MORE than 20 warrants and arrests have been carried out in Rhyl during the first month of a new police initiative.

Tomorrow (May 22) marks the first month of “Renew Rhyl”, the multi-agency partnership in the Rhyl West area, aimed at regenerating an area affected by serious and organised crime.

In that time, more than 20 warrants have been executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act with many being positive. 

Multiple investigations are also ongoing, meanwhile, into “possession with intent to supply” offences. 

These are currently awaiting forensic tests and phone downloads to gather the required evidence.


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Several people have also been charged with drugs-related offences, while more than 80 stop-searches have been completed.

In total, there have been 23 arrests, including 11 for drug-related offences, one for public order, four for drug-driving, six for recall to prison, and one for burglary.

Rhyl’s new Public Space Protection Order in the town centre, meanwhile, has been used 12 times to ban people from the area for 48 hours.

There have also been 64 checks completed on people considered to be vulnerable to “cuckooing” for county lines drug-dealing.

In addition, 19 traffic offences have been dealt with, and three environmental visual assessments have been conducted and issues addressed.

This has included graffiti, litter and generally areas looking untidy.

North Wales Police District Chief Inspector David Cust said: “The last month has seen a great deal of work being undertaken to get Renew Rhyl off the ground.

"In the past four weeks, we have seen several positive results from this. 

“This initiative would not be possible without the close collaboration between ourselves, local partners and most importantly the residents and businesses of Rhyl West.

“Please stop and speak to the team and give them your ideas on what you would like to see happen to the area as we continue to evolve the project.

“We will continue to disrupt all types of criminal activity so that we can build a stronger, safer community in Rhyl West, however I am sure the whole town will reap the benefits of these actions.”