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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Go-ahead for new Cumbria-wide CCTV system

A new Cumbria-wide CCTV network has been given the go-ahead.

Carlisle CCTV photo

The county’s crime commissioner Richard Rhodes this morning approved a plan which would see a 54-camera system monitored by the force set up in major towns.

Carlisle would have the highest number of cameras, with 15 being placed in the city.

Barrow will get 12, while a patch covering Workington and Maryport would receive a total of nine. Whitehaven would get eight cameras, Kendal seven and Penrith three.

Start-up costs are estimated to reach £998,000. Nearly £540,000 has come through a grant while the rest is set to be split between the office of the crime commissioner and the six district councils.

The system, monitored by a team based at police headquarters in Penrith, could be extended if future cash sources are found. Police will be responsible for the running costs.

Deputy Chief Constable Jeremy Graham said: “It is great news that the CCTV scheme has now been approved. The new system will provide consistent and improved CCTV coverage across Cumbria.

"CCTV acts as a deterrent for would-be criminals, helps track offenders, and gather evidence. I am looking forward to working closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner and local councils to provide an important tool to help solve crime and keep our local communities safe.”

The commissioner's executive board was meeting at the force’s Carleton Hall headquarters, near Penrith.


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