Calls for CCTV to focus on drug dealing hotspots in Wrexham


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A COUNCIL is looking to focus CCTV on drug dealing hotspots in the town centre.

Offa Community Council members are concerned Tuttle Street and Tenters Square in Wrexham town centre are becoming hotspots for open dealing, and are looking to have CCTV trained on those areas.

According to Brynyfnnon County Councillor Phil Wynn at this month’s meeting, there have been about 50 homeless people and drug addicts on the streets of Wrexham and it is not proving an easy task to get them to change their lifestyles.

He said the police, Wrexham Council and other agencies were tackling the problem, but it is not an easy job.

Cllr Julie Williams said despite the underpass by Dunelm near the Central Retail Park being blocked, people were still getting down there and she was concerned about the dangers to children with so many syringes being left in that area.

Councillors said they had heard about ‘open’ drug dealing going on in Tuttle Street and Tenters Square areas.

The council is to look into having CCTV trained on the hotspot areas.

It is something that would be supported by Wrexham town centre inspector Paul Wycherley who says CCTV is invaluable in helping curb crime in the area.

He said: “CCTV is massively important to us.

“We have a fantastic relationship with Wrexham Council and the use of their CCTV.

“Some of what we have is the best around.

“Just this morning it has alerted us to two separate incidents of anti-social behaviour and drug possession, offending which upsets people the most in town.

“For example, one male was arrested in Lord Street on suspicion of breaching a public space protection order and being in possession of Class A drugs.”

He added: “Without that CCTV we would not have known they were going on and I genuinely think we couldn’t do without it.

“I’ve got a direct feed of CCTV in Wrexham town centre straight to my desk and I don’t think many other inspectors have that.”

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