New CCTV cameras have already helped say police

Rural Life
Diss Rural Life Diss

Friday, July 11, 2014
11:30 AM

A new CCTV system set up in a Norfolk town has already produced results.

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The 10 cameras installed around Diss town centre have already helped police with their enquiries and a further 10 are expected to be put in around Wymondham during the next month.

The system was established in Diss a month ago at a cost of £30,000 and features three cameras above Martin McColl newsagents in Mere Street and another camera above the Holland and Barrett shop.

A further two cameras are positioned close to Candies, while the seventh is above Weavers restaurant and the eighth above the EACH charity shop in Chapel Street.

The other two cameras are in Diss park and the network is also connected up to Wifi nodes dotted around the town centre providing wireless internet access.

Mike Pursehouse, deputy locality and communities manager at South Norfolk Council, said: “We have installed Diss and we are now just making that work and Wymondham’s CCTV system will be put in in July.

“Wymondham will get a similar system with 10 cameras.”

Mr Pursehouse added discussions were also taking place with Harleston Town Council about setting up a CCTV system there that would operate in a similar way to Diss with a wifi network attached.

He said he had been told by police that they had already checked footage from the cameras in relation to an incident.

Funding for the Diss and Wymondham schemes has come from the South Norfolk Community Safety Partnership.

The aim of the cameras is to reduce crime by deterring criminals, reducing the fear of crime to shop staff and members of the public in the town centre, creating a secure trading environment, increasing police detection rates by identifying offenders and giving visitors and residents increased confidence about visiting the town centre, which would raise the numbers coming in.

Does Diss need CCTV? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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