Spotlight plan is off

PUBLISHED: 17:13 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

PLANS to attach a spotlight to a CCTV camera in a bid to reduce crime at a location popular with teenagers are in danger of being put out. Acting Insp Steve Mann, of Hertfordshire Police, suggested the idea at last month s Hitchin committee meeting follow

PLANS to attach a spotlight to a CCTV camera in a bid to reduce crime at a location popular with teenagers are in danger of being put out.

Acting Insp Steve Mann, of Hertfordshire Police, suggested the idea at last month's Hitchin committee meeting following a summer of incidents and unrest, including a number of assaults and robberies, on Windmill Hill.

At one point up to 400 teenagers had taken to gathering on the hill on Friday nights.

Acting Insp Mann hoped the spotlight would enable the cameras to see into darkened areas where some youngsters were prone to gathering.

It now looks as though the idea might not go through.

Acting Insp Mann said: "It might be that the suggestion is an impossibility from a practical point of view.

"It could be that the actual mechanics of putting a spotlight on, or adding it to the CCTV, might not be possible.

"We also have to ensure we don't disturb neighbours, local residents or vehicles, and it might be that we physically cannot do that.

"However I'm still looking at other ways of reducing any other anti-social behaviour in Hitchin.


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