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Man tried to rob post office after losing his job

A man has been jailed for 28 months for taking a kitchen knife and trying to rob a rural post office as he and his family faced financial difficulties.

The court heard Nigel Edwards was weighed down by the loss of his job and the threat of eviction. Credit: North Wales Police

Nigel Edwards armed himself with a six-inch knife and tried to rob the store in Talybont near Conwy, but when the postmaster grabbed him by the wrist Edwards muttered "I'm sorry".

Edwards, of Gwel yr Afon, Llandudno Junction was jailed for 28 months after pleading guilty to attempted robbery and having a knife.

The judge at Caernarfon Crown Court said there must have been "something akin to a breakdown to have behaved in this seriously criminal way after an existence of 48 years of blameless living."

Edwards had told police : "It was me, I'm sorry. Tell my missus I'm sorry, we're in so much mess, that's why I've done that."

Teenage strip search: Two officers disciplined

Two North Wales police officers have been disciplined following complaints about the strip search of a 15 year-old boy, without the presence of an appropriate adult.

Llandudno police station Credit: Google Street View

John Drew was detained by North Wales police in May 2012 under the Misuse of Drugs Act. He was strip searched at Llandudno police station, and later released without further action. The incident prompted a complaint from the boy's family.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) decided today that both police constables had a case to answer for misconduct, since no appropriate adult was present or notified that the strip-search was going to take place.

North Wales Police say that they have now put in place a number of measures around ‘stop and search’, including intimate searches in custody, to ensure that such searches are carried out in a 'lawful and proportionate manner'.


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.


'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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