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Chief Constable thanks the public for their help with CCTV appeals after Derby man is jailed for theft of charity box.

Posted on 16th August 2018
Matthew Dolan Matthew Dolan who was jailed as a result of a CCTV appeal

Peter Goodman, the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, has praised the people of the county for their help in solving crime. 

The comments have been made in particular to the response for help in identifying suspects caught on CCTV. 

In the last three months alone we have received positive responses to CCTV-based appeals for around a dozen crimes across the county that have resulted in helping bringing those responsible to justice. 

These incidents range from theft of a pedal cycle, a fight outside a Derby pub, an alleged dangerous dog, a stabbing in Derby city centre, an assault in Chesterfield and a fight outside a night club in Long Eaton. 

In one incident last month, we released images of a suspect stealing a charity box from a coffee shop in Intu Derby and within six minutes received a call naming the man. 

On Friday, August 10, Matthew Dolan (27) of no fixed abode, Derby, pleaded guilty to theft and was sent to prison for 12 weeks. 

Mr Goodman said: “I want to say a big thank you to the people who respond to our appeals. Of course it is part of our job to investigate crimes but we can’t do this alone and rely on members of the public to help us with our enquiries. 

“The response we get shows that the vast majority of people in Derbyshire are law abiding and are keen to help detect and reduce the low level of crime get in our county. 

“It also shows how useful good quality CCTV is in the solving and prevention of crime.” 

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