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CCTV cameras will deter lead thieves

Sand Grown Un Feature.
Evelyn Archer in Morecambe's Winter Gardens which she has worked tirelessly to save and restore.
Picture Garth Hamer

Sand Grown Un Feature. Evelyn Archer in Morecambe's Winter Gardens which she has worked tirelessly to save and restore. Picture Garth Hamer

CCTV cameras have been installed at Morecambe’s Winter Gardens in a bid to combat lead thieves.

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of lead has been stolen from the iconic building since 2011 and now, thanks to a donation of CCTV camera equipment worth £1800 from a local communications business, thieves will hopefully be deterred.

Tony Stanway, sales manager at Bay Camera and Communications Ltd, who donated the equipment, said: “We read in the paper what had happened at the Winter Gardens and wanted to help.

“If anything happens there will be 24 hour cover to capture anything on CCTV.

“This is a landmark building in Morecambe and what is happening is mindless.”

Evelyn Archer, chairman of the Friends of the Winter Gardens charity, said: “It will be abig deterrent.”

Morecambe’s Winter Gardens closed in 1977 but a campaign to protect the building and fully restore it has been ongoing for 28 years. In October 2011, £15,000 of lead was stolen from the building. In March this year, lead worth £2,000 was stolen.

 

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