PLANS to rollout 80 extra CCTV cameras across Cumbria have been given the green light.

Peter McCall, the police and crime commissioner for the county, has signed off on funding for the second phase of adding cameras in local communities.

It is hoped the additional cameras will act as a deterrent to criminals, while also allowing greater CCTV coverage in a number of areas.

Mr McCall said: “Many local councils have asked for additional cameras which is why we are working in partnership with them to achieve this.

“Footage can be used when providing an image that can later be used in court as evidence to prove someone was in a certain place or that they committed an offence.

“It can also improve community safety and prevent crime. For example, deterring someone committing a crime like robbery if they know CCTV will record their actions.

“My decision to expand the existing infrastructure and host 80 cameras, will give communities confidence in knowing that, when needed, evidence from the cameras will be readily available and help us to keep Cumbria the second safest county in the country.

“I’ve identified funding which I intend to make available to assist local councils who choose to work with us to expand the current CCTV network in some of the towns without current CCTV provision.”

Assistant chief constable Andrew Slattery added: “The planned expansion of the county’s CCTV network is welcome news and will assist our efforts to keep people in Cumbria safe.

“The existing suite of cameras have been in operation since 2015 and have helped officers locate vulnerable missing people, as well as identify vehicles and individuals suspected to be involved in committing crime.

“CCTV footage provides officers with crucial evidence and provides key investigative opportunities.

“The move to increase the number of CCTV cameras in operation across the county is a positive step in improving the quality of life within our communities.

“The Constabulary are always looking at different ways in which technology can assist officers and staff keep people safe.”