Residents of Snoughs Head, Tenby, were amazed a fortnight ago when workers arrived to fit a state of the art C.C.T.V. system in their village - particularly as the village has less than four hundred residents and boasts one of the lowest crime figures in the whole of the U.K.
This was then followed by the siteing of two A.N.P.R (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras on the only road leading in and out of the village.
The local council said they were puzzled as they'd had no advance warning of either the C.C.T.V. or A.N.P.R. cameras.
However Superintendent Percy Bates, head of East Tenby traffic Division, stated that recently there had been an outbreak of rustling in the area, in which two sheep had been stolen and that there was a possible connection with an earlier incident in which another sheep had gone missing.
Superintendent Bates who was himself mired in controversy recently, following allegations of stalking his estranged wife, herself a resident of Snoughs Head, stated that the operation had been cost effective as the £200,000 to install the C.C.T .V had come in the form of European Grant Aid and the A.N.P.R. cameras were already budgeted for in the Police Training Schedule. Furthermore a motorist had been stopped in the early hours of the morning, acting suspiciously and was later charged with fourteen motoring offences.
'All in all a good result,' said Superintendent Bates. 'The residents of Snoughs Head can sleep soundly in their beds knowing we are watching over them.'
We attempted to contact Superintendent Bates later on, but a spokesman said he was on extended leave.