THE future of crime-cutting cameras in Stacksteads is secure -- after Rossendale council bosses guaranteed finance for years to come.

The cost of setting up five CCTV cameras in the district has come from Government Single Regeneration Budget funds and help from an anonymous benefactor -- meeting all costs until April 2006.

But councillors were told there was no point in implementing the scheme unless it was sustainable for the long term and the only way to do that was with council backing.

The corporate policy committee agreed to stump up for the running costs of the scheme from 2006 -- at £15,000 a year.

"It was vital we gave council support," said committee chairman John Holt.

Members were told the CCTV scheme in Stacksteads would be a major benefit, helping to reduce vehicle thefts and shop crime, burglary, criminal damage, juvenile nuisance and late night disorder.