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Partner of John Prescott thankful life saving surgery granted

The partner of John Prescott, who needs a heart transplant, has been speaking about the Welsh NHS' decision to grant him life saving surgery, following a report by ITV Cymru Wales.

John Prescott is currently in intensive care in a hospital in Manchester Credit: ITV Wales

I am absolutely over the moon with the decision being over turned.

This means that John now has his chance to stay alive after being given the news this week that time was not on his side.

It was crucial to have this life saving operation within days.

– Doreen Edwards, John's partner

Prescott, from Conwy, needs a heart transplant after suffering a heart attack 18 months ago.

It damaged his heart so badly that only one side is working properly.

In order for John to be eligible for a heart transplant, he needs a pump - called an LVAD - fitting to his existing heart.

Conwy man receives funding for life-saving operation

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A man from Conwy who thought he had just weeks to live has had the decision of the Welsh NHS not to fund a life saving operation reversed.

ITV Wales has been told that John Prescott will get a pump fitted to his heart and NHS Wales will pay. He's due to have an operation this morning.

Man arrested after serious Conwy crash

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a single vehicle crash in Dolwen, Conwy on Wednesday night.

Three men, who were travelling in the vehicle, were taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd by Ambulance following the incident.

Two are thought to have sustained minor injuries whilst the third has been transferred to Stoke with serious injuries.

The driver of the vehicles remains in police custody.

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Man dies in crash - A5 closed to traffic

A man driving an agricultural vehicle died at the scene today in a crash involving two other cars on the A5 one mile south of Pentrefoelas in Conwy County.

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Police received a report at 8.41 from the ambulance service, who took two other casualties to Ysbyty Gwynedd at Bangor.

Police are appealing for witnesses and the road is closed, with diversions set upby the Waterloo Bridge at Betws-y-Coed and in the village of Pentrefoelas.

Accident and fuel spillage closes A5 in both directions

The A5 is closed both ways due to an accident involving a single vehicle involved and fuel spillage between Pen-Y-Benglog and Bethesda.

There are no delays in the area but the incident will affect traffic between Capel Curig, Bethesda and the A5.

Police to prosecute anti-social 'free runners'

North Wales Police says it will crackdown on anti-social youths running over buildings.

The sport of parkour or free running. Credit: PA

Officers in Conwy say the practice of "free running" is an increasing trend and youths are using the roofs of buildings in the Llandudno area, including schools, shops, offices and churches.

Police say it is only a matter of time before someone falls and is seriously injured or killed.

If you participate in free running, using street furniture or private or public buildings, you are putting yourself and others at risk of serious injury. You could also cause criminal damage to property.

We want to educate the young people who do this about the dangers. However, to ensure their own safety we will prosecute those who commit these offences in a bid to deter others and also to reassure the wider public that we are dealing with this extremely dangerous anti-social behaviour.

– Sergeant James Keene

Council step back on controversial monthly bin collection proposals

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Conwy Council have stepped back from a controversial move to collect refuse bins once every four weeks.

The decision has been made instead to introduce a three week collection service, like several other councils in Wales.

However, they will be running 'pilot' four week collections in a selected part of the county yet to be selected.

I am still concerned about the decision. It's a better one than I was expecting but lots of people will be angry about a reduction in the frequency of collections.

"There is still a threat that four-weekly collections may be imposed at some future date, that uncertainty hasn't gone away."

– Clwyd West AM Darren Millar
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