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Inquest due into death of teenager who overdosed

An inquest is due to begin into the death of a teenager who died after taking an overdose of her father's medication.

Laura Newlands was found dead at her home in Rhyl in 2011 Credit: Family Photo

Laura Newlands, from Rhyl in north Wales, had expressed suicidal thoughts to a number of professionals including school counsellors, doctors and social workers. She died in 2011.

This has been an incredibly difficult time for the family who understandably have many questions surrounding the events leading up to Laura's death.

We hope that the inquest into her death will be able to provide them with some answers.

– Fiona McGhie, Irwin Mitchell

At a pre-inquest hearing in February it was agreed to hold a full four-day inquest and call witnesses including school staff and social workers.

Police investigate after dog-walker seriously assaulted

Police are appealing for information after a 60-year-old man was assaulted whilst walking his dog. He was left with serious injuries.

The incident happened at 10.30am on Thursday March 19th Credit: ITV News

The incident happened near Marine Lake in Rhyl, around 10.30am, on Thursday March 19th.

The offender is thought to be in his fifties, and around six foot, with short cropped grey hair.

Police are asking anyone with any information to come forward.

The victim was walking his dog on the Cob at Marine Lake when it started fighting with another dog, a black Staffordshire bull terrier.

The victim has attempted to part the dogs when the other dog owner has attacked the man inflicting serious injury.

– Investigating Officer PC Kirsty Colegate


Police appeal after pensioner mugged in broad daylight

The pensioner was walking along Churton Road towards the Post Office Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for information after an elderly man was mugged in broad daylight.

The man, in his seventies, was walking along Churton Road in Rhyl at around 8.40am Tuesday morning, when he was approached by two young men, who stole money from him.

He was left shaken but unharmed.

Police with sniffer dogs are currently searching the area, and are carrying out house to house inquiries.

It is possible that people may have passing the area at around the time of the incident and we are keen for those individuals to come forward and speak to us at St Asaph CID. Similarly, we’d like to hear from anyone who saw two males fleeing from the area or may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the vicinity prior to the incident to again call us on 101.

– Detective Inspector Michael Isaacs, St Asaph CID

Concerns raised over Rhyl harbour water levels

Concern over water levels in the harbour Credit: PA Images

Skippers of some charter boat companies operating out of Rhyl harbour say they are concerned at the amount of silt that has built up, and they fear that boats may become grounded, making it difficult to run their businesses.

Denbighshire Council say they are monitoring the situation and the problem may have been caused by the dry summer and early autumn, with lower that usual levels in rivers feeding the harbour.


Takeaway owner fined £100 for nuts in curry

The owner of an indian takeaway has pleaded guilty to breaching the Food Safety Act by selling a chicken tikka meal containing nuts.

A man was hospitalised after eating almonds in curry from a Rhyl takeaway. Credit: PA

A customer who ordered a curry on-line had stated “No nuts” – but when it arrived it contained almond powder, magistrates at Llandudno heard.

The man took three mouthfuls then became very ill because of a nut allergy, according to the prosecution, but was discharged from hospital the same night.

The owner of the Chilli Pink Express Takeaway at Rhyl, Shakeel Aslam, 41, pleaded guilty to breaching the Food Safety Act.

A defence solicitor said “No Nuts” had been stated in a suggestion box but when a note had been taken to a chef he hadn’t noticed it. It was human error and steps had now been taken to ensure it wouldn't happen again. Aslam was fined £100 with costs of £570

Cannabis dealer escapes jail to look after 12 children

A cannabis supplier who arrived at court in black Jaguar car - has avoided jail because he's the sole carer of his 12 children.

Saunders of Rhyl said he'd not worked for ten years. Credit: Andrew Price

Peter Saunders told Mold Crown Court how his youngest child was 19 months old but his wife had left him and married someone else.

The court heard Saunders, 47, had a dozen children aged 19 months, three, six, seven, nine, ten, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18 and 22. He'd not worked for ten years because he was unfit to do so and lived on benefits in Princess Street in Rhyl.

The defendant and his eldest son Matthew, aged 22, both admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply after police raided their homes on December 17 last year.

Prosecuting barrister Nicholas Sefton told how police raided the father’s home and found 43 grammes of cannabis – some among Christmas presents - valued at about £450. One gramme of cannabis was found at the son’s flat and they both claimed it was for personal use.

The judge said that he would have to put the interests of the young children first and he could not send his son to prison either because they had pleaded guilty to a joint enterprise. Both received 12 month prison sentences suspended for two years.

Hovercraft could return to north Wales coast

Back in 1962, Rhyl made a little bit of aviation and maritime history - it was the first destination for a scheduled hovercraft service in the world.

It might have only lasted a summer, but history's turned full circle with two different bidders hoping to operate hovercraft connecting north Wales with the Wirral and Liverpool - a business plan now that could be a reality in less than a year. Rob Shelley reports.

Hopes for hovercraft on north Wales coast

Hovercrafts like this one are already being used to carry passengers in Scotland. Credit: Michael Boyd/PA Wire

A hovercraft service could soon return to the north Wales coast after more than 50 years, if proposals go ahead.

Bidding is currently underway from two companies, to operate crossings between Rhyl and the Wirral.

If plans go ahead, it could mean passengers could use the scheduled service, and complete the trip in just 30 minutes.

Draft licences have already been granted by Denbighshire County Council, but a full licence is needed in order for the hovercrafts to land on Rhyl beach.

It's been more than 50 years since the world's first commercial hovercraft service made its maiden voyage from North Wales.

The 'flights' ran on a 19-mile route on Rhyl and Wallasey on the Wirral.

It took 24 passengers, and cost £2.

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