New CCTV surveillance camera system to be deployed at Derbyshire park

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A new CCTV surveillance camera system is set to be deployed at a Derbyshire car park in order to prevent drug dealing on site, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

The single camera will be put in place on a tall stalk in Spider Park, on the Hurst Farm estate in Matlock, in an effort to stop further crimes taking place. The site sits next to Castle View Primary School and Nursery and the Matlock Sure Start Children’s Centre.

Marie Schmidt, the council’s estate regeneration manager, wrote: “Local drug dealers are known to use the park to deal drugs.

“Teenagers and adults meet at the park at night and there are also reports of older children bullying younger children.

“This anti-social behaviour and criminal use is causing local residents to be fearful of using the park and it is stopping parents from allowing the children from using the park to play.

“We believe the CCTV camera will act as a deterrent to the anti-social behaviour and would provide evidence if an incident took place.

“There is strong support for this proposal from the local community group on the estate called Friends of Hurst Farm.

“The aim is to create a community park that is a safe space that can be enjoyed safely by all, especially the children.”


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