Club owner launches appeal for town CCTV
COLLECTION tins are being placed around Penzance to encourage pubs, clubs and revellers to help keep CCTV operating in the town.
There were fears the cameras would no longer be funded, but Penzance Town Council backtracked on the plans this summer.
Local businessman Rob Matthews, who took over as chair of the town's Pubwatch scheme this summer, pledged to donate cash to secure CCTV for another year.
He is now asking the nighttime industry and its customers to help clinch the surveillance for the future.
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"This is for a safer Penzance," said Mr Matthews, who owns Sound nightclub, The Vault, Bar One and Up Bar.
"Our staff at Sound are called to situations in the town and asked to help and CCTV covers us because people can change their stories and can sometimes turn on us when we go to help.
"I got attacked last Christmas when I went to help two people who were in trouble. The person attacking them said I had attacked him but CCTV proved otherwise."
In July, Penzance Town Council backtracked on plans to no longer fund CCTV following calls from some members and the public.
After making his £1,000 cash pledge to help run the CCTV for the year, Mr Matthews said he hoped other businesses would now come forward and help support the system.
"We want to ensure that CCTV is not just funded by Penzance Town Council and me and make sure there will be funds for next year and coming years," he said.
He added that CCTV was an important extra pair of eyes for those working to keep the streets of Penzance safe.
"I told the Street Pastors not to launch here without CCTV because they need it for their safety," he said.
"Drunk and vulnerable people can turn a situation and CCTV will cover you."
To help with the fundraising effort, Sound will hold a fashion show in the new year with Penwith College students and local businesses taking part.
Highlighting the importance of keeping CCTV in the town, Penzance Inspector Jean Phillips said: "I really appreciate the active support Rob gives to the scheme. The CCTV coverage of the evening and nighttime economy really assists us in nipping issues in the bud before they escalate."
For collection tins, contact Laura Cockle at Sound on 01736 331211.