Fearful Barrow parents demand CCTV cameras to keep children safe
Last updated at 17:32, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
BARROW parents are calling for CCTV coverage to be restored to a park after a string of worrying incidents.
The parents believe a working CCTV system at the Hindpool Urban Park, off Duke Street, Barrow, would discourage criminal acts.
Their call has been backed by St James CE Junior School in Blake Street. The six cameras at the park, built for £1.5m in 2007, have not worked for some time due to a technical problem.
Barrow Borough Council is unable to confirm whether the cameras will be workable again as it is forced to review its spending on CCTV across the borough.
Graham Ritson’s daughter, nine, and son, three, live opposite the park in Duke Street with Joanne Law. His daughter regularly plays at the park. He said she has been approached by a man who attempted to abduct her into a vehicle and believes the CCTV would have captured a burglary at their Duke Street home last week.
Mr Ritson, 39, of Ulverston, said the park was also the scene of an attempted rape, fights and persistent anti-social behaviour.
He added: “You ask any parent and they will say the same, it would make it a hell of a lot safer for the kids if the CCTV worked.”
Ms Law, of Duke Street, said: “My daughter was confronted last year by a man in a van and there are that many fights, and that much trouble.
“I want the cameras to be working and doing the job they are supposed to be doing.”
Chris Jones, Barrow Borough Council housing renewal manager, said he was unsure how long the CCTV had not been working, but the fault was with the computer system which supports it.
He said: “There is a technical fault and we are looking at whether to continue with that particular bit of CCTV because it’s not linked to any of the other CCTV. It’s a standalone system that was put in when the park was built.
“We’re looking at the future of CCTV throughout the town as a whole, so we need to look at it in that context. We’re reviewing the whole provision of CCTV in the borough.”
First published at 16:06, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
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Perfect comment Liz, know where your kids are and if you cant see them, you can expect trouble.
was the van a blue one that tried to take girl. as there has been comments on evening mail web site during this year about kids and man with van
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