Camera cut down outside Dungiven condemned

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A Sinn Fein councillor in Dungiven has condemned those responsible for cutting down an automatic number plate recognition camera that had been erected outside the town, writes Sheena Jackson.

The camera was put up approximately six weeks ago on top of a pole on the Glenshane Road, on the Maghera side of Dungiven. Police say they are aware the device was cut down on Friday evening.

Colr. McGlinchey said: “The camera was put there for a purpose - to help catch those carrying out crimes and to make the community a safer place. As far as I am concerned, no one should have anything to fear from the camera.”

Colr. McGlinchey said there had been several crimes in Dungiven recently, including shop thefts and burglaries, which had caused concern in the town.

“The public wasn’t consulted about the camera being put up, but myself and colleagues met with the PSNI to find out why it was there. We were satisfied with the reason it was erected.

“Nobody has come to me and complained about it being there,” said Colr. McGlinchey.

“I understand a dissident republican group called the North Derry Republican Group has claimed responsibility for cutting down the camera. If that is the case, I would encourage them to come and speak with me to hear the reason it was put up.”

Limavady Area Commander Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said police use a number of different technologies for a variety of policing purposes, primarily to help enforce the law, prevent crime and contribute to road safety.