North East Wales

Forty people taken from 'unsafe' Connah's Quay house

Deeside, Flintshire Image copyright Google
Image caption The operation was carried out in Connah's Quay on Tuesday

Forty people have been found living in an "unsuitable and unsafe" house during an operation in Flintshire.

Police and British Red Cross officials helped local authority teams to identify and close the property in Connah's Quay on Tuesday.

The council said the house, which was licensed for multiple occupancy, was closed because of concerns about fire safety and its electrical system.

Housing teams are helping find new accommodation for those involved.

The raid also included members of the fire and rescue service and other government agencies.

Flintshire council chief planning officer Andrew Farrow said: "Approximately 40 people were found to be housed in unsuitable and unsafe premises and the partner agencies had no option but to immediately close the premises with an emergency prohibition order.

"Given the significant number of people involved, officers from the council's housing team were on hand to enter the premises with our environmental health officers and they are proactively seeking alternative accommodation for those affected."