Prestatyn bus service saved

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A local bus service for Prestatyn has been saved after a new operator was found.

Bagillt-based P&O Lloyd will run a weekday service linking the town with Rhyl from Monday 3rd April as part of its existing bus routes.

The service has been run on Tuesdays and Fridays only since the start of the year, after Voel Coaches announced it was pulling out due to a lack of demand. It has been maintained on a temporary basis with support from Prestatyn Town Council.

Denbighshire County Council said the new ‘enhanced service’ will run from Canterbury Drive to Rhyl bus station via Winchester Drive, Llandaff Drive, Prestatyn bus station, Sandy Lane, Pentywyn, Beverley Drive and Marion Road.

The council added it was still in talks about serving some parts of Prestatyn which would not be covered by the new route.

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Weather warning as 80mph winds to batter North Wales causing disruption and damage

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Strong winds of up to 80mph are set to batter North Wales This Thursday, The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for across the region with a low pressure system being branded “Storm Doris” is set to hit the United Kingdom.

The extreme weather is likely to hit Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and a large portion of Gwynedd.

Heavy rain is also likely through the day on Thursday as well as snow on high ground.

The warning comes into effect at 6am on Thursday and will last until 6pm the same day.

The spokesman added: “The exact timing and track of this system remain uncertain but there is potential for a short-lived core of very strong winds to develop.

“Whilst some disruption is expected outside of this stronger swathe of winds, the amber area looks most likely to see more significant disruption.”

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Cardiff Prepares to host the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final

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Tickets have gone on sale today for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, which will be played at Cardiff City Stadium, on 1 June, KO 7.45pm, two days before the men’s Final at the National Stadium of Wales.

The UEFA Women’s Champions League Final is recognised as the pinnacle of women’s club football and is broadcast live across the world.

The ticket launch took place on 21st February, to coincided with the ‘100 Days to go’ to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final. To mark this milestone, 100 members of Cor Glanaethwy, the North Wales choir who came third in Britain’s Got Talent, performed a flash mob on unsuspecting visitors to Cardiff’s Central Library today. Two young girl soloists started to sing ‘The Prayer’ and were gradually joined by other members of the choir, scattered amongst the various areas and levels of the Library, until they formed a crescendo of voice around the balconies of the contemporary building. Cardiff Library’s iconic open plan design provided amazing acoustics for the performance.

Jayne Ludlow, 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final Ambassador, Wales Women’s National Team Manager, former UEFA Women’s Cup winner, said;

“It’s an honour to be an ambassador for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, and to be here to witness such a stirring celebration of Women’s Football with just 100 days to go until the Final in Cardiff. I was lucky enough to be in Cardiff Central Library today to watch Cor Glanaethwy and see the reactions of the general public when they performed. Wales as a Nation is known throughout the world for our singing and this was the perfect way to convey the sense of pride we have in hosting the Finals.

“Seeing the huge UEFA star-ball in the city centre really brings home to you what a significant event this is for Wales, and what an opportunity it gives us to grow Women’s Football participation as a result.

“It is fantastic that Wales will be staging the pinnacle event for European women’s club football. The UEFA Women’s Champions League is arguably the strongest competition for top level female players in the world.

“Having played in the competition with Arsenal and having had the honour of lifting the trophy in 2007, it will be great to welcome the world’s best female footballers to Wales in June.”

Speaking of the building excitement for the Final in Wales, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Ken Skates, said:

“With 100 days to go to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, the countdown really has begun. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming the very best of European Women’s club football to Wales in June.

“The event will no doubt raise the profile of Wales within the game, and it will hopefully inspire and attract more female players to take up the sport. Some of the top players in the world will playing and I know that Cardiff is going to be a fantastic venue for the final.”

Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales said:

“Staging major football finals is one of the objectives contained within the FAW’s Strategic Plan – we believe that hosting both the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final and 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final will have a positive and long-lasting effect on Welsh football.

