New CCTV cameras have been installed in Porthmadog following a campaign by a police community support officer.
The cameras were set up in the back streets by Tesco last month after lobbying for PCSO Mark Hughes for extra surveillance coverage of the town. Funding was secured on Monday for more CCTV to cover the site of the new residential care home.
PCSO Hughes said the extra cameras have already provided ”valuable evidence” on an arson attack in the area on Wednesday 11th October, which police are still investigating.
District Inspector Gethin Jones from Porthmadog police station said: ”PCSO Hughes has worked tirelessly to achieve this, his dedication in successfully negotiating a number of hurdles in the process in order to keep our communities safe has made me very proud.”
The CCTV funding was made available from North Wales Police’s own DM Owen with full support from Porthmadog Town Council and the town’s Chamber of Trade. The force agreed to funding the cameras as a benefit to South Gwynedd communities and district police officers.
Gwynedd Chief Inspector Richie Green said: ”We’ve been trying to get CCTV in Porthmadog for over 10 years, so to see this happening is really positive. Having this asset is intended to benefit everyone, and I hope that all the residents and visitors continue to feel safe in town, so feel free to give us a wave if you spot the cameras.”