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Mountain biking centre opens in Blaenau Ffestiniog

Wales' latest purpose-built mountain biking centre will open later Credit: Antur Stiniog

Wales' latest purpose-built mountain biking centre will open in Blaenau Ffestiniog later.

The centre has received European funding, which will provide a major boost for tourism in the area.

It will also be a chance to preview this weekend's British Downhill Series, a major event in the mountain biking world.

Antur Stiniog, in a transformed slate quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog, is the only purpose-built mountain biking centre in Wales with a full uplift service.

The official opening of Antur Stiniog will be followed by the chance for riders to try out other runs at the course, which is part of the Llechwedd Slate Caverns complex.

Police welcome sentence over child abuse images

North Wales Police has welcomed the sentencing of Derek Williams, who was given a three and a half year prison sentence for downloading child abuse images.

North Wales Police welcomes today’s sentencing of Derek John Williams, following his conviction for offences of making , taking and possession of indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography. He was placed on a sex offenders register for life and will also be subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.

Incidents of this nature are taken very seriously by North Wales Police and such crimes will be robustly and positively investigated.

It is reassuring to see this reflected in the sentence passed out.

– Investigating officer Tim Dobson

North Wales man jailed over child abuse images

Derek Williams downloaded thousands of child abuse images Credit: ITV News Wales

A 53-year-old man has been jailed for three and a half years for downloading thousands of images of child abuse and videos of bestiality.

Derek Williams, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, admitted charges of accessing bestiality.

Mr Recorder Timothy Petts said what Williams had done was "disgusting".

Seven years ago Williams escaped prison with a suspended sentence for similar offences.

Biking centre to host British Championship event

Mountain biking is one of the UK's fastest growing sports.

A downhill mountain biking centre in Blaenau Ffestiniog has been chosen to host the first round of the British Championships in March.

Since opening just 18 months ago, the Antur Stiniog centre has seen over 12,000 bikers descend its 4 trails.

Organisers are anticipating around 1,000 spectators at the event, and over 350 competitors.

The new biking centre has created 15 jobs.

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