Surveillance needed on Prince Street

By JULIA ILES julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

BIG BROTHER should be watching the intersection of Prince and Pound streets, according to a concerned shop owner.

Brett Ingram, a recent victim of vandalism, believes video cameras would be helpful to ward off future delinquent behaviour.

"Just by having a face on tape would help the situation in this problem area," Mr Ingram said, as he looked at his smashed up shop window.

"The ideal location would be on Pound and Prince streets with one camera perched on the clocktower"

The spider web shaped crack on the front window of In a Jiffy shoe repairs and gift shop was, he believed, the result of a punch to the glass.

The incident occurred on Friday night and a witness made a report to police who are investigating the matter.

"People need a community consciousness," his wife, Helen Ingram, said.

"This kind of damage means that our insurance premiums will go up and we have to replace a new window, which we can't afford," Mr Ingram said.

"Here we are providing a service for the public and yet the public is the one that hurts us."

Mr and Mrs Ingram moved their store from an arcade on Prince Street to a shop front, due to the lower rent, but also as they believed it was more secure.

At 8.40pm on the same night a female taxi driver was waiting at the Pound Street rank, when she was allegedly struck on the left hand side of her jaw by a young male.

No charges have been laid but two males aged 14 and 16 are helping police with their inquiries.

Mr Ingram belives this type of behaviour was sparked by alcohol abuse.



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