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Council hopes CCTV cameras in Hemswell Cliff will curb anti-social behaviour

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Security cameras have been installed in Hemswell Cliff in a bid to prevent and deter criminal behaviour.

CCTV cameras are now in key locations in the village north of Lincoln, to help create a safer community for residents.

West Lindsey District Council will work with Lincolnshire Police to monitor the footage which is being recorded 24/7.

Councillor Trevor Young, champion for community safety and anti-social behaviour, said: “We hope this will act as a deterrent for any anti-social behaviour and give communities confidence by creating a safer community.”

West Lindsey District Council said that the CCTV service operates under a strict code of practice and all CCTV staff undergo training to use the camera systems.

Councillor Graham Prestwood, chairman of Hemswell Cliff Parish Council, said: “The addition of CCTV cameras is gratefully received and welcomed. We hope and believe it will play a large part in our efforts to reduce the crime and anti-social behaviour which has blighted the village in recent years.

“Whilst we appreciate people’s desire for privacy, the only people who need to be concerned by the cameras are those who are up to no good.”

In 2016, the council upgraded its CCTV capabilities to use high-definition technology which improves the quality of footage and evidence produced.

Between October and December last year, West Lindsey District Council used CCTV to detect 305 crimes and arrest 41 suspects.

Councillor Paul Howitt-Cowan, ward member for Hemswell Cliff, said: “We are working closely with the parish council and residents in Hemswell Cliff on a number of projects.

“There was a strong support for CCTV to be installed to keep people and their property safe. We can provide better coverage and provide high quality evidence if needed.”