£692,000 of UK government cash to tackle crime in Holyhead welcomed by Virginia Crosbie MP

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has welcomed more than £690,000 of UK government cash to tackle crime, violence and anti-social behaviour in Holyhead after she supported a bid for the money.

The Holyhead Town project has received £692,149 from the Safer Streets Fund to go towards projects such as 21 CCTV cameras and crime prevention packs for 250 properties to help prevent neighbourhood crime.

The money is going on high visibility police patrols to help tackle and prevent violence against women and girls and anti-social behaviour in the night-time economy.

Improvements to street lighting is also part of the package.

Virginia wrote to the then policing minister Kit Malthouse in May supporting the application.

She said Holyhead has the problems of many port towns.

“The local police team do an excellent job with the resources that they have, but Ynys Môn is a challenging and complex mix of communities,” she told the minister.

“Resources are spread over a large area and places like Holyhead need particularly intensive policing support.”

Speaking today the MP added: “I am thrilled this substantial amount of money is coming to Holyhead to fight crime and make residents, particularly women and girls, feel safe.

“This is further investment by the UK government in our communities here on the island to make lives better and I really welcome the Home Office granting this money because it will make a difference.”

Money from the successful bid will also go to a youth intervention fund jointly administered by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office and Holyhead Youth Services to support young people and lead them away from crime with the provision of youth shelters and youth outreach work.

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