Posted: Wed 22nd Jun 2022

Five shoplifting offences and assisting elderly residents among police call outs in last 24 hours for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

Details of callouts attended by officers from NWP Wrexham Town in the last 24 hours have been released by the local inspector.

Insp Luke Hughes has started providing daily updates to the public on the sort of incidents that police attend on a daily basis.

Along with crimes many incidents are attended to assist with vulnerable members of the public or to issue advice and guidance.

Officers in the town centre dealt with 56 calls on Tuesday (21 June), including five shoplifting offences, an attempted break in at a shop and assisting elderly residents in the community.

A breakdown of the callouts from yesterday can be found below:

09:35hrs: Shoplifting high street – fabric softener stolen by female suspect.

Insp Hughes said: “Sadly likely to be sold on so the offender can purchase drugs.

“It is a sad reality of most towns / cities across the UK, locally we are looking at way to support these individuals and get them help, but we also take a hard line on prosecution and a court appearance will be inevitable.

10:58hrs: Officers attend to a vehicle that has momentarily lost control whilst parking and driven straight through the owners own garage door, through the back wall and into a shed. No one was hurt.

11:04hrs: Attend to an insecure property with concerns people are accessing it – all in order and arrangements made to secure.

12:10hrs: Another shoplifting – staff report that two adults have given items to a child (under 10) and encouraged the same to walk out of the shop thus stealing the items.

Insp Hughes said: I’m lost for words… utterly disgraceful, CCTV enquiries ongoing, clear concern for safety of the child concerned.

“Five shopliftings were reported in total yesterday; all items stolen were non-essential items, stolen for profit, officers will review the CCTV and follow up, no respect for retailers and local business, if you are ever offered cheap products please turn them down.”

13:00hrs: Notification from national offender’s management that a male has been recalled to prison, details circulated and enquiries ongoing to locate – no risk to public.

14:33hrs: Concerned member of the public reports a group of people trying to light a barbecue in a local park, officers attend and advise given.

14:45hrs: Sec59 ASB driving – warning notice issued to rider of motorbike – Archers Way – if he continues it will be seized.

15:28hrs: Report of suspicious male trying to sell conifers door to door in a residential area – officers attend – no trees or suspicions men seen.

15:30hrs: Elderly male who has taken a fall in a flat pulling his emergency cord, officers attend – all in order.

15:42hrs: Concerns for safety – elderly confused male can’t find his wife, officer attend offer comfort and reunite – all in order.

17:42hrs: Anti social behaviour involving a drone over a residential property, previously warned – no sign of drone on arrival – NPT will monitor.

19:20hrs: Panic alarm pressed at OAP property, installed in case of rogue traders etc., officers arrive within 4 minutes from time dispatched – all in order, accidental activation.

00:07hrs: Officers respond to a disorder male in Abbot street, he has assaulted a member of the public, and duly assaults a female officer who attempt to assist – arrested, request made to charge and bail with conditions to not enter Wrexham at night and our licensed venues – totally unacceptable behaviour.

02:24hrs: Call from member of the public advising she thinks someone is breaking into a shop – prompt response – area search and three arrests made for burglary.

Insp Hughes added: “Officers also had to travel to Gatwick overnight to bring back two males arrested for offences in Wrexham when they were detained trying to flee the country… top result. Can’t do the time, don’t do the crime…

“As you can see, quite a lot of our work is none crime based, but it’s all done to help people in our community and I’m overwhelmed by the support show to the officers as they go about their work.”

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