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Oswestry Town Council’s award-winning CCTV network is set to be strengthened after work by Oswestry BID

The expansion, both in-filling gaps in the town centre and extending onto the industrial estates, has been made possible through BID working closely with Oswestry Town Council, the CCTV Co-Ordinator, the Police and the Police Crime Commissioner, John Campion, to secure £22,000 in match funding for the project.

‘The new cameras in town are designed to protect businesses and the general public by filling in significant blind spots,’ said BID Manager, Adele Nightingale.  ‘Extending into the industrial estates with cameras featuring number-plate recognition will provide a new level of security,’ she added. The cameras, to be in place by March this year, will be strategically placed at entrances to the estates providing police with vital evidence should business premises be targeted. Adele went on to say that ‘We have also upgraded the infrastructure at Oswestry Police Station to accommodate the additional cameras and purchased 2 deployable units to monitor any particular ‘hot spots’.

The Mayor, Councillor John Price stated “We are pleased that the BID have succeeded in obtaining match funding from the PCC to extend the existing award winning CCTV system in Oswestry. The inclusion of monitoring on the industrial estate in particular is a welcomed addition. The BID are investing in projects and improvements which will directly benefit local businesses, this is investment which would otherwise not come forward. We at Oswestry Town Council are very proud of the CCTV system in Oswestry – it’s a great example of how things can be achieved by working together”

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “I’m pleased to be working with partners to improve the CCTV system in Oswestry. Utilising technology like this can help reduce crimes such as ASB, drugs and violence, and ultimately make communities feel safer.”

Oswestry CCTV is monitored by Police volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, are of good character and have basic computer skills please email oswestrycctv@btconnect.com for more information.