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,
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.
A pensioner from Caernarfon has appeared in court, accused of the rape of a 24-year-old woman.
Malcolm Donaldson, 72, appeared at a preliminary hearing at Mold Crown Court today, via videolink.
He is charged with raping the woman in Prestatyn on 23 March.
Mr Donaldson was remanded in custody.
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.
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.
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.
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 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."
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."
"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."
The parade will march from the barracks in the town to Castle Square - where the troops will be inspected at 11am.
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.