New Oxford mobile CCTV unit targets anti-social behaviour

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A new mobile CCTV unit has gone on patrol in Oxford for the first time.

The city council said the vehicle would be used by community wardens while they patrol local estates to help cut anti-social behaviour.

It added the new unit would not be used for any covert surveillance, but could be called out to trouble spots if people reported problems.

A network of 54 static cameras are currently in operation in Oxford - 43 in the city centre and 11 on city estates.

Last year more than 7,000 reports of anti-social behaviour were recorded in the Oxford City area, Thames Valley Police said.

This, they added, was 11% less than in 2009, but still higher than other areas of the county.

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