CCTV Heading to Kempsey
Proposals to install a CCTV camera at Plovers Rise playing field have been approved.
10:44 16 March 2021
Kempsey Parish Council has approved proposals to install a CCTV camera at Plovers Rise playing field next to Kempsey Youth Centre following a string of anti-social behaviour incidents.
At the council meeting, councillor heard about the details of vandalism at the youth club that left a pane of laminated glass damaged.
At the beginning of the year, there was also report of damage to a protection covering on a life-saving defibrillator and smashing up a make-shift skate ramp created by a doting father for his kid.
Cllr Martin Allen, a parish councillor for Kempsey, said: “Following the damage to the Defibrillator and the many reports of vandalism I am extremely pleased to see that Kempsey Parish Council have taken up my call to have CCTV installed.
"My preferred options would have been for fencing to be erected at the rear of the youth centre and anti-climb paint to have also been included along with the CCTV.
"As someone who has run a security company since 1995, I understand the need to have layers of protection and not just to rely on one thing.
I have persuaded the council to write to the Police and the Crime Commissioner asking for action and for the local inspector to come and give an explanation about what they intend to do to combat this problem.
"Recently in Kempsey there have been over 15 reported of anti-social behaviour and like so many I am beginning to wonder what the police are going to finally do about this."