SHOP owners were left outraged after a series of windows were smashed in Rhyl town centre in the early hours of Monday morning. 

High Street stores – including Age Cymru,  Greggs, Poundland, Costa, Subway, McDonalds, The Queen’s Restaurant and Piazza Café – were all victims of the attack after windows were smashed on their shop fronts.

Sarah Ward, manager of Costa Coffee shop, said: “Who would go around smashing windows? This was just a mindless act of vandalism.”

Cath Bridge, manager of Age Cymru, added: “We had to close for a while to sort things out but the window is secure now and we are hoping it will be fixed by the end of the week.”

Manager of the White Rose Shopping Centre, Richard Henderson, said: “It was an act of mindless vandalism which does nothing to lift the spirits of the town.  

“It was so disappointing to see when I came in on Monday morning and so hard to understand.

“There are so many positive things happening in Rhyl and so many people who are trying to put Rhyl back on the radar. This just sets the mood back and puts you in a state of depression. It also has a detrimental effect on prospective traders.”

North Wales Police have arrested and charged a 27-year-old man with eight counts of criminal damage. He has been bailed to appear before Llandudno Magistrates on July 18.”