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Cops may be solution to Uttoxeter's CCTV woes

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

A city council temporary CCTV camera

A city council temporary CCTV camera

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TOWN centre security bosses are looking to enlist the help of the police to fill their CCTV funding black hole.

Six months after announcing 11 security cameras in Uttoxeter were under threat as part of a move to trim £100,000 from its outgoings, borough bosses are ‘looking into’ working with the cops.

The prospect of saving the cameras will come as welcome news for shop owners targeted by vandals and thieves.

Among those hit by thugs in the last 12 months have been British Heart Foundation, Scope, YMCA, Birds Expresso Edmonston’s butchers and Francesco Group hairdressers.

However, police chiefs have not yet been approached about the plan.

Speaking at a recent borough council meeting, Sonia Andjelkovic, who is in charge of the borough’s regulatory services, said the council must work towards reducing duplication.

She said: “Partnership working is very important. We spend too much of our lives duplicating things, so partnership working is of benefit.

“If the police do the same as we do, it seems a bit stupid to me and I think we should review it and look into it.

“We will assess the future needs and these will form the basis of a more affordable future for a new, modern CCTV network to protect people’s safety.”

The council’s previous cabinet, which was controlled by the Conservatives at the time, approved a raft of changes to East Staffordshire’s CCTV provision, which costs £800,000 to run over three years.

The cabinet resolved to seek funding from other agencies using their 54 cameras and remove CCTV that is not used adequately.

East Staffordshire Borough Council has refused to comment on the progress of the changes agreed last year, which include the possible removal of Uttoxeter’s cameras.

In April 2013, managers at British Heart Foundation, Scope, YMCA and Birds Expresso called for tighter security measures in town.

They had been broken into via their repeatedly-targeted back entrances, which are not protected by CCTV.

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