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Lassie lookalike could be Wales' oldest dog

rough collie dog called babs
The average life expectancy of a Rough Collie is 12-15 years Credit: John Jeffay, Cascade News

A Rough Collie from Mold is thought to be one of the UK's oldest pure-bred dogs.

Babs has beaten all the odds after living 8 years over her breed's life expectancy and is due to celebrate her 20th birthday next year.

Chris Dromgoole rescued Babs in 2003 after her previous owner was unable to look after her anymore.

Chris adopted Babs 8 years ago

In her lifetime, Babs has gone on to win many trophies and rosettes from dog shows and even scooped first prize for Mold's Veteran Rescue Dog.

A border collie named Bramley is believed to have been Britain's oldest pre bred dog reaching the age of 27.

North Wales mortgage fraud group sentenced

A former police officer has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for his part in a mortgage fraud worth £20m.

Antony Lowry-Huws, from Kinmel Bay near Rhyl, was sentenced along with 4 others following a five month trial.

The court was told the group duped mortgage lenders into handing over thousands of pounds on properties in north Wales.

Developer Sheila Walley, of Llanfair TH, was sentenced to six years in prison, solicitor Nicholas Jones from Mold and surveyor Frank Darlington from Lancashire were sentenced to four years each. Susan Lowry-Huws received a 12 month sentence suspended for two years and 300 hours of community service.

North Wales Police have described the case as the 'largest mortgage fraud ever investigated in England and Wales.'

They continued: “We welcome the sentences imposed today in relation this multimillion pound investigation which took five years of painstaking investigation to reach this successful conclusion."


Young artist donates Sea King painting to RAF Valley

Emily Speakman presents Sergeant Martin Seward with her painting inside the Sea King at RAF Valley Credit: Corporal Pete Devine, RAF SAR Force © MOD 2013

A 14-year-old artist from Mold has 'blown away' RAF Valley Search and Rescue crews by presenting them with an oil painting of a Sea King helicopter.

Emily Speakman's painting 'Brenin Y Mor' - The Sea King - depicts a C Flight 22 Squadron helicopter flying over the sea near Holyhead.

RAF Sergeant Martin Seward said: “Emily’s painting is of such a high quality that I was completely blown away. It’s hard to believe it was painted by a 14-year-old.”

Emily and her family pictured in front of the Sea King with Search and Rescue crew members Credit: Corporal Pete Devine, RAF SAR Force © MOD 2013

After presenting the painting to the force, Emily and her family were taken inside the duty SAR Sea King - the same helicopter depicted in the painting.

The teenager, who has been painting for just over two years, said she is 'fascinated' with the Sea King.

Of her artistic ability, Emily said: "I used to watch a TV programme on art and asked my mother for an oil-painting set and that was the start of it.”

Her painting will now hang on the wall of the force headquarters.

Mold's Gold Cape on display at Wrexham Museum

by Rob Shelley

The Gold Cape, one of the British Museum's most treasured possessions, is back as close to home as security allows.

It was discovered in 1833, on the outskirts of Mold in Flintshire, and ranked as one of the most beautiful objects and significant finds in Britain.

For the next six weeks, Wrexham Museum will be showing the Bronze Age artefact. We got a sneak preview.

Engine failure a possible factor in Chester air crash

Karl Hendrickson worked at Airbus for 20 years Credit: Cheshire Police

Engine failure has been cited as a possible cause of a light aircraft crash, which happened near Chester last August.

43-year-old Karl Hendrickson from Mold was one of two men killed. A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said engine failure could not be ruled out.

Mysterious 'Mold Gold Cape' returns to Wales

The Mold Cape is an iconic object linking the Welsh with their ancient past. Credit: British Museum

The Mold Cape wast discovered in 1833, on the outskirts of Mold, Flintshire.

While workmen were filling in a gravel pit they uncovered this decorated gold object in the side of a stony bank. Today, it is recognised as one of the finest achievements in gold craftsmanship from prehistoric Europe.

It was a ceremonial cape, a badge of distinction, thought to have been worn by a religious leader. It would appear that there was a distinctive tradition of making capes in North East Wales. New findings suggest the cape was worn by a ‘woman of distinction’, not a man, as previously assumed.

The gold cape is from the bronze age and was discovered in a grave in Mold in 1833. Credit: National Museum of Wales

The true age of the grave and the cape have been confirmed as being around 3,700 years old, belonging to the Early Bronze Age.

The cape is on display at the National Museum in Cardiff on 2 July to the 4th August when it then leaves for Wrexham Museum from the 8th August to the 14th September.

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