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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

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.

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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.

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Wrexham boost after recent job losses around Wales

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.

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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

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

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