NUMEROUS incidents of vandalism on a town hall in East Staffordshire has prompted action from the town council. Three incidents in May have prompted Uttoxeter Town Council, who are situated at Uttoxeter Town Hall in the High Street, to up their security of the building following the damage. Graffiti was found on the town hall in May, and then on May 25 a young person gained access to the balcony of the building after climbing up the front of the building, having to be rescued by firefighters, with police also in attendance at the incident.
A spokesperson for the fire service said: “We were called at 8.13pm (on May 25) and a crew from Uttoxeter attended alongside the aerial platform from Longton.
“We used the Aerial Ladder Platform to retrieve one male from height at the Town Hall.
“We left the scene at 9.21pm.”
On May 30, further vandalism was found on the outside of the town hall.
In an update to town councillors, Uttoxeter Town Clerk Tina Jeffrey said: “Police had viewed the CCTV footage but were unable to get clear footage of those involved on this occasion.”
In response, councillors have now agreed to seek quotations for the possibility of installing a fourth CCTV camera on the premises, which is set to be located under the portico.
Mrs Jeffrey told the Times & Echo this week: “We are hopeful that a fourth CCTV camera will be installed.
“We have been working very closely with the police.
“We have police partnership meetings at the town hall regularly.”
The council are also set to liaise with the Young Offending Team on the matter.
Staffordshire Police recently released a report to the Uttoxeter Town Council which stated that crime in Uttoxeter town centre had decreased 15.5 per cent over the last 12 months.
The report also stated that the number of criminal damage offences, excluding arson, fell from 112 to 72 – a decline of 35.7 per cent.
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