Retro News 1994: Crime-fighting aid officially launched

Falkirk’s ‘‘eye in the sky’’ crime-fighting cameras were officially launched on Monday.

Falkirk footballers Richard Cadette and Tony Parks were on hand to help publicise the £310,000 system by passing out leaflets explaining its aims.

A total of 21 cameras have been set up to cover car parks and shopping areas.

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They are monitored from a control room in Falkirk Police Station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by an eight-strong team. Money for the project came from Central Scotland Police, Central Regional Council, Falkirk District Council and Forth Valley Enterprise.

Superintendent Jim Forbes said: ‘‘They have already helped us make arrests.’’

Chief Constable Willie Wilson is pictured at the CCTV camera launch.

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