Community fund's CCTV fingers vandal
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
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A CCTV system paid for by a social landlord's community fund has led to an anti-social offender being brought to justice.
A tenant of Magna Housing Association was caught on camera smashing a communal front door at Heron Court in Weymouth.
The request for CCTV installation followed consultation with local residents. The vandal has now been ordered to pay Magna £433.
The 6,000-home provider's tenancy and ASB manager, Ruth Martindale, said: "The area had several problems relating to drug dealing, drug taking and criminal damage.
"This incident is a great example of Magna working with its residents both in the local community and within its community initiative fund to help make this community a safer place to live."
Since the CCTV has been installed Magna has seen a reduction in the number of calls is has received about ASB.
The HA's community initiative fund is managed by a group of Magna residents to fund projects or make donations that will benefit tenants.