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Sad news has reached us that the elderly lady who collapsed after discovering her car had been set on fire in the Kingsmill area of Wrexham has died.

Today Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Hughes said “We can confirm that the woman taken ill after an incident at the Orchards in Wrexham on Tuesday morning has died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital”

“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident prior to her being taken to hospital and are awaiting the results of a post mortem examination which is expected to take place later today.”

Our report of the incident can be found here, and yesterdays extended police appeal can be found here.

Wrexham Council has joined the appeals making their own fresh appeal for information following an arson attack in the Hightown area of Wrexham on Tuesday.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member Communities, Collaboration and Partnerships said “This case is particularly concerning and I would urge anyone with information to come forward. We are treating the issue of Arson with the utmost seriousness. Wrexham Council and North Wales Police are working together to ensure the maximum resources are made available to apprehend the criminals responsible and provide reassurance to the communities involved. County Borough and Community Councillors have been fully briefed and are supportive of the work being done.

“Arson is a serious crime and this incident has had a profound effect on the local community. People have the right to feel safe in their own homes and it is imperative that that those who are responsible are brought to justice.”

Police say they have increased patrols around the neighbouring Caia Park area following a spate of car arson attacks. Figures released by the fire service say 23 of 25 car fires in Caia Park have been started deliberately this year between 1 January and 4 November. Their figures show there have been 300 deliberate fires in Wrexham county borough between 1 January and 31 October.

Cheif Inspector Alex Goss from North Wales Police said “We are unsure whether this incident is linked to a recent spate of arsons in the area. High visibility patrols will continue in the area of Caia Park and I can reassure the community that we will not leave any stone unturned in pursuing those responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call North Wales Police on 101 or crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.