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Hotel owner: Tree fell past window before our eyes

A Gwynedd hotel owner has told how a massive tree crashed through a conservatory roof and missed his family accommodation by just two feet.

The lucky escape happened as communities across Wales were rocked by another day of stormy weather.

Fallen tree missed hotel owners' quarters 'by two feet'

Strong winds felled this 150-year-old tree, which missed a Gwynedd hotel by just two feet Credit: Erfyl Lloyd Davies

This picture by Gwynedd photographer Erfyl Lloyd Davies clearly illustrates the Cadwgan Hotel's near miss as an enormous tree fell onto the adjacent conservatory roof.

Owner Karen Greenfield says the tree missed the family's living accommodation by just two feet.


Giant 150-year-old tree falls on hotel conservatory

This huge tree was felled by strong winds, narrowly missing the adjacent hotel - but crushing its conservatory Credit: ITV News / Ian Lang

A giant 150-year-old tree has come crashing down on a hotel conservatory in Gwynedd, North Wales, after being battered by strong winds.

Adam and Karen Greenfield, who own the Cadwgan Hotel in the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy, were in bed watching the James Bond film 'You Only Live Twice' when the tree fell - narrowly missing the hotel itself.

The hotel owners say they thought an earthquake had struck after the entire building shook from the impact Credit: ITV News / Ian Lang

Karen told ITV News: "We thought it was an earthquake at first - it shook the whole building.

"It was dark outside so we switched all the lights on and came down to have a look.

"It must have missed our living accommodation by about two feet. It scraped our window and fell onto the conservatory roof.

"The tree has come down right in the middle of the front entrance so we can't trade at the moment. We're working to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

"There were no guests here at the time the tree fell and thankfully nobody was hurt."

Family saved in storm

A family of four were saved from their farmhouse near Llanbedr in south Gwynedd at the height of yesterday's storm. Seven members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team took part in the rescue.

Today Chris Lloyd of the Ogwen team said it was an example of how trained volunteers can help the emergency services at times of great need.

Orphaned otter rescued from Gwynedd riverbank

The cub is believed to be around 10 weeks old Credit: RSPCA

An orphaned otter cub is making good progress at an RSPCA wildlife centre, after being rescued from the bank of an estuary in Gwynedd.

A member of the public heard loud squeaking noises while out walking near the village of Talsarnau on Boxing Day and found the young cub on the bank.

The RSPCA says the cub was becoming increasingly distressed and as there was no sign of his parents returning, he was taken into the care of a local vet. He's now being cared for at the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.

The cub is being cared for at a wildlife centre and will eventually be released back to the wild Credit: RSPCA

Rob Scrivens, otter rehabilitation co-ordinator at Stapeley, said: "This youngster is around 9-10 weeks old and is a really feisty character, which is very good sign. He is currently eating well and seems bright and healthy.

"It is unclear why he was separated from his parents but the recent bad weather could be to blame."He added that once the cub is big and independent enough to fend for himself he will be released back to the wild.

RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts said: "This little otter has somehow become separated from his mother and could have died without intervention.

"We would like to remind people before touching any baby wild animal, we always advise monitoring first to check that it is genuinely orphaned or abandoned, as mum is often nearby and waiting for you to leave."

The cub was found on an estuary bank in Gwynedd Credit: RSPCA


Thousands of homes without power in north Wales

Gale forces winds have brought down electricity cables leading to power cuts. Credit: PA

Engineers are trying to restore the power to around 7,000 homes in Gwynedd and Anglesey today after severe gales forced down power lines.

Scottish Power says wind speeds of over 100mph have been recorded in Gwynedd, Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula and 10,000 homes are without power across the network area.

The energy company says the biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down lines in some areas.

It says storm force winds are predicted to remain for most of the day causing hazardous working conditions and hampering the recovery operation.

The areas worst affected by electricity supply problems currently are Gwynedd (2,500) and Anglesey (4,500).

ScottishPower says it has cancelled all non-essential maintenance work, and has drafted in extra engineers and contractors in order to help with the emergency response.

The company will do all that it can to restore supplies as quickly as possible. However, a number of roads and bridges have been blocked and closed by fallen trees which could restrict access and where wind speeds remain high engineers will not be able to climb poles and work at height.

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Woman fights to save her sanctuary after fatal attack

A woman who survived a murderous attack on her family when she was just a child, is now campaigning to save the area near her home that helped her recover.

Josie Russell and her neighbours are trying to stop slate from a tip in Gwynedd being extracted and sold.

The council has already granted plans for two smaller sites to be excavated, but Josie and the protesters are concerned the scheme will ruin the area's natural beauty.

Tywyn's Halo Foods factory to close on Friday

The Halo Foods factory at Tywyn in Gwynedd will close tomorrow. The company is moving production to its plant at Newport in South Wales. Only a tenth of the workforce is taking up the company's offer to move to the new factory.

It's emerged that the firm was considering moving out of Wales altogether, and transferring to Eastern Europe.

The loss of more than a hundred jobs at one of the town's biggest employers is expected to hit the area hard. There are calls for help to attract more investment.

Kevin Ashford reports.

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