Security stepped up at schools

More than £440,000 will be spent on boosting security measures at 18 schools across Derbyshire.

The cash, from the government and the county council, will be used for fencing and gates, CCTV and shutters.

Council chiefs said the measures were to protect pupils and staff and guard buildings against vandalism.

Councillor Alan Charles said: "The money is being given to tackle the concerns of particular schools and... improving community safety."

He added: "This is part of our commitment to improving the safety of pupils, staff and visitors to schools during school time but also to protect school buildings against the risks of vandalism, theft and arson.

"All the measures will be designed to minimise the impact on the environment and help strike a balance between improving security and maintaining access to public buildings."

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Published: 2005/07/27 12:07:12 GMT