Extra cameras cover city centre

Nine new cameras are being installed in Birmingham's city centre in a bid to cut down on alcohol-related crime.

The cameras will cover areas such as Broad Street, Paradise Circus, Digbeth High Street and St Chad's Circus.

Each camera also has a number plate recognition device which alerts officers if a vehicle is thought to be connected with a crime.

Supt Kevin Bullas of the city centre command unit said the cameras will help his team keep the streets safer.

"We now have access to more than 300 cameras around the city.

"On average, four arrests are made every day based on information and images they pick up."

The cameras are being funded by West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Centre Partnership and private businesses.

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Published: 2005/07/18 19:49:10 GMT