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Monday, 8 July, 2002, 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK
CCTV blamed for drug users' move
Drug addict
Council bosses question whether CCTV is to blame
Residents of a Wiltshire suburb are blaming newly installed CCTV cameras near their homes for an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour.

They say junkies have moved into Lennox Drive in Walcot, Swindon, to avoid cameras in nearby Sussex Square.

As a result, they say, drug addicts are breaking into garages and taking intravenous drugs on their doorsteps.

One resident, who spoke to Swindon MP Julia Drown about the problem, says the only solution is to demolish the garages.


As a resident and speaking to the others, the only solution is to demolish the garages

Karen Pailor

"They get high, they climb on the roofs and throw missiles into the gardens," said Karen Pailor.

"If you try to speak to them, they hurl abuse, it has become a real problem."

Mrs Pailor said the problem had worsened since the council had placed CCTV cameras at the front of the houses.

"That moved the problem to our back garden area," she said.

"Julia Drown...said she would get in touch with the council to see what could be done about it.

'Security fence'

"As a resident and speaking to the others, the only solution is to demolish the garages."

Larry Chapman, contracts manager at Swindon Council said: "We realise there are problems but whether or not these are related to the nearby CCTV is questionable.

"There were a group of garages in the area which were pulled down to build new housing, which leads me to believe this has led to the addicts moving.

"We are putting up a security fence between the garages and the homes within the next two weeks."


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