Filthy drug den found in Wrexham town centre


Rory Sheehan

A FILTHY den full of drugs paraphernalia has been found in Wrexham town centre.
The shelter has been set-up inside a wooded area of land next to Capel y Groes, and across the road from Waterworld on Holt Road, Bodhyfryd.
Filled with dirty needles, drug equipment, bedding and dirty clothing, Smithfield councillor Keith Gregory has drawn attention to the site to express concern about the welfare of those using it and others who could come into contact with the drugs equipment.
Cllr Gregory said: “I was shocked when I first saw it. It’s like something out of Robin Hood, but absolutely disgusting – a cardboard city with plastic everywhere.
“It’s something people just aren’t aware of – out of sight, out of mind – but it’s right there in the town centre, across the road from shops, public leisure facilities, the court, even the police station.
“I understand these people have got to live somewhere and I do feel sorry for them, but I’m also concerned for the children of the town as it’s an area they would be tempted to play.”
Cllr Gregory estimated at least half-a-dozen people could have been staying there in the last few months and said he had reported the matter to the police in the hope of seeing the area cleaned up.
Wrexham town centre inspector Paul Wycherley, of North Wales Police, said he was aware of the issues about homeless people drug-taking in public and said action was being taken.
He said: “We are part of a multi-agency approach and have had a number of meetings recently to put an action plan in place.
“We understand the public’s concern and we have to distinguish between those genuinely homeless and in need, and those who are using drugs in public – who will be dealt with robustly.”
Janet Lowden, head of operations at the Wrexham branch of Shelter Cymru, says there is provision available in town for those who need help.
She said: “Although we don’t have accommodation ourselves, there is a night shelter in Wrexham, run by Ty Nos Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, and there is St John’s House.
“We have a partnership with CAIS (Cyngor Alcohol Information Service) on King Street aimed at 16 to 25-year-olds who have problems with drugs and alcohol and The Elms also provides services for people with drug and alcohol issues."

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