'Crime map’ of North East Wales reveals yob behaviour

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Lois Hough and Phil Robinson

PEOPLE in Flintshire and Wrexham are being plagued by anti-social behaviour, official figures show.

A new website detailing street-level crime reveals that almost every area of the county is blighted by nuisance behaviour, from petty vandalism to noisy neighbours.

The £300,000 website was launched by the Home Office on Monday using data provided by local police forces and for the first time gives give people a snapshot of what is happening on their streets.

By typing in the name of a district or postcode people can see the total number of crimes in an area together with a breakdown of categories of crime, including burglary, violence and anti-social behaviour.

Using an interactive map they can also home in exactly where these were committed, right down to street level.

In the area covering in and around Mold, there were 93 incidents recorded, including 50 anti-social behaviour and 12 violent crime.

Deeside community sergeant Tony Heaword said the figures in the area were a huge improvement from last year.

He said: “This year in Deeside we have managed to achieve a 15 per cent reduction in all crime.

“This equates to well over 300 less victims over the past 12 months. That is a fantastic achievement.

“The vast majority of wards are also experiencing reductions in anti-social behaviour, a reduction of 21 per cent in Aston for example.

“In the Deeside area we are constantly and actively engaged in dealing with criminality and anti-social behaviour.

“We will continue to do this and work with the public and our partners to tackle the issues that are important to the community.”

Connah’s Quay councillor Aaron Shotton is calling for more bobbies on the streets.

He said: “We have to remember that Connah’s Quay is the largest town in
Flintshire. It should be the top priority for the deployment of officers on the beat.”

Flint, Holywell and Mold also recorded high figures with 108, 97 and 93 incidents respectively.

Just one crime was reported in the villages of Halkyn and Cilcain in December. The safest village is Llanfynydd where no crimes were reported at all in December.


In and around Wrexham town centre there were a total of 564 crimes last December.

Of these, 219 were classified as anti-social behaviour, with the second highest category being violent crime, of which there were 89, along with 27 burglaries and five robberies.

In contrast, Gresford had 11 crimes listed for the month, including five of anti-social behaviour and three of violent crime.

Cllr Keith Gregory, who represents the central Wrexham ward of Smithfield, said: “I am getting an increasing number of complaints from people in my area about anti-social behaviour and I think other councillors are the same.

“Anti-social behaviour might sound like something minor, but if you’ve had the mirrors ripped off your car and have to get them replaced, it’s a big inconvenience.

“I think the problem is that there aren’t enough police on the beat.”

Insp Alex Goss, who is in charge of policing the central Wrexham area, said: “Anti-social behaviour is something that we are continually trying to reduce.

“In the county of Wrexham, there was actually a 14 per cent reduction in December 2010, compared to the previous December.

“North Wales Police works hard with its partners to reduce anti-social behaviour.”

See www.police.uk for more information.

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