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Victim needed 47 stitches in face after mug attack

Jack Brown of Kimnel Bay was jailed for two and a half years. Credit: North Wales Police

When a friend tried to break up an argument Jack Daniel Brown thrust a mug into his face, causing wounds which needed 47 stitches and leaving behind hideous scarring Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

The victim had suffered from what was described as a vicious attack in a Llandudno house last February after a group had been out drinking.

Brown, 21, of Aled Gardens, Kinmel Bay, was jailed for a total of two and a half years after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding, being in breach of a suspended sentence, and resisting two police officers who had to Taser him twice and use captor spray in a separate later incident.

Man died after being hit by tree when looking for missing hen

A pensioner died after being hit and trapped by a fallen conifer tree while trying to find a missing hen during a storm, an inquest heard this afternoon.

A conclusion of accidental death was recorded at Caernarfon on Robert Thomas, 77, who lived in nearby Caeathro,

He died last February when a 100mph storm hit the area.

His widow Jean said they had been at home watching TV when Mr Thomas decided it was time to put their hens back in a hut. He couldn’t find one of them and she went outside to give him a hand.

Mrs Thomas heard a loud bang and saw her husband – a retired maintenance fitter at a local factory – trapped under the tree.

She was unable to call an ambulance from her house because the phone line had been brought down in the storm.

Mrs Thomas alerted neighbours by shouting for help.

An ambulance was then called and Mr Thomas was taken to hospital at Bangor before being transferred 100 miles to a specialist unit at Stoke-on-Trent where he died the next day.

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Pilot dies following crash at Caernarfon Airport

The crash happened earlier this evening. Credit: Gwyn Roberts

A 61 year old pilot has died following a crash at Caernarfon Airport.

The accident occurred at around 6 o'clock this evening when a microlight aircraft crashed on the main taxiway, passing a derelict building and aviation fuel tanks on the southern borders of the field surrounding the runway.

Multiple emergency services were called to the scene and the man was airlifted to hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Man dies after aircraft crash

A 61 year old man has died after a light aircraft crashed on the runway at Caernarfon Airport. It's thought the man was inside the aircraft when the collision happened at around 6pm this evening.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but later died. Air Accident Investigation have been informed of the incident.

HIV positive man jailed for abusing boys

The HIV positive man was jailed for 14 years. Credit: PA

A 36-year-old man who abused three little boys despite being HIV positive was jailed for 14 years today.

Simon Morris Jones, pleaded guilty to 15 charges at Caernarfon crown court, including rape, sexual touching, and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Matthew Dunford, prosecuting, said the boys have had to undergo a course of treatment because the defendant was HIV positive but to date all had been negative.

Jones will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Det Sgt Richard Griffith welcomed the sentence and praised the victims and their families who he said had the courage and resolve to stand up to the perpetrator.

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John Allen released on bail in Operation Pallial probe

A former boss of children's homes accused of 32 sex charges after being arrested as part of a probe into allegations of historical child abuse in North Wales has been released from custody by a judge.

John Ernest Allen, 72, of Foxglove Avenue, Needham Market, Ipswich, was granted conditional bail by Judge Merfyn Hughes QC at Caernarfon Crown Court.

His barrister has indicated that Mr Allen denies the allegations.

The alleged assaults are said to have taken place between 1968 and 1989, and involve 15 children aged between seven and 15.

A further hearing is planned for November.

Armed police arrest man at Caernarfon restaurant

Darren O'Flaherty was arrested in North Wales last night.

Armed police have arrested a man, wanted in connection with the death of a man in Spain in 2010, at a restaurant in Caernarfon.

Darren O'Flaherty, 39 and from Merseyside, was arrested by armed officers from North Wales Police last night.

He is wanted in connection with the death of holidaymaker John O'Neill in the Costa del Sol in 2010.

North Wales Police Chief Inspector Jeff Moses said: "This is a significant arrest following close working between ourselves and Merseyside Police."

"Due to the nature of the offences and the circumstances, it was necessary to utilise highly trained armed officers from North Wales Police to effect the arrest."

Welsh novelist's home becomes heritage property

The house is a Grade II listed quarryman's cottage in the Snowdonia National Park Credit: ITV News Wales

Kate Roberts was a novelist described as one of the greats of Welsh literature. Now her childhood home - a remarkable time capsule, high in the hills over Caernarfon - has been bought by Wales' heritage body CADW with the intention of bringing her life and stories to a whole new generation.

The house, named Cae'r Gors, is a 19th century smallholding in Rhosgadfan.

The Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths AM, recently visited the property to commemorate it being handed over to CADW.

He said: "The importance of Kate Roberts' literary works to the people of Wales is well understood across this country and internationally.

"Cadw will be working closely with the Cae'r Gors Trust to develop the site into a sustainable heritage visitor attraction and place for learning and celebration of Welsh literature."

The house has been preserved so it is as authentic as possible

Parade is a 'special day' for troops

"It's always a privilege and honour for soldiers to march through the towns and cities of Wales - the places where family, loved ones and friends can welcome them.

"Saturday will be no different and the parade in Caernarfon will be another special day for The Royal Welsh."

– Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Webb MC OBE, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh

The parade will march from the barracks in the town to Castle Square - where the troops will be inspected at 11am.

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