Posted: Fri 2nd Jun 2023

Regular police helicopter flights ‘likely to be a training exercise’

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Jun 2nd, 2023

Local police have said there is ‘nothing to be concerned about’ after the police helicopter has made several trips to the same places over the last few days.

The helicopter has been a regular sight in the same places over the last week, with regular low activity over the Rossett interchange and Garden Village areas.

The details came via Wrexham Inspector Rob Stevenson in the regular updates, which also give another snapshot of local policing in the city, along with a return of Inspector Luke Hughes.

The full update from police is below, and for clarity this is written by local police:

Good afternoon ,
I think we are over the hill and Inspector Luke is halfway through his little project, before he returns back to the office in just over a weeks’ time.
I hope he likes what I have done to the place! I’ve redecorated the office and chosen a retro look, it may have blown his annual overtime budget, but I think he’ll like it as I’ve chosen a 70’s vibe, hoping that it will remind him of his teenage years .
Back to business and I’d like to start off with some great news and an excellent display of teamwork between neighbourhood, patrol and the student officer development team ‍♂️.
More importantly it was another excellent example of an arrest utilising our electric assist bicycles , in locating a Mr Floyd Vassell, who was wanted on a recall to prison. Immediately prior to his arrest, he was goading officers, suggesting that we would never find “you know who” for their recall to prison… Little did he know, we were after him as well, following his licence being revoked just a couple of hours earlier!
I make that three arrests now in seven days where our bicycles have been involved. In fact, the only three we’ve ever had in the city since they were purchased through the funding obtained by the “Safer Streets” initiative.
There’s your challenge Luke, for when you return, otherwise the bosses will be telling you “to get on your bike” .
Also, our eye in the sky was out over Wrexham today and yesterday, as some of you may have noticed. Nothing to be concerned about as we had no reported incidents or made requests for it, so likely to be a training exercise. I’ve sent them a message to confirm everything is A-OK and if its anything different I’ll let you know.
So what happened yesterday?
08.00 – Adult male forced his way into parents’ house and caused damage inside, he was quickly arrested and taken to Llay.
❗ 09.50 – Reports of £800 worth of gardening supplies stolen overnight from the outdoor gardening section of a retail premise. This has become a bit of a problem of late, with the summer now upon us (OK, almost here – officially on the 21st) and gardening supplies have become a popular item to steal.
Coincidentally, I was updated by neighbourhood Sergeant Hughes that premises in the city with outdoor sales areas are starting to cover their premises with SMARTWATER – an invisible unique traceable liquid which makes you light up like Blackpool illuminations under a UV light. Nice deterrent, and ideal evidence to prosecute offenders.
12.19 – Minor traffic collision near to Lilac Way/ Mold Road.
14.19 – A vehicle stolen from a neighbouring policing area was recovered in the Hightown area – let’s hope that forensic evidence will lead us to finding the offender.
‍♂️ 16.50 – Our helpful anti-social behaviour and local demand reduction officers confirmed that a Criminal Protection Notice warning (CPNw) had been approved for a male who has been causing a nuisance at the Maelor hospital. If his behaviour continues, we will seek to escalate, so that we will have greater powers to arrest him should his anti-social behaviour continue.
22.16 – An assault was reported on Talbot Road. When officers arrived, the suspect was found in the street in possession of a metal pole – when I say metal pole, I mean a vacuum clearer attachment. Let’s leave cleaning up of the streets up to us, please.
✅ 23.37 – Assisted with a 97-year-old who had pressed her assistance alarm. Thankfully, it was an accidental activation, and all was well.
00.01 – Remember our suspected window smasher from yesterday? Well, having been released from custody pending further enquiries, it was reported that she returned to the same location and smashed ANOTHER window! Back to custody for another free night’s bed and board, the service in their must be exceptional.
Luke, here is a picture of your new office.
Have a good evening all.
Rob



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