CCTV project

The Friends of Ripon Cathedral agreed to fund the installation of security CCTV in the Cathedral.

At a joint meeting between Friends’ Council and the Dean and Chapter in February 2013 an urgent need was identified to install CCTV equipment to combat theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the Cathedral and the vicinity.

The Very Rev’d Keith Jukes, Dean of Ripon, told the meeting that an increase in disorderly and unlawful incidents was putting the Cathedral, its artifacts and most importantly its staff at increasing risk.

In response to this issue Friends’ Council undertook to look at the problem as a matter of urgency, and agreed to fund the installation to the sum of £20,000 which was reported to be the full cost of the work.

“After listening to Dean Keith, Council felt this was a matter of the highest urgency,” said Toby Wallis, Chairman of the Friends of Ripon Cathedral. “In such circumstances we decided to dig deep and fund the entire project, even though it means exceeding our budgets for this year.”

Friends’ Council and Chapter will work together to ensure the project proceeds as quickly as possible, and makes use of the very latest in high-quality technology.

“Our funding will provide valuable protection for the Cathedral and its staff at a time of increasing lawlessness,” said Toby Wallis. “It’s a shame the need has arisen, but the Friends have responded to the challenge and we would like to thank members of the Friends for their continued support which enables us in turn to fund projects like this.”

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