String of vandalism prompts calls for CCTV system to be deployed in Hampshire village

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A string of acts of vandalism has led to calls for the deployment of a CCTV surveillance system in a Hampshire village, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

New Milton Town Council wants to install a CCTV solution at Barton Clifftop amid claims the area is underserved by security coverage.

Members of the finance and general purposes committee supported a recommendation to apply to New Forest District Council to add one there and include it in its current CCTV network.

Passing on Cllr Bob Murrow’s suggestion from a previous amenities committee meeting, fellow Barton ward councillor Alan O’Sullivan shared his concern at the amount of vandalism there.

“We had the new toilets completely graffitied, with red paint all over them which took ages to clean,” he said.

“There’s a shopfront that’s had to have four new locks fitted as it was being superglued all the time, and then the Christmas tree there was wrecked.”

Cllr O’Sullivan also cited previous beach hut vandalism, including 21 during one night in October last year. He suggested the camera should be positioned to capture footage of potential suspects heading towards the clifftop and down to the beach.

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