A ROAD was cordoned off amid fears for a woman on top of the People’s Market car park in Wrexham.
And North Wales Police has defended itself against criticism that disabled motorists were not allowed to get to their parked cars as the operation unfolded yesterday afternoon.
The incident in the Market Street area of Wrexham town centre happened at about 3.20pm. The police and ambulance services were called to the scene.
North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern said officers received reports of a woman standing on top of the People’s Market car park.
“There was concern for the woman’s wellbeing but the incident was resolved,” Mr McGivern said.
Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics were called but were not needed. A spokesman said: “We were called at 3.27pm to the People’s Market on Chester Street, following concerns for a woman’s welfare, and sent an ambulance officer to the scene.”
Cllr Keith Gregory, who has spina bifida, raised concerns about the way Market Street was cordoned off by police. They diverted traffic and pedestrians away from the scene.
Before the incident began, Cllr Gregory had parked his car in a disabled bay in Market Street to walk round town. After finishing shopping and seeking to get home, he found access to his vehicle was blocked by officers.
“I was told I would have to walk back to the Vaults pub area and get access that way,” Cllr Gregory said.
“I tried it, only to find two police officers stopping pedestrians from going any further.
Those who were waiting included two people in wheelchairs and it was starting to rain.
“The police insisted they couldn’t let anyone through because there was an operation ongoing.
“I went into the People’s Market and was then able to get to my car that way. I appreciate it was a serious situation but the parking area for the disabled was at the other end of the road well away from the police activity.
“I think the disabled people could have been allowed to get to their cars and be diverted away in order to get home.”
In response to Cllr Gregory’s concerns, Mr McGivern said: “Appropriate action was taken to deal with the situation and ensure everyone’s safety.”