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CCTV is installed at site of play park death

By Natasha Swift 14th June 2017

CCTV is installed at site of play park death
NEW CCTV: At Truro Road park

CCTV has been installed at a St Austell park where a man was found dead after  police said they need the equipment to help them tackle anti social behaviour.

In February sergeant Innes Dowlen spoke to St Austell Town Council about the possibility of putting CCTV in Truro Road Park.

He said it was one of the many tools the police needed to keep St Austell safe, explaining: “I’ve been to many meetings lately and listened to a recurring theme where we need and must provide a safe town for our community.

“What I would like you to do is agree to the proposal and allow this to be part of my bag of tools and keep this town safe.

“In the west side of St Austell there is a need for more public reassurance. That park is really important to the community and CCTV will be a vital tool to help us keep it safe.”

The town council agreed to install two new cameras which were put up last week in partnership with Cornwall Council and Cosgarne.

One camera has been placed at Truro Road Park with the second at Priory Car Park.

David Pooley, town council clerk, said: “The two new cameras are located in the vicinity of Truro Road Park and Priory Car Park, both areas of which are subject to anti-social behaviour.

“It is hoped that they will be fully operational within a day or two and will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week from Newquay Police Station. 

“We are particularly concerned with the anti social behaviour at the Priory Car Park toilets and having CCTV cameras in this area will help the police track down those responsible in a very short period of time. 

“The town council takes anti-social behaviour very seriously and is committed to working with our partners to help keep St Austell residents safe and make it a pleasant town to visit.”

The town council has been responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of CCTV since 2012 when it entered into a partnership with Newquay Town Council.

Mr Pooley added: “The staff monitoring the cameras in Newquay know both towns extremely well, which enables them to recognise known offenders within each town and alert the police if there is any suspicious activity.

“The installation of these two cameras is supported by the police and means that almost the whole of the town centre is now covered by CCTV.”

Cameras in Priory Car Park have been positioned to look over the toilets due to a spate of anti social behaviour.

The toilets were left in such a mess recently that the cleaners refused to enter them.

It is hoped the CCTV will prevent future incidents.

By Natasha Swift 14th June 2017

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