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King's Lynn CCTV set for expansion in plan to make Norfolk safer for women and girls

Lynn's CCTV network is set to be extended as part of plans intended to help reduce the threat of violence against women and girls across Norfolk.

More than £400,000 of Home Office funding has been secured for the programme, which will also see new schemes aimed at school children to support them in reporting inappropriate behaviours.

No timescales have been given for the work, though officials say it will mean more areas of Lynn are covered.

More CCTV cameras are set to be installed around Lynn in an effort to make the town safer for women and girls.
More CCTV cameras are set to be installed around Lynn in an effort to make the town safer for women and girls.

And Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie said: “It is absolutely vital that practical and specific measures are taken to tackle and prevent violence against women and girls.

“It is an issue that is, rightly, high on the agenda for all of us working in any form of local government as well as policing.

“I am determined to do everything I can to ensure women and girls in Norfolk can go about their lives safely and without fear.

“If we are to tackle these issues effectively, then we must take steps to prevent perpetrators and empower young people to challenge behaviour they know is wrong.”

More than £427,000 of funding has been allocated to the project from the latest round of the Home Office's Safer Streets programme.

The scheme will also include the development of a "bystander programme" by Norfolk County Council officials for school pupils, to help them recognise and respond to inappropriate actions.

Similar work will also be undertaken at the University of East Anglia.

John Fisher, the authority's cabinet member for children's services, said: “The issue of violence against women and girls is rightly under huge scrutiny at the moment.

“Women and girls need to be able to feel safe in society and prevention of violence starts with education in the home, as well as at school.

“We know that Norfolk’s schools and colleges want to do all their can to ensure the safety of all of their students and we will be providing this programme to enhance the good work that we know is already happening in many schools.”

The measures come amid the widespread public outrage that followed the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.

A Norfolk Police officer is currently suspended from duty over the alleged sharing of inappropriate material with others including Wayne Couzens, who was last week given a whole life sentence for Ms Everard's kidnap, rape and murder.

There have also been calls for every serving police officer to be re-vetted in the light of Couzens' case, which is now set to be the subject of an independent inquiry.

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