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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
CCTV bid to deter tennis court attacks

A SECURITY system is set to be installed at Annan tennis courts — in a bid to deter vandals.

CCTV cameras are being put into place at Seaforth Tennis Courts in the town following an attack which saw damage to electronic gates only installed that week as part of a £6000 system.

Theresa Woodman from Annan Seaforth Tennis Club said: “A club member who wants to remain anonymous has come forward and is putting CCTV in for us.”

Club members voiced their dismay last week after discovering the damage to the new £6000 access gates in only their first week of testing.

The new electronic gates would allow non-members to go online and book times to play on the courts online, being given an code to use at a specific time.

The gates costing between £5000 and £6000 had been installed as part of an £80,000 transformation of the once dilapidated courts, but it was revealed they were provided by a Devon-based company and that a simple call-out to investigate the damage will cost 300 before repairs even take place.

However, confirming representatives of the Devon-based firm were set to visit the courts this week, Theresa said: “The company are going to put a new pad in, and then we’ll look at ways of protecting that as well.

“But we’ve got three cameras, proper working ones, so that’s good.”

An official opening of the newly-resurfaced courts is set to take place at some point next month.

However, Theresa said: “All being well it’ll be open fully to the public on August 1.”

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