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Police appeal after thieves steal van with owner in the back

Police are appealing for witnesses after a van was stolen with the owner still in the back. The van containing tools was stolen and then set alight near Bethesda yesterday.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident near Bethesda. Credit: PA

The driver of the van was in the back of the vehicle when two men got in and drove away. The owner managed to escape through the back doors unhurt and alerted police.

The grey Renault van had 'Tool Truck' written on the side and also had an eagle's head on the front. It had been stolen from a lay by on the outskirts of Bethesda by the Bryn Bella crossroads. The van was later discovered on fire Lôn Pobty in Bangor.

Luckily the driver was unharmed however we are appealing to anybody who may have witnessed two men acting suspiciously in the Bryn Bella area to contact us.

We are also appealing to anybody who may have seen a small red van in the Bryn Bella area at the time of the incident to come forward.

– PC Tracey Hughes, North Wales Police

Anybody with information should contact North Wales Police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


New analysis shows extent of attacks on sheep

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North Wales Police say they are using specially collated data to tackle the problem of dog attacks on sheep.

The North Wales Police Rural Crime Team shows the true extent of attacks which they say is an under reported national issue.

The analysis shows that in the last 12 months there were 108 separate incidents recorded, with most involving more than one sheep.

The county with the highest incidents is Gwynedd with 27 recorded, nearly three times that of the Wrexham County, with 10.

The average number of attacks is nine a month. In one incident more than 30 sheep were attacked by a Rottweiler in Buckley.

The statistics also reveal that Friday is the day of the week when most attacks occur, substantially more than on a Monday, but it unclear why this is the case.

As a team we needed to decide what the real issues are with rural crime and we have achieved this by recording accurate daily statistics for all manner of incidents.

This has led to significant drops in all rural incidents in North Wales, including sheep attacks. We have found that the only answer with such attacks is to take a zero tolerance approach with irresponsible dog owners.

This has led to court cases and heavy fines.

– Sgt Rob Taylor, Rural Crime Team

Police appeal to find missing Blaenau Ffestiniog teen

Stuart Roberts was last seen in Bangor on Friday 17 April. Credit: North Wales Police

Police are appealing for help to trace 19 year old Stuart Callum Roberts from Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The teenager was last seen in Bangor, near Maes Tryfan School, at around 5pm last Friday.

Stuart is described as 5ft 10ins tall with short, light brown hair but it is not known what clothing he was wearing when he was last seen.

Anyone with information about Stuart's whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.

'Boy approached' in Llandudno

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Llandudno Police are investigating after a report of an 8 year old boy being approached by a man outside Asda in Llandudno at around 8pm on Saturday.

Officers says the man, possibly accompanied by a second, approached the boy as he made his way from the store entrance to the car park.

After the incident the boy ran to the car where his grandfather was waiting for him and the matter was subsequently reported to police

The man is thought to have left the area immediately following the incident and is described as wearing black trousers, a black walking type jacket with blue trim at the bottom, and a hat.

North Wales Police are investigating the incident and are speaking further with the young boy involved.

I would appeal to anyone who may have any information in relation to this reported incident to call 101 quoting incident number S043354 or alternatively to phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Det Inspector Neil Harrison


North Wales Police bill up

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North Wales council taxpayers will be faced with an above-inflation increase of 3.44% in the bill for policing.

Members of the Police and Crime Panel agreed the rise at at their Conwy meeting.

Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick QC said it would equate to an extra 17p a week per average household and increase the precept to a total of more than £66.6 million.

He told members that it is the fifth consecutive year of severe cuts for the force and it is likely that a £15.5 million reduction will have to be found in the next four years.

Two police officers treated in hospital after patrol car collides with a wall and a street light

North Wales Police say investigations are to continue following the incident. Credit: PA

Two police officers were treated in hospital for minor injuries today after their patrol car hit a wall and a street light at 5.30am this morning.

It happened at Penygroes, near Caernarfon, and the car was badly damaged.

North Wales Police say investigations are continuing into the incident and are appealing for information.

Police appeal for help to trace teenagers last seen in Wrexham

15-year-old Jordan Hogan (left) and 17-year-old Stephen Atkins (right) have not been seen since Monday. Credit: North Wales Police

Police are appealing for help to trace two teenagers last seen close to Wrexham railway station on Monday November 17 at about 6pm. Stephen Atkins aged 17 and Jordan Hogan aged 15 may be in the Rhyl area.

Stephen is described as a white about 5’9” tall with short brown hair and of slim build. He was wearing a blue jacket and dark blue or black jeans.

Jordan is described as a white also about 5’9” tall with short brown hair and of slim build. He was wearing a faded red T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms with blue Adidas trainers.

If anyone has information about their whereabouts please call police on 101.

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