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High definition CCTV will be coming to Newtown

Created on 15/10/2017 @ 13:44
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The father of a young man brutally attacked in Newtown last weekend has said the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner has confirmed high definition CCTV will be coming to Newtown.

Duncan Foulkes began a public petition and campaign last week following the horrific attack on his 19-year-old son, Danny, at the Gravel car park early last Saturday.

A group of up to 10 juveniles are understood to have been behind the attack and two other incidents, including one in which an off duty firefighter had his leg broken as he attempted to help a local taxi driver who had youths targeting him.

It also emerged this week that crime against businesses in Newtown had increased by over 150 per cent, after Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, unearthed the figures.

Mr Foulkes launched an online petition calling for more resources to be given to police in Newtown and for more visible policing, as well as having the town's CCTV turned back on.

After he launched the campaign, Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn, spoke to Mr Foulkes on the phone.

"He confirmed that a new, high definition CCTV system for Newtown is included in the £2 million that is to be invested in 14 towns," said Mr Foulkes.

"I have requested details of the costs of the proposed project and the likely contribution that the town will have to make. This is very positive news and Mr Llywelyn has pledged to make Newtown a high priority in view of the public concern about violence and drug crime in the town.

"He has also offered to attend a meeting of the core group that is being formed to co-ordinate the campaign, together with Chief Inspector Matt Scrase from Dyfed Powys Police, to discuss issues of concern in the town, including police manpower and resources. The police, together with members of the public of all ages and the media, have been totally supportive of our campaign.

"We are in effect pushing at an open door and we need everyone in the town to keep up the momentum.

"Just a week after our son Danny and three other people were attacked, we are united in making progress to improve public safety in Newtown, but our pressure will be relentless until our goals are achieved. Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign."

The town's CCTV system was turned off several years ago due to the cost.

Earlier this year Mr Llywelyn confirmed CCTV for 14 towns, including Newtown, was being looked into.



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