The future of CCTV coverage across Breckland’s five market towns is unclear after the cameras were switched off today.

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But a Breckland Council spokesman said engineers were “working to find the best and quickest solution to get the system up and running”.

The 63-camera system, based in Thetford, used to be run by Advanced Monitoring Solutions (AMS), which went into administration.

It covered Watton, Swaffham, Dereham, Attleborough and Thetford.

A council spokesman said: “The parts of the system we use that had been provided by AMS were turned off by the administrator today. We had limited information as to what the system would do when these aspects were swtiched off. We have prepared for every eventuality.”

She added Breckland have received technical knowledge and expertise from West Norfolk Council, which already operates a similar CCTV system to the one at Thetford.

This is to ensure coverage across the district is maintained, but it is not yet known when the cameras would be switched back on, according to the spokesman.

She said: “We will continue to work with West Norfolk Council to identify best options going forward. Any interim solutions to keep the system in operation will be within existing budgets.”

The council said it became aware AMS was in trouble a month ago and it had signed a £3.5m 10-year contract in 2009 with the operator.

Lynda Turner, Breckland cabinet member, said: “As soon as we were made aware of the issues with our CCTV provider council officers were tasked with coming up with solutions to this issue. Had we not taken such rapid action the cameras would have been permanently switched off on July 31. As it is, downtime will be kept to an absolute minimum.”

6 comments

  • Makes this privatisation idea look pretty naff doesn't it? What with G4S and all. Keep finger crossed the police don't choose private services. Oh, they already are!

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    Richard Woods

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Why doesn't the edp announce it zsome more, what a come on. And let us know how manywere arrested andconvicted by this system before its been abandoned.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Rapid action hey ! then why is the system now switched off? It takes a month to come up with a plan. You state that west norfolk have a similar system, thats simply not true, AMS used their own system for breckland which is nothing like the one used at west norfolk, Sounds like a complete smoke screen, who is keeping the streets safe NOW.

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    Mervyn

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Well that's clever isnt it !. Name the towns who have switched off their CCTV, but wont name the criminals. Yet another first for the EDP.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I agree with "V" better to say this after there is a solution!

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    Paul-Michael Ebbens

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Oh deary me - all this time Cllr Borrett has been sticking his nose in the affairs of West Norfolk saying that an incinerator will be great value for money and at the same time letting his own council whizz £3m up the wall on bankrupt CCTV whilst crawling on all fours to KLWNBC for help in sorting this mess out...... Double standards or what?

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    Fenscape

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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