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Wrexham MP warns Magistrates' merger could be 'legally challenged'

Ian Lucas
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A decision to merge Wrexham and Flintshire Magistrates' Benches could have 'profound implications' on local people, according to Wrexham MP Ian Lucas.

Mr Lucas has written to the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling, asking him to reconsider the proposal, because of the impact it would have on the Wrexham area.

The MP has been a long standing opponent of the proposed merger, and has made submissions to consultations ran by the Ministry of Justice.

In his letter to Mr Grayling, he says:

"This could have profound implications for Wrexham people - whether that is the court staff who face uncertainty over their jobs, the cost to all those involved in court cases having to make additional journeys to Flintshire, or indeed the impact upon our town's legal professionals."

"It is little wonder that the possibility of a legal challenge to the proposals is now being seriously discussed in Wrexham."

– Ian Lucas MP

A spokesperson for the HM Courts & Tribunal Service said the decision was made after consulting local authorities, Criminal Justice System partners and stakeholders, including local MPs.

"Following a local consultation, Flintshire and Wrexham Local Justice Areas were merged into one new Area.

"The merger was to make the best use of judicial, legal and administrative resources to improve the service for court users.

"It will improve the effective delivery of justice by increasing flexibility in dealing with cases and increasing the opportunities for magistrates to retain experience and their competence."

– HM Courts & Tribunal Service spokesperson

Four-year-old left home alone as mum went to work

A little girl of four was left home alone while her mother went out to work.

Police went to her home in Mold, North Wales, following an anonymous tip off to social workers.

They found the house in an unkempt condition and the girl was home alone with the front door unlocked.

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Magistrates at Mold gave the mother a community order

The mother had gone out in the car to visit customers.

The enormity of what she had done had not dawned on her until later, Flintshire Magistrates' court heard .

She had since given up work and her husband has changed his working pattern her solicitor Bethan Jones explained.

The mother, who had no previous convictions, admitted neglecting the child in a way likely to cause her unnecessary suffering.

She was placed on a 12 month community order with supervision and she was sent on a "positive thinking" workbook programme run by the probation service.

The woman, who was ordered to pay £85 costs, was told by District Judge Gwyn Jones that due to her then working pattern, she "became oblivious to the risks" posed to her youngest child by being left at home alone.

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Airbus admits safety charge over death of worker

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has admitted a charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of its workers, after one of them was crushed to death at its factory in Flintshire.

Donald Williams, 62, died after the incident at the Broughton plant in November 2011.

Airbus employs 6,000 people at its plant at Broughton in Flintshire.

At Mold Crown Court today, the company pleaded guilty to the charge, brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

Sentencing was adjourned until 17 July, at Caernarfon Crown Court.

An inquest has previously returned a verdict of misadventure.

Two bikers killed in Flintshire crash

The crash happened at around 12.50pm

Two motorcyclists have been killed and five people injured in a crash in north Wales.

The collision - involving a car and six bikers - happened on the A5104 between Pontblyddyn and Penyffordd in Flintshire at around 12.50pm today.

North Wales Police says two bikers died at the scene. The other bikers and the driver of the car were taken to hospital for treatment. The road is closed while investigations take place.

Victim: Scoutmaster 'destroyed my life, stole my soul'

One of the victims of former Flintshire scoutmaster Martyn Tucker chose to read out his own victim statement at Mold Crown Court today, before Tucker was sentenced.

He said:

I was 12-13 years of age, and he destroyed my life. Looking back, I never had a chance.

This man stole my soul and set me on a path of self-hatred and self-destruction that still exists to this day.

I live in a kind of fog. I had my future stolen from me - I could never hope to a wife and kids.

– Victim of Martyn Tucker

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Ex-scoutmaster given 12 years in prison for sex offences

A former scoutmaster has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, after admitting 26 sex offences against boys during the 1960s and 1970s - some of which were committed in Flintshire.

Martyn Tucker, 68 and from Chester, was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender, at Mold Crown Court today.

North Wales Police said that Martyn Tucker had abused his position of trust. Credit: North Wales Police

Last week, he admitted 12 charges of indecent assault, nine charges of indecency with a child, and five charges another illegal sexual act.

The offences date from 1968 to 1978 when he worked as a scoutmaster in Flintshire, Cheshire and elsewhere.

Flintshire couple rescued from Snowdonia

Snowdonia is a popular location with walkers Credit: PA

A young couple from Flintshire and their dog have been saved, after being trapped in a dangerous gully in Snowdonia last night.

Rescuers praised the crew of a police helicopter who had photographed their location on Tryfan.

They landed near the headquarters of Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team, and handed over a computer memory stick, enabling team organisers to know the exact whereabouts of the couple.

Team spokesman Chris Lloyd said they were grateful for their support, and a great use of modern communications.

The couple, who are in their twenties, were described as being inadequately equipped for a day on the mountains, but were unharmed.

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
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