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Landlord jailed for not taking fire safety precautions

A fireman who was the landlord of a house in which a couple and three children were killed by an arsonist, has been jailed for failing to take fire safety precautions.

Jay Brenton Liptrot was sentenced to 15 months in jail. Credit: ITV News

Jay Liptrot, 43, from Prestatyn accepted that he placed Lee-Anna Shiers, her partner Liam Timbrell and their son, niece and nephew, who were staying the night, at risk of death.

The prosecution at Caernarfon Crown Court accepted the plea earlier this week. Today he was jailed for 15 months.

North Wales Police acknowledge and respect the Courts decision today on what has been a complex investigation and emotional court case. The family attending court has taken some comfort from the guilty plea.

– Detective Sergeant Dewi Jones

North Wales Fire and Rescue said Liptrot is a part time firefighter at Prestatyn and in light of this incident it was introducing a policy which requires staff to declare any conflict of interest, such as being a landlord.


Arrest warrant for man who stole £9,000 of perfume

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who stole perfume worth £9,000 from a Boots store by loading it into a wheelie bin.

Lee Hollender failed to appear at court today. Credit: Bellis

Lee Hollender, 39, first smashed the front window of the store in Prestatyn with a breeze block in August.

Once inside he shattered cabinets with a hammer and loaded the contents into the bin.

Hollender, a father-of-eight of Chinley Grove, Birmingham, who’d been on a caravan holiday, was caught after he’d cut himself in the store and his blood identified him.

Magistrates at Llandudno had granted bail after he pleaded guilty to burglary, and sent him to the crown court for sentence. When he failed to arrive at Caernarfon court today a warrant was issued.

Town's surgeries to close - 20,000 patients affected

Plans are being drawn up on how 20,000 patients in a Welsh seaside town will be able to see their local GP after are two surgeries announced they were closing down as they can recruit new doctors.

Credit: PA

Pendyffryn Medical Group and Seabank Surgery, both in Prestatyn, have given notice that they will be terminating their contract with the local Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board on the 31st March 2016.

The health board will meet next week to discuss the closures and how they plan to provide primary care services to "the changing needs of the population."


Police hunt for man after two separate assaults in Prestatyn

Police in Prestatyn are appealing for witnesses to two separate assaults in the town, which they say were carried out by the same person.

One man suffered serious head injuries and is receiving treatment at a specialist unit in hospital in Stoke.

Both offences took place at around 2am this morning, near the forecourt of a Tesco fuel station on Prestatyn's High Street.

North Wales Police says the offender is a man in his 20s, with very short, light coloured hair and stubble. He spoke with a local accent.

The man responsible for the attack is known to have crossed the railway foot bridge at the bottom of the High Street and then entered the High Street near to the Cook House public house. He may have walked from the railway station itself or from the Bastion Road direction. After the attack we believe he joined another male and walked into Gas Works Lane.

– Detective Chief Inspector Iestyn Davies

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Fireman appears in court charged with manslaughter

Jay Brenton Liptrot arriving at court this morning Credit: ITV Wales

A fireman landlord who owned the house in which five people died in an arson attack appeared in court at Prestatyn today accused of their manslaughter through gross negligence.

Jay Brenton Liptrot, 43, owned the property at Maes y Groes, Prestatyn.

In October 2012 a fire resulted in the deaths of Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, partner Liam Timbrell, 23, their son Charlie, 15 months, and Miss Shiers’s nephew Bailey, four, and niece Skye, two.

Liptrot, of Gronant Road, Prestatyn, was bailed by magistrates to appear before Mold crown court next Friday.

Last-ditch attempt to save Prestatyn cinema

The Scala opened as the first all digital cinema and arts centre in Wales in 2009 Credit: ITV News

A bid to reopen Prestatyn's Scala Cinema will continue tonight, as campaigners come together to discuss funding ideas.

The centre closed its doors last week, in what's been described as 'a final attempt' to save it.

It comes after bosses learned they would lose its funding from Denbighshire County Council from April.

The Scala Trust are inviting members of the public and local businesses to come forward with fund-raising ideas.

Prestatyn Bowls Centre re-opens after February closure

Prestatyn's bowling centre shut with controversy - and job losses - back in February.

Six months on, they're re-opening for the Autumn. But some former staff say they're upset that the understanding they had - that they'd get their jobs back - doesn't seem to have translated to the new owners - Denbighshire council.

Rob Shelley's been to hear both sides of the story.

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