No bridge cameras
THERE are no plans to install security cameras on David Trumpy Bridge despite police saying they could be vital in catching offenders.
The issue came to light at the weekend after a woman was punched in the face and robbed while she was walking towards the bridge.
The females who attacked her were caught on Safe City, but police argued they could have escaped if someone was attacked on the bridge.
Main Roads is responsible for the bridge over the Bremer River in the CBD, and yesterday it ruled out installing security cameras.
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the department was focused on traffic.
“Transport and Main Roads does not install security cameras on its road network,” the spokeswoman said.
“However, the department does install web cameras and closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) on busy arterial roads to assist with managing congestion.
“These cameras enable the department to immediately alert emergency services of incidents, dispatch breakdown rescue or maintenance crews and redirect traffic as required.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said while there were no Safe City cameras on the bridge the monitoring system proved itself on Saturday night.
“Safe City cameras caught the alleged offenders running from the bridge into Bell St and those images are now helping police with their enquiries.
“While there are no cameras on the bridge itself, the areas to the north and south of the bridge are well-covered. Cameras in Bell St, on the roof of Ipswich City Square and the Bradfield Bridge also offer coverage of the David Trumpy Bridge.”
Meanwhile, police expect a breakthrough soon in the hunt for the two girls wanted over Saturday night’s assault.
Police said that about 7.40pm Saturday the 17-year-old Brisbane woman was walking towards David Trumpy Bridge, near the intersection with Bell St and Mansfield Pl.
As she was about to walk onto the bridge she was grabbed from behind by two females and they punched her in the face twice.
The attackers stole her handbag and mobile phone before running away, leaving the victim with bruising to her face.
Ipswich police said the young woman who came to Ipswich to see her boyfriend was distressed by her ordeal.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au