Vandalism at Middlesbrough cemetery is stopped following the installation of CCTV (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Vandalism at Middlesbrough cemetery is stopped following the installation of CCTV
INCIDENTS of vandalism at a Teesside cemetery have stopped following the installation of security cameras.
In May, more than 20 gravestones were vandalised at a cost of £9,000 at Linthorpe Cemetery in Middlesbrough.
In September two war graves, one from the First World War, were also damaged and Middlesbrough Borough Council decided to install a covert mobile camera.
The idea is to move the camera around so criminals never know where it is.
A spokesman for the council explained that since the camera was activated two weeks ago there had been no further incidents of vandalism.
Other measures include an increase in police patrols, especially when the gates are closed at night.
The neighbourhood policing team that covers the Linthorpe area also confirmed that there had not been any reports of damage or anti-social behaviour in the area since the camera was installed.
PC Mickey Sander said: “There has been a multi-agency approach to tackle the issues within the cemetery and this has seen a reduction in the number of reports of damage.
“Police and partners will continue to monitor the area to prevent any further damage.”
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