Self-harming man restrained at Rhyl bridge

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A man is in hospital with head injuries after he threatened to jump off Rhyl’a Vale Road Bridge.

Police control room staff said the man head butted a wall several times – officers found him in distress after a tip off from a member of the public at around 3.40pm on Wednesday.

The man had to be restrained when he became aggressive after he was agitated by passers-by. He was taken to hospital for treatment and later said to be safe and well.

In a statement on Twitter, police control room staff in St Asaph said officers had no choice but to restrain him as they were concerned he would turn violent or cause further self harm.

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Council to hand over Denbighshire care homes

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Two council-owned care homes in the Point FM area will be handed over to private firms.

Councillors voted on Tuesday to tender out the day-to-day running of Rhyl’s Hafan Deg day centre and the Dolwen care home in Denbigh. The plans had been recommended for approval in May.

Care and support services will be maintained at both sites but Denbighshire County Council will transfer the centres to external providers as it seeks to save up to £700,000. The process is expected to begin as early as next February.

A report to the council’s cabinet revealed that the Hafan Deg centre had attracted four potential providers interested in taking it over – but just one party had approached the authority about running the Dolwen home. The firm indicated that it would approach a separate care agency to provide services after it upgrades and extends the building.

The future of another two care homes in the county – Awelon in Ruthin and Cysgod y Gaer in Corwen – is still under discussion. A support ‘hub’ and local outreach centre has been proposed in Corwen while officials are still in talks with a housing association about extending Awelon’s accomodation.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, the cabinet member for social care, adult and children’s services, said: ”We wanted the whole process to be transparent and open and a tremendous amount of consultation and engagement has gone on to reach the point we are at today…it will help reduce our reliance on traditional residential care services and provide more enabling alternatives which can meet the same level of need, but will also lead to increased independence. It will also allow investment in facilities from the private sector that the Council cannot afford to provide, and will result in better quality housing for older people who have substantial care needs.”

Over a thousand people signed a petition against any moves to close Hafan Deg last year, when Denbighshire County Council launched a consultation into the future of the four homes.


Source: BBC Cymru Wales

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Two armed men raid Denbigh newsagents

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Detectives are hunting two armed men who held up a Denbigh newsagents with hammers and a lock knife.

The men threatened the lone shopkeeper during the raid at McColl’s on Rhyl Road at just before 8.40pm on Tuesday evening. They made off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and were last seen heading left towards the A525 roundabout. The shopkeeper was not injured but left shaken after the robbery.

The first man was described as between 18 and 25 years old, around 5’10” tall and of thin build. He wore black trousers and gloves, a balaclava and a black sweatshirt with a large white motif. He entered the shop carrying a wooden hammer and a lock knife – he left with a red and black shoulder bag.

The second man was in his mid-20s to early 30s and around 5’11” tall. He wore similar black clothing, including a jacket with a white front zip. He carried a yellow-handled hammer with a metal head and a black and grey shoulder bag.

House to house enquiries took place around the area in the hours after the robbery.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Jones said: ”I’d like to hear from anyone who was in the area of last night’s incident and saw any suspicious activity or knows anything about this crime to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact Denbigh police station on 101, quoting reference number RC16162740 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Lillywhites lose out in League Cup

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The Lillywhites were as determined to pick themselves up after two costly defeats in the Welsh Premier as they were determined to reach the League Cup semi finals in the hunt for silverware – but it was to no avail against a Nomads side yet to be beaten this season.

Connah’s Quay were at much their dominant best in the first stages. On 18 minutes, away keeper Owen Evans failed to deal with a corner from Sean Smith, which was scrambled in by Les Davies. The Lillywhites kept themselves in good check by threatening down the Nomads’ end, but a foul on Shelton Payne before half time allowed him to pack away a spot kick to open his goal account and leave Niall McGuinness’ men on the rack yet again.

Rhyl were far more in control after the break – with their first effort, Rob Hughes’ cross deflected off Wes Baynes and in past home keeper Jon Danby on 51 minutes. The Lillywhites were lucky to see the Nomads denied at least five shouts at a third goal in a scramble on the hour mark. But the more Rhyl pressed for an equaliser, the more their chances went awry.

A third defeat in all competition ends Rhyl’s League Cup hopes with the Nomads going onto face The New Saints in the last four, following their 2-0 victory at Bangor City.

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Prestatyn Town face winding-up order

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Prestatyn Town have been served with a winding-up order in a dispute with tax officials.

Chairman Chris Tipping told an emergency meeting at Bastion Gardens on Tuesday evening that the Seasiders owed over £53,000 to HMRC – but the club disputes the figure.

Supporters heard that Prestatyn had been given until Thursday 24th November to pay up – but three ‘substantial investors’ had stepped forward to help the club.

It’s understood the tax bill concerns players’ wages and expenses in the wake of their Europa League campaign in 2013. The wage bill was cut after Town failed to qualify for the group stages but documents had revealed their tax figures remained the same in 2014 and 2015.

The club had also been left £120,000 in debt and facing bankruptcy by 2014 – but it had since been registered as a limited company and was due to break even this season.

Mr Tipping told the meeting that the club would not fold and accused HMRC of ‘not listening’ to the club and giving no reason for the winding up order – but the chairman insisted the club would not take the matter to the courts.

In a statement, the board of directors said: ”We will be doing everything possible to make sure that we raise this sum – some of which has already been pledged. We would welcome financial assistance from any individuals or companies to raise this money so that we can pay off the HMRC, continue our good run of form and gain promotion to the Premier League.”

