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CCTV cameras to be installed at Eureka Park

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

09/04/14 children's angry letters at tree vandals Children from St Edwards primary school who have written letters over the vandalism of trees in Eureka Parl....Eleanor Critchlow

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SECURITY cameras will now be installed in Eureka Park after vandalism was plaguing its ongoing refurbishment.

It follows on from letters sent to the Mail by children from St Edward’s Primary School, in Newhall Road, Swadlincote, angry after vandals uprooted young trees they had planted in the park.

Now, Chris Smith, Safer South Derbyshire Partnership manager, has revealed memo cams will be temporarily installed in various spots in the park to catch any vandals in the act.

He said: “We will have memo cams which we own anyway and are mainly used for wildlife crime. They are camouflaged and basically records onto a memory card and then we can access it.

“We actually had some vandalism on Wednesday night. We have just put some stone walls up and slabs edging and someone seems to have kicked that all off.

As work is being undertaken it seems people are drawn towards buildings or plants. It is very frustrating seeing the vandalism but it is all superficial fortunately and no serious damage has been caused.”

Signs warning park users of the cameras will be displayed at the park entrance.

It will follow on from lighting which was recently installed near Belmont Street after some users said it was too dark.

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