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Number of "significant arrests" made as officers tackle organised crime

Police in Rhyl carried out a "high profile" operation on Wednesday Credit: PA

A number of "significant arrests" have been made in Rhyl as part of what police have described as a high profile operation.

Officers said offences such as the carrying of dangerous instruments or weapons, criminal use of firearms and drug supplies were targeted, and those individuals causing harm to communities were disrupted.

It's all part of a project in the town to tackle serious and organised crime.

North Wales police said people in the area should feel reassured.

Recent events have only highlighted the challenges that we continue to face in keeping Rhyl safe. This operation is just one of a number of tactics ongoing at present. > Whilst members of the public can feel reassured by our activity, those individuals causing harm should know that we are being proactive in our efforts to convict them.> I would urge members of the public to continue to report any unusual or suspicious activity using 101. Alternatively contact the live webchat or Crimestoppers.

– District Inspector Alwyn Williams, North Wales Police

Two youths charged with murder after Rhyl stabbing

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Two youths have been charged with the murder of Amarjeet Singh-Bhakar after he was fatally stabbed in Rhyl in the early hours of Sunday 30th April 2017.

37-year-old Amarjeet, from Manchester, died from his wounds in hospital.

One of the youths has been additionally charged with the wounding of another male and both have been remanded in police custody pending their appearance at Wrexham court on Wednesday.

Three other males from the Rhyl area have been released under investigation, whilst five males from the greater Manchester area have been charged with violent disorder in relation to the incident. They have been remanded in police custody pending their appearance at Wrexham court tomorrow morning.

There remains a significant amount of work to conduct and the investigation is by no means complete. Our dedicated team of officers are actively pursuing all lines of enquiry. We remain open minded in regard to the motive resulting in this altercation and continue to seek the support of the public in relation to this matter.

We are aware that this case has had a significant impact on the community and would take this opportunity to reassure the public that additional resources have been deployed to the Rhyl area as the investigation continues. Sadly this incident demonstrates how being in possession of a knife can escalate into fatal consequences.

– DI Gary Kelly, North Wales Police


Four arrested by armed police in Rhyl

Police have denied rumours of a shooting Credit: Google Maps

Four people have been arrested in Rhyl after a main road was cordoned off by armed police on Monday night.

Rumours on social media suggest there was a shooting, however North Wales Police has denied the claims.

The force said there had been an "incident" in Wellington Road but gave no further details.

Police appeal for witnesses after nightclub owner assaulted outside his home

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Police are appealing for information after a nightclub owner was assaulted outside his home address on Saturday.

The incident happened at around 4.30am when the businessman was assaulted by two men, who demanded money, as he pulled up outside his home in Violet Grove, Rhyl.

The Fusion nightclub owner required hospital treatment as a result of the assault.

The two men left the area before police were called.

This was a cowardly attack on a local businessman.

It is fortunate that he has not sustained more serious injuries.

We believe that the offenders have observed his movement as he arrived on Violet Grove.

We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry and the assistance received from the public to date is very much appreciated.

If you know who was responsible for this incident or you have any information, no matter how insignificant you believe it may be, I urge you to get in touch.

We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the nightclub or in Violet Grove around the time of this incident to contact police.

– Chris Bell, North Wales Police


Mum shares videos of daughter's seizures to raise awareness

A mother from Rhyl is aiming to raise awareness of a little-known form of epilepsy by sharing videos of her baby's seizures online.

Ten-month-old Olivia has West Syndrome, which can be difficult to identify.

Ten-month-old Olivia has infantile spasms known as West Syndrome.

Around four hundred children in the UK will develop the condition each year, but it can be difficult to identify.

Now Olivia's mum Jade says she wants to show others how they might be able to spot the signs.

Ian Lang reports:

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.

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