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Denbigh CCTV cameras no longer monitored by operators after budget cuts

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CCTV cameras in Denbighshire’s two main towns will no longer be monitored by operators.

That is the result of the county council slicing £200,000 from its budget during the current year.

There are 59 cameras covering public areas in Rhyl, 18 in Prestatyn and four in Rhuddlan. All cameras are linked to a control room in Rhyl police station, and they are monitored round-the-clock by council staff.

Service talks have been held with partners including North Wales Police and the town councils, all have agreed to contribute £64,000 towards the annual cost of providing a much-reduced service.

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It has been agreed to keep the cameras operating and recording but with no monitoring.

Only one member of staff will be needed to maintain the system and officers are currently consulting staff about redundancies.

In a report to this week’s meeting of the partnerships scrutiny committee Graham Boase, the head of planning and public protection, says the savings must be made by March and so the present service must end by October 31.

Wales World Cup qualifying fixtures released

Wales will look to make the most of home advantage when their World Cup qualifying campaign gets underway next September.

Chris Coleman's men play three of their first four matches in front of their own fans, with the opening match against Moldova followed by games against Georgia and Serbia later that Autumn.

Wales travel to Austria on October 6th, with a trip to face their remaining Group D opponents, the Republic of Ireland, the following March.

Gareth Bale celebrates a Wales victory Credit: PA photo

June 2017 sees Wales make the return trip to Serbia, with the remaining qualifiers - including Moldova and Georgia away, and Austria and the Irish at home - inked in for that Autumn.

Wales fans might feel quietly confident of their team's chances of qualifying for their first finals since 1958, but many will hope it doesn't come down to the last game: that match, against Ireland, comes just three days after the away fixture in Georgia, with a six hour flight from Tbilisi to factor in.

Speaking from Russia, Wales FA Chief Executive Jonathan Ford admitted there were "tougher" groups, but also said there were easier ones too:

Wales fixtures - World Cup Qualifying Group D:

Monday, 5 September 2016 Wales v Moldova Kick off: 7.45pm

Thursday, 6 October 2016 Austria v Wales Kick off: 7.45pm

Sunday, 9 October 2016 Wales v Georgia Kick off: 5.00pm

Saturday, 12 November 2016 Wales v Serbia Kick off: 7.45pm

Friday, 24 March 2017 Republic of Ireland v Wales Kick off: 7.45pm

Sunday, 11 June 2017 Serbia v Wales Kick off: 7.45pm

Saturday, 2 September 2017 Wales v Austria Kick off: 7.45pm

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 Moldova v Wales Kick off: 7.45pm

Friday, 6 October 2017 Georgia v Wales Kick off: 5.00pm

Monday, 9 October 2017 Wales v Republic of Ireland Kick off: 7.45pm

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Wales pleased with World Cup group

Wales will face Austria, Serbia, Moldova, the Republic of Ireland and Georgia in group D for the World Cup qualifiers next Autumn.

The announcement was made at a ceremony at St Petersburg in Russia.

Chris Coleman's men entered the draw as one of the top seeds.

Wales haven't qualified for a World Cup final since Sweden in 1958.

There's been optimism they may end that run after recent performances in the Euro qualifiers, with the men in red set to progress to the finals in France next summer.

Coleman said he was "happy" with the draw.

"It didn't worry me about who we would draw, it's all about what we do" he added.

Geraint Thomas set to finish 15th in Tour de France

Team Sky's Chris Froome is set to take the Tour de France crown Credit: PA

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas is set to finish in 15th position with the Tour de France finishing in Paris tomorrow afternoon.

The 29-year-old from Cardiff sits below Warren Barguil after falling from fourth position in the 19th stage yesterday.

But it's looking positive for Team Sky with Chris Froome set to clinch his second tour crown.

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Welsh Secretary pays tribute to soldier who died from conflict wounds

The Welsh Secretary has paid tribute to Lance Corporal Michael Campbell who died from wounds suffered in Afghanistan in 2012.

The death of Lance Corporal Michael Campbell brings home to us once again the courage and perseverance of our military personnel serving in Afghanistan and all over the world.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who knew and loved him at this very difficult time.

– Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales
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