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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.

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. 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.

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.


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 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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