Denbighshire County Council’s tough stance on littering in the county continues – with a further 41 people receiving fines through the courts for offences.
The council took action through the courts against 41 individuals. The court issued a total of £8,800 in fines and ordered individuals to pay £7,380 in costs (in total). The cases against a further 19 individuals were withdrawn, mostly due to the fact they had paid their fixed penalty notices prior to the court appearance.
Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Public Realm, said: “Our residents have told us they want to live in a clean environment and that is why we have made cleaner, tidy streets one of our main priorities in Denbighshire.
“The majority of residents in our county treat the environment with complete respect and that leads to a better quality of life and improves the visual image of the area.
“However, there is a minority of people that are responsible for environmental crime such as dog fouling and don’t clean the mess. Those are the people we are targeting as part of our on-going education campaign which has received support from local communities.
“We will not tolerate examples where people wilfully allow their dogs to foul in public. Enforcement action is very much a last resort and we will continue to be vigilant and work with communities to try and rid our communities of any kind of environmental crimes”.
ChildLine volunteers in Prestatyn have been dealing with an influx of calls from children being bullied online.
New figures released on Tuesday’s Safer Internet Day reveal that 1,923 boys and girls suffering from ‘cyber abuse’ phoned the North Wales call centre last year – just over a quarter of the calls (549) were from children under the age of 12.
Most children who suffered abuse on social media were between 12 and 15 while 35 callers claimed they had been groomed online. Cyber abuse was one of the main issues dealt by volunteers, alongside family problems and low mood/self esteem.
NSPCC Cymru say the Warren Road office has also dealt with 1,143 callers, dealing with suicidal thoughts. At the South Wales centre in Cardiff, staff received less than a fifth of calls on both online bullying and suicide than in the North, where calls are taken from across the UK.
The findings came as the charity called on websites to take ”swift and decisive” action on online hate message and report publicly on the number of complaints and how they are dealt with.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: ”The internet industry has a duty to keep young people safe when they use their services and cannot afford to brush this problem under the carpet.”
Dr James Davies, MP for the Vale of Clywd, has written to the Minister for Food and Fisheries regarding new EU rules affecting anglers who fish for sea bass.
Recreational anglers have for some years been pushing for measures to preserve wild bass stocks which are under threat across Europe, mainly due to commercial fishing pressure. Bass as a species are slow to reach breeding maturity and are particularly sensitive to fishing pressure and scientific evidence has shown they are close to collapse. At the same time there has been increased interest in bass from restaurants.
Initial negotiations at EU level had arrived at measures that would limit commercial fishing, such as from nets and long lines, but anglers contacted the MP after they became concerned that these measures had been reduced in subsequent negotiations while anglers were told they could take no fish between January and June and 1 fish per day for the rest of the year.
Commenting James said, “I’ve asked the Minister whether this is a sustainable approach as anglers have pointed out most wild bass are taken by commercial fisherman using nets and other commercial methods, so they argue they will be returning fish just for the same fish to be taken and killed on a bigger scale commercially.
“I understand that recreational fishing brings in more money to the national economy, for example through tourism, than the commercial fishery and has less impact on the stocks. If the measures proposed by the EU are not sustainable all that will happen is that the whole bass fishery risks being closed due to a collapse in stocks. This would end up impacting every sector”.
It is understood that dozens of local anglers have written to the MP saying the rules are unfairly targeted and a national petition is running into the thousands as a backbench debate is brought to Parliament this week.
Commenting on this, the Commodore of Prestatyn Sailing Club said, “We at Prestatyn sailing club recognize the scientific evidence is alarmingly clear and the urgent and very significant action is needed to prevent a total collapse of bass stocks. Let’s all be honest the safe guards introduced are just not going to work. When a commercial inshore gill netting boat can harvest, in one drift, more fish than an angler will collect in a year, by no stretch of any imagination is this sustainable. If allowed to carry on we will lose our stocks of fish”.
1) More information about the issue can be found in a document produced by the Angling Trust as follows – http://ow.ly/XWzUD
2) There is a large sea fishing club at Prestatyn, whose web site is www.prestatynsailingclub.co.uk
Conwy councillors will decide later this month whether bin collections should be cut to once every four weeks.
Currently, the local authority collects residual waste every fortnight, but the county could become the first in Wales to collect every 28 days in a bid to save £558,000 a year.
The plans have been recommended for approval by the cabinet, but Clwyd West AM, Darren Millar, has described the measure as ”ludricrous”. Nearly 500 people have joined a ‘Save Our Bin Collections’ page on Facebook opposing the changes.
Mr Mllar, a Conservative, said councillors ignored the views of residents who wanted to keep fortnightly collections when they backed the plans at a meeting on Monday: ”We need to stop these ludicrous proposals and protect this beautiful part of North Wales from becoming a dumping ground…it is vital that we continue fighting against these proposals and I urge all residents who are against four-weekly collections, who haven’t already done so, to back my campaign now.”
Conwy County Council say the changes would encourage more householders to recycle as well as making cost savings. Food waste and recycling collections will still be made every week, along with extra collections at peak times and separate collections for nappies and hygiene products.
