£100k for new CCTV in Preston city centre

�100,000 is being invested into CCTV in the centre of Preston. Pictured is the CCTV on the corner of Lancaster Road and Church Street
�100,000 is being invested into CCTV in the centre of Preston. Pictured is the CCTV on the corner of Lancaster Road and Church Street
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Talking cameras could be introduced in Preston city centre as part of a £100,000 crime-cutting scheme.

The cash is set to be invested into CCTV and other crime prevention and detection measures, including wireless cameras powered by radio transmitters.

The next stage of the project includes plans to extend the current CCTV system to areas including Winckley Square.

And other technologies could also include personal address speakers, allowing camera bosses to speak directly to potential troublemakers.

The scheme, led by Preston’s Business Improvement District, follows an £85,000 upgrade to CCTV, completed earlier this year.

BID chairman John Boydell said: “Our scheme will see revolutionary new technologies embraced to ensure Preston continues to be at the forefront of public safety and with the minimal amount of disruption.

“This also means that, due to the cameras being operated via a radio frequency, we can bring in temporary cameras if we needed, for instance when there is a major event taking place, which can be installed and removed with ease.”

Police have welcomed the news of the investment, while prosecutors have explained the major role CCTV has played in solving crimes across the city.

Derek Artis, acting head of Crown Court operations for Lancashire and Cumbria, said CCTV had been important in securing convictions following the murder of Preston teenager Jon-Jo Highton last year.

He said: “The evidence gathered during the police investigation included CCTV which showed the movements of the vehicles immediately before and after the murder.

“The CCTV, alongside telephone evidence, played a key part in piecing together the sequence of events which led to the conviction and subsequent sentences of the defendants.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are committed to making sure the public are kept safe when they are out and about in Preston city centre and CCTV cameras play a significant part in our approach to keeping people safe.

“The latest investment into CCTV and other crime prevention measures can only be a positive thing for Preston and will greatly assist our frontline officers while also helping to make people feel safe.”

The project is in partnership with police and Preston Council. Town centre Coun Drew Gale said: “It’s wonderful news. CCTV is an essential tool in the fight against crime, which Preston takes very seriously.”