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Holyhead ferry blown back in gale force winds

Hundreds of passengers had to be transferred from a ferry which was blown back on to its berth by gale force winds.

The Irish Ferries Jonathan Swift vessel, a fast service across the Irish Sea, was preparing to set off from Holyhead to Dublin before midday when heavy gusts pushed it back against the dock.

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Some 650 people on board were transferred to another service as a precaution. No passengers were injured in the collision.

A spokesman for Irish Ferries said the aluminium hull ferry was being inspected to assess damage to the body and replacement services will take passengers to Dublin during the day.

Irish Ferries cancelled three Swift services following the incident.



Lawyers to join Holyhead Marina campaign

Plans to redevelop the marina include 300 new apartments, office and leisure facilities. Credit: Anglesey County Council

A local group of protesters have been joined by specialist environmental lawyers to stop plans to build a £100m marina on Holyhead's coastline.

The Newry Beach Holyhead Waterfront Action group say the creation of apartments and leisure facilities will destroy the town's historic coastline.

The group with the help of the lawyers have applied to Anglesey County Council to have the area registered as a town or village green under section 15 of the Commons Act 2006.

Around 4,000 people have signed petitions in opposition to the plans.

READ MORE: £100m redevelopment of Holyhead Marina set for approval

Body recovered in search for missing diver

The man was diving around the South Stack area of Holyhead

Underwater Search teams looking for a missing diver in the sea off South Stack, Holyhead, have recovered a body.

The body was found in an area known as Abrahams Bosom by the search team with the assistance of the RNLI yesterday evening.

Formal identification is yet to take place however it is believed to be that of the missing diver who is a European national.

Efforts are being made to notify the man’s next of in via the foreign embassy.

– North Wales Police statement

The Coroner has been informed.

North Wales Police have thanked volunteers who assisted in the search.

Welsh Govt decides not to call in Holyhead leisure plan

The Welsh Government has decided not to call in controversial plans for a leisure village and hundreds of new homes at Holyhead on Anglesey.

The scheme, by Land and Lakes, promises 600 jobs at Anglesey Aluminium Metals and was approved by Anglesey Council's planning commmittee last November.

Opponents of the scheme have held protests on Anglesey. Credit: Land and Lakes

The Welsh Government's Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant said Anglesey should determine the application as it sees fit.

Anglesey Councillor Arwel Roberts, said: “These plans represent the largest ever application to be submitted to the Isle of Anglesey Council."

“I am pleased with the Minister’s decision that the proposals should be determined by the local authority and we are now in a position to take the next steps and continue discussions with the developer.”

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