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Convicted murderer jailed for rape of teenage boy

A convicted murderer who raped a teenage boy after being released from prison has today been sentenced to another 10 years behind bars.

Robert Kirkham, 64 and from Old Colwyn, spent more than 20 years in jail, after being convicted of murder back in 1982.

Robert Kirkham was found guilty of rape and multiple indecent assaults. Credit: North Wales Police

He then raped and indecently assaulted a 13-year-old boy in the Wrexham area around 1996, after he was released on licence from his previous sentence.

At Mold Crown Court today, he was jailed for ten years, and placed on the sex offenders register for life.


Hundreds of jobs saved at Old Colwyn's Daniel Contractors

News that hundreds of jobs have been safeguarded in Old Colwyn is being welcomed. Daniel Contractors has gone into administration but Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has appointed another company to take over the work.

It is excellent news that Enterprise Utility Services has been appointed by Dwr Cymru and as a result job losses at Daniel Contractors have been averted.

I know that the staff will welcome this certainty over there future and I am grateful for the swift appointment of this contract by Dwr Cymru.

– David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales

We have been monitoring Daniels’ financial and trading position for a number of months and have taken steps to support them. In parallel to this we have also sought to protect the interest of our customers and have been running a procurement process to appoint alternative suppliers should the situation with Daniel deteriorate.

On this basis we have appointed Enterprise Utility Services as an emergency contractor to undertake the contract.

They have been selected through a competitive process and have a five month contract with us as part of this emergency contingency arrangement.

– Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Old Colwyn building firm goes into administration

A building firm in Old Colwyn confirmed today that they have gone into administration.

There have been fears for the future of Daniel Contractors, which employs 250 people at its North Wales site.

Administrators Deloitte say they are in discussions to sell all or parts of the business and safeguard as many jobs as possible.

Read more: Jobs under threat at Colwyn Bay firm