A COUNCILLOR said it is only a matter of time before ‘someone is killed’ after yet another arson attack in Wrexham.
Smithfield councillor Keith Gregory has voiced his concerns that ‘senseless arson crime’ could soon have fatal consequences.
His comments come after a moped was torched in Caia Park on Saturday morning.
North Wales Fire and Rescue were called to the blaze at 11.55am on Saturday after the moped was set alight on the Queensway Industrial Estate. The fire service confirmed the incident was being treated as arson and the fire was deliberately started.
This attack comes just days after it was decided that arson would be treated as one of three top priorities by police in Caia Park over the next three months following a meeting between officers and Caia Park community councillors on Thursday night.
On August 20, cars were set on fire in the area in the space of 10 minutes, with one causing a family-of-six to flee their home after their car was torched.
Cllr Gregory said: “As a councillor and a resident of Caia Park I am very worried following yet another arson.
“It is a case of here we go again. Arson is a senseless crime and one of these days someone is going to be killed in one of these fires, whether it be children or a family in their home. It really is a silly, dangerous crime.
“All agencies are trying to work together on this issue and the police have a hard enough job as it is. It is a very difficult crime to deal with. I would say that people must be more vigilant in the area and call the police or us councillors if they see or hear anything suspicious.”
Cllr Gregory added that the community camera installed on Pentre Gwyn was proving successful and that more cameras in the area may help prevent incidents like this happening in the future.
Wrexham town centre Inspector Mark Williams said: “The moped was found burned out by the side of the river in Gwenfro. It was a stolen vehicle so it does not fit in with the random arsons we were having last year but of course it is still concerning and is no less serious.”
North Wales Police said that the incident will be the subject of an investigation and anyone with further information is urged to contact them on 101.