CCTV patrols to monitor estates

Police are using the latest state-of-the-art technology in an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour on Teesside.

The CCTV equipment has been set up in a marked van deployed in Grangetown and South Bank, and film footage of youths causing problems has been captured.

The pictures are of a very high quality and can be used as evidence in court.

Cleveland Police Inspector Mark Thornton said the vehicle appears to be acting as a deterrent.

'Great deterrent'

The van has been used in the Grangetown and South Bank areas for the past month and has already helped officers arrest people suspected of anti-social behaviour.

Mr Thornton said: "The CCTV equipment gives excellent picture quality, both during the day and at night, and also has the audio capacity to pick up people in close proximity.

"It is acting as a great deterrent and those youths who would cause anti-social behaviour and cause problems for residents are turning their back on the vehicle and packing up and going home.

"It has also picked up shots of youths riding off-road motorbikes, which is great because we would not get involved in a pursuit but the officers with a local knowledge can identify them and go back to them with regards to a prosecution later." Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2004/06/09 14:39:40 GMT