A teenager stole £10,500 from his 86-year-old next-door neighbour to fund his gambling addiction, a court heard on Tuesday.
Steven Connor, 18, a college student, of Meadow Drive, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, was locked up for 28 months.
He admitted burglary and theft. The pensioner only became aware of 92 withdrawals from cash machines after a routine meeting with her bank manager.
Caernarfon crown court was told Connor had been employed by the woman to do odd-jobs in her garden but he took a bank card from the semi where she lived alone. Judge Dafydd Hughes told him it was “a particularly mean offence and for the victim it must have been quite devastating.”
She was very fortunate the bank had reimbursed the full amount taken from her account, he added.
Early morning and evening train services on the Cambrian Coast Line between Harlech and Porthmadog will be suspended from tomorrow morning for emergency repairs to an unsafe pylon located near the railway in Llandecwyn,Gwynedd.
Day time services, including school train services are not expected to be affected by the repair work, though they may be subject to last minute delays or cancelations.
A spokesperson from Arriva Trains Wales said replacement bus services will be operating and they are "making every effort" to minimise the disruption to the service.
An historic rail company has been accused of arrogance by the leader of a town council over restoration work being carried out. A new platform and buildings are being constructed on The Cob at Porthmadog by the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Company.
Some locals say they’re unhappy at what they claim has been a lack of consultation over the one million pound scheme – something that’s denied by the company.
The project was given the go-ahead under a Parliamentary Act passed by the UK Government in Westminster following a public inquiry. It means local councilors now have no control over the work.
The leader of Porthmadog Town Council Alwyn Gruffydd has accused the company of arrogance and of ‘bulldozing’ its scheme through the town.
However Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands says it has kept locals informed about the work through a series of letters and other publicity. The company's General Manager Paul Lewin also says that once the work is complete it will be unobtrusive and help boost tourism in the area.
He says the railway generates around £25 million a year for the local economy. The scheme on the Cob is due to be finished later this year.
Every summer the Ffestiniog Railway opens itself up to a group of around 50 young volunteers. During the course of a week's work they get to learn just how hard it is to run the railway - as Rob Shelley reports.