Webchat with North Wales Police

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    Darryl
    Keymaster

    On Wednesday 8th July at 2pm Wrexham.com will be hosting a live webchat with Town Centre Inspector Paul Wycherley and Inspector Simon Kneale.

    The webchat will take place between 2pm and 4pm and a message from the two Inspectors – they will answer all crime related questions asked to them, the best they can!

    If there is anything you would like to ask to either Inspector you can leave your questions on this thread between now and 4pm on Wednesday afternoon. Or you can email them anonymously to news@wrexham.com

    You can also ask your questions live between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday. Obviously there are a lot of issues being discussed locally at the moment, so now is the chance to pose your questions to North Wales Police :)

    #96660

    Darryl
    Keymaster

    Just a reminder this is taking place tomorrow between 2 and 4pm. Already had a lot of questions submitted via various channels and we will try fit in all questions in the two hour period :)

    #96705

    wrexview
    Participant

    I was concerned about the number of arson attacks across town last time there was a web chat and there have been several new incidents in the last few weeks. What progress have the police made in catching the perpetrators and is there anything we the public can do to help ?

    #96706

    wrexview
    Participant

    What influence can the police excerpt on The Highways Agency to get the road markings on the Gresford Roundabout improved? There are numerous daily “near misses” and several more serious accidents have occurred.

    #96711
    Rob
    Rob
    Keymaster

    This is due to start shortly, the format will be that I will post up the questions collated from Facebook, email, Twitter along with the ones posted to this thread.

    Hopefully then Inspector Paul Wycherley and Inspector Simon Kneale will post their replies to the questions live directly and unedited from the police station!

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    #96712

    Insp Paul Wycherley
    Participant

    There have been arson attacks locally again recently as reported in the press and on Wrexham.com. it is a fact that the public can help us detect and prevent these types of offences by being vigilant and reporting suspicious activity to us. I appealed in the press when we had the attacks in Hightown recently and received some useful information which is assisting the enquiry. That specific matter is still under investigation and so I cant comment further on that one yet.
    Generally speaking these arsons fall into theree broad groups. (1) Youngsters setting fires as nuisance activity (ie grass/bin fires); (2) Individuals who commit these types of offences in order to settle differences and (3) criminals burning out vehicles they have used in order to destroy forensic samples which would link them to an offence. Withregard to the youngsters we are working together with colleagues in the fire and rescue service, local council and the local youth offending teams to educate youngsters away from this type of offence; with regard to the other categories we rely on trawling through CCTV data to identify suspects, house to house enquiries ect. as we would conduct with any other type of crime, and vigilence of the public. Please, if you do see anything suspicios do let us know as all intelligence helps.

    J P Wycherley.

    #96713
    Rob
    Rob
    Keymaster

    Nicola asked about the LLPD chopper, our favourite topic here at Wrexham.com: “How much does it cost to get the police chopper out? And how successful is it in catching the offenders? Always hear of the helicopters out at night but never actually hear if they’ve caught anyone!!”

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    #96714

    P’nawn Da / Good Afternoon everybody, welcome to the webchat. Myself and Paul Wycherley are at the computer and look forward to answering your questions.

    We take road safety very seriously and if there is an opportunity to reduce collisions and increase the safety of road users then we always will. Whilst road markings are the responsibility of the local authority we do work in partnership with them, so representations can certainly be made. I have forwarded this to Inspector Downes who covers the Wrexham rural area of the county. This can then be submitted to the Local Authority who we share collision data with.

    Sgt Simon Kneale

    #96715
    Rob
    Rob
    Keymaster

    James asks: “In a recent report compiled from a Freedom of Information request, the number of complaints lodged against NW Police has increased from 37 in 2012 to 75 in 2014, whilst up to March 2015, 20 cases were under active investigation.
    Is this indicative of institutional arrogance or that Officers of NW Police are in need of training in interpersonal skills for dealing with the general public?”

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    #96716

    Insp Paul Wycherley
    Participant

    This is a regional service whereby we share the aircrafts with other neighbouring forces rather thanhave one per force. Since changing that was of operating I believe £15m of savings were realised. There is no specific fee per outing. The aircraft are used to spot offenders who are hiding, but also they have recently found vulnerable missing persons and children and they are also fitted with a camera system which transmits images to the control room so staff can see what is going on on the ground at the time, so we can send rsources to the correct areas.
    There is a website where you can read all about their service – please see http://www.NPAS.police.uk – on there are stories about recent deployments.
    With regard to catching local offenders, recently we had a car stolen in Wrexham, driven to the Oswestry area, we were airborne and could see where it was going. It ended up in Overton where ground patrol officers arrested 3 individuals.

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