Extra cops and CCTV for Blackburn

Extra cops and CCTV for Blackburn

Extra cops and CCTV for Blackburn

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

BLACKBURN town centre will get five new security cameras and two new police community support officers as part of a major anti-crime upgrade.

They will be paid for by traders as more than 100 CCTV devices in and around the main shopping area are put on the same network for the first time.

The money comes from the £1.5 million being raised by the Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) through a levy on town centre businesses voted through last November.

The scheme’s steering group promised reducing crime and improving security would be a key aim for the cash raised if the ballot for the BID was successful.

Last night its chairman Mark Smith announced that in partnership with the Blackburn Businesses Against Crime Group and Lancashire Police, it would for installing five new CCTV cameras and relocating another.

It will also pay for two new PCSOs to patrol the Business Improvement District, one in Townsmoor and one in the central shopping area near The Mall and the Cathedral.

For the first time, the 100 plus CCTV cameras in the town centre run by The Mall, Blackburn College, Blackburn with Darwen council and Capita will be linked into a central control network.

The new cameras will be on Feilden Street multi-storey car park, at Matalan on Lower Audley Street, on Mincing Lane, near Asda Townsmoor and the corner of B&Q on Russell Street.

The camera on Barton Street will be repositioned to cover the Lower Cockroft area.

Traders will be given access to digital technology to identify individuals known to the police.

Exchange Coffee’s Mr Smith said: “We promised we would use the money raised by bid to improve security and tackle crime in the town centre. This is delivering that promise.”

Blackburn with Darwen borough regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “I am pleased to see co-operation between BID, the council and Lancashire police delivering improvements to people and traders’ safety in the town centre to complement the ambitious regeneration plans around the Cathedral Quarter.”

More than 350 traders pay a one per cent business rate BID levy, raising £309,000 annually for five years.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:21pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Dave_P says...

"the 100 plus CCTV cameras"

does anyone else find this a little intrusive??

and no i don't have anything to hide except my privacy..
"the 100 plus CCTV cameras" does anyone else find this a little intrusive?? and no i don't have anything to hide except my privacy.. Dave_P
  • Score: 3

7:13pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Lurid67 says...

Dave_P wrote:
"the 100 plus CCTV cameras"

does anyone else find this a little intrusive??

and no i don't have anything to hide except my privacy..
A little bit intrusive especially when the statistics they continually roll out telling us crime is at record lows...... mmmm I must be missing something.

It seems the no 1 best seller in the book charts should be 'how to lie with statistics'
[quote][p][bold]Dave_P[/bold] wrote: "the 100 plus CCTV cameras" does anyone else find this a little intrusive?? and no i don't have anything to hide except my privacy..[/p][/quote]A little bit intrusive especially when the statistics they continually roll out telling us crime is at record lows...... mmmm I must be missing something. It seems the no 1 best seller in the book charts should be 'how to lie with statistics' Lurid67
  • Score: 6

7:15pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Bluelizzy says...

MMmmmm.... thought that was what business rates paid for.

Still... perhaps these might be high res cameras with usable images instead of the Council tat we are used to squinting and shaking our heads at.
MMmmmm.... thought that was what business rates paid for. Still... perhaps these might be high res cameras with usable images instead of the Council tat we are used to squinting and shaking our heads at. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 7

7:48pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Dave_P wrote:
"the 100 plus CCTV cameras"

does anyone else find this a little intrusive??

and no i don't have anything to hide except my privacy..
Those who give away their privacy for security end up with neither.
[quote][p][bold]Dave_P[/bold] wrote: "the 100 plus CCTV cameras" does anyone else find this a little intrusive?? and no i don't have anything to hide except my privacy..[/p][/quote]Those who give away their privacy for security end up with neither. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 5

11:49pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Dave_P wrote:
"the 100 plus CCTV cameras"

does anyone else find this a little intrusive??

and no i don't have anything to hide except my privacy..
Dave I am one of them people who don't care about 1 or a 1000 cameras being installed because I also have nothing to hide, but if this saves a life or captures a rapist or a murderer then I can put up with big brother watching me doing nowt.
[quote][p][bold]Dave_P[/bold] wrote: "the 100 plus CCTV cameras" does anyone else find this a little intrusive?? and no i don't have anything to hide except my privacy..[/p][/quote]Dave I am one of them people who don't care about 1 or a 1000 cameras being installed because I also have nothing to hide, but if this saves a life or captures a rapist or a murderer then I can put up with big brother watching me doing nowt. Old age pensioner
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree