Vehicles damaged after 'explosion' in Denbigh

Police are investigating an apparent explosion in Denbigh which damaged three cars and shattered the windows of two houses.

The incident happened shortly after 01:00 GMT on Saturday in the Lenten Pool area of the town.

Officers believe an object had been set alight under one of the vehicles.

It follows a number of similar incidents in recent weeks which has seen fireworks set off on car bonnets. There were no reports of any injuries.

Colin Hughes, who represents Lenten Pool on Denbighshire council and Denbigh town council, said residents have told how houses shook during the explosion.

"The item that caused the explosion was put under a 4x4 vehicle and it damaged two to three cars and smashed glass in two houses," Mr Hughes said.

CCTV call

"We're lucky no-one was injured because that area is usually quite busy on a Saturday night with people coming home from the pub or restaurants, but because of the weather many people stayed at home."

Mr Hughes condemned the explosion and is calling for CCTV to be installed in the area to prevent further incidents.

"There have been a number of similar incidents over the last few weeks where fireworks have been let off on car bonnets," he added.

"This was a much bigger explosion, but we don't know yet what caused it.

"I have visited a couple of residents today and they are deeply upset and unsettled by what has happened. People don't want to live in Lenten Pool any more. I will be visiting more residents in the area tomorrow."

Mr Hughes said the police had assured him they were giving the investigation their top priority.

Extra patrols

He said Lenten Pool was a residential area which included sheltered housing for the elderly.

"I will be speaking to Denbighshire council and the local housing association tomorrow about the possibility of installing CCTV in the area for added security," he said.

Police cordoned off the area while it was made safe, and forensic officers have been examining the scene.

Patrols have been stepped up in Lenten Pool while detectives investigate the incident.

Officers said they wanted to reassure the community that they were conducting a thorough investigation and were treating the incident "very seriously".

Det Insp Richie Green said: "We are urging anyone who has any information or who may have seen or heard anything to contact North Wales Police as soon as possible."

People with information can contact North Wales Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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