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'Monster' black holes discovery unveiled in Wales

NuSTAR was launched in 2012. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/DPA/PA Images

A meeting in Llandudno has heard that five 'monster' black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.

The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" black holes in the universe than were previously thought.

Supermassive black holes are powerful cosmic "drains" sucking material into a point of infinite density formed from the compressed mass of hundreds of thousands to billions of suns.

High energy X-rays emitted from around the newly identified black holes revealed their presence at the centre of five galaxies.

They were detected by the American space agency Nasa's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) orbiting observatory which was launched in 2012.

The space telescope is designed to pick up extremely high energy X-rays from distant objects.

The scientists presented their findings at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting, in Llandudno.

For a long time we have known about supermassive black holes that are not obscured by dust and gas, but we suspected that many more were hidden from our view.

Thanks to NuSTAR for the first time we have been able to clearly see these hidden monsters that are predicted to be there, but have previously been elusive because of their 'buried' state.

Although we have only detected five of these hidden supermassive black holes, when we extrapolate our results across the whole universe then the predicted numbers are huge and in agreement with what we would expect to see.

– George Lansbury, Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy at the University of Durham

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Pensioner thanks RNLI volunteers who saved his life

A 70-year-old man from Llandudno has met volunteers from the RNLI to thank them for saving his life.

David Stocks was suffering from hypothermia when he was pulled out of freezing cold water in Conwy Quay in January.

He is now calling on more people in Wales to support the charity.

Watch Rob Shelley's report:

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Investigations continue after boy 'approached' in Llandudno

The boy was approached as he left the ASDA store in Llandudno Credit: PA

Police investigating an incident outside an ASDA store in Llandudno, where a boy was approached by a man, are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

It happened at around 8pm on Saturday March 28th, as the eight-year-old was leaving the store.

The man is described as around 50 years old, and thin. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black trousers and a black walking jacket.

Officers says the man, possibly accompanied by a second, approached the boy as he made his way from the store entrance to the car park.

After the incident the boy ran to the car where his grandfather was waiting for him and the matter was subsequently reported to police

We remain keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity at the time. A number of inquiries have been made, contact has been made with local businesses and residential properties in the area, CCTV footage is being viewed and I appeal to anyone who was in the area or who used the store at around the time to come forward and speak to us.

From our inquiries we believe that there were two separate groups of youngsters outside the store on their bikes at the time. We don't believe they are involved in any way, however it's possible that they may have seen something or have information which could assist us with our inquiries and we are therefore keen for them to get in touch. We understand that one of the groups approached the store on their bikes from the Oxford Road area.

– Detective Inspector Michael Isaacs, St Asaph CID

'Boy approached' in Llandudno

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Llandudno Police are investigating after a report of an 8 year old boy being approached by a man outside Asda in Llandudno at around 8pm on Saturday.

Officers says the man, possibly accompanied by a second, approached the boy as he made his way from the store entrance to the car park.

After the incident the boy ran to the car where his grandfather was waiting for him and the matter was subsequently reported to police

The man is thought to have left the area immediately following the incident and is described as wearing black trousers, a black walking type jacket with blue trim at the bottom, and a hat.

North Wales Police are investigating the incident and are speaking further with the young boy involved.

I would appeal to anyone who may have any information in relation to this reported incident to call 101 quoting incident number S043354 or alternatively to phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Det Inspector Neil Harrison

Llandudno pier up for sale

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Llandudno's pier is on the market along with Blackpool Central and South piers for a collective asking price of £12.6 million.

Llandudno, which is 695 metres long (2,280ft), is the only pier which is grade two listed, meaning any future owners would require Listed Building Consent to make changes to the structure.

Blackpool Central Pier, which stands at 341 metres long (1,118ft), and Blackpool South Pier, which is 150 metres long (492ft), do not benefit from listed status, despite opening in 1864 and 1892 respectively.

But Richard Baldwin, a director at Bilfinger GVA, who are selling the piers for Cuerden Leisure, said it would be very unlikely that a new owner would make significant changes.

The Victorian piers, which were constructed using cast iron piles, steel frames and wooden decking, all boast amusement arcades and rides. St John Stott, director at Cuerden Leisure - which also owns Eastbourne Pier - said the group was selling three of the four piers as it was "restructuring its assets".

These piers are all in good order and trading successfully, and, given that Easter is almost upon us, I have no doubt that they will quickly find a buyer or buyers.

– National Piers Society spokesperson

Appeal following Llandudno building society break in

Police are appealing for information after the Nationwide building society in Llandudno was broken into.

The incident occurred on Mostyn Street. Credit: @Ldbooth98

Officers were alerted when a member of the public contacted the police and reported the incident which occurred on Mostyn Street in Llandudno at just after 7.45pm last night.

They say, on arrival, it became apparent that the offenders had forced their way into the building.

The break in was reported at just before 8pm last night. Credit: @Ldbooth98

"We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen three men acting suspiciously or vehicles in the area prior to the incident tonight or in the vicinity of the building society.

Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to call Llandudno Police Station on 101, quoting reference S030774. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

– Inspector Mark Hughes
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