Van­dal­ism spree sparks CCTV de­bate

Ayrshire Post - - Girvan News - Abi Smil­lie

Van­dal­ism sprees across the town has sparked con­cern and raised eye­brows about ques­tion­able CCTV.

On Septem­ber 9, the town awoke to a trail of de­struc­tion in Dal­rym­ple Street.

Five shop win­dows and a camper van were smashed as well as a flower con­tainer up- ended at Stumpy Tower.

A blaze around the same time de­stroyed the shel­ter at the Byne­hill Ceme­tery.

And last week we re­ported that hair and beauty salon Head Kandi be­came the lat­est vic­tim to van­dal­ism. Yobs dragged a traf­fic cone along Dal­rym­ple street and smashed the win­dow of the salon on Satur­day, Septem­ber 29.

Speak­ing at Gir­van’s com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ing about the Septem­ber 9 in­ci­dent, PC Sam Briggs said: “There was quite a lot hap­pen­ing that night. I think peo­ple jumped to the con­clu­sion that it was the same per­son but it wasn’t.

“There’s been CCTV re­viewed which didn’t help.

“The one clos­est wasn’t work­ing and the one fur­thest away was work­ing but gave a tiny white dot which was the sus­pect walk­ing away.”

One com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor asked: “Is there any­thing be­ing done to re­place the CCTV?”

PC Briggs replied: “The po­lice have re­ported it to the coun­cil.”

Cllr Peter Hen­der­son said: “Most of the CCTV was put in 25 years ago. We’re deal­ing with some­thing that is out of date. The con­sul­ta­tion has to be done un­der GDPR if peo­ple want cam­eras in place. The de­sign has gone ahead and plans are un­der way.”

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