CCTV to be installed in Letchworth street

A CCTV camera will be installed in a residential street in a bid to catch thieves and drug dealers.

Broughton Hill in Letchworth GC has seen a rise in anti-social behaviour in the last 18 months, as well as drug-related crime, car thefts and damage.

Councillors from North Herts District Council’s Letchworth GC area committee agreed to provide �500 to install a pole which the camera is mounted on.

The column will be moved from Coachman’s Lane in Baldock, where NHDC officers say it is no longer required.

Currently street lighting in residential areas is switched off between midnight and 6pm under a cost-saving measure by Hertfordshire County Council.

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Cllr David Kearns added: “With the decision to turn the lights out in the Grange Estate and other parts of Letchworth, it will be interesting to see whether someone at the county council agrees to keeping the lights on there so the CCTV actually works.”

The camera and the cost of surveillance will be paid for by Hertfordshire Constabulary, although it has not yet been confirmed by police when it is expected to be installed.

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