Posted: Fri 23rd Sep 2022

Officers called to sudden death on Crispin Lane, shoplifting offences and helping vulnerable residents for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

Officers from Wrexham city dealt with shoplifting offences, assisting vulnerable members of the community and attending the scene of a sudden death at a location on Crispin Lane

In today’s daily update, Wrexham City Inspector Luke Hughes said:

As I said yesterday, I’m working a run of night shifts this week and wow, I’m so out of practice.

I seem to hit a wall at around 3am, credit to the officers who work these on a weekly basis. Our current pattern is two days, two nights, days off and then do it again… pretty relentless.

It’s a very different feel in the station at night. As you would imagine, it’s much quieter and most officers spend the night out of the station roaming the streets.

It’s the one chance we get to be proactive and get back to basics. I certainly encourage that approach and it feels like it’s paying off with some of the great self-generated arrests we have had recently.

The first thing I did when I got into work tonight was to review the last few hours, so here we go:-

09:03hrs: Distressed elderly caller (87) – confused and in need of support – officers attended, and appropriate referrals will be made.

09:39hrs: Officers attend the scene of a sudden death at a location on Crispin Lane. No suspicions of criminally, but matters such as this require officers to attend and conduct an admin role on behalf of the coroner – RIP.

10:10hrs: Report of damage at location on Rhosnesni Lane. Enquiries ongoing to identify suspect who was captured on CCTV causing the damage.

11:06hrs: Reports of two shoplifting offences at a location on the Border Retail Park. Two female suspects named.

12:40hrs: Officers attend to Wrexham General train station following a report of a distressed female and concerns for her safety, she is located and supported, no harm caused.

Of note, all matters that take place at a train station and the immediate area surrounding are actually the responsibility of the British Transport Police, however they tend to be based in Chester so your local officers will deal with most matters at the general and central stations.

13:16hrs: 16-year-old girl detained for shoplifting at the Central Retail Park, arrested and released to the youth offending team to decide on disposal.

15:16hrs: Officers attend to a pendant alarm activation belonging to a 94-year-old lady. She is found safe and well, accidental activation.

16:49hrs: 999 call – female voice heard in distress, she is saying “oh Sh%T Oh Sh%t… Oh I can’t get you off…” initial concern is eventually allayed when the call takers confirm it was a pocket dial and that she couldn’t get the call off her phone screen.

17:30hrs: Officers on foot patrol on Henblas Street spot a well-known lady walking out of a large sports retailer.

Local knowledge at its finest as they know she isn’t allowed in ANY retail premises for two years having been hit with a CBO due to the volume of retail thefts she has committed in the past. She is arrested, charged and remanded and she will be in court in the morning.

It’s very much a revolving door system at present, longer sentences have to be the answer as far as I’m concerned. I know others may disagree, but some people are relentless and have no intention to be rehabilitated – we need a deterrent.

18:12hrs: Female reports she thinks her purse was stolen whilst shopping in the town today. States it’s always in her bag but now gone.

Desk based officers will contact her to discuss; CCTV can be reviewed if we can narrow thing down, and if cards have been used we can be more targeted.

20:48hrs: Report of an assault on Prince Charles road (will this need to be changed to King Charles Road now?). Passing motorist states she saw youths beating up a male on the floor, officers attend but no one’s makes themselves known and to date we have had no further reports?

20:15hrs: Shoplifting reported at fashion retailer on Plas Coch – handbag snatcher – second time this unidentified female taken high value bags.

CCTV will be reviewed, but if it’s you and you are reading this, it’s time to stop and pop into the station so we can clear this up. It would be awfully embarrassing for you if the footage was circulated.

21:15hrs: Report of a stolen E-scooter from a male in the town centre. Officers attend and record details – enquires ongoing.

02:17hrs: The ever vigilant CCTV operators pick up three males walking in the city centre. Officers descend upon them and confirm two are wanted, one for theft x 3 and the other following a forensic link to a business that was broken into in June. All arrested.

And that’s your lot for this week, my next update is Monday.

We have a busy weekend in the city, two-day food festival on Waterworld car park, football at 3pm on Saturday and then the rescheduled concert on Sunday at Llwyn Isaf. If you have some spare time, pop along and support these events they are great for our city.

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