Police Chief denies Rhyl force is failing

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A police chief has denied his force is failing a Welsh seaside town following a spate of high profile crimes, including murders and stabbings.

Last night town councillors in Rhyl met face to face with North Wales Chief Constable Mark Polin to ask him what he was doing about it.

North Wales Police released a statement about their plan for robust policing in Rhyl, it said:

North Wales Police will continue to robustly police Rhyl with the aim of making it hostile territory for criminals – this was the clear message to councillors from Chief Constable Mark Polin last night (Wednesday, September 20).

On average three warrants a week are being carried out in the area. So far this year nearly £20k worth of drugs have been seized along with 17 vehicles and £12k cash off the streets.

The Chief Constable, who was accompanied by local Inspector Alwyn Williams and Detective Inspector Jon Russell from the Force’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, had accepted an invitation from Rhyl Town Council to talk about the police response to a number of specific incidents in the town.

The council listed 10 incidents between March 23 and June 29 this year. To date more than 20 people have been arrested for these offences, with 18 having been charged.

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