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CCTV scheme for Belfast's Holyland area

Belfast's Holyland area
The CCTV scheme is planned for the Holyland area of Belfast

A pilot CCTV scheme is to be launched in Belfast's Holyland area on Thursday aimed at helping to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime.

The launch takes place less than a week before St Patrick's Day.

Last year extensive rioting on the holiday by hundreds of young people in the area resulted in several police officers being injured.

The 12 cameras are linked to Musgrave Street police station and 25 council wardens will also patrol the area.

The initiative has been funded by Belfast City Council, the Department for Regional Development and the Police Service of Northern Ireland among others.

Alex Maskey, Sinn Fein MLA for the area said cameras "always have to some extent a limited effect".

"But at the end of the day there has been that much bother in this area the residents have been very strongly clamouring for some support and some assistance and unfortunately cameras have had to be put in.

"So let's hope that at least at this point in time they'll be a deterrent to bad behaviour," he said.

'Extra security'

Ray Farley, who represents Holyland residents, said they would provide an extra sense of security.

"Plus as well when people are away for the day the cameras will be able to keep an eye on their houses to make sure passing burglars for instance don't break in," he said.

"Certainly we would welcome them because they will be able to pick up any anti-social behaviour and hopefully the images - which are meant to be good quality - the PSNI are whoever else will be able to follow them up and ensure that the perpetrator is dealt with."

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