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Convicted murderer jailed for rape of teenage boy

A convicted murderer who raped a teenage boy after being released from prison has today been sentenced to another 10 years behind bars.

Robert Kirkham, 64 and from Old Colwyn, spent more than 20 years in jail, after being convicted of murder back in 1982.

Robert Kirkham was found guilty of rape and multiple indecent assaults. Credit: North Wales Police

He then raped and indecently assaulted a 13-year-old boy in the Wrexham area around 1996, after he was released on licence from his previous sentence.

At Mold Crown Court today, he was jailed for ten years, and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

North Wales prison 'will cost less than predicted'

The Wales Office says the estimated cost of the north Wales prison project is now projected at £212m, "substantially under" an earlier estimate of £250m.

This contract will ensure that millions of pounds are spent with SMEs, with significant levels of work for local businesses and young people – a key part of this Government’s long-term plan to build a stronger economy.

This first prison for north Wales will be a significant boost to the prison estate, helping ensure taxpayers are given the best possible value while holding offenders closer to home to help prevent reoffending.

– Jeremy Wright, Prisons Minister

The UK Government says the construction of the prison will create approximately 1000 jobs and bring in £23m to the economy of north Wales.


Lend Lease to build Wrexham prison

The Wales Office has confirmed that Lend Lease has been chosen to build a new prison in Wrexham.

24,000 chickens die in Wrexham poultry shed fire

A man has been treated in hospital for burns to his face after a fire in a poultry shed in Wrexham on Wednesday night.

The blaze, in the Marford area, killed the 24, 000 chicks housed inside.

The fire service says the fire is believed to have been caused by an industrial heater

North Wales Fire & Rescue Service say initial findings suggest the fire was started by fuel leaking from an industrial heater.

150 years of Wrexham Football Club

The museum will be officially opened by Mayor of Wrexham Cllr Alan Edwards and former Wrexham FC player Dixie McNeil will be guest of honour.

Here are a few facts about the club:

  • Established in 1864, it's Wales' the oldest club and the third oldest in the world
  • The Racecourse is the world's oldest international football ground still in use
  • The first international played there was Wales v Scotland in 1877
  • Wales v Ireland at the Racecourse in 1906 was captured by film pioneers, Mitchell and Kenyon, in the first surviving film of an international football game.

Wrexham FC marks 150th birthday with pop-up museum

Established in 1864, Wrexham is Wales's oldest football club Credit: ITV News

A pop-up museum celebrating Wrexham Football Club's 150th anniversary is being launched today.

The museum will remember iconic club moments including Mickey Thomas's free kick against Arsenal in the 1992 FA Cup third round tie.

The world's first 'playboy footballer' Leigh Rhoose played at the Racecourse in 1906

The Racecourse ground hosted Wales v Ireland on April 2, 1906, which became the first surviving film of an international football game. That game featured the world's first 'playboy footballer' Leigh Rhoose, who is also remembered at the museum.

The museum at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre will be open until Saturday. Fans who have any memorabilia they would like to share can ring 07970 318081 or email


Wrexham's Plas Madoc leisure centre shuts

Campaigners previously said plans to close the leisure centres were 'foolish' Credit: ITV News

Plas Madoc Leisure Centre in Wrexham will officially close today, despite numerous campaigns to save it.

The decision, which was made in February, is part of the council's plans to save £45m of its budget over the next five years.

The pool will officially close at 4.30pm today, with the leisure centre closing for good at 5.30.

Campaigners are expected to show their support at the centre this afternoon.

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