Live updates

Man to celebrate 30 years since heart transplant

Eddie Tierny from Denbighshire had a heart transplant in 1984

This weekend marks 30 years since Eddie Tierney, from Denbighshire, had one of the first ever heart transplants.

When Eddie was told of his condition, it came as a huge shock to him and his family but he had the operation at Harefield Hospital on the 23rd of March 1984. He says he was told he would only have five years to live but thirty years on, at 74 years old, he is still working and riding a motorbike.

Rhyl water main undergoing 'emergency repairs'

Homes and businesses effected by a burst water main in Rhyl should have their supply returned this afternoon, Welsh Water says.

Customers in Rhyl, Kinmel and Abergele are currently without water, after a burst on a key water main in Rhyl.

We were alerted this morning to a burst on a key water main in Rhyl. We immediately sent a team to the site and are now carrying out an emergency repair. This is impacting on water supplies to customers in Rhyl, Kinmel and the Abergele areas and we apologise for any inconvenience.

It is estimated that water supplies will begin returning to normal later this afternoon whilst we undertake the repair. This may result in discoloured water for a period of time. This is not unusual after an incident of this nature and should clear within a short period of time. We would like to assure customers we are working as quickly as possible to restore supplies to normal.

– Welsh Water

Anyone with concerns about their water supply can call Welsh Water's helpline on 0800 052 0130.

Advertisement

Burst water main closes Denbighshire schools and buildings

A burst water main in Rhyl has caused the closure of a number of schools and buildings in Denbighshire.

The closed schools are:

  • Ysgol Brynhedydd
  • Ysgol Christchurch
  • Ysgol Emmanuel
  • Blessed Edward Jones High School
  • Project 10 &11

Closed council-run buildings include:

  • Rhyl Pavilion Theatre
  • Oak Tree Centre
  • Rhyl Library
  • Toilets at Rhyl Town Hall

Financial risk of Sun Centre 'too great' says council

Denbighshire Council says the "cost and risk" of operating facilities at the Sun Centre in Rhyl, were deciding factors in recommending not to re-open the site. The recommendations will be discussed at a meeting of the council's cabinet on 25th March.

We believe the financial risk associated with re-opening the Sun Centre are too great, as a lot of investment would be needed for urgent or imminent works. The kind of investment in question would be beyond the council's means; it would not provide value for money and the Sun Centre is a building with a short lifespan.

We also believe that it would not make economic sense to re-open the Nova in terms of the cost of running the facility in the short term when there are plans for complete refurbishment works in the longer term.

– Rebecca Maxwell, Denbighshire Council

Options set out for future of Clwyd Leisure facilities

The Sun Centre in Rhyl is in a poor state of repair, according to Denbighshire Council Credit: ITV News

Denbighshire Council has set out short-term options for the future of the former Clwyd Leisure sites in Rhyl and Prestatyn.

The council has been considering options following Clwyd Leisure Ltd's decision to wind-up the company and appoint an insolvency practitioner.

Short-term options have now been set out which will be discussed by the council's cabinet later this month.

The council says that "numerous issues" have been found with the Rhyl's Sun Centre, including the poor condition of its building and equipment, which would need "significant repairs" to re-open.

It found the Nova Centre was in a reasonable condition, but "in need of an overhaul" and was operating at a loss. The North Wales Bowls Centre was deemed to be in a "fairly good condition" and only in need of relatively minimal repairs.

Recommendations due to go before the council's cabinet include:

Sun Centre, Rhyl

  • Not to re-open as a wet leisure facility

  • Explore potential for alternative use as dry facility

Nova Centre, Prestatyn

  • Not to re-open before proposed refurbishment, assuming business case is approved

  • Continue with the refurbishment business case before decision in April/May

North Wales Bowls Centre

  • To re-open on slightly reduced opening hours, according to seasonal demand.

Advertisement

Demonstration over Denbighshire school merger plans

by Ian Lang

Parents fighting plans to merge two rural schools in Denbighshire have staged a noisy demonstration demanding that officials rethink the plan.

The parents - whose children attend Ysgol Cyffylliog near Ruthin - fear the school will be closed under moves to create a new Welsh medium school.

This afternoon they held a protest outside the authority headquarters in Ruthin.

Body of pensioner found after Corwen bungalow fire

A pensioner's body has been discovered following a bungalow fire in Carrog, near Corwen, in Denbighshire.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service received a call just before 3:30pm today.

Crews from Llangollen entered the bungalow, where they found the body of a 93-year-old woman.

A joint investigation by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police is now underway.

Cyclist found dead in Ruthin

Police were called to the scene at midday on Saturday Credit: ITV News Wales

Police have launched an investigation after a cyclist was found dead after he is believed to have come off his bike in North Wales.

The man, who is believed to be from Stockport was found in Lon Cae Glas - a country lane in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin at around midday yesterday.

The police, ambulance and air ambulance service attended the scene where the man was pronounced dead.

Police said inquiries were continuing to find out what happened.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories