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Man jailed after slitting dog's throat

A man has been jailed for holding a knife to the throat of another man - and slitting the throat of that man's dog.

The defendant ran his knife up an Alsation dog before kicking and stamping on his head Credit: PA

The judge said it was “entirely right” that defendant Peter David Hall, 44, of Cheshire View in Wrexham had been convicted for a knife threat against “an entirely innocent gentleman”. He was also convicted of a separate charge of criminal damage to his victim's dog.

Mold Crown Court heard the incident happened last August outside Stephen Harding's home in Southsea, Wrexham.

While walking past the house, the defendant started barking and snarling at the Mr Harding's Alsation named Lunar, who was in the front yard. When Lunar jumped the fence, Hall swore at Mr Harding, threatened to kill him if he didn't get his dog under control and held a knife to the dog owner's throat.

Mr Harding said that he felt terrified and “extremely intimidated” and just froze.

Hall then ran a the knife up Lunar's throat, kicked him and stamped on his head.

In shock and disbelief, the victim said he got the dog into the house and locked the door – but it was then he realised his pet was bleeding.

When police went to arrest Hall they found ammunition, an anti-dog pepper spray and a prohibited weapon as part of his collection of militaria. He was given a total jail sentence of 18 months. Hall denied any wrongdoing but was convicted by jury.


Dad gets eight years in jail for cruelty to baby boy

A father who “snapped” and shook his three-week-old baby son – causing five fractures – has been jailed for eight years this afternoon

The dad was sentenced at Mold Crown Court. Credit: PA

Defendant Shaun Anderson, 22, from Wrexham denied a charge of wounding with intent but was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

Judge David Hale told him that he accepted it was “a one-off” by a man of good character who had looked after the baby boy previously without problem.

The judge said that the medical opinion was that he must have held the baby and shaken it – causing twisting injuries – but he did not shake the baby hard enough to cause brain injuries.

The dad, of Moorland Avenue in Wrexham, admitted child neglect on the basis of not getting immediate medical attention.

Jury members were told by the baby’s mother that the child was happy and had made a good recovery.


Appeal for missing teenager last seen on Sunday

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of a 15-year-old girl who has not been seen since Sunday.

Bethanie Summerscales has not been seen since Sunday. Credit: North Wales Police

Bethanie Summerscales was last seen at her home address in Llandegla in Denbighshire.

Police say she is of stocky build, size 14 -16, approximately 5ft 5” tall, with blue eyes, brown hair shoulder length hair with blonde streaks, which she was wearing scrunched up in a bun.

PC Helen Hobson said: “It is likely that she has hitched a lift from someone and may be in the Wrexham or Manchester areas.”

An appeal is going out for Bethanie herself or anyone who may know of her whereabouts to contact North Wales Police on 101quoting reference S103195.

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