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Six new CCTV cameras for West Bridgford town centre

West Bridgford will soon benefit from the installation of six new CCTV cameras.

The re-deployable cameras will go up on columns in the Central Avenue and Bridgford Road area as part of the Safer Streets scheme, which aims to prevent neighbourhood crime, antisocial behaviour and violence against women and girls.

The town already benefits from Safer Streets wardens, who patrol the area to tackle antisocial behaviour, as well as existing neighbourhood policing patrols.

The new CCTV cameras are expected to give people added peace of mind when they are out in these public spaces.

The cameras will be installed in the next few weeks, as part of a series of measures made possible after the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire secured funding from the Home Office’s scheme.

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They will be monitored from a CCTV control room at Nottinghamshire Police’s Joint Force Headquarters, alongside camera footage from other Safer Streets local authority partner areas including Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “The main benefits are that we are able to protect people and support the town centre’s economic vitality.

“We know West Bridgford is a great place to visit and for people to spend some time, for business, shopping and leisure.

“It has evolved too – the leisure offer is much more than it once was. It is important we also evolve to provide appropriate community safety and reassurance and we think the cameras are a great way to do it and add to our existing tools.”

Inspector Rob Lawton, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Rushcliffe, said the cameras would not only make people safer, but feel safer too.

“Whilst we have a low crime area we want to ensure it remains a safe place to live, work and visit,” he added.

“CCTV gives us an increased ability to see what’s happening in the area 24/7 and increase our ability to keep you safe.”

This latest initiative has been introduced after the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire secured £3 million of Safer Streets funding from the Home Office in July for projects across the county that will help tackle neighbourhood crime and antisocial behaviour, as well as violence against women and girls.

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