‘Asbos For Extremists’ To Tackle UK Jihadists

‘Anti-social behaviour orders’ targeting radical Muslim preachers are among measures being proposed by the Home Secretary.

Hospitals Told To End ‘Unfair’ Parking Charges

The Government tells hospital trusts to give free or cheap parking to the relatives of chronically ill patients.

Mackay: ‘No Excuse’ For Offensive Texts

The former Cardiff City boss says racist, sexist and homophobic messages he sent were “completely unacceptable, inappropriate”.

Plans move forward for new Prestatyn Nova

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Developers have pushed forward with a bid to reopen and revamp Prestatyn’s Nova Centre.

An planning application has been submitted by Denbighshire County Council for a £3.6 million redevelopment of the leisure complex – one of three sites closed earlier this year following the collapse of operators Clwyd Leisure.

The council says its still working on more detailed designs for the Nova, but plans include improving the swimming and splash pools, creating a new changing area, multi-use space for the community and sports, retail units on the promenade and a soft play area with reception. There are also plans to rename the centre.

In May, councillors voted to spend £108,000 on drawing up the detailed plans for the site, which are due to be unveiled next month. If planning permission is granted, the centre could be reopened by July next year. Elsewhere in the town, the North Wales Bowls Centre is set to reopen next month after a redevelopment of its own.

The head of leisure at Denbighshire County Council, Jamie Groves, said: ”This project is seen as one of the main priorities for the town. There is a demand for this type of facility. Clearly there is going to be a spin off for businesses and to the economy. If we create the right destination, we want visitors and tourists to come back and use the facilities”.

Seven to fight Abergele by-election

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Seven candidates in Abergele and Pensarn have put their name forward for a by-election next month.

The poll for the vacant seat on Conwy County Council was triggered by the resignation of Welsh Labour councillor Joan Stubbs at the end of July. It will be held on Thursday 18th September.

Three political parties are fielding candidates in the by-election – John Pitt for the Welsh Conservatives, Rick Stubbs for Welsh Labour and Sarah Wardlaw for the UK Independence Party. The four other candidates represent independent interests – Barry Griffiths, Val Parker, Michael Smith and Ken Sudlow.

Meanwhile, candidates are being sought to find a new county councillor for Towyn following the death of William Knightly, the Conservative leader at Bodlondeb who also ran a funfair and amusement park in the resort.

Fines for footy fans after railway fracas

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Four football fans have been fined after violence broke out in an incident at Rhyl railway station.

Three men from the Wrexham area and a fourth from Telford were arrested after the fracas broke out on a Holyhead to Shrewsbury service on Saturday 12th April, which held up services for around an hour. Two of the men were tasered by a police officer.

Fixed penalty notices for disorder have been given to the men – aged 22, 34, 41 and 50. British Transport Police have thanked the public for their help with the investigation.

New season, new confidence for Seasiders

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As a club, some may considered them to be lucky to still be in the Welsh Premier after a misjudged and faltering campaign last season. Prestatyn Town still have much to prove if they can survive in the long term as a top flight club – and for player-manager Neil Gibson, that means an even bigger push towards making the top six before the league split next February.

In the Seasiders, there is a greater confidence than the start of last term – for which many factors led ultimately to their near brush with relegation. Encouraging pre-season performances have helped, but also the raft of new faces joining the fold and the departure of a few old timers – most notably, goalkeeper Jon Hill Dunt.

Having already navigated the first round of the Word Cup by easing past Conwy Borough, their first league test tonight sees a home clash with a Gap Connah’s Quay side also trying to right some of last season’s wrongs. Nomads boss Mark McGregor’s message is clear that he will not tolerate a season such as the one he went through last term. In contrast, Gibson’s approach is perhaps a little more at ease in his confidence at delivering a Seasiders revival:

”After six weeks of hard work the lads look a lot fitter and sharper than they did last season. There is also a great atmosphere in the dressing room between the players, and you can see evidence of this out on the pitch with the performances they have put in so far. The lads have that hunger back and they want to go and improve on what was a disappointing season last year, although we will have judge them fully when competitive action begins.”

“I have set a target of being in the top six by the time the split comes, but it is important that we start to make strides after last year’s disappointment, so nothing has changed in terms of our targets, which were the same at this stage last season.”

Fast And Furious Pirate Jailed For 33 Months

A Midlands man filmed the blockbuster in a cinema and distributed it, costing a major Hollywood studio almost £2.5m.

Boy Arrested After Reading Festival ‘Rape’

Two males, aged 14 and 31, are detained after a teenage girl claims she was raped in a caravan during the sell-out festival.

Football Ground Standing Pledge By Lib Dems

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