Cameras don't work that well'

PUBLISHED: 14:37 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 12:25 04 May 2010

RECENTLY in your esteemed newspaper, a story was published regarding an award given to the personnel who operate the CCTV system in the Soham and Ely areas. I am somewhat confused as it is my understanding that in the last few months there have been, unde

RECENTLY in your esteemed newspaper, a story was published regarding an award given to the personnel who operate the CCTV system in the Soham and Ely areas.

I am somewhat confused as it is my understanding that in the last few months there have been, under full view of all the CCTV cameras in High Street and Churchgate Street, several incidents. Strange daylight sights that would merit looking at and would certainly alert a camera operative as being slightly out of the ordinary.

The reality is, victims have been given many excuses, including the cameras not working, pointing the other way, or the operatives cannot see clearly.

I am a frequent observer to local youths jumping on and off a bus shelter most weekends under clear view of two cameras, one of which is five metres away from the shelter for long periods of time.

There has been fighting in the middle of the street, and people who are clearly the worst for drink, dancing and dodging cars in the middle of the road.

There has been no intervention by the local police force, so clearly the system is failing and cannot cope.

I know many residents who look at Soham's CCTV as less than effective. Perhaps someone can enlighten me on the effectiveness of the system as my own personal experience of Soham's and Ely's CCTV is far from satisfactory.

DAVID DAWKINS

Churchgate Street

Soham

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