Parish persist over cameras

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

LYMPSTONE parish councillors and the police are still calling for CCTV cameras to be installed after a number of thefts despite being snubbed by the district council. Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Simon Halloran urged parish councillors to press East De

LYMPSTONE parish councillors and the police are still calling for CCTV cameras to be installed after a number of thefts - despite being snubbed by the district council.Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Simon Halloran urged parish councillors to press East Devon District Council (EDDC) for cameras to be installed at Underhill car park.However, an EDDC spokesperson said that a grant would not be made available. "If residents wish to implement a full CCTV system as a preventative measure they would have to fund it themselves."No doubt EDDC would be in a position to assist with some elements of this process but not direct funding."In the past year six vehicles in the car park were broken into and valuables stolen. PC Halloran said: "There is sufficient evidence showing we need it."It would probably cost in the region of £15,000."The parish councillors agreed unanimously at a meeting this week to write to EDDC to get a CCTV camera installed and connected to the Exmouth circuit.Chairman Councillor Pete Acca said residents were continuously pushing for a CCTV camera but the last time they had raised the issue it had been turned down by the police.EDDC's community safety co-ordinator, Gerry Moore, is liaising with Detective Sergeant Jones, PC Halloran and Mr Nicholas Farrell, the crime reduction officer.They said the most recent offences are currently being investigated by the police who anticipate that arrests are likely.If Lympstone Parish Council install the camera it would be connected to the new Baxall control panel at Exmouth Police Station.PC Halloran also highlighted that motorists could prevent thefts by keeping valuables out of site.He said: "There were 15 cars parked there last week, all displaying items ranging from power tools to bills and alcohol. We have generated 15 letters of warning."The car park is well lit at night but isolated - there is a sign near the payment machine indicating that criminals target the location.The police currently have a covert 'catcher car' which patrols the car park and will be using their CCTV van there as well.

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