NEW security cameras have been installed at a Blyth youth club in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Vince Coils, county councillor for Blyth’s Croft ward, has come up with almost £3,000 to have Silx Teen Bar kitted out with new closed-circuit television cameras.
Coun Coils used £2,736 from his members’ small schemes fund to pay for five extra cameras, two outside and three inside, to add to the five already there.
The cameras are intended to help keep youngsters using the bar safe and to deter vandals from targeting it or nearby shops.
The installation of the cameras follows a spate of vandal attacks on bins in the alley behind the club.
Coun Coils said: “I had no hesitation whatsoever in getting the Silx Teen Bar a revamped system for its security cameras, to be put inside and outside, for the security of the kids who come and use these facilities, which are excellent.
“I had no problem about allowing them external cameras for coverage of the outside areas.
“They are covering an extensive area of this town, including back lanes where they have had a number of bins set on fire in recent weeks, and a lot of the street areas, where we can pick up the crime indications that are going to be coming off.”
Jackie Long, manager of the Church Street bar, said she was delighted about having the new cameras installed.
“I think it will be a really good benefit for the whole of Blyth,” she said.
“It will benefit us because we really do need CCTV in the building to keep an eye on the young people inside and outside.
“I think it is also going to help the shopkeepers a lot.
“It is really good that the council has given us the funding to do this.”