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Issue No. 399 February 2016

A ton of arrests for Ten 7

Ten 7 presenter Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto on location in Auckland.
Photo: Lizzy Styants, Screentime.

Police Ten 7 presenter Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto has no hesitation in urging colleagues to use the high-rating programme to generate help in solving cases and reassuring victims.

“The exposure and opportunities Police Ten 7 gives police are huge, especially on cases where, despite localised appeals, we’ve had few leads,” he says. “It’s a real buzz to know information from viewers has helped my colleagues make arrests.”

Last year was another bumper one for the Screentime NZ programme, with 177 crime cases and ‘Wanted’ faces generating 100 arrests – 40 as a direct result of viewers calling the 0800 Ten 7 line.

‘Crime of the Week’ arrests included offenders for sexual violations, assaults and aggravated robberies.

One case in February featured an attack on a Tauranga taxi driver. Within minutes of in-cab footage being screened officers were inundated with calls nominating an individual, who was arrested and charged.

CCTV footage also helped identify offenders behind an aggravated robbery at a home in Manukau, assaults in shopping centres and a serious assault in central Auckland.

Tauranga-based Rob films featured Crimes of the Week most Mondays, on location with case officers.

These, and back-ups, are carefully worked through by OCs, Rob and the production team.

Sometimes a victim may choose to be interviewed. If so, their wishes are respected and they are sensitively filmed.

Police Ten 7 screens on Thursdays at 7.30pm on TV2.


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