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Call for change on ‘horrendous’ Nottingham streets set to get CCTV cameras

People living on streets in Nottingham set to receive state-of-the-art surveillance cameras say ‘something needs to be done’ about the problems there.

Up to 11 streets around the city will benefit from the new CCTV cameras to try and combat anti-social behaviour. The cameras will be installed on existing lampposts.

For people living in these streets, the hope is that the cameras can help reduce the litany of problems they experience on their doorstep.

Chantelle Cosgrove lives on Thurman Street, in Radford, which is one of those set to receive a camera later this month.

She told Nottinghamshire Live: “I don’t think they’ll make much of a difference.

“I’ve lived here for the past three months and It’s horrendous, honestly – it’s the worst.

“It’s worst at night, it’s so loud. I’ve had people nearly knock my door down in the middle of the night. It’s awful around here for that.”

Another Thurman Street resident, who asked not to be named, said: “If you’ve seen the house that’s been boarded up, that should tell you all you need to know.

“I’ve never felt safe since moving here. Something does need to be done about it, so it sounds like this can be a start at least.

“You get people racing down here with their cars, I’ve seen drug dealing, fights – you name it and it’s probably happened.”

Meanwhile in nearby Collison Street, Radford, which is also going to receive a camera, resident Selina Bedum said: “I think it will be a good thing.

“You do get problems sometimes – but it’s not terrible. Loud noises at night are the main problem – I’ve lived here for the past 22 years.”

The proposed new fixed CCTV camera sites are as follows:

  • Douglas Road
  • Balfour Road
  • Baldwin Court & Health Centre
  • Wood Street into Moorgate Street
  • Forest Road West / Alfreton Road
  • Hardy Street
  • Peveril Street
  • Oldknow Street
  • Thurman Street
  • Cope Street
  • Collison Street

The cameras, which will cost almost £45k to install and are expected to be in place next month, are being funded by the City’s Safer Streets project and come in addition to the CCTV camera already installed at Bridlington Street Play Area through the scheme.

They will be monitored at Nottingham City Council’s existing CCTV control room in Radford, which has direct access to Nottinghamshire Police via radio link.

Safer Streets funding will also cover the £17,600 costs to maintain the cameras for the next five years.

Nottingham is set to receive the cameras after plans submitted to the Home Office by Police and Crime Commisioner Caroline Henry were approved.



PCC Caroline Henry talks to PCSO Amardeep Sandhu
PCC Caroline Henry talks to PCSO Amardeep Sandhu

Commissioner Henry said: “These cameras are great news for the city and will make it much harder for offenders to get away with their crimes.

“Local people have had enough of criminals bringing misery to their lives and deserve to feel safe and protected when going out their daily lives.

“Criminals should take note: if you continue to plague our city streets, you will be caught.”

Cllr Neghat Khan, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, safety and inclusion at Nottingham City Council, said: “Tackling crime in Nottingham is one of our top priorities.

“People should feel safe living or visiting the city, the additional CCTV will help protect more of our residents.

“The council and its partners take a hard approach to crime in the city and, working closely together, I know we can do more to tackle the issue, and this new CCTV is just one of the ways of doing just that.”

Chief Inspector Amy English, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Expanding the city’s CCTV network is great news for both us as officers and most importantly for residents.

“CCTV plays an important role in our work, particularly in our continued proactive work to prevent crime, as well as in our investigation of offences, and expanding this coverage in the city will only help us and make it harder for offenders to get away with their crimes.

“A number of the cameras are also mobile and residents can be assured that we will continue to listen to any information or concerns and put resources where we are being told they are needed.”

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