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'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

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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

Llandudno stargazer died after falling from Great Orme

A young man plunged more than 150ft to his death on a headland after going out stargazing in Llandudno, an inquest was told today.

It was thought Martin Williams, 23, may have slipped on wet grass on the town's Great Orme.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Williams had taken ecstasy and that, according to coroner Nicola Jones, may have affected his judgment.

Detective Inspector Tim Bird, a member of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team, who was one of several climbers who investigated the tragedy, said Mr Williams had apparently hit two rocky ledges as he fell about 50 metres down the cliff on to the road.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, the coroner said that Mr Williams had suffered “the most awful, catastrophic injuries” and would have died instantly.

Empty speedboat sparks lengthy sea search

The vessel was anchored off the Great Orme Credit: Google Maps

An empty speedboat found anchored off the Great Orme headland at Llandudno sparked a lengthy sea and shoreline search for its occupants by an inshore lifeboat and coastguards.

A passing vessel had alerted coastguards after spotting the 16ft craft, named "Gremlin II."

Llandudno inshore lifeboat launched at three o'clock to investigate and fears grew for the occupants because the speedboat contained a towel, bathing gear and food.

However, coastguards at Holyhead made inquiries at local marinas and after more than an hour the owner was discovered safe and well and aware of the boat's condition and location.

Llandudno woman jailed for stealing lego

A Llandudno woman who stole Lego worth more than £1,000 during a string of thefts from shops has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

The woman stole more than £1,000 worth of lego in a series of thefts Credit: PA

Christine Grogan, 32, from Llandudno, admitted six theft charges, and handling tins of coffee. Several offences were considered.

She had targeted stores in the Llandudno area repeatedly and also stole from ASDA, Aldi, Sports Direct, BHS and B&Q.

District judge Gwyn Jones told her at the town’s court :”You were going from shop to shop, went on your own or with others, with a view to stealing a significant amount of property.”

Judge Jones told the defendant, who appeared on a video link, that she was a “professional shoplifter.”

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New lifeboat station for Llandudno

The green light was given last night. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A new lifeboat house on the seafront at Llandudno been given the go-ahead by Conwy planners.

Currently the town's lifeboats have to be towed by tractor through the town centre in order to be launched from the North Shore.

But now a new station is set to be built next to the paddling pool at Craig y don to house a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat.

There were no dissenting voices at the planning committee meeting although it will be the only large-scale development on the promenade itself.

Previously a move to have a lifeboat station by the pier faced big opposition.

Tour of Britain enters Wales for Llandudno finish

Cycling's Tour of Britain enters Wales today, with the Stage 2 finish line on Llandudno seafront.

Some of the world's top riders, including British stars Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, are taking part in the race, which started in Liverpool yesterday.

Marcel Kittel (left) sprinted to victory in the first stage of the Tour of Britain. Credit: PA

Today's second stage will travel from Knowsley on Merseyside, via Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire, and Llandudno Great Orme's Marine Drive.

Tuesday is another Welsh stage, between Newtown and the Tumble Mountain near Abergavenny.

The race is live on ITV4 between 1pm and 4pm - with highlights at 8pm

Is Mr Chips the most caring cat in the UK?

8-year-old Mr Chips with his owner Ian Turner Credit: Ajar Photographics

A cat from Wales has been announced as a finalist in the Cats Protections' 'National Cat Awards.'

Mr Chips, who lives with his owners Anna-Marie McConnell and Ian Turner in Llandudno, has been nominated as the UK's 'Most Caring Cat'.

The eight year old has had his own share of bad luck - found as a stray with a badly broken leg, he was left with permanent disability, and spent six months in a rescue centre, waiting for a home.

But that hasn't stopped him living life to the full, and when one of his owners was diagnosed with a complex medical condition, Mr Chips proved to be an incredible support.

He faces stiff competition though, with sixteen other felines competing to be named this year's overall National Cat of the Year.

Winners will be chosen by celebrity judges including Downton Abbey star Paul Copley, and Emmerdale's Eden Taylor-Draper.

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