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Four-year-old left home alone as mum went to work

A little girl of four was left home alone while her mother went out to work.

Police went to her home in Mold, North Wales, following an anonymous tip off to social workers.

They found the house in an unkempt condition and the girl was home alone with the front door unlocked.

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Magistrates at Mold gave the mother a community order

The mother had gone out in the car to visit customers.

The enormity of what she had done had not dawned on her until later, Flintshire Magistrates' court heard .

She had since given up work and her husband has changed his working pattern her solicitor Bethan Jones explained.

The mother, who had no previous convictions, admitted neglecting the child in a way likely to cause her unnecessary suffering.

She was placed on a 12 month community order with supervision and she was sent on a "positive thinking" workbook programme run by the probation service.

The woman, who was ordered to pay £85 costs, was told by District Judge Gwyn Jones that due to her then working pattern, she "became oblivious to the risks" posed to her youngest child by being left at home alone.

Former soldier left with facial injuries in street attack

Police are appealing for information after a 57 year-old builder was punched and beaten on his way home last Friday night.

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The attacked happened on Friday night in Mold. Credit: Mold Ex Servicemen's Club

Charlie Williams was making his way home from Wetherspoons to his house near the Ex Servicemen's Club on Wrexham Street in Mold.

Mr Williams, a former chairman of the club told ITV Wales he got involved in an altercation with an unknown person and was left with facial injuries, a broken wrist and lost teeth.

The club posted a photo of Charlie on its Facebook page, showing the former Royal Welch Fusilier covered in blood.

This is Charlie Williams the Ex-Chairman of Mold Ex Servicemen's Club, and a person who would help anyone out if they were stuck and who has given a lot of his free time to the club in the past.

– Mold Ex Servicemen's Club

The posting prompted hundreds of replies from local people wishing him a full recovery.

Charlie told ITV Wales he wanted to keep the attack away from his 87 year-old dad but everyone now knew.

I cannot believe the support I have had since the attack and how many mates and friends I have.

– Charlie Williams

North Wales Police say a 42 year old man from the Mold area had been arrested.

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Cannabis dealer escapes jail to look after 12 children

A cannabis supplier who arrived at court in black Jaguar car - has avoided jail because he's the sole carer of his 12 children.

Saunders of Rhyl said he'd not worked for ten years. Credit: Andrew Price

Peter Saunders told Mold Crown Court how his youngest child was 19 months old but his wife had left him and married someone else.

The court heard Saunders, 47, had a dozen children aged 19 months, three, six, seven, nine, ten, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18 and 22. He'd not worked for ten years because he was unfit to do so and lived on benefits in Princess Street in Rhyl.

The defendant and his eldest son Matthew, aged 22, both admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply after police raided their homes on December 17 last year.

Prosecuting barrister Nicholas Sefton told how police raided the father’s home and found 43 grammes of cannabis – some among Christmas presents - valued at about £450. One gramme of cannabis was found at the son’s flat and they both claimed it was for personal use.

The judge said that he would have to put the interests of the young children first and he could not send his son to prison either because they had pleaded guilty to a joint enterprise. Both received 12 month prison sentences suspended for two years.

Francesco Prevete guilty of Craig Maddocks stabbing

Francesco John Prevete, 46, has been convicted of the murder of amateur boxer Craig Maddocks at a pub in Wrexham last June.

Craig Maddocks was stabbed 52 times

Prevete was found guilty of murdering Mr Maddocks in a knife attack in a toilet cubicle at the Cambrian Vaults public house.

Mr Maddocks was found to have suffered 52 stab wounds.

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School with the oldest tree to plant hundreds more

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Children at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia have been busy planting new trees Credit: Woodland Trust

No school in North Wales is believed to have an older tree in its grounds than Ysgol Bryn Gwalia in Mold. But the school is now aiming to plant hundreds of young saplings, marking the New Year in probably the greenest way possible.

It is all part of a plan to allow the school to get the full benefit of forest school activities within its own grounds, rather than having to make expensive coach trips to visit woods.

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Children get the full benefit of forest school activities within its own grounds Credit: Woodland Trust

The school is extending a small area of woodland that already exists, creating a new area of woodland to give the children a greater feeling of being inside a wood.

The school planted a pack of 30 free trees from the Woodland Trust in November and will be applying for a further, possibly larger pack this month.

Jill Griffiths, class teacher and forest school leader, said: “Forest schools provide children with a natural environment in which to explore and discover new learning opportunities.

"The woodland challenges their understanding, problem solving and thinking. Forest School settings stimulate all types of learners, allowing children to thrive and foster new relationships and friendships.

"Children bring their new interests and self-confidence back into the classroom and this impacts positively not only on their own learning but also that of their peers.”

£22k in fines prompts call to 'rethink' policy

Nearly 1,000 parking tickets have been issued in 10 weeks Credit: ITV News

Nearly 1,000 parking tickets have been given out in Flintshire in the past ten weeks, since new wardens were brought in.

Figures obtained by Conservative AM Antoinette Sandbach show that since October the 1st over £22,000 has been raised with a third of those in Mold.

This has prompted her to suggest that a 'rethink' is necessary on the council's parking policy.

Flintshire County Council say they did warn people about the changes and promises to spend any money raise on wages and car parks.

The cost of the fine is £50.

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