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Ambulance driver killed in crash remembered one year on

Driver John Clift died when two ambulances collided in Gwynedd Credit: North Wales Police

Ambulance workers across Wales will today mark the one year anniversary of the collision of two ambulances in which ambulance driver John Clift died and two colleagues were seriously injured.

Mr Clift was driving a patient transport vehicle on the A499 near Pwllheli when he suffered a heart attack at the wheel. His vehicle collided with another ambulance.

In a statement his family described him as "well known and liked by many people in the local area", they said he will be greatly missed by everyone.

Today a memorial bench will be unveiled at a ceremony at Pwllheli ambulance station.

An ambulance will also be named in his honour.

Ambulance staff come to work every day to save life and to provide emergency care often under difficult and traumatic circumstances. These people do vital jobs for our community and today we mourn John and remember seriously injured colleagues and celebrate their public service helping patients in Wales. We offer our solidarity and support to their families at this harrowing time.Today is Workers’ Memorial Day. It remembers all those workers, worldwide, who died in the line of duty, at work. Sadly, one WAST colleague will be forever remembered in Wales.

– Darron Dupre, UNISON Cymru/Wales


Four arrested after teenager shot dead in pub car park

A teenager has died after being shot in a pub car park near Pwllheli, police in north Wales have confirmed.

The man's body was found in a vehicle next to the Ship Inn pub in Llanbedrog.

The 18-year-old man was found inside a vehicle parked next to the Ship Inn pub in Llanbedrog just after midnight on Sunday, but was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived.

Four men have been arrested in connection with the incident and will be interviewed by detectives. Forensic examinations have also been taking place at the scene.

Police have blocked off the road as investigations continue.

North Wales Police have confirmed that the family of the victim, who is local to the area, have been informed and are being supported by officers.

We are keen to speak with anyone who was in the local area last night and who may have seen a number of males in a Land Rover Discovery vehicle at the location.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Williams, North Wales Police

I would like to reassure the community that this is an isolated incident involving local people and there is no wider threat to the public.

– Supt Nigel Harrison
Cllr Angela Russell says Llanbedrog has been left shocked by the news.

Local Councillor Angela Russell says the residents of Llanbedrog have been left shocked by the news.

Llanbedrog is shocked, devastated. Condolences to the family of the young man. This is a close knit community, so very sad to hear this news.

– Cllr Angela Russell

Ambulance driver had heart attack at the wheel

An ambulance driver whose vehicle was in a crash with another ambulance died at the wheel from a heart attack a post-mortem examination has found.

John Clift had served as a firefighter before joining the ambulance service. Credit: North Wales Police / Family Photo

John Clift died last week on the A499 at Y Ffor, near Pwllheli. Today it was confirmed the 54-year-old's death was due to natural causes.

Mr Clift, a former part-time fireman at Pwllheli, was driving a patient care ambulance when it was in collision with an emergency response vehicle.

In a tribute at the time Welsh ambulance chief executive Tracy Myhill said in a message to staff : ”It’s impossible to put into words the sadness this bring us all.”

Ambulance driver killed in road crash

A man has died following a road traffic collision on the A499, Y Ffôr, Pwllheli.

At 15:01 North Wales Police responded to a report of a collision involving two ambulance vehicles.

All three emergency services were called to the scene and the road was immediately closed.

The driver of one of the ambulance vehicles was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and their next of kin have been informed.

Three other people have been taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor with what is believed to be serious injuries.

The A499 is expected to remain closed for the next few hours and diversions are in place.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anybody with information is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting reference number U060780.

'Serious' accident involving two Welsh ambulances

Emergency services are dealing with a 'serious" road crash involving two Welsh ambulances.

Wales Air Ambulance Service. Credit: PA

The Welsh Ambulance Service says the crash happened shortly before 3pm on the A499 in Pwllheli.

"Multiple resources" are at the scene including Wales Air Ambulances, supported by North Wales Police and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.


Police appeal after two horses stolen in Pwllheli

North Wales Police are appealing for information after thieves stole two horses from a property near Pwllheli.

Police believe the incident took place over the weekend of April 12th, in a field on the B4354 in Rhosfawr.

Both horses are microchipped. One is described as being black with four white socks, and is 13 hands in height; the other is 12 hands tall, is a chestnut colour and was wearing a head collar.

Our advice to the community is to take extra care and ensure security is adequate. We also ask people to remain vigilant at all times and if you see any suspicious behaviour to let us know immediately.

– North Wales Police statement

Anyone with information is asked to call Pwllheli Police station on 101.

Police appeal after death of five lambs

Police are appealing for information after the death of five lambs in Pwllheli.

North Wales Police believe the incident is related to reports of antisocial behaviour in the area.

Over the past six weeks the Pwllheli Neighbourhood Policing Team have received reports of litter, underage drinking and antisocial behaviour at a local beauty spot known as Allt Barty.

We believe the death of the lambs is related to the antisocial behaviour.

– North Wales Police statement

Anyone who may have information relating to the death of the lambs or to the antisocial behaviour is asked to call the Pwllheli Police Station on 101.

Search for missing man in Irish Sea called off

A search in the Irish Sea for a missing man has been stood down.

The man aged in his 40s was reported missing from Pwllheli, North Wales, on Friday evening after his was a car was found parked on the promenade.

Holyhead Coastguard searched the area from early yesterday morning with the assistant of three lifeboats and a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley in Anglesey.

A coastguard spokesman said it was awaiting more information from the police before any further searches.

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