Suspected burglar caught on wildlife webcam

Tuesday 21 January 2014 19.14
The footage has been given to police investigating the burglary (Pic: @TVsSimonKing)
The footage has been given to police investigating the burglary (Pic: @TVsSimonKing)

Police in London want to trace a man in connection with a burglary after he was captured on camera by a renowned wildlife photographer.

Former BBC Springwatch presenter Simon King installed the remote webcam in the garden of a home to monitor the behaviour of urban foxes.

But as well as filming the animal's movement, police said the camera "captured footage of a man climbing over a fence and making off across the garden" after a burglary at a neighbouring property.

He was filmed in the garden at about 3.45am on Sunday 12 January after a burglary at a residential address in Hollingbourne Road, Herne Hill, south London, Scotland Yard said.

The neighbour noticed the camera had been activated overnight and handed the footage to police, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Mr King said: "I understand that a neighbour of our urban fox family residence was burgled and our cameras captured the possible suspect red-handed.

"Anyone can view our network of webcams live through our website and they will often see animals doing the strangest of things, but this is taking it one stage further.

"I hope the police are able to make use of the images and that this matter is resolved with as little disruption as possible for all concerned."