Two arrests after Queensferry shop raid

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Two men have been arrested after a robbery at a convenience store in Queensferry.

The Costcutter store on Station Road was cordoned off by police following the raid at around 6.30pm on Thursday evening.

Another man who suffered serious injuries after he was reportedly stabbed is in a stable condition in hospital.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the robbery – described as a ‘cowardly attack’ by Detective Inspector Gary Kelly. They have appealed for anyone in the area from 6-7pm to come forward.

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Planning decision due on Rhyl ‘hospitality zone’

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A decision is expected next week on another stage of Rhyl’s £30 million waterfront revamp.

Councillors will vote on whether to give planning permission for a new events and exhibition centre and a 73 bedroom hotel next to the Pavilion Theatre on East Parade. The plans, which have been recommended for approval, could create up to 91 new full-time jobs.

Developers Neptune have also submitted outline proposals to replace the now demolished Sun Centre, which also includes refurbishing the Pavilion and creating two new family restaurants. The ‘Hospitality Zone’ will also include new car and coach parking – while the retail kiosk and the kite surf centre will be retained.

A report by planning officers at Denbighshire County Council said the next stage of the revamp was ”worthy of support”: ”It is considered that the development offers the potential to make a significant contribution to the regeneration and upgrade of a prominent area in Rhyl, and would assist as a catalyst for future regeneration and subsequent developments in the Rhyl coastal facilities masterplan area.”

£4.5 million of funding for the regeneration scheme was approved by councillors in September – including a £3.5 million grant from the Welsh Government.

The committee meets at County Hall in Ruthin next Wednesday morning.

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North Wales PCC hits out at inspectors’ report

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Inspectors have called on North Wales Police to improve on how it deals with investigating corruption and mental health problems within the force.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said it only had ”limited capacity” to seek out misconduct and corruption among its own ranks. The report also called on the force to do more to recognise ill-health and stress at work.

But the region’s police and crime commissioner hit out at the findings as inaccurate. Arfon Jones said the force was ”having to make a significant amount of investment of both time and resources just to respond to the inspection regime.”

The HMIC commended North Wales Police for its zero-tolerance approach to sexually-motivated misconduct and treating the public it serves with fairness and respect. But the report called on the force to review its anti-corruption unit, create a new strategy to identify risks to its integrity and improve workforce access to health services, as well as improving how it manages the performance of its staff.

Mr Jones, who took over as PCC in May, told BBC Wales: ”I don’t believe the ‘requires improvement’ judgement reflects the tremendous work carried out across north Wales on a daily basis to keep our communities safe.”

Across England and Wales, the HMIC said that in two years, more than 300 officers had been accused of using their roles for sexual gain, now considered the most serious form of corruption.

Among the other Welsh forces, Dyfed Powys Police was told to improve how it treats people with fairness and respect and ensuring its officers behave ethically and lawfully.

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Consultation for schools’ ice cream van ban

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A bid to ban ice cream and burger vans from approaching Denbighshire schools will go to a public consultation.

Councillors voted on Wednesday to allow officers more time to develop their new proposals as part of the county’s street trading policy.

Under the plans, food vans may be barred from going within 100 metres of schools and colleges between 7.30am and 6pm, unless they are given permission from the school.

Any traders caught breaking the guidelines – including moving at least 50 metres every 20 minutes – could face losing their licence or facing suspension.

The chairman of the planning committee, Cefyn Williams, told the planning committee at County Hall that everything was ”up in the air until it comes down again.”


Source: Rhyl Journal

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Clwyd West MP named Welsh Politician of the Year

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The Clwyd West MP who led the Welsh campaign for Brexit has been named the Welsh Politician of the Year.

Former Welsh secretary, David Jones, won the prestigious prize at the annual ITV Cymru Wales political awards in Cardiff on Tuesday night.

He led the official Welsh referendum campaign for the UK to leave the European Union before being recalled to the UK Government as a Minister of State for Europe. Last year, he retained his Westminster seat for the Conservatives at the General Election with a 6,700-strong majority.

The judges’ chairman, Dr Denis Balsom, said: ”David Jones was sacked as Secretary of State for Wales by David Cameron, and it appeared that his time in government was over. Without doubt, the EU referendum was the most significant event of the year and it seemed appropriate to make this award to David Jones, whose return to government follows his leadership in Wales of the Leave campaign.”

Among the other winners were Labour’s new AM for Delyn, Hannah Blythyn – who was named AM to Watch after she was elected to the Senedd in May. AM of the Year went to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, who outseated Leighton Andrews in the Rhondda, while veteran Newport West MP, Paul Flynn (Labour), won MP of the Year for taking on two roles in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.

