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Huntingdonshire CCTV PE29

Location: UK » East of England » PE

Huntingdonshire District Council is planning to abolish all funding for CCTV surveillance, with all CCTV operations axed from April 2012 and all staffing removed.

Huntingdonshire’s CCTV operations are based around a fixed camera system in town centres, and a mobile van fitted with CCTV. The van is designed to give the council the ability to provide a CCTV service to areas in the district which are not covered by their fixed camera system in the town centres.

Whilst the vehicle is mainly used on special patrols and operations to combat anti-social behaviour, it can also be used on other types of operations, especially where crowd control may be an issue. The van’s satellite transmission system means it can provide an extremely valuable control vehicle at the scene of a major incident.

Examples of crime and anti-social behaviour tackled by the CCTV vehicle include:

- tackling underage drinking and anti-social behaviour by a small number of young people at Hinchingbrooke Park
- catching youths who were causing damage to Godmanchester Locks on the River Great Ouse

Under the council’s plans, the CCTV vehicle will be disposed of when CCTV operations are scrapped.

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