New CCTV cameras in town park to tackle vandalism and drugs

New CCTV cameras will soon be monitoring Queen’s Park in Hinckley as part of a GBP108,000 investment to tackle crime and improve security in the town. A pole has now been put up where the new devices will be fixed, near the Queen’s Road end of the park, with the cameras to be put up “in coming weeks”, the borough council said. Eight new cameras are being installed thanks to funding from the Safer Streets Fund, with all the devices to be installed by March 2022.

READ MORE: Click here for the latest crime news Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council previously posted a picture of the initial ground works on Facebook, with several people commenting to say they welcomed the new cameras. One resident said: “Good to hear.

Hopefully the youngsters who snapped branches off young trees will think twice now.” Another was also pleased to hear about the new security kit being installed. She said: “Great news at last.

Perhaps some peeps might start to use the litter bins. And the vandalism and drug using will stop.” The GBP108,000 investment is part of GBP432,000 pot secured from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund, to be spent across Leicestershire, to reduce crime.

The funding for Hinckley will include over GBP60,000 towards the CCTV cameras, while the remainder will be spent on free security upgrades for almost 300 households and for more radios for town centre security staff. Funds will also be spent on removing graffiti. Bell Entry, off Castle Street, recently had a fresh coat of paint, after one of its walls was plastered with graffiti tags during the coronavirus lockdowns.

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The council has not confirmed if the Safer Streets funding paid for the works.

Cameras were installed earlier this year in Hollycroft Park, after a spate of crime and anti-social behaviour in the area, with vandals trashing the bandstand in the park in June. The attackers smeared paint on newly painted walls and scrawled graffiti on the building’s doors, as well as damaging the downpipes, after the art deco style building just had a GBP6,500 refurbishment. Police were also called to the park in August after a fight broke out between a large group of young people.

The group dispersed after officers arrived, but another report of a fight in the area of Factory Road then came in 40 minutes later. Officers detained four youths, aged between 12 and 15, and said that they showed “a complete lack of consideration towards the general public and complete disregard for their own safety”. Police also attended a report of a large group of teenagers fighting in Clarendon Park, a few days later.

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