Two women were arrested after cathedral and council staff became suspicious that they were fraudulently collecting money from Cathedral goers.
On Friday 29 August, Cathedral staff alerted the Council CCTV control room and police via the Shopwatch radio system that two women were collecting money and personal details from people attending the Cathedral and that their behaviour appeared suspicious.
Sofica Panaghita, age 25, and Mirela Dumtiru, age 22, both of no fixed abode, were arrested and charged with fraud by false representation. They appeared before Hatfield Remand Court on Saturday where they were each fined Â£100, ordered to pay Â£85 costs and a Â£20 victim surcharge.
Cllr Beric Read said: â€œThis is a great example of how the police and Council CCTV service protects the interests of both visitors and residents of St Albans.â€
The Shopwatch radio system is a scheme operated by the St Albans Business Against Crime Partnership that provides walkie- talkie radios to shops and other local facilities to enable them to speak directly to the police and CCTV control room to prevent and detect with crime and disorder.