North East Wales

Extra police patrols to tackle bad behaviour in Wrexham

Police patrols have been increased in an area of Wrexham and covert cameras have been set up to try to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Operation Golden Eagle was launched after residents' complaints in Penycae.

Pensioner Steven Mitchell-Fleming wrote to the North Wales Police Authority saying residents' calls were being ignored and a "roving gang" of up to 30 youths were causing problems.

Bottles and fireworks were thrown at his house by the youths, he said.

South Wrexham Inspector Iwan Jones said: "There has been an issue with anti social behaviour in Penycae but this is being resolved through partnership work with the local council.

"For example we have increased patrols, placed covert cameras in the area and referred licensed premises to our licensing officer.


"We are also conducting pro-active patrols in key areas and our neighbourhood policing teams are utilising the very latest video recording technology to capture images of anti social behaviour in a drive to make parents/guardians aware of where their children are and what they are up to."

Mr Mitchell-Fleming kept a diary of alleged events he said he had witnessed between October and December 2010.

They included gangs of youths throwing bottles and fireworks at his house, trying to steal property, graffiti on his fence and, among others, youths drinking outside his property.

Mr Mitchell-Fleming said the area had suffered from problems with underage drinking four years ago, but the problem was eased after regular meetings were set up between police and residents.

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