Ageing CCTV network faces switch-off

Town leaders in Dereham warned that the town must fight to stop its CCTV network being dismantled in a review of the ageing system.The town's cameras are nearly 11-years-old and Breckland Council is to carry out a survey of which cameras need updating and relocating.

Town leaders in Dereham warned that the town must fight to stop its CCTV network being dismantled in a review of the ageing system.

The town's cameras are nearly 11-years-old and Breckland Council is to carry out a survey of which cameras need updating and relocating.

But at a meeting of Dereham Town Council yesterday members said that old cameras could be removed and not replaced.

Councillor Robin Goreham said: "We do not want Breckland Council saying all our equipment is old and tired and deprive us of our CCTV provision.

"We should be saying to Breckland Council we want at least the level of coverage we have at the moment and do not want anything less than what we are getting.

"To say we are willing to part-fund the system in future years is better than saying to Breckland we have no money because it could lead to us not having CCTV coverage at all."

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The meeting heard there were calls for a camera at the top end of the High Street, outside Steptoes, outside the Memorial Hall and Dereham Recreation Ground.

It was felt the camera from outside the old Dereham Swimming Pool could be moved to a new location, once the new pool opens, and also that the camera would be moved from Cowper Road into the Cowper Road car park.