CCTV call to deter Bangor car vandals


Tomos Hughes

CALLS are being made for CCTV cameras to be installed on a Bangor street after a motorist complained of having his car vandalised for the fourth time in six months.

Jason Robertshaw, who lives on Well Street, has now taken his complaints to the police after his Vauxhall Corsa had its wing mirrors smashed and windscreen wipers removed at the weekend.

Mr Robertshaw, a lecturer in Coleg Menai, could be forced to scrap his vehicle to avoid paying for more repairs.

He said: “My car was being done in as well as other cars on the street, so I went to the police.

"I’m fed up of it because I have to fork out to get it fixed every time.

“I jumped in the car to get to the train station, and I looked out and realised my mirrors were on the floor.

“It’s come to the point now that I’m going to have to scrap my car because I can’t keep paying to repair it.

“That’s the extreme of it. It’s just constant. I’m just fed up of it now.”

Mr Robertshaw is now appealing to have a CCTV camera installed on the street and has taken the matter up with Deiniol Councillor Gwynfor Edwards and Arfon MP Hywel Williams.

Cllr Edwards said: “I sympathise with the residents of Well Street. I would hate to see my car damaged like that and no one should have to live with it.

“I think a police presence late at night would be a bigger deterrent.

“If the funds are there for a CCTV camera, then that would be ideal, but CCTV cameras do not prevent crime.

“I think a greater police presence is the answer.”

A spokesperson for Hywel Williams MP said: “Hywel is aware of the problem, and when he returns from London, he will be in discussions to see what help he may be able to offer.”

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