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Body found under bridge in Chirk

The body of a woman has been found beneath a bridge over the A483 Chirk bypass.

North Wales Police say the body was discovered at around 1.30pm just north of the Halton roundabout. The woman has not yet been identified, but her death is being treated as unexplained.

A stretch of the A483 - between the A5 Halton roundabout and the A539 J1 Ruabon - will be closed while investigations are carried out. Diversions are in place.

Three-year-old boy dies after being found in pond

Police were called to Froncysllte near Llangollen this morning after reports a boy had gone missing Credit: North Wales Police

A three-year-old boy has died after being found in a pond, North Wales Police say.

Police were called to an address in Froncysllte near Llangollen at around 11.55am this morning after reports a boy had gone missing.

A North Wales Police spokesperson said the child was found a short time later in a garden pond and, despite the efforts of medical staff, he later died. The coroner has been informed.

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Wexham arsonist who sent 'RIP' sympathy card jailed

Barry Ian Turnbull
Barry Turnbull's actions were described by a judge as 'beneath contempt' Credit: Andrew Price / View Finder Pictures

A Wrexham man has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after a court heard he threatened to burn down his former partner's home.

Barry Ian Turnbull, 45, had earlier sent her a sympathy card with a photograph of the five Philpott children, who were killed in a Derby house fire last year.

Days later he set fire to a bin outside her home, which damaged windows and plastic pipes while the family were asleep in their beds.

Turnbull admitted arson with recklessness as to whether life would be endangered; putting his ex-partner in fear that violence would be used against her; and threatening to destroy property.

He was cleared of a more serious charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

Judge Rhys Rowlands, sitting at Mold Crown Court, described sending the sympathy card - on which Turnbull wrote 'RIP' - as 'beneath contempt'.

He said: “All right-thinking people would view that as nothing short of wicked."

On starting the fire, the judge told Turnbull: “You showed no concern at all for those inside the house. You left, no doubt feeling very pleased with yourself at the time.”

Emergency workers: You think 'am I able to save you?'

by Rob Shelley

Over the next few weeks, thousands of motorists across Wales are likely to be stopped in spot-checks as police crack down on drink-driving.

It comes as figures show Wales' drinking culture costs every household £900 a year.

Today at Llandudno, Wales' four police forces launched their Christmas campaigns on drink-driving - and we spoke to some of the emergency workers working on the front line.

One ambulance worker told ITV News: "We're the ones who have to go into that car, look at that person injured in front of us, and think: Am I going to be able to save you?"

Video: Family backs police anti-drink-drive campaign

Relatives of 21-year-old Kieran Lea Arnold, who was killed by a drink-driver in June, have worked with North Wales Police to produce this campaign video ahead of Christmas.

Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “To lose a child must be one of the hardest things a parent can face and I would like to thank Kieran’s family for assisting us with this year’s campaign.

"Please don’t drink and drive. Think about the consequences. You could face losing your licence and your job, face imprisonment and, much worse, have to live with the guilt of taking a life for the rest of yours. Don’t take the risk.”

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Mother of drink-drive victim: Our loss is a life sentence

Kieran Lea Arnold
Kieran Lea Arnold was described as a 'popular, gentle giant' Credit: Family / North Wales Police

The mother of 21-year-old Kieran Lea Arnold, who was killed by a drink-driver in June, has spoken of her family's loss in a short film created by North Wales police.

In the video, Donna Lea says: "Drink-driving ruins people’s lives. It is total devastation for our family, who now have been given a life sentence of living without our son, brother and grandson."

Police launch campaign to stop festive drink-driving

man being tested for alcohol by policeman
All four of Wales' police forces will carry out roadside checks during the Christmas period Credit: PA

North Wales Police has launched its campaign to tackle the increased amount of drink-drivers at Christmas time.

Thousands of motorists face being stopped over the next few weeks as teams from all four Welsh forces conduct roadside checks across the country.

During Christmas last year, 500 people in Wales were caught driving over the legal limit and over 35,400 breath tests were carried out.

The North Wales campaign is being supported by the family of Kieran Lea Arnold, from Cymau, near Wrexham, who was killed by a drunk driver in June this year.

Kieran's family have spoken of the pain of losing their 'popular, gentle giant' to a drunk driver, and have helped put together a short film on the effects of getting behind the wheel when over the limit.

Police appeal after teenage girl dies in road accident

North Wales Police are asking anyone who witnessed a road traffic accident this morning in which an 18-year-old girl died to get in touch.

The accident happened at 0815 in Abergele Road, Bodelwyddan and involved a red Mercedes Box van and a white Vauxhall Corsa and a pedestrian.

The teenager girl died at the scene say police and her family have been informed. The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa sustained serious but not life threatening injuries and the van driver was arrested in connection with the collision.

Police are asking eyewitnesses to call 101 and quote reference No. P194123 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A full investigation will now take place and so I’d like to hear from anyone who was driving or walking through Bodelwyddan just after 8am this morning and witnessed the collision.

– Inspector Martin Best of the Roads Policing Unit

Inquest opens into deaths of light aircraft couple

Kaye Clark and Gary Vickers Credit: Gordon Vickers

An inquest has opened into the deaths of a couple killed when a light aircraft crashed at Hawarden Airport last Friday.

At a brief hearing in Ruthin, North East Wales coroner John Gittins formally opened the inquests into the deaths of Gary Anthony Vickers, 58, and Kaye Clarke, 43, both of Dingle Bank, Chester.

The provisional cause of death in Mr Vickers’s case was head and chest injuries, while Miss Clarke, who was a passenger in the plane, died later at the Countess of Chester Hospital of shock and haemorrhage.

Adjourning the inquests to a date to be fixed, the coroner said that investigations into the tragedy were expected to be extensive.

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