Council scraps CCTV

North Norfolk District Council has voted to get rid of its CCTV cameras in a bid to save around £200,000 a year.

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Norfolk council scraps CCTV to save money

CCTV camera Credit: PA Wire

A council in Norfolk has voted to get rid of their CCTV cameras to save thousands of pounds a year.

Cabinet members at North Norfolk District Council say they will scrap the cameras, but agreed to let affected towns run and fund the service themselves.

The town councils now have 6 weeks to come up with a proposal to run the system independently should they wish to keep the service.

Cameras are installed in Cromer, Fakenham, North Walsham, Sheringham and Wells.

North Norfolk council is looking to withdraw the cameras by March 2014.

North Norfolk Council to decide on CCTV

Council could turn off North Norfolk's cameras. Credit: ITV Anglia

North Norfolk Council will decide if they'll get rid of their CCTV in a bid to save thousands of pounds.

They currently operate 46 cameras across towns in the county including Cromer, Fakenham and Sheringham. The council say turning the cameras off, could save them around £230,000.

In the council's 24/7 newsletter for 2011/2012, it detailed more than 20 incidents in which the cameras had helped detect criminal behaviour.

The police say they're aware of North Norfolk's review and will talk to the council about their proposals.

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Councillors to decide CCTV future

It's one of the safest areas in the country but there are fears crime rates in North Norfolk will rise if proposals to do away with CCTV cameras are upheld.

Councillors will decide next week whether to turn off their local cameras to save more than £200,000 from their budget.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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