CCTV review begins after Colchester murders

CCTV review begins after Colchester murders

CCTV review begins after Colchester murders

First published in News

A REVIEW of out-of-town CCTV has been launched after the Gazette revealed cameras near where a student was murdered have been broken for years.

Colchester has a sophisticated network of CCTV in the town centre but large gaps in coverage across other parts of the borough. 

Two CCTV cameras close to the spot where Nahid Al-Manea was stabbed on Colchester’s Salary Brook Trail last month have been out of action for at least two-and-a-half years.

The cameras were bought by the now-defunct Colchester Crime and Disorder Partnership, which could not afford to repair them after flood damage.

Colchester town centre has more than 100 CCTV cameras monitored constantly, but cameras outside the network are hit and miss.

They are owned and operated by a number of private and public groups and produce images of varying quality.

It is not known how often they are monitored, or if they work.

Pamela Donnelly, chairman of the Safer Colchester Partnership, said: “We are undertaking a review into the operation of CCTV cameras installed when the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership was operating.

“The review will explore the effectiveness of these cameras and consider costs associated with any repairs and ongoing maintenance required for efficient operation.

“Once this review is complete, the results will be taken to the Safer Colchester Partnership, for the attention of the responsible authorities.”

Tim Young, Colchester councillor responsible for community safety, said its town centre network was one of the best in the country.

In the past year it has helped police arrest 374 suspects, as well as assisting in finding missing people and alerting ambulance staff to injured people.

The arrests have included a drunk driver who led police on a chase and drug dealers near Firstsite.

Mr Young said: “It is one of the best networks in the region, if not the country. It is vital for security and safety and makes a big difference on a daily basis.’’ The town centre system will not be rolled out further because the fibre optic network is restricted and the cost would be prohibitive.

A council spokesman said: “With a limit on the amount of funding available for CCTV, the network has been designed to focus on the area of greatest need for the service, that being the town centre.

Nahid Al-Manea, 31, of Woodrow Way, Colchester, was stabbed 16 times on the Salary Brook Trail.

She was found on Tuesday, June 17 at 10.39am.

Cameras in an underpass metres away were broken, so could not pick up people arriving at or
leaving the scene.

They had been broken for up to three years.

Detectives trying to find Nahid’s killer, and solve the murder of Jim Attfield, 33, of East Bay, Colchester, near Colchester’s Castle Park on March 29, have been hampered by fuzzy or missing images.

Some images of potential witnesses were picked up on the Middle Mill council camera on the night of Mr Attfield’s death, but seven people pictured have still not come forward.

He was stabbed more than 100 times.

Anyone with information about the murders call the incident room on 01245 282103. 

Alternatively Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the killer being caught and convicted. 

Any information given is anonymous. 

Call 0800 555111 if you can help. 

 

 

 

 

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10:29am Mon 4 Aug 14

gizabreak says...

When installed the camera system in Colchester was the elite of systems and cost a small fortune.....what was the point in spending all that money if it is not maintained . Disgrace..they bang on about saving here and there then contradict everything by again being lackadaisical .
When installed the camera system in Colchester was the elite of systems and cost a small fortune.....what was the point in spending all that money if it is not maintained . Disgrace..they bang on about saving here and there then contradict everything by again being lackadaisical . gizabreak
  • Score: 13

3:13pm Mon 4 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

Review = a game of pass the buck.
Review = a game of pass the buck. hughie-s
  • Score: 8

7:40pm Mon 4 Aug 14

JohnStang says...

This case will remain unsolved.
This case will remain unsolved. JohnStang
  • Score: 3

1:41am Tue 5 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Stop winging and take action by voting to shake the parasitic wanaby russells out of their self promoting world of expenses (of surprising amounts) - check out the Web site "councillors expenses and allowances " - wake up and do it! Even if it's just a post card to Russell asking him to justify the what he has cost us.
Stop winging and take action by voting to shake the parasitic wanaby russells out of their self promoting world of expenses (of surprising amounts) - check out the Web site "councillors expenses and allowances " - wake up and do it! Even if it's just a post card to Russell asking him to justify the what he has cost us. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 5

11:03am Tue 5 Aug 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
Stop winging and take action by voting to shake the parasitic wanaby russells out of their self promoting world of expenses (of surprising amounts) - check out the Web site "councillors expenses and allowances " - wake up and do it! Even if it's just a post card to Russell asking him to justify the what he has cost us.
AOL
Obviously you are right, times have changed and we become corrupted by wealth and the attainment of it.
30 years ago I ran a business and the money just became out of control at one point.
My whole ethos and attitude changed over a short period of time. My thinking became contrary to my own personal beliefs, you turn into some type of selfish caricature, of what is known as greedy mamon worshipers.
Then came the leveller when I became bankrupt and lost everything, that was when I returned to being myself.
Mind you the food, meals, clothing, cars, holidays and lifestyle is addictive.
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: Stop winging and take action by voting to shake the parasitic wanaby russells out of their self promoting world of expenses (of surprising amounts) - check out the Web site "councillors expenses and allowances " - wake up and do it! Even if it's just a post card to Russell asking him to justify the what he has cost us.[/p][/quote]AOL Obviously you are right, times have changed and we become corrupted by wealth and the attainment of it. 30 years ago I ran a business and the money just became out of control at one point. My whole ethos and attitude changed over a short period of time. My thinking became contrary to my own personal beliefs, you turn into some type of selfish caricature, of what is known as greedy mamon worshipers. Then came the leveller when I became bankrupt and lost everything, that was when I returned to being myself. Mind you the food, meals, clothing, cars, holidays and lifestyle is addictive. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 1

5:32pm Thu 7 Aug 14

blockpaver says...

We all want a better Public Service but we all want a reduction taxation, including Council Tax. Cant be done.

You do wonder,even more so, if the murderer was a person very local to the sites and chose them because they knew there were no cameras at the one, and those at other the didn’t work.
We all want a better Public Service but we all want a reduction taxation, including Council Tax. Cant be done. You do wonder,even more so, if the murderer was a person very local to the sites and chose them because they knew there were no cameras at the one, and those at other the didn’t work. blockpaver
  • Score: 0

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