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Police appeal after man attempted to 'grab' a schoolgirl

Police are appealing for information after a man attempted to grab a girl as she made her way to school this morning.

At 8:30am the unknown man approached her from behind as she walked to Ysgol Tryfan, along Lon Ogwen in Bangor and grabbed her wrist. She managed to break free and ran home to where she raised the alarm.

The man is described as being white, aged approximately 50-years-old, with thick grey/white facial stubble. He was wearing a black thigh length jacket, a black hood pulled up and dark green jeans.

Anyone who may have information relating to the man is asked to call PC Owain Edwards at Bangor Police Station on 101 quoting incident R109619.


Bangor University 'saddened' by former student death

Bangor University has issued a statement after a former University student died on board the Malaysia Airline flight MH-17.

Bangor University is saddened to learn that former student Glenn Thomas was one of the passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Glenn graduated with a degree in Economics from Bangor University in 1987, and the thoughts of all at Bangor University are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

– Bangor University

Former Welsh University student on MH-17 plane

A former Welsh University student was on board flight MH-17 when it crashed in eastern Ukraine.

Glenn Thomas, a media relations co-ordinator for the World Health Organisation, was one of nine Britons on board the crashed Malaysia Airlines plane.

Glenn Thomas appeared in an ITV Tonight documentary about the safety of e-cigarettes in January Credit: ITV Tonight

Mr Thomas attended Bangor University in the 1980's.

The University says they're 'saddened' to hear of the tragedy.

Tawny owl chick rescued in Bangor

This three-week-old tawny owl chick is now being looked after it was found by a woman walking her dog near Bangor University.

Rachel Taylor happens to be a research officer for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Although the BTO is not an organisation that normally rescues birds, as a licensed bird ringer she was able to safely handle the chick.

Raptor rehabilitation experts will look after the bird until it can be released Credit: Bangor University

"At this age the increasingly active chicks (probably three or four in a brood) begin to explore around and outside the nest cavity and the more adventurous males do occasionally fall out of their tree" said Rachel.

"The bad weather last night and this morning meant this chick was on the ground, plumage completely soaked through and very cold – which would have been fatal – and unable to climb the tree, making it vulnerable to predators on the ground and ‘invisible’ to its parents."

The bird will now be cared for until it is fully-feathered and has learned to hunt for itself in a 'wild' environment.

It will then be released back into the wild where it was found.


Delays possible after phone issues at Ysbyty Gwynedd

Phone lines at Ysbyty Gwynedd are 70 per cent up and running, but the health board is warning that there may be some disruption to outpatient appointments today.

The systems at the Bangor hospital were knocked out during the weekend's storms.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says it hopes the remaining lines will be operation by the end of today.

Today, outpatient appointments will go ahead as planned but patients should be aware that there may be some disruption or delay. Patients trying to ring and book an outpatient appointment at Ysbyty Gwynedd may experience difficulties this morning, however we hope that these lines will be up and running by the end of the day.

Urgent operations are going ahead, however, we have cancelled approximately 20 planned operations and individual patients have been contacted. Arrangements are being made to reschedule these patients as soon as possible.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokesperson

Phone lines down at Ysbyty Gwynedd after storms

Calls are currently being taken by staff at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Credit: ITV Wales

Managers at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor have said that staff at the hospital have been working "extremely hard" to ensure patient care continues after phone lines were knocked out following heavy rain and lighting.

Lines are still down following yesterday's storms and are calls are being transferred to staff at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd near Rhyl. It's unknown when lines are expected to be working again.

"We have been resolve the problem and work is continuing with staff andcontractors on site...Staff are working extremely hard to keep all services safe and operational with the support of radios, pagers, mobiles and other specialist phones." - Betsi Cadwaladr spokesperson

Man 'very lucky' to escape serious injury in Snowdonia fall

The man fell 50ft down the summit of Tryfan in Snowdonia. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

Mountain rescuers in Snowdonia say a walker was 'very lucky' to escape serious injury after falling 50ft on the 3,000ft peak of Tryfan.

The man in his 30s was descending the mountain when he fell down a steep slope and ended up unconscious in a stream, where he later came round.

18 members of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team and an RAF helicopter from Anglesey were called out to assist.

The man was winched off the peak and flown to hospital in Bangor with head and possible back injuries.

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