Mark Mason murder trial: claims of ‘turf war’ revenge

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Three men have gone on trial accused of killing a Rhyl father-of-two.

Anthony Baines (30) of Kensington, James Davies (20) of Stoneycroft and Mark Ennis (30) of Walton all deny the murder of Mark Mason outside Home Bargains on Marsh Road last October. A fourth man, Jake Melia (21) of Aintree, was also believed to be involved in the incident.

Prosecutors told the jury at Mold Crown Court that Mr Mason had been involved in a drugs ”turf war”. He was said to have been a member of a gang known as ‘Marco’s Crew’ and had been attacked by members of a rival gang. He died in hospital after suffering more than twenty stab wounds.

The court heard the defendants had been members of the so-called ‘Pensarn Crew’, led by Baines, which had become involved in drug dealing on The Cob near Marine Lake.

Davies and Melia had been attacked in an earlier incident, believed to have involved Mr Mason and another man. It was believed the assault had led to a revenge attack, described as ”swift and vicious”.

The defendants are also accused of stabbing two other men, Justin Trickett and Sam Illidge, as they tried to escape the scene. The prosecution told the jury that it mattered not who attacked whom as Baines, Davies and Ennis all bore joint responsibility for Mr Mason’s murder.

The trial is expected to continue for up to four weeks.



Source: BBC Cymru Wales

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Evans set for Sheffield United return

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Ched Evans is reportedly close to rejoining Sheffield United for next season.

The St Asaph-born striker looks set to return to the League One champions from Chesterfield – the two clubs have reportedly agreed to a £500,000 fee.

Evans was cleared of raping a 19 year-old woman at a Rhuddlan hotel following a retrial last October. He served half of a five year jail sentence, but his conviction was quashed after new evidence was raised in a High Court appeal in April 2016.

Evans joined the Spireites last June and scored seven goals in his first 24 games. His deal was extended by a further year in January, but he made just five first team appearances since Gary Caldwell replaced sacked manager Danny Wilson. Chesterfield were relegated to League Two earlier this month.

The former Wales international joined United in 2009 after signing from Manchester City for £3 million. He scored 13 goals in his first two years at Bramall Lane, but a dramatic upturn in form saw him score 35 goals in the 2011-12 season. He was jailed less than a week after his final game against Leyton Orient.

United offered Evans the use of their training facilities among his release from prison in October 2014, after serving half of his sentence. But the club revoked the offer amid a public outcry – over 170,000 signed an online petition and three patrons resigned, including broadcaster Charlie Webster and Beautiful South singer Paul Heaton.

Olympic sprinter Jessica Ennis-Hill also called for her name to be removed from a stand if Evans was signed, prompting abusive tweets against her.

After an aborted move by Oldham Athletic in January 2015, Evans returned to professional football by signing a one-year deal at Chesterfield – four months before his retrial at Cardiff Crown Court. His arrival led to a Derbyshire firm, HTM Products, pulling out of a sponsorship deal.

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Four arrested in Rhyl armed police operation

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Four men have been arrested in an armed police operation in West Rhyl.

The area around a flat on Wellington Road was cordoned off for several hours on Monday night – officers were called out in response to another incident earlier in the day on Rhyl High Street.

In a statement on Tuesday lunchtime, police said a vehicle was forcibly stopped in a planned operation, leading to the arrests – but they added there was no shooting following rumours on social media.

Chief Inspector Paul Joyce from North Wales Police said all four people arrested were still in custody and officers were still patrolling the Wellington Road area: ”We appreciate that the community are concerned by this incident, and would like to re- iterate that no shooting took place.”

”We can confirm that police are continuing to deal with an ongoing incident and we would like to thank the public for their patience and assistance.”

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Rhyl group assault: man in hospital after confrontation

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A man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was attacked by a group of men in Rhyl.

The local man in his twenties was confronted in a flat on the High Street at around 6.30am on Monday morning – his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

No further details have been released but anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time should contact St Asaph CID on 101, quoting reference no. RC17057894, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Police appeal for missing woman

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Concern is growing for the safety of a missing local woman.

Police say Paula Marie was last seen in Prestatyn on Sunday night – it’s believed she has known links to the surrounding area, including Rhyl and Abergele.

Marie, who has scars on her face, was described as last seen wearing a pale pink cap, a hi-vis jacket, a light blue T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts should contact police on 101.

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Prestatyn man admits alleyway attack on partner

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A Prestatyn man has admitted kicking and stamping on his girlfriend in a domestic assault on the High Street.

Simon Jones (22) pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to Lucy Wellbeloved in an alleyway on Thursday night. He also elbowed one friend in the face and punched another on the head as they tried to call police.

Llandudno magistrates heard Miss Wellbeloved had been left with a deviated nose and a jaw injury and needed hospital treatement for face and abdomen injuries.

Jones had met up with her while she was out with Zachary Leatherbarrow and Ffion McManus in Prestatyn. As they walked up the High Street, he dragged his partner into an alleyway, pushed her against a wall and put a hand around her throat before kicking and punching her. He was eventually dragged away but tried to resist arrest.

The court heard the couple had known each other since school and had an up and down relationship – there were also allegations of domestic incidents on numerous occasions in the past.

The defence said Jones had been undergoing alcohol treatment as part of a two-year community order for a previous conviction. The court chairman, Alwyn Lloyd Ellis, told him there were numerous aggravating features about the case, notwithstanding his early guilty plea.

Jones did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody. Sentencing will take place at Mold Crown Court on Thursday 11th May.




Source: Rhyl Journal

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Interview with Jamie Whitehouse

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Interview with Jamie Whitehouse after the 1-1 draw against Llandudno in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League

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Pensarn man jailed for crashing stolen car into house

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A serial offender from Pensarn has been jailed after he crashed a stolen car into a house.

Jonathan Edwards sped at up to 70mph in a 30mph zone before the Toyota Carolla smashed into the living room of a house in Abergele last November. The crash caused over £17,000 worth of damage.

A jury at Caernarfon Crown Court found Edwards (42) guilty of causing damage to property and aggravated vehicle taking. The defendant from South Parade had admitted dangerous driving while disqualified.

The court heard Edwards had a prolific criminal record – he had been convicted forty times for offences including burglary and dishonesty. The crash at the house on New York Terrace had left the residents in a state of shock.

Edwards was sentenced to 25 months in jail, banned from driving for four years and ordered to take an extended driving test. The Recorder Gregg Bull told him that the offences were ”as serious as they could be” and the result of his actions could have been potentially horrifying.



Source: Daily Post

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Bodelwyddan burglar wanted after disturbance

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Detectives are looking for a man who broke into a house in Bodelwyddan but fled empty handed.

The burglar broke into an address in the Terfyn area at around 3am on Wednesday morning (19th April) – but he was disturbed by the occupants of the house.

DC Katherine Culshaw at Central CID said: ”We are keen to speak to anyone who may have information relating to the incident or who may have been in the Terfyn area of Bodelwyddan at around 3am.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Culshaw on 101, quoting reference no. RC17055059, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Man arrested after Prestatyn domestic assault

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Police are questioning a 22 year-old man after a domestic assault in Prestatyn town centre.

A woman needed hospital treatment following the attack at the junction between High Street and an alleyway next to NatWest and Ginger’s Grills at around 10.30pm on Thursday night.

The 22 year-old victim has since been released from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan. The man arrested on suspicion of assault is being held at St Asaph police station.

Detective Superintendent Dave Mills said: ”We are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the assault.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting reference no. V056119, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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