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'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.

Deeside robber gets life for attempted rapes

Rosedale was said to be a 'highly dangerous individual'. Credit: North Wales Police

A Deeside man has been sentenced to life in prison for robbery, kidnap and the attempted rape of four women aged between 15 and 38.

Barry Rosedale who is 43, carried out the attacks between January and April last year.

Investigating Officer Shaun Parry of the North Wales Police praised the victims who he said "had the courage and resolve to stand up to the perpetrator."

Detective Inspector Tim Evans commended the work of the investigation team in bringing Rosedale to justice saying Rosedale was a highly dangerous individual posing a substantial threat to women.

"The public of North Wales and Cheshire areas can now feel much safer as a result of this conviction," he said.

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Chirk bridge woman's death 'not suspicious'

The woman's body was found under a bridge Credit: ITV News

Police say the death of a woman, whose body was found under a bridge in Chirk yesterday, is not being treated as suspicious.

The woman was found under the A483 Chirk bypass at around 1.30pm yesterday. The road was closed for several hours while investigations were undertaken.

North Wales Police said the matter was being referred to the North East Wales Coroner.

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.

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.”

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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.”

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."

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