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CCTV cameras are to return to Aberystwyth in a bid to combat crime and help improve detection rates.

The Cambrian News reported “Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said work will start this month putting cameras back up in 17 towns in the force area, including Aberystwyth where the system was mothballed in 2014 by Ceredigion County Council in a cost-cutting move despite vehement opposition.

Calls for the system’s reinstatement have been repeatedly made ever since, amid fears over rising crime numbers and falling conviction rates.

Mr Llywelyn said: “CCTV was a key election pledge of mine, and I promised I would invest in a modern CCTV infrastructure.

“I am very pleased to be able to say that this is now happening.

“It is vitally important that the force makes the best use of this significant reinvestment to target hotspots and drive reductions linked to disorder and violence.”

Mark Collins, Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, said: “I’m confident the system will prove to be an invaluable asset in preventing crime and responding to emerging incidents swiftly before they escalate.

“Evidence from the CCTV cameras will also no doubt prove an important investigative tool for officers.”

When the CCTV cameras were scrapped across the county it saved the authority £150,000 a year.

Work to reinstall them is scheduled to begin in Builth Wells, Powys in the second week of July, with a rollout set to be completed by spring 2019″ here.

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