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New CCTV cameras installed at Leysdown

Published Friday 30 July, 2021
Last updated on Friday 30 July, 2021

Swale Borough Council has installed new CCTV cameras in in Leysdown to cut down on crime and anti-social behaviour.

The set of four cameras cost £18,500 and have been jointly funded by the council, Leysdown Parish Council and Sheppey Area Committee.

Three cameras have been installed along the seafront between the junction of the promenade and Leysdown Road, and one along Leysdown Road.

Cllr Elliott Jayes, deputy cabinet member for community at the council, said:

“We’ve seen a rise in crime and anti-social behaviour in Leysdown in the past few years, especially during the summer months.

“Installing CCTV gives us the ability to immediately report any crime or anti-social behaviour to the police in real time, so they can respond more quickly, helping keep the community safer for everyone.

“We’re working with Leysdown Parish Council and Sheppey Area Committee to install the new CCTV cameras in Leysdown. We’ve each contributed just over £6,000 towards the new cameras to help us monitor and respond and to crime and anti-social behaviour in real time.

“The borough council will also cover the annual costs of maintenance, staff monitoring costs and fibre line rental.

“We’ve had good results with our CCTV in other parts of Sheppey - our CCTV operators alerted police when a young male waved a knife at a camera on Sheerness High Street. The operators gave live updates to attending patrols who found the male and arrested him for possession of a deadly weapon.

“CCTV operators also helped police arrest an offender who had committed arson to several vehicles by calling for back up when he jumped out of his car and attempted to fight the officers. Additional officers arrived quickly, and the offender was arrested.”

For more information about CCTV in Swale visit www.swale.gov.uk/community-safety-and-emergencies/cctv.