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Soldiers in Caernarfon parade

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Soldiers will march through Caernarfon today Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Troops from the Royal Welsh will march through Caernarfon today for a freedom parade. The soldiers will be made up from B Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh.

The troops will be led through the town by the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh, the Goat Major and Billy, the regimental goat.

New search and rescue fleet

Two Augusta Westland AW-192 helicopters will be based at St Athan Credit: Bristow Helicopters

After winning the contract to take over search and rescue helicopter cover from the RAF, Bristow Helicopters have released details of the new fleet that will be deployed in April 2015.

There will be two helicopters at both its Welsh bases -Caernarfon Airport and the MOD site at St Athan near Barry.

Caernarfon Airport will get two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters Credit: Bristow Helicopters

Caernarfon's Sikorsky helicopters will cover an area of 250 nautical miles around the base and each carry three stretchers and up to 10 seated casualties. Augusta Westlands will cover 200 nautical miles around St Athan and each have room for two stretchers and six seated casualties.

All the helicopters will have a crew of four and be capable of flying at 145 nautical miles an hour.


Businessman prosecuted for dumping waste

Williams O'Grady was found guilty of dumping waste at three sites Credit: ITV News Wales

A businessman who illegally dumped waste across parts of north Wales profited more than £8m a judge ruled today.

William O'Grady was given a confiscation order of £213,525 which he will have to pay within six months or he will serve two years in prison.

He was found guilty of dumping construction waste at three sites in Caernarfon.

The Environment Agency for Wales said: "We want to send a clear message to criminals that we will not only prosecute them for environmental offences but also pursue them for benefits derived from their illegal activities.

"This is important not only for the sake of the environment and people’s health, but also for the wider waste industry. It’s important that businesses that work within the law are not disadvantaged by illegal operators."

Judge 'astounded' by Welsh Government's approval for charity cash

A former soldier who defrauded Conwy Council out of 125 thousand pounds has been sentenced to three years in prison. Christopher O'Neill set up a charity for North Wales war veterans called Forces for Good.

But he spent money he obtained for the project on his own lavish lifestyle, and a gambling habit.

The judge in the case said he was astounded that the Welsh Government had approved the project without basic checks being carried out.

Charity fraud was a 'wicked deception'

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A man who defrauded Conwy Council out of £125,000 has been sentenced to three years in prison. Christopher O'Neill set up a charity for North Wales war veterans called Forces for Good, then spent money he obtained for the project on his own lavish lifestyle, and a gambling habit.

Sentencing O'Neill at Caernarfon Crown Court this morning, Judge Niclas Parry said his crime was nothing other than "a sophisticated, high value scam, a wicked deception on the public purse to enrich yourself."

He said it was "frankly astounding" that the Welsh Government approved O'Neill's project without checking basic facts, adding that the case highlighted the importance of making checks when approving grants out of the public purse.A forfeiture and destruction order was also made on O'Neill's goods.


Council 'fully investigated' after fraud

Conwy County Borough Council say that no budgets were affected by the loss of £125,000 in the fraud by an ex-serviceman.

In a statement following the sentencing of Christopher O'Neill the council said the circumstances had "been fully investigated through a rigorous internal audit" and that their external auditors had "carried out a thorough review of arrangements for managing grants."

Conwy County Borough Council is extremely disappointed that it was amongst the victims of this despicable fraud.

The Council and its partner agencies aimed to assist former members of the armed forces who required particular help via the establishment of the Hotel Project.

When assurances sought from O’Neill were not forthcoming, it was Conwy County Borough Council that formally referred the matter to North Wales Police, and the Council’s Head of Audit was due to give evidence at the trial.

– Conwy County Borough Council Statement

Ex-serviceman jailed for three years for charity fraud

A man accused of defrauding a charity set up to help ex-service people has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. Christopher O'Neill pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud at an earlier hearing in January.

He was accused abusing his position at the charity "Forces for Good" by transferring £74,800 from its bank account in to his own. He was also accused of drawing on the funds to pay costs incurred by him during stays in hotels and guesthouses to the sum of £6,500.

Man to be sentenced after admitting charity fraud

A man accused of defrauding a charity set up to help ex-service people is due to be sentenced later today.

Christopher O'Neill admitted to two fraud charges in January.

He was given a grant of £125,000 from the Welsh Government for his charity 'Forces for Good'. At a previous hearing it was alleged that he went on a spending spree gambling heavily, running up hotel bills and buying a speedboat before being caught by North Wales Police.

Windsurfer rescued by RAF helicopter

A windsurfer was winched aboard an RAF helicopter in a Force 8 gale this afternoon as he was drifting out to sea.

The incident happened at the entrance to the Menai Strait north west of Caernarfon and the man, in his twenties and from the south of England, was clinging to his board.

Beaumaris lifeboat was also launched. The man was unharmed and was given a hot cup of tea to recover after being landed ashore by the helicopter, based at Valley in Anglesey.

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