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Welsh site considered for UK's first 'spaceport'

A north Wales airfield has been highlighted as a possible location for a UK 'spaceport'.

Llanbedr airfield, in Gwynedd, is being considered along with 7 other sites by the UK Government. If chosen, it would become Britain's first spaceport and could become a base for commercial flights from 2018.

The chosen site could see commercial flights run from 2018 Credit: PA

UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, said: "Space is big business for the UK. It already contributes £11.3 billion to the economy each year, supporting nearly 35,000 jobs.

"That’s why it’s important for us to prepare the UK for new launcher technology and take steps towards meeting our ambition of establishing the first British spaceport by 2018."

Other sites that are under consideration include Glasgow and Newquay.

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Police fly home after helping in search for missing man

The team from North Wales Police which has been assisting the Greek authorities with their search for Arthur Jones are due to return home today.

Detective Chief inspector Gareth Evans, Missing Person Co-ordinator Mark Owen, both of North Wales Police, and Phil Benbow, Chair of the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, have been in Crete since last Sunday.

73-year-old Mr Jones from Denbigh has been missing since June 18.

They have been working with the local authorities to maximise the opportunities to find Mr Jones who has been missing since June 18.

"We are pleased to have been able to provide support to the Greek authorities and also to Mr Jones' family who have been on the island. We will continue to support the family and we will remain in close contact with the authorities in Crete", said Superintendent Steve Williams.

Read More: North Wales Police join search for missing Arthur

Grangetown memorial mistakes surviving WW1 soldier

At parks and town squares around Wales, the names of those who gave their lives in warfare are recorded for posterity.

But it seems back in 1917, rumours of one soldier's demise were somewhat exaggerated.

Trooper Alf Norman's name appears on the memorial at Grangetown in Cardiff, despite the fact he survived the First World War - and the one that followed.

Richard Morgan has the story.

Most Newport schools set to close during NATO summit

Almost 40 schools are to close in Newport during the two-day summit. Credit: NATO

Most Newport schools are to close for an inset day during the NATO summit, according to the city council.

The summit takes place the Celtic Manor on the outskirts of Newport on 4th and 5th September.

A total of 38 schools will hold an inset day on both days of the summit, six will be partially closed and only three have so far confirmed they will open as usual. There are 10 schools that have not yet confirmed arrangements.

For more details on the closures, visit Newport City Council's website.

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Search for missing Arthur Jones continues

Police have released an image of the visitor's book at the Souda Bay Cemetery, in the hope someone may have seen or spoken to Arthur Credit: North Wales Police

Police from North Wales who are appealing for help in the search of missing Denbigh man Arthur Jones, say they're looking for any tourists who might have been on holiday in Crete around the time he disappeared.

In particular they're asking those who visited the Souda Bay Cemetary on June 18th to come forward.

A visitor's book shows that the missing man, who's 73, visited the World War 2 Cemetery on this date.

The book shows a number of other British and Welsh visitors, who may have seen Mr Jones.

Superintendent Steve Williams said:

"We know that Arthur has attended there on June 18th, probably around the early morning time. The visitor's book shows that there were a number of British people there on the same day."

"Is your name on this visitors list or do you know anyone who has signed their name in the book? Our hope is that someone remembers seeing or even speaking to him."

"I would also ask that if anyone took photographs there to check whether Arthur is in the background as it may identify the clothing he was wearing."

Arthur Jones has failed to make contact with his family and friends since June 18th.

North Wales police fly to Crete to help find Arthur

Officers from North Wales Police are travelling to Crete today to assist Greek authorities in their search for Robert 'Arthur' Jones. The 73 year old hasn't made contact with his family and friends since June 18th. Whilst in Crete the officers will also continue to offer support to his family:

"We are pleased to be able to provide support to the Greek authorities and will be sending officers who have vast experience in dealing with missing person inquiries and searches."

– Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard

The officers will meet up with representatives from the Consulate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Head of the Chania Police

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Government freezes British jihadists' assets

The Government has frozen the assets of three British citizens reported to have been involved in terrorism-related activities in Syria.

Reyaad Khan, left, and Nasser Muthana, centre, have had their assets frozen. Credit: Isis

Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, both from Cardiff, and Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, has been added to the Treasury's list of people targeted for financial sanctions, its website states.

Muthana and Amin appeared in a promotional video for the Islamist militant group Isis.

Read: UK Jihadist's father says I wish I could ask him to come back

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