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'Spate' of fake money incidents in Conwy County

North Wales Police are investigating a spate of incidents of counterfeit currency being tendered in the Betws-y- Coed area.

A real £50 note. Credit: Georgie Gillard/PA Wire

The incidents have been reported over the past week where counterfeit £50 notes have been offered for small purchases, which if successful, would have resulted in a large amount of legal change being returned to the offender.

Although counterfeit currency is rare, officers are asking people to be vigilant and to raise awareness of these incidents.

As counterfeit notes pose no monetary value, by raising vigilance this will assist in ensuring businesses are not at a financial loss. Such notes can be part of organised criminal activity and each note will be treated as evidence towards the bigger picture.

– Inspector Gareth Jones, North Wales Police

Advice on what you should do if you get a counterfeit banknote:

  • Retain the suspect note without putting staff at risk.
  • Give the customer a receipt, explaining that the note will be handed to the police.
  • Call North Wales Police on 101.

Bale: New contract is a 'dream come true'

Wales international Gareth Bale says his extended his contract at La Liga giants Real Madrid is 'a dream come true'.

He hopes to win more trophies and titles for the club.

Bale's contract extension will keep him at the Bernabeu until June 2022.

He joined Real from Tottenham in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3million, signing a six-year contract at the Bernabeu.


Average house price in Wales now £145,000

The average house price in Wales now stands at £145,000, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Wales saw house prices increase by 2.7 per cent in the 12 months to August, while the average UK house price increased by 8.4 per cent to £219,000.

Wales saw house prices increase by 2.7 per cent to stand at £145,000. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The ONS said the latest figures continued "the strong growth seen since the end of 2013".

But estate agent Jeremy Leaf, former chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said the "real test" for the market following the vote to leave the EU will come over the next few months.


Cap on rail fares announced for passengers in Wales

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The Welsh Government has announced that regulated rail fares in Wales will not rise above the rate of inflation until at least October 2018.

This means that from January 2017 the maximum increase that Arriva Trains Wales can apply to regulated rail fares will be 1.9% - 0% above the Retail Price Index rate of inflation.

For 2017, we have again determined that capping fares at 0% above the rate of inflation is preferable – providing continuity to existing rail users and ensuring that travelling by train remain sattractive and affordable. Rail fare increases from January 2018 until the end of the current franchise in October 2018 will also be capped at the rate of inflation and not a penny more.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Infrastructure Secretary
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