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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.”

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.

Granddaughter wears WW1 brooch made at the front line

A brooch made at the front during World War One has been worn at a Great War memorial march in Llandudno today, by the maker's Granddaughter.

George Langford made the brooch from crude gold coloured wire, and sent it to his wife. On one side it is inscribed "George to Beth", and on the other, "With Love". He died on the Somme on 22nd April 1918, at the age of 20.

Today his Granddaughter Mary Oliver wore it during a memorial march in Llandudno, whilst her sister Elizabeth showed off George's war medals.

Brooch made by George Langford, along with his medals, worn by his Granddaughters Credit: Bellis Media

Takeaway owner fined £100 for nuts in curry

The owner of an indian takeaway has pleaded guilty to breaching the Food Safety Act by selling a chicken tikka meal containing nuts.

A man was hospitalised after eating almonds in curry from a Rhyl takeaway. Credit: PA

A customer who ordered a curry on-line had stated “No nuts” – but when it arrived it contained almond powder, magistrates at Llandudno heard.

The man took three mouthfuls then became very ill because of a nut allergy, according to the prosecution, but was discharged from hospital the same night.

The owner of the Chilli Pink Express Takeaway at Rhyl, Shakeel Aslam, 41, pleaded guilty to breaching the Food Safety Act.

A defence solicitor said “No Nuts” had been stated in a suggestion box but when a note had been taken to a chef he hadn’t noticed it. It was human error and steps had now been taken to ensure it wouldn't happen again. Aslam was fined £100 with costs of £570

Owner's dogs break leg each in 'million-to-one' chance

Coastguards came to the aid of a woman in Conwy this afternoon when both of her dogs each broke a leg in a 'million-to-one' chance.

The woman and the first injured dog were being helped to a car park near a Conwy beach, when the second break occurred.

The team helped the injured animals to her car and arranged for a vet at nearby Llandudno to examine the dogs.

It is not clear how the dogs hurt themselves, although there are boulders for sea defences in the area.

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