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A55 police chase crash referred to IPCC

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A police chase which led to a BMW convertible crashing has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The incident which took place between St Asaph and St George near Abergael, occurred at around midday on Saturday and closed the A55 for much of the day.

The driver is said to be in a stable condition in Stoke hospital.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience following yesterday’s collision and road closure. This was a serious incident which required a full and thorough investigation and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to those travelling along the A55 during this time.

We would like to thank those people who have already come forward with information, but officers are still keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have seen the silver BMW convertible being driven from the Bodelwyddan area to the A55 prior to the incident.

– Supt Jane Banhamm, North Wales Police

North Wales Police investigated over historic murder case

Police watchdog the IPCC says it is investigating the conduct of North Wales Police over its handling of a 1976 murder and rape investigation.

Schoolgirl Janet Commins was raped and murdered Credit: Family photo

North Wales Police voluntarily referred the matter after further information prompted a review of the circumstances surrounding the initial investigation.

The new information connected another man to the rape and murder of 15-year-old Janet Commins, of Flint in January 1976. A man was charged with the offences in September 2016.

The IPCC is investigating whether North Wales Police officers in the initial 1976 investigation acted in accordance with the rules in place at the time.

“This will be a complex investigation not least because of the passage of time, but it is important for all concerned that we independently investigate the case.”

– Jan Williams, IPCC Commissioner for Wales

A North Wales Police spokeswoman said as the matter is with the IPCC, they cannot comment at this stage.


'Spate' of fake money incidents in Conwy County

North Wales Police are investigating a spate of incidents of counterfeit currency being tendered in the Betws-y- Coed area.

A real £50 note. Credit: Georgie Gillard/PA Wire

The incidents have been reported over the past week where counterfeit £50 notes have been offered for small purchases, which if successful, would have resulted in a large amount of legal change being returned to the offender.

Although counterfeit currency is rare, officers are asking people to be vigilant and to raise awareness of these incidents.

As counterfeit notes pose no monetary value, by raising vigilance this will assist in ensuring businesses are not at a financial loss. Such notes can be part of organised criminal activity and each note will be treated as evidence towards the bigger picture.

– Inspector Gareth Jones, North Wales Police

Advice on what you should do if you get a counterfeit banknote:

  • Retain the suspect note without putting staff at risk.
  • Give the customer a receipt, explaining that the note will be handed to the police.
  • Call North Wales Police on 101.

Four charged with murder after death of Rhyl man

Four men have been charged with murder after the death of a man in Rhyl.

Mark Mason died after an incident at a car park last Thursday. Credit: North Wales Police / Family Picture

48 year-old Mark Mason died after an incident at a car park on Thursday evening.

30 year-old Anthony Francis Baines, 21 year-old Jake Melia, James Davies, who is 20 and 30 year-old Mark Ennis, all from Liverpool, will appear before Llandudno magistrates later.

The incident happened outside the shop, Home Bargains, in Rhyl. Credit: ITV News

I would like to thank the community of Rhyl for the support they have provided in this investigation which will continue.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jason Devonport, North Wales Police

Man charged in Bangor 'hit and run' incident

Police said today that a 33-year-old man arrested after a BMW car hit a pedestrian in Upper Bangor yesterday has now been charged.

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He has been accused of driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident, driving whilst disqualified and without insurance and aggravated vehicle taking. The man, who is local, has been bailed to appear before magistrates at Caernarfon on October 14.

The 25-year-old male pedestrian who was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd is not as seriously injured as first thought and has now been released from hospital.


Pedestrian seriously injured in alleged 'hit and run'

A pedestrian has been seriously injured in what police believe to be a hit and run incident.

Police eventually traced the driver and now want to speak to witnesses Credit: PA

At lunchtime North Wales Police were informed of a collision involving a BMW and a pedestrian on Holyhead Road, Upper Bangor. The driver then made away from the scene.

The pedestrian was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd by ambulance with serious injuries. Officers eventually traced the driver of the car.

The 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and driving whilst disqualified. He currently remains in police custody.

Witnesses are asked to contact police on 1010 quoting reference number U148157.

More than 40 calls received after images released in bid to identify body

What the victim would like aged 50. Credit: North Wales Police

More than 40 calls have been made to police after a series of images were released in a bid to solve a murder case.

North Wales Police released reconstructions of what a man, whose remains were found in a forest, would have looked like aged 50, 60 and 70

In November two brothers were camping in woods in Conwy ahead of the motor sport event Wales Rally GB when they made the gruesome discovery.

North Wales Police launched a large scale forensic search and were able to recover virtually an entire male skeleton.

Pathology indicated the man had died from blunt trauma to the head, and a murder investigation was launched.

What the victim would look like aged 60 (left) and 70. Credit: North Wales Police

A number of calls were received into the incident room and we are following up various lines of inquiry including some possible names to try and identify the individual.

Once we get the name, we can work on why did this person become a victim, who would be responsible for that and why would they want to have killed him.

– Dept Supt Iestyn Davies, North Wales Police

'Arrogant' ex-Anglesey councillor jailed for shining torch at RAF jets

Former council housing official turned businessman John Arthur Jones, 66, was this afternoon branded 'profoundly' arrogant by a crown court judge and jailed for 18 months.

John Arthur Jones has been jailed for 18 months Credit: North Wales Police

Jones was said to be on a mission against the RAF in a bid to get the jets to stop flying above his home at Plas Cefni on a 100-year-old airstrip at RAF Mona.

When he failed to persuade them the prosecution at Mold Crown Court claimed that he took the law into his own hands, and shone a powerful light at the fast jets while pilots were being trained in night flying for front line combat.

That could have had devastating consequences causing disorientation and the loss of night vision. One young pilot was flying solo for the first time when he was blinded.

“You possess an abundance of self belief in your own ability to achieve things, which transcends all reason and which is born out of profound arrogance. “The consequences could have been devastating. Your conduct became a campaign over a long period of time.”

– Judge Geraint Walters,

Throughout the investigation and trial, he has shown no remorse for his actions or recognition of the potential dangers and implications to not only the RAF personnel but also the wider community.

– Det Serg Chris Hargrave, North Wales Police

Police appeal after man dies in crash

North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died yesterday.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died Credit: ITV News

He collided with a stationary car on Newbridge Road in Wrexham at around 3pm. He was airlifted to hospital in Stoke but later died of his injuries.

“We are appealing for any witnesses to the collision, or to anybody who may have seen the motorcycle being ridden prior to the collision to contact us.”

– Sgt Jane Thomas, North Wales Police

Anybody with information should contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting reference number U140596.

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