Is this the safest village in Wales?

Reporter:

Lois Hough

IS this the safest village in Flintshire or even Wales?

Llanfynydd is a picture of peace and tranquillity where the locals bid you good morning.

The pub, post office and school are at the heart of this close-knit community.

There is also the nearby food co-op where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables every Friday, or the Women’s Institute where you can catch up with friends and share recipes for blackberry jam.

Each Sunday the village descends on St Michael’s Church to sing hymns and pray that the broken-down boiler, which has kept them warm for 50 years, will soon be replaced.

It is no surprise therefore that not a single crime was reported here in December.

That is according to a new website launched by the Home Office which gives people a snapshot of the crime on their streets.

Enter your postcode and you can see the total number of crimes in the area together with a breakdown of categories, including burglary, violence and anti-social behaviour.

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

Retired resident Ken Woodward, 70, has lived in the village on the outskirts of Mold for 32 years.

He says that crime levels are low because of the small population.

“It is a wonderful place to live,” he said.

“If we had sprawling housing estates everywhere then there is bound to be more crime because overpopulation has its problems.

“It is mainly older people that live here too so that helps. The police used to patrol the village on horseback which was a lovely little touch.

“It is a quiet village and long may it stay that way.”

Postmistress Ruth Jones has lived in the village all her life and inherited the business from her mother Dora Evans.

Ruth’s husband Tommy said residents keep others well-informed about what is going on.

“If we see anything unusual we will phone each other straight away,” he said.

“We have three neighbourhood watch groups so we stay vigilant and make everyone aware of suspicious activity.

“Crime comes in waves here. You will get nothing for months and then we have a spate of thefts but that’s the way it is.

“This post office is the hub of the community. You find that people come in for a paper and they will buy a stamp as well.

“Or they will come in for a loaf of bread and get their milk too.”

Llanfynydd Primary School is home to just 51 pupils who stay well-educated about crime and how to report it.

Headteacher Elizabeth Knight: “I’ve been here since 2009 and we have never had a break-in or vandalism.

“It’s such a rural village with a close-knit community. A police liaison officer comes to the school regularly and talks to the children about keeping safe and how to avoid anti-social behaviour.”

The village has a long and colourful history which is helpfully explained on an information board in the centre.

The countryside is dotted with old tunnels and the remains of a railway which act as a reminder of the silica, sandstone and limestone quarries which were active during the 1700s.

Cllr Hilary Isherwood said she was proud of her constituents.

“I’m delighted,” she said. “There is a very good community spirit within the village of Llanfynydd.

“All the residents look out for each other. We hope the lack of crime continues, but we must not be conceited.

“We have to be vigilant. I would like to thank the community and the community council for looking out for each other and making the village a great place to live.”

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