Police warning after mystery ‘bangs’ in the night


Helen Davies

POLICE are warning of the potential dangers of fireworks following an incident in Denbigh early yesterday morning whereby a home made firework was believed to have been ignited.

Another mysterious loud bang disturbed a community late in the town at night this week.

It came after police had arrested two men last Thursday in connection with a string of other similar incidents in the Lenten Pool area of Denbigh.

The latest blast took place at around 1.10am yesterday, Tuesday, and woke dozens of worried residents.

“People are petrified,” said Karen Armstrong, who lives on Lloyd Avenue.

“They’re thinking now it’s only going to stop when someone gets injured. Something needs to be done.

“Last night’s wasn’t as big as last week, but they do seem to be getting bigger. It started off just sounding like fireworks.

“It does seem to be esculating. The worry is what are they going to do next.”

The bang woke Denbigh resident Michelle Jones too.

“I looked out of my bedroom window and I could see all the smoke again coming from Lentern Pool,” she said.

“It was really loud. My son came running out of his bedroom. It’s getting worrying now.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police said they were called to the scene at 1.10am and sent a police helicopter and officers to investigate.

He said no damage was found and there were no injuries reported.

Yesterday’s blast came after 11 other loud bangs late at night over the course of a month.

“You’d think in a little town like Denbigh you’d be safe,” said Karen.

“People are scared to go out at night now.”

On Thursday, North Wales Police executed two warrants in relation to the incidents and two men aged 22 and 23, both from the Denbigh area, were taken into custody at St Asaph for questioning.

It followed the most serious explosion at 1.05am on March 24 when police were called to the Lenten Pool area after damage was caused to several vehicles and surrounding houses.

Detective Inspector Sion Williams said: “Fortunately, nobody is believed to have been injured, neither was any property damaged. There is however real potential that somebody could sustain serious injury such as burns from the devices either to themselves or to others."

She added: "Someone in this close knit community may hold information that could prove vital to our investigations.  The chemicals and other items that are needed to make these fireworks have to be stored somewhere and I directly appeal to local residents that if they hold this information or anything else that would assist us, however insignificant they may feel the information to be,  to call us on 101.

"All information given to us will be treated in the strictest of confidence.Its important that those responsible realise that the offences they are committing are serious and, once convicted of an offence, could attract a significant term of imprisonment.”

Anyone with information is asked to call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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