STORM Erik brought strong winds that flattened dozens of trees and caused travel disruption across Wrexham on Saturday morning.

The gusts, some exceeding 60mph, resulted in a reported 35 fallen trees across the county and led to blocked roads with North Wales Police (NWP) having to warn people to take extra care when driving.

A spokesman for the NWP confirmed a large tree that had come down in Brymbo, near to the Ffwd Pub in Brymbo, led to the closure of Minera Road in both directions, which took several hours to clear due to the tree's significant size.

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Other routes around the county affected included Mold Road and Old Mold Road in Gwersyllt, which was re-opened after just over an hour, with Cllr Andrew Atkinson praising the work of council staff responding to the situation.

Another tree that came down on Prices Lane went crashing through a fence and caused a street sign to become mangled.

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In the town centre, a fairly large tree that came down behind the Guildhall resulted in an advertising bollard being destroyed with a poor bear being split in two. 

Cllr David A Bithell Lead Member Environment and Transport said Wrexham council have been out all night since just after midnight and dealt with 35 trees which have fallen across the county some of which have damaged cars.

He said: "Four crews from the council have responded including a contractor to assist and all main routes are now open. Our crews will continue this afternoon to clear the debris left by the storm.

"My thanks to all our crews in dealing with the hundreds of calls during the night."