Wrexham.com reporters were in The Bank bar for our #wrexup tweetup while this story broke. At 23:45 we took a trip through Wilson Avenue and everything was quiet.
Just after 9pm North Wales Police issued this statement:
“Homes evacuated in Wilson Avenue, Wrexham following threats to destroy property.
At approximately 5.19pm today, Wednesday 29th August 2012 North Wales Police attended an address in Wilson Avenue, Wrexham following reports that the male occupant was threatening to destroy the property by means of a gas explosion. Police Officers attended and saw a male person dousing himself in what appeared to be petrol.
Supported by NWFRS and WAS, attending Police Officers sought to encourage the man to leave him property whilst evacuating nearby houses as a precaution. Specialists negotiators were also called to the address and within 20 minutes the 47 year old local man voluntarily walked out of the property, which is a flat in a small residential block, and was arrested for affray. He is currently detained at a local Police Station.
Police officers then conducted a search of the address and found an object in a bedroom which caused some concern, therefore assistance from EOD Officers was obtained. EOD Officers from Chester arrived at the scene and at approximately 7.50pm confirmed that the device did not pose a specific risk, and was safe.
Chief Inspector David Roome said, “Highly trained resources were quickly deployed to the scene. The objective of all agencies involved was to protect the public, and this was achieved. We are grateful to local residents for their understanding and cooperation and I’m happy to say the area can now return to normality.”
No further information is available at this time.”