CCTV set for crime hit Goldthorpe centre

CCTV camera
CCTV camera

Funding has been secured to install CCTV cameras in a crime hit town centre.

Barnsley Council is understood to have released about £7000 to pay for three CCTV to be sited in Doncaster Road, Goldthorpe, following a series of vandalism attacks and raids on businesses.

Police teams hope the new measure will act as a deterrent and help to reduce criminal acts.

Allan Sneddon, tasking officer for Dearne Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The council has given us the funding to repair three cameras we already have, which had to be taken down because they were badly damaged and malfunctioning. It should take a few weeks to complete and then they will be put up along Doncaster Road if that is what the community wants. CCTV is an effective tool to use in catching criminals and for appealing for information later.”

Burglars hit three businesses in one night in April and broke into Butterfly Cafe, Jack Fulton’s food store and the King’s Fried Chicken takeaway. In each case, they made off with goods and cash, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Cafe owner Michael Bull, 51, was not available this week but has previously told how the problems got worse when the CCTV cameras were taken down for repairs about six months ago. He said: “It is costing me and other businesses a lot of money every time we get hit.”

A member of staff at the K P News shop, who did not want to be named, said: “A couple of years ago we were targeted twice by armed robbers.

“I think the CCTV will help to put an end to crimes like this.”

Nobody from Barnsley Council was available for comment at the time of going to press.