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CCTV bid for Aberystwyth knife attack footpath

Plans are being drawn up to install CCTV along a footpath in Aberystwyth which has been the scene of two robberies at knifepoint.

Community leaders and Dyfed-Powys Police have joined forces to help raise £15,000 for two cameras in an area near a supermarket.

Plans are to buy several brackets as well, so the CCTV can be moved to different locations along the path.

The two robberies at knifepoint took place last September and November.

The crimes took place in councillor Paul James's Llanbadarn Fawr ward near a Morrison's supermarket.

He is appealing to the local community to help raise money towards the cameras and brackets, but said it would be a few months before they were installed.

Mr James has organised a three-day bag-packing event at the town's Morrison's supermarket between 1-3 April.

He said: "The footpath/cycle path is used extensively and regularly by many members of the community including several youth groups and organisations in the area. Their safety is paramount to us all.

"In response, Morrison's have already promised an initial sum as have Llanbadarn Fawr Community Council, to purchase a number of the mounting brackets for the cameras."

Mr James said Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership had helped fund two cameras brackets.

People interested in taking part in the bag packing event can contact Mr James at paulj@ceredigion.gov.uk

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