WORKING FOR YOU AT CHRISTMAS: On the CCTV ‘Santa shift’

Charles Tait who will have the 'Santa shift' in the CCTV suite at Boston Borough Council this Christmas.

Charles Tait who will have the 'Santa shift' in the CCTV suite at Boston Borough Council this Christmas.

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CCTV in Boston never takes a holiday...not even for Christmas.

The all-seeing state-of-the-art Boston Borough Council system operates and is monitored 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year.

Father-of-four Charles Tait (pictured) has the ‘Santa shift’ this year.

He’ll be watching over Boston, perhaps for signs of Father Christmas’s sleigh, from midnight on Christmas Eve until 8am Christmas morning.

By the time he returns his children - three boys and a girl, aged 11, eight, five and two - will have unwrapped their presents.

He said: “I should think they will be up about 5am. It would be too much to make them wait for their presents until I get home after 8am. I will have a play with them and their toys and then get a few hours’ sleep before starting my next shift at midnight Christmas Day until 8am on Boxing Day.

“I will also be in until midnight on New Year’s Eve, starting again at 4pm on New Year’s Day. My family understand the hours go with the job.”

Andy Haw, CCTV manager, said the Christmas holiday shift is usually more about making sure everyone gets home safely after the festivities than crime detection.

“People are out in the town centre to have a good time and are usually quite well mannered,” he said. “It’s mainly a job of watching the festivities unfold and making sure that person who has had too much to drink and fallen asleep in a doorway on a cold night gets safely home for Christmas Day.”