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Whale vomit found on Anglesey beach sells for £11,000

A lump of whale vomit found by a dog walker on a beach on Anglesey has been sold at auction for £11,000.

The chunk of ambergris weighed around 1kg. Credit: Adam Partridge Auctioneers

The ambergris is used to make perfume.

Adam Partridge Auctioneers estimated its price at £7,000 - but it sold today for comfortably more.

The UK bidder who won the auction wished to remain anonymous.

How greasy spoon cafe got into the Good Food Guide

A greasy spoon cafe on a caravan site in Wales has changed its menu and made it one of the best places to eat in Britain.

It all started with a £3 pound, all day breakfast. But now The Marram Grass Cafe, housed in an old potting shed with a tin roof is a new entry in the 2016 Good Food Guide.

Carole Green went to take a look at what's on the menu:


Police investigate theft of tens of thousands of bees

North Wales Police is investing the theft of three queen bees and 30,000 bees from an Anglesey farm.

Three queen bees and 30,000 bees were stolen. Credit: PA

The bees, which are described as being bred to be ‘calm’, were taken from three hives on a farm on the outskirts of Cemaes Bay sometime between July 30th and August 4th.

Police say the thief may be an expert on bees.

Bees are currently of national interests and we believe the offender/s knows about bee keeping.

We are appealing to the bee keeping community for information relating to the thefts.

– Sergeant Gareth Rees, Llangefni Police

Anyone with information is asked to dial 101.

Missing boy found after police search

North Wales Police has confirmed 10-year-old Huw Parri who went missing earlier this afternoon, sparking a major search on Anglesey has been found.

Police urge people to check outbuildings for missing boy

North Wales Police is asking members of the public on Anglesey to check their outbuildings as the search for a missing boy continues.

10-year-old Huw Parri was last seen at around 12.20pm in the village of Talwrn.

The police helicopter and mountain rescue teams are also involved in the search, which is focussing on Llangefni area.


Appeal to find 10-year-old boy missing on Anglesey

Huw Parri hasn't been seen since around midday today. Credit: North Wales Police/Family photo

A search is underway after a 10-year-old boy was reported missing on Anglesey.

Huw Parri was last seen in the village of Talwrn at around 12.20pm today. He was last seen wearing a grey Vans hooded top, blue shorts, with yellow and green trainers. North Wales Police says he may be on a white bike.

The force helicopter is helping with the search.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Ynys Mon rider seriously injured in Island Games crash

An Ynys Mon cyclist taking part in the Island Games in Jersey has been taken to hospital following a serious crash.

The accident happened between two women cyclists as they sprinted to the finish line. The Ynys Mon rider and another from Bermuda were competing in the Town Criterium race when they crashed.

The roads of St Helier were closed for a short time by police but re-opened just before 3pm.

Both women were taken to hospital. A meeting is expected to take place shortly to decide whether the men's Town Criterium race - due to take place tonight - will still go ahead.

Appy days for Anglesey's red squirrels

A new app for smartphones and tablets is helping to conserve Anglesey's red squirrel population.

North Wales' red squirrels faced extinction. Credit: Paul Spear

It lets people pinpoint where they have seen the loveable rodent. Others can then log onto the app and and find out where the squirrels are.

The app has been designed by Llandudno based firm Livetech.

Native red squirrels faced wipe-out from Britain before a conservation effort was launched on Anglesey two decades ago.

The success of the campaign is mostly down to a huge effort to control invasive grey squirrels, which were introduced to Britain from America in 1876 and carry a virus that's fatal to its red cousin.

As a result, the number of grey squirrels grew to 2.5 million while the red squirrel population fell to 120,000.

Now experts say the native reds are bouncing back - on Anglesey the population was down to as low as 40, but it’s now up to a healthy 700 and they're even spreading across the Menai Strait to Bangor on the mainland.

"The data collected through the app is very useful to us because it helps us keep track of where the red squirrels are going. We monitor distribution and abundance. If you go back 15 years hardly anybody saw a red squirrel on the island, but now people are spotting them more and more often."

– Dr Craig Shuttleworth, Director Red Squirrels Trust Wales
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