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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.”

Protest held over Flint Community Hospital closure

Campaigners who wanted to stage a sit-in at Flint Community Hospital over its imminent closure have instead protested peacefully outside after being turned away by police.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has said it is aware of the strong feeling about the decision, but their aim is modernisation.

Appeal to reunite children photographed in 1965

The photograph shows eight children on a tower wall at Flint Castle. Credit: Tom Lutton

An amateur photographer has got in touch with us, to appeal for help in reuniting a group of children pictured together at Flint Castle nearly 50 years ago.

Tom Lutton was part of a cine group making a film there in 1965. He agreed to take a photo of some youngsters playing on the castle.

He says no more than a handful of people have seen the print since.

Last week, he went back to Flint, hoping to find someone who could tell him about any of the subjects - but was sadly disappointed.

Mr Lutton is trying to get in touch with the group, to give them a copy of the photograph and, if possible, to rephotograph them together at the castle.

If you can help, email:


Flint protest in bid to save community hospital

Hundreds of people are expected to march in Flint later in a bid to save the town's community hospital.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is proposing to move services to nearby Holywell, saying it'll improve care.

"It's far quicker to come here and be seen than to travel 40 minutes to Glanllwyd hospital or only to an A&E department if you can't get on the bus to Holywell", says campaigner Jack Rees.

"If you're on a low income, it's very difficult to take that money out, that travel money, and go seven miles with your child"

Jade Jones has taken to Twitter to thanks her fans

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