NEW CCTV cameras are to be installed in Oswestry in a move intended to make the town's streets safer.

The investment is part of more than £1.5million to fund a range of projects that he says will help make streets safer in West Mercia.

As part of the fifth round of the Government’s Safer Streets initiative, Mr Campion, in partnership with West Mercia Police, is funding 14 initiatives focused on reducing three of the public’s key priorities, overseen by a project manager.


Focused on combatting anti-social behaviour, £450,712 of funding will see new CCTV cameras installed in Oswestry while some of the money will also be given to engagement work in the town.

It is part of the launch of OurSide Evesham to deliver targeted work with teenagers, with the cameras going to Oswestry and Telford, and the engagement work in Oswestry and Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

Mr Campion said: “I know this extra funding from the Government, which I have match-funded by more than £600,000, will make a real difference to communities.

“I am focused on ensuring you are safe and feel safe, this money will help combat issues of anti-social behaviour and Neighbourhood Crime in hotspots across West Mercia as well as tackling the societal issue of violence against women and girls.

“As PCC I will ensure this investment alongside the record levels of funding I have made available to police, delivers further leaps forward on my commitment to build a safer West Mercia.”

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More than half a million, £592,525, will be used to introduce measures to prevent Neighbourhood Crime.

The Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Worcestershire will be extended to cover more locations with investment into joining up schemes as well as building on the successful rollout of SmartWater to deter burglary.

Deputy chief constable Richard Cooper said: “The safer street funding means we can continue to deliver innovative initiatives right across our three counties in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire to help make a real difference in local neighbourhoods.”