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Teenager was last seen leaving Bala Leisure Centre

North Wales Police are appealing for help tracing a 14 year old girl missing from the Bala area.

Melissa Bowles was last seen leaving Bala Leisure Centre. Credit: North Wales Police

Melissa Bowles, originally from Wiltshire, has not been seen since around 2pm today when she left Bala Leisure Centre.

Melissa is described as around 5’5 tall with blonde hair of medium length but normally worn up.

I am appealing for anyone who has sighted Melissa, or knows of her whereabouts, to contact the police as we are concerned for her welfare.

I’d also ask Melissa herself to contact police, family or friends to let them know that she is safe and well.”

– PC Sioned Jones at Dolgellau Police Station


Appeal after teenager goes missing from leisure centre

North Wales Police have issued an appeal for a missing teenager last seen in the Bala area.

The force says 14-year-old Melissa Bowles has gone missing from Bala Leisure Centre.

She was seen wearing a purple hooded fleece, black and white baggy trousers, brown walking boots, possibly with a multi-coloured back pack.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote S130675.

Search for missing kayaker in Bala

A man is missing after a kayak capsized on Llyn Tegid.

Rescue teams are searching a lake in Bala after a kayak capsized.

The missing man was one of three people who went out on a kayak on Llyn Tegid/Bala Lake yesterday afternoon.

The other occupants of the kayak - a man and child - reached the shore and were taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital as a precaution.

Emergency services including the RAF 22 Squadron, North East Wales Search and Rescue and North Wales Fire Service's water incident unit, searched the lake yesterday evening and the search is expected to resume this morning


Criticism over £3.4m of public money spent in Bala

A report out today says £3.4 million of public money spent on a heritage centre in Bala could have been saved if the steps had been taken to prevent the centre from closure.

The Cywain Centre opened in April 2008 but ran into difficulties and closed in September 2011.

The report by the Wales Audit Office says those that funded the centre were aware that the business case for the centre was unrealistic.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "Safeguarding public money is something we take extremely seriously.

"We have already made improvements to the way we monitor projects, based on lessons learned from previous WAO reports. We will now consider the recommendations of the WAO's report and will respond to the findings in due course.

"However, it is important to recognise that EU programmes and projects are delivering for Wales. We are in a better situation now as a result of vital EU funds investment, worth some £4 billion since 2000."

Bala Town's European dream to be continued...

Ian Sheridan´s goal gives Bala Town its first ever Europa win. Credit: Bala Town FC

Bala Town FC marked their first foray into European competition by edging out seven-time Estonian champions FC Levadia Tallinn 1-0.

Bala Town´s Europa dream is to be continued after the win last night at Rhyl thanks to an early goal from striker Ian Sheridan.

They beat the Estonia League leaders infront of a crowd of around 1,200.

It was the first leg of the Europa League for the Welsh part-timers in the qualifying round.

The away match for the second leg is in Tallinn on Thursday, 11 July.

Bala began as underdogs but former Wales player Mark Jones had a couple of chances straight after the break to extend the Town´s lead but was denied by the Levadia shot stopper.

The visitors then glanced the post from a freekick before Ian Sheridan had a one on one with the keeper but he pulled off a magnificent save.

After 3 minutes of added time Bala held on for an incredible victory.

Campers fire safety warning

North Wales Fire Service are urging people to take extra care when heating, or cooking in, a tent or caravan after a fire on a Bala campsite this morning. A 40 year old man is in hospital with burns to his hands and chest after an electric heater fell over setting his caravan awning alight.

This fire destroyed the family’s touring caravan. Fire can strike at any time, anywhere – and it is vital that we are all on our guard and try to do all that we can to keep safe. Caravans and tents are potentially more hazardous as the inherent risks are magnified in confined spaces.

– Paul Whybro, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
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