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Teen steals £10,000 from 86 year-old neighbour

A teenager stole £10,500 from his 86-year-old next-door neighbour to fund his gambling addiction, a court heard on Tuesday.

The teenager from Porthmadog was jailed for 28 months. Credit: North Wales Police

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.

Trains from Harlech to Porthmadog to be suspended

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.


Warning after 'second serious jet-ski collision'

Map showing the location where the incident took place Credit: ITV Wales

Coastguards are warning this bank holiday about the use of jet-skis after a woman and a man were injured in a collision near Porthmadog in Gwynedd.

The riders were airlifted to hospital yesterday after an RAF rescue helicopter from Valley on Anglesey and the North Wales air ambulance were sent to the scene at Samson's Bay.

Holyhead coastguards say the woman suffered severe leg injuries and a man has head injuries.

It's the second jet ski crash of the weekend. On Friday, a 12-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after a collision with his kayak and a sea scooter off Abersoch beach.

Company accused of 'bulldozing' Cob scheme

The Cob in Porthmadog Credit: ITV News

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.

The Cob in the 1960s Credit: ITV News

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.


Copper piping stolen from thirteen houses

North Wales police say that copper piping was stolen from thirteen houses in Porthmadog in the early hours of Saturday morning. Some residents have been left without hot water and heating.

This was a very brazen crime with thieves going from one property to another on the small estate. The copper piping was connected to the gas boilers and several metres of piping was stolen.

– PC Ian Roberts, North Wales Police

Repairing the damage will cost hundreds of pounds and police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them.

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