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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

Police negotiator called to men on roof

A police negotiator was called to a building at Newborough Credit: PA

A police negotiator was called in following worries about the safety of two men.

They had climbed on to the roof of a building at Newborough in Anglesey last night.

The pair have since been brought to safety.

Officers were called shortly before seven o'clock and the public were advised to avoid the area.


Appeal to find missing Anglesey teenager

Police on Anglesey are calling for help to find a missing 15-year-old girl.

Concern is increasingly growing for the teenager's safety Credit: North Wales Police

Nargis Mosakhel was last seen on Wednesday night in the Llangristiolus area of Anglesey, and has not been seen since.

She is described as Asian, 5ft 2, tall of slim build with long dark hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black furry jacket and black boots.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Nargis or may know of her current whereabouts, as concern grows for her safety and welfare.

Work underway to restore dunes

Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says work has begun to restore one of Wales' finest sand dune systems.

It says, over the last 60 years, Newborough Warren on Anglesey has lost 94% of open, mobile sand dunes as they became over-grown with grass and trees.

This destroyed the unique pioneer dune slacks necessary for the specialist and rare wildlife of the dunes to flourish.

NRW has already removed dead or stunted trees from two small areas behind the dunes.

Now it will begin the second phase of the project by removing vegetation from some dunes and cutting notches in the frontal dunes so that the sand can move about naturally in the wind. It says this will help rare plants and insects such as petalwort, sand wasps, mining bees and rare beetles that have been driven to the brink of extinction in the area.

The site needs help because the stabilised dunes are not providing the right habitat for the species that live there.

This work will allow the rare insects and plants to re-colonise the dunes and return them to naturally diverse and balanced habitats over the next couple of years.

Naturally mobile sand dunes aren’t just good for nature, they provide a more dynamic coastal defence system which can adapt to storms and sea level change. They are also fantastic natural landscapes and great places for everyone to enjoy.

– Graham Williams, Senior Reserve Manager at Natural Resources Wales

Inquest into death of boy swept out to sea

Isaac Nash was on holiday with his family when he got into difficulty at Aberffraw Credit: Family

An inquest is being held into the death of 12-year-old Isaac Nash.

He was on holiday from Huddersfield when he was swept out to sea at Aberffraw in August last year.

More than 150 people attended a service for the youngster on Anglesey and his parents have thanked local people for their support.

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