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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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£1m Cumbria-wide CCTV system by end of year

A new £1 million CCTV network should begin operating in Cumbria by the end of the year.

Jerry Graham photo
Jerry Graham

Police chiefs say cameras should be ready to go within 2014 in what is expected to be a phased launch of the system, which will concentrate on key urban areas across the county.

Bids have been taken from companies to install the 54-camera network and these are now under consideration.

The county’s chief constable-in-waiting, Jerry Graham, who will become the top officer next month, revealed the latest at a meeting of senior crimefighting figures.

Mr Graham, currently deputy chief constable, said: “There are a number of tenders in.

“The sequence of events from here is that during the month of July there will be a period of evaluation. That concludes at the end of July. In August a decision will be made.”

CCTV systems were run in Cumbria by local authorities, but came under threat during budget cuts.

Now work is underway on planning this new system, which will provide 15 cameras in Carlisle, nine in a patch covering Workington and Maryport, eight in Whitehaven, and three in Penrith, with the rest in the south of the county.

Initial proposed locations for the cameras in Carlisle city centre include Botchergate and The Crescent, Lonsdale Street and Lowther Street.

Elsewhere in the city, Brookside in Raffles and Borland Avenue in Botcherby are also set to be monitored.

Police have previously said the network will place Cumbria “at the forefront” of how camera schemes are run nationally.

Mr Graham said work is expected to start in October, adding: “Everything is broadly on schedule.”

Costs are being split between a grant, the office of Cumbria’s crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, and six district councils, which will pay out based on the number of cameras in their areas.

The details were revealed at a meeting of Mr Rhodes’ executive board HQ, near Penrith.

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