CCTV cameras call for seafrontt

PUBLISHED: 10:54 03 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

AN attraction owner is calling for CCTV cameras to be installed on Felixstowe seafront to try to combat thieving and hooliganism.

P7 lead

By Richard Cornwell

AN attraction owner is calling for CCTV cameras to be installed on Felixstowe seafront to try to combat thieving and hooliganism.

The problems in Sea Road have been highlighted following a row over a poster featuring foul language put up by one of the tenants of the kiosks at the Forum Food Court, owned by David Manning.

The poster – which was not put up by and did not belong to Mr Manning, as was suggested by a picture caption in The Evening Star – warned people not to steal from the kiosks' displays.

The sign, which said "If we catch you thieving we will cut your f***ing hands off", was put up by kiosk operator Sandra Gray, who intended it as "a joke".

But Mr Manning said there was a serious side to the problems suffered by the kiosks and many of the attractions on the seafront – and he called for more support from Suffolk Coastal council and the police to deal with the issues.

"I didn't condone the language of the poster and I had it taken down immediately," said Mr Manning.

"But I think it says something about the situation we have down here and how we need more effort to stop this hooliganism.

"It's only a small minority who cause us problems, just one or two – 99.9 per cent of our customers and people who use the seafront are excellent.

"If we had CCTV on the streets down here it would help enormously, both as a deterrent and to catch those who were causing the trouble, stealing from the kiosks and vandalising this part of Felixstowe.

"If we had more visible police or some support from the council, it might also help, but people are fed up with the current situation."

Mr Manning said his premises were not only regularly targeted by thieves stealing from the kiosks, but attacked by vandals.

Three times this summer the electrics box had been kicked off the wall, costing £50 to repair each time, and there had been many other incidents of damage.

Suffolk Coastal council, which is working with traders and other agencies to regenerate the seafront, has examined CCTV and recently tried to secure funding from the Home Office for a scheme but failed because the grant aid was oversubscribed. It is now waiting for a fresh grants package to be unveiled.

There are regular police patrols in the seafront area and the area also has a dedicated community beat officer.

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