A PRUDHOE school has benefitted from a CCTV system.

In April, there was an attempted burglary at Prudhoe West Academy. Police intervened after two intruders were reported to be on school property by a member of the public.

The community rallied around the school; a crowdfund was launched by a parent with the aim of installing CCTV cameras.

CCTV has now been installed for free by newly-established JJTV Limited. The company, which sourced the equipment at cost price, is also offering parents of school pupils a five per cent discount for home security.

"It's revolutionised our world - I can't stop looking at it!", said headteacher Carrie Hodgson.

The CCTV covers the entire school grounds - something the head did not think possible with the school's budget.

She added: "It's been a real, genuine community pulling together and doing the best for one of their schools. We couldn't have done this at all without, we just didn't have the money to do it. And its all done before the winter, which is also amazing, for the dark nights."

Local companies Thompsons of Prudhoe and Essity also donated money to the cause after schoolchildren wrote letters to bosses. Parents, ex-parents and other donors contributed.

Carried added: "We are eternally grateful to every single person who made this possible! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"

30 hours of labour was involved.

John Barrass, of JJTV Limited, which is based in Wallsend but covers the whole of the North-East, wanted to help the school. He said: "We were in a position where we wanted to and we could, we jumped on it straight away. We're always happy to help."

John, a mechanical engineer for ten years, runs the company with former army radio operator Jeff Craig.