CCTV helps secure park's progress

Mobile video unit helps rangers tackle anti-social behaviour

A local authority has adopted mobile CCTV technology in a bid to safeguard a £4.4 million park restoration. Albert Park in Middlesbrough has been through big changes over the past three years and is being rediscovered by locals as a place to relax and enjoy their leisure time. Now Middlesbrough Council has equipped a park ranger’s van with CCTV to detect and deter anti-social behaviour. A fixed camera now faces through the vehicle’s windscreen while a second pivot- and-tilt model is mounted outside for directional filming. Park manager Stuart Johnston said: “We’ve spent the past few years restoring Albert Park so that it can be enjoyed by everyone. It’s a place for people to come and relax and the last thing they need is to have their visit spoiled by anti-social behaviour.” While there has been a drop in anti-social behaviour in the park since it was upgraded, officials hope the CCTV will help identify and prevent a small minority from spoiling things for other people. The camera will be used to identify low-level crimes such as littering, dog fouling, graffiti and vandalism, as well as any serious offences. Council officers have also gathered evidence of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and it is hoped that the park will become an alcohol-free zone later this year. # London parks are being targeted by paedophiles using mobile phones and digital cameras to take pictures of children, according to police and mayor Ken Livingstone. In a joint statement to the public, they have urged parents to be vigilant and added that several cases are soon to come to court following arrests last summer.

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