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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 January, 2005, 09:44 GMT
More school bus security planned
School transport (generic)
Three more cameras could be added by March
More CCTV cameras could be installed on school buses in Shropshire.

It follows a successful pilot scheme by the county council last September in which cameras were put on four buses serving secondary schools.

The four schools, in Wem, Much Wenlock, Oswestry and Pontesbury, reported a fall in complaints about unruly behaviour by 82%.

The plan to add three more cameras is due to be discussed at a council meeting next Wednesday.

If it gets the go-ahead, they will be installed by the end of March.

Thomas Adams School in Wem, William Brookes in Much Wenlock, Rhyn Park in Oswestry, and Mary Webb School & Science College in Pontesbury were chosen for the pilot scheme.

A county council spokesman said: "The high quality of the pictures has meant quick and clear identification of misbehaving pupils, and schools have quickly been able to deal with incidents.

"As a result, reports of misbehaviour and vandalism have all but been eliminated, and we have received nothing but praise for the initiative from the bus companies, schools and parents."

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