Armed police arrest man in Ponciau after sealing off street

Published date: 31 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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RESIDENTS were shocked to see armed police cordoning off a street in a Wrexham village.

Police were called to a disturbance at a property on Australia Street in Ponciau, described by residents as “something out of a crime film”.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: “At about 11.55am I went outside to have a cigarette and I saw there were loads of police in the road.

“The entrances to the street had been blocked off. I was startled and didn’t know what was going on.

“I could see four police cars. Then armed officers arrived in an unmarked van. I was getting very worried at that stage. All I could do was to keep on watching. After that a dog handler arrived.

“A few officers went around the back of the house involved.

“Eventually, a man was led away in handcuffs. I still don’t know what it was all about.”

North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern said: “We were called at 9am to a disturbance at a house on Australia Street in Ponciau.

“At about 12.50pm a man was arrested and taken into custody.”

When asked about the reason for the large numbers of police involved and the use of armed officers, Mr McGivern added: “It was an operational decision, which we don’t go into details about.”

Another resident said: “There were about four armed officers. Some of the other police there had shields and body armour with protective helmets.

“All the neighbours were coming out of their homes to see what was happening.

“I have never seen anything like this before. It was just like something out of a crime film.”

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