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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".

Flintshire man sentenced for shining laser at police helicopter

A 22-year-old man from Greenfield, Flintshire has been given a five month suspended sentence, 200 hours community service and £145 costs today at Mold Magistrates Court after admitting recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft / person in an aircraft.

Kevin Griffiths shone a laser pen at a police helicopter that was searching for a missing person.

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Parking fines on the rise after council takes over

Parking wardens in Flintshire have issued more parking tickets in 10 weeks than the police in the same county did in one year. Almost 1,000 fines have been dished out since the council took over the responsibility from North Wales Police.

Two thirds of those tickets were issued in Mold. Ian Lang sent this report.

£22k in fines prompts call to 'rethink' policy

Nearly 1,000 parking tickets have been issued in 10 weeks Credit: ITV News

Nearly 1,000 parking tickets have been given out in Flintshire in the past ten weeks, since new wardens were brought in.

Figures obtained by Conservative AM Antoinette Sandbach show that since October the 1st over £22,000 has been raised with a third of those in Mold.

This has prompted her to suggest that a 'rethink' is necessary on the council's parking policy.

Flintshire County Council say they did warn people about the changes and promises to spend any money raise on wages and car parks.

The cost of the fine is £50.

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Tributes to teenage girl killed in Flintshire crash

Tributes have been paid to a teenage girl who died when the car she was travelling in with friends collided with a cattle truck.

The incident happened on Friday night at Penymynydd in Flintshire.

Three people were trapped in the wreckage of the car, and had to be released by firefighters using specialist cutting equipment.

The girl who died has been named as 16-year-old Sarah Jepson from Flintshire.

Sarah Jepson has been described as 'kind, caring and loving.' Credit: Family photograph

Her family said: "Sarah was taken from us so tragically, and there is nothing that can be said to comfort us at this time of loss."

Her mother Jacqui said: "Sarah was so full of life, she was an intelligent insightful teenager. She was so kind, caring, loving and an absolute pleasure to be around."

"Sarah was an adventurist who loved sports and was an excellent swimmer. She had such a good sense of humour and was a fantastic artist."

She had recently started her ‘A’ Levels at Deeside College.

North Wales Police is appealing for witnesses to the collision.

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