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Prince's villagers in CCTV plan
Poundbury
There have been "spasmodic" incidents of anti-social behaviour
Residents of the Prince of Wales' "model village" are planning to install CCTV cameras in part of the town to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

Villagers in Poundbury, on the edge of Dorchester, Dorset, are considering putting up a 5,000 camera system.

Roger Reagan, of the Village Hall Trust, said there had been "spasmodic" incidents of anti-social behaviour.

He said the cameras also complimented plans to develop the square area as a safe "social focus" of the village.

Community leaders also want to stop a potential shift of crime from the centre of Dorchester when the town's own new CCTV system goes ahead.

Like so many places where cameras are being installed it's preventative, nothing untoward
Mike West

A spokesman for the Duchy of Cornwall, which runs the land, said the estate would back the plan.

Mr Reagan said the project, which would cover the shopping area by Brownsword Hall and in Pummery Square, was "still very much at an investigative stage".

"There have been spasmodic incidents of anti-social behaviour - as you get anywhere - and, in looking at CCTV, our aims were to stop such behaviour and identify offenders to police.

"There has been one or two break-ins over the years, one in the last six months."

He said initial reactions by residents towards the scheme seemed positive and the trust, which was fundraising to pay for the cameras, had the support of police.

'Nothing untoward'

Mike West, chair of the Poundbury Residents' Association, said: "We have been talking about it for some time, about where to put them and how to fund them.

"Like so many places where cameras are being installed it's preventative, nothing untoward.

"They are planned for the town centre and quite a lot of things go on there."

Simon Conibear, development manager for the Duchy of Cornwall, said: "We don't have a problem with it, if that's what [the villagers] want."

Poundbury was conceived by Prince Charles to inspire town planning and design after he derided contemporary architecture.




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