CAIA Park residents are to be offered cultural classes in a bid to improve race relations.

The proposals, drawn up by Wrexham Council and a Caia Park 'task force', are among radical measures designed to prevent a repeat of violent disturbances last year.

The action plan suggests shared ethnic events to forge stronger community bonds, and the appointment of a dedicated officer to spot racial tensions.

Council bosses are hoping to stop similar incidents elsewhere in Wrexham.

The success of the measures will be scrutinised and impact upon the council's future housing policies.

Other measures include:

A clear housing policy for all tenants. Consideration to the mix of tenants to maintain balanced communities. Information packs and support services for new tenants. Campaigns to promote positive images of ethnic groups and nationalities. Housing staff trained in cultural awareness. Continued monitoring of racial incidents.

Wrexham Council leader Shan Wilkinson said: 'It would be foolish to say we could ever totally eradicate racial tensions. But the aim is to try to alleviate them as much as we can.'

Wrexham Refugee And Asylum Seekers Support Group secretary Marjorie Dykins also welcomed the idea.

'We are already doing such things,' she said. 'For example, we have two drop-in centres for refugees and asylum seekers who go out with volunteers. We take them to the International Eisteddfod and other events.'