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CCTV cameras set up in Ardleigh Green to prevent anti-social behaviour

The cameras will be in place for 16 weeks (credit: Havering Council) 

New CCTV cameras have been placed in Ardleigh Green in an attempt to tackle acts of violence and anti-social behaviour in the area. 

Havering Council has set them up at the junction of Ardleigh Green Road and Squirrels Heath Lane following a serious incident at the local college and other nearby incidents.

The cameras will be in place for 16 weeks to prevent further acts of anti-social behaviour. They will also help identify anyone who might be involved in future incidents. 

CCTV in Ardleigh Green (credit: Havering Council)

The council decided to take the action following a virtual public meeting on the issue, which was attended by nearly 180 people. 

It was also attended by the MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell, the leader of Havering Council, Damian White, the police and representatives from the local college. 

A number of issues were discussed, including security in the area and the roles of the police and college. 

“We take all incidents of anti-social behaviour seriously and have been supporting the work being done by the college in numerous ways through our community safety team and children’s services who have met with the college principal, his deputy and a number of students,” said Cllr White. 

“We are confident that the action that has already been taken has seen the number of incidents reduce considerably, however, residents and business told us they would feel safer with CCTV in place.

“We have listened and installed high visibility temporary CCTV in the area.”

Havering College has also taken a number of steps to remedy the situation, such as increasing security, introducing extra transport and reminding pupils about social distancing. 

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