HOPES are high that a village which has been targeted in an attempted burglary can have CCTV installed for security.

Corbridge councillors raised the issue at the latest meeting of Corbridge Parish Council.

It followed an attempted break-in at menswear shop, Shorts of Corbridge, on Middle Street, on November 13.

The shop’s owner, John Wilkinson, said following the incident that the only reason the men were unable to get inside was because the shop door had a reinforced steel frame.

It is believed three men tried to use a crowbar to break through the door, while safety glass in the windows prevented them smashing the glass.

He also said other businesses had experienced a spate of shoplifters during the same period.

At the parish council meeting, Coun. Graham Curry said he had been speaking to businesses on Middle Street.

“I am aware there is no external CCTV on Middle Street,” he said.

He explained that while some businesses had CCTV inside their premises, the cameras do not cover the street outside.

Councillors agreed they would like to inquire about installing CCTV in the village, which is home to many independent businesses.

Coun. Nick Oliver agreed that he would contact Northumbria Police to discuss the issue further.