The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched a criminal investigation into alleged fraud, bribery and corruption at civil aviation giant Airbus Group.
The company, which has major UK operations in Flintshire at Broughton, revealed in April that it was in discussions with the British authorities over "inaccuracies" it had found in applications it had made for UK Government credit guarantees.
Airbus Group has been informed by the SFO that it has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption in the civil aviation business of Airbus Group relating to irregularities concerning third party consultants. Airbus Group continues to cooperate with the SFO.
Airbus said at the time that errors had been uncovered in an internal compliance review. The UK export credit agency said it was for the SFO to decide whether to pursue the matter further.
An SFO spokesman confirmed: "The director of the Serious Fraud Office has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption in the civil aviation business of Airbus Group. These allegations relate to irregularities concerning third-party consultants."
The use of third-party middlemen in major commercial deals has been the target of anti-bribery legislation around the world.
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The man who died following a collision in Caerwys in the early hours of Saturday morning has been named as 27 year-old Ryan Draper.
His family have issued the following statement:
Both Hilary and David Draper, and his brother Joshua are deeply saddened at the loss of our loving son Ryan who was tragically and suddenly taken from us. We loved him so much and he will always be in our hearts. God bless him and we pray that his girlfriend makes a full recovery.
The woman who was injured remains at hospital in Stoke. Her condition is currently described as critical but stable.
North Wales Police have confirmed that the driver of the Vauxhall combo van has since been arrested and released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in a road traffic collision in Flintshire in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The incident involved a van and two pedestrians and occurred on the B5122 in Caerwys near to junction 34 of the A55.
Emergency services attended the scene however the male pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd by ambulance with serious life changing injuries. She has since been transferred to hospital in Stoke.
The male driver of the van was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with what is believed to be minor injuries.
A man is currently in a stable condition in hospital after being stabbed twice last night in Flintshire.
Police responded to the incident in Nant Eos, Holywell at around 10.15pm on June 1st 2016.
They are currently appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information which may help their investigation.
Members of the public are advised to call them on 101 quoting reference number UO79799.
The Urdd National Eisteddfod is back once again and this time it's in Flintshire.
Around 15 thousand children and young people will be competing in categories such as the Learners' Medal which is aiming to encourage people to take up Welsh.
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected throughout the week and North Wales Police are currently warning drivers to expect long delays between Mold and Flint.
Flintshire County Council is funding 62 affordable new homes in a development set to cost £7.4m.
The houses are part of a plan to build 300 affordable homes in the county over the next four years.
This development will generate a financial return for the Council for the next 45 years.
The houses will be managed by NEW Homes, a company set up by the Council in April 2014.
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Police are appealing for information after three robbers assaulted a shop worker and smashed a window.
North Wales Police says three men entered the ‘Cash 4 You’ store on Chester Street in Flint today, Thursday April 7th, at around 11.49am.
Once inside they made demands for money and a member of staff was assaulted, sustaining minor injuries. The front widow of the store was also smashed.
The offenders are believed to have left empty-handed after they were disturbed. They are got into a black vehicle which headed towards Oakenholt.
Officers remain in the area and inyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
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