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'Lesson to be learnt' from double killing tragedy

A review into the events leading up to a father killing his wife and two year-old son has concluded there are lessons to be learnt.

Suzanne Jones and her son William died at the family home. Credit: North Wales Police

Suzanne Jones and her son William died at the family home near Tremadog in Gwynedd in 2012.

42-year-old David Wyn Jones was indefinitely detained in a secure hospital after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Caernarfon Crown Court.

The court heard that Jones was mentally ill and suffering from delusions. He thought his son William was the devil, and stabbed and strangled his wife Suzanne as she tried to defend her son.

David Wyn Jones Credit: North Wales Police

Today a Serious Case Review carried out by Gwynedd & Anglesey Community Safety Partnership and the Gwynedd & Anglesey Local Safeguarding Children Board concluded that:

While the outcome may not have been different, if there had been a more rigorous, assessment of the children’s needs, of the impact of the parental mental health on the father’s parenting capacity..., a more rigorous sharing of information,.. the question of whether the tragedy could have been avoided may have been easier to answer.

– Report Conclusion

The Serious Case Review concluded that "that there are lessons to be learnt" and one should be that the relevant authorities develop and implement a standardised approach to risk assessment.

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Man jailed for grooming teenage girls on internet

A pervert who befriended young schoolgirls over the Internet by pretending to be a teen himself has been locked up for six years.

Police found films of a hundred different girls at Dorr's home. Credit: North Wales Police

Liam Dorr, 29, groomed them and entered into intimate relationships with them – flattering and complimenting them to such an extent that they agreed to send photographs of themselves to him, some in sexual poses.

Mold Crown Court heard Dorr used false names and details and persuaded a schoolgirl to speak to him over a webcam – but said his camera was not working so she could not see him.

He secretly recorded her indulging in a sex act – and later posted a video and photograph of her on a salacious web site.

Police were able to track him down through an old mobile phone number and when they examined his computer equipment at his home at Plas Edwards, Tywyn near Aberystwyth in Mid Wales they found found that he had been chatting and filming other girls as well over a number of years.

Officers discovered images of up to 100 different girls on his computers and he was found to have more than 300 movies.

Family appeal: Have you seen our missing emu?

The public are being asked to help in the search for an emu chick missing from its home.

Lindsey bought the emus as a present for her husband Patrick. Credit: Geoff Abbott

The three-month old male chick called Zig escaped from its pen on Monday with its sister chick called Zag which were hatched from eggs bought on eBay. Zag had since turned up in a neighbour's garden.

Patrick Wright, from Bala in Gwynedd, was given the birds as an "unusual" present for his 57th birthday from his wife Lindsey.

They escaped on Monday afternoon and we searched and searched but couldn't find them. Next day the neighbour drove up and said I've got a big chicken in the back of my car and of course it was one of the missing emus that he'd found in his garden. The emus have been hand reared and are very tame so they might struggle to survive in the wild. We're just worried about foxes and badgers because they are very friendly and tame.

– Patrick Wight

Patrick who lives with his family on a smallholding in Llangywer forest says the missing emu is around two feet tall. Eventually the birds grow to six feet and can then look after themselves.

On Wednesday the family put posters up around the village of Llangower asking anyone who sees Zig to contact them or the park wardens.

Three-month-old Zig came home after one night and was Credit: Geoff Abbott

The family live on the edge of Snowdonia National Park and hope visitors to the area will keep an eye out for their missing emu.

Emus are a native species of Australia and are the second largest bird in the world after the ostrich.

Teen steals £10,000 from 86 year-old neighbour

A teenager stole £10,500 from his 86-year-old next-door neighbour to fund his gambling addiction, a court heard on Tuesday.

The teenager from Porthmadog was jailed for 28 months. Credit: North Wales Police

Steven Connor, 18, a college student, of Meadow Drive, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, was locked up for 28 months.

He admitted burglary and theft. The pensioner only became aware of 92 withdrawals from cash machines after a routine meeting with her bank manager.

Caernarfon crown court was told Connor had been employed by the woman to do odd-jobs in her garden but he took a bank card from the semi where she lived alone. Judge Dafydd Hughes told him it was “a particularly mean offence and for the victim it must have been quite devastating.”

She was very fortunate the bank had reimbursed the full amount taken from her account, he added.

Welsh site considered for UK's first 'spaceport'

A north Wales airfield has been highlighted as a possible location for a UK 'spaceport'.

Llanbedr airfield, in Gwynedd, is being considered along with 7 other sites by the UK Government. If chosen, it would become Britain's first spaceport and could become a base for commercial flights from 2018.

The chosen site could see commercial flights run from 2018 Credit: PA

UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, said: "Space is big business for the UK. It already contributes £11.3 billion to the economy each year, supporting nearly 35,000 jobs.

"That’s why it’s important for us to prepare the UK for new launcher technology and take steps towards meeting our ambition of establishing the first British spaceport by 2018."

Other sites that are under consideration include Glasgow and Newquay.

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