VANDALS have sought out and destroyed CCTV cameras used to catch illegal dumpers.
Laois County Council confirmed that cameras were destroyed last year at a site of illegal dumping in Derrybeg Bog, near Mountrath.
At a meeting earlier this year it was also confirmed that the Council is continuing the use of CCTV, but only certain locations are suitable, such as Bring Banks. The council have had to stop using the cameras in some areas prone to dumping
“A Sign has to be erected advising the public where CCTV is in operation. This exposes the Cameras to vandalism in isolated areas,” said the minutes of a strategic council committee meeting.
Director of Services John Daly said no evidence was available to go after those responsible for the Mountrath vandalism.
The official also told councillors last week, the CCTV surveillance on roadside littering which was carried out on a slip road onto the motorway was not successful as the cameras could not pick up the number plates on the moving vehicles.