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'We'll miss him terribly' - family's tribute to sea rescue granddad

Tributes have been paid to a "selfless and brave" grandfather who died while trying to rescue two teenage girls who got into difficulty in the sea.

Richard Guest, from Walsall, was 74 years old Credit: Guest family

74-year-old Richard Guest and another member of the public went into the sea in Tywyn, Gwynedd, to help the girls who got caught in a rip current at about 3.45pm on Saturday.

A statement issued by the family said: "One of the girls came out of the water unaided but the other girl was still in distress. He was about 40 yards out from the shore and was seen holding one of the girls up out of the water in his arms by the time Aberdovey coastguard arrived and managed to save the girl."

Mr Guest had to be rescued by the Aberdovey Coastguard and was airlifted by the Welsh Air Ambulance Service to Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth, where he was pronounced dead.

He had been on a weekend break with his wife, 71 year-old Margaret, and they had been walking their dog on the beach when the girls got into trouble.

The family said they understood the other man who went to the girls' rescue was unhurt.

Mr Guest, who was also known as Dick, had a long-standing connection with Handsworth Rugby Union Football Club, where he was a former player and a keen supporter.

He had worked as a bank manager for the former Midland Bank and later worked for PFA Financial Management in Birmingham. He was a father of two, grandfather of four and enjoyed his allotment.

Scores of tributes were posted on the Love Tywyn Facebook page, describing Mr Guest as brave, kind and a "true hero".

We cannot imagine life without him. He was loved by so many people. Dad was brought up in Bethel, Near Caernarfon, north Wales, and attended Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen. He was a strong swimmer and was used to swimming on that particular part of the beach. It was just like him to do something so selfless and brave.

He was an active man who loved the outdoors, and was at happiest in Tywyn with his family. At the end of the day, he was a family man. He was a great father and a much-loved grandfather. We will miss him terribly.

– Ceri Donovan, daughter

Man jailed for grooming teenage girls on internet

A pervert who befriended young schoolgirls over the Internet by pretending to be a teen himself has been locked up for six years.

Police found films of a hundred different girls at Dorr's home. Credit: North Wales Police

Liam Dorr, 29, groomed them and entered into intimate relationships with them – flattering and complimenting them to such an extent that they agreed to send photographs of themselves to him, some in sexual poses.

Mold Crown Court heard Dorr used false names and details and persuaded a schoolgirl to speak to him over a webcam – but said his camera was not working so she could not see him.

He secretly recorded her indulging in a sex act – and later posted a video and photograph of her on a salacious web site.

Police were able to track him down through an old mobile phone number and when they examined his computer equipment at his home at Plas Edwards, Tywyn near Aberystwyth in Mid Wales they found found that he had been chatting and filming other girls as well over a number of years.

Officers discovered images of up to 100 different girls on his computers and he was found to have more than 300 movies.


Tywyn's Halo Foods factory to close on Friday

The Halo Foods factory at Tywyn in Gwynedd will close tomorrow. The company is moving production to its plant at Newport in South Wales. Only a tenth of the workforce is taking up the company's offer to move to the new factory.

It's emerged that the firm was considering moving out of Wales altogether, and transferring to Eastern Europe.

The loss of more than a hundred jobs at one of the town's biggest employers is expected to hit the area hard. There are calls for help to attract more investment.

Kevin Ashford reports.

£5million improvements funding for Gwynedd hospital

Tywyn Hospital in Gwynedd is to receive more than £5million funding for major improvements, Health Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

The work will include the refurbishment of existing buildings, demolition of part of the hospital and building a new extension.

A new primary care resource centre will also provide patients with several health services in one place and a new 16-bed ward will be built on the site of the existing Dyfi ward. The new ward is designed to allow improvements in patient dignity, privacy and comfort.

These are hard times economically, and we have tough spending choices to make. However, investment in hospital services continues, and the £5m funding for improvements at Tywyn Hospital will bring great benefit to the community.

An increase in bed numbers and the integration of several services here will enable more people to be cared for closer to home in an environment which is fit for purpose.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister


RAIL - Disruption between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth and between Machynlleth and Pwllheli

Disruption on Arriva Trains Wales between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, and between Machynlleth and Pwllheli due to flooding.

No service between Caersws and Aberystwyth and no replacement bus due to conditions.

Passengers advised not to travel between Machynlleth and Tywyn.

Trains are running between Tywyn and Pwllheli and Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury.