COMMUNITY policing in Wrexham is no longer working, a long-serving councillor has said.

Acton had five Police Community Support Officers (PCSOc) but now has only three and they are shared with neighbouring Rhosddu.

Cllr Anne Evans told Acton Community Council: “This is not criticising the PCSOs.

"They are doing their very best under difficult circumstances but they are covering a very big area and cannot possibly be policing in the community as we knew it.

"I appreciate the police have had to make financial cuts but lots of things have changed in recent years."

Cllr Evans said the council used to have regular meetings with an inspector at Wrexham police station but that no longer happened.

She was unanimously supported in calling for the matter to be taken up with the senior officers in Colwyn Bay.

County Cllr Geoff Lowe said: "I don’t suppose we are the only community council unhappy with the situation, but it is vital for residents to see PCSOs walking around the area and important for the police to obtain information from the residents."

PCSO Sam Costage said he and his colleagues walk and drive around the area every day and one officer is on duty in Acton each day and there is a special unit which deals if any sudden crime issues (spikes).

He emphasised that he and his colleagues made regular contact with residents and shopkeepers and all calls from residents were logged and dealt with.

He added action was being taken on roads where councillors had suggested speed tests should be carried out.

County Cllr Paul Jones highlighted the workload on the PCSOs.

He said he was with one on a speed test when the officer was called away on another matter.