Cambridgeshire college aims to deter ‘unwanted guests’ with thermal cameras after reports of trespassing

PUBLISHED: 10:48 04 August 2020 | UPDATED: 10:48 04 August 2020

King’s College Cambridge is planning to install two thermal cameras onto a structure overlooking the wall and gates believed to be used by intruders. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

King’s College Cambridge is planning to install two thermal cameras onto a structure overlooking the wall and gates believed to be used by intruders. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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King’s College Cambridge is seeking permission to install thermal cameras to deter “unwanted guests” in the Provost’s garden.

The Provost – who acts as the head of the college – is currently Michael Proctor, physicist and Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.

The Provost’s Lodge and garden is located off King’s Lane, adjacent to Webb’s Court, and is not visible from King’s Parade.

A planning application submitted to Cambridge City Council by the college says: “Our Provost has experienced unwanted guests in both his garden and driveway and access has been possible for intruders by climbing over the boundary wall and driveway gates.”

The college is proposing to install two thermal CCTV cameras onto part of a modern structure overlooking the wall and gates believed to be used by intruders.

“We feel this would be an effective deterrent to any would-be trespassers and is a far more sensitive intervention than alternative deterrent measures such as spikes,” says the application.


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