Petition asks for the installation of CCTV at Marine Gardens in Carrickfergus

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Residents in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, have signed a petition to have a CCTV system installed at Marine Gardens, a local pirate-themed park, following an arson attack in the play area, a recent news report in the local media has been able to reveal.

The was widespread condemnation among the local community over the incident, which saw youths set fire to a trampoline. Vandalism and anti-social behaviour have been recurring problems at the outdoor venue, which re-opened in 2012 following a £1.3 million regeneration scheme.

In 2013, several wooden panels were broken and graffiti daubed on the replica galleon ship at the centre of the children’s play zone. Some £10,000 worth of damage was caused the following year after vandals smashed decorative lighting at the war memorial.

In response to the latest incident, an online petition set up by members of Progressive Unionist Party in Carrickfergus is calling for the installation of CCTV at the location in order to deter criminals.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said: “[We] work in close co-operation with the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour such as the arson attack at the Marine Gardens in Carrickfergus last weekend.

“The installation and running of a CCTV system for any part of the borough would have significant resource implications which would have to be approved by council on foot of a comprehensive business case being produced by officials.”

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