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Assaults, vehicle collisions and the search for vulnerable people: One month of the Council’s new CCTV network

11:58 am, Tuesday, 7th February 2023 - 1 year ago

Environment and community safety

After recently undergoing a £2.2m upgrade, the Council’s Public Space CCTV system operated by North East Lincolnshire Council and it’s regeneration partner, Equans, is already capturing evidence to support our emergency services.

Since 17 December last year, nine pieces of footage have been shared with Police and other emergency services to be used as evidence in their investigations. This has included a dramatic road traffic collision where one driver appeared to walk away from the scene, and a suspected knife-point robbery.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said that these early results are demonstrating the importance of the recent upgrades:

“I’m really pleased to see these very early results. It demonstrates very clearly how valuable this network is and how important the upgrades were.

“Within just one month, our officers have shared evidence to be used in investigations into road traffic collisions, a suspected knife crime, a suspected assault, and to aid in the safeguarding of a vulnerable person.

“In one instance, the cameras spotted someone stranded on the beach and officers were able to direct the Coastguard to help the individual in distress.

“So often when reports come in of incidents in our borough, our operatives immediately begin looking at ways that our network might be able to support those officers on the ground. In the last month, they have used the cameras to lead Police to locations where they have been able to intercept and detain suspects.”

The large-scale upgrades, which were approved by the Council’s Cabinet in 2021, introduced a single digital transmission network enabling public space CCTV cameras and rapid-deployment cameras.

97 existing CCTV cameras have been upgraded and an additional 61 cameras have been introduced.

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