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Ex-police chief in court on sex offence charges

An ex-police chief charged with historic sex offences has appeared in court.

The court was told Gordon Anglesea, 78, would deny the allegations. Credit: Andrew Price / View Finder Pictures

Defendant Gordon Anglesea, 78, a retired North Wales Police superintendent, was arrested by detectives from Operation Pallial, a National Crime Investigation into claims of historical sex offences in the North Wales care home system.

Anglesea, of Gwynant, Old Colwyn, faces a total of seven charges between 1979 and 1987.

Mold magistrates' court was told on Thursday that he would deny all the allegations.

He was bailed on condition that he did not contact witnesses, that he surrendered his passport, that he reported to police at Colwyn Bay twice a week and that he should live at his home address.

The case against Anglesea was sent to Mold Crown Court where he will appear at a preliminary hearing on Friday July 24th.

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Missing fisherman named by police

The search had involved RNLI lifeboats and the Coastguard rescue helicopter Credit: ITV News

North Wales Police has confirmed the name of the fisherman who has been missing since Tuesday night as 66 year old Brian Hughes from Conwy.

Mr Hughes was known to his family and friends as Bychan.

A search operation was called off at 10.15 this morning.

Despite a major search involving Coastguard rescue teams, RNLI lifeboats and the Coastguard rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon, neither the fisherman nor his vessel have been found.

The extensive search covering the sea and coastline continued until last light yesterday and resumed with a shoreline search for several hours this morning.

A life raft belonging to the missing vessel was found yesterday drifting off Llanddulas.

We have completed extensive searches both yesterday and this morning, unfortunately the fisherman hasn’t been found. His family have been informed that the search has finished.

– Graham Clark, UK Coastguard Controller


Search operation resumes for missing fisherman

A major search operation for a fisherman missing in Colwyn Bay has resumed on land this morning.

The search operation was suspended overnight.

The UK Coastguard received a call yesterday morning from a concerned relative reporting that the fishing vessel had not returned the night before as expected.

An RNLI volunteer crew at Rhyl recovering the life craft of the missing vessel. Credit: RNLI

Coastguard rescue teams, RNLI Lifeboats and the Coastguard rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon were out searching yesterday after the alarm was raised at around 10am and the search continued until last light.

This morning, Coastguard rescue teams from Bangor, Llandudno and Rhyl are continuing the search on land between Llanfairfechan and Rhyl.

Search for missing fisherman suspended overnight

A search and rescue operation to find a 24ft fishing vessel that was reported overdue from Colwyn Bay, Wales was suspended overnight.

The UK Coastguard received a call yesterday morning from a concerned relative reporting that the fishing vessel had not returned the night before as expected.

A major search, involving the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon, RNLI lifeboats from Rhyl and Llandudno, and Coastguard rescue teams also from Rhyl and Llandudno was suspended at 22.30 last night.

The decision to suspend the search hasn’t been an easy one to make. This man is still missing and we appreciate the concern and worry this is causing his family and friends.

We are fearful that the fisherman entered the water last night and after an extensive search we have found a life raft that was drifting off Llanddulas which we have matched to the missing vessel.

– Andy Carroll, UK Coastguard Officer

The search operation will resume later along the shoreline after it was suspended overnight.

Empty life raft found belonging to missing fisherman

Search and rescue services say a life raft drifting off Llanddulas has been matched to a missing fishing boat that left Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night.

UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark said: “We are fearful that this fisherman may have entered the water overnight. Nevertheless the search is ongoing.”

North Wales coast search for missing fisherman

An extensive search is under way for a fisherman who had been out fishing from Colwyn Bay since Tuesday night in his 24 feet fishing boat.

Credit: RNLI

A concerned relative called the Coastguard Operations Centre this morning to report that the vessel had not returned as expected. He had not been heard from since 23:30 last night.

We are fearful that this fisherman may have entered the water overnight. Nevertheless the search is ongoing.

– UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark

The RNLI says four lifeboats - two from Rhyl and two from Llandudno - have been at sea for several hours in the search.

The helicopter was scrambled just before mid-day to search the coastline between the Great Orme and Rhyl.


Plans to save Victorian Pier at Colwyn Bay to be revealed

Credit: ITV Wales

Details will be revealed later on the latest plans to save the Victorian Pier at Colwyn Bay. A £9.5 million bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been submitted and a public meeting is being held tonight.

The historic structure is said to have been at risk since the 1970s and is set to be demolished following a decision by Conwy Council back in 2013.

Watch: Council votes to demolish Colwyn Bay's Victorian Pier

Body of a man found at Rhos-on-Sea

A section of the promenade was closed off by police Credit: Ian Lang / ITV News

The body of an 'unknown' man has been recovered from the sea off the North Wales coast.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said the man was discovered at Rhos-on-Sea at around 11am this morning.

Police were assisted by the coastguard, and a section of the promenade in Colwyn Bay near the area was closed off.

Police say an investigation is underway.

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