Rail guard verbally abused at Prestatyn station

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British Transport Police

Detectives are looking for a man who threatened a train guard at Prestatyn railway station.

British Transport Police say a passenger approached the guard at around 4pm on Tuesday 23rd August and verbally abused him. His behaviour escalated and became increasingly aggressive towards the guard, who was left shaken and upset.

Officers have released CCTV officers of a man they want to talk to in connection with the incident. He is described as in his forties, around 6ft tall with dark hair in a ponytail. He was wearing a bright yellow T-shirt and a grey gilet and was carrying a large rucksack. It’s understood two children were with him at the time and he left the station pushing a mountain bike.

PC Kevin Thomas of British Transport Police said: ”Nobody should have to suffer such abuse and threats, particularly when they are just doing their job. BTP will not tolerate aggression of any kind towards railway staff and we will do everything possible to track down the offender and bring him to justice.”


Anyone with information should call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 353 of 23/08/2016. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Local Rhyl supporters receive RNLI recognition awards

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General item on awards ceremony presentations in Knutsford 21.9.16

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Council approves Rhyl revamp funding

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Councillors have approved £4.5 million of funding to kickstart Rhyl’s regeneration scheme.

The cabinet at Denbighshire County Council gave the green light on Tuesday for the money to be spent on projects including the ongoing demolition of the Sun Centre and a new look for the Pavilion Theatre.

Around £3.5 million has been provided by the Welsh Government, with the rest of the funding sourced from the sale of the former Honey Club site, fees from pay-and-display car parks and balances transferred from Clwyd Lesiure, whose collapse led to the closure of the Sun Centre.

Council leader Hugh Evans said the cabinet would decide on final proposals for the first phase of the regeneration scheme later in the Autumn: ”This is an important milestone for Rhyl’s waterfront development and the funding decision signifies the on-going commitment in Denbighshire to progress with this major project…developments and improvements to the promenade aim to not only benefit Rhyl’s economy through increased footfall from visitors  but also the residents of  Rhyl, Denbighshire and wider North Wales communities,  to ensure they know exactly what our town has to offer.”

Other projects forming the first phase include demolishing one of the units at the Children’s Village, where the car park is being improved, while work will also take place on preparing the Sky Tower as an illuminated beacon.

But a report discussed by the cabinet on Tuesday revealed the Welsh Government funding for the first phase will need to be used within six months. Much of the funding is being spent on work around the Sun Centre and the Pavilion.

Plans for the £33 million scheme also include a new aquatic centre to replace the Sun Centre, a new town plaza with restaurants and an ‘active leisure’ zone allowing for outdoor activities.

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Towyn man jailed for historic child sex abuse

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A Towyn man has been jailed for eight years for repeatedly abusing two boys during the late 1990s.

John Paul Roberts was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault against one of the boys on a number of occasions from October 1997 to November 1999.

He had already admitted nine charges of indecency against both boys, who were aged from 12 to 15 at the time. A jury at Caernarfon Crown Court failed to return a verdict on a third indecent assault charge.

The court heard the victim, who was now in his thirties, only reported the abuse to police last year after considering what to do for years. He told the two-day trial that what happened had left a ‘profound effect’ on his life.

After he was arrested, Roberts (43) of Cae Mor made a number of ‘frank admissions’ when he was interviewed by detectives. His defence lawyer said it was ”a dark secret” that he carried for so many years.

But he added it was a case where Roberts was told allegations had been made against him and ”he admitted what he had done and denied what he had not done.” He had accepted what he had done wrong – but he had continued to abuse the boys.


Source: Daily Post

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Rhyl flasher wanted after indecent exposure

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Police in Rhyl are looking for a man who exposed himself to two teenage girls on a footpath.

The girls were followed by the man as they turned from Cefndy Road towards Gwynfryn Avenue at some point between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Monday evening.

