A POLICE training exercise has taken place at the closed Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park this morning (May 1).

A witness told the Journal that they saw “armed police” by the entrance to the Prestatyn park, on Barkby Avenue, and heard “gunshots”.


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They added: “Armed police were outside a (holiday) block and police cars were all by the entrance of Pontins.

“I was nearby and heard shouting and gun shots, and when driving home, I’ve just seen all of the police.”

A North Wales Police spokesperson said: "We can confirm that this is a training exercise, not an ongoing incident.

"Our specialist firearms officers often conduct important training to help prepare them for real-life firearms incidents.

"This training is not in relation to any specific threat.

"Today’s training exercise was carried out at the former Pontins site in Prestatyn – a venue which we have previously used over recent weeks.

"This is a secure and closed site which is managed safely by instructors. Other venues are regularly used across North Wales."