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Men posing as 'Gas Board' workers rob pensioner

Police are appealing for information after three men robbed an elderly man of a "substantial amount of cash" after posing as "Gas Board" workers.

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North Wales Police says the incident happened on Woodfield Avenue, Flint at around 6.30pm on Tuesday December 8th.

They want to identify three men who claimed to be from the Gas Board and entered the pensioner's home.

This was a particularly callous incident where a vulnerable elderly person has been targeted.

I would remind residents to be wary of uninvited callers and to always ask and check the identity of anyone they don’t know and never to let anyone into your property, if you have any doubts.

– DC Phil Roberts

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference RC15187605.

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Dead birds found on roof may have been poisoned

The RSPCA is investigating the death of pigeons and doves found dead on a rooftop in north Wales.

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A member of the public found the dead birds in the Church Road area of Flint.

We are not sure what has happened, but we believe they were poisoned and are now trying to find out where any poison could have come from. There were around three doves and the rest were pigeons.

We have no way of telling whether this was a result of a deliberate act or because of poisonous substances not being safely stowed away, but what is concerning is the number of birds that were found dead. We don’t want this happening again.

– RSPCA inspector Tim Jones

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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Council chief slams Welsh Government funding cut

A council leader has criticised the Welsh Government's decision to cut £1.6m of funding to the organisation which represents local authorities. You can catch up on the story by clicking here.

The Deputy leader of Flintshire council, Labour's Bernie Attridge, has taken to twitter to voice his concern about the reduction.

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