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Fire service apprentice killed on way to college

Off-duty firefighters fought to save a young fire service apprentice after a two-vehicle crash in Snowdonia, an inquest has heard.

At a Ruthin inquest today, assistant coroner Nicola Jones said she hoped the family of 19-year-old Trystan Rhun Jones could gain some comfort from the fact that everything possible was done to help him by highly-trained officers.

Despite their efforts the teenager was certified dead at the scene on the A5 at Capel Curig on May 17 last year.

Mr Roberts, of Faerdref, Cynwyd, near Corwen, was an apprentice fleet technician with the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

He worked at Llandudno Junction and is believed to have been on his way to Coleg Menai in Bangor when the collision occurred.

A conclusion of death as a result of a road traffic collision was recorded.


Amber warning of strong winds issued for Wales

The Met Office has issued an Amber 'be prepared' warning of very strong winds this Thursday.

The Met Office has warned gusts of 70 to 80 mph are possible. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has said that very strong winds are expected throughout Thursday in association with storm 'Doris'.

Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are possible.

The Met Office also says that although the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely.

The is a danger of injury from flying debris.

Heavy rain is also likely through Thursday as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards.

Heseltine joins scrutiny of Swansea city deal plans

Lord Heseltine meeting the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns Credit: Office for the Secretary of State for Wales  

Plans for a scheme aimed at boosting Swansea and the surrounding areas will come under scrutiny by the Welsh Secretary and a former leading cabinet minister.

Alun Cairns and Lord Heseltine along with business and local authority leaders will go over the business case for what's known as the Swansea Bay City Region Deal.

Michael Heseltine, who was a cabinet minster in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, was born in Swansea.

Credit: PA, Ben Birchall

With discussions at an advanced stage, today’s challenge session is about putting the business case for the City Deal under the microscope so we are absolutely clear about expectations.

It is hugely helpful to have an expert in regeneration projects like Lord Heseltine to help with the task. He has years of experience in overseeing projects that really breathe new life into communities, and he is well practiced in seeing the vision turn into reality on the ground.

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary
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