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WALES: Town's rise in crime prompts call for CCTV cameras.


AN increase in anti-social behaviour has sparked calls for CCTV cameras in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Councillors met with police last week to discuss crime in the Ffestiniog area and decided to start a campaign to raise funds for CCTV cameras.

Gwynedd Councillor Gwilym Euros Roberts said he will ask the town council to part-fund the cost of installing them.

He will propose they earmark up to pounds 10,000 in the budget for the 2009/10 financial year as a donation.

Coun Roberts said: "We have to face the fact that there is a problem with drugs and anti-social behaviour here in Blaenau Ffestiniog and any weapons we have to fight the issues will help.

"I am not saying that CCTV will solve the problem but it has been proved in other areas that they act as a deterrent.

"We are hoping to get pounds 10,000 from the town council but that will in no way be enough, so we are looking into applying for a grant from the Community Safety Partnership. We are also asking for donations. Any contributions will be much appreciated."

Fellow Gwynedd councillor Dafydd Lloyd Hughes said: "The biggest problems in the area are criminal damage and drugs according to the police, so a CCTV system will assist us and the police in tackling these problems.

"We are aiming at getting a system that can be moved around rather than just stay in the town centre."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Oct 3, 2008
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