THERE is currently just a single PCSO covering the largest estate in Wrexham, and one of the largest in Wales.

Police coverage in Caia Park is to be reduced to just one PCSO, Nicholas Perry, due to other officers leaving or moving on.

PCSO Perry told a meeting of the estate's community council the situation was being 'reviewed' but members were astonished at what they felt was a lack of policing cover and plan to write to the chief constable about the situation.

The estate covers 13,000 people, a third of the population of Wrexham town, across five wards, and has experienced high profile issues with drugs, arson and anti-social behaviour for a number of years.

As recently as three years ago it was covered by a community beat manager, five constables and five PCSOs.

PCSO Perry said: "PCSO Jack Seymour is leaving in the next few weeks PCSO staff will be quite strapped, leaving just myself in Caia Park for the time being.

"The inspector will review this but because we're so strapped the idea is that we maintain close contact with councillors especially by email which is going quite well, but it is going to be reviewed."

He added that a constable might be designated to Caia Park soon.

Whitegate Councillor Brian Cameron said the situation of having one PCSO to patrol the whole estate was "ridiculous".

He said: "It's not Nick's fault but to be down to one PCSO for the whole of Caia Park is absolutely ridiculous.

"It's about time we bring the sergeant and inspector to a community council to advise us of their plans for the future of Caia Park."

Council chair, Wynnstay Cllr Malcolm King, a former chairman of the police authority added: "Even if we had a PCSO and a constable, in my view that would be reckless.

"In terms of population, Wrexham has 39,000 people while Caia Park is a third of that, with 13,000. It's unlikely that there are just two other PCSOs for the rest of Wrexham.

"Someone needs to get a grip because it's not okay. We need to write to the chief constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner because it's ridiculous and I can't imagine they are happy about it either.

"It's not fair on Nick."

Cllr Cameron added: "A problem for Caia Park is a problem for Wrexham."

In February PCSO Jack Seymour told members that the force was hoping to recruit and train new PCSO's as soon as possible.

Members resolved to write to the chief constable about the issue.