A special meeting gave councillors an insight into the work being undertaken by North Wales Police.
When members of Rhyl Town Council visited Rhyl Police Station, they were not only given a guided tour of the building, which included the former cells, interview rooms and the parade room, but they were also given eye-opening presentations about the award winning Ty Golau Project and the effects ‘County Lines’ are having on the area.
Representatives from Ty Golau together with the police officers involved in the project, which won first prize in the Problem Oriented Partnership, explained to the councillors how, since its establishment in 2015, the project has addressed the issues caused by problematic individuals in the town, getting them to turn their lives around and change their offending behaviour.
Lynda Williams a representative from Ty Golau explained: “The issues have been reduced and become more manageable through strong partnership working between North Wales Police, Ty Golau and Denbighshire County Council.”
District Inspector Alwyn Williams added: “There is plenty going on. We are heading in the right direction with various operations under Operation Deaconing, and we hope public perception of the town is changing for the better.”
The reality of the national issue of ‘County Lines,’ which involves Organised Crime Gangs forcing vulnerable people to travel across borders to commit crime on their behalf, and how it is impacting on North Wales was highlighted in a presentation by Detective Inspector Jon Russell and Brian Nicklin, who emphasised the murder of Mark Mason in Rhyl last October was a specific a County Lines case.
Reassuring those present and in a bid to encourage them to work alongside the police, District Chief Inspector Mark Williams said: “We want you to be our voice we don’t to scare you, but to show the reality. It is not a quick fix, we are working at it – dealing with the wider picture.”
“It is no worse in Rhyl than anywhere else. The problem is everywhere.”
As the meeting drew to a close, Mayor Alan James said: “This has been a very positive meeting for the council. It has been very enlightening – giving us a total overview of the difficulties the police in Rhyl are facing and the hard work they are all putting in.”