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Calls for law to 'protect' countryside from off-roaders

A campaign's been launched calling for new laws to help protect the wild uplands of north east Wales from off-roading.

The Llangollen-based 'Save Our Paths' group says the number of off-roaders coming to the region is growing, with paths and countryside being damaged.

Ian Lang reports.

Welsh countryside 'blighted' by off-road drivers

A community in Llangollen say off-roaders are blighting the countryside and causing damage to the environment.

The residents from Pengwern Estate have now started campaign to put an end to motorbikes and 4x4s driving in the area.

Residents say off-roaders are blighting Llangollen. Credit: PA

The Save Our Path campaign will hold a meeting tonight at the Llangollen town hall in a bid to tackle the problem.

Residents say the noise has made living in the valley unbearable.

Our valley has become unbearable for residents, most particularly at weekends.

Locals have to be on high alert for their safety when walking, cycling or horse-riding around the Pengwern Vale or accessing their properties.

– Edwina Hart, Save Our Path member

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Body recovered from disused quarry in Llangollen

The body of a man has been recovered from a disused quarry in the Llangollen area.

The man, who has yet to be identified but is believed to be from the Leicestershire area, was diving yesterday afternoon with two others at Aber Las in the Natyr area of Llangollen, when he got into difficulties.

Ambulance crew alerted police to the incident after the alarm was raised by the man's co-divers.

“During the early hours of this morning the body of a man was recovered from the disused quarry. The next of kin have been informed. North Wales Police are not treating the death as suspicious at this time however officers will continue to undertake inquiries on behalf of the Coroner. A file will be submitted in due course.”

– Siobhan Edwards, Temporary Chief Inspector, North Wales Police

Audience applaud surprise proposal at festival

David proposes to Elise before concert goes at Llangollen.

Festival goers in Llangollen got more entertainment than they bargained for when a Wrexham man proposed to his girlfriend before a concert began.

As an audience of thousands looked on as 28-year-old David Jackson of Ruabon, went up on stage and down on one knee to romantically pop the question to Elise Davies, 26, at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

Elise said, “I had no idea David was going to ask me to marry him, especially in such a public place. I was absolutely gobsmacked when he did it and couldn’t speak for a few seconds but then I said yes because the whole thing was so romantic.”

The audience at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod cheered them on.

The couple haven't named the day just yet as they are waiting for their first baby to be born.

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Silverback spoon gorilla swings into Llangollen

A three and a half tonne gorilla made from spoons has landed at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

Spoons for the silverback have been donated from across the world.

Famous spoon-bender Uri Geller challenged a team at the British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry to make it.

The 12ft-high statue is made from 40,000 items of cutlery and has taken almost five months to build.

The giant silver primate is spending the week at the Llangollen Eisteddfod before starting a UK tour.

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