Prestatyn man arrested after police car crashes into Cheshire Police HQ


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A PRESTATYN man has been arrested after allegedly stealing a police car and crashing it into Cheshire Police’s HQ gates.

The Journal understands Cheshire Police officer PC Kevin Szabo, 39, who is currently on leave through ill health, was also involved in a six hour stand-off in Trevor Road, Prestatyn on Monday.

A police car was allegedly taken yesterday (Tuesday) morning at about 10.23am from the Ellesmere Port Station, where Szabo is based, and later crashed into a gate at the Winsford HQ building where a 39-year-old was arrested for theft of a vehicle and taken for questioning.

On Monday five police cars and two riot vans attended an incident in Prestatyn with a cordon being put up around Trevor Road.

The incident came to an end after specialist negotiators managed to convince the officer to leave the property.

North Wales Police later said “no further action” would be taken because no criminal offence had been committed.

Cheshire Police's Deputy Chief Constable Helen King said: “Since September the Constabulary has been supporting an officer from the Ellesmere Port area who has been absent through ill health.

“On Monday the Cheshire Constabulary supported North Wales Police to resolve an incident at the officer’s address in Prestatyn.

“Today the officer was able to take possession of a police car and drive it to the Force Headquarters at Winsford where he was arrested. The incident was professionally managed to ensure that the public and members of staff were not put at risk. Nobody suffered any injuries, although minor damage was caused to the police car. The investigation is ongoing.

“The Constabulary provides extensive help and support to officers and staff through line managers, the Occpational Health Unit, help lines, the Police Federation and Unison, recognising the demanding and stressful nature of police work. The support available, together with the security of police premises and property, are being reviewed as a result of today’s incident."

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