Posted: Sun 6th May 2018

Police respond to incident at Bethel Place flats in Connah’s Quay

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Update: A video posted on Twitter by Cheshire and North Wales Alliance Armed Policing Unit shows a door being forcibly opened a spokesperson for the unit said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Footage from a firearms job in Connah’s Quay earlier after reports a male stabbed in the head. One of our Advanced MOE officers forcing entry at an address. One of a variety of tools we have to get the job done.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It is not known at this stage if this relates to the earlier incident at Bethel Place. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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There were reports this morning of a large police response to an incident outside Bethel Place flats in Connah’s Quay. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Eyewitnesses told Deeside.com as many as 9 police vehicles were present outside the front and rear of the High Street flats at around 9am on Sunday morning, an ambulance was also seen in the same location. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

An area outside the flats was cordoned off as police officers dealt with the incident which North Wales Police have, as yet not – released any details about. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

By 10.30am the main emergency response had wound down and crime scene investigators dressed in white forensic suits were seen working outside the flats. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Jas Jones who sent the picture below showing two crime scene investigation units and a police van said he saw plain clothed officers “searching around in bushes.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Bt 2pm crime scene investigators had left the location, police tape remained in place preventing anyone from walking to the entrance of flats numbered 10 to 16. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Two pools of dried blood could still be seen on the steps with a trail of blood leading up towards the entrance of the flats. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Bethal Place flats were at the centre of a police murder investigation following the death of Matthew Cassidy in May 2017. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The 19-year-old from Merseyside was stabbed nine times in the stairwell of flats in a dispute between rival drugs gangs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

David Woods, 20, from Liverpool pleaded guilty to his murder, Leslie Baines, 48, from Deeside was found guilty after a two-week trial at Mold Crown Court. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They will both be sentenced on 21 May. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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