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Case Study

Cambridgeshire Police

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Customer: Cambridgeshire Police
  • Project Type: ANPR
  • Solution: ProVida 2000
  • Year: 2011

Project Overview

ProVida 2000 has been used by the Cambridgeshire police for many years, but rarely will the system have captured footage of such shocking and dangerous driving as in this video.

 
The car in question triggered an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera, but when officers attempted to stop the driver on Town Bridge, he refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued through Stanground to Whittlesey at speeds of more than 90mph.

Police eventually had to abandon the pursuit because it was too dangerous and could only watch as the driver ploughed through a closed level crossing at King's Dyke, Whittlesey, with a Cross Country train just seconds away.

Passengers reported feeling the carriages shudder as the train smashed into the barrier debris moments later.

The vehicle was found abandoned nearby, but the driver was traced through DNA left at the scene and was eventually tracked down and arrested.

Having viewed the damming evidence that ProVida 2000 provided, the offender had little option but to plead guilty to dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, criminal damage, obstructing an engine or carriage using a railway and driving with no insurance.

The driver was jailed for three and a half years at Peterborough Crown Court. He was also banned from driving for three years.

This case is a prime example of the use of ProVida 2000. The rugged design and reliability ensures that when the system is called into action, it does not let the customer down.

The video footage that ProVida 2000 provides is tamper proof and watermarked evidence accepted in all UK and an ever increasing number of overseas courts.

Just like in this case, offenders often plead guilty at the first opportunity when shown such conclusive evidence - speeding up court cases and reducing costs.

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