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Rutland parks Tod's Piece and Cutts Close will be given more CCTV cameras and lighting to help people feel safer

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Town centre parks will benefit from increased security measures to help people feel safer.

Cutts Close in Oakham and Tod’s Piece in Uppingham will each receive a slice of government money.

A £550,000 grant was secured by the county’s police and crime commissioner and will be spent on CCTV cameras, improved lighting and grounds maintenance.

Rupert Matthews
Rupert Matthews

Police and crime commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Rupert Matthews, said: “Women and girls have a right to feel safe everywhere - at home, online and in our public spaces.

“This funding will enable us to make immediate changes to improve personal safety and reduce the opportunity for crime and violence, while giving women greater confidence to walk without fear.

“We have listened very carefully to local women to understand where they feel most vulnerable and at risk. For this reason, this project will deliver extensive CCTV provision and additional lighting across our parks to increase visibility and address areas of seclusion.”

The cash comes from the Home Office’s safer street fund and w ill be spent on 18 parks across Leicestershire and Rutland.

It will pay for 31 CCTV cameras, lighting and maintenance work to cut back overgrown foliage.

Sergeant Paul Kear, of Rutland police, said: “The fact the commissioner has applied for this funding shows that his priorities match our priorities as officers.

“I welcome anything that improves the confidence of people in Rutland.

Cutts Close, Oakham
Cutts Close, Oakham

“There is a small minority of people who don’t use these spaces for the purpose which they are intended and these measures will help to prevent antisocial behaviour.”

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