MORE than £690,000 to help tackle Holyhead crime including violence against women and anti-social behaviour has been welcomed by Ynys Môn’s MP.
The Holyhead Town project received the money from the Safer Streets Fund, after Virginia Crosbie had helped support a bid for the UK government cash.
The cash will go towards projects such as 21 CCTV cameras and crime prevention packs for 250 properties to help prevent neighbourhood crime.
It will also fund high visibility police patrols to help prevent violence against women and girls and anti-social behaviour, during the night time economy.
Improvements to street lighting are also part of the package.
Ms Crosbie wrote to the then policing minister Kit Malthouse in May supporting the application.
She said Holyhead experienced the problems faced by 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.”
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.”
She added: “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.”