Camera overhaul urged

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Talks are taking place about upgrading CCTV cameras in Amble, following a brutal attack on a teenage girl.

Last month, the Gazette reported that 17-year-old Esther Carr, from the town, was punched in the face by a man.

After the assault, it emerged that a county-council-owned camera on Church Street – where the incident took place – was experiencing techincal problems.

At Thursday’s meeting, Coun Jane Dargue said that the town council had brought the issue up with LMAPs (the Local Multi-Agency Problem Solving partnership), which is looking at ‘refurbishing’ cameras throughout the county.

She added: “It is a very long phase, but we have mentioned the point for Amble.”

Mayor Craig Weir said the town council was in close discussion with LMAPs about the issue, while Coun Helen Lewis added: “We want the enhanced quality, but I wouldn’t have thought we would be high in the priority list because of our low crime rate, but we want it to go ahead.”