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CCTV installed to tackle crime in a Nottingham park

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A clamp down on criminal activity at a popular park has been bolstered by the introduction of two new security cameras.

The cameras, positioned at Forest Recreational Ground, were installed in February this year.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Amy English, who works from Radford Road Police Station, has praised their installation as part of the neighbourhood policing team’s commitment to ensuring residents feel safe in the area.

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Inspector English said: “Forest Rec is an incredibly popular park and we are very lucky to have so many green spaces near to the city centre.

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“However, people should feel safe to enjoy these areas and we are committed to doing everything we can to protect the public, prevent incidents from happening and address concerns quickly.

“We know that the area is one of concern for local residents and we want to make sure that the Forest Rec is a place where people can enjoy themselves safely and responsibly.

“The cameras will be used as part of investigations into reports of crime as well as a supportive function when responding to live incidents.

“They are also an effective deterrent and I’m looking forward to seeing how they will support us moving forward.”

While inspector English thinks the new cameras are a positive step, they are just one element of the neighbourhood policing priorities in the area.

She said: “The best way to combat crime is a combined and sustained approach from the police and partners.

“By working together we can really make a positive difference, the cameras are just a part of the strategy.

“Our priorities for this quarter are tackling serious violent crime, acquisitive crime and antisocial behaviour, and we continue to make steady progress against all of those objectives.

“The cameras will play a role in this as we move forward we’ll be monitoring their successes in the coming months.

“All I would ask is that the public continue to report incidents to us so that we can investigate them and take action as quickly as possible.”

Councillor Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection at Nottingham City Council, said: “We were pleased to be able to team up with the police on this project at the Forest Recreation Ground. There are some wonderful parks and open spaces in Nottingham and we want people to feel safe when they use them.

“Local ward councillors made a contribution to these two high-tech CCTV cameras which will help Community Protection officers and police colleagues reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. They will provide another tool in gathering intelligence and identifying suspects, however we know that this only forms part of an effective response and we will continue to patrol the area and work in partnership with the police to make the park safe.”