Appeal for witnesses after a Colwyn Bay attempted robbery

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North Wales Police are appealing for information after the victim of an attempted robbery fought off her assailants in Conwy Road, Colwyn Bay on Sunday 22nd January 2017.

Det Sergeant Chris Williams at St Asaph CID said “At approximately 11am on Sunday 22nd January 2017 a local woman aged in her 30’s was walking along Conwy Road, Colwyn Bay when she was accosted by two men close to Barclays Bank. They attempted to steal some belongings from her but she bravely fought them off and they fled the scene empty handed, one in the direction of the ‘west end’. An investigation is well underway and we are very keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw any suspicious men or behaviour particularly in the time leading up to the attack. The victim is fortunately physically unharmed but understandably very shaken and we are supporting her through this difficult time.

“From enquiries made so far we are interested in identifying two men. One was on a push bike and left the scene in the direction towards West End, Colwyn Bay. He is aged in his late teens, slim build wearing a black hooded top riding a mountain bike. The second man is described as scruffy and aged in his 50’s or 60’s. We want to speak to anyone who may have seen these men in the area of Barclays or Royal Bank of Scotland, Conwy Road prior to the incident or may have witnessed the incident and its aftermath.”

Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to contact NWP via the web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx and quote RC17010026. Alternatively call NWP on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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Keep your eyes on the road – Force supports national campaign

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North Wales Police are reminding motorists of the dangers of driving whilst using a mobile phone as they back a week-long national awareness campaign.

 

The campaign, being coordinated by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), will run from Monday 23rd until Sunday 29th January, will see officers continue to tackle drivers who endanger their own lives and the lives of other road users.

 

Officers will also use the week to raise awareness of the change in legislation which comes into place on March 1st 2017, which will see drivers, if caught using a phone behind the wheel, face a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

 

Inspector Dave Cust from the Roads Policing Unit said: “Driving whilst using a mobile phone is a serious concern for police, and a concern that so many drivers continue and choose to risk becoming involved in a serious or fatal road traffic collision.

 

“Even the most experienced or competent of drivers can easily be distracted and a slight lapse in concentration can have devastating consequences.

“Along with drink driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and driving carelessly, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, whether it be texting, using an app, or making a phone call is classed as one of the “Fatal 5”; the 5 most common causes of fatal road traffic collisions.

“With the increased use of smart phones we are also seeing drivers being distracted whilst accessing their apps, reading their emails or accessing the internet. Drivers need to be aware that these actions carry the same danger and the same penalty.”

“Last autumn we launched our #OpSnap campaign, an initiative which allows video submissions and photographic evidence to be sent to us from people who have witnessed driving offences. Over recent months we have received footage capturing motoring offences including careless and dangerous driving, people on mobile telephones and people being distracted whilst using their smart devices behind the wheel.

 

“We recognise that the vast majority of the public want to use the road network to get from A to B safely; and that they don’t wish to tolerate unnecessary risks that some are exposed to by the actions of others.

 

“Our message to drivers is to not put others at risk – and to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.”

 

Between 1st January and 31st December 2016, North Wales Police issued 924 TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) to drivers who were caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel. During the same period, Go Safe also issued 81 NIPs (Notice of Intended Prosecutions) to those caught using their phones whilst driving.

 

North Wales Police will be updating social media with advice and guidance throughout the campaign the hashtags #Fatal5 and #eyesontheroad.

 

Advice:

 

  • Don’t make or answer calls when you’re driving. All phone calls distract drivers’ attention from the road. You can pick up any missed calls or texts when it is safe and convenient to do so.  If you need to use the phone when driving, then stop at the first safe opportunity

 

  • It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road even if you’ve stopped at traffic lights or are stuck in a traffic jam or are in a car park. All these situations are covered by the legal definition of ‘driving on the road’.
  • Be aware that if you get just 6 points in the first two years after passing your test, you will lose your licence.

 

  • Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.
  • Park safely before using your mobile phone.  Do not park on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
  • Don’t call other people when they’re driving.  If you call someone and they tell you they are driving, ask them to call you back when they have parked up safely.

 

Further information regarding #OpSnap is available via http://www.north-wales.police.uk/advice-and-support/safer-roads/operation-snap.aspx

 

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Denbighshire taxpayers face 2.75% hike

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Council taxpayers in Denbighshire face a 2.75% rise in their bills for the next financial year.

Councillors are set to decide on the increase next week, despite an bigger than expected increase in Welsh Government funding. Last year, rates increased by 1.5%.

Denbighshire County Council says that in real terms, the settlement does not take inflation or the pressures on services into account. A report states their position is better than had been expected but there were no reliable figures available for forward planning.

