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Meet the tattooed woman who will never see her body art

Tattoos might be becoming more fashionable - but it takes a lot of determination to decide that you're not going to offer up just an arm or a leg - but use your whole body.

That's exactly what Fran Atkinson from Rhyl went for. And now, eight years - and many inches of tattooists ink later, she's a living work of art. Whats more, she's hoping to make it into the Guinness book of records. Rob Shelley went to see for himself....

Blind Rhyl mother gets full body tattoo in record bid

Fran Atkinson has endured three years of pain for her body art. Credit: ITV News

Tonight on ITV Cymru Wales news at 1800 Fran Atkinson from Rhyl tells us why she's gone through three years of pain for the tattoos she will never see.

The mum-of-one says her husband and the tattoo artist have acted as her eyes, describing the details of her intricate artwork from her neck down to her ankles.


Plans for regeneration of Rhyl submitted

The regeneration could lead to hundred of jobs Credit: ITV Wales

Amended plans for the regeneration of Rhyl go on display to the public later today.

Initial plans to build houses, a hotel and a supermarket on the former site of the Rhyl Sun Centre were scrapped in 2008 due to the economic downturn.

However, with the outlook improving, plans have been amended and resubmitted to the council - with the potential for hundreds of new jobs.

Clwyd Leisure facilities handed over to council

Clwyd Leisure will hand back the lease for the Rhyl Sun Centre Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Clwyd Leisure will relinquish and hand back to the Council the leases of the Sun Centre, Nova and North Wales Bowls Centre today, together with the associated transfer of all site and support staff.

The Company is prepared to hand over to the Council all the fixed assets and equipment and a sum of £75,000 with a "real commitment" to provide further funds if they are available after closedown.

The Nova Centre has been handed back to the council Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

This will allow the facilities to remain open, secure the jobs of the staff, give customers confidence to continue using the facilities and allow the Council to determine the direction of the tourism and leisure offer in the towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn, the company said.

Fundraising for Rhyl's flood victims

Today's bad weather comes a little over two weeks after storm surges overwhelmed homes around Rhyl's coast road.

The latest figures from Denbighshire council say a 130 homes were caught up in the flood.

54 people have been rehoused - that's not including the people who've had to move in with friends or relatives.

Rob Shelley has been back to Rhyl where a concert has taken place for the town's families who have been forced out of their homes at Christmas.


Reassurance for flood-hit Rhyl residents

Rhyl was hit by flooding earlier this month. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Denbighshire County Council says Trading standards Officers and Police are working together after reports of cowboy builders 'looking to exploit the damage and devastation caused by the recent floods.'

People were rescued by the RNLI from the floods in Rhyl. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire's Public Protection Manager:

'We have seen examples of traders operating in the area and some may try and take advantage of the victims of the floods in Rhyl.'

'This is an upsetting time for all those who have suffered damage to their homes, and we don’t want anyone to be taken advantage of whilst in this vulnerable state.'

Acting Inspector Aled Eynon at Rhyl Police station:

'In addition to the enhanced CCTV coverage in the area, we are continuing to provide increased police patrols to reassure the residents and to deter any would-be criminals.'

Fire in Rhyl after explosion of oxygen cylinder

An elderly couple in Rhyl managed to make their own way out of their home unharmed after a fire broke out, following an explosion of an oxygen cylinder.

It's thought that the oxygen line connected to the cylinder in the couple's bedroom was ignited by a cigarette.

Fire crews were called to the house on Molineaux Road in the early hours of this morning where there was fire damage to the bedroom and heat and smoke damage to the rest of the house.

This incident highlights the extreme damage which can be caused when cigarettes or naked flames come into contact with pressurised containers.

This couple was extremely lucky to escape unharmed – we could so very easily have been dealing with another tragedy here in North Wales.

It is highly likely that had there been anyone in the property when this cylinder exploded that they would have suffered fatal blast and burn injuries.

This is not the first incident of this type in the region, we have previous incidents that have resulted in serious injury and tragically the loss of life.

– Gary Brandrick, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to follow the safety instructions given to patients who require oxygen in their treatment and never smoke when it is in use or nearby.

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