Cockermouth Councillors Call for CCTV
Cockermouth town councillors are calling for CCTV following a series of crimes against local businesses.
15:59 16 January 2019
A number of businesses in the town of Cockermouth were targeted by criminals over the festive period, resulting in thousands of pounds of damage. Shops, such as Cockermouth Antiques and Lifestyle Repairs on Station Street and Allisons Chemist on Main Street were broken into.
Nat Mitchelle, Director of Alissons Chemist, which has been broke in twice in one week, said: "Repairs are going to cost over a thousand, there are also insurance issues.
"People are fed up up and nervous, waiting for the next incident.
"We would welcome CCTV although ideally we would like to see police."
Councillor Alan Smith told a town council meeting: "The damage and crime in the town is to an extent we have never seen before, people are sick of it.
"We have been to the inspector, the police crime commissioner - what next - the Secretary of State?"
The town council voted against installing CCTV about five years.
"The level of crime was just about non existent then but there has been an increase in crime and it's getting worse," said Councillor Smith.
"We need to be looking at CCTV, whether in partnership with the police or Chamber of Trade. If we don't start looking at options no one else will do it."