RESIDENTS are urged to be good citizens and come forward with information about the theft of a CCTV camera.
The camera, which was pointing at the new £469,779 Centennial Centre, in Blackhills Terrace, Horden, will cost about £200 to replace.
The camera, one of nine, was fixed to a wall at the bottom of Seventh Street and the centre’s trustees say someone must know who took it.
Centre chairman John Barnett said: “People have worked hard to get this centre .
“Somebody must have seen it because they would have needed ladders to get up there, it’s 15ft up.”
The camera caught footage of part of someone’s face. But it is not known whether it will be clear enough to catch the culprit.
Mr Barnett, who is also chairman of Horden Colliery Residents’ Association, added: “It’s clearly visible from everywhere.
“There are some smashing people down that end of the village, if they saw someone with a camera I hope they will help catch the thief.”
Sergeant Jim Peel, of Peterlee Police, confirmed the theft, at 4.30pm on December 14 and said it is being investigated.
Police say there is no spate of CCTV camera thefts, despite one stolen from Asda Peterlee petrol station last month.