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Plans for Wrexham power station to be discussed

If plans go ahead the new power station will be located at the Wrexham Industrial Estate Credit: ITV News

Public meetings are being held this week on plans to build a new gas power station on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

The firm behind the plans, Wrexham Power Ltd, says the £300 million scheme would create 30 permanent jobs, and hundreds more whilst it's being built.

But local opposition group WRAPS (Wrexham Residents Against the Power Scheme) say the power station would spoil the rural landscape.

Today sees the final meeting take place at Redwither Business Park.

Audience applaud surprise proposal at festival

David proposes to Elise before concert goes at Llangollen.

Festival goers in Llangollen got more entertainment than they bargained for when a Wrexham man proposed to his girlfriend before a concert began.

As an audience of thousands looked on as 28-year-old David Jackson of Ruabon, went up on stage and down on one knee to romantically pop the question to Elise Davies, 26, at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

Elise said, “I had no idea David was going to ask me to marry him, especially in such a public place. I was absolutely gobsmacked when he did it and couldn’t speak for a few seconds but then I said yes because the whole thing was so romantic.”

The audience at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod cheered them on.

The couple haven't named the day just yet as they are waiting for their first baby to be born.

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Woman's burns recovery 'a miracle,' doctors say

Catrin Pugh suffered 96 per cent burns after the coach she was on crashed in the French Alps Credit: Catrin Pugh

A Wrexham woman who suffered horrific burns in a coach crash in the French Alps is learning to ski again as part of her recovery.

Catrin Pugh, 20, was returning home after working as a ski instructor in the French Alps last year, when she was involved in a serious crash.

She was rescued, but suffered severe burns to 96 per cent of her body. Doctors gave Catrin a one in a thousand chance of survival and described her as a 'living miracle.'

Against all odds she's fought her way through her recovery and is now heading back to the slopes.

Catrin Pugh was working as a ski instructor in the French Alps when the accident happened Credit: Catrin Pugh

Pub killer given 23-year jail term for 'ferocious' attack

A man who murdered an amateur boxer in a Wrexham pub last June will serve a minimum of 23 years behind bars.

Former engineer Francesco Prevete stabbed Craig Maddocks 52 times in an attack described as 'brutal and ferocious'.

This week a jury took just over three and a half hours to find Prevete guilty of murder.

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Judge: Prevete 'carried out brutal and ferocious attack'

Sentencing Francesco John Prevete to at least 23 years in prison, the judge at Mold Crown Court said: "you carried out a brutal and ferocious attack on Craig Maddocks.”

Prevete showed no emotion as the sentence was passed.

Francesco John Prevete was told it would be 23 years before he could apply for parole. Credit: North Wales Police

Mr Justice Jeremy Baker detailed the injuries inflicted by more than 50 stab wounds, causing "a significant degree of mental and physical suffering”.

He said the victim would have been “conscious of what you were doing to him.”

The judge said that there was evidence that Mr Maddocks’ use of cocaine meant that he owed people money, including £300 to Prevete's father - and that Prevete decided to punish him.

He denied murder during the trial, and Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said: “Because of your claim to have no knowledge of the offence, it may never be known with certainty what lay behind your decision to kill him."

Victim's family: 'Lives unbearable' after pub murder

Detective Constable Laura Griffiths from North Wales Police read out a statement from the family of Craig Maddocks, after Francesco John Prevete was sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for his murder, in the toilets of a Wrexham pub last year.

It said: "our lives have been totally unbearable over the last 12 months due to the murder of our son. Craig loved life and loved to make people smile. He was loved and adored by all of his family and friends."

"We as a family will never get over the dreadful circumstances of how Craig died, and our lives will never be the same again."

Pub murderer sentenced to 23 years in prison

A 46-year-old man has been sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for stabbing another man to death in the toilets of a Wrexham pub.

The judge said Francesco John Prevete had carried out a 'brutal and ferocious' attack. Credit: Andrew Price

Francesco John Prevete stabbed 34-year-old Craig Maddocks 52 times at the Cambrian Vaults pub, in the early hours of 26 June last year.

Craig Maddocks was an amateur boxer and a father of three.

He denied murder, but was found guilty on Tuesday.

This morning, at Mold Crown Court, the judge said he would receive a life sentence, and the minimum term he should serve before he could apply for parole would be 23 years.

He described Prevete's actions as 'brutal and ferocious.'

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