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Huntingdon First town manager Paul Sweeney (left), and CCTV Manager Neil Howard (right)

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) has collaborated with BID Huntingdon First and Huntingdonshire Business Against Crime (HBAC) to tackle anti-social behaviour in Huntingdon by installing a new deployable camera.

This collaboration signifies a collective initiative to enhance the overall safeguarding of Huntingdon, particularly of the Commemoration Hall and the surrounding murals. The implementation of deployable cameras, along with related endeavours, marks a progression in establishing a community space that is both safer and more secure.

The new camera is connected to the CCTV Shared Service Monitoring Centre. This shared service monitors cameras across Cambridgeshire, 24/7 from a central shared control room based in Huntingdon.

Executive Councillor for Leisure, Waste and Street Scene, Cllr Simone Taylor said: "The installation of the deployable camera is a crucial step in our ongoing efforts to address antisocial behaviour in Huntingdon. This collaborative project with BID Huntingdon First and HBAC demonstrates the power of community partnerships in tackling shared challenges.

"By leveraging technology and working together, we aim to create an environment where everyone feels safe and welcome. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to the well-being of our community and making Huntingdonshire an even better place to live and work."

Paul Sweeney, Huntingdon First Town manager said: "BID Huntingdon First is incredibly proud to have worked with HBAC and HDC in securing these brand-new additions to our town's connected CCTV network.

"These cameras provide a tremendous amount of support to both our residential and business communities. Making our town centre safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy. Particularly through Literary Walk which acts as a gateway for visitors from the bus station and also Hunts Shopmobility (Princes Street car park). Huge thanks to everyone involved."

The deployable camera is part of a comprehensive strategy to proactively address ASB concerns, ensuring that Huntingdon remains a vibrant and inviting place for residents and visitors alike.