OSWESTRY’S CCTV system has been heralded as one of the best in the West Mercia force.
Police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore said the initiative, which has seen the police working in partnership with Oswestry Town Council and volunteers, was a prime example to other schemes across the force.
Officially launching a £64,000 upgrade, which has seen the installation of 15 high-definition cameras and up-to-date monitoring equipment, he also revealed other towns had inquired to follow suit.
He continued: “The council and the people of Oswestry are really striving to bring the town back to its former glory.
“I know things haven’t been easy in recent years, but it’s nice to see the people of Oswestry with the council and other partners lifting the town up.”
The launch event was also told how the CCTV system, which cost £112,000, has led to 2,500 arrests in the 12 years since it was introduced .
Oswestry inspector Rik Klair added that the new system had already been used in the major arson attack down Clawdd Du earlier this month with police now looking to identify the suspect filmed at the scene.
He added: “We’re really pleased with the new system, it’s really good. It’s an improvement on the previous system which we knew was old and on its last legs, and we’ve been really lucky to secure funding from the PCC and Oswestry Town Council whose support has been amazing.
“It is on the same footprint as the old system concentrating on protecting the night-time economy and most importantly public safety, but the most important people are the volunteers because we couldn’t do this without them.”
Oswestry mayor Councillor John Gareth Jones said despite the council’s concerns when first approached 12 years ago, the installation of CCTV in the town was “without a doubt one of the best decisions the council has ever made”.