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Trains delayed as tracks 'too hot' in March sunshine

Trains were delayed today because tracks were too hot in the March sunshine.

The commuter route on the Welsh coast reported "high rail temperatures" on the lines - and trains were ordered to slow down.

Network Rail reported that "track monitoring equipment" has indicated high rail temperatures between Talacre and Mostyn in north Wales .

This means an emergency speed limit of 20mph has been imposed by Network Rail for approximately one mile between Prestatyn and Flint.

According to the Met Office, the temperature at Talacre hit 14 degrees.

I've heard some mad excuses but never that it is too hot in Wales in March. But at least we can sit in the sunshine while we are waiting for the train to arrive!

– Megan Morgan, Commuter

Trains were delayed for up to 20 minutes but commuters advised it would get back to normal when the sun dropped.

Appeal to find north Wales woman missing for three days

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North Wales Police are appealing for help to trace a 64 year old woman missing from Flint.

Ann Brick was last seen at 5pm on 20th February. Police say her family are increasingly concerned.

Officers have been making enquiries locally around Flint, as well as around the Penwortham area of Lancashire, where she's from originally.

Ann is approximately 5ft 1ins tall and of a slim build with short white hair. She was last seen in Flint wearing a red coat, black trousers and carrying a blue holdall and a black handbag.

We are asking anyone who has seen Ann or knows of her whereabouts to contact police as we are all increasingly concerned for her welfare.

– PC Ben Baker, North Wales Police

North Wales Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on live chat, 101 or via Crimestoppers, with reference 17471.


Jade Jones crowned with another award

Jade Jones has rounded off a memorable year by being crowned GB Taekwondo female athlete of the year.

Jade Jones won Gold in Rio. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Double Olympic champion Jones beat off competition from World Champion and Rio bronze medallist, Bianca Walkden, and World Junior title winner, Lauren Williams, to scoop her latest accolade.

Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad rounded off a memorable year by being crowned GB Taekwondo female and male athletes of the year.

Double Olympic champion Jones beat off competition from World Champion and Rio bronze medallist, Bianca Walkden, and World Junior title winner, Lauren Williams, to scoop her latest accolade.

In the space of 10 days the 23-year-old from Flint has been crown WTF World Grand Prix champion, the world governing body’s female athlete of 2016 and BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

Open top bus tour for Flint gold medalist Jade Jones

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Flint Town Council along with Flintshire County Council have big plans to welcome home Olympic Champion Jade Jones.

In recognition of Jade's 2016 Olympic success in Rio, the double Gold medalist will be the guest of honour at a civic reception at Flint Town Hall and will tour her home town in an open top bus.

The event will take place on Saturday 17 September 2016.

We are immensely proud of Jade and her continued success and are looking forward to providing the homecoming she richly deserves. Flint Town Council is ecstatic to be honouring her with this civic reception. We hope Flint people will come down to the Town Hall to show Jade how much we value her continuing outstanding Olympic achievements.

– Councillor Ian Roberts, Mayor of Flint


Man charged after 'threatening to kill police'

A man from north Wales has been charged with threatening to kill a number of police officers.

North Wales Police officers arrested Mr Hughes yesterday.

Thirty-three-year-old Craig Michael Hughes is alleged to have made the threats online during a conversation with a confidential help line based in America.

The defendant from Flint was arrested in the early hours of yesterday by North Wales Police, who had been contacted by the Hope Line Crisis Centre in the US amid concerns that he was planning a murder suicide by ambushing police officers after reporting a non-existent crime.

Hughes appeared from custody at a special weekend sitting of Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold today.

He faced two charges of making threats to two members of staff at the crisis centre to kill a number of police officers locally. No pleas were entered.

It was Hughes’ case that he had been drunk, had not intended to kill himself and would not have carried out any threat to kill police officers, he said.

Mairead Neeson, prosecuting, asked for a remand in custody for his own protection and for the protection of the public, in particular police officers.

Magistrates remanded him in custody to appear before magistrates on Thursday.

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Friends reunited: 1965 Flint Castle snapshot recreated

A group of children photographed by chance at Flint Castle in 1965 have reunited half a century on to recreate the picture as adults.

One member of the group, who now lives in Abu Dhabi but returned to Flint for the reunion, told ITV Wales the occasion was important to him.

"To see the people I grew up with... I haven't seen these people for 42 years," he said.

Flint Hospital: Health board 'aware of strong feelings'

We are fully aware of the strong feelings being expressed today regarding the relocation of the clinics from Flint Community Hospital to Borough Grove Clinic.

The Minister confirmed last month that the decisions made by the Health Board in January of this year were to be implemented and we are very keen to work closely with local people to take forward the plans to develop new services and facilities in Flint.

The health board is working hard to make sure there is a smooth transition of all clinics with minimum disruption for patients.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokesperson

The spokesperson added: “We would like to reassure patients that the health clinic is a safe place to deliver our services. In the long term these services will be provided from a more modern Primary Healthcare Resource Centre.

"As of Monday, the phlebotomy, counselling and outpatient clinics previously provided from the hospital will be provided from the Borough Grove clinic building.

"On Monday 2nd September, GP Minor Surgery services will also transfer from the hospital to the clinic, following an upgrade of the current facilities.”

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