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Footballer who broke leg of another jailed for a year

An amateur footballer from Wrexham whose flying tackle broke the leg of an opposing player has been jailed for twelve months.

Nicholas Williams was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for the tackle. Credit: North Wales Police

26-year-old Nicholas Williams of Acrefair was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court of causing grievous bodily harm.

The incident happened last October when Williams, who played as a striker, was in the Cefn Albion team in a cup match against AFC Brynford. The game had to be abandoned.

Williams maintained it was a freak accident caused by a slightly late tackle but Mr Recorder Huw Rees called it shocking violence.

The judge described the incident as "brutish thuggery" and said the victim, Andrew Barlow, had a broken tibula and fibula and was still receiving treatment.

This was a particularly callous assault which has had a huge impact on the victim. Anyone who commits acts of violence must realise to potential seriousness of their actions and we will vigorously pursue offenders and bring them to justice.

– Detective Constable Rhodri Ifans, Wrexham CID

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Newport let two goals slip in EFL Cup defeat

Goals from Marlon Jackson and Mark Randall weren't enough to see Newport County progress to the second round of the EFL Cup, as an injury time strike from Milton Keynes Dons forward Dean Bowditch ensured the League One side left Rodney Parade with the win.

Newport manager Warren Feeney would've been disappointed with the loss. Credit: PA

Jackson had put the Exiles a goal up just after the half hour mark, converting a Dan Butler cross. Newport then went two up, with summer signing Mark Randall converting from the penalty spot.

But Bowditch himself scored a penalty, before a further strike from Ben Tilney set up Bowditch again to get the winner with just seconds to play.

Elsewhere goals from John Rooney, Gerry McDonagh and Paul Rutherford ensured Wrexham picked up their first win in the new National League season against Guiseley.

The home side's Jake Lawler had scored a late equaliser, but a stunning strike from Rutherford made sure the three points went back to north Wales.

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Body search in historical murder probe suspended

The search for an unidentified body buried in forestry at Nant-y-Ffrith on the outskirts of Bwlchgwyn near Wrexham has been suspended.

Detectives hoping more information from the public may help them identify a more specific location in the large expanse of forestry.

The search, which started on the 19th May, involved specialist ‘cadaver’ Police Dogs, Police search team specialists & forensic experts.

Despite our best efforts we have to date been unsuccessful in locating any human remains and so the search has been suspended pending further information and intelligence from the public.

The investigation however continues and we are now asking the public to help us identify who the unidentified man may be. From enquiries conducted we believe the person buried is an adult male from the Wrexham area whose first name is Nathan or Michael.

Do you know a Nathan or Michael from the Wrexham area who you’ve had no contact with or not seen in the last five years? If so please call our investigation team and help us piece this together.

– DCI Neil Harrison, Wrexham CID

Man killed in hit-and-run crash is named

A man who died in a hit-and-run crash in Wrexham has been named. He was 57-year-old Gary MacDonald from Borras.

Mr MacDonald was a former member of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards who fought at the battle of Tumbledown during the Falklands War.

In a statement his family said; “He was a beloved father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He is reunited at last with his wife Sian Graham who was his first love.”

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