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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.


Buyer pulls out of £170k deal for loom band dress

The buyer of a loom band dress who bid £170,000 on eBay has pulled out of the deal.

The loom band dress has made headlines all over the world. Credit: Geoff Abbott

Helen Wright from Prestatyn and Kathryn Burnand from Wrexham made the dress from 20,000 loom bands, but an email arrived on Monday saying the deal was off.

The woman, who lives in Surrey, said she couldn't afford the £170,100 price tag plus £7 postage.

The dress is believed to be the first of its kind and captured the world's attention.

Helen, her daughter Sian and Kathryn appeared on ITV Wales News, the One Show, Newsround, and their story was told in newspapers as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

The dress will now be offered to those who bid over £150k. Credit: ITV News

Helen, who works as a barmaid in Archies in Prestatyn said they had really enjoyed the the "whirlwind" and still thought anything over £50 would be a bonus. They now have a guide from eBay helping them with another bidder.

"We don't have to take the next highest bidder and Ebay said we should look at all the bidders' feedback before deciding. We have one chance of offering it to a bidder from the last auction then we can go for a relisting. I've whittled it down to six buyers who all put in bids over the £150,000 mark.

– Helen Wright

Locust in salad bag - nurse gets 'shock of my life'

A woman had the "shock of her life" when she found a five-inch long locust in her Tesco salad.

Tesco sent a £10 voucher after a locust was found in a salad bag. Credit: Geoff Abbott

The woman who asked not to be named said she was too tired to wash the leaves which she would normally do after buying it at a store in Prestatyn.

I buy bags and bags of salads but that put me off for weeks.

It was very cold and there was a little bit of eye movement and one of its antenna was moving.

I put it in the garden then realised that was a mistake so ran back outside but it had gone. I think a blackbird might have eaten it.

It scared the living daylights out of me and I freaked out.

When I picked the bag up I thought that's a bit heavier than usual and then I had the shock of my life.

– Nurse from Prestatyn
The locust may have been eaten by a garden bird. Credit: Geoff Abbott

The nurse took the salad bag back to Tesco the next morning and it was sent off for an investigation. The woman then received a letter and a voucher for £10.

A spokesman for Tesco said, "We set ourselves very high standards for the safety and quality of our food."

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