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Gorleston: criminals now stars of CCTV

PUBLISHED: 09:07 06 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:06 03 July 2010

THERE'S a new meaning to the word crime-watch with crooks featuring on TV in Gorleston.

Retailer Hughes Electrical donated a TV set to screen footage from the CCTV cameras on the town's High Street.

THERE'S a new meaning to the word crime-watch with crooks featuring on TV in Gorleston.

Retailer Hughes Electrical donated a TV set to screen footage from the CCTV cameras on the town's High Street.

Images will be streamed onto flat screen 42 inch TV at the CCTV control centre, which is manned by a dedicated team of volunteers.

PC Jason Howell spearheaded the introduction of CCTV to the High Street with colleague PC Pat Bailey.

Crime has plummeted along the busy thoroughfare since the cameras were switched on at the end of 2007.

“The CCTV is going really well and now the images will be much easier to see, which means there is more chance of picking up things,” said PC Howell.

“I mentioned to the store how useful this would be and I am very grateful they have come up with the goods.”

The TV will also be used to show pictures from the Magdalen Way CCTV cameras that are being installed later this month.

Hughes Electrical branch manager Peter Gowan said: “We are very pleased to help make the CCTV system more effective.

“It has made a real difference to crime rates and helped bring retailers on the street together.”

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