A campaign to have CCTV installed at Preston’s Cemetery has been renewed.
164 people have signed a public petition on the Preston City Council website urging the council to review its securing of the New Hall Lane site.
Dave Hudson is one of those calling for action after a number of graves have been vandalised in the cemetery.
He is also calling for a secure children’s graveyard to be created in the cemetery.
Mr Hudson said: “The support has been overwhelming and the stories from members of the public who have had disgraceful things happen to their family graves shows something is needed to be done.
“If an incident occurs the footage could be used to help bring those people to justice.”
The petition reached the 50 signatures mark so drew a response from the city council.
Mr Hudson said he had received an email from the council which states: “This Department is fully aware of the distress that is caused when a headstone or other items of memorialisation are subjected to vandalism. However the installation of CCTV would be at a significant cost to the Council and unfortunately due to the nature of the cemetery, which includes the number of trees, tall headstones and lack of lighting, the quality of images would not necessarily be sufficient for the perpetrators to be prosecuted.
“The Council does however consider the security in the cemetery seriously, which is why money has been spent over the years to improve the gating at all the entrances, installation of fencing and the introduction of the closing times, so that the cemetery is patrolled and closed by a security company before it goes dark.
“All staff working in the cemetery are vigilant and will report anything of concern directly to the manager of the cemetery.
“This Department also works closely with the Police and my Officers do attend local PACT meetings if there are any concerns raised by members of the public living adjacent to the cemetery.”
The petition remains open until early January 2015 and Mr Hudson says he wants to reach 1,350 signatures to trigger a full debate a city council meeting.
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