Friday 16 Oct 2020
Following a successful week long operation in Rhyl involving the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), Priority Crime Team (PCT) and Central Targeted Activity Team (CTAT) 4 men have been arrested for drugs offences and a closure notice has been granted on a property in the town.
On Monday 12th October, acting on information of cuckooing, the NPT visited a room at the Imperial Hotel where the resident and a man from the Liverpool area were arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. A quantity of drugs and cash were seized at the premises and both males have been bailed with conditions.
On Tuesday 13th October, a 48 hour closure notice was issued on Flat 2, 38 Bath Street to protect two vulnerable tenants. This was further supported at Llandudno Magistrates Court and on Thursday a 3 month closure notice was granted, which only permits the people specified to enter or live at the address.
Community Beat Manager PC Melanie Smith who instigated the closure order said: “The Rhyl NPT is committed to targeting those who seek to exploit the most vulnerable members of our community by engaging in Op Guardian visits. We will continue to support them during the lifespan of the closure order and will put before the courts anyone found in breach of the order.”
Two men were arrested after a warrant was executed at an address in Sydenham Avenue, Rhyl, on Wednesday 14 October. A substantial amount of drugs, a weapon and cash were seized and as a result 21-year-old Nicolas Williams from the Manchester area was charged with 2 counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Sgt Kevin Smith said: “We suspect this joint operation will cause significant disruption to the County Lines drug dealers who target the most vulnerable and bring violence and misery to our streets.”
“Keeping our communities safe remains our top priority. We will persistently target those who bring drugs into our communities from outside North Wales in line with the force policy of directly targeting serious and organised crime.”
“However, we can’t tackle this problem alone and key to all our work, and that of our partners, is intelligence. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the community sharing their concerns with us.”
Information can be passed to North Wales Police direct via the web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx or by phoning 101. If you’d rather pass information anonymously please phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.