“The UEFA Women’s Champions League Final represents the highest standards in Women’s football, and I’d urge everyone to come to Cardiff City Stadium on 1st June to witness what will undoubtedly be a fantastic match, an incredible family atmosphere, and one of the most memorable Finals to date.”

Tickets are on sale now. For details visit  www.uwclf2017.co.uk

Ticket Prices: Children (16 and under) and concessions £3. Adults £6.

Group Tickets: A 25% discount applies to the cost of tickets on all bookings of 10 tickets or more.  For further details visit www.uwclf2017.co.uk

 

 

History of UEFA Women’s Champions League Final

Competition started in 2001/2 season and was initially known as UEFA Women’s Cup

Rebranded as UEFA Women’s Champions League in 2009/10 season

The current holders are Olympic Lyonnaise who defeated VFL Wolfsburg after extra time and penalties in Reggio Emilia on Thurs 26th May, 2016

FFC Frankfurt have won the competition 4 times

The current Welsh Women’s National Team Manager, Jayne Ludlow, was part of the Arsenal team that won the competition in 2007.

Jayne Ludlow

Jayne Ludlow captained the Arsenal team that won the competition in 2006-07.

Played for Barry Town Ladies, Millwall Lionesses, Southampton Saints, Arsenal Ladies and New York Magic (loan)

Remains Arsenal LFC’s record goal scorer

FA Players’ Player of the Year Award x 3: 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04.

61 Wales caps / 19 Wales goals

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MP welcomes Broadband progress

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21st February 2017

Vale of Clwyd MP, Dr James Davies, has welcomed news from Matt Hancock, Minister of State for digital policy, that the Vale of Clwyd is expected to have 97% of premises with superfast broadband coverage by the end of the current Broadband Delivery UK project in June 2017. Currently according to Thinkbroadband, Vale of Clwyd has 92.3% coverage.

 

Commenting James said, “I and my team have been pushing for better broadband including holding regular meetings with BT Openreach and most recently with the Minister, Matt Hancock MP. I am concerned that some harder to reach rural areas are not being covered as quickly as we would like and we are keeping the pressure up by raising individual cases. However it is important to recognise the progress that has been made. Superfast broadband allows premises to stream movies and work from home with more intensive data demands. I am keen to stress that rural areas that are hardest to reach are eligible for subsidised satellite provision as well”.

 

Delivery of superfast broadband in Wales is jointly funded by the UK Government and the Welsh Government. Targets were for superfast speeds being available to 95% of homes and businesses by the end of 2017.

 

ENDS

 

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£82m defence contract for Denbighshire firm

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Qioptiq

A Denbighshire company has won an £82 million contract to provide surveillance and targeting equipment for the Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence will work with Qioptig on equipment including night-vision goggles, visors and weapon sights for the next six years. The announcement is set to secure the future of over 560 jobs at two sites in St Asaph and Bodelwyddan – with another eight jobs being created.

The Welsh Government has also announced a £2.5 million grant, which will allow for a new purpose built warehouse and manufacturing facility to be built at St Asaph Business Park.

Welsh Secretary of State, Alun Cairns, said the new contract was an ”enormous vote of confidence” in the Welsh economy and ”great news for employment in the region”.

Last November, the Sealand-based Defence Electronics and Components Agency won a multi-million pound contract to repair and maintain F-35 fighter planes from across Europe.

MoD Parliamentary Under Secretary, Harriett Baldwin, told the IDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi that the new contract with Qioptig would also cut costs by £47 million as a result of merging over twenty support contracts into one deal.

She added: ”This deal will provide our troops with the equipment they need to stay safe, while also delivering £47 million of savings. This contract is made possible by our £178 billion equipment plan, supported by a defence budget that will rise every year until the end of the decade.”

At the Senedd, economy secretary Ken Skates welcomed the news as an example of Wales’ aerospace and defence sector ”going from strength to strength”: ”As one of our key anchor companies working in a priority sector, Qioptig is one of the most dynamic and innovative companies in Wales…this new contract secures the long term future of the company in St Asaph where it has a significant economic impact on the local economy through expenditure by employees and through local supply chains. It is another high value manufacturing company whose future has been secured by the work of Welsh Government.”

