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Councillors claim CCTV cuts are not an option

Councillors claim CCTV cuts are not an option

Senior Conservative councillors in Carlisle have voiced their concern that CCTV could be switched off in the city and vowed to fight the plans.

Their comments will escalate a row that has already seen their Labour counterparts blamed the plans to reduce its CCTV budget on government cutbacks.

Brampton councillor and former city council leader Mike Mitchelson said that he feared the proposal to decrease camera numbers could be fatal for the Carlisle Pubwatch and Shopwatch schemes.

"We would want to save the CCTV system. It's the people of Carlisle who benefit most because they make our streets safer," he told the News & Star.

Group leader John Mallinson said that although the Conservative councillors were "acutely aware" of the upcoming budget cuts, reducing CCTV coverage is something they would not consider.

The plans have already been branded "disgusting" by one former senior detective who highlighted the vital role the cameras have played in several major police investigations.

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