Posted: Fri 1st Jul 2022

Criminal damage, shoplifting and wanted man found in a bush in Wrexham inspector’s daily police update: for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

Criminal damage, shoplifting and a wanted man found in a bush are amongst the incidents dealt with Wrexham town officers over the last 24 hours.

In his daily update Inspector Luke Hughes said the force had received 59 calls on Thursday (30 June) – nine of which required a blue light response, 21 needed a non-urgent response but desirable within an hour of the call being received and the rest will be picked up by the neighbourhood team or desk based enquiry officers across the force.

Insp Hughes said: “Nine in custody today when I started, three relevant to Wrexham. One male charged with breaching a restraining order, he will be placed before the courts this morning.

A second male charged with three shopliftings after he was detained yesterday morning and officers quickly identified him as the washing powder offender from 4am that morning, so no clean get away after all.

The third detainee has been arrested for assault and was located hiding in a bush at 3am this morning.

Lots planned this weekend in Wrexham, atmosphere is set to be good and I truly hope it is pleasant and enjoyed by all.

08:47hrs: First of three call from large town centre retailers, it appears that between 17:00hrs – 20:00hrs on the 29th June most have been visited by an organised group of what are likely to be offenders from out of the area.

They have systematically entered the store, made their way to the alcohol section, in particular spirits before selecting and stealing a significant number of bottles.

I would suggest this is most likely committed by an OCG (organised crime gang) these items will be sold online or via other retailers having been sold on.

Those committing the offences are sometimes involved through choice, but on occasion are coerced to commit these offences.

Officers will attend today and collate the CCTV footage and record statements; it is highly likely they have been active across the region.

10:10hrs: Criminal damage reported to windows at an office near to the town centre, CCTV review will be undertaken, no suggestion of any attempt to gain entry, just pointless and frustrating damage.

11:07hrs: Report of a heated argument taking place near to queen square – officers are nearby and attend. If you don’t like someone, just ignore them, no need to involve others in your quarrels.

11:26hrs: Another report of damage at a location not far from the first, possible it is the same offender who has committed both. Officers will try to link, again no entry gained.

11:59hrs: Washing powder bandit detained after foot chase. We are on a roll 3-0, one officer falls and receives some nasty cuts to his hand – true commitment as he gets up and continues the male then detained.

16:24hrs: Drunk male causing issues in licensed premises – officers attend and escort him away ensuring all is calm.

16:46hrs: male calls on 999 asking for the phone number to the hospital…

19:06hrs: RTC – Stansty Road near to Crispin lane – two vehicles have come together – officers attend – priority is injury, which is confirmed as minor – road closed for short time whilst details taken and vehicles recovered.

20:53hrs: Intoxicated male asleep on a bus – officers attend and remove.

21:00hrs: Report of a lurking male causing a little concern – officers attend – no one located.

22:25hrs: Assist with medical emergency – resolved on arrival.

00:51hrs: Concern for safety / missing person – located safe and well.

03:00hrs: Wanted male located in a bush.

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