A BUSINESS owner who witnessed a man injecting drugs into his groin in front of his shop said it was “the final nail in the coffin” and he will move elsewhere.
Mathew Dymond, who owns Krazy Dymond Tattoo Studio in Bank Street, Wrexham, said his livelihood has been affected by problems with crime and drugs since moving his business there from Saltney three years ago.
Mr Dymond’s studio has been broken into twice during that time and he said a combination of homeless people defecating nearby and drug addicts using the area near his studio as a drug den has put more and more customers off.
Now 41-year-old Mr Dymond, of Rossett, said the problems are forcing him to up sticks yet again and move his business elsewhere.
He is set to move into premises in Charles Street, Wrexham, next month.
The first break-in two years ago came when thieves kicked the side door through to gain entry and stole a television as well as a tattoo machine.
The total cost of the damage was about £800.
After the first theft, Mr Dymond – who has been a tattooist for 13 years – had an alarm system installed.
But when thieves broke in again the following year, it did not go off. This time thieves made off with a small amount of cash.
He said: “The final nail in the coffin was when I caught a lad injecting drugs into his groin outside my shop at 3.30pm in broad daylight.
“There’s a recess nearby where homeless people sleep and we can see them defecating and urinating from the window.
“It puts people off coming here and it’s affecting my business.
“The police were on about putting a camera up and there was one there for a couple of months, but they took it down.
“The police need to give us more help. We have been trying to fight this for years but nothing is being done.”
Alun Hughes, owner of Alun Hughes Film, Music and Nostalgia in Bank Street, said police were doing a good job in trying to combat the problem and had sympathy for people addicted to drugs.
He said: “You do get groups of homeless people around sometimes but they usually get moved on after a while.
“I think [Wrexham Town Centre Inspector] Paul Wycherley is generally on the ball with it.
“It can be quite intimidating for people, but I wish someone would break the cycle for these people.
“They are just dying a slow death.”
Insp Wycherley said: “The town centre team consists of a sergeant, two constables and six PCSOs.
“All of them are regularly on patrol and I am delighted with the response we have had through social media about our increased presence in the town centre.
“The issue with people who are perceived to be homeless is a wider issue than just for police.
“My officers have done and will continue to respond to claims of
anti-social behaviour in the town centre and where any crimes are revealed or become apparent, robust action will be taken.”