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Family tributes after man dies in A55 road accident

Duncan Monteith died after a road accident on the A55 last Friday Credit: Family photo/North Wales Police

The family of a man who died in a road accident on the A55 last Friday have paid tribute to their "open and warm hearted" son.

Duncan Monteith, 27 years old, was born in St Asaph and lived with his family in Glan Conwy. He died at the Countess of Chester Hospital on Friday.

His family said: “We are all devastated by Duncan’s death.

"He was gregarious and emotional and wore his heart on his sleeve. He was so open and warm hearted and got close to people very quickly – that is why he had so many close friends whose messages of support have been so supportive at this difficult time”

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.

Row over plans for new crematorium in St Asaph

People living and working in St Asaph have criticised plans for a new crematorium close to a local business park.

Denbighshire Council is considering proposals for North Wales's first privately run crematorium.

Businesses say it will put hi-tech firms off from moving into the community.

The scheme's backers say an existing operation near Cardiff shows it can be done successfully.

Lorna Prichard reports.

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Work begins to reduce St Asaph flood risk

St Asaph flooded overnight in November 2012, with hundreds of homes and businesses left devastated Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Work is underway to reduce the risk of further flooding in the Denbighshire city of St Asaph.

The eight-month-long programme will see trees and bushes cleared from a four-mile-long section of the river Elwy to help water flow away quicker when floods threaten.

St Asaph was devastated by floods in November last year, with hundreds of homes and businesses affected.

Tim Jones from Natural Resources Wales said: “While we can’t prevent all flooding, there is a lot we can do to reduce the risk.

“The people of St Asaph know all too well the devastating impact that flooding can have and the start of this work marks another step in the journey to reduce flood risk for low-lying parts."

Flood hit town library to re-open

St Asaph was hit by torrential rain in November last year Credit: PA

St Asaph Library will re-open later, after undergoing extensive repair works. The library and one-stop shop were badly damaged by floods in November last year.

The building will have new layout and design, with hundreds of new books.

Wife killer get 18 years in prison

John Yates who killed his wife before driving her body to a police station in St Asaph has been jailed for 18 years. Credit: North Wales Police

58-year-old John Yates, from Warrington, was found guilty in February at Caernarfon Crown Court of the murder of his wife Barbara.

The jury heard Yates had a long history of violence against her.

Today he was sentenced to 18 years for the murder of his 50 year old wife in July last year at an unknown location.

He told the court he covered her in a tarpaulin and drove the body to St Asaph.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Iestyn Davies said “It is a feature of this case, that Barbara Yates was subjected to domestic abuse at the hands of John Yates on many occasions and tragically found herself unable to break free from this abusive and violent relationship."

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