A new People’s Campaigner award went to Anna Louise-Bates, who raised £100,000 for her organ donation charity ‘Believe’, set up after her husband and son were killed when they were hit by a car in Talbot Green last December.

The awards ceremony can be seen on ITV Cymru Wales in a special programme on Tuesday 13th December at 10.40pm.

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Rhyl boy’s death accidental

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An inquest has heard how an 11 year-old boy from Rhyl was left with a brain injury for three years after an accident at home.

Cameron Lawley died last year from severe sepsis at an intensive care unit in Leeds. In 2012, he accidentally hanged himself with a scarf while playing at his home.

Dr Duncan Cameron, a consultant paediatrician, told the Llanduno hearing that the boy had been admitted to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd twice in the weeks before his death, but doctors were unable to establish why he had deteriorated. He was transferred from Bodelwyddan to Leeds where he became critically ill.

Cameron, who had undergone surgery, had also been treated at the Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool – but doctors there felt they could no longer carry out any more treatment.

Dr Cameron said the boy’s life had become more complicated and had been ”extraordinarily unwell” several times before recovering. He praised the boy’s parents for taking on his care, describing it as ”an extraordinary achievement and testimony to their love for Cameron.”

Coroner Nicola Jones said although Cameron had died from sepsis, no lapse of care which made him die sooner had been found – and transferring him to the intensive care unit was the only chance of life he had.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.



Sources: BBC Cymru Wales / Daily Post

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Council bid to ban ice cream vans near schools

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Denbighshire council officials have put forward plans to ban ice cream and burger vans.

A review of the county’s street trading policy could see food vans being barred from outside schools and colleges between 7.30am and 6pm, unless they are given permission from the school.

Vans would also be forced to move at least 50 metres every 20 minutes and cannot return to the same space for at least four hours – anyone caught breaking the guidelines could face prosecution and lose their licence or face suspension.

The council’s report – due to be discussed in Ruthin on Wednesday – states the policy will prevent streets from being obstructed – but a spokesperson for The Ice Cream Alliance said traders would be thwarted in trying to make a living.

Last year, a bid to ban new takeaways from opening near schools was thrown out by councillors.


Source: BBC Cymru Wales


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Bank closures: HSBC to shut Abergele branch

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HSBC is to close its Abergele branch in the New Year – one of three bank closures in the Point FM area.

The Market Street branch will shut its doors on Friday 3rd March – the bank has blamed a fall in customers over the last five years for the decision.

Customers have been advised to visit the Rhyl branch or use online banking – they’ll also be able to use services with the town’s post office.

The announcement just days after NatWest announced it was closing nine of its North Wales branches next summer – including two in Prestatyn and Ruthin. The bank also closed its Abergele base in September 2015, along with others in Denbigh and St Asaph – it will also retain its Rhyl branch.


Source: Daily Post

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Councillors back calls for Denbighshire drone ban

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Denbighshire County Council is to consider whether it has legal powers to enforce a ban on drones in public places.

It follows calls from a Plaid Cymru councillor in Rhuddlan to introduce fines for people who fly remote-controlled drones in parks and beaches. Arwel Roberts’ motion was backed by councillors at a County Hall meeting in Ruthin on Tuesday.

Mr Roberts said people were not happy with the growing number of drones being flowing around the Rhuddlan and Rhyl areas because of concerns about privacy. He told BBC Wales: ”Denbighshire could lead the way here by trying to stop the use of drones in public places like on the beaches and also in public parks.”

”Technology is a marvellous thing but it seems that these flying machines hover over people’s houses and gardens. The law states that they cannot be flown over built-up areas or within 50 metres of people you don’t have control over.”

Under his proposals, the ban would apply to anyone not authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority to use drones and anyone who does not follow their guidelines. A CAA code of practice was introduced recently.

38 councillors backed Mr Roberts’ plans with just five objections. The authority will now investigate whether such a ban can be enforced.

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Flint’s Jade Jones scoop 2nd Wales Sports Personality Award

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North Wales’ Olympic taekwondo star Jade Jones has won her 2nd BBC Wales Sport Personality Award, beating Real Madrid and Wales football Gareth Bales to the prize.

Jade from Flint, North Wales won the award for the first time back in 2012 after winning her first gold in the London Olympics said “It’s amazing to win in it”.  The award was voted for by the Welsh public, 2016 Rio gold medal cyclist Elinor Barker took 3rd place at the award ceremony.

Point FM 103.1 met Jade back in 2012 when she visited Rhyl Library for a Q & A session, you can listen to the full interview below

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