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Pubs ordered to use surveillance cameras on customers or face closure

Pubs ordered 'operate CCTV or face closure'

Landlords are being warned to ensure their CCTV is working – or face closure. | Dec 7, 2009

By Emma Broom

Police have shut two popular Preston bars in the past few weeks after they were found to have inadequate security camera coverage.

The Skeffington Arms in Ribbleton Lane has been shut down for a week because police found "minimal" cameras surveying the premises. Police closed it during a routine inspection last Tuesday afternoon because the pub was in breach of its licensing conditions.

PC Julie Stewart from the licensing department at Preston Police was due to visit the pub yesterday and said she would re-open it if CCTV was working.

She said: "It's for public safety and their own safety to detect crime. The pub had minimal CCTV – it wasn't recording. If an incident had happened and we needed to get evidence and locate an offender, we couldn't have from there. Even the staff aren't safe in those conditions."

Nobody from the pub was available for comment.

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