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Tyres checked in Connah's Quay operation

Credit: North Wales Police
Credit: North Wales Police
Credit: North Wales Police

If you are commuting into work this morning you may want to check your tyres before you set off. These are pictures taken by North Wales Police in an operation in Connah's Quay.

It’s really quite frightening that some drivers are using their vehicles with tyres in a dangerous condition. Defective tyres reduce braking time and cause skidding and motorists need to check their tyres regularly, and not just rely on their annual MOT tests to pick up problems. It is essential that drivers are aware that it is their responsibility to ensure that the vehicle they are using is road legal before commencing a journey.

– Sergeant Stephen Richards, Roads Policing Unit

Man arrested and another in hospital after Rhyl 'family feud'

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A man has been arrested and another hospitalised after a 'family feud' in Rhyl on Friday morning.

North Wales Police say the incident in Sandringham Avenue involved the use of a weapon.

An incident between two family members was reported to North Wales Police this morning, where a male had received an injury requiring medical treatment. A second man was detained soon after and remains in custody whilst enquires are being progressed.

It is a concern that the incident involved the use of a weapon, which had been obtained from with their home address.

This appears to have been a family feud which resulted in one man receiving an injury to his arm. I would like thank those members of the community who provided assistance to the injured man and for their support today.

– Det Chief Insp Neil Harrison, North Wales Police


Police investigate 'serious sexual assault' on Connah's Quay coastal path

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North Wales Police are investigating after a 'serious sexual assault' on the coastal path in Connah's Quay on Monday.

A woman was attacked by a man as she walked along the section of the path which runs parallel to Dee View Road in Connah's Quay.

The suspect is thought to be 19 years old and has been described as of medium build with dark brown curly hair.

Sometime between 3pm and 5pm last Monday 24th April a woman was attacked whilst walking on the coastal path in Connah's Quay and subjected to a serious sexual assault. The location of the attack is part of the coastal path which runs parallel to Dee View Road in Connah's Quay. At this time we are unable to provide any detailed description of her assailant but we are hoping to trace a potential witness who was seen in the area at the time. This person is described as a white male, approx. 19 years old of medium build with mid to dark brown curly hair (described as similar in styles to ‘curtains’) which is chin length. He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit and trainers.

We are supporting the victim through this very difficult time and for her, and for the local communities sake we are determined to identify and arrest this man as soon as possible and so I’d appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw any suspicious person or behaviour, or indeed knows who may be responsible to contact Police.

– Det Inspector Eryl Roberts, North Wales Police

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
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