Cameras are to be installed in a shopping parade after fears it had become a target for crime.

New full-time CCTV cameras have been installed by Watford Borough Council at the Gossamers shops in the Meriden estate after a campaign led by councillor Amanda Grimston.

The cameras are being installed after several incidents of anti-social behaviour and drug taking in the area.

Liberal Democrat Meriden councillor Amanda Grimston said: “I'm really pleased that these new cameras have been installed.

“Residents often raise with me their concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour and I've been working closely with the police and Watford Borough Council to make sure they are listened to.

“I want everyone in our estate to feel like they are safe.”

As well as the new cameras, Ms Grimston has promised more police patrols in the area.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Congratulations to Amanda who I know has been working hard with the police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the Meriden.

“Across our town I'm working with the police to do all I can to take this issue seriously, including making sure we have more police on our streets to tackle crime.”