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Villagers plagued by vandals
Rhosgadfan village hall
Built by locals, the hall was opened by the future Edward VIII in 1934

Residents of a rural village plagued by young vandals have spoken about their loss of confidence in the police.

The historic village hall in Rhosgadfan near Caernarfon has been destoyed in an arson attack and the home of Kate Roberts, one of the most prominent authors in Welsh literature, has been vandalised.

At a public meeting more than 100 residents voiced their concerns about the crimewave in the village.

Many said their homes and cars had been targetted by vandals.

North Wales Police told residents a new community officer would enable them to protect the area more effectively and urged people to give them any information which could lead to the arrest of vandals.

Gwynedd county councillor Glyn Owen said: "If this is going to be successful the policeman has to be in the village and spend time here and speak with some of those who are causing the damage and vandalism.

"Local people, worse luck, have lost confidence and trust in the police.

"They've been telephoning to complain but there has been no response from the police."

'Threatened'

Geoff Pritchard said: "Some parents don't know where their children are and what they're doing.

Kate Roberts
The daughter of a quarryman, Kate Roberts was born in Rhosgadfan

"You never see the police about, although they have been about more often lately after what happened."

Derek Thompson, the steward of the Mountain Rangers football club, said: "I have been threatened.

"What they said was that a brick would be thrown at the car."

Inspector Simon Davies said Rhosgadfan's problems were not uncommon.

He said: "There are some problems here. That's why we are doing something about it.

"But we need the help of the public to solve the problem.

"I would like to have more information in order to have the evidence we have to have to gain a conviction."




SEE ALSO:
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20 Jan 04  |  North West Wales
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Boy burned in suspected arson
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23 Oct 03  |  North West Wales


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