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CCTV is installed at a Bristol centre for the homeless

CCTV cameras have been installed at a newly-opened homeless centre in Bristol.

Crisis Centre Ministries who run Carpenter House on Stapleton Road said the security measures were to ensure the safety for staff and clients.

The drop-in centre offers hot food and acts as a first point of contact to help people off the streets and into supported accommodation.

The equipment costing £2,500 was donated by company Simplyhealth.

Jonathan Swithinbank, from Crisis Centre Ministries, said: "As a volunteer and duty manager myself, I know the new security measures that are now in place will make Carpenter House a safe and welcoming place for visitors and volunteers alike."

In 2009, the organisation served 80,000 meals from their previous premises in St Pauls with the help of 140 volunteers from churches across the city.

The new centre was opened in November by businesswoman Dawn Gibbons who posed as a volunteer in the charity's cafe for the Channel 4 programme Secret Millionaire.

Ms Gibbons also donated £125,000 to the charity.

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