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Center Parcs in Wiltshire boosts security after Madeleine case


HIGH-TECH number plate recognition systems have been installed in a holiday village near Warminster to help improve security in the wake of the Madeleine McCann abduction case.

Management and security personnel at Center Parcs, in Longleat Forest, said the £40,000 system, put in place on Friday, will offer more protection to its guests and help police to solve crimes.

Andy De’Ath, general manager of the 400-acre holiday park, said: “We sat round a table a long, long time ago when it happened (the Madeline McCann case) and thought out what measures we can put in place for our guests to minimise the chance of that ever happening here.”

Madeline was three-years-old when she was taken from her holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, in May 2007.

The Vehicle Number Plate Recognition system uses an infrared camera to capture every car going in and out of the complex. It can also be used to help the police with their inquiries.

With nearly 1,500 people working at the resort, Center Parcs is one of the largest employers in the area.

The holiday village has a 23-strong team of security personnel patrolling the resort, three security managers and 24-hour CCTV surveillance, working to create a safe haven without intruding on holidaymakers.

Source: Wiltshire Times