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New camera will be first in ‘super’ CCTV system in Barrow

THE first steps to set up a new “super surveillance” system in Cumbria have been put in place.

Plans for a new CCTV camera, part of a £600,000 scheme from Richard Rhodes, police and crime commissioner for Cumbria, have been submitted to Barrow Borough Council.

The proposals would see a new HD camera erected on a six-metre pole outside the former Ramsden’s Wine Bar at the junction of Dalton Road and Abbey Road, in Barrow.

Mr Rhodes’ office said the location would complement an existing camera in Cavendish Street.

A spokeswoman for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Each Territorial Policing Area has played a key role in the decision about the location of cameras and considered the best places that CCTV could support criminal investigations and aid successful prosecutions. It is proposed that there will be a CCTV camera in Abbey Road and Dalton Road in addition to the existing location in Cavendish Street and Dalton Road.”

However, the initial programme plans stated no legacy systems would be included in the new system to ensure a high-quality network.

Existing cameras in Barrow and south Lakeland were described as “obsolete” and criticism has been levelled at the quality of images gathered from the Cavendish Street camera.The plans are the first for Barrow Borough after the council stumped up £100,000 towards the scheme.

Up to 54 cameras are due to be installed across Cumbria’s five districts and Mr Rhodes previously said the system will be among the best in the country.

The HD cameras are expected to offer enhanced surveillance but the commissioner’s office said that, due to the programme still being out to tender, they were unable to confirm how powerful the new cameras would be.

Mr Rhodes’ application for the first camera is expected to be followed by a further 11 cameras positioned in locations identified by Barrow police.

A decision on the application is expected later in the year.

Have your say

Or wont make you deel safe walking over the walney bridge late at night Lee then seen as How the camera Has been out of service for months.

Posted by annon on 7 August 2014 at 20:14

More surveillance mens less boots on the ground.Spotting a police officer in Barrow these days is arrayed occasion and a cause for celebration.Should we not be asking publicans to donate towards these cameras.As more policing is required around Cavendish St thanks to the police being ignored in their request for shorter opening hours.Come on Barrow landlords dig deep.

Posted by Nosmo King on 7 August 2014 at 13:18

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