The new contract covers equipment such as infantry periscopes, laser operators and target-locating equipment, used across the Armed Forces from frontline infantry to the Royal Marines, to military specialists including bomb disposal experts.

Qioptiq will also spend £2 million on fitting out and equipping new IT systems for the new St Asaph facility, which will be built on nearby land owned by the Welsh Government.

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Caught on Camera: Rhyl and Abergele

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Caught on Camera is back for 2017 with a new selection of CCTV appeals from the Point FM area. Police are looking for four women and a man wanted in connection with three incidents in the Rhyl and Abergele areas last month.

If you can help identify the suspects caught on camera, call 101 and quote the relevant reference number. You can also visit the appeals page on the North Wales Police website.

MONDAY 9TH JANUARY 2017: RC17003944 – Matalan, Greenfield Place, Rhyl

SUNDAY 8th JANUARY 2017: RC17003592 – Whitesides, Market Street, Abergele

SUNDAY 1ST JANUARY 2017: RC17000079 – Detours, Rhyl High Street

If you spot any suspicious activity, you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Concern growing for missing man with Rhyl links

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North Wales Police

Police say concern is growing for a missing man with known links to Rhyl.

Stephen Carson was last seen in Colwyn Bay on Friday 3rd February. The 46 year-old, originally from Crewe, is said to be a frequent visitor to the Rhyl area.

Mr Carson is described as around 5’8 tall, bald and of medium build. He walks with a slight limp and is often seen wearing a hoody and jeans.

 

PC Peter Colley at Colwyn Bay police station said ‘’We are asking anyone who has seen Stephen or knows of his whereabouts to contact Police as we are all increasingly concerned for his welfare.”

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, contact the North Wales Police control room in St Asaph via the live web chat.

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Woman denies assisting Old Colwyn murder suspect

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Family photo: North Wales Police

A woman has denied assisting a man accused of the murder of David Kingsbury in Old Colwyn.

Susannah Buckley (40) from Colwyn Bay is accused of helping Dean Cody by removing a vehicle after the unemployed labourer was stabbed to death last month.

Cody (30), of no fixed abode has been charged with the murder of Mr Kingsbury – while three other men, Stephen Cody (53), Colin Lyness (30) and Thomas Revatto (50) have also been accused of assisting an offender.

Buckley was released on bail by Llandudno magistrates on Monday. She will appear before a judge at Mold Crown Court on Monday 6th March.

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A55 police chase: man in hospital after St George crash

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Pic: Ian Clapham (@ianlanesgroup)

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a police chase on the A55 near Abergele.

A silver BMW 3 series car overturned near junction 24 at St George at around 11.50am on Saturday morning. The westbound carriageway was closed between junctions 24 and 27 for over two hours after the crash.

North Wales Police later confirmed that officers had been pursuing the vehicle before the crash happened. They have referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The Welsh Air Ambulance attended the scene of the crash but the man was taken by road to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan. He was later transferred to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Superintendent Jane Barham said: ”Incidents of this nature are rare and we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have seen the BMW convertible being driven along the A55 prior to the collision.”

Traffic around the area was diverted via the A525 and the A547 for over two hours after the crash. The road was fully reopen by 7pm on Saturday evening.

The crash led to two football matches on the North Wales Coast being delayed by around 15 minutes – Bangor City’s 3-2 win over Cardiff Met in the Welsh Premier and a 3-1 win for Holywell Town at Conwy Borough in the Huws Gray Alliance.

Anyone with information about the crash should call the Roads Policing Unit in Colwyn Bay on 101, quoting reference no. V022928.
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Post match reaction – Steve Lewis – Airbus away

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Interview with scorer Steve Lewis in the 2-0 win away at Airbus UK Broughton in the Dafabet WPL

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