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New £2.2m lifeboat to be allocated to Rhyl RNLI station

A new £2.2m lifeboat has been allocated to the RNLI station in Rhyl to help continue their service off the north Wales coast.

The Shannon class lifeboat has been designed to replace the Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats at Rhyl. Credit: RNLI/Nathan Williams

The Shannon class lifeboat, which was designed to replace the Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats, is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making her more agile and manoeuvrable in all-weathers.

It will be able to reach top speeds of 25 knots and is nearly 50% faster than the Mersey, giving crews the ability to reach and assist casualties faster.

The lifeboat will be built in-house at the RNLI’s All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Dorset.

This is best news we as a station could hope for - to be allocated the new Shannon class lifeboat, it’s like Christmas has come early for Rhyl RNLI. This will be an exciting new chapter in the station’s 170 year history. As a crew, we would like to thank the charity for their faith in the station as we look into the future.

– Martin Jones, Rhyl RNLI Coxswain

After serving Rhyl RNLI for over 24 years the station’s Mersey class lifeboat Lil Cunningham is edging towards the end of her operational life. A date for the Shannon’s arrival at Rhyl is yet to be announced.

Four men deny murdering man in Rhyl car park

Mark Mason died in hospital after allegedly being attacked by four men in a shop car park. Credit: Family photo

Four men will stand trial accused of murdering a Rhyl man in a shop car park.

48-year-old Mark Mason died in hospital after he was allegedly attacked in the car park of Home Bargains in Rhyl on October 27th.

James Davies, 20, Anthony Baines, 30, Jake Melia 21, and Mark Ennis, 30, all from Liverpool, appeared at Mold Crown Court this morning where they denied murdering Mr Mason and a further two counts of maliciously wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm against two other men on the same night.

The four men were remanded in custody until their trial in April.

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Man taken to hospital and two arrested in Rhyl

Two men aged 16 and 30 have been arrested on suspicion of wounding, after an incident in Rhyl this morning.

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Police were called to Butterton Road just after 6 am, after reports a man had been assaulted.

He was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, head injuries.

The two arrested men were local to the area. They've been taken to St. Asaph to be questioned.

Four charged with murder after death of Rhyl man

Four men have been charged with murder after the death of a man in Rhyl.

Mark Mason died after an incident at a car park last Thursday. Credit: North Wales Police / Family Picture

48 year-old Mark Mason died after an incident at a car park on Thursday evening.

30 year-old Anthony Francis Baines, 21 year-old Jake Melia, James Davies, who is 20 and 30 year-old Mark Ennis, all from Liverpool, will appear before Llandudno magistrates later.

The incident happened outside the shop, Home Bargains, in Rhyl. Credit: ITV News

I would like to thank the community of Rhyl for the support they have provided in this investigation which will continue.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jason Devonport, North Wales Police

Further arrest made in relation to death of Rhyl man

Police in north Wales have confirmed a further arrest has been made in connection with the investigation into the alleged murder of a man in Rhyl.

Police officers at the scene following the incident in Rhyl. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

48-year-old Mark Mason, who was from Rhyl, died following an incident at a car park in Marsh Road on Thursday evening.

The arrest has been made outside the north Wales area and interviews are continuing three others arrested yesterday in connection with the death.

We know that the vehicle in which Mr Mark Mason was attacked in was a Renault Kangoo, registration X213 HHN. The Kangoo was followed along Ffordd Las, Rhyl by a Black BMW X1 car, before being followed into the Home Bargains car park.

The occupants of this vehicle are responsible for the targeted and planned attack on Mark Mason. We know that there were a few people in the area of Marsh Road and Ffordd Las at the time of the attack and I would like anyone in the area to make contact so we can rule them out of the investigation.

We are keen to gather information around the Black BMW X1, which we know contained a number of males. The behaviour of the vehicle and its occupants would have attracted attention before and after the fatal attack on Mark Mason.

– Jason Devonport, Detective Chief Inspector, North Wales Police

Anybody with information is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101, or via the live web chat, quoting reference number U163736.

Alternatively member of the public can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police called to 'serious incident' in Rhyl

Police are investigating a 'serious' incident in Rhyl this evening.

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It happened at a Home Bargains store on Marsh Road in the town.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area between 7 and 8pm.

Police are yet to confirm any details.

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Child assaulted as she tried to rescue kitten

Police are appealing to a dog walker or any other witnesses who may have seen a child being assaulted by a man as she tried to rescue a kitten from a Rhyl pond on the bank holiday weekend.

The assault happened during the late afternoon/evening of Friday 26th August at the pond behind the Adventure Playground off Gwynfryn Avenue in Rhyl.

A child was assaulted at the Adventure Playground off Gwynfryn Avenue in Rhyl. Credit: Google Maps

Police believe that a female dog walker tried to assist the victim by rescuing the kitten however she was unsuccessful and the kitten died.

The woman had two white Yorkshire Terrier type dogs with her at the time and is known to be a frequent walker in the area.

We are eager to locate this female and speak with her or anyone else who may have witnessed this incident as the spot where it occurred is a popular location for dogs walkers, runners.

– North Wales Police

A man has been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries in connection with the incident.

Police ask anyone with information to call 101.

Rhyl Airshow back for eighth year

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The Rhyl Airshow is back this weekend for the eighth consecutive year.

The two day event includes displays from the RAF Red Arrows and the Raven Formation Aerobatic Display Team.

After attracting over 140,000 people in 2015, organisers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

We'd love to see your pictures from the airshow.

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