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North Wales coast search for missing fisherman

An extensive search is under way for a fisherman who had been out fishing from Colwyn Bay since Tuesday night in his 24 feet fishing boat.

Credit: RNLI

A concerned relative called the Coastguard Operations Centre this morning to report that the vessel had not returned as expected. He had not been heard from since 23:30 last night.

We are fearful that this fisherman may have entered the water overnight. Nevertheless the search is ongoing.

– UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark

The RNLI says four lifeboats - two from Rhyl and two from Llandudno - have been at sea for several hours in the search.

The helicopter was scrambled just before mid-day to search the coastline between the Great Orme and Rhyl.

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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.

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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
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