Talking CCTV cameras could help stop antisocial behaviour on Beverley estate


Police want to install talking CCTV cameras on a Beverley estate plagued by antisocial behaviour.

A temporary police hub was set up on the Swinemoor Estate earlier this year, after complaints about gangs of rowdy yobs intimidating residents.

Now, police want to introduce talking CCTV cameras, to enable officers to speak directly through cameras to anyone they can see causing a problem.

The cameras would cover an area outside the Samman Road shops, which has been a trouble hotspot on the estate.

Inspector Phil Hinch says the cameras, which would be monitored 22 hours a day, would help police nip any problems in the bud.

Insp Hinch outside the Samman Road shops, where police want talking CCTV cameras
Insp Hinch outside the Samman Road shops, where police want talking CCTV cameras
(Image: Jerome Ellerby)

He says: “When problems are seen developing they would be reported to officers which would give us more capability to deal with it before it escalates.

“We did really good work on the Swinemoor Estate at the beginning of the year trying to win the hearts and minds of the community, which I think we have achieved.

“I don’t want to leave it as a sticking plaster, we are embedded in the community and we will work with the community.

“We can’t be there 24/7 but we want to enhance the safety of the people there and make it a better environment.”

Sgt Andy Beadman, PCSO Ann Lindley and Insp Phil Hinch at a temporary command hub on the estate earlier this year
Sgt Andy Beadman, PCSO Ann Lindley and Insp Phil Hinch at a temporary command hub on the estate earlier this year
(Image: Jerome Ellerby)

The cameras would be monitored at a control room in Bridlington, which would alert officers in the Beverley area about any problems.

Insp Hinch says: “If we see something developing we can speak to those individuals via the CCTV to stop it escalating.

“We can say we are recording what is happening and we are en route.

“It’s a crime deterrent and it makes older people going to the shops feel safe.”

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CCTV cameras have been used at other trouble spots, such as Hessle’s King George V Playing Fields.

Insp Hinch attended the town council’s meeting on Monday to put the case for funding for talking cameras.

Councillor David Elvidge, who was at the meeting, said afterwards: “East Riding Council has already come forward with funding.

Councillor David Elvidge, who is a member of East Riding and Beverley councils
Councillor David Elvidge, who is a member of East Riding and Beverley councils

“Beverley Town Council is looking at getting costings together for consideration at the next meeting.

“One of the issues on the Swinemoor Estate is youths gathering around the shops.

“It’s not always an issue but if it is an issue, it’s reassuring to know it is being monitored.”

Insp Hinch spoke on the issue at Beverley Town Council's meeting this week
Insp Hinch spoke on the issue at Beverley Town Council’s meeting this week

Police are also asking traders to help fund additional cameras in the town, after an increase in break-ins at commercial premises.

Businesses are being urged to tighten up on security to avoid being targeted and to alert police if anyone is seen acting in a suspicious manner.

Insp Hinch says changes to shift patterns will mean more officers will be available.

Humberside Police are also recruiting which should also mean additional officers for Beverley, he says.

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