Supergran is keeping us all safe and sound

Chris Tyler, pictured in the CCTV control room at Spalding, is already working on the 'amazing' new system that South Holland will join. SG200215-102TW
Chris Tyler, pictured in the CCTV control room at Spalding, is already working on the 'amazing' new system that South Holland will join. SG200215-102TW

Gran Chris Tyler will soon see the streets of Spalding from 16 miles away.

Chris (63) doesn’t have super powers, but became a super hero a couple of years ago as an unpaid, part-time volunteer working in the CCTV control room at Spalding Police Station.

South Holland’s outdated CCTV system is about to be switched off and replaced by 25 cameras linked to a professional monitoring centre in Boston.

For the first time, streets in Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland will be watched 24/7 by trained experts.

Chris has already joined the ranks of the fully trained and paid professionals at Boston – while still working her last few shifts as a volunteer – and says the difference in the two systems is vast.

She said: “It’s amazing. The images from the Boston cameras are very much clearer and the cameras are easier to move – that makes it better for monitoring and reviewing. It’s a lot, lot quicker.

“Everyone is qualified, everyone’s a trained CCTV operator and the equipment is really good – it’s a proper, state-of-the-art CCTV control room, which is what Spalding deserves.”

Chris first became involved after seeing a plea for volunteers put on Twitter by Spalding police inspector Jim Tyner.

CCTV operators can alert police to all manner of things – such as fights or when someone needs help – and Chris says some moments get her adrenalin going. “Other times you are just sitting watching life go by,” she said. “When I first started it seemed odd leaving the station and then walking down the streets I had just been looking at.”