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Police appeal after Dolgellau explosion

Police were called to Fro Heulog in Dolgellau on Sunday evening

North Wales Police is appealing for information after a man was injured in an explosion in Dolgellau.

The incident happened in the rear yard of a property at Fro Heulog on Sunday evening.

The occupant of the property suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and is being treated at a specialist unit in Stoke. Forensic investigations are continuing at the property.

DCI Iestyn Davies said: "The investigation is at an early stage and we are working with specialists to try and identify the cause of this explosion. Minor damage was caused to items in the rear yard of the property, but no damage was caused to adjoining buildings.

"This is very much an isolated incident but I would welcome any information from the public in Dolgellau about what happened."

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101.

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Police appeal following fatal road accident

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road accident in Bodelwyddan.

Emergency services were called to the incident on Sarn Lane early this morning, following a collision between a pedestrian and a public service bus.

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were a small number of passengers on the bus, one of whom went to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with minor injuries.

The investigation into the collision is already underway and I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who was travelling along that stretch of road after 7.30am this morning to contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit on 101.

– Chief Inspector Darren Wareing

Owner 'distressed' after all five dogs stolen

All five dogs were taken from Betws Garmon. Credit: North Wales Police

North Wales Police say a dog owner is very distressed after all 5 of his pets were stolen.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and information after the thieves took the animals from Betws Garmon in Gwynedd.

The two bitches and three dogs are all crossed-terrier working animals and were kept by their owner in a kennel in a field adjacent to his property.

One bitch was found abandoned several miles away. Credit: North Wales Police

Investigating Officer Matt Tapping from Penygroes Police Station said the dogs were stolen between Monday 3rd March and Wednesday morning:

“The owner is clearly distressed because they were his pets as well as working dogs and as all dog owners will know each had its own character and personality and he is very anxious to get them back as soon as possible."

The animals were all working dogs. Credit: North Wales Police

Anyone with information can contact North Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference RC14031976.

Missing man, 74, found safe in Glyn Ceiriog Valley

The 74-year-old man who was missing after he went waking yesterday in the Glyn Ceiriog Valley has been found safe and well.

A North Wales Police spokesperson said members of the North East Wales Search and Rescue Team found the man as he was making his way back to his car this morning.

It is believed that he lost his way while walking yesterday and bedded down for the night.

Pair jailed after Abergele pub death

Tracey Jones and Anthony Smith Credit: North Wales Police

A pub worker who killed a customer with a ferocious punch has been jailed for life.Anthony Smith will serve a minimum of 16 years in jail after being found guilty of the murder of Sam Blackledge.Mr Blackledge had been drinking at the Pen y Bont pub in Abergele.

Smith and pub manageress Tracey Jones returned from a night out to discover Mr Blackledge was being difficult after being refused a drink.Smith roughly threw him out of the pub where Mr Blackledge was attacked by Smith and Jones. But he was too drunk to defend himself.

Mr Blackledge died two days later from head injuries

Tracey Jones was jailed for two and a half years for manslaughter plus a further nine months for perverting the course of justice after telling witnesses to say Mr Blackledge had not been attacked but had fallen over.

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Police forces face payouts over age discrimination

Officers from five police forces were involved in the tribunal

Five police forces, including North Wales and South Wales Police, could face paying out millions of pounds after a successful age discrimination claim by officers forced to retire after 30 years.

A number of test cases were taken to tribunal on behalf of 250 officers from Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, Devon and Cornwall, North Wales and South Wales Police, who were pushed out amid 20% budget cuts.

The officers were made to leave their jobs in the wake of the budget cuts, and claimed they were indirectly discriminated against because of their age.

In a statement, Deputy Chief Constable of South Wales Police Matt Jukes said: “South Wales Police is considering the judgment in detail with particular reference to a possible appeal. It would therefore be inappropriate for us to comment further at this juncture.”

North Wales Police said: "We note the decision of the employment tribunal and we are considering our position.”

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Stampede after 99p store holds half price sale

Police attended after a stampede broke out when a 99p store had a half price sale.

Hundreds of shoppers descended on the 99p Stores outlet after signs went up in the window advertising everything for just 50p.

Within a few hours some shelves were stripped bare and managers were forced to call the police, who dispatched four officers to contain the crowd.

One shopper described the situation as "bedlam" and said fellow shoppers were acting like "vultures".

The stampede began on Monday morning when the High Street store in Wrexham, North Wales, erected fluorescent posters in the window.

Police were called and the store was temporarily closed.
Police were called and the store was temporarily closed. Credit: SWNS

Word quickly spread around the town and a growing crowd formed outside the premises as there was no more room inside.

However some customers were left angered when the sale ended, claiming they were not told it was a limited offer.

One furious customer said: "The sign did not say anything about a time limit, and we were queuing to pay when we were told things had gone back to 99p. It is not on."

Donna Roberts said: "I stood in the queue for 20 minutes, only to be told they had put the prices back up without telling the customers."

'Operation Scorpion' launched to tackle serious crime

'Operation Scorpion' aims to engage the public into passing on information. Credit: North Wales Police

North Wales Police are changing the way in which serious and organised crime is being tackled across the region. The force is launching 'Operation Scorpion' which it says will be an umbrella group within the force bringing all expertise together.

It says the operation will begin to generate intelligence on organised crime right away and aims to engage the public into passing on information and will act on it with it a 'robust response'.

The setting up of Operation Scorpion follows a series of investigations and prosecutions by the force - most recently where four men were jailed for their part in a cannabis growing factory in the disused Faenol Tunnels in Bangor with a street value of £250,000.

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