Calls for review of CCTV network

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A Town Hall boss has said CCTV in Preston city centre needs to be reviewed.

Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for community, said the contract for supplying cameras was coming to an end and would need to be reviewed.

But he said this would only be done after the council had spoken with police and community groups.

Coun Boswell said proposals put forward by the council’s Liberal Democrat group to remove the manned monitoring of cameras at this week’s budget meeting was “totally unworkable”.

He said: “It is not a decision we can take with five minutes notice, it needs to be thought through.

“We need to speak with our partners and carry out a full review before we decide what we do.”

He said the cameras had proved successful at incidents including the rally held by the English Defence League (EDL) in the city.

Coun John Potter, finance spokesman for the Liberal Democrat group, said there was “no significant evidence” that manning the city’s CCTV cameras helped reduce crime.He said it would save £124,000 which could be put towards retaining a dozen PCSOs.