Upgraded CCTV cameras are set to be introduced at a Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park in a bid to crackdown on the ongoing issue of ’boy racers’.
Sedgemoor District Council has this week said that upgraded infra-red CCTV cameras are to be installed later this month amid continuing problems. with anti-social driving in the Pier Street and B&M car parks in recent weeks, as we recently featured here.
Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “A new CCTV system featuring high definition cameras with infrared capabilities, operated by Sedgemoor District Council, will shortly be in operation at the Pier Street car park.”
“This will assist the Police to identify and apprehend offenders.”
She added: “The new cameras will be installed within the next two weeks at an approximate cost of £2,500.”
Several local residents have proposed that security gates are installed to lock up the car park at night and halt the problems.
But the council says: “Pier Street car park is used legitimately by members of the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gates at the entrances are not a practical solution.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police added: “We’ve seen a small rise in anti-social behaviour around the B&M car park in Burnham recently.”
“We have increased patrols as a result as well as carrying out speed checks.”
“We’re keen to identify those responsible and are encouraging people to report any suspicious activity or information to us via 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
Pictured: Top, the Burnham seafront car park where the CCTV will be installed and, above, recent video of the problems