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‘Our CCTV is catching criminals’

 
Created on 13/10/2017 @ 09:23
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Following a horror weekend of violence in Newtown, a key Welshpool official has confirmed that our CCTV system is working well and catching criminals.

A number of mob assaults were reported over the weekend down the road, with the father of one young man who was attacked starting a petition to persuade the town to switch on its CCTV.

Arrests have been made following a weekend that saw Danny Foulkes beaten unconscious in an unprovoked attack close to McDonalds during the early hours last Saturday. More assaults followed with one man even suffering a broken leg.

The online petition started by Danny’s father, Duncan, has already attracted nearly 3,000 signatures as residents say enough is enough. It is calling for the authorities to switch back on the town’s CCTV and put more bobbies on the beat.

Welshpool was one of the few towns to fund its own CCTV several years ago and according to town clerk, Robert Robinson, it has been well worth it.

“Our CCTV is regularly maintained and working extremely well 24 hours a day,” he said. “It has been successfully used in a number of prosecutions and we have worked closely with the police to ensure it is used correctly.

“It not only covers the town centre but extends to places like the Country Park, Maesydre sports grounds, Motte and Bailey and Bowling Club. In fact, it was successful in catching those causing the problems at Maesydre.”

Mr. Robinson said that the CCTV costs the town up to £6,000 a year and is expected to be expanded and improved in the New Year, in consultation with the police.

The petition started by Duncan Foulkes can be read at: https://www.change.org/p/cctv-and-more-police-needed-in-newtown/fbog/32613880?recruiter=32613880&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_petition

 

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