CCTV camera to deter anti-social behaviour on Runcorn housing estate (From Runcorn and Widnes World)
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CCTV camera to combat crime on Runcorn's Halton Brook estate
A NEW CCTV camera has been installed at shops on a Runcorn housing estate to combat crime.
Residents in Halton Brook have been campaigning for improved security.
Halton Community Safety Partnership and Riverside paid £5,000 each, and Halton Council contributed £10,000 towards the camera.
Community groups, the police and social landlord Riverside have teamed up to cut crime.
Meadway has seen high levels of anti-social behaviour and criminal activity which has reduced since Operation Gram, a massive police drug raid last year.
Lorna Hughes, Riverside community engagement officer, said: “Things have gone relatively quiet since the arrests of the drug dealers, when we worked closely with the police and residents to provide intelligence to support the crack-down.
“We don’t want to be complacent. The installation of the camera should help to deter young people from gathering and intimidating residents.”
The camera will closely monitor the area, so that the police can respond to incidents as they occur.
Halton Brook resident, Richard Green, said: “We are really pleased to see the camera in place. The partnership work between Riverside, Cheshire Constabulary and Halton Council has been instrumental in making sure that our community feels safer and more secure.”
Mark Antrobus, from Cheshire Constabulary and Halton Community Safety Partnership, said:"This is a great example of partner agencies coming together to share funds, so that an effective CCTV system can be installed.
“The camera will be truly effective in making Halton Brook shops, community centre and play area a safe place to work, visit, live and play.
“The state of the art 360 degree camera will monitor and record activity, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year from Halton Borough Council`s control room and will be integrated into the shops, businesses and police radio communications.”
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