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Response to disaster in Mold showed community spirit

Published date: 11 December 2013 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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MARKET traders and members of the public have been praised for their response after a car ploughed through market stalls in Mold.

Dave Hill, Mold’s town centre manager, described the quick response in the aftermath of the incident on Saturday as “typical of the sense of community”.

Eight people were hospitalised after the car careered into the busy market at around 11am, demolishing one of the stalls.

Mr Hill said: “I think what we saw was typical of the sense of community that happens in Mold – both with the traders on the market and with the owners of the shops.

“Mold has a reputation for being a friendly and great place to visit. The sad incident that occured on Saturday morning and the community response to it reflects that.

“We can also say that this is the only such occasion in over 100 years that the market has been operating that we have seen anything like this.”

Mr Hill said an investigation would be held into the incident.

“The operating practices will be reviewed to see if there’s any lessons to be learned but this is the very first occasion anything like this has happened,” he said.

“It’s fortuitous that nobody was killed – that’s the positive that can come out of the situation.

“The traders are very resilient and we have the biggest and one of the best street markets in North Wales.”

One heroic market trader, Matty Scott, 24, of Lon Cae Del, Mold, was praised by mother Rachel Glantz in the Leader yesterday for grabbing her son Alfie, 4, out of harms way as the car hit the market stall.

Miss Glantz, 28, was hit by the car and lost sight of her son. At first, she  feared he had been killed.

On Monday, officers from North Wales Police’s Roads Policing Unit interviewed the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision.

A police spokesman said investigations were continuing with witness interviews.
The market is being held as normal today

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