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Concern as CCTV images fail to help

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

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TOWN councillors are to look at the monitoring system of CCTV cameras in Cheadle after several incidents have resulted in no one being caught.

At Monday night's meeting of Cheadle Town Council, councillor Gary Bentley said he had received a telephone call informing him that all the flowers at The Terrace had been vandalised.

He said: "Prior to the phone call I had travelled through the town and saw a lot of people near Brookhouses. I think they grabbed a load of flowers as they walked home.

"I rang Staffordshire Police on 101 and they took details and said they would arrange for a police officer to see me. This took place later in the day, but when a check was made on the CCTV camera they were pointing in the wrong direction.

"What is happening? They should be moved. The following weekend more vandalism took place and this time is was noted by the CCTV operator.

"The police attended and caught one person at the scene, while the other who had been jumping on the flowers, had ran off. However the name and address given by the one at the scene did not match the people living there."

Councillor Ron Locker said the town had suffered a lot of damage recently.

He said: "The district council finance the CCTV camera. We have also had vandalism at the market and a shop has been damaged.

"It is time Cheadle Town Council knew how the cameras are being maintained.

They are presently monitored at Chapelen- le-Frith where people do not know the area.

"When it was monitored at Alton Towers and Stoke it was brilliant. We pay the same in Cheadle as anyone else, but we do not hear of anyone being caught.

"Chapel-en-le-Frith is a long way off. We need CCTV monitored correctly. The only way is to go and see how it works, by asking the district council to arrange a visit."

Councillor Ian Whitehouse said: "When we had Inspector Riley at our meeting we were told we would have an update on the cameras, but we have had no reply."

Councillor Richard Alcock said that more police on the beat were required to help cut vandalism.

Councillors agreed to write to the district council asking them to arrange a meeting for councillors at the monitoring centre in Chapel-en-le-Frith to allow the them to see how the system works for Cheadle.

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