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Child dies after being pulled from river

A child has died after an incident in the river Dee in North Wales.

It happened at Pontcysyllte near Wrexham at around five o'clock this evening.

An air ambulance helicopter, police, fire and other ambulance services were at the scene.

Sadly a child was pronounced dead at the scene and the next of kin have been informed. There are no more details available at present.

– North Wales Police spokesperson

Wrexham Councillor Pat Jeffares, who lives close to the scene of the tragedy in the river Dee described him as a 'lovely lad'.


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.

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