North East Wales

Homes evacuated in Wrexham gas blast threat

Homes were evacuated in Wrexham after police received reports a man was threatening to cause a gas explosion.

North Wales Police said officers called to Wilson Avenue found a man dousing himself in what appeared to be petrol shortly before 17:20 BST on Wednesday.

A 47-year-old man gave himself up to officers 20 minutes later and has been arrested for affray and detained.

Police called in explosives experts after finding an object which initially caused some concern.

However, the object and the area was declared safe by 19:50 BST.

North Wales Fire and Rescue personnel and paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service were also called to the scene as a precaution.

Ch Insp David Roome said: "Highly trained resources were quickly deployed to the scene.

"The objective of all agencies involved was to protect the public, and this was achieved.

"We are grateful to local residents for their understanding and cooperation and I'm happy to say the area can now return to normality."

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