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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Bidding opens for Cumbria's £1m CCTV network

Bids are being taken from companies to install a £1 million CCTV network in Cumbria.

Police chiefs say plans are “on track” to provide a 54-camera system which will concentrate on key urban areas across the county.

Senior police revealed the latest on moves towards the new service at a meeting of senior crime-fighting figures.

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.

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

Deputy Chief Constable Jerry Graham told the meeting: “CCTV has gone out to tender. Everything as it stands is on track.”

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

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