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Man admits assault with half eaten sausage

A drunken man has admitted assaulting a shopkeeper by throwing a half-eaten Cumberland sausage bap in his face.

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But magistrates in Prestatyn rejected a claim by Peter Thomas, 44, that dried blood on the victim's cut lip was brown sauce from the bap.

Andrew Trussell, who has a secondhand shop called Steptoe's at Ruthin in Denbighshire, maintained he'd been punched by Thomas after a disagreement about cash.

Thomas admitted assault but denied punching him. He accepted being drunk and unable to remember his arrest.

The court rejected the sausage plea and Thomas, of Pentre Coch, near Ruthin, was told he'd be sentenced next week.


Cyclist found dead in Ruthin

Police were called to the scene at midday on Saturday Credit: ITV News Wales

Police have launched an investigation after a cyclist was found dead after he is believed to have come off his bike in North Wales.

The man, who is believed to be from Stockport was found in Lon Cae Glas - a country lane in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin at around midday yesterday.

The police, ambulance and air ambulance service attended the scene where the man was pronounced dead.

Police said inquiries were continuing to find out what happened.

Denbighshire floods: One year on

The Glasdir estate last November Credit: PA

Residents on the Glasdir Estate in Ruthin will join together today to mark a year since the devastating floods last year.

122 homes were flooded on the estate in Denbighshire last year, when the River Clwyd burst its banks.

A report in September blamed blocked culverts for the flooding

Flood relief work is due to start in the area before Christmas.

Hundreds of homes in nearby St Asaph were also flooded when the River Elwy burst its banks.


Villagers raise £40,000 to save local pub near Ruthin

The villagers need £90,000 to buy the Glan Llyn Inn Credit: Clawddnewydd 'Save our Pub' group

Local residents of Clawddnewydd near Ruthin, are digging deep into their pockets to help save their beloved pub.

Villagers have already raised over £40,000 but need £90,000 if they are to keep the Glan Llyn Inn open.

The residents are working with the Denbighshire Enterprise Agency to put a business plan in place and have been putting on a range of fundraising events to help reach their target.

The 'Save Our Pub' committee have applied for a loan to cover the outstanding funds.

Blocked culverts played a part in Ruthin floods

A council chief executive has admitted that lessons need to be learned after floods devastated more than 120 homes on a new housing estate. But he says it isn't right to blame the local authority for the failure of the flood defences in Ruthin.

Culverts were blocked after heavy rain and a report to Denbighshire council recommends spending a quarter of a million pounds on improvements -and appointing flood wardens. But the victims still want to know who was responsible for the disaster, as Ian Lang reports.

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Report finds blocked culverts played a part in flooding

121 homes were flooded on the estate last November Credit: PA

The cost of improving flood defences for a North Wales community where more than 100 homes were inundated will run to around a quarter of a million pounds says a report.A total of 121 homes were flooded on the Glasdir Estate Ruthin in November last year.

Following the flooding, an independent report was commissioned to try and establish why the floods happened and how defences could be improved, but the investigation didn't aim to allocate blame or fault.

The report said that culverts near the estate play a vital role in reducing flood risk.But on the day culvert screens were blocked by between 65 and 95 percent, mostly by vegetation.It was believed the flood defences were of a high standard so the estate was not on a list of high risk areas.

Recommendations include heightening existing flood defences, introducing an inspection and maintenance regime and the creation of a network of flood wardens.The council say the measures proposed will give people living on the estate confidence that the flood defences will protect their homes.

The report will go before Denbighshire Council later this month.

Report in 'devastating' floods to be published

An independent report into last year's devastating floods on the newly built Glasdir estate on the outskirts of Ruthin will be published today. On the 27th November last year, after days of heavy rainfall, residents woke to floodwater pouring into their houses. More than 100 homes were affected.

An initial report produced by Environment Agency Wales last year concluded the flooding was caused by a combination of factors, one of which was that debris blocked culverts which prevented water from draining away from the houses.

But Denbighshire Council commissioned an independent report, saying that there were still a number of unanswered questions.

Nearby St Asaph was also badly affected Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Many residents spent months out of their homes as a massive clean-up got underway.

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