Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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I have called on Home Office Ministers to support work being done to tackle antisocial behaviour in the town centre.IL_Giles.jpg

I a letter to them, I have set out some of the work I have been involved in in Wrexham, working alongside the council, the police, and others to tackle issues in the town, particularly relating to Novel Psychoactive Substances or so-called ‘legal highs.’

The letter states: “In Wrexham, particularly since the General Election, I have been working intensively with local council, police and health services to address an acute NPS challenge in the town and we have, collectively, developed an approach which we believe may be useful as a model for other areas of the country with similar issues.

“We are, however, encountering a severe strain on resources.

“We would all welcome the opportunity to present to you the approach we have taken, the preliminary results and discuss how we can both sustain the work and, potentially, use the project as a pilot for other communities.”

Some of the work being done in Wrexham has already received financial backing – with funds being allocated to help homeless people by the late Carl Sargeant as Communities Minister in the Welsh Government during the summer. Following pressure from me, the council have also increased the number of people working on community safety issues in the town centre, with two additional members of staff being taken on.

I know that people remain concerned about anti-social behaviour in Wrexham, but the combined approach which is now being taken is starting to have an impact. This is a complicated issue, and not one which will be solved overnight.

One of the areas where I think we can move things forward is by sharing the work we are doing locally with other areas who are facing similar issues, and listening to the action people are taking in those areas.
In Parliament, I have worked with several colleagues including Lucy Powell and David Hanson to set up a group looking at the issue of NPS. That group will be holding an inquiry in the New Year, and I’ll make sure Wrexham’s voice is heard.

We also need Ministers to listen, and to provide proper financial support, and that’s why I’m making a plea to the Home Office to come and see what’s being done in Wrexham.

Home Office asked to support Wrexham cash

I have called on Home Office Ministers to support work being done to tackle antisocial behaviour in the town centre.

A SERIES of sessions are to be held for shop and retail staff in Wrexham next week to help raise dementia awareness.

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The sessions are being run by the Alzheimer’s Society, and supported by the Dementia Friendly Wrexham Association – and by me. They hep to raise awareness of people living with dementia and how retail staff can help.

The sessions will be held on Tuesday at Bank Street Coffee Shop and Wednesday at Eagles Meadow Training Room. More details can be obtained from Mr Lucas’ office on 01978 355743.

These sessions are part of a concerted push to make our town friendlier for people living with dementia. I’m grateful to the Alzheimer’s Society for all the work they have done already, and for running the sessions next week.

I’ve also been heartened by the Wrexham businesses who have taken up the challenge and who have taken part already – or who will take part in these events.

Dementia Friends training planned

A SERIES of sessions are to be held for shop and retail staff in Wrexham next week to help raise dementia awareness.

A CAMPAIGN to keep court cells in Wrexham has moved forward after the Government revealed proposals for the new cells had been given the go-ahead.

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The news was revealed in a letter to me from the Ministry of Justice which states: “I am pleased to inform you that proposals to create new custody facilities at Wrexham Law Courts have cleared internal governance and will now be progressed into a full programme.

“HMCTS is committed to the continual provision of criminal justice services in Wrexham and the decision to construct new custody facilities at Wrexham demonstrates this commitment.”

The news that a decision on building these cells has finally been made is very welcome – however long it has taken.

The area around Wrexham’s Law Courts is set to change dramatically in the next few years, and without a firm commitment form the Government to provide new cells, many in Wrexham’s legal profession were concerned that the future of the courts could have been put at risk.

Wrexham is the largest town in North Wales, and deserves appropriate services. Government departments need to recognise this, and I am pleased that the Ministry of Justice has made clear its commitment to the town.

Court campaign success

A CAMPAIGN to keep court cells in Wrexham has moved forward after the Government revealed proposals for the new cells had been given the go-ahead.


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