North Walsham camera system boosts public safety

Deputy mayor Brenda West and Insp Kersty Brooks view images from the revamped CCTV system in North W

Deputy mayor Brenda West and Insp Kersty Brooks view images from the revamped CCTV system in North Walsham. Picture: RICHARD BATSON - Credit: Archant

A revamped CCTV system has been switched on at North Walsham to help clamp down on town centre crime.

Councillors, police and guests mark the launch of the revamped CCTV system in North Walsham - pictur

Councillors, police and guests mark the launch of the revamped CCTV system in North Walsham - pictured in a shot taken by one of the cameras. Picture: RICHARD BATSON - Credit: Archant

Improved HD cameras are scanning the streets to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and help find missing people.

The system, also being used at Sheringham and Fakenham, replaces the North Norfolk-wide coverage switched off in March to save the district council £200,000 a year.

North Walsham is one of a trio of towns to revive the camera coverage in town council-run schemes costing each community £8,000 a year.

Insp Kersty Brooks, welcoming the new system, said: 'The images are HD and much clearer than the old system.


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'They can help with prosecutions for damage, monitoring anti-social behaviour and to look for missing persons.'

The town's deputy mayor, Brenda West, said: 'CCTV makes people feel a lot more secure. We have a lovely town with not many problems but this will benefit everyone walking the streets.'

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Former Sheringham mayor Doug Smith said the towns had ended up with a better system, and at North Walsham the cost of the new cameras in the annual town council tax element was less than the price of half a pint of beer.

Police are seeking volunteers to help monitor the CCTV, particularly in the evenings. Contact Insp Brooks via the police non-emergency number 101.

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