A membership scheme is being set up with fans being asked to pay £250 to the club’s fighting fund. They will be offered three elected seats on the board of directors. The club has also contacted the Vale of Clwyd’s politicians – Conservative MP Dr James Davies and Labour AM Ann Jones for help.

The club are currently joint leaders of the Huws Gray Alliance. Another meeting will be held next Tuesday night at Bastion Gardens at 7.30pm.

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Public urged to stay away from A&E departments

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Health officials have told the public to stay away from emergency departments at three North Wales hospitals unless they need urgent care.

The Betsi Cadwaladr health board said its departments were dealing with ‘incredibly high demand’ at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

The board said there was ”increasing pressure on resources” at all three hospitals as a result – and some of those attending the A&E department did not need urgent treatment. Anyone requiring care for cuts, sprains or other minor illnesses should visit the minor injury units.

A BCUHB spokesperson added: ”In many cases people can get the care they need more quickly if they go to the service that most suits their needs, and help NHS staff respond to the people who really need emergency care without delay.”

”Our ‘Choose Well’ advice can help people decide on the most appropriate care, and more information can be found at: . There is also a free ‘Choose Well Wales’ app. Local pharmacies can also offer advice on a range of minor ailments, and NHS Direct is also available on 0845 46 47.”

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Lillywhites look for league cup boost

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GAP CONNAH’S QUAY v RHYL (7.45pm ko, The Deeside Stadium)

Red cards, bad luck and bad tempers have hindered Rhyl’s Welsh Premier progress since making the league cup quarter finals.

Earlier this month, Kristian Pierce’s penalty helped the Lillywhites get past Llandudno in the second round.

Since then, they’ve been severely punished by both Aberystwyth Town and Bangor City in the league. Alex Jones’ red card at Aber means he’s still serving a three game ban. We can also rule out Arron Simpson, who was sent off for two rash challenges as Rhyl imploded at Bangor City on Saturday night.

Even Niall McGuinness was sent to the stands as they threw away a 2-0 half time lead and ended up going down 3-2 – their fourth league defeat on the bounce. But expect the manager to be back on the touchline tonight when they aim to make the Nathaniel MG Cup semis on Deeside.

McGuinness will be opting to mix in first team regulars with those vying to make the cut as Sunday’s clash with Cardiff Met nears. James Bell made his return at Nantporth on Saturday night, followed towards the final whistle by Stefan Halewood, whose set to start this evening against the as-yet-unbeaten Nomads – second in the WPL table with six wins and six draws.

Elsewhere, the two Towns – Prestatyn and Denbigh – have learnt their opponents for the quarter finals of this season’s Huws Gray Cup.

Denbigh will be on the road to visit holders Caernarfon Town while the Seasiders welcome back Guilsfeld to Bastion Gardens.

All four quarter finals have been scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve – but expect the ties to be rearranged.


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Rhyl revamp: developers submit Skytower revamp plans

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Developers have lodged the first plans for a family entertainment zone as part of the £33 million revamp of Rhyl promenade.

The Sky Tower has been earmarked for a complete makeover as an illuminated beacon along with proposals to improve parking and access to the Children’s Village.

Denbighshire County Council say work on the two schemes could begin around Christmas time if planning permission is given – it’s hoped the work will be completed by next spring.

Among the proposals by Neptune include two new pedestrian entrances into the Children’s Village and Sky Tower car parks to provide easier access into the town centre. A new flight of steps would also be built between the fun fair level and the beachside promenade.

Plans for the Sky Tower’s revamp as a monument include redecorating the exterior and installing a feature lighting scheme – Neptune said it would make the former ride ”a visible statement of the town’s renewed confidence and regeneration.”

Development Director, Rob Mason, said: ”The works to the Children’s Village car park are actually key to improving what is currently an underused asset. It will make access easier to an established attraction and will serve the new restaurant development that we creating next to the Vue Cinema as a future phase of the scheme.”

Denbighshire council leader Hugh Evans added: ”This is another important milestone for Rhyl’s waterfront development. The upgrading of the currently underused Children’s Village car park and iconic Sky Tower is another piece of the regeneration jig-saw. This work is designed to complement the emerging proposals for the Culture and Hospitality Zone of the Rhyl Waterfront scheme.”

Work on demolishing the former Sun Centre is nearly complete with a revamp of the adjoining Pavilion Theatre to follow in due course. Plans for a new aquatic centre on West Parade were unveiled earlier this month.

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Police search for A525 Rhuddlan flasher

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Police are looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself in Rhuddlan during rush hour traffic.

A bus driver, travelling from Rhuddlan to Sainsbury’s claimed he saw the alleged flasher at the side of the A525 at around 5.05pm on Thursday 13th October. He was described as in his early twenties and wearing a dark hooded top.

Officers at Rhyl police station said no other calls were received about the indecent exposure. But PC Simon Hughes said: ”Due to the time of day, the traffic flow was heavy and we believe others would have seen this man on the side of the road.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Hughes at Rhyl police station on 101 (quoting reference no. U156037) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Ruthin drugs raids: man cautioned by police

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A man has been cautioned by detectives after two drugs raids on a Ruthin street.

The 32 year-old man was questioned by police after drugs and paraphernalia were seized from two houses on Rhos Street, following tip offs from the public. The man was warned for possessing a controlled drug.

District Inspector Gareth Jones said: ”The warrants were executed, following concerns from people in the town, relating to the misuse of drugs. We want to send out a positive message that North Wales Police are taking action to tackle these issues.”

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