Upminster PCSO cuts short crime prevention talk - to catch suspected thief

PCSO Wupundu Simpungwe used his knowledge of the area to help catch a suspected thief.

PCSO Wupundu Simpungwe used his knowledge of the area to help catch a suspected thief. - Credit: Archant

An officer holding a crime prevention workshop at Upminster Library had to cut short his talk – to catch a suspected thief.

PCSO Wupundu Simpungwe detained a man who had allegedly snatched £930 from a till at Aldi in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, after a brief chase.

Constables arrived shortly afterwards and arrested the suspect for theft last month.

PCSO Simpungwe, of Upminster Safer Neighbourhoods Team, had been contacted by staff from the store on the town’s radio link system.

Acting Sgt Ross Evans said: “I am very proud of Wupundu’s actions. He used his local knowledge to look in the areas that the suspect was likely to have run to and then acted professionally in letting other officers know his location while chasing after the male.


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“This incident also demonstrated the benefit of the town link radio system. The shop was able to alert my officers immediately – far quicker than using 999.

“If any shop would like to sign up to discuss how the radio link operates then they should contact us at our base in Corbets Tey Road.”

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