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Police find body of man missing from Prestatyn

Police say they have found the body of Timothy Edwards, who was reported missing from Prestatyn earlier this month, in the Lake District.

Timothy Edwards was reported missing from Prestatyn on April 1st. Credit: North Wales Police / Family Photo

Mr Edwards's body was found in Crummock Water last Friday.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and the Coroner has been informed.


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.

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