Police camera in Dungiven replaced a third time

The ANPR camera in Dungiven has been replaced. INLV4915-488KDR

The ANPR camera in Dungiven has been replaced. INLV4915-488KDR

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Police have replaced a security camera costing tens of thousands of pounds in Dungiven for the third time.

The automatic number plate recognition camera, positioned just outside the town on the Glenshane side of Dungiven, was cut down in mid-January this year, and last November.

The camera has been replaced in recent days.

In November 2014, when the PSNI camera was cut down the first time, local Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey said it was understood a dissident group called the ‘North Derry Republican Group’ had claimed responsibilty.

Colr. McGlinchey said he hopes common sense will prevail this time.

“The camera is there to protect the community. It’s a vehicle registration camera and I am satisfied that’s why it’s there,” said Colr. McGlinchey, adding: “Nobody has come to me complaining about it, or said they have an issue with it. I just hope a wee bit of common sense prevails this time, and the camera is left alone.”

Police say they 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.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ in July, PSNI Superintendant John Magill said the ANPR camera is “an expensive piece of kit, costing tens of thousands of pounds, and is there for a very important reason” and it would be replaced.

“It’s for everyone benefit that it goes up,” said Mr Magill.