so without people like you interfering and assaulting them.”
A spokesperson from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) stated: “This was a completely unacceptable assault which caused a great deal of stress and upset our staff. They were dealing with an elderly patient who had collapsed and were busy ensuring the best possible care for that patient when Mr Francini committed the crime. He clearly had no respect for our staff or the patient. We are pleased with the sentence and hope it acts as a deterrent to others.”
As providers of commercial security, AlertSystems take a keen interest in relevant industry news. A spokesperson from the company made the following statement: “It is important for businesses to understand that the implementation of CCTV security does not just protect against theft and violence. High definition cameras play a crucial role in targeting an extensive variety of crimes that have no place on commercial premises or within society. Protecting the reputation and the credibility of your business is imperative and CCTV can help to eliminate crimes such as this from your sites. As part of a public appeal, CCTV footage can be used quickly and effectively to bring criminals to justice.”
AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.
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