Trader’s anger at ‘blind’ CCTV

Hairdresser Alishea Wilson with the remains of her shop sign after vandals attacked the salon on Lord Street in Fleetwood. '11-4-2011
Hairdresser Alishea Wilson with the remains of her shop sign after vandals attacked the salon on Lord Street in Fleetwood. '11-4-2011

A FLEETWOOD trader has questioned the effectiveness of the town centre’s £125,000 CCTV system after the nearest camera to her shop appeared to miss a vandal attack there.

But hair salon owner Alishea Wilson, whose Lord Street shop front was damaged by vandals, says her faith in the system has been dented.

She said the police told her the camera on the corner of Poulton Street and Lord Street had not picked up the incident, in which her shop sign was snapped off.

Miss Wilson, 31, said: “I thought that at least the incident would have been captured on camera, because the CCTV is just across the road and supposed to 24-hour.

“When the police got back to me a week’s after I reported the incident, I was really disappointed to be told that the camera had somehow missed it.

“The damage could cost £200 to put right. What if it had been a violent incident?”

But a police spokesperson said; “The cameras in the area are in full working order and in accordance with the law are set so that they constantly rove the area, so it is unfortunate that in this instance, no images have been captured.

“We would like to reassure people that Fleetwood has an excellent network of CCTV and it as an essential part of maintaining safer communities.”

The state-of the art CCTV, manned by volunteers, was brought in to replace the previous system which could only record incidents on the street, which could be played back later.

The current ones can be monitored to allow incidents to be captured as they are happening, giving police much quicker time to respond.