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New ambulance centre 'will improve response times'

Credit: Welsh Ambulance Service

A turf- cutting ceremony has been held to mark the construction of the new Ambulance and Fire Services Resource Centre in Wrexham.

The multi-million pound centre will include an eight-bay fire station, a six-bay ambulance station, and top-of-the-range training facilities.

Project leaders were joined at the turf-cutting today by Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford and Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths.

The Welsh Government is making a significant investment in this new resource centre to provide both the ambulance and fire services with the most modern facilities available. It will allow greater coordination when it comes to responding to incidents and improve response times.”

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister


Tribute to 'dedicated' and 'brilliant' Wrexham soldier

The mother of Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2012, has paid tribute to him at an inquest into his death.

Catherine Griffiths describes her son as a "dedicated soldier" and a "brilliant son".

Earlier today a coroner found that Guardsman Shadrake had been 'unlawfully killed while on active service'.

Wrexham soldier 'unlawfully killed on active service'

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake died three days after his 20th birthday Credit: Family photo

Coroner John Gittins ruled that Guardsman Jamie Shadrake was 'unlawfully killed whilst on active service'.

In a statement outside the inquest, his mother said: 'We believed in Jamie and in what he was doing in Afghanistan. We know his selfless sacrifice has helped the people of Afghanistan'

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake of the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards died when his checkpoint was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province in 2012.

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Inquest hears about Wrexham soldier's final moments

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake died three days after his 20th birthday Credit: Family photo

An inquest into the death of Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, 20, has heard evidence this morning from the medic who tried to save his life.

Lance Corporal Guy Bosher - questioned by coroner John Gittins - agreed that the Guardsman's death, after an attack whilst he was manning a sentry point on his own, would have been instantaneous.

The inquest at Ruthin, before coroner John Gittins, is due to last three days.


Wrexham MP warns Magistrates' merger could be 'legally challenged'

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A decision to merge Wrexham and Flintshire Magistrates' Benches could have 'profound implications' on local people, according to Wrexham MP Ian Lucas.

Mr Lucas has written to the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling, asking him to reconsider the proposal, because of the impact it would have on the Wrexham area.

The MP has been a long standing opponent of the proposed merger, and has made submissions to consultations ran by the Ministry of Justice.

In his letter to Mr Grayling, he says:

"This could have profound implications for Wrexham people - whether that is the court staff who face uncertainty over their jobs, the cost to all those involved in court cases having to make additional journeys to Flintshire, or indeed the impact upon our town's legal professionals."

"It is little wonder that the possibility of a legal challenge to the proposals is now being seriously discussed in Wrexham."

– Ian Lucas MP

A spokesperson for the HM Courts & Tribunal Service said the decision was made after consulting local authorities, Criminal Justice System partners and stakeholders, including local MPs.

"Following a local consultation, Flintshire and Wrexham Local Justice Areas were merged into one new Area.

"The merger was to make the best use of judicial, legal and administrative resources to improve the service for court users.

"It will improve the effective delivery of justice by increasing flexibility in dealing with cases and increasing the opportunities for magistrates to retain experience and their competence."

– HM Courts & Tribunal Service spokesperson

Mobile users in Wrexham not happy with service

Problems with EE mobile phone reception in Wrexham have been raised with the company by the town’s MP.

Ian Lucas contacted the company to ask for a meeting after a series of constituents raised issues with mobile services in the town.

Wrexham customers of EE complained about the reception. Credit: PA

Mr Lucas has said he has been told that repair work is underway on a central Wrexham mobile mast – but has asked people to contact him if they find problems persist.

When I met EE, I told them that people in Wrexham were paying them for a service and had every right to expect that service. They told me that there is a problem affecting a mast in central Wrexham which they are working to fix as soon as possible, and that repairs should be made within the next few days.

– Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham
EE say repair work is underway in the town. Credit: PA

Mr Lucas says he was pleased with the speed of the response from EE but believed people should be getting the service they are paying for.

“If these issues have not resolved within the next few days, people should get back in touch with me – and I will put their concerns to EE," he said.

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