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Spalding CCTV cameras secured 40 arrests in past nine months





Town centre CCTV cameras have played their part in 40 arrests in a nine-month period, data has revealed.

Coun Gary Taylor announced the latest available figures at Spalding Town Forum last Tuesday (January 30).

From April 2023 to January this year there have been a total of 40 arrests thanks to Spalding’s cameras, and a further 94 incidents.

CCTV manager Andrew Haw and South Holland District Council leader Nick Worth
CCTV manager Andrew Haw and South Holland District Council leader Nick Worth

In quarter one there were 17 arrests and 33 incidents, while quarter two showed 16 arrests and 30 incidents.

Third quarter stats revealed seven arrests and 31 incidents.

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“That’s some indication of how the system is being used regarding arrests and evidence gathered by CCTV,” Coun Taylor said.

Couns Ingrid Sheard and Gary Taylor at the CCTV monitoring suite in Boston
Couns Ingrid Sheard and Gary Taylor at the CCTV monitoring suite in Boston

Coun Ingrid Sheard, who recently visited the CCTV control room in Boston with Coun Taylor, asked whether he thought the £400,000 cameras offered value for money.

“I believe it is (value for money),” Coun Taylor added.

“The funds for this system was through this council (South Holland District Council), the Police Crime Commissioner and the Home Office.

CCTV in Spalding town centre
CCTV in Spalding town centre

“It’s an example of where we do apply for external funding pots where available, and that we have to be alert for when they are available.

“it also leads to crime prevention as well as reduction. Residents businesses and tourists feel safer with these cameras.”

Coun Taylor added that there ‘seems to be an appetite to stretch this across the district, which we are ambitious to do’.

Does Spalding town centre's CCTV operation need a review?
Does Spalding town centre's CCTV operation need a review?

The forum was informed that a vacancy at the CCTV control room has been filled and recruitment for volunteers is currently being advertised.

Coun Taylor added that SHDC could look into ways of highlighting the positive roles of its CCTV cameras, such as publicising results of court cases which have involved CCTV.

“We always need to publicise and give credit for these results,” he added.

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