New mobile cameras to combat drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour in Charford - The Bromsgrove Standard
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9th Aug, 2022

New mobile cameras to combat drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour in Charford

Ryan Smith 30th Apr, 2022

CHARFORD Watch has been granted £400 by Bromsgrove District Council to buy two cameras to collect evidence of anti-social behaviour on the estate.

These independently used cameras will be positioned at known hot spots following consultation with the police and Bromsgrove District Housing Trust.

They are able to be moved into other areas where anti-social behaviour may be taking place if local information deems it necessary.

Charford resident Kamil Kopko sourced and set up the cameras, and his boss at All 4 One supplied materials and gave permission for the construction of portable camera stands Charford Watch will use to position the cameras.

Worcestershire County Councillor Kyle Daisley has also assisted Charford Watch chair Patrick Proudfoot by supplying him with SmartWater to hand out to residents.

Smart Water is a liquid that gives people the chance to mark their valuables a unique forensic code – similar to DNA – which allows police to trace them back to the owner.

If the person who has taken or handled the goods also has the SmartWater on them then that evidence can also lead to criminal convictions.

Coun Daisley has also secured Charford Watch with additional funding from Worcestershire County Council for further projects.

Patrick Proudfoot said: “We want to instill a pride in where we live and have a determination to rid our area of the dangers of drug distribution and to try to find a way to instill this pride into our youth.”

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