A POLICE chief has said the force is doing all it can to ensure Wrexham’s streets are safe at night, following concerns from students.
North Wales Police Insp Paul Wycherley reiterated “students are not being targeted” in attacks after German exchange student, Josef Stucker, was the victim of a robbery on Chapel Street in the early hours of January 15.
He said he believes the town is a safe place to go for a night out and offered to visit students to reassure them all was being done to prevent street crime.
The incident was the second attack on a Glyndwr student in a matter of months following the stabbing on October 2 of another Glyndwr University student, 20-year-old Sean Doyle, on Crispin Lane near the university campus.
Following the sentencing on Friday of Saige Floyd Hughes, 19, for the robbery on Mr Stucker, the German student revealed he was avoiding going out at night and said other students will now only travel to and from the town centre by taxi with some refusing to go out at night at all.
But yesterday Insp Wycherley was at pains to alleviate fears students may have about walking around the town at night following the attacks.
“The incident which took place was swiftly attended to by officers and the victim has seen justice brought about in the quickest time possible,” he said.
“I have offered to meet Mr Stucker and we are able to offer our reassurance to members of the student community that Wrexham is a safe place to be at night, and a safe and enjoyable place to go for a night out.
“We have an increased police presence on the streets with daytime and night patrols through Operation Lex and we have seen a significant reduction in crime in the town. We continue to work with our Make Safe partners and Wrexham Council through their CCTV.
“There is no evidence to suggest students are being targeted. I spoke to a number of students in the town on Saturday night and they all in high spirits.”
Insp Wycherley said the incident on Chapel Street was “extremely serious” and praised officers and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for their swift action.
“Street robbery is an extremely serious incident and thankfully incredibly rare in Wrexham”, he said.
“But this was undoubtedly a very distressing experience for the student involved.
However, I am pleased with how swiftly our officers and the CPS dealt with the incident.
“They were arrested, processed, charged, convicted and sentenced within 10 days.”
Insp Wycherley said he had made contact with Glyndwr University and was happy to speak in person with any students who have concerns over safety in the town.