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Police trying to identify human remains

Police attempting to identify the remains of a woman found in 1980 are hoping to exhume a grave as part of their investigation.

The remains were found in the sea in 1980, 15 miles off the coast of Llandudno and were buried in a communal grave in Llangwstenin Cemetery, Conwy.

Police believe the remains may belong to Priscilla Berry. Credit: ITV Wales News

North Wales police now believe those remains may belong to Priscilla Berry, a woman who went missing from her home in Mochdre, Conwy in 1978.

To compare samples of DNA from Mrs Berry's family with the remains that were found, they need to be removed from the grave but police would like to consult the families of the others buried there before they do.

Before we proceed I would like to speak with any family members and discuss our intentions, the process and address any concerns they have. Enquiries to locate any living relatives have so far proved fruitless and so once again I’d like to appeal through the media and ask the public for their help.

– DC Don Kenyon, North Wales Police

The remains were buried with Mrs Mary Davies aged 60 who died at Llandudno Hospital on 25th October 1980. Also buried in the grave is Mr Sidney Rogers who died aged 60 on 30th May 1979. Mr Rogers was a hotel worker at The Portals Hotel, Vaughan St, Llandudno.

If you have any information email don.kenyon@nthwales.pnn.police.uk or call 01745 588784.

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Have you seen this man in Snowdonia?

Andrew Riches was last seen on Monday, October 27th. Credit: North Wales Police

Police are appealing for information to help trace a man they believe to be missing in Snowdonia.

46-year-old Andrew Riches was last seen leaving his flat in Lewisham, London on Monday, October 27th. Police say his vehicle was seen heading into Snowdonia yesterday morning after 9.30am.

We understand Mr Riches knows Snowdonia well and has camped here before but it is a large area and we are hoping the public will assist us as we and his family are becoming increasingly concerned.

– Inspector Owain Llewellyn, North Wales Police

Andrew Riches is described as white, 5’9 tall, bald and stocky build. His clothing is not known but he is believed to be traveling in a blue Ford Mondeo estate registration SD04 WDC.

Anyone with any information should contact Police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

Minister pledges simpler, more focused EU projects

Welsh Finance Minister Jane Hutt says the next round of programmes funded by European money must be more flexible, simpler and 'more focused' than in previous years. She was responding to the news that agreement has been reached paving the way for a new programme of funding worth £2bn to Wales.

She also said Welsh Government plans for a Metro scheme linking public transport in south eastern parts of Wales will be a likely beneficiary of the money.

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Dan Lydiate returns to Wales

Lydiate will be released from the remainder of his contract. Credit: PA

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate has quit Racing Metro and will return to Wales following the Autumn Internationals.

Lydiate has failed to establish himself as a first team regular in the Racing side since joining the Paris based outfit in 2013, joining up with fellow Wales team-mates Jamie Roberts and Mike Phillips.

Racing revealed the agreement to release the 26 year old from the remainder of his contract on Thursday.

I would like to thank Racing Metro 92 for their welcome, and the 17 months I spent at the club. I would also like to thank the club officials for their understanding, and especially the way they agreed to release me from my contract.

– Dan Lydiate

It is likely Lydiate will now take up one of the newly negotiated dual contracts between a Welsh region and the Welsh Rugby Union, following in the footsteps of Wales captain Sam Warburton who became the first player to agree such a deal last season.

Racing Chairman Jacky Lorenzetti wished Lydiate all the best with his future and thanked him for his time at the Top 14 club.

We wish Dan an excellent end to the season with his new club, and all the best for his international future with Wales, whether for the November tests, the Six Nations, or the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

– Jacky Lorenzetti

European aid will have a real impact says minister

The Welsh Government has welcomed the agreement on how the next £2 billion of European aid will be spent in Wales. The minister who negotiated the deal, Jane Hutt, says that it will deliver real economic growth and jobs.

This announcement is a significant milestone with the European Commission confirming Structural Fund allocations to Wales of over £2 billion. This is great news for Wales and this new EU funding will have a real impact on the Welsh economy and job creation. It will help us deliver more innovative and inspiring EU-funded projects.

– Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM

There's been criticism that previous rounds of European aid have been spent on too many small projects, which though worthwhile in themselves did not improve the prosperity of West Wales and the Valleys. The area remains one of the poorest parts of the entire European Union.

Whilst this funding will be welcomed, we must not forget that it has only been granted due to the failure of successive Welsh Labour Governments to improve Wales’ economic performance in previous tranches. Back in 2000, former First Minister Rhodri Morgan described Objective 1 funding as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Well here we are again, and under Welsh Labour parts of Wales remain amongst the poorest areas in the EU, never mind the United Kingdom

– Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies AM

One of the main beneficiaries of the new funding will be the South East Wales metro plan to improve public transport, after the Welsh Government successfully argued in Brussels that some of the money had to be spent on transport if the aid programme was to achieve any lasting economic improvement.

New centre in Llantrisant for Christmas deliveries

Ten temporary parcel delivery sites will open across the UK. Credit: PA

Royal Mail are opening a temporary centre in Llantrisant to help deliver parcels in the busy period before Christmas.

Around 4,000 seasonal workers will be employed by the ten new sites opening across the UK.

Some of the other centres will be based in West Lothian, Leeds, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Swindon, Greenford, Peterborough and Milton Keynes.

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