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CCTV installed in red light area

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Kerb crawlers can expect to receive a letter from the police

Kerb crawlers in a Berkshire town could receive a warning letter from the police after CCTV was installed in a red light area.

A camera has been installed in the Chalvey area of Slough to help tackle prostitution and kerb crawling.

The equipment in Ledgers Road will help police identify drivers and is hoped it will act as a deterrent.

The camera will monitor a section of the road between the junctions with the A4 Bath Road and Montem Lane.

The decision to install the camera was taken by Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley Police following complaints by residents.

Gather intelligence

Insp Ken Paterson of Thames Valley Police said: "The new CCTV camera will be a great help in the fight against street prostitution in Chalvey, in particular by allowing us to take the registration numbers of kerb crawlers.

"We are then able to send warning letters to the registered owners of the vehicles.

"We hope the camera will act as a deterrent, both to the kerb crawlers and to the prostitutes themselves.

"It will help us to gather intelligence and provide evidence against offenders."

Council CCTV manager Peter Webster said: "It's our job to create a safer community, make Slough safer and help people feel safe.

"Local residents said there was a problem, so we hope this new camera will act as a deterrent.

"We have also installed another camera on Shaggy Calf Lane which will help us to put an end to anti-social behaviour in the area."

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