Next stop for CCTV: Allhallows field?

PUBLISHED: 10:19 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

CCTV coverage in Honiton town centre is set to increase with the introduction of two new cameras. The news comes after Honiton Town Council s policy committee recommended to finance the new equipment and provide a laptop computer and broadband internet connection so police officers can download information.

CCTV coverage in Honiton town centre is set to increase with the introduction of two new cameras.

The news comes after Honiton Town Council's policy committee recommended to finance the new equipment and provide a laptop computer and broadband internet connection so police officers can download information.

At a meeting last week, councillors also agreed to match-fund any money raised by the Town Watch CCTV Committee from now on.

Of the new cameras, the first will be located outside the town council chambers in New Street and will have two lenses covering each direction down New Street.

The second twin-lens camera will be situated above the antiques shop opposite the Carlton Inn and will look in each direction up and down the High Street.

Plans were also confirmed to slightly adjust the location of two existing cameras in the High Street.

Firstly, the camera on W H Smith, which is closest to Northcote Lane, will be moved to the west aspect of the building to provide new coverage of an area police say is prone to anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Secondly the camera opposite the Conservative Club will be moved further East along the High Street to the Honiton Photographic building facing North-East. This will provide coverage of the footway adjacent to the kebab shop and Three Tuns pub.

Sergeant John Gait, Neighbourhood Team Leader for Honiton, said: "If all these recommendations are completed it will effectively mean we have seven cameras looking at the areas we feel are beneficial.

"If further cameras are installed at future dates, I would suggest Alhallows playing fields be considered a priority."

Cougar Cabling, the company behind the installation of the camera network, has agreed to train two police officers at the police station to view and download information from the CCTV cameras.

Councillor Chris Tratt, chairman of the Town Watch Committee, said: "Thanks must go to all the companies who donated towards the scheme and to the committee members involved in getting the program up and running."

Those committee members are Tim Raphael, Chris Tratt, Terry Fairbrother, Michael Teare, Darren England, Nick Richards, Duncan Finlayson, Mandy Newman and Bob Buxton.

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