A teenager stole £10,500 from his 86-year-old next-door neighbour to fund his gambling addiction, a court heard on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car at Dolgellau in Gwynedd last night. The 54 year old from the West Midlands was taken to Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth, after the crash at the junction of the A470 and A494. No one in the Ford Focus estate was injured.
'Blue' the lobster is what the experts call Wedgwood blue - a colour so rare he's a literally a creature in two million.
Residing in a large fish tank in the corner of a Gwynedd chip shop, Blue is one of the rarest creatures the seas of Wales have ever seen - and he's attracting rather a lot of attention, as Rob Shelley discovered.
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The managing director of one of Wales' biggest building developers says planning decisions in Gwynedd are forcing his company to stop investing there. Mark Watkin Jones says the company's ecountered more problems with planning in Gwynedd than anywhere else in the UK.
But Gwynedd Council say that around 90 percent of planning applications in the county are granted. Ian lang reports.
Councillor Louise Hughes, of LLanegrin in Gwynedd says the move to a three week black bag collection was a big and expensive mistake.
She said, “It’s ridiculous. They did a questionnaire and had almost 2,000 responses and most people said ‘no way’. I can’t believe they’re going to go ahead, it will be a complete, unmitigated disaster.
“What it will mean especially for coastal towns is seagulls will be ripping open bin-bags. What is the point of consultation and then saying ‘we’re going to do it anyway’?”
The new collection regime will come into force in October and will take 18 months to introduce. Gwynedd County Council says it will save £350,000.