A final decision on the plans will be made at a cabinet meeting in Bodlondeb on Tuesday 23rd February.
Police patrolling Denbighshire’s roads have warned van and lorry drivers they could be prosecuted if they don’t follow safety guidelines.
It follows an operation on the A525 weighbridge near St Asaph yesterday, where ten vehicles were stopped by officers from both North Wales Police and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).
All the vehicles were within their weight limits – but one driver was warned about the number of hours he was driving and another was advised about an insecure load.
Sergeant Tony Gatley from the Roads Policing Unit said: ”It was pleasing to see that all vehicles that were stopped were within the weight limits however it is still disappointing that some professional drivers are not fully complying with their obligations in relations to hours worked and loading their vehicles safely. We will continue to take action against drivers who commit offences on our roads.”
Emergency services were called to Cefndy Road in Rhyl on Tuesday night due to a road traffic collison involving two vehicles.
An eye witness at the scene who contacted Point FM 103.1 said the crash had happened to the right of Travis Perkins on Cefndy Road between the junctions Ffordd Las and Ffordd Derwen just after 9pm, another eye witness on Facebook described there being around eight emergency vehicles in attendance.
A driver of one of the cars involved is said to be shaken but ok, with the road looking set to be re-open shortly.
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**TRAFFIC ALERT** RTC on Cefndy Road between Ffordd Las and Ffordd Derwen, Rhyl, avoid if possible, emergency services at the scene. Picture by Rebecca Jane Bell
Police have launched a fresh appeal for information to help trace a Flintshire man who has been missing for one month.
Gary Ronald Cooke, 34, from Sandycroft was last seen on Saturday January 9. He is described as 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a khaki green parka style coat with a hood and blue jeans.
Flintshire North Inspector Dave Jolly said; “Gary was seen at 7.45am on Saturday January 9 on the Flintshire Bridge near Shotton.
“His parents are increasingly concerned about his safety and need to know what has happened to their son.
“We are renewing our appeal to the public for information. If anyone has information which may help our investigation please call North Wales Police on 101 quoting reference 14681.”
A mother-of-nine has admitted threatening a female security guard in an outburst during a court hearing.
Llandudno magistrates were hearing a case involving a member of Candy Lavelle’s family, when the 47 year-old from Rhyl lashed out at Melanie Powell – two of her children, aged eight and ten, were also in court on 1st December 2015.
Lavelle called Miss Powell a ”f*****g b****” and a ”s**g” after she was asked to keep quiet. When she was ejected from the courtroom for disrupting the case, she told the guard: ”I’ll f*****g have you”.
Lavelle was later arrested and charged with two public order offences after an incident at the Fiorenzo Cazari hotel on East Parade on the night before Christmas Eve.
At Prestatyn magistrates court, her defence claimed she felt Miss Powell was being unfair towards her children. She was described as vulnerable with mental health problems – she had not taken medication on the day of the hearing and what happened had been very stressful.
But the court chair condemned Lavelle’s behaviour in abusing a public servant as appaling. She was given a year’s discharge and awarded Miss Powell £50 in compensation. Lavelle must also pay a total of £100 in costs.
An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of Rhyl swimming teacher Sammy Lee Jones.
The 20 year-old woman was found dead by her stepmother at her flat on John Street on 28th January. Her funeral will be held this Thursday at St Thomas’ Church.
Ruthin Coroners Court heard Karen Askew tried to wake up Miss Jones in time for work, but found she was unresponsive and there were no signs of life. Paramedics were called to the flat and pronounced her dead.
A post mortem examination has been carried out on Miss Jones’ body – including samples taken for histology and toxicology – but the cause of death has not been made public. Police have been treating the death as unexplained, but have ruled out foul play.
Coroner John Gittins adjourned the inquest until a later date yet to be determined.
Miss Jones, who worked for the Swim with Jo school as a teacher, attended Rhyl High School and Coleg Llandrillo and was a long-standing member of the Rhyl Dolphins swimming club.
Miss Jones’ funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 1pm, followed by a burial at Rhuddlan cemetery. Her family have requested those attending to wear black. Flowers will only be accepted at the cemetery and any donations made to the family will go towards a gravestone.
Two people have pleaded not guilty to stealing over £20,000 worth of jewellery from a Denbigh pub which has lost its licence.
Damien Conway-Williams (27) from Ruthin is charged with theft from the residential quarters of The Kings on Vale Street at some point between July and September last year. He was in a relationship with the daughter of the pub’s owner, Alyn Jones.
Jessica Rowlands (20) from Denbigh stands accused of trying to sell on some of the stolen jewellery at a pawn shop in Wrexham last October. She’s been charged with handling stolen goods and fraud.
Both suspects were bailed by Prestatyn magistrates and will appear before Mold Crown Court on Friday 11th March.
The Kings was closed when its licence was revoked by councillors for serving underage drinkers and allegedly becoming a known troublespot following a series of incidents, including a mass brawl. A bid to regain the pub’s licence was withdrawn last month.
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