The report adds: ”It is hoped that this will be addressed early in 2017 as the lack of reliable multi-year financial settlement data hinders the council’s financial planning and budgetary processes.”

The proposals will go before the Cabinet in Ruthin next Tuesday.

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Plans unveiled to replace Rhyl Catholic schools

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Rhyl’s two Catholic schools could be closed and replaced with a new ‘all through’ school within the next three years.

Plans have been revealed for a new £24 million school for more than 900 pupils, which could replace Ysgol Mair and Blessed Edward Jones High School in 2019.

It follows an agreement between Denbighshire County Council and the Diocese of Wrexham. Councillors will meet next Tuesday to decide whether the plans should go to a public consultation.

In 2013, plans to merge Blessed Edward Jones with St Brigid’s in Denbigh to create a multi-faith school at the two sites were scrapped. But the council’s report states the high school has had a ‘very high’ turnover of headteachers and was suffering from poor examination and leadership.

In the past two years, Blessed Edward Jones has been classified as a ‘red school’ in the Welsh Government’s ratings system – among those in need of the greatest improvement. The report also cited the quality of teaching and learning had been compromised by small classrooms and a lack of facilities.

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Ysgol Mair – the smallest of Rhyl’s six primary schools – was deemed adequate following an inspection by Estyn last year. But the school has suffered financial problems for several years and many parents have decided not to send their children to other high schools locally after they finish primary education.

Other issues cited included low pupil attendance at both schools, a lack of technological courses at higher levels and poor facilities, such as poor design technology workshops and a lack of all-weather facilities for PE.

The new proposed school, for pupils from the ages of three to 16, will have a new name, uniform, headteacher, staff and board of governors. It will be voluntary aided with facilities including specialist classrooms, a sports hall, a studio and a chapel & prayer room. Children from both schools would be transferred to the new school.

The report, by Councillor Eryl Williams – the Denbighshire cabinet’s lead member for Education – states: ”The new school will provide the conditions that will enable a broader and more diverse curriculum to be developed, to better meet the needs of the school’s young people and in ways that will be viable and sustainable over the longer term.”

”The building will be purpose built with facilities that are fit for the curriculum now and in the future. Both schools will be involved in the design from the early stages and both school councils will also be consulted with.”

If councillors agree to send out the plans to the public, the six-week consultation will be held from Tuesday  14th February to Monday 27th March, with its findings being released in the summer. If the plans are given the go ahead, Ysgol Mair and Blessed Edward Jones will close at the end of August 2019 and be replaced by the new as-yet-unnamed school in time for the new term.

The Bishop of Wrexham, the Right Reverend Peter M. Brignall said: ”I am delighted for what this new and exciting proposed venture would provide for those families wanting Catholic education and for the greater community that recognises its significant value in and to our society.”

The governor boards at both schools have welcomed the project. Ysgol Mair chair of governors, Gill Greenland, said: ”We welcome this wonderful and innovative opportunity for our children offering a common and nurturing ethos for all.”

Blessed Edward Jones chair Matthew Curtis added: ”I look forward to leading our school community through this exciting time.  We will also do all we can to help shape the development of this project.”

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Rhyl’s Queen Street closed until end of month

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Rhyl’s Queen Street is set to remain closed to traffic until the end of the month.

Denbighshire County Council closed the route on Friday afternoon after concerns were raised about a building earmarked for redevelopment as part of the town’s regeneration scheme. The council said it decided to accelerate the redevelopment works following a structural survey by engineers.

Fencing around the building has been put in place along with a footpath for pedestrians, but businesses on Queen Street remain open as usual. A diversion is in place for drivers using the one way system to reach the promenade.

Plans for the building – which has remained mostly vacant for over 25 years – include eight new apartments and retail units.

 

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Inquiry into staff ‘fracas’ at Llandudno hospital

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An investigation is continuing into an altercation involving two staff members at Llandudno Hospital.

Police officers visited the hospital at just after 10.15am last Saturday morning – they say no one was injured and neither staff member involved has made a formal complaint.

The Betsi Cadwaladr health board has begun an internal inquiry into the alleged incident – but North Wales Police said they were not dealing with the matter.

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Rhyl run-in: Lillywhites’ WPL phase two fixtures

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The run-in to the Welsh Premier season will be another spent in the Play Off Conference for Rhyl, despite the stated aim of manager Niall McGuinness to aim for the top six.

Europa League football is still not out of the question with seventh spot still a possibility if the Lillywhites pick up form. But as the league splits, they find themselves only two points above the drop zone with the likes of neighbours Prestatyn Town poised to return to the top flight next season – unless the politics of the domestic licence issue intervenes.