He has been described as in his early twenties and around 5’7” tall with short dark hair and dark stubble. He was wearing a short-sleeved blue T-shirt with a front pattern at the time.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who may recgonise the man from his description should contact PC Catherine Jones at Rhyl police station on 101 (quoting reference no. RC16135319) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Man cleared of attempted child kidnap

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A former Prestatyn man has been cleared of the attempted kidnap of a ten year-old.

But a judge banned Steven Hickling from approaching or speaking to children under 16 for five years, unless they are accompanied by an adult.

Hickling (39) denied attempting to kidnap the girl as she played with friends in Deiniolen, near Caernarfon, last May. At an earlier hearing, he had admitted drink driving on the day of the incident.

During the three day trial, a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court heard Hickling had been staying at a caravan park in Llanberis after the breakdown of a relationship. He had been drinking before going to Prestatyn to see a friend, but found himself in Deiniolen, where he had never been before.

Hickling had been accused of picking up the girl and carrying her towards his car, before she kicked out. He had claimed the girl was running towards him and if he had not picked her up, they would have collided.

Hickling drove off after being challenged by adults in the area – that same evening, he was arrested in Prestatyn and failed a breath test. He admitted in court that he thought his behaviour on the day was acceptable.

The jury acquitted Hickling but Judge Nic Parry imposed a restraining order against him: ”I make it clear, and I’m sure you understand, that this order does not go behind the back of the jury. They very carefully considered the evidence and I always act with their verdict ringing in my ears. But I am quite satisfied that this incident caused real distress to the child and continues to have an impact. It must not happen again.”

Hickling, who had also been convicted for drink driving in 1999, was fined £250 and banned from driving for 14 months.


Source: Daily Post


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GHA collapse: council calls for more funding

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Denbighshire County Council has called on the Welsh Government to provide more funding for school transport following the collapse of GHA Coaches.

Last week, a report revealed concerns from council officers about the state of the coach firm led to contingency plans being drawn up four months before it closed.

The Cabinet backed moves by public transport officers to restore affected services during a meeting at Ruthin’s County Hall on Tuesday. They agreed to use reserves to help pay for an extra £175,000 to cover costs for the rest of the financial year.

But the meeting was told the total cost facing the local authority was still unclear and Government money would only cover some of the costs of maintaining public routes.

The council said it worked around the clock to find alternative firms to run school transport at short notice and ensure all communities were still served in some form in the days and weeks that followed.

Councillor David Smith, the lead member for Environment, said: ”These were certainly testing times and the superb effort of staff meant that disruption to services was kept to an absolute minimum.  The public was also extremely supportive and we thank them for their understanding and patience”.

A council spokesperson said it was ‘respectfully urging’ the government to provide further financial support for school transport. The Welsh Government said it would announce its plans to support councils affected by the collapse shortly.

320 jobs were lost when Ruabon-based GHA when it went into administration. Its directors, Gareth and Arwyn Lloyd-Davies, have been banned from running any other bus companies after a public inquiry heard about the poor condition of some of the coaches. In one case, a Flintshire school coach lost one of its wheels while carrying pupils.

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First Minister unveils five year plan to take Wales forward

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The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has set out his government’s five year plan to deliver more and better jobs through a stronger, fairer economy, improve and reform public services, and build a united, connected and sustainable Wales.

The First Minister said the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government, Taking Wales Forward, makes clear that the government’s relentless focus will be on driving improvement in the Welsh economy and public services, delivering a Wales which is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, united and connected.

The First Minister also confirmed that the Welsh Government’s key pledges have been maintained despite the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, including the commitment to create at least 100,000 all-age apprenticeships and the development of the South Wales Metro.

First Minister, Carwyn Jones said:

“My vision of government is simple – enabling people to live healthy and fulfilled lives and make the most of every opportunity, and supporting them when help is needed most.

“A critical five years lie ahead.  The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union creates some uncertainty and challenges, but our mandate is clear.  The Welsh Government’s relentless focus will be on driving improvement in our economy and public services, which are together the bedrock of people’s daily lives.

“Taking Wales Forward outlines our key priorities for delivering those improvements. They are ambitious measures, aimed at making a difference for everyone, at every stage in their lives.

