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Wrexham boost after recent job losses around Wales

by Carole Green

200 jobs are being created at financial research firm Avox in Wrexham by the end of 2016.

That economic boost comes after a worrying few weeks of jobs news around Wales, with 149 jobs lost at Creative Foods in Flint, 400 under threat at the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven, 650 going at Avana Bakeries in Newport, and a further 150 under threat at the Freeman events company in Cwmcarn.

The Prime Minister was also in North Wales - visiting a furniture business in Flintshire.

12 people treated after chemical incident in Flintshire

The Welsh Ambulance service say 12 people needed treatment after a chemical incident in Flintshire.

Two of those have been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.

We were called at 9.34am today, Wednesday April 9, to an incident at a commercial property on River Lane Industrial Estate, Saltney. We sent two rapid response vehicles and four emergency ambulances to the scene, where 12 people required treatment. Of the 12, two people have been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a stable condition, two people have been discharged at scene and eight people remain at scene.

– Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson


Emergency services deal with chemical incident in Flintshire

Emergency services are currently dealing with a chemical incident at a factory in Saltney, Flintshire.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service believe that two cleaning agents have been mixed, which has released toxic vapour.

Thirteen people are believed to have inhaled the chemicals, and some have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Appeal after 'indecent exposure' in Flintshire village

Police are appealing for information after an "indecent exposure" in the Flintshire village of Hope.

Two young girls were approached by a man jogging on Hawarden Road at about 7.10pm on Monday, who indecently exposed himself.

Investigation officer PC Phil Mathers, said: "The man is described as aged in his mid to late 30s, tattoos on both arms and neck, with shaven or short spiky hair possibly in a ‘Mohican’ style.

"He wore a gold chain, black T shirt, dark jogging bottoms and was carrying a blue tracksuit jacket.

"After the incident the man continued jogging in the direction of Fagl Lane. If anyone has any information about this incident, or recognises the description I would like to hear from them."

Airbus faces charges over death of worker

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has been accused of failing to ensure the safety of one of its workers, who was killed at its factory in Flintshire.

Donald Williams, 62, was crushed to death after an incident at its Broughton factory in November 2011.

Airbus employs 6,000 people, at its wing assembly plant in Flintshire. Credit: PA

Airbus this morning faced charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive, at Mold Magistrates Court.

It is alleged the company failed to ensure the safety of Mr Williams, failed to assess the risks while working with a tractor, and failed to provide adequate training when using the machinery.

The case has been adjourned until 10 April at Wrexham Magistrates Court.


Unexploded bombs found near Gwynt y Mor wind farm

Three explosive devices, thought to be unexploded wartime bombs, have been discovered at the site of a wind farm development off the north Wales coast.

A 250-metre exclusion zone is in place around the site of the bombs at the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm.

When completed, the wind farm will have 160 turbines Credit: RWE npower Renewables

More: North Wales wind farm development exports first electricity

The firm says construction work is continuing while the operation is carried out.

Airbus Group annual results


#AirbusGroup 2013 Results * Revenues increase 5% to € 59.3 billion * EBIT before one-off +21% * Net income rises 22% to € 1.5 billion


* Group order intake in 2013: € 218.7 billion * As of 31 Dec. 2013, order book was worth € 686.7 billion * Defence order book € 47.3 billion

Airbus employs thousands at its wing-making plant at Broughton in Flintshire.

Top 10 tips for helping your children stay safe online

As the world marks Internet Safety Day today, the NSPCC warns that the safety of young people online is a growing problem.

Below we've listed some tips for helping your children stay safe online.

  • Ask your child what they do online
  • Let your child teach you how to use social networking and games
  • Know who your child is talking to online
  • Set rules and agree boundaries
  • Make sure the content their looking at is age-appropriate
  • Use parental and privacy controls
  • Check the privacy settings on any online account your children have
  • Have conversations early and often
  • Most sites have 'reporting tools,' make sure your child knows how to find them
  • Seek further advice

Police: shining laser at helicopter is 'stupid and reckless'

Griffiths shone the laser pen at a police helicopter from his bedroom window Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The National Police Air Service has condemned Nigel Griffiths' use of a laser pen as "stupid and reckless".

"The sentence itself should act as a deterrent to others who should look at this and think this is not a game" says Chief Supt Ian Whitehouse.

"Real people's lives are put at risk. Anyone who takes it upon themselves to shine a laser at an aircraft will result in being arrested, being prosecuted and will get a criminal record".

More: Flintshire man sentenced for shining laser at police helicopter

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