Chichester district CCTV cameras could face axe

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SECURITY cameras across the Chichester area could be switched off to save money.

The future of CCTV systems in Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Selsey, the Witterings and Bosham is in doubt as the local authority considers various options to save money.

These range from maintaining the current service – which will cost a total of £167,000 over this year – to having no coverage at all.

All 74 cameras and a CCTV control room are owned by Chichester District Council and it was agreed at a meeting to look into bringing in a commercial company to run the service.

The control room monitor incidents in response to radio messages from the police, shops and entertainment premises, in addition to incidents monitored by the Sussex police control room.