“Together we can build a Wales that is more confident, more equal, better skilled and more resilient.  As a country we have punched above our weight, and now we are ready to do more.

“I want to see a Wales which is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, united and connected. This is the Wales we are determined to build over the coming five years.”

Among the Welsh Government’s key commitments are:

Prosperous and Secure:

  • Driving forward inward investment, innovation and the creation of new jobs by providing more support for businesses, including delivering a tax cut, meaning smaller bills for 70,000 businesses and reducing business rates bills to zero for half of all eligible firms;
  • Removing barriers to employment by creating the most generous childcare offer anywhere in the UK, providing 30 hours free childcare a week for working parents of three and four year olds, 48 weeks of the year;
  • Ensuring prosperity for all by creating a minimum 100,000 high quality, all age apprenticeships, reshape employability support for people to find and get back into work and deliver the Cardiff City Region Deal, develop a similar deal for Swansea and a Growth Deal for North Wales;
  • Deliver an extra 20,000 affordable homes, including 6,000 homes through the Help to Buy scheme;
  • Successful, sustainable rural communities: Work with partners to secure a prosperous future for Welsh agriculture;
  • Environment: Make progress towards our goal of reducing our greenhouse emissions by at least 80% by 2050, invest in the skills required for the green economy, promote green growth and innovation and continue to invest in flood defence work and take further action to better manage water in our environment;

Healthy and Active:

  • Improving our healthcare services: continuing to improve access to GP surgeries, making it easier to get an appointment, as well as Increase investment in facilities to reduce waiting times and exploit digital technologies to help speed up the diagnosis of illness.
  • Introducing a new treatment fund to give people in Wales fast access to new and innovative treatments and work to end the post-code lottery for drugs and treatments not routinely available on the NHS;
  • Investing in our healthcare staff by taking action to attract and train more GPs, nurses and other health professionals across Wales and ensure more nurses, in more settings, through an extended nurse staffing levels law.
  • Prioritise mental health treatment, support, prevention and de-escalation, and increase access to talking therapies.
  • Care and older people: More than double the capital people can keep when entering residential care to £50,000.

Ambitious and Learning: 

  • Invest an additional £100 million to drive up school standards over the next term, continue to develop a new curriculum and invest nearly £2 billion in new and refurbished schools, community schools and college buildings by 2024;
  • Examine  ways of ensuring looked after children enjoy the same life chances as other children and if necessary reform the way they are looked after;
  • Further and higher education: Offer a package of student support that is better than that offered in England, based on the recommendations of the Diamond Review.

United and Connected:

  • Transport: Deliver an M4 relief road in south east Wales, and improvements to the A55 in north Wales, the A40 in west Wales and other trunk roads; create a South Wales Metro and advance the development of a North Wales Metro system; develop a new, not-for-profit, rail franchise and deliver a more effective network of bus services once powers have been devolved;
  • Ensuring a fairer society by repealing sections of the UK Government’s Trades Union legislation in devolved areas and take further action on the living wage, limit the use of zero hours contracts and tackle other rogue and bad practices;
  • Bring people together digitally by offering fast reliable broadband to every property in Wales;
  • Work with local government to review council tax to make it fairer so that people with low and moderately valued properties pay less than they do now, and to provide funding to put in place a floor for future local government settlements;
  • Continue to invest in encouraging more people to use and speak Welsh in their everyday lives and work towards one million people speaking the language by 2050.
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Communities Secretary sees how Welsh Government funding is helping North Wales Women

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Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant has visited the North Wales Women’s Centre to see how Welsh Government funding has contributed to the building’s renovation.
The Cabinet Secretary said: “I have been very impressed with what I have seen here today. The centre has worked to improve the health, confidence, and livelihoods of many women, transforming their lives and offering them hope.
“The Welsh Government is committed to doing all it can to help victims of violence and domestic abuse and to ensure they are supported and can live safely within their local communities. Being able to deliver vital services in such welcoming surroundings is key to promoting their dignity and respect.”


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