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CCTV cameras to be placed in Barton and Tredworth to catch troublemakers in action

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

Yasimin Ahmidmia, Ahhsim Ramjan, Hasain Patel and Saj Patel

Yasimin Ahmidmia, Ahhsim Ramjan, Hasain Patel and Saj Patel

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CCTV cameras will be placed around Barton to tackle fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour.

They will be placed at a number of hotspots in the coming weeks to catch troublemakers in action.

Ward councillor Saj Patel hopes the cameras will work as a deterrent.

He said: “I have managed to negotiate the use of CCTV cameras from the police, which the council will use at a number of fly-tipping hotspots and other areas that attract anti-social issues in Barton and other parts of the city too.

“The purpose of the cameras will not only act as a deterrent, but also to gather evidence and where necessary, take robust action by prosecuting any offenders.

“I want to send out a clear message to those selfish and inconsiderate people responsible for fly-tipping that enough is enough, we will be watching them very closely and will not hesitate to prosecute them.

“The community asked me to do something about this, and that’s exactly what Gloucester City Council and I are doing. If the camera’s work we will look at purchasing our own.

“Most people are law abiding, but we want to catch the small amount of people who commit these crimes. We have found that a lot of rubbish dumped is household items rather than bulky items.

“Placing the cameras is not just about using it as a deterrent but about educating people too and encouraging people to recycle.

“We want to try the cameras out in places such as Podsmead and Westgate too.”

In the coming weeks, the camera will be placed at popular locations for fly tipping and anti-social spots including Barton Street and the alleyway at Blenheim Road in Tredworth.

Gloucester City Councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: “I have been fighting for cameras to be place for a while now but I was told it was too expensive.

“The cameras will tackle four main problems in Barton and Tredworth, including, anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping, prostitution and speeding. I think when people notice the cameras it will stop them. Barton and Tredworth is a constant eyesore and the cameras are a good thing for the area.”

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  • Kay_Powell  |  April 14 2014, 11:27PM

    The council insisted that it would be both unlawful and too expensive to place CCTV cameras in Organ's Alley to counter the supposed terrible crimes there (which required a gating order), and yet there are now to be CCTV cameras in similar locations in the Barton & Tredworth ward.

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  • citon  |  April 12 2014, 9:07AM

    Nothing of course Jemmy. It's a different world down there for sure.

  • JemmyWood  |  April 11 2014, 6:44PM

    So who will be reponsible for monitoring these cameras and what will be done with the images? So initially to catch local flytippers dumping their domestic rubbish, Now broadened to encompass antisocial behaviour.. Does anyone else see mission creep here..? Big Brother is alive and well in Barton. What will happen when they catch members of their local community in action flytipping, engaging with prostitutes and speeding?

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