Cameras call after break-in

PUBLISHED: 16:37 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 17 June 2010

A BREAK-IN at a SPAR store has prompted Sidmouth's county councillor to renew his push for CCTV in the town.

A BREAK-IN at a SPAR store has prompted Sidmouth's county councillor to renew his push for CCTV in the town.Police arrested two men in the early hours of Saturday morning after thieves smashed a window at the rear of the shop in Temple Street and made off with crates of alcohol.Now, Stuart Hughes has said he will push for a CCTV camera to be installed near the shop as part of the Herald's WATCH campaign to install cameras throughout the town centre.Writing on his website, Mr Hughes said: "The early hours of Saturday morning saw SPAR broken into."I can't say too much about it at present, only that I believe and will be pushing for one of the first CCTV cameras to be situated in the nearby vicinity."Since the WATCH campaign was launched, more than £29,000 has been donated towards a CCTV system.A target of around £60-£80,000 has been discussed to install four to six cameras with a possibility of a further four in the future.SPAR manager Jim Thomson said: "I've been pushing for my camera system to be upgraded from nine to 12, so I can have the outside and rear covered, so any move to install a CCTV camera outside the shop would be very welcome."Councillor Hughes said: "Temple Street is one of the sites identified that certainly should have one of the CCTV cameras."It's so important there, because it's such a busy centre of activity."Mounting a camera near the SPAR is such a great location, it would enable it to look up and down Temple Street and it's a busy road."A police dog-handler was able to arrest two men in the Sidmouth area shortly after the burglary last weekend, after witnesses to the incident provided police with descriptions and directions of travel.Two men have been released on police bail.

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