It will be another couple of weeks yet before Phase Two kicks into gear with cup football on the horizon. Once the dust settles, Rhyl will kick off at home to Cefn Druids on Saturday 4th February in what may already look like a pivotal six-pointer.

The campaign just as the first phase did with the ‘Donkey Derby’ against Llandudno on Saturday 22nd April – what remains to be seen is whether the Lillies can survive another toughgoing season, and maybe, even going into extra time in the race for Europe.

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Phase Two fixtures
SATURDAY 4TH FEBRUARY: CEFN DRUIDS (H) – 3pm ko, Belle Vue
SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY: NEWTOWN (A) – 2.30pm ko, Latham Park
SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY: AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON (A) – 2.30pm ko, The Airfield
FRIDAY 3RD MARCH: ABERYSTWYTH TOWN (H) – 7.45pm ko, Belle Vue
FRIDAY 10TH MARCH: LLANDUDNO (A) – 7.45pm ko, Maesdu Park
FRIDAY 17TH MARCH: CEFN DRUIDS (A) – 7.45pm ko, The Rock
SUNDAY 26TH MARCH: NEWTOWN (H) – 3pm ko, Belle Vue
SATURDAY 8TH APRIL: AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON (H) – 3pm, Belle Vue
FRIDAY 14TH APRIL: ABERYSTWYTH TOWN (A) – 7.45pm ko, Park Avenue
SATURDAY 22ND APRIL: LLANDUDNO (H) – 5.15pm ko, Belle Vue

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Deganwy patrols stepped up after schoolboy approach

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Police patrols have been stepped up in Deganwy after two men approached a schoolboy on his way to school.

The men got out of a silver car on Plas Newydd at around 8.50am on Monday morning and asked the nine year-old to get into their vehicle – but the pupil ignored them and reported what happened to staff when he arrived at school unharmed.

Police said the men did not try to physically get hold of the boy and did not attempt to pursue him. But hi-vis patrols were stepped up around the area on Tuesday morning in an effort to reassure the community. The boy is being interviewed by police to try and establish a full description of the two men.

Inspector Kelly Issacs at Llandudno police station said: ”This incident will understandably be of significant concern to the local community and particularly parents and other local schools…I’d like to personally reassure the community that everything possible is being done and increased patrols and a Police presence will continue particularly around school times.”

Anyone with information should contact Llandudno police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference no. RC17007107.

 

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Ched Evans extends Chesterfield contract

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Ched Evans has signed a year-long contract extension with Chesterfield.

The St Asaph-born striker has scored seven goals in 24 games since joining the League One club on a one year deal last June.

Evans was cleared of raping a 19 year-old woman at a Rhuddlan hotel following a retrial last October. He served half of a five year jail sentence, but his conviction was quashed after new evidence was raised in a High Court appeal in April 2016.

Evans said he was delighted to resolve his future with the club: ”I’m really pleased to have got this sorted out. I want to play well and score as many goals as I can between now and the end of the season to help us get out of the relegation zone.”

Chesterfield director of football Chris Turner added: ”Ched is a quality player so it’s great news for everyone at the club. It was always our intention to trigger the 12-month extension to the contract he agreed in the summer.”

His arrival at Chesterfield marked a reunion with manager Danny Wilson, who was in charge of Sheffield United during Evans’ first spell playing professional football. But Wilson was sacked by the Spireites earlier this month after winning just one of his last six games in charge.

Chesterfield are third bottom in League One, behind Shrewsbury Town and Bury on goal difference – but did beat bottom club Coventry City 1-0 on Saturday, under caretaker boss Ritchie Humphreys.

According to some reports, an announcement on Chesterfield’s new manager could be made as soon as Tuesday – with the likes of former Coventry manager Tony Mowbray and ex-Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell among three candidates said to be on the club’s shortlist.

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Coroner opens David Kingsbury inquest

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An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of David Kingsbury in Old Colwyn.

The 35 year-old labourer died from a single stab wound in an incident on Abergele Road on Thursday 5th January – his body was found in the Bryn Heulog area. A man has been charged with his murder.

North Wales East and Central coroner John Gittins told the Ruthin hearing that because of the ongoing criminal investigation, the full inquest would be held later in the year.

Dean Cody (30), of no fixed abode was remanded in custody last week accused of Mr Kingsbury’s murder. Two other men, Colin Lyness (30) of Old Colwyn and Thomas Revatto (50) of Colwyn Bay, are charged with assisting an offender.

The three men will enter their pleas at Mold Crown Court in March, before they go on trial on Monday 26th June.

 

Source: Daily Post

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