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Newark's most crime-hit areas revealed by Newark and Sherwood District Council's CCTV data

The most crime-hit areas in Newark are revealed, according to CCTV data.

A report reviewing the effectiveness of CCTV in Newark and Sherwood has revealed the most crime-hit areas in the district between April 2019 and March 2020.

Top of the list, with 1,215 recorded incidents, is the Castle ward area which accounts for 23% of the district's incidents.

Newark town centre
Newark town centre

Bridge ward (559) Beacon ward (469) Ollerton ward (348) and Devon ward (330) completed the top five most crime-hit areas.

Southwell ward ranked 11th on the list with 178 recorded incidents.

Matthew Finch, director of communities and environment at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: "There is a big difference in the numbers of incidents and viewings associated with each camera and this highlights the varied use of each camera.

"There are obvious reasons as to why the cameras in Newark town centre are the most highly ranked in terms of incidents and viewings.

"The population size, the night time economy and the general footfall in the town centre are all factors."

The report, which will go before councillors on Monday, outlined the net cost of the CCTV system to the council, which stands at £149,160.

It also revealed a breakdown of the types of incidents in Newark and Sherwood for 2019 and 2020.

Anti-social behaviour was again the most common incident recorded by the district council, making up 21.4% of the reports in 2020 (269, up 64 from 2019).

Mr Finch said: "There is potential to review the number of cameras we operate.

"As identified above there are some cameras that are very rarely used.

"Removing these from the network would demonstrate compliance with the code of practice, however, there is an equally strong argument that this review has indicted that the cameras, their location and use are in compliance with the code.

"It is proposed therefore that no cameras are removed from the CCTV network and that the capital replacement programme is now implemented.

"One area for future development is the potential to put in place additional performance measures to link CCTV activity with outcomes from police investigations.

"Currently there is no supporting data to show how effective CCTV is in bring perpetrators to justice.

"It is proposed therefore that work is undertaken with the police to identify how this performance measure can be implemented."

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