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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


Police: Disappearance of woman 'out of character'

North Wales Police says the disappearance of a 26 year-old woman is "out of character" and it has concerns over her safety.

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Nicola White from Conwy was last seen on Sunday November 1st.

She is described as slim build, around 163cm tall and has shoulder length mousey brown coloured hair.

We are appealing for help from members of the public and would ask if anyone knows of her whereabouts or has seen her to please get in touch with us.

We are also urging Nichola herself to make contact with us and her family to let us know safe and well.

– PC Sean Edwards

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.


Police appeal for information on missing Conwy man

David Alan Yorke, 50, is missing from Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy. Credit: North Wales Police

North Wales Police are concerned for the safety and whereabouts of missing man David Alan Yorke.

The 50-year-old left his home in Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy yesterday and has not made contact with his family since.

After he left it's believed he went to the Rhos Fynach pub in Rhos-On-Sea at around 7pm but has not been seen since.

He is described as 5ft 10' tall, of slim build and wears has glasses.

He was last seen wearing a red hooded top & black hood over the top, jeans & brown shoes.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Police 'concerned' for man missing from hospital

Police have concerns for a 48-year-old man who is missing from a hospital in Llanfairfechan, Conwy.

Richard Bracken Credit: North Wales Police

Richard Bracken was last seen leaving Bryn y Neuadd hospital at 11:35am on Monday 21 September but failed to return an hour later.

He is described as being 6ft tall and of heavy build, with short brown hair and a stubbly beard. He was last seen wearing white trainers, a green coat and a grey striped jumper, with a blue shirt and blue jeans.

Mr Bracken was out on an agreed time frame where he failed to return at 12:30pm.

As time passes we are becoming concerned for his whereabouts and safety, and are appealing for anybody who may have seen him, or anybody who may have seen a man matching the description to contact us immediately.

– Detective Superintendent Mark Pierce, North Wales Police

Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference number S144718.

Kinmel Hall: 10 things you might not know

A sprawling, 122-room mansion near Abergele, Conwy has just made it on to the list of Britain's 10 most endangered buildings.

Kinmel Hall Credit: PA

But what is Kinmel Hall, and how long has it been standing empty?

Here are 10 things you might not already have known:

  • Kinmel Hall was designed and built in the 1870s by an English architect.
  • It's palatial in scale with around 18 acres of gardens and 122 rooms.
  • Originally built as a private home, it had around 50 bedrooms and 60 private quarters for servants.
  • It's rumoured that there was also a room entirely dedicated to ironing newspapers.
  • Over the years, the hall has changed its identity a number of times, becoming a school, a health spa and a hospital.
  • It's now been left unoccupied for 20 years.
  • The identity of the current owner is thought to be unknown.
  • Nicknames for the hall now include the 'Welsh Versailles' and 'discount Downtown'.
  • It's a Grade I listed building.
  • It's thought to be Wales' largest surviving country house of its kind.

Three cases of E.coli confirmed in Conwy

Three young children in Conwy have been diagnosed with E.coli infection.

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Public Health Wales and Conwy County Borough Council are continuing to investigate the three confirmed cases.

The affected children attended the same childcare providers, but also had links to one another 'outside of the childcare settings'.

The three children affected have links to one another outside of the childcare settings they attend, and there is no suggestion that the infection has been transmitted within that setting.

– Dr Chris Whiteside, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control

The childcare providers remain closed on a voluntary basis but will re-open once testing confirms that staff and other children are clear of infection. So far, 18 individuals have received negative results for the infection and Public Health Wales say no further positive cases have been identified.

E.coli O157 is a very serious infection that causes very severe diarrhoea, sometimes with blood in it, abdominal cramps and fever. In children, it can cause kidney failure that can prove fatal.

Anyone who has concerns about their health should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

– Dr Chris Whiteside, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control
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