3 arrested using facial recognition technology in London
05 February 2019 16:57 GMT

London's Metropolitan Police said they arrested three people wanted for violent crimes by using facial recognition technology in Romford in East London last Thursday.

An addition five arrested during the trial period were “proactive arrests as part of the wider operation.”

Metropolitan Police used NEC’s NeoFace technology, which scans the faces of people who walks by and alerts police to specific matches on a watch list.

A 15-year-old boy [A] arrested on suspicion of robbery was later assessed as no longer wanted for the offence and released with no further action. 

A 28-year-old man [B] arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment and kidnapping has been released with no further action.

Scott Russell, 35 (9.11.1983) [C] was arrested on suspicion on breach of a molestation order. He was subsequently charged and sentenced to 11 weeks’ imprisonment.

A 17-year-old [D] male arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm has been released under investigation. 

Two boys, both aged 14, [E and F] arrested on suspicion of robbery have been released under investigation.

Two men aged 46 and 25 [G and H] arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs were dealt with via a community resolution.

The two-day deployment was also due to continue on Friday, 1 February however due to adverse weather forecasts, the trial was rescheduled. Details about the next deployment will be publicised proactively in the near future.