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Police asked to run Stoke CCTV

Police asked to run Stoke CCTV

CCTV systems are being viewed as too effective to be victims of council cutbacks in Stoke.

The Sentinel reports that Stoke-on-Trent City Council is trying to make savings of £70,000 and is cutting the number of monitoring staff employed to work with the 220-strong camera network used in the region.

Council officers said the local police force uses 1,000 pieces of evidence from the city's CCTV network every year and warned cuts may "increase the level of offending" and "damage to public property".

Plans to be discussed to save the CCTV systems include asking police community support officers to monitor the cameras when council cuts come into effect from April.

Despite the lack of funds available to the local authority, it is continuing with a £1 million project to upgrade the cameras from analogue to digital, while a further £4.4 million will be invested to create and run a new CCTV control room and data storage centre in the area.

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