Three CCTV cameras are now up and running in an Abbots Langley estate after a delay in their installation.

The cameras, which are in operation outside the shops in School Mead, have come later than expected due to Three Rivers District Council testing for the right protective cage to put round them, as requested by police.

Although there was an incident in School Mead in August this year which led to a 20-year-old man being charged with wounding a taxi driver with intent, people living in the area and councillors agree anti-social behaviour and crime is not an issue in the estate but that the cameras are welcome.

Cllr Sara Bedford said: “The project for the CCTV cameras in School Mead was started by former Abbots Langley councillor Keith Williams and myself about three years ago – Keith especially had been pushing hard for this ever since the new shops were built.

“Anti-social behaviour has been quite low level over the past few years, with just niggles here and there, but the CCTV cameras are important with all the shops, halls and facilities.

“It’s important that people feel safe and secure in the area, and